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BACON! Yup, it’s good for you.

3 Oct

So here’s the amazing NEWSFLASH:

Bacon is GOOD FOR YOU!

Ok, stop shaking your head.

Bacon contains fat- Yes. But it’s the good kind called monosaturated fat. The good-for-you, oleic acid, fat that can help lower bad cholesterol levels; the same fat found in olive oil. There are lots of studies that have revealed that eating a protein-rich diet in the morning (eggs and bacon), lowering your carb intake, and eating smaller meals throughout the day will in fact leave you feeling full longer, help you lose weight, and boost your energy. SCORE! Add in a good amount of exercise and you’re more likely to lose weight and keep it off. DOUBLE SCORE!

Some people still think saturated fats are evil, and because of this misconception have banned bacon from their homes. GASP! However, fatty acid experts today say that saturated fat from natural sources like meats, dairy, and tropical oils (coconut, palm) are not detrimental for our health, but instead much better than the polyunsaturated and hydrogenated substitutes we’ve been recently using. I cook with coconut oil ALL the time and find it amazing, nutritious, and delicious. No, it doesn’t taste like coconut. Well, if you douse your food in it, then yes, it will taste of coconut. So just don’t do that. 🙂

Lots of people believe that starting the day with cereal or pancakes gives you a strong push to get through the day. However, this is not the case. “A breakfast high in carbs would promote carbohydrate utilisation throughout the rest of the day, whereas if you have a fat-rich breakfast, you (can) transfer your energy utilisation between carbohydrate and fat,” says Dr. Martin Young of the University of Alabama at Binghamton. He says the first meal of the day is what programs you for the rest of your day. So filling up on fat-rich foods is actually a good thing, not something to be shunned as it was in the past. You spend the day burning that fat. Loading up on carbs simply causes that dreaded insulin spike which causes you to store any fat you eat as opposed to using it the right and best way for your body. YAY for bacon in the morning!!!

Ok, but put down that pound of bacon you just reached for. We still need to practice moderation. Anything in excess is not good for you. Bacon has amazing benefits and so many misconceptions that hopefully this article can help clear up- however- eating an over abundance of it isn’t the smartest choice. Just add it to your weekly menu 3-4 times a week (along with dropping the excessive carbs and getting your butt off the couch a few times a week) and watch and see how your body thanks you 🙂

DISCLAIMER: Remember, I’m no doctor. This post is simply for information in a easy to digest (see what I did there??) way. For more information regarding high fat diets and how good they actually are for you (AND the precautions you still must take)- check out this article from Marksdailyapple.com.

Ready for some recipes???

Here’s a bunch of bacon goodness:

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/for-the-love-of-bacon/

Crispy bacon

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries (EEEEE!!! How good does that sound??)

www.health-bent.com/pork/paleo-bacon-wrapped-sweet-potato-fries

paleo bacon wrapped sweet potato fries

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

http://paleodish.com/2012/05/07/bacon-wrapped-mushroom-chicken-thighs/

Bacon Pesto Stuffed Hamburgers

http://www.amazingpaleo.com/2012/08/24/bacon-pesto-stuffed-burgers/

Walnut Coffee Bread

24 Sep

Yes. You read that right.

Seriously amazing combination right? I found this little gem while looking for a new dish to bake last night. I have this amazing app on my phone called “Fast Paleo” (get it… NOW.) It’s part of www.fastpaleo.com and is a great on the go resource to find yummy recipes and all the ingredients you need. This works perfect for when you are already out! Check the recipe list from your phone and head to the grocery store. Easy peasy. My kind of app.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup raw organic honey
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 120g crushed walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Steps:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a bread loaf pan with coconut oil.

Mix all the dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt)

Add the remaining wet ingredients (melted coconut oil, coconut milk, eggs, coffee, and honey) to the dry ingredients. Mix together.

Add crushed walnuts into mixture.

Pour into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the middle is completely cooked through.

Let cool then……. NOM NOM NOM!!!!

(yea… so my iPhone is obviously not as cool as most peoples considering these photos are CRAP lol but hopefully you get the idea of how yummy this bread is! Soon, I plan on taking a day or two to recreate recipes and take REAL photos!)

Let me know what ya think 😉

The Paleo Kitchen

17 Sep

Hello everyone! I am truly excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Girls Gone Healthy blog and share my paleo-riffic experiences with you. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Krista (see my reasons for going paleo here) and I have not eaten a grain in almost 3 months (and feel fabulous)!

It can be extremely overwhelming when first going paleo. I scoured the internet, just trying to figure out what I needed to stock my kitchen for this new lifestyle. After some trial and error, this is now our go to list each week. We’re still working out some kinks, but overall we’ve been really successful as long as we have the following items!

In the fridge

Eggs (lots of them – some hard boiled for snacks)

Bacon (and a nice little jar of bacon fat)

Chicken

Ground beef, pork, or lamb (for a quick chile or burgers)

Veggies (broccoli, green beans, peppers, beets – anything I can steam, grill or boil)

Carrots, celery, onions – always have for a quick chicken noodle soup or one pan roast

Garlic (fresh or the minced jar from Trader Joe’s)

Almond milk or coconut milk (great for smoothies)

Salad Mix

Flax Seed Meal (mix in with food or smoothies for some Omega 3’s)

Fresh Herb (Basil, Oregano and Dill are our favorites)

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries

Grass-fed butter, clarified butter or ghee (optional)

On the kitchen counter

Sweet Potatoes

Apples

Bananas (even when they go bad – freeze them for baking or smoothies)

Lemons or limes (for marinades)

Any other seasonal fruit that looks good

By the stove

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Various dried herbs and spices

Baking Pantry

Almond flour

Coconut flour

Coconut Oil

Cocoa

Baking soda

Vanilla

Salt

Raw Honey

Maple Syrup

Various nuts and dried fruit

Enjoy life chocolate chips

Beverages

Tea (green and herbal)

Filtered water

Not so bad, right?

And now…drumroll please…my favorite recipes!

Basic Spinach Quiche: Paleo Diet Lifestyle

 

Lime and Basil Beef Kebabs: Marks’ Daily Apple

 

Slow Cooked Coconut Ginger Pork: Mark’s Daily Apple

 

Greek Style Lamb Meatballs: Balanced Bites

 

Bacon Wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs: Balanced Bites

 

Banana Bread: Comfy Belly

 

Paleo Chewy “Granola” Bars: The Paleo Mom

 

Breakfast Cookies: Comfy Belly

What are your favorite paleo recipes? Did I forget to add any must-haves on the kitchen list?

Breakfast Cookies

2 Aug

So since we last spoke ( a whole couple days ago), I have decided to make a valiant effort to go Paleo. My cavegirl friend Krista will be schooling everyone on this lifestyle soon here on Girls Gone Healthy. Until then, all you need to know is this:

If it’s from a plant- GOOD!

If it’s made IN a plant- BAD!

There is obviously far more to it, but that is the gist. I, however, am going to follow it about 80%…. simply because there are a few things that I’m just NOT willing to let go of (cue Sunday pasta dinner)…

Monday, Krista and I make our trip to Trader Joes and Whole Foods and I was in heaven. I will be posting that trip and the goodies I snagged in the next few days!!

For now, I am going to share a DELISH recipe that I found on www.comfybelly.com which is a super wonderful site with super fantastic recipes for clean, healthy eating. PERFECTION for this girl! 🙂

In the morning, I tend to debate (when I don’t have work… when I do, I don’t have much time to think about what I”m going to eat. Which is sort of why these cookies are stinkin perfect for me) on what I’m going to eat for breakfast. I end up with a healthy take on a western omelette (eggs, peppers, spinach) and it’s extremely fulfilling and delicious! But really, how many mornings can you eat the same thing? However healthy it may be, it gets old after a while. I was asking Krista what she tends to eat for breakfast and she immediately said, “OH! I just made breakfast cookies!!” and that ended that. I’m pretty easily convinced when the word “cookie” is in the conversation…

So here is my version of ComfyBelly’s Breakfast Cookie Recipe:

Ingredients (makes about 25 cookies)

  • 2 1/2 cups of almond meal or almond flour (either works, but I used almond meal. If you’d rather a smoother cookie, go for the flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of all natural baking soda (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (my new obsession!!!!!!)
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon of almond butter (this is my little addition because, well, I LOVE almond butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of all natural vanilla extract
  • about 2 cups of nuts, dried fruit, seeds (I used sunflower seeds, raisins, dark chocolate chunks that I broke off from trader joe’s chocolate bar, and some flaxseed meal- you can throw in anything you’d like!)

Hmm, ya think I made out good at Trader Joe’s?? Oh hey, coconut oil- you looking mighty fiiiine…. 😉

Can’t go wrong with Flaxseed! Put it on anything, everything- does only good things for your body 🙂

Mmmmmm fresh Whole Foods Almond Butter!!! Drooling???

OK- Time to make the cookies!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and blend with a spoon.

3. Add the wet ingredients and blend it well with a spoon.

4. Drop about a tablespoon of batter in each cookie spot on the cookie sheets. Space them about 1 inch apart.

5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are starting to brown around the edges.

6. Cool and enjoy!!! Store in a sealed container.

Let us know how it goes when you try these puppies! All I can say is- breakfast tomorrow won’t be a challenge. 2 breakfast cookies and half a grapefruit? YES PLEASE! Enjoy!!

xoxokristina