Lately I have had a lot of people asking about the Paleo Diet, and what I eat. The strange thing is most of them have this idea that by eating on the Paleo Diet I don’t get to eat anything that’s good. They picture chicken and veggies at every meal. I have also found these same people to be my hardest critics, that is why I thought I would share a few recipe’s that don’t include chicken, and veggies are non-existent! Can you say MUFFIN?! Yum, and YES it’s Paleo approved athletes.
First of all I have to give some credit to Elana’s Kitchen, it’s a site that I frequent quite often and I highly recommend her recipes. She has a wealth of options for you to choose from and they are organized beautifully. Here are a few of her recipes that I have tested out and love!
A Note to Parents about Paleo and Eating Healthy:
These recipes are very easy to put together and perfect for youth athletes. Keep in mind most recipes can be doubled and frozen or refrigerated for quick grab meals.
Almond Flour Muffins
4 ounces eggs (about 2 large eggs)
1 ounce agave nectar or honey (around 1 tablespoon)
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- In a medium bowl, combine almond flour and baking soda
- In a large bowl combine eggs, agave and vinegar
- Stir dry ingredients into wet, mixing until combined
- Scoop about ¼ cup of batter at a time into a paper lined muffin pan
- Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges
- Cool in the pan for ½ hour
- Serve with butter and raspberry jam
To make a loaf of quick bread, simply double the above batter and bake it for 35-40 minutes on the lower rack of your oven in an 6-½ x 4-inch baby loaf pan (Luminarc).
This next recipe was delicious and is perfect for youth athletes! I highly recommend it.
Paleo Breakfast Bars
¼ cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup pumpkin seeds½ cup sunflower seeds¼ cup blanched slivered almonds¼ cup raisins
- In a food processor combine almond flour and salt
- Pulse in coconut oil, honey, water and vanilla
- Pulse in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisines
- Press dough into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish, wetting your hands with water to pat dough down
- Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
Makes 16 bars
A quick video with Elana, check it out!
Constantly buying power bars, but not sure if they are actually any good for your young athlete? Try making these gluten free, vegan, high protein Cherry Vanilla Power Bars. Yup you heard me right, a power bar!
Cherry Vanilla Power Bars
⅓ cup golden flaxmeal⅔ cup dried cherries
⅓ cup dried cranberries
10 drops vanilla crème stevia
2-3 tablespoon water
- Place almonds, flax, cherries, cranberries and stevia in food processor
- Pulse until well ground, then pulse in water until the mixture begins to form a ball
- Remove from food processor and press into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- Slice into bars and serve
Makes 12 bars
Wondering how you can start the paleo diet but are worried about costs? Check out Robb Wolf’s new book, it’s extremely helpful and great for families!
It’s time for a treat! How about candy on Paleo, yes we know this one has some chocolate but chocolate isn’t always a bad thing. I have found that these little delicious bites have parents raving just as much as their kids. If you are a fan of mint and chocolate try these Peppermint Patties!
¼ cup agave nectar or honey
½ teaspoon peppermint oil (I used organic)
½ to 1 cup chocolate drops
- In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave and peppermint oil, mixing with a spoon
- Smash clumps of coconut oil against side of bowl until mixture is smooth
- Freeze mixture for a few minutes until it starts to harden, then remove from freezer
- Use a 1.5 teaspoon ice cream scoop to measure out little balls onto a parchment paper lined plate
- Place plate in freezer to firm up mint balls; when firm, remove from freezer
- Squish balls down into flat little patties on parchment paper
- Melt chocolate over very low heat; allow to cool slightly
- Dip patties into melted chocolate (use spoon to drop patty into melted chocolate, dip and remove)
- Place patties on parchment paper to harden (takes 10 minutes though on a summer day you may need to refreeze)
Makes about 12 patties
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So there you have it, parents these are some great examples that eating healthy isn’t always a bad horrible thing. Your kids will still love you, they won’t fuss or complain, they will most likely ask you for more foods like these.
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Thanks for reading and happy cooking!