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Paleo Honey Biscuits

Paleo Honey Biscuits

Print Paleo Honey Biscuit These quick and easy biscuits are perfect for school lunches, a side for your hearty soup and all your biscuit needs. Course Side Dish Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Total Time 17 minutes Servings 9 Biscuits Ingredients 2 […]

Fall Recipe Round up

Fall Recipe Round up

September is here! I’m ready for apple picking, pumpkin patches, bonfires and fall boots. I love all things Fall Obviously, my favorite fall activity is picking fall fruits and baking. I throw on my over sized sweaters, prop my doors open and light spiced candles […]

Pumpkin Spice Bites

Pumpkin Spice Bites

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Pumpkin Spice Bites

Spicy Fall Pumpkin Bites are just what the season ordered! 

Course Snack
Servings 9 Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 Dates
  • 1 tsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • 2 tsp. Pepitas Ground

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients ( minus 1 tsp. Pepitas) in a food processer 

  2. Place mixture on parchment paper and stick in the fridge for 30-40 minutes

  3. Ground the last tsp. of Pepitas 

  4. Remove batter from fridge and roll them into bite sized balls

  5. Roll balls in Pepitas and serve! 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

#basicwhitegirl post here. Fall is pumpkin spice everything month. My youngest sisters are sprinting to Starbucks as I write this to get their pumpkin spice fix. I used to be right there with them for my sugary latte. While I can’t handle the sugar anymore, […]

Easy Pumpkin Waffles

Easy Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin everything season is almost here! The best part about this season for me, this recipe right here. Going Paleo doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice the exciting parts of the pumpkin food season. This is my favorite pumpkin recipe and probably one of my […]

10 Things I learned going from Paleo to Vegetarian!

10 Things I learned going from Paleo to Vegetarian!

I don’t know if it is just my own community and social media, but I have seen an uptick in people eating Vegan. A few friends attribute it to the recent Netflix Documentary, What The Health, while others are just playing with their diet to cure a health concern.

My initial reaction to ditching meat is summed up in this photo:

Recently, I met a women who had been Vegan for a year. She said to me, “I know you are Paleo, so we are the exact opposite.” I can’t say this offended me, but it did give me something to think about.

Paleo, Vegan, Pescatarian, Vegetarian? What’s the difference?

It’s no surprise when people tell me that they are trying to eat better, but don’t know where to start! Google clean eating and you’ll get a massive amount of options.

The search can be overwhelming and drive people to just sit and cry into their pint of ice cream instead. 

Image Credit: http://freefromharm.org/common-justifications-for-eating-animals/do-different-people-really-need-radically-different-diets/

The Vegetarian Challenge

Little did the women I met earlier know, I was already 5 days into my vegetarian journey! After hosting clean eating challenges every month, I decided that this month, I’d create some vegan and vegetarian meal plans to challenge myself.

I told myself to give it 7 full days and then I could quit. I completed 2 full weeks!

If you have been following me for any amount of time, you know that I have been Paleo for almost 6 years. I won’t go into details of my journey, but you can read it here on Marks Daily Apple.

I feel that too often, we find a diet or a belief and we dive in without doing our own research. I didn’t want to follow something blindly! With that said, we as humans, tend to shut out other opinions when we believe we already have the right answers. I didn’t want to be one of those close minded people either.

So this month, I decided to launch my 14 day group and challenge my diet by going totally Vegetarian. I let up on my paleo lifestyle a little. While I maintained 100% gluten- free and soy free, I wasn’t as strict in all areas. 

Paleo to Vegetarian, What Did I Learn? 

  1. Going Vegetarian Wasn’t That Hard. Going from a Standard American Diet to a Paleo Diet, was a harder transition than going from Paleo to Vegetarian.
  2. Going Vegetarian helped me to focus on making sure the bulk of my diet is plant based. Sometimes, even as vegans or vegetarians, we can forget to eat more vegetables. Breakfasts can consist of a baked good rather than vegetables. Our lunches can be sandwiches, rather than a big veggie filled plate. We often fall into that old lifestyle of veggies are for dinner! This was a good kick in the pants to eat vegetables with every single meal!
  3. I can survive a vegetarian diet! I was hungry for the first 3 days and my body was craving meat. Once I got past the cravings, my body really didn’t feel any different. My energy remained the same and I was reaching my workout goals with no issues. I always thought I needed meat every day, now I know, I can be pickier about the meat I eat.
  4. Not all meat is equal. While I already knew this from being paleo for almost 6 years, we sometimes fall back into the habit of just eating any meat. At home, we eat organic, grass- fed meats. When we are out, we don’t always follow that rule. I want to really maintain a focus on the quality of meat that I consume because I feel that is important. Now that I know I don’t need meat with every single meal, that will be easier to accomplish.
  5. Oreos are vegan! Just because someone is vegan, it doesn’t mean it is the healthiest diet. Just like with any diet, we need to be careful we aren’t consuming processed foods and junk. Vegetarian and vegan diets always sounded so healthy to me, until I tried this challenge. That had me researching and reading labels like crazy!It amazes me the things that are vegan and vegetarian!
  6. Vegan is a lot more strict than vegetarian. I met some vegans on my journey and found out way more about the lifestyle than I had previously known. Vegan is such a personal lifestyle that goes way beyond just food. Vegan are super passionate. One girl I spoke with said, “There are times I am on the phone with clothing companies before I buy a shirt I like, because I need to see if they are vegan friendly!” I get sick of reading food labels, I can’t imagine having to read food, clothing, furniture and labels for every product I own. I give vegans props!
  7. I like meat. I enjoy a good burger now and then. My second day as a vegetarian, my husband decided to take me to my favorite burger joint! I had to order a vegetarian burger. While I loved the vegetarian burger, I missed my red meat!
  8. Will I go vegetarian forever? No, I believe there are some benefits to eating high quality meat. With that said, I will probably make the bulk of my meals plant based and eat meat a couple times a week. I no longer feel the need to pack my plate with mostly meat.
  9.  Vegetarian, Vegan and Paleo aren’t that different. Yes, one eats meat, two eat eggs and some dairy products, one avoids all animal products. However, when we get down to it, the goal of all 3 diets is to focus on plants as a main source of nutrients. Many of the Paleo meals I eat, are also vegetarian or vegan approved.
  10. I Love a challenge! Taking time to push myself with food gives me time to think and reflect on how I live and feed my family. I found some incredible delicious recipes that I can incorporate into my weekly meals. My son discovered a love for eggplant! I encourage you to break down your food barriers and mindset, give a plant based diet a try for just a few days.

After doing a ton of research on Vegetarian diets, I decided that Dr. Hyman’s article resonated with me more than any other article I’ve read about food. I absolutely love his vision of food freedom and balancing our diets. More plants is the way to go!

I got asked if I was going to try full Vegan next, I am not sure thats on the menu right now but I am not against it. I love finding what works for me and I love trying new things. Will you give Vegetarian a try? What scares you about trying new diets? How can I help?

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Back To School Spiced Apple-Nut Bites

Back To School Spiced Apple-Nut Bites

Nothing says Fall is almost here like back to school! Be prepared for after school snacks and cool fall days with these tasty bites. Print Back To School Spiced Apple-Nut Bites Looking for a quick, back to school snack? Something quick you can whip up […]

Vegan Butternut Squash Noodles ( Think Ramen Style)

Vegan Butternut Squash Noodles ( Think Ramen Style)

Print Vegan Butternut Squash Noodles (Think Ramen Style) Course Main Course Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 4 People Ingredients 3 Cups Vegetable Broth 1 Cup Red pepper Sliced 1/2 Cup Mushrooms Diced 3 Cloves Garlic Minced 1/4 […]

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

Looking for a delicious Chocolate treat? Look no further, these chocolate cupcakes are sure to satisfy any chocolate lovers cravings. The best part, you can share them with your vegan friends or friends that have egg and dairy allergies. I promise, these will be devoured fast so make sure you save one for yourself!

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Vegan Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo option, 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 9 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 4 oz. Applesauce option: 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oi, melted Option: Grassfed Butter

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips Option: Enjoy Life Brand
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter Option: Cashew Nut Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil, Melted
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

    In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and blend well.

    Scoop batter into the cupcake tins and place in the oven.

    Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick test comes out clean. 

    Remove and cool completely on a wire rack. 


Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. Place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. 

    Place in the microwave and cook for 30 seconds. 

    Remove and mix well.

    Place back in the microwave for 30 more seconds.

    Remove and mix well. 

    Let cool slightly to firm up, top cool cupcakes with frosting.

    Option: use as a dip for fruit! 

 

Looking Back To My First Post: Paleo Progress and Starting out

Looking Back To My First Post: Paleo Progress and Starting out

Reflecting on our Journey 5 and a 1/2 years ago. Who would have thought this journey would have lasted so long! I am still so proud of Brandon and our journey together!  It is 2 days after the biggest eating day of the year and Brandon […]


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