Paleo On The Go

How can two little Humans require so much running around and movement!?

12631504_208951726122500_2563394526883689838_n          Some days they are more exhausting than triathlons and half marathons! I’ve discovered the truth in people saying, I don’t have time to eat because I have kids. I’ve had to take a step back over the last few months and create a Paleo routine with my new family dynamic.

I did a Whole 30 in January and it really helped me reflect on how Food is meant to heal and make us feel good. I have fallen in love with the Paleo lifestyle as a mom because I am able to teach my children what a healthy relationship with food can look like.

With that said.. WE ARE SO BUSY! I have officially stock piled my house with Paleo foods for on the go.

Plantain chips, RX BARS, trailmix and homemade muffins. I’ve never seen so many mason jars and tupperware containers in my pantry!! And of course our favorite Paleo food Thunderbird Bars

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It is no new message that my Husband and I have been huge fans of Thunderbird bars for a long time now. I’ve tweeted and posted about them before but being a mom now, this love has grow even stronger. My son loves these bars and I am thrilled that our family can buy a box of bars and be satisfied for meals or snacks. I don’t have to make or find 4 different snacks for each of us! THANK YOU THUNDERBIRD BAR!

(I should note, I am not sponsored by this company. I just strongly believe in supporting good business and especially ones who value quality foods like we do! GO PALEO) 

If you haven’t tried these bars, you are missing out. Not only do they contain good ingredients, their customer service is incredible. I believe in their message:

“Real Food, Real Energy for Real People”. 

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Do yourself a favor and Buy your loved ones these bars for Valentines Day. Nothing says I love you like the Hazelnut + Coffee + Maca bars. I was worried about the caffeine in these bars since I have been caffeine free for almost 7 years but I couldn’t resist trying them and so far, no caffeine headaches or side effects! (I’m not letting my 2 year old eat them though- mostly because they are too delicious for him! hahaha selfish mommy!) These bars taste like coffee brownies – SERIOUSLY, WHY AREN’T THEY IN YOUR SHOPPING CART YET?

We both agree our favorite is the Hazelnut. Super Hubby loves the Pineapple + Mango + Papaya. Baby boy and I are obsessed with sharing the Cashew + Fig + Carrot bars or the Cherry + Walnut + Cinnamon bars.

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These bars are excellent on the go snacks because they actually satisfy your hunger.

So if you are busy like me – buy some bars and keep them in your bag, car or bed side table (don’t judge, I’m a nursing momma!)

My husband has been using these bars to fuel him during and post races!

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Anytime we can support real food, good ingredients and awesome business, I say it’s a blessing!

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So Thunderbird, Thanks and keep making these delicious bars.  I’ve been told Whole Foods carries them, but since I am so far away from Whole Foods- I order online Here!

 

What Fuels you? What are your Go-To PALEO on the go foods?

 

 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Paleo Bars

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We are always looking for fast snacks to grab on the go and I know this will only be more useful when baby number 2 arrives and as my little one gets older. For those busy families, this bar is for you! These take 2 minutes to create and only 13-15 minutes to bake. These taste similar to Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Quaker.

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Paleo Crunch

Paleo Crunch
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 c Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 c Sunflower seeds
  • 1 c Almond Meal
  • 1 c Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  • 2 c Almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 c Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 c Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a cookie tray with a silpat or parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl, add seeds, almond flour and nuts. Mix well
  4. Add in Honey, oil and Vanilla, stir until combined.
  5. Spread mixture onto the cookie tray.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Flip it over/ stir it around  and bake it for another 5 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and let it cool for 10 minutes
  9. This stores well in a tightly closed tupperware. I keep mine in the pantry for 5-7 days.
*The great thing about this recipe is that you can do so many different variations. Even if you can’t have some of the ingredients or are missing a few- use these guidlines to make you own variation. I’ve baked it with 1/2 a cup or raisins for a sweeter treat. It goes great with some fruit and dark chocolate or just a simple bowl of crunch and almond milk.

 

Simple Whipped Cream

Cream on a Berry Tartlet

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Creating a whipped cream to dip my fruit in was a must for me. Sometimes you just need a little extra sweetness to your day. This is a very simple and delicious Whipped cream. I use it for fruit, pie and garnishes. It is a light and guilt free treat. I always make a small amount so that I don’t go crazy and put it on everything. You can duplicate the recipe depending on what you are using it for. I triple it when I am using it for cupcake icing or doing a layered cake/berry treat.

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Paleo Mint Chip Ice Cream

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I like to make recipes that use common household kitchen utensils and ingredients. I hate when I read a yummy recipe and it has so many things I would need to go out and buy.  I don’t have an ice cream maker handy.  I know a lot of people don’t just have that lying around but I love ice cream so, I created this “no ice cream maker required” Paleo Mint Chip Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 2 tsp. Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 C. Full Fat Coconut Cream (the thick stuff off of the top of a refrigerated can of Coconut Milk)
  • 2 tsp. Honey
  • 1/8 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • A Dash of Alcohol Free Peppermint Extract (to do a dash, I use half of an 1/8 tsp.) but just tiny drop will do. You can add more depending on how minty you like your ice cream.
  • 2 TBSP. Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life Brand)

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Jelly Donut Muffins

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Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to go to work with my dad and we would get Dunkin’ Donuts sometimes and I always loved getting Jelly donuts just like him. While I’ve cut out my Jelly donut intake, that doesn’t mean I don’t still crave it (especially now that I am pregnant)! Why is it that you crave childhood foods when you are pregnant?? If I ask for a strawberry Pop-tart with icing…Just say NO!!!

These muffins are great with the Jelly but they are also delicious with just the cinnamon Sugar. They Jelly is totally optional!

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