Food Philosophy

I am a firm believer that we will only feel as good as the food we put in our bodies.  My views on “good foods” for our family has been changing quite a bit recently.  This is what we’re in the process of cutting out:

Bread, pasta, rice, grains in general, refined sugars, artificial ingredients, any kind of processed foods, bad oils (canola, vegetable, corn)

And this is what we’re emphasizing:

Vegetables, meat, fruit, nuts

In theory, pretty straightforward.  In practice, it takes a little creativity.  Especially with an incredibly picky toddler.  Thankfully when you decide to commit to a Paleo diet there are a huge amount of resources out there.  You’ll notice that when I share recipes on the blog from here on out they will follow the Paleo philosophy more or less.  You know what?  After practicing this new type of food philosophy for the last month I can honestly say I haven’t felt better. And when I stray, say to enjoy an extra delicious dessert, I never end up thinking “wow that was worth it.”  Sugary highs or carb-overloads no more!

Here’s a recipe to show you how delicious eating healthy can be!

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies 

modified from whole family fare

  • 2 cups ground walnuts (did this in food processor)
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds (you could use almond flour here I just didn’t have any)
  • 1/2  c. + 3tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • approx. 1/2 cup chocolate chips  (use a good quality dark chocolate)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.  Shape dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter.  Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.

Notes:

  • There is quite a bit of debate about whether flaxseed is good/bad for you.  After reading a little bit from each side I still don’t really have an educated opinion on it.  I would say use flax in moderation and do your own research if you’d like more information.
  • Coconut oil is great for greasing pans!
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