I’m finished with the first week of my Whole30, and feeling pretty great. You can see almost every delicious thing I’ve eaten over on Instagram–I’ve been having so much fun trying out new recipes and revisiting old favorites. Doing a challenge like this really gets the creativity flowing!
So far I’m breezing through each day without craving any off-plan foods–I even survived a friend’s birthday party last night without any serious yearnings for the cake, cookies, booze, or tortilla chips that everyone else was enjoying. I sipped on seltzer with lime, snacked on mixed nuts, and felt pretty darn virtuous.
This gluten free, grain free cherry clafoutis is as easy as pancake batter to whip up, and bakes into a fluffy cake that’s as wonderful for breakfast as dessert.
The key to sticking with the Whole30 throughout a busy work week is planning and preparation. This weekend I’m planning to make big batches of a few different meals so I can bring leftovers to school for lunch, and even eat leftovers some nights for dinner if I’m too tired to cook. However, even though I occasionally enjoy a good dinner for breakfast, most mornings I want something a little more traditional.
So, today I’m sharing my plan for prepping a week of paleo breakfasts. These ideas are perfect if you’re doing a Whole30, but are also just great if you have a goal to start each day with a healthy breakfast. Most of these ideas do require you to get up and cook, but it should only take about 10 minutes, and for a nutritious & tasty breakfast, it’s worth it.
Me and pumpkin–it’s not over! Whenever I have leftover pumpkin in the fridge, I can’t stop myself from adding it to almost all things. This past weekend, I went to see my little sister, who’s 15, cheer at her high school’s last home game of the regular season. The game fell on my dad’s birthday, so I wanted to bring a little something sweet for the post-game celebration. Unfortunately, in addition to her dairy and soy allergies, my sister is also currently avoiding nuts, citrus, and chocolate as part of an anti-migraine diet. And, of course, I wanted whatever I made to be gluten-free.
Well, what was left that COULD go in these treats? Pretty much just pumpkin (and a few coconut products). I ended up making gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free pumpkin cupcakes, and while I didn’t think they were good enough to share with all of you, my sister really liked them.
The cupcakes only used a cup or so of pumpkin, so I was left with some extra, which was burning a hole in my pocket/fridge… Can that expression apply to food you really want to use up? Or is it only for money you’re dying to spend?