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Quick and Easy Paleo Banana Almond Smoothie

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So far, except for a week where I was sick (and it’s easier just to grab a can of Campbell’s soup that I can swallow instead of spending time trying to figure out what to eat paleo), I have been going strong on the paleo challenge.  I have been enjoying it because  I have gotten to try some new recipes and such.

I thought I would share some of the things that I have eaten while on the paleo challenge that I have enjoyed for any other paleo eating people out there that are looking for recipes.

As far as breakfast goes, I like to make omelettes, but there are some mornings when I keep hitting the snooze button and end up not having time to assemble an omelette.  So I resorted to an on-the-go smoothie I can make and take on the road with me.

My Morning Paleo Smoothie is as follows:


Paleo Banana Almond Smoothie

1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Banana, cut up an frozen (I like to cut up my bananas and put them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer)
1 1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter
1 Tbsp raw Honey
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for Protein (optional) 

Place it in a blender and blend it up!


I don’t typically like to use ice in my smoothies (I’m weird like that) but that’s just me.

I know there are many different type of smoothies you can make, but these are ingredients I almost always have in my kitchen while eating paleo, so this was the easiest option for me.

As for dinner, some days when I get home from the gym, I’m hungry but don’t feel like spending a lot of time preparing a meal.  Something that I found while on the paleo diet that I love is spaghetti squash. I usually like to cook a spaghetti squash on Sunday or Monday night to use throughout the week.  Here is a quick video I found that shows how to bake spaghetti squash:

Having a bunch of spaghetti squash for the week is a nice go-to option for me when I don’t feel like doing too much.

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This was a simple dinner that took about 10 minutes to put together.  I used spaghetti squash, leftover cooked chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces, grape tomatoes cut in half, and spinach.  I sauteed it in a bit of coconut oil and seasoned it with salt, pepper, basil and oregano.  It was delicious!

I’ve done similar variations with different spices and meat.  I keep a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer and sometimes use that with spaghetti squash and olive oil, and whatever chopped veggies I have and whatever seasonings I feel like sprinkling in the mix.

 

 

A couple recipes that I have found and enjoyed:

Coconut Shrimp – I love coconut shrimp so I had to give this a try.  Simple and yummy!

Banana Pancakes – I LOVE these pancakes and cook them for my boyfriend and I, and serve with pure organic maple syrup.  So good!

Roasted Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash – One of the simple things I tried during the week with some spaghetti squash I had already cooked.

Sweet Potato Home Fries – These are great for breakfast! Serve them with fried eggs or omelettes..yum…

Hope that’s helpful for any others trying paleo!

<3 Jordan

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