Paleo Recipe Show Down

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Happy 4th of July!!! (a little late!)

I know I have disappeared since I did the Paleo challenge — got emotionally stressed — quit — and threw a tantrum, old school. Not apologizing — just summarizing.

But I’m back — and I haven’t quite given up on Paleo and the healthy way of eating… I like healthy. I’m a health coach.

But I’m also a mom and military spouse and I like cheap, easy, and yummy!! (Bonus points if the kids will eat it too!!)

Today we are having a Paleo Show Down!!

I had some zucchini in the fridge that needed to be used and I needed to bring a dessert to the 4th of July BBQ we attended this weekend. In full disclosure – we had never made chocolate zucchini cake/bread before (paleo or otherwise). After searching the internet and my favorite Paleo sites — I found these two recipes. Both had ingredients that I had on hand, easy to follow directions, and didn’t include a bunch of crazy prepping!! (ain’t nobody got time for that sh*t).

We have two different chocolate zucchini breads from two awesome websites!!

On the left is the Blue Team: Living Healthy w/ Chocolate: http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com/desserts/best-chocolate-zucchini-bread-gluten-free-paleo-1566/

And on the right is the Red Team: PaleOMG:
http://paleomg.com/moist-chocolate-zucchini-bread/

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**I made both recipes as directed with no alterations — I did however not have “mini loaf” pans — so they were cooked in big pans**

Waiting for them to bake and cool is torture. I WANT SNACKS!!

Results are in!!

First let me say both of these recipes were really good!! But there were slight differences that might make you decide for one over the other.

The Blue Team: (results compiled from whole family review)
looks like chocolate chip brownie
falls apart easily (in a crumbly delicious brownie/cake type of way)
kids felt is was “dry” (I thought they were nuts)

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The Red Team: (results compiled from whole family review)
looks like a banana bread
squishy
toastable/more dense
smells like fudge
has more a a cinnamon flavor/after taste

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We asked the kids to “rename” the desserts they tried — collectively the new name is: “Healthy Chocolate Awesomeness”!!

We will be making these again for sure!!

We also toasted “red team’s” the next morning buttered on the griddle. YUM! (not sure the blue team’s would have held up on the griddle).

What is the “Paleo” craze all about? Want to eliminate dairy/gluten from your diet but aren’t sure where to start??

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Day 39 of the — F*$K this I quit — Paleo Challenge

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Day 39 of the — F*$K this I quit — Paleo Challenge

I am ending my Paleo Challenge today. I made it 38days. But seriously — I’m over this. I get discouraged about having to make foods. I’m not feeling any different except for maybe a little more depressed, stressed, and drained. I’m sure some will read my journey and complain that I didn’t follow Paleo to the letter — and you’re right I didn’t. BUT as a health coach I cannot ask clients to experience something I haven’t experienced and something I’m not willing to experience. I’m not saying that Paleo isn’t healthy, that it isn’t a good path, or anything like that. What I’m saying is that it isn’t the most cost effective or easy plan for my family or life style.

I’m emotionally spent. It could be the circumstances going on in my life right now that make me feel like this is too much to take on.

I feel slightly ashamed that I couldn’t make it 45 days… however! I now know exactly what I’m asking a client to do. And while it may seem like an awesome plan on paper and meet all of the clients needs — their lifestyle and budget are huge factors to their success.

I also only needed to pass 30days of my exclusion diet to start adding in new foods. Pretty sure I want to pig out for 2 solid days and then *see* if a rash appears. That sounds like a legit way to test the doctor’s theory, amiright?!

I’m glad I took this journey. I’m not sure I saw the results that I was hoping for — but I have been rash free so that is a bonus.

Onto the next journey, experiment, and life experience that I hope will resonate with my lifestyle, personality, and beliefs.

~Clearly Unbalanced Momma

Day 38 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

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Day 38 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

It is HUMP DAAAAAY!!

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not sure of source

No workout today and another hour nap… I didn’t go to sleep until 1230a this morning — better than I was doing. I feel like I will be back on track again… by the weekend.

Breakfast: none
Snack: none
Lunch: chicken, boiled kale, and tomatoes mixed together like a salad
Snack: cashews
Dinner: cooked chicken cut into chunks, canned tomatoes, spinach, pre-cooked spaghetti squash, all mixed together and heated through

Not only is my sleep messed up — so is my eating schedule. It will all workout and it is worth it in the end.

I am so crampy today… my period better show up soon or I’ma choke someone.

Until Tomorrow

~Clearly Unbalanced

Day 37 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

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Day 37 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

Today is Booty Quake Tuesday — I was supposed to do the Week 4 of the Roller Derby Athletics free workout. I will hopefully be able to be back into my routine tomorrow. I stayed up late again (even though I *could* have gone to bed earlier and started to get back on track — I didn’t realize it was so late already!)

Breakfast: none
Snack: 2 bacon strips, can o’ mandarin oranges, some cashews
Lunch: 2 chicken and apple sausages (Aidell’s brand)
Snack: 2tblspn chocolate and mixed nuts
Dinner:  none

Today was a busy day that resulted in a 2hour nap. I will be heading to bed earlier than I have been going to bed and I will hopefully be back on track in a few days.

Until tomorrow

~Clearly Unbalanced Momma

Day 36 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

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Day 36 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

OH Monday, Monday, Monday.

No working out.

Breakfast: Scrambled egg with Kale, and 2 strips of turkey bacon
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Snack: didn’t eat breakfast was late
Lunch: had a handful of cashews
Snack: sliced green peppers sprinkled with salt
Dinner: sliced chicken and tri-color and green peppers with taco seasoning (chicken fajitas!!)

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Today I’m getting back on track with my sleeping schedule from the last 5 days. Hopefully, we will be back in full swing in the next couple days.

I have also been seriously thinking and researching my friends plan — this might need to happen. Sooner rather than later. Of course because of my exclusionary diet, due to my awesome full-body rash that cropped up over 30days ago — I will be talking with my doctor. But it is looking promising.

Until tomorrow.

~Clearly Unbalanced Momma

35 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

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35 of the 45 Day Paleo Challenge

Sunday… for me the hardest day of the week. It starts the next week and there is a lot of prepping, planning, and making snacks and meals for the week ahead.

No working out for the weekend.

Breakfast: no breakfast woke-up late
Snack: no snack — not hungry
Lunch: chicken breast and sliced apple
Snack: roasted broccoli, mashed cauliflower, and 1 pineapple/bacon chicken sausage and 1 chicken/apple sausage
Dinner: (ate snack late)
Dessert: 2 Tblspn Enjoy Life’s brand chocolate chunks

*dramatic scream* my time of the month is coming — my time of the month is coming — damn these chocolate cravings

I went out and the tire on my truck was completely flat; thank goodness for road side assistance. They came and helped me put my spare on. Just little added excitement for the weekend.

Until Tomorrow.

~Clearly Unbalanced Momma

Day 34 of the 45 day paleo challenge

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Day 34 of the 45 day paleo challenge

TGIS (my phone autocorrects this to THOR — *shrugs* that works too) — thank God it is Saturday.

No working out on the weekends.

I went to bed at some point in the wee hours of the morning. My kids left me alone, made breakfast, watched TV quietly, and didn’t fight! WTF?! Who are these transplants? Where are my monstrous children?

Breakfast: scrambled egg, 2 slices of turkey bacon
Snack: I made butternut squash home fries again… OMG these things are to die for
Lunch:  nothing (breakfast/snack was VERY late)
Snack: more butternut squash homefries
Dinner: HELP ME!! I can’t stop eating these homefries!!

Until Tomorrow

~Clearly Unbalanced Momma