PALEO WAFFLE Recipe {Paleo Waffles}

This year I made a conscious effort to live a healthier lifestyle. This has nothing to do with getting ready for 'bikini season' (let's be honest, after having twins that ship has sailed...) No, this decision was about trying to feel better - mind, body and soul.

Now, please don't think I'm up here on my soapbox... I FAIL miserably at this endeavor ALL THE TIME! Because it's hard to live a 2017 lifestyle, at a 2017 speed, without finding yourself in a McDonald's drive-thru... or Wendy's... or KFC... You get the idea.

And while I was making healthier choices for myself, it took a minor health scare with one of my twins to make me realize I wasn't making healthy choices for my children. While I was eating a salad, I was letting my girls eat chicken nuggets and fries. There's nothing wrong with that in moderation, but it is a problem when your children think that's the only thing they should ever have to eat.

So I've been trying to make this a family-wide, lifestyle change. And I have to say, my girls have been troopers! They don't complain about drinking water instead of juice, they actually like salad, and pretty much any vegetable is delicious when drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt and roasted!!!!

On my twins' last birthday I told them I would fix them anything they wanted for breakfast. When they requested waffles, I used it as a great opportunity to make Paleo Waffles.

Now, I don't claim to be a Paleo expert by any means...but what I do know (and love) about this food lifestyle (I HATE the word diet) is that it's basic principle is that you only eat items that would have been eaten during the Paleo era (think cave men.) So no processed foods, no dairy, no sugar. It sounds terrible, right? Well, I PROMISE you it's not! Is it challenging? Yes. Does it require planning? Absolutely! Does it make you feel better? 100 PERCENT!!!!

The main question you might have about how you make waffles without flour is; What do you use to replace the flour? The answer is one of the most AMAZING inventions EVER...Almond Flour.

This miracle in a bag's only ingredient is blanched almonds! A serving only has 6 grams of carbohydrates (2% of the daily value), 1 gram of sugar and NO sodium! How AWESOME is that? You're probably thinking, 'I bet it tastes HORRIBLE!' It may not taste like the waffles you're use to eating, but it is still delicious! Would these faces lie?

So here's the recipe! Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Paleo Waffles

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs (Vegans could use a vegan egg substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey (Vegans could use molasses or agave nectar)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (used to grease the waffle maker)

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat eggs, vanilla and honey in a smaller bowl & mix with the dry ingredients. (Note that the consistency will be a little different than you're used to because of the almond flour...Our batter looked similar to applesauce.) Plug in your waffle maker and coat with melted coconut oil (I used a marinating brush.) Pour a 1/4 cup of batter on each griddle and close the lid. Do NOT let your waffles cook the whole time your waffle maker thinks they should. The almond flour cooks quickly, so check them about half-way through the cooking cycle. Top with butter and maple syrup & ENJOY!!!!

Twice-Baked Sweet Potato RecipE

This training season I have really been trying to eat ‘clean’ - except on Saturdays after my long runs. Those are my cheat days, and they are the most glorious 12 hours of my life! French-fries, ice cream, pizza…Sorry, I just got lost in a little food porn.

Back to clean eating – which is WAY less exciting. Except for the fact that it IS exciting! It is absolutely AMAZING what our bodies can do when they are fueled and hydrated properly.

At the most basic of definitions clean eating means not putting any processed foods into your body – think sugar, flour and dairy… All the things we are ‘bread’ and conditioned to think we can’t live without in our culture. Milk! It Does a Body Good. Get SIX servings of grains and bread daily! Celebrate EVERY milestone with cake! Beef, It's What's For Dinner!

And marathoners fall into this pitfall as well. Come carbo-load with us at our pasta dinner before your race!

During my first two marathons I ate pasta EVERY Friday night. And I woke-up EVERY Saturday morning and ate a bagel with peanut butter and a banana… And I struggled with sugar drops during EVERY long run!

I heard other runners mention Friday night meals of chicken and baked potatoes, so I thought I’d try it… And I have never had a more dreadful run in my life! I felt hungry from mile three, and I vowed to never eat a baked potato before a long run again!

And that is when someone introduced me to the Sweet Potato!

Sweet Potatoes are usually more akwardly shaped than regular potatoes. While their skin is a redish tone, their insides are bright orange.

I’ve often heard people say that the more colorful your dinner plate (the food on it, anyway), the more healthy your meal. You can’t get much more colorful than the distinct, orange color of the sweet potato! Not only is it LOADED with vitamins – such as the obvious vitamin C – it is FULL of minerals runners need like iron and magnesium! But it’s the potassium that keeps me coming back for more! Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate the heartbeat while relaxing muscles and reducing swelling… Is there anything a runner could need more?

The more natural color in the food, the more vitamins & minerals!

Now if you’re anything like me, your view of the sweet potato has long been a disgusting, sticky mush covered with marshmallows at Thanksgiving (except if it’s my sister’s… I’m obligated by blood to say hers are delicious.) Something has just never seemed right with my taste buds to mix a potato with dessert!

But sweet potatoes – although sweet in nature, which is another reason they’re so wonderful for runners… because the natural sugars are released slower and more evenly into the blood stream – don’t have to be prepared that way. One of my FAVORITE Friday night meals includes twice-baked sweet potatoes.

Try them before your next long run, and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • ½ Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Sea Salt (or 2… I LOVE salt!)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (Or Ghee if you’re looking for a Paleo alternative to butter)
  • 1/8 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 Cup feta cheese

(Obviously those strictly following ‘clean’ eating to the core would avoid the dairy products, but I’ve always been one to live on the edge – so I put it in there sometimes.)

  • Directions

  • Clean sweet potato and puncture with a fork or knife
  • Drizzle with olive oil and rub into skin
  • Sprinkle with sea salt
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about an hour
  • Remove from oven and slice in half the length of the potato
  • Using a spoon, scoop out the center flesh of the potato leaving a little flesh around the edges.
  • Place the potato skins back in the oven heated to 430 degrees for 20 minutes
  • While the skins are crisping, combine your scooped out potato with your butter, Greek yogurt and cheese
  • Remove the skins from the oven, refill and return to the oven for 5 minutes