Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nuts! Our Menu Plan

Starting on Tuesday the 5th, Dave and I are going to be cuttin' out the carbs.  We're going Primal!

This winter, Dave and I watched a Netflix documentary called Fat Head (the link takes you to the  website for the movie).   We really liked the movie, and it made sense to Dave (who has read way more about nutrition and what we should and should not be eating than I have).  A little more reading and a couple more web searches and we ended up at Primal Blueprint's webpage. In short, we're going to be eating in a hunter/ gather way - meat, nuts, berries, veggies and fruits.

We ate in a primal manner this spring for a short season, and really enjoyed some positive health benefits:  Dave lost some unneeded pounds and I discovered that by cutting out the carbs during most all my meals, I have a lot more energy during the day!  No more falling asleep while reading aloud to the kids!

We got off track for a couple months, but we're both ready to make more consistent changes to our eating habits.  Two weeks ago I received Primal Blueprint: Quick and Easy Meals from Amazon:

[By the way, this recipe book might interest you if you are gluten-free, grain-free, and/or dairy-free.  I like that most of the recipes are not just making a meal for 1 or 2 -- there are often 4-6 servings for each recipe.]
My consistent problem when we're trying to eat healthy is that I just don't want to make the time to spend a couple hours a night in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up.  I've done that before, and I don't want a repeat!  Finding this recipe book will hopefully be a blessing to us.  Recipe prep and cooking is 30 minutes or less, and the recipes sound delicious.  Here's a few that we're going to try this week:

  • Dill and Caper Salmon Burgers for dinner
  • Aromatic whole grilled chicken [this should be interesting.  I get to learn how to spatchcock]
  • Nutty Blueberry protein balls for a snack or quick breakfast
  • Crustless quiche for breakfast
  • Portobello mushrooms suffed with egg and spinach for breakfast.
For now, we're not going to mess with the kids' intake of carbs too much.  I've already started limiting their carbs for snacks and asked them to eat more fruits, veggies, and protein.   We still have far too many carbohydrate snacks in the house (crackers and pretzels).   Right now, it is about getting Mom and Dad healthier and being better examples.  They will be sharing some of our dinners with us.

I foresee the biggest challenge for Dave and I at breakfast -- we have to get rid of carbs such as toast, pancakes and cereal.

I'll let you know how it goes.

So, what's something new you are going to try cooking this week?


JMC said...

Let me know how you like things. We try to low carb or no carb in general -- except when I am pregnant (now) and breastfeeding because I just crave it more and it seems to help with the sickies in early pregnancy. But once I am done nursing we will probably turn to this again. I am always looking for new resources!

Erika@RaisingLeafs said...

Good luck to you!

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