He really does love me!

Monday was our ten year wedding anniversary. Today I got my present.

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I loved my old blender, but it was older than the marriage by a few years and showing its age. It was time for an upgrade.

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Summer CSA

This week is my first CSA basket since summer officially started, and it is a good one:

Collard Greens, Black Kale, Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes (Green Zebra), Eggplant, Green Bell Peppers, Swiss Chard, Red Kale, Cucumbers, Pluots, Celery, Basil, Nectarines, Peaches, Fennel, Dill, Carrots, Pink Turnips, and Romanesco Cauliflower.

It smells so good!

There was also a bunch of beets and quite a bit of broccoli. I traded those for extra eggplants and cucumbers. No matter how excited I get about broccoli looking like little trees the husband and kid just don’t fall for it and the poor broccoli ends up languishing in the refrigerator.

Cucumber “chips” are big sellers though.

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I also picked up some of Farmer George’s ridiculously good strawberries, as the end of the season is this Saturday. I already have a ton of fruit, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of passing on his strawberries while I still had a chance.

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Even Bunny gets a treat. Yum! Carrot tops!

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CSA Basket – May 15

Here is my CSA basket this week:

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It contained:

Beets, Collard Greens, Black Kale, Avocado, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard, Red Kale, Purple Kale, Red Turnip, Savoy Cabbage, Cucumbers, Carrots, Fuji Apples, Red Leaf Lettuce, Radishes, Grapefruits, Celery, Cauliflower and Zucchini, Romanesco Cauliflower, Green Beans and Snap Peas.

I switched out the beets and radishes for an extra kohlrabi, a cucumber, and an apple. Beck ate the apple on the way home from the farm.

I had trouble fitting it all into the refrigerator. I made some kale chips and collard/apple juice in the afternoon which I shared with my neighbor and made paleo zucchini bread in the evening. That barely put a dent in it. I better get cooking!

Paleo Picnic

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Sliced turkey and ham, cucumber, snap peas, avocado, kale chips, fresh bread and butter pickles, and a fennel, orange and olive salad.

Enjoyed on a towel in the backyard with my husband as our son flitted around us.

Quick and Easy “Deviled” Eggs

So, I’m a mom. That means I have things to do, and not always a lot of time to do them. Like eating breakfast.

This is what I ate this morning. It took about a minute to make.

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I simply cut a few hard boiled eggs in half, sprinkled them with some seasoned salt (plain sea salt and pepper will do just fine) and put a little dollop of mustard on top. Add some capers if you want to be all fancy.

See, quick and easy.

Trader Joes sells bags of cage free hard boiled eggs. I recently started buying them and have fallen in love. Peeling hard boiled eggs frustrates me to no end and I would rather put my energy elsewhere. Of course, you can make your own hard boiled eggs ahead of time and just keep them in the refrigerator.

I Did It!

Twenty-one days of strict low sugar paleo. No cupcakes, no pieces of chocolate, no chips, no fruit other than a few apples and some slightly underripe bananas. I had a few slips, namely the juice fiasco and some cashews in a smoothie, but overall I did pretty good.

How do I feel? Great. My energy levels and moods are more stable.

How do I look? Great. I didn’t loose any weight, but my tummy and thighs have thinned out.

Will I keep this up? No. I will continue to eat a mainly grain free diet for the foreseeable future and will limit legumes, refined sugars, modern seed oils and other processed foods. I will be incorporating fruit back into my diet. I also will be doing some paleo baking. I just won’t eat as much of it. (At least, I will try not to.)  I will definitely have chocolate again!

Will I do this again? Maybe. While I don’t think it is healthy to eat excessively most of the time and then go on a crash diet to make up for it, I think it is ok to eat relatively healthy most of the time, allowing for some treats, and then doing something like going off sugar for a few weeks to keep you in check.

So what did I eat on my last day of the challenge?

Breakfast was one egg scrambled with dandelion greens, onion, young garlic and kalamata olives topped with orange zest. I’ve discovered that the secret to the dandelion greens, at least for me, is to cook them in coconut oil.

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For lunch I had two eggs, two chicken sausages, and sautéed greens.  One of the yolks broke while I was cooking it.  Boo!

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In the afternoon my sister and I had a virtual tea party via text message. She had chamomile citrus tea with green apple, prosciutto, and raw almonds. I had rooibos chai with pistachios.

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For dinner I made a salad with arugula, grated carrots and beet, a chicken patty, and guacamole. The beet was white in the inside with faint pink rings. Interesting.

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This evening I had a homemade coconut yogurt that I didn’t take a picture of because it didn’t think I would actually eat it, but it turned out I did. I made it with just coconut milk and a probiotic in my yogurt maker. A bit of an experiment. It needs some tweaking, but I think it shows promise.

So that is it. Twenty one days, done.

Stay tuned . . .

No Tortilla Tuesday

We all woke up late this morning. I went to bed way too late last night, then woke up at some point and took forever to get back to sleep. The only reason we woke up was I have an alarm on my phone at 7:30 for my son. We need to be out the door at 8:15 for school. Of course, today was spring picture day.

My husband got our son in the shower while I got dressed and went into the kitchen to make breakfast for everyone and a snack for school. I went with a smoothie because everyone could drink it.

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One can of Trader Joe’s light coconut milk, half a can of water, handful of macadamia nuts, a bunch of spinach, and one banana. Blend. Serves two grown ups and a six year old.

I also had some leftover cochinita pibil since I was going straight to the gym after dropping him off at school.

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For lunch I had a big salad with various greens, a shredded carrot, and a can of sardines on top. Drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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After chasing my son around the neighborhood on his big wheeler I had half a green apple, almond butter and shredded coconut.

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I made tacos for dinner with the leftover cochinita pibil. I just had mine plain since I didn’t have any big lettuce to wrap it with in leu of a tortilla. I also made guacamole and roasted cauliflower, broccoli and baby turnips.

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Tomorrow is my last day of the sugar detox. Stay tuned.