Transitioning to the Paleo lifestyle with Natalie of Perry’s Plate
I’ve been following and enjoying Natalie’s blog for as long as I can remember…
Strangest thing is, she announced her transition into the Paleo world just as I was seriously considering joining the lifestyle myself.
I couldn’t have been happier with her announcement! I might even say that, unbeknownst to her, she strongly influenced me to take the plunge.
Although I chose to jump right in with both feet, full speed ahead, Natalie’s approach was more of a slow transition. Hey, unlike me, she has other people to think about!
If you too are thinking of transitioning into the lifestyle, she’s got some great tip to help you do just that.
Oh, and a whole bunch of tasty (and nutritious) recipes, too!
Hello Healthy Foodie fans! I’m Natalie, and I blog over at Perry’s Plate. I’m excited that Sonia asked me to fill in for her. I enjoy Sonia and her blog so much, and I’m excited that she’s jumped on the paleo train!
We try to eat mostly paleo at our house. I think the paleo lifestyle can be intimidating, especially if you think you’re going to be eating steaks and salad for the rest of your existence. Not true, my friends.
To ease our transition (with three young kids it has to be gradual!), I tried to develop recipes that mimic non-paleo ones.
We’re big pancake eaters around here, and my kids aren’t fans of the almond-flour-only type. To make sure breakfast isn’t one big carb-fest, I like to make breakfast crumbles to change things up, like this Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble. Sometimes we eat it with yogurt and sometimes with whipped coconut cream.
We also really love soup, and this Simple Roasted Tomato Soup is so flavorful and will use up a lot of those tomatoes pouring out of your garden! Leftover grilled chicken is great to add for protein.
This is one of those mimicking recipes that I mentioned. I love the alternative “crust” in this Chicken Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Biscuits!
While we do eat a lot of chicken, fish, and eggs, we also eat our fair share of red meat. Organic, grass-fed beef, that is. We bought our second share of beef this summer and have enjoyed it so much! These Chipotle Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Burgers are the first burger I’ve ever had that I didn’t really miss having a bun. Honest.
When we first started ditching grains, I thought I would have to be more creative with vegetables, but, that’s not always the case. This Marinated Zucchini is so, so simple. Just grilled zucchini with a vinaigrette-like topping and some fresh herbs. And a little time. That’s it! (And don’t tell me you don’t have any zucchini. You’re either lying or doing a good job of avoiding your neighbors.)
I love it when desserts and snacks can be interchangeable. And it’s also nice when a craving for something completely unhealthy that I LOVE (like cookie dough) can be satisfied with something that’s relatively healthy. I’m into making my own Larabars lately, and these Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars are our favorites!
You can find more of my paleo recipes over at Perry’s Plate!
Come by and visit!