Asian Chicken Salad

I can’t claim credit for this salad.  I can claim credit that I made it and it tastes DELICIOUS.  A few notes before you click on the link to the recipe.  I got the recipe from Julia who has a website called paleomg.com  I freaking LOVE her.  I also LOVE LOVE her food.  Couple things, I don’t have a “submersion blender” I had to google that quick because around here I am rocking basics like spatulas.  The most impressive piece of cookware or appliance I own is the Ninja blender.  That was a hand-me-down from the parents.  They upgraded to a Vitamix or something.  The Ninja works just fine for me and is way better than the piece of crap blender I was using before.

Anyways about the recipe.  I bought the cabbage in a mixed bag. I’m lazy like that.  I don’t frankly have time to buy a ball of cabbage and then cut it up.  Nor do I have time to julienne carrots.  The bag had it all.  Simplify.

I was a little freaked out by the raw egg.  According to her site if the egg is free range it should be fine.  I went ahead and went with it. I haven’t gotten sick so I will assume she was right.  I blended it all up in the Ninja.  I cooked the chicken mixed it together with the dressing, cabbage mix, and put it in a metal bowl to cool off in the fridge.  Then I ate two bowls of it. Yum.   Here is a link to the recipe:  PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes – Asian Chicken Salad.

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Super simple healthy bowl of goodness

Okay so it doesn’t get any easier than this.  You might think this looks incredibly boring.  It does.  But it tastes amazing.

Half an avocado cut into chunks

Cherry Tomatoes

Some high quality cheese.  Make sure it is full fat.

Handful of olives.  I freaking love olives

Throw it all in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.  Eat it up.Image

Fruit Smoothie-with hidden ingredients including avocado

What You Need: See ingredient sidebar for photos and WHY I use the ingredients I do

1-1/2 cups Fage Total Fat plain yogurt

1/2 Banana

5 Frozen Strawberries

Handfull of Frozen Blueberries

Quarter of an avocado

Coconut Milk Unsweetened-around a cup (I honestly just guestimate this.  If you want it thinner use more, thicker use less)

Throw it all in the blender, I use a Ninja blender, and a ninja it is.  It sounds like a straight team of ninjas coming through my kitchen, but it does make a damn good smoothie 🙂

*I use frozen fruit to make it icy

*I give him a straw because it is easier to drink and avoids a hot mess of a spill

* I Also sneak in 4 capsules of fish oil made for kids (has some citrus flavor)

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Paleo Pancake Recipe! He WILL eat these and LOVES them

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2 eggs

1/4 cup coconut milk unsweetened 

1 Heaping Tablespoon of Coconut flour

Cinnamon-just shake a little in there 🙂

Coconut Oil

Truvia-to sprinkle over pancakes

In mixing bowl mix: eggs, coconut milk, coconut flour, and cinnamon.

Heat pan to medium and use a pan safe brush to lightly coat pan with coconut oil.  Pour batter into pan and you will see the edges start to firm up.  Gently lift the edges to check underneath like you would a regular pancake, flip once.

To eliminate high loads of sugar instead of using syrup, or even organic maple syrup I sprinkle truvia and cinnamon on top of the pancakes.  He ALWAYS asks for seconds

Note: These pancakes don’t get dark brown like regular pancakes, they stay a lighter color.

Disclaimer about this blog and myself

This blog isn’t going to be sugary and sweet and me claiming to have it all together.  Rather, completely the opposite.  I am not supermom and don’t claim to be. In fact if you are a supermom or know one, send her my way to help me get all my shit together.  I won’t be posting a daily craft (although I do love some crafts),  I don’t make my son’s Halloween costumes, I forget to brush his teeth, and sometimes he is late for daycare.  He just missed a field trip because I completely forgot about it.  His daycare was going bowling, and he missed it because of me.  The icing on the cake is that he has never been bowling which I assume most kids his age have at least tried. I added that experience to my collection of “mother of the year awards” I have earned (head down in shame). Until recently, Noah has slept in my bed with me since he was a newborn.  As a single mom it was easier, at least that felt and sounded like a great excuse.  At 3 1/2 I finally got him in his own bed, with the condition that I would lay with him and he could hold my hand and rub my pinky (something he has done since he was born), until he fell asleep.  A week ago I decided to reclaim my hand and sanity.  He needed to find his own pacification system which didn’t involved me being present while my mental laundry list went nuts while I was laying there.  Pickup the house, finish the laundry, load the dishwasher, do some writing, clean, clean, clean.  Or god forbid if I actually watched a TV show or something like that.  Due to the withdrawls of “pinky” the past 5 nights have been pretty stressfull.  He cries, he pleads, he begs.  He yells “momma I don’t got this.”  Which is actually hilarious because when he is hesitant about something I tell him “you got this!”  I do still allow him to crawl in bed with me if he wakes up in the middle of the night.  Admittedly I love my snuggle time with him.  We call each other “snugglebug” for christ’s sake!!  I yell too much, am often impatient, and am very guilty of doing things “for” him because me helping him with his shoes is 10x faster when I am trying to get out of the fucking door.  Therefore this blog will include cursing, me being inappropriate and often obnoxious. After all my son does all of the above minus the cursing, and this blog is “me” time.  Any of the suggestions I offer on here are merely suggestions.  What works for me may not work for you, and I am by no means an “expert” or parenting, nutrition or anything else I discuss on here, as clearly defined by my shortcomings above.  I am a mom who is constantly striving to be the best I person, role model, and nurturer to my son.  My main concern is for Noah to grown up healthy,  and to have a strong sense of empathy for others.  Yep that really is it.  I don’t need an all-star sports player, or a son who is accepted to Harvard.  I want a healthy happy and NICE kid.  That can’t be too hard right? As I say to him “I got this!”

Picky Eater Here

As a baby Noah would eat almost anything.  All the nasty mushy baby food sent him into a feeding frenzy and he could clear three containers of carrots and peas.  He would plow through a container of peas while I stood hiding in the corner still gagging and recovering from the smell of opening them.  That smell today makes me want to puke.  At Thanksgiving he ate turkey as I smiled happily at our first Thanksgiving (he was almost 2), he loved spaghetti, chicken, and steak.  He has always loved yogurt and peanut butter.  As he grew older and pickier peanut butter became the fall back food (and hey it was full of protein).  I once walked into my parent’s to see Noah sitting in his high chair with a piece of chicken smeared with peanut butter on it.  My mom said “but I thought it would help him to eat it.”  I went a little ballistic over that.  One thing was for sure I wasn’t going to feed my child something I would never eat, let alone smell.

In the past 2 years he had gone from being a food disposal system to putting up filters for everything except for peanut butter, waffles or pancakes, sweet potatoes (but I HAD to remove the skin), granola bars, and pretty much anything else carby, sweet, and crunchy.  I swear it was like he had an alarmed sensory system for healthy food.  And by “healthy” food I mean normal food.

I tried it all.  I would put out a meal and say “this is dinner.” Everyone says if kids get hungry enough they will eat.  I call bullshit on that.  Not this boy.  If he wouldn’t eat dinner one of two things was guaranteed to happen. I was always braced for both.

Scenario 1:  He would look at me and say “okay that’s fine, I don’t want dinner.”  I would plead with “there won’t be any snacks later” to which he would turn with this twisted little grin on his face and say “that’s fine I don’t want any snacks.”

Scenario 2: After I took his plate he would start crying, begging, pleading for something else to eat, bracing for a meltdown  I would cave and say “okay but only something healthy like yogurt or a banana.” I mean he had to eat something right??  So maybe the joke was on me because I wouldn’t let him starve it out.  Something about my kid being hungry just doesn’t sit right with me.

I read articles about 80% of brain development being done by age 2 or something like that.  I thought to myself this kid is fucked.  I’ve ruined him.  I gave him vitamins, I would bribe him with treats. “Eat these four pieces of chicken and you can have a granola bar.” Because at least that was something right?  Then I would wonder did the chocolate covered granola bar cancel out any benefit of those 4 pieces of chicken?

Then I moved on to being convinced he had texture issues.  As an occupational therapy student, I became convinced he had a sensory processing disorder that made him unable to “handle” certain textures.  He went from eating yogurt with chunks of fruit in it to gagging at anything that wasn’t smooth.  I would force him to try something like spaghetti and he would gag, his eyes would water and I literally thought “my god he’s gonna choke to death!”

It was time I called myself on MY bullshit.   I would reason with myself  “I never feed him fast food, Cheez-Itz aren’t chips, chocolate laced granola bars aren’t candy bars. He takes vitamins.  I didn’t buy junk food like chips, candy, cookies, pop, or other typical kid treats. See he doesn’t eat so bad! It could be worse he could eat fast food everyday!  But I was worried about him not getting the vitamins and nutrients he really needed for growing and brain development.

Noah’s typical day consisted of MULTIGRAIN waffles smothered in HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FREE syrup.  Lunch would be ALMOND butter and jelly, lots of jelly, some WHOLE GRAIN goldfish with NO ARTIFICIAL COLORING, and fruit snacks made from FRUIT and VEGETABLE juice.  As you can see I emphasize all the “HEALTHY” qualities of these foods.  The only thing I know now is that there was ONE thing I was giving him that was healthy.  The almond butter.  That is it.

Now don’t go thinking I am judging ANY of you.  We all do what we have to do to feed our kids. People have different eating habits and just because someone does something one way has nothing to do with how much they care about their kids or their wellbeing.  I can already see you backing away, the raised eyebrows and the pursed lips. I see you.  “Oh hell no did she just say that fruit and juice flavored fruit snacks are bad?” Yes. I. Did. But by “bad” I mean bad in that they prevent me from reaching my goal for my son, and that is removing the sugar addiction and getting the good nutrients into my beautiful 4-year-old little boy.