No more Cereal….now what?

Since turning the paleo leaf, it has been a fairly easy transition into lunch and dinner.  Straight forward, easy to maneuver from the regular sandwiches to left overs, ‘meat’ rolls, soups etc. I had lots of ideas, looked up a ton of recipes and felt totally confident about preparing easy and yummy meals.  Breakfast…. that has me stumped…still.   I have 6 kids, and 4 of the live at home. We often go for quantity as they are boys, big boys with big appetites.  Cereal and toast was the usual breakfast fare. Every commercial, every tv show you see that cereal is what you are meant to have to start your day right.  A big bowl will give you the fuel you need to make you productive, happy and healthy;  not in the paleo world.  Not only that there was a huge sale on Kellogs cereal a few months back and I ended up with 60 boxes of different ‘ healthy’ cereals. Yes I know, excessive we’re talking less then 1.00 a box.  Not a fruit loops in the bunch but  whole grain, healthy choices ( much to my kids dismay).    Now I have about 40 boxes left, kids who I am trying to switch over to eating more Paleo and a lot less grains but where do I go from here.

 

Eggs and bacon have become a staple for me in the morning. It hit’s the spot and I’ve been obsessing over mashed carrots right now with sauteed apples, YUM!

 

Now for my 2 youngest I’m still trying to come up with some creative ideas that they will like. I have one who is all over breakfast and it’s his biggest meal of the day. The other I can barely get 1 piece of toast in him and then I know that he’s hungry at school but I don’t want to force anything on him.  He does however love fruit smoothies in the morning. I add whey protein to give it more sustenance.

Smoothies

Vanilla almond milk

frozen fruit ( whatever type you like)

1 banana

1 scoop of protein powder

Blend and enjoy….

 

I did find a fantastic recipe from PaleOMG for pancakes that the kids loved.

 

And the apples are easy and delish, but I didn’t add in the cream, just the coconut oil, apples and cinnamon. To make my life a little easier I prep the apples in the pan the night before, cover it and put in the fridge over night.  The next morning I just put in on the stove and go.  BIG timesaver.

 

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Inspired….

April 23, 2012 was the day that my best friend wrote me a message that she was following the Paleo diet, gave me a website and suggested that I look into it.  I did and instantly thought, ‘I can’t do this, no drinking, no dairy.  Nope’.  Over the next few months I kept talking to her about it, and I would read a little more about it.  I was intrigued but all I could think about was how I could possibly do this…. i mean no bread, pasta, grains at all.  I kept thinking about everything I couldn’t have.   She was telling me how she was feeling, how much better she was doing with her joints.  She had rashes that she hadn’t been able to cure for years, gone.  Her auto-immune issue under control.  She was feeling heathy, lost the pounds she had wanted to.

Her and her family were due to come visit us in Florida for 2 weeks in June and trying to be the good hostess I started researching some recipes so that she could continue eat how she wanted to and not feel like she was putting me out.  I love to cook and quickly found some yummy recipes that we all loved.  

That was 4 months ago and a transformation has been going on in my own family, one that is positive.  I started doing this for me and since I do all the cooking in the house, my husband and 4 boys have been following along, willingly.  ( again they really don’t have much choice as I am chief shopper/ baker/ cook and they all  REALLY like to eat)

I am by NO MEANS an expert, this is just my humble journey into Paleo with my family. I am so inspired but some of the other Paleo blogs that I wanted to simply throw in my measly 2 cents.  ( maybe .5 cents really).