In a recent post, I mentioned I had adopted a vegetarian diet this week, which has prompted me to write a little more about what I am eating lately, especially since I launched my Paleo Lifestyle last year.
Here's the scoop -
There are many reasons why a paleo diet is beneficial to some individuals. Infact, I fully support limiting grains, refined sugar and dairy as I believe my digestive health is more effective when I am eating a cleaner diet.
On the other hand - I like cupcakes.
Or, more accurately - I like to bake.
And, whilst you can make some frickin amazing things to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the paleo rules (see below), I did infact fall off the strict paleo bandwagon.
So rather than define my eating habits, I am now learning to eat what I want, when I want, without putting a label on it.
Example A - this week, I am eating gorgeous fresh fruits and vegetables.
Does this make me a vegetarian? Well, that's up to you to decide.
But consider this - next week I might feel like steak everyday.. who knows?!
What I do know, is that my food is not sourced from a box or a jar. Or through the car window!
More and more, I am trying to tune into what my body needs and feed it accordingly.
And while it would be both amazing and disastrous for my body to tell me I need chocolate, I know that sweets and treats are usually requested from a place of want (and/or boredom!).
So back to paleo - Last year, I made my favourite grain-free waffles and didn't share them with the world.
Here they are - Give them a try.
Grain Free Waffles
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup sparkling water
4 TBSP melted coconut oil
1-2 TBSP maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat your waffle iron.
In a medium mixing bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
Then add the all the remaining wet ingredients and mix to combine.
Next using a hand mixer beat the batter ingredients for 1 minute, this will help make a fluffier batter and better waffles.
Lightly grease your waffle iron and place about 3/4 cup of batter (or the amount per the directions for your particular model of waffle iron).
I cook my waffles for 3 minutes and they turn out perfect every time, but you will need to experiment with your waffle iron to find the amount of time that works best for yours.
Remove from waffle iron and serve with your desired garnishes.