Our first stomach flu!

So my little one came down with the flu late Monday night. She was puking through the early morning and such a little trooper. When she woke up for the day she was hungry and thirsty. We sipped some water and ate thin slices of banana. It’s really hard to tell a 2 1/2 year old that she can’t have any other food. I found myself sneaking food like an inmate because she always wants to eat what I am eating. So what do you feed your little one when they have the stomach flu. Every Doc will tell you the B.R.A.T diet. Banana, rice, applesauce, and toast. We don’t keep bread in the house and we eat rice about once a week. Good thing I had left over rice in the fridge.

I was feeling a little queasy myself and really wanted some toast. It really is a curse that we have a local bakery at the top of our street that makes fresh bread every morning. Lucy and I walked up to the bakery and I got a loaf of the multi grain bread…eek! I had them toast one piece for Lucy on the way home and I have learned that this little chick likes just plain bread not toast.
So far she was keeping things down. Small sips of water, little bites of bread and thin slices of banana. I know the bread is not paleo but it seems to be the only thing she wants to eat.

I knew she would have a hard time when we sat down to dinner and she couldn’t have any of the roast chicken and veggies. I opted to make her some homemade applesauce. WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN MAKING THIS SINCE SHE WAS AN INFANT. It was so easy and so incredibly good. My husband came down with the bug on Wednesday and he got to take part in the applesauce goodness.
I came down with a rendition of the nasty bug yesterday and just can’t seem to get right. Just made some mashed potatoes and I’m feeling a little better. Here’s hoping that we have sent this bug packing!

Here is the recipe for the applesauce for those that want to give it a go!

Applesauce:
* 5-6 baby apples
* 3/4 cup of water
* 2 Tbls of raw honey
* Cinnamon (to taste, I like a lot)

1. Peel and core the apples, cut into cubes.
2. Place in a sauce pot and combine with the water, honey, and cinnamon.
3. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
4. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes, until apples are fork tender.
5. Using an emersion blender or potato masher crush the apples to desired consistency.
6. Place in a bowl and put in the fridge until cool.

Simply put… It’s this simple!

Most people I encounter assume living a paleo life style means I’m a slave to the kitchen. Do I spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Sure! It’s not because I have to. It’s because I like to cook and try new things. My daughter also loves to try new food. Her tastes truly surprise me. She loves horseradish and anything off a bone at the moment.
I captured her breakfast and lunch the other day. It was really simple.
For breakfast she had two breakfast sausage links from a local farm, some watermelon and blueberries, and a few spoonfuls (baby spoon) of almond butter. For lunch she had a few chicken drumsticks (I bought a family pack from whole foods and cooked half right away and froze the other half. By cooking a bunch a head of time I have her lunch already half prepared), left over roasted zucchini, green bell peppers and asparagus, along with a pickle and sliced grapes.
Both meals took less than 10 mins to prepare which is a big deal when you have a toddler yelling “nummy” over and over again until they have a plate of food in front of them.

If you keep things simple and plan a head you save yourself time in the kitchen if that is not where you like to be.

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She ate how much?

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Not only is Lucy a great eater, she eats everything, she eats a lot. This is a picture of her dinner plate the other night. She had balsamic chicken, 2 kosher dill pickles (only one is pictured), and broccoli that was sautéed in coconut oil.

This is what was left:

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I don’t feed her snacks because she naps shortly after she eats and she eats shortly after she wakes up. Occasionally she will wake early from a nap and I’ll give her a snack comprised of raisins or freeze dried fruits.
I am often amazed at how much this little girl can put away. But when it’s healthy whole foods I don’t worry about the amount she eats.

Eat Real
Jen

I hated meatloaf… Until Now!

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Growing up meatloaf was a staple in our house. It was cheap and easy to make for two parents who were chasing after 4 kids. I never liked it. No matter how much ketchup or tomato soup was poured on my piece, I had to choke it down. My Dad would argue that it tasted just like a burger. So not true!

About a year ago a friend posted about a meatloaf she made for her family with sweet potatoes and raisins. She said her kids gobbled it up (she also hipped me to the bacon wrapped cabbage). Missy has never steered me wrong so I thought, what the hell, and gave it a try.

HEAVEN! This meatloaf only had one thing in common with my Dad’s meatloaf. It was easy to make (aside from using the box grater on the sweet potato after a heavy shoulder work out)! This meatloaf is loaded with flavor, has a great texture, and filling. Lucy ate 2 big hunks of this last night for dinner. She fed the dogs her broccoli (I knew I should have sautéed her broccoli in coconut oil) and kept yelling for more meatloaf. She acted as if someone was going to take it from her, eating it as fast as I could put it on her tray.

You need to try this, and you need to try it now! This recipe is not mine and you can find it by using the link below. PaleoOMG is one of my favorite blogs and a great inspiration.

Savory Sweet Potato Meatloaf

Enjoy!
Eat Real – Jen

It’s Just Funny

This comic was in the paper a few weeks ago. It reminded me of Lucy’s one year check up with Pediatrician, she wanted to know how Lucy got her carbs if she wasn’t eating grains…

It also made me laugh because since starting a 30 day paleo challenge I am asked “so what do you eat” all the time. It’s not that difficult folks – real food. Meat, veggies, sone fruit, nuts and seeds. It’s so worth the effort. Get past the first two weeks and I assure you that you will wonder why it took you so long to try it in the first place. 14 days – commit for 14 days and I bet you will want to finish out the 30 days and then continue for a life time.

Consider it – just consider it. I have been asthma medication and symptom free for over two years and I have been IBS medication free for at least two years. I would add IBS symptom free as well but that’s not true. When I don’t follow my plan of nutrition I will have flare ups, but not to the degree I had before however, strong enough to remind me that I made the wrong food choices.

Eat Real
Jen

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Who Likes Pancakes? ME!!!!

Three weeks into our 30 day paleo challenge and I want PANCAKES!!! I haven’t had a real pancake in probably a year but all of a sudden I had to have them!

Sister-In-Law to the rescue!!! She tells me about these two ingredient pancakes that her soon to be 6 year old is requesting for his birthday breakfast. I tell ya, that kid is an evil genius. After trying them once I can see why he would want them for a very special day!

I tried them as suggested and then added two more ingredients today when I made them again 😁.

To start all you need is a ripe banana and two eggs. Mash up the banana and then mix with the two eggs. You now have a pancake like batter. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, ladle batter into a hot skillet greased with coconut oil or ghee. Keep the pancakes on the smaller side to make it easier to flip. Once they are done drizzle with a little raw honey and serve.

Once you have the basics you can add other things. Like a spoonful of almond butter, pecans, cinnamon, blueberries, strawberries, dark chocolate chips… Endless possibilities.

Enjoy and Eat Real
Jen

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Holy Molars!

Last Friday I found a BIG surprise in my little ladies mouth. As we were goofing around and she was laughing I got a rare chance to really check out my kids chompers. I said aloud “got any new teeth” not expecting to see anything new and wouldn’t you know, 4 molars making their way thru her gums.

Then it all clicked. Waking up cranky several times a night and wanting to nurse. Digging her finger in her ear. Waking up covered in drool, drool puddles on her sheet. I felt so horrible because I didn’t even put these things together and think she could be getting more teeth let alone molars! She just had two bottom teeth come thru just before the Holidays. It hasn’t even been a month. I wasn’t ready/expecting more teeth!

I soon got over my mommy guilt and thought of all the new foods I can give her. Different meats, no longer need to peel fruits, raw veggies… This just opens a huge door once those puppies are all the way thru.

Helpful Tip: For those Mommies who are nursing their babies, your baby may want to nurse more when they cut new teeth as the type of sucking they have to do to express the milk helps with the pain. Lucy was coming up to me, sitting in my lap and pulling my shirt down trying to nurse. Again I didn’t even think about teeth I just thought she was telling me she was ready for a nap.

As Lucy tries new food I’ll be sure to keep you all posted. In the mean time:

Eat Real
Jen

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