What I'm planning this time around is a little more practical and down-to-earth for my life. I'm going to be posting primal (a few of them even paleo) recipes that I've been making for my family. In my journey to be healthier, I've decided to give the primal way of eating a try.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, my definition of primal eating is avoiding all grains, legumes, refined sugar, and industrial oils in our food. Dairy is a rather gray area to many people-- some people avoid it completely and some eat it in moderation. I fall in the latter camp. My family is choosing to eat this way in order to be a little healthier, not because of any food allergies or sensitivities.
So what is going to be in these recipes?
- Healthy Oils and Fats
- Dairy (sometimes)
In other words, nutrient-dense, unprocessed food.
I'm going to try to share a variety of recipes-- breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, snacks, and even dessert. A few of them are going to be original recipes and some will be adaptations of not-so-primal favorites.
To kick it off, I wanted give banana "ice cream" a try! It's a fairly popular way of using frozen bananas as a dairy substitute.
Banana "Ice Cream"
2 ripe bananas
- Slice bananas in coins and freeze until completely firm, several hours to overnight.
- Using a food processor or blender, blend frozen banana slices until they become a soft-serve texture. This may take a couple of minutes.
- Eat immediately.
You can mix some extra flavorings after it gets thoroughly blended, like berries or almonds. You could also "cheat" a little and mix in a few chocolate chips or a bit of chocolate hazelnut spread.
I did find that it does melt somewhat quicker than regular ice cream, so make sure you serve immediately. Also, the strength of the banana flavor is determined by how ripe your bananas are. I've used some over-ripe bananas and their flavor was a lot stronger than the less ripe bananas. I wouldn't suggest using completely green bananas though.
I hope to see you all tomorrow for Day 2!
You can find a listing of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge here.