Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Introducing 31 Days of Primal/Paleo Recipes and Banana "Ice Cream"

I'm attempting yet again to join thousands of other bloggers this year in a challenge to post for 31 days in October! I've only been somewhat successful in years past to post consistently every day for the month, but I'll try my best this year.

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?


  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Healthy Oils and Fats
  • Dairy (sometimes)
  • Spices
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"


Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

Process:

  • 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.




5 comments:

  1. This is a great topic!! I'm excited to see what recipes you post. I've tried this banana ice cream - it's good!

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  2. My husband and I went Primal three years ago, and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. Thank you for this! It looks yummy.

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    1. Yay! I hope you find something you love this month. As someone who is relatively new to Primal, I'm impressed that you've been doing it for three years. Has it made a big change in your life?

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  3. HUGE difference. We were motivated to try it because my husband was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. He lost 80 pounds in the first year, and no longer has blood sugar issues. As an added bonus, his blood pressure went from creeping up into the red to being almost too low. Sometimes he gets dizzy when he stands up too fast. Never thought I'd see the day that happened. For me, my migraines went from multiples a week to an average of one a week. I'll take it. :)

    As a heads up, there's a sausage and kale soup on the Oprah page that's primal with minimal tinkering. It's soooo good, and we don't even like kale. It does have sweet potatoes, so it's more of a once-in-a-while thing, but it's a nice treat as the weather gets colder. Good luck on your journey!

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    1. That's awesome! I'll definitely check out that sausage and kale soup. :)

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