Let's talk about grains.
As a passionate plant-based eater & nutrition student, I see both the benefit of grains and their potential of harm.When I'm talking about grains, I'm not talking about Uncle Ben's converted rice. I'm talking about whole grains, even gluten free grains.
Yes, they are "healthy," but everyone's body is different and in different states. Grains, even in moderation (and even gluten free) can cause inflammation in certain instances, and when not consumed mindfully, can bring excessive sugar to our bodies that we simply do not need.I do love eating grains, and they are a regular part of my diet. Still there are stretches of time where I can tell my body needs a shake up.In these times, I enjoy Paleo recipes for sweet things and baking.
Those who follow a Paleoethic lifestyle typically refrain from eating grains, and it's one way of eating I admire. Unlike Keto, Paleo doesn't focus on cutting carbs, which is not-sustainable long-term for women physically, and emotionally and mentally for most people.
Unlike Keto, Paleo peeps can eat most fruit, and even sweeter vegetables. They focus on eating whole foods, as local as possible, and reducing inflammation. There are different Paleo guidelines for different purposes.
'Basic Paleo' removes dairy, soy, grains, and processed and refined foods from the diet. Well-sources meat, fish and eggs, fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed bottomlessly. And nuts and seeds are to be eaten moderation.
'Autoimmune Paleo' is a targeted way of eating Paleo that is proven to be highly effective for those living with autoimmune diseases. AIP takes Basic Paleo to the next level. Catered to the person and their responses to certain foods, these people usually avoid nuts, legumes, nightshade veggies, and limit sugar intake.
'Primal Paleo' is supposedly more flex. Some primal dieters eat raw, unpasteurized dairy, white rice, and the occasional legumes.
'Ketogenic Paleo' folks would not be eating grains anyway, but also restrict carbohydrate intake. It is a more calculate approach to eating, and excludes starchy veggies and fruits.'80/20 Paleo,' or 'Paleo-ish' as some of my friends call themselves, is a mostly Paleo dietary lifestyle that includes local meats, eggs, etc, minimal gluten free grains, and no refined or processed foods. When eating meat, they would often not combine with grains, and they may eat legumes and certain dairy products once in a while.These muffins came out of an empty fridge, ripening bananas, and a bag of Paleo baking mix bought on clearance. They are 'Basic Paleo' friendly.
Grain-free Blueberry Muffins (Paleo)
4 ripe-overripe banana
1 cup of wild blueberries (I use frozen)
1/8 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 tsp chopped almonds
1 tsp vanilla
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Pinch of aluminum free baking soda
Pinch of salt
Mash bananas in a bowl.
Add coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla, flax and eggs.
Slowly add the grain-free flour mix, and gradually add more, while stirring the mixture. You can add a bit of hot water if the flour gets hard to mix.
Now, stir in the almonds, cinnamon, baking soda, salt - and - if you're a chocolate chip freak like me, now would be a good time to add some if they are in your pantry today.
Scoop the batter into muffin molds and let bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
While you're waiting for the muffins, scoop a couple spoonfuls of batter into a small mug, and microwave for two minutes. And le voila, the mighty impatient baker's mug-cake.Then comes the moment where you open the oven, and they're ready. Enjoy them while they're hot, or make them in batches and freeze for grab and go options throughout the week.