Cinnamon Sea Salt Banana

We’ve been cleaning up our act around here with eating –  mostly tightening things back up to where they were and incorporating more whole foods instead of gluten-free convenience foods. Although, I always seem to forget (and it’s a good reminder) that whole food can be convenient too. I was wanting something sweet last week after lunch, so I pre-bolused for some fruit and waited for my insulin to start working then enjoyed a banana sliced with a sprinkle of sea salt and cinnamon. Easy, tasty, sweet and salty! Sometimes it really is as simple as fruit with a spice on it.


Avocado Nectarine Salad

All the summer fruits are ripe for the picking! That means summer salads that are refreshing in the heat, especially if you’re in, you know, Phoenix! Wowza.

Avocado Nectarine Salad

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 nectarine
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

Dice the avocado and nectarine, drizzle with olive oil (I want to emphasize and HIGHLY recommend a really good quality olive oil. Like from Greece, no fake US olive oil. Thanks to hubs for bringing me real olive oil on his way home from deployment – holy shizz), sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy! Refreshing, filling and full of nutrients.

Avocado Nectarine Salad 2

Paleo Party Treats

I had a lia sophia jewelry party this past Saturday-they’re so much fun! Awesome ladies, gorgeous jewels, yummy healthy food, and vino. What could be better? I always take these parties as opportunities to try some new tasty finger food recipes-Ala paleo style 🙂

I ended up with Paleo Cookie Dough Truffles, Chili Roasted Pepitas, and a whole smorgasbord of other goodies.

Here are the Paleo Cookie Dough Truffles from Frisky Lemon Nutrition:Paleo Cookie Dough Truffles

I chose to use raw honey. My recipe took 3 1/2 TBSP of coconut flour. My yield was about 45, as I made them just a little more bite size. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer to incorporate all ingredients, and it was very convenient. They do soften fairly quickly, so keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve, and continue bringing more out. I chose not to dip them in chocolate as I thought they’d be sweet enough as is-and they were perfect!!! They were a huge hit. What a fabulous recipe (oh, and super easy too!) 🙂

The other recipe I made was Chili Roasted Pepitas. Whether or not seeds are considered “paleo” depends on who you ask. I typically do not eat them, as they’re difficult to digest (that whole external shell to protect the inside fruit thing…). I had purchased some a while back for a specific recipe, and all I could find at the time was a huge bag of them, which have sat in my pantry ever since. I decided to use them up with this recipe from elana’s pantry: Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. I followed the recipe exactly (again, super easy!), and they were so good! I was pleasantly surprised with how light and airy the seeds became after toasting, and they’re a great crunchy, healthier snack to have sitting around instead of crackers or granola.

I also made Dark Chocolate Pistachio Sea Salt Bark from Whole Living (my fave magazine ever). I tried this recipe from the magazine about a year and a half ago, and have been making it ever since. It’s probably one of my most requested recipes. I rub butter on the pan, instead of using cooking spray (yucky), and I don’t measure anything. I melt about 3/4 of a bag of Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips, I sprinkle with lots of shelled pistachios, and grind more sea salt than you’d expect. Salt and chocolate = yum. Another go-to super easy recipe that always gets rave reviews. I’ve also changed up the ingredients with lots of different things, and it’s always been successful, too.

I’d also baked a wedge of brie, and paired it with organic blueberry preserves, and had the usual fresh fruit, crisp vegetables, nut crackers, and it wouldn’t be a party without bacon 🙂

T1D, Treating Lows, and Paleo

I’ve received a lot of inquiries about how I treat low blood sugars when they occur, living the Paleo lifestyle, with T1D. Not easy, and something that I was fearful, of prior to starting Paleo. Now, I’ve become so comfortable with it, I don’t give it a second thought. Honestly, this was one of the biggest hurdles for me, and the thing I was most nervous about.

Living Paleo, I have far fewer low blood sugars than I used to as a result of being far more stable (props to the Dexcom CGM too, as it makes me aware when I am randomly dropping, or whatever, (T1D is lame)), but we all know T1D, and how psychotic it can be-so I do still encounter them here or there without notice or warning. When I do, this is how I treat them:

  • Honey Stinger, Gold Energy Gel (1 pouch 29g carb)
  • Chocolate Agave #9 Slo-burn Energy (1 pouch, 14g carb)
  • Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Milk (8oz, 15g Carb)
  • Lara Bars (depends on kind of bar, but typically 19-24g carb)
  • Revolution Foods, Organic Mashups (1 pouch 13g carb! Organic too)
  • POM Juices (~74g carb per bottle)
  • Naked Juices (varies, anywhere from 30-60g carb)
  • Fresh fruit (varies depending on the fruit)
  • Home dried fruit (pineapple, grapes, strawberries)
  • GlucoLift all Natural Glucose Tablets (proudly, a part of the Non-GMO project, they rock, and so does their creator, Chris Angell, also living with T1D)

The honey stinger, vanilla almond milk, organic mashups, POM Juice, Naked juice, fresh fruit, and GlucoLift are fast acting carbs, for me (you might be surprised how fast acting they are for you, too, especially, red seedless grapes). The Chocolate Agave #9, and Lara Bars, are slower acting. It depends on how fast I’m dropping, if I have insulin working, if I’m performing some type of activity, etc.

Here are some real life examples:

If I’m sitting at my desk and it’s 2:30 in the afternoon, with just a faint memory of lunch bolus left, but I’m on the lower side, I’ll eat an apple or other fresh fruit, free of charge, sometimes a Lara Bar. If I am at home, getting ready for bed, after a walk with my Lucy dog, and I’m hovering a little lower than preferred, I’ll pour and drink 6-8oz of vanilla almond milk and call it a night. If I’m hiking and at a good level, but with a lengthy distance, I’ll have a Chocolate Agave #9 (OMG, DARK CHOCOLATE AND AGAVE), tastes like the best dark chocolate frosting, ever, with only 2 ingredients!

Depending on the patterns I’ve seen, I will adapt. I take my lunch to work almost every day, and when I don’t, I pack extra fruit, juices, etc. just in case I need them. Sometimes, it may be a sip, and other times, it might be the whole bottle; either way, I’m prepared.

At first, it really didn’t seem that convenient to me, but it is more convenient than you’d think, healthier (vitamins and minerals, instead of high fructose corn syrup, etc.), and actually pretty easy (can you throw a banana in your purse, grab an apple out the door? Probably!). Apples, pears, bananas, grapes, etc. are just as “fast” as starburst, smarties and caramels.

Is it 100% Paleo, no. Do I always have a choice with T1D? No. I do the best I can.

It’s a good thing…

We have a big island (you should see the fridge)!

Here’s what’s on mine:

  • White nectarines
  • Avocado
  • Eggplant
  • Saturn peaches
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Early girl tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Pluots
  • Bananas
  • Red onion
  • White onion
  • Sweet potato
  • Yellow baby potato
  • Red baby potato
  • Asian pears
  • Navel oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mini bell peppers
  • Kiwi
  • Apples

What’s on yours? 🙂