Today we’re chatting with eMeals Paleo Breakfast and Lunch plans writer Katie Strickland. Katie talks about using her culinary creativity to create Paleo meals, plus the all-day benefits of eating a Paleo breakfast and lunch too. Read on to find out more.
What are your favorite things about the Paleo Breakfast and Lunch plans?
There are infinite possibilities for creativity! For example: There is always a smoothie in the breakfast plan. There are so many interesting smoothie recipes every week. My favorite so far: Roasted Strawberry-Balsamic Smoothie. Also, the Key Lime Pie Smoothie is so great! Eating Paleo does not have to be boring.
For the Lunch plan: Any kind of stuffed sweet potato is amazing. You could literally stuff a sweet potato with thousands of combinations of food.
Are breakfast and lunch important factors in maintaining a Paleo lifestyle?
Paleo teaches your body to focus on using protein and fat for energy. So many people think that they need tons of carbohydrates to have lasting energy, but in reality, your body uses simple carbs (such as bread, white potatoes, sugar) quickly, and it doesn’t last. When you switch your body over and cut out most of those simple carbohydrates, it has longer-lasting energy. If you only eat Paleo at night and cheat during breakfast and lunch, your body will not get the full effect of the Paleo lifestyle. You will feel AMAZING once you switch all the way over.
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How do you come up with fresh ideas and recipes for the Paleo Breakfast and Lunch plans?
Using seasonal foods really helps with coming up with recipes. I also try and look at the Paleo dinner plan, and I work my recipes around different items that the dinner plan uses. I want to make grocery shopping easier for everyone, and I want everyone to use up all the items in their kitchens each week. I love looking through Pinterest—it really sparks my creativity! Sometimes I’ll find a really unhealthy, but scrumptious looking, recipe, and I’ll change around some ingredients to make it Paleo. I also love to take classic recipes and change them up to be Paleo. Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be even better than the real thing!
What are some of the benefits you’ve seen from eating Paleo?
I know that a lot of Paleo eaters do functional fitness (CrossFit). I also do that kind of workout, and I truly believe that when I switched to a Paleo diet, I was so much stronger in my workouts. I believe that how your body looks attributes directly to what you are putting in your body. Working out helps, but to really show it, you need to be eating clean. You know what they say: Abs are made in the gym and revealed in the kitchen. I also noticed that I sleep so much better. Before switching to Paleo, I used to have trouble sleeping. Now I fall asleep within 5 minutes of laying down, and I don’t wake up till the alarm clock goes off. It has also changed my productivity during the day. I have more energy than ever. I also feel like my skin has also gotten more radiant and healthy looking.
Do you have a favorite Paleo Breakfast or Lunch recipe?
I LOVE the Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Avocados. Anything spicy of course is my favorite, but there is something about this lunch. And to top it off, it’s made with real homemade mayo.
Thanks, Ashley! Curious about the eMeals Paleo meal plans? Learn more here!
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp dried dill
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper
- ¼ cup Buffalo wing sauce
- ¾ cup shredded carrots
- ¾ cup chopped celery
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 4 ripe avocados, pitted
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake chicken breasts in a small greased baking dish 30 to 35 minutes.
- Place egg and ½ tsp salt in a blender. Over low speed, slowly drizzle in olive oil until a mayonnaise consistency is reached. Mix together "mayo", dill, garlic powder, ½ tsp each salt and pepper, and wing sauce in a large bowl.
- Shred cooked chicken with 2 forks, and mix in with mayonnaise mixture. Mix in carrots, celery, and green onions.
- Stuff chicken mixture into each avocado half.
-Text by Scott Jones