Kate here…

Meal Plan Monday

WEEK 25!

Boo my weight has gone UP! SO today is a new day and I MUST shed those few pounds in preparation for my Hawaiian dream holiday in 10 days! I can do it… I CAN DO IT! There is no better incentive right?!

My meal plan kind of went skew-whiff this past week. I had all good intentions to be creative in the kitchen but… well, life just got in the way!

My cavekids are addicted to sweet potatoes which is handy as I am finding it helpful to be able to add them to their meals that would normally contain pasta or white potatoes, such as mash or fries. My youngest cavekid likes nothing better than a baked sweet potato with lashings of “whatever” on top ;) Here we have buffalo bolognese…

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Please pay attention, here comes the science…

(NaturalNews) Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrition. They are a great source of minerals such as manganese, folate, copper, and iron. The darker-colored variety is a great source of carotenes (precursor of vitamin A), vitamins C, B2, B6, E and biotin. Sweet potatoes are also a fantastic source of dietary fiber. Here are nine reasons you should be eating more sweet potatoes:

Nine Reasons Why You Should Eat Sweet Potatoes

1. Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants, which work in the body to prevent inflammatory problems like asthma, arthritis, gout, and many more.

2. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates for those with blood sugar problems. These fibrous root vegetables can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent conditions like insulin resistance.

3. Sweet potatoes are healthy for the digestive tract. Being rich in digestive fiber, especially when the skin is also consumed, it helps to relieve constipation and may prevent colon cancer.

4. Sweet potatoes are good for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive because they are high in folate, which is essential for the healthy development of fetal cell and tissue.

5. Packed with important vitamins and other nutrients, eating sweet potatoes can boost immunity by supporting the needs of the body.

6. Sweet potatoes are good for preventing heart disease. High in potassium, sweet potatoes can help prevent the onset of heart attack and stroke. Potassium also helps to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, which is important for stabilizing blood pressure and regulating heart function.

7. Sweet potatoes are good for alleviating muscle cramps. Potassium deficiencies are a leading cause of muscle cramps, as well injuries. By making sweet potatoes a regular part of your diet (along with proper exercise), you can expect an energy boost and fewer muscle cramps and injuries.

8. Sweet potatoes are good for treating stress-related symptoms. The body tends to use a lot of potassium and other important minerals when it is under stress. Sweet potatoes provide important minerals that will help maintain balance throughout the body during times of stress.

9. Sweet potatoes ranked number one in nutrition out of all vegetables by the Center for Science in the Public Interest because they are such a rich source of dietary fiber, natural sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, carotenoids, vitamin C, iron and calcium.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/031543_sweet_potatoes_minerals.html#ixzz1quwp6I8x

Cavekid lunches are getting easier too. If it’s not leftovers from dinner the night before then it’s home baked paleo herb buns stuffed with deli meats and salad courtesy of me ;) and Multiply Delicious – Thank you!

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I have got into the habit of baking batches of Paleo Herb buns, Paleo Fruit Scones and Paleo Porridge on Sundays, enough to last the week ahead to keep breakfasts, lunches and grumbly tummies filled and satisfied. I am a big believer of planning ahead especially with living a paleo lifestyle and having to feed a big hungry family, work, rest and play too. It reduces much frustration all round believe me :)

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Onto this week…

I bought some Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage that Cavegirl Stephanie raves about and I am excited to add it to our stir-frys tonight and maybe in scrambles/omelets on Thursday.

Here’s the plan…

Monday: Chicken, sausage very veggie stir-fry
Tuesday : Pulled pork, sweet potatoes and roasted veggies
Wednesday : Spaghetti squash bolognese
Thursday: Omelets/Scrambles OR/AND leftovers
Friday: Brinner and fresh fruit salad (coconut flour pancakes this week)
Saturday: Eat out
Sunday: Sunday Dinner (roasted joint of meat, big selection of veggies steamed or roasted and sweet potatoes, baked, roasted or mashed usually with gravy) followed by dessert :)

So less of the dried fruit, chocolate and bacon for me this week, more of the veggies and exercise. Man OH MAN… I LOVE food!!

Have a GREAT week!!!

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3 Comments

  1. Those are bee-yoo-tee-full lunches! I wanna be your kid!

    AND… I wanna know how you liked the sausage tonight??

  2. The sausage was awesome!! It will be on my weekly grocery list from now on. Littlest cave kid LOVED it and loved it even more when I told her your littlest cavekid likes it too :D

  3. AWESOME!!

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