Open-Face Turkey Sandwich

I recently had my Beautycounter launch party, where I had made cheese and cracker platters. I also added apricot jam, which was a huge hit. It really was so delicious added to the cheese and crackers. So, I decided to try adding jam to another savory dish – a turkey & cheese sandwich! The subtle taste of grape in the background really turns this ordinary turkey sandwich into a gourmet lunch! Don’t knock it until you try it 😉

Properly Prepared Sourdough Bread

Gluten Free Bread: Canyon Bakehouse

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5 Healthy (Cold) Lunch Ideas

So I recently started working a new job – Operations Manager at LA Fitness. I try to bring my own lunch with me everyday, but with there being no way to heat my food, thinking of what to bring without getting sick of things has been a challenge. Admittedly, I definitely don’t end up bringing my lunch every single day, but I do my best to bring it most days. My gym is very close to the mall, so sometimes I’ll go to the food court and get some salmon, sweet potato, and kale when I’m in the mood for a hot lunch.

These are the 5 lunches that I alternate:

  1. Tuna Salad with plantain chips:

    I make my tuna with either Primal Kitchen or Sir Kensington’s mayo and eat it with plantain chips. (When buying plantain chips, I look for brands that the only ingredients are plaintains, palm oil, and sea salt). This is a super easy lunch that is quite filling for me as well.

  2. Salad with grilled chicken:

    Chopping up a bunch of ingredients to make a salad can make just the thought of making a salad daunting. I like to make it easy for myself to stay motivated to keep bringing my lunch, so I buy pre-chopped veggies, arugula, and lettuce and throw it all together with some grilled chicken that I marinate with Tessemae’s.

  3. Salad with salmon:

    Same idea as above but switch the chicken with canned wild salmon.

  4. Almond butter + jam on Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread:

    Most of the jams out there are full of sugar and other crap, but I’ve found one I love made only with fruit – St. Dalfour. Canyon Bakehouse is my favorite of all the gluten-free breads I’ve seen/tried. It has pretty clean ingredients and tastes great too.

  5. Turkey or roast beef sandwich on Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread:

    When buying cold cuts, I look for organic, preferably grass-fed/free range, with no preservatives. I like Nuna Naturals brand or Applegate organic.

 

What do you bring for lunch? Leave it in the comments!

 

See Also:

The Salad Dressing Formula
Egg-Free Breakfast Ideas
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Salmon Salad (Quick & Easy)

Salmon Salad (Quick & Easy)

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I have to admit I’ve been slacking lately on eating my veggies. The other day my body was screaming to me that I needed to eat a salad. So I made a salmon salad the past for the past two days for lunch & I even had some green juice! It may have also had something to do with the fact that I just bought some Tessemae’s & Jacqueline and Jerome dressings that I was excited to try, but I really am trying to be more mindful about including more vegetables in my diet.

I bought all pre-cut veggies from Whole Foods, so I easily put this salad together in about 5 minutes. This is a super quick & easy lunch! Admittedly, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to preparing food, so the less effort, the better – and this is almost zero effort when you buy pre-cut veggies & pre-made dressing like I did!

If you can’t find a clean salad dressing near you and don’t want to order online, you can make this dressing easily by mixing:

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2 parts extra virgin olive oil (I use Kasandrinos EVOO)
1.5 tbsp dijon mustard
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The Salad Dressing Formula

It’s no secret that eating salad is great for our health. That is, of course, depending on what dressing is on it. Salad doesn’t have to be boring – use different oils, acids, and spices for a new flavor explosion with every salad!

You can easily make any salad dressing by mixing one part acid + two or three (depending on how tart you like it) parts oil + any spices you like.

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Acids: lemon juice, lime juice, citrus, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, fig vinegar, coconut vinegar, golden balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar

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Oils: extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, truffle oil, almond oil, hemp oil

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The possibilities are endless, but here are some examples to spark your creativity:

Sample Dressings Black Truffle Dressing Sesame Ginger Dressing Mustard Dressing Cilantro Lime Dressing Garlic Dill Dressing
Acid ¼ cup white wine vinegar ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup lime juice ¼ cup golden balsamic vinegar
Oil ½ cup black truffle oil ½ cup toasted sesame oil ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup avocado oil ½ cup walnut oil
Spices 2 tsp Flavorgod garlic lover’s seasoning ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground ginger, salt and pepper 3 tsp dijon mustard, salt and pepper 1 tsp cilantro, 1 tsp adobo 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp dill, salt and pepper

 

You can also make creamy dressings using mayo as the base. You make your own mayo or buy a paleo-friendly one, like Primal Kitchen Mayo or Sir Kensington’s (which can be found in-stores).

Primal Kitchen Mayo (PRNewsFoto/Primal Kitchen)

It’s really just about balancing the acidity with the oil and adding some flavor with the spices. Simple as that. 🙂

 

Have your own great salad dressing recipe you want to share? Leave it in the comments!

 

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Buffalo Wings

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I’m a huge fan of buffalo wings- buffalo chicken has always been one of my favorite foods. I honestly don’t know what took me so long to make my own. Since going paleo, buffalo wings became a rare treat- but I will be making these a lot more often now! This recipe is SO easy- and for those of you who know me, you know I loveeee easy recipes! Easy + Delicious = you can’t go wrong! This would be perfect to serve to guests and doesn’t take much effort on your part.

The dairy-free ranch dipping sauce recipe I used came from the Fat Burning Chef Cookbook by Abel James. It’s hands-down the best dairy-free ranch I’ve ever tasted!

On a totally unrelated note- I’ve been painting my own nails for about a month (maybe a month and a half?) now to save money, and I must say I am getting pretty good at it. I really don’t think anyone can tell that I do them myself (unless you look close). I’m a huge fan of gel manicures- I was spending $28 plus tip biweekly to get them done, which I really couldn’t justify any longer. My ex was constantly telling me to stop wasting money on my nails and do them myself- I think he’d fall over and die of shock if he knew I’m actually doing that now LOL. But in all honesty, it was really Diane Sanfilippo (author of Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox) who made me realize it was time to start painting my own nails. I was listening to her Build a Badass Business podcast, and she talked about when she was building her business, she had to make sacrifices in order to get to the level of success she has now. She is a lover of gel manicures, like myself, and said that one of her sacrifices was her gel manicures- she would instead do her own nails. Isn’t it strange how we don’t listen to the people close to us, but will easily take the advice of strangers? I get annoyed when my friends and family don’t listen to me, and then come back and tell me they heard what I told them from someone else and now they believe it- but I am guilty of it too! Why do we do that?!

 

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Grain Free Tacos

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Who needs Taco Bell when you can make these grain free tacos super quick AND not feel like you just died after you’re done eating?! I love Mexican food and I’m completely addicted to Siete Almond Flour Tortillas, so, naturally, I was excited to make some grain free tacos now that I don’t eat corn or flour tortillas anymore. I used Flavorgod Everything seasoning to whip these up quickly, and they were a big hit with my family. Betcha can’t wait for Taco Tuesday now. Although why wait until Tuesday?! Make them NOW 😉

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Strawberry Strudel Protein Shakes

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I started working out with a personal trainer about two months ago and he is kicking my ass! His workouts are super tough and I am LOVING it! I decided to try drinking protein shakes so I can help rebuild/repair my muscles after all the heavy lifting. After looking into different protein powders- egg white protein, beef protein, & whey protein, I decided grass-fed whey protein was the way to go. I normally avoid dairy as much as possible (I’ll indulge in some grass-fed cheese on weekends if I’m craving it), but the grass-fed whey that I chose seemed to be the best after reading the ingredients lists on multiple products, as well as customer product reviews.

 

<– This is the protein powder that I used. (Click on it to order via my Amazon Affiliate link)

 

I also included collagen protein in this shake because of it’s many health benefits, including: aids in healthy digestion, aids in joint health, promotes youthful skin, strong nails, healthier hair, strong bones, and helps to maintain a healthy weight.

 

<– This is the collagen that I used. (Click on it to order via my Amazon Affiliate link)

 

The Flavorgod Chocolate Donut seasoning that I used is a limited edition flavor. If you are unable to get your hands on it you can replace it with cacao powder and a little honey if it’s not sweet enough.

 

I’m normally not much of a smoothie or shake person, but I must say this Strawberry Strudel Protein Shake I made was delicious.

*Note to self: Do not drink the whole protein shake in under 5 minutes unless you’re willing to suffer the major stomachache/nausea* (Once that passed, I did feel pretty great)

 

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Cedar Plank Salmon

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Grilling season is finally here! That makes me a happy girl. Not just because of BBQing (which is, of course, awesome), but because I absolutely despise the cold weather. Winter really gets me down- I feel depressed, unmotivated, tired, lazy, etc. As soon as I’m able to, I plan on moving to San Diego, California- or possibly some other warm-weather state that has access to healthy food 😉 For now, I am going to soak up every ounce of sun/warm weather I possibly can. Life is just better in the summer.

So, I first tried Cedar Plank Salmon from Seasons 52 (restaurant) and fell in love. I actually order it every time I’m there. I don’t always love salmon, but when it’s cooked right it’s delicious. If you’re not a big fan of salmon, give this recipe a try! My mom really doesn’t like salmon and even she loves Cedar Plank Salmon. It is important to soak the cedar grilling planks in water for at least one hour prior to grilling. (This was my first time using cedar grilling planks and I didn’t fully read the instructions beforehand and just wet them rather than soaking them for an hour). Sooo mine did go on fire a bit and got burned. Not to worry- this may happen- just keep a spray bottle with water by the grill to put out flare-ups. Instead of rubbing the ingredients on the salmon one by one, like I did, you could also mix them all together in a bowl first and then rub the mixture onto the salmon if you prefer. I hope you enjoy my Cedar Plank Salmon as much as I do! Happy Grilling! :)Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Grain-Free Cauli-“Rice” Balls

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I haven’t eaten a rice ball in years. Even before paleo I only ate them on occasion because I would normally just get pizza when I went to the pizzeria. Rice is a food I’ve always loved, but have only eaten it very rarely since starting my paleo lifestyle. My cousin gave me the idea to make a paleo version of Italian style rice balls and I thought that was an awesome idea. If you can’t tolerate dairy, you can leave the cheese out of it, but it does taste better with cheese (of course). If you prepare the cauli-“rice” the day before and refrigerate overnight, it will drastically cut down the time it takes to prepare this recipe. If not, I would recommend saving this for special occasions because the cauli-“rice” mixture must be cold. These are great served with marinara sauce for dipping.Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Paleo Salmon Teriyaki

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I’ve been on my journey to optimal health for a little bit over 3 years now. Eating paleo made me feel much better at first, but I must admit I eat way too much paleo sweets and treats. I would always tell myself, “it’s okay, it’s paleo.” Now that I am studying nutritional therapy, I am finally coming around to accept that no, that really doesn’t make it okay. Once in a while, as a treat, yes that’s fine, but I have them on a daily basis. For the past several months I had been trying to figure out what went wrong and why I was suddenly gaining weight, feeling very irritable, nauseous, jittery, and drinking more coffee than usual (I also had to get my eyeglass prescription strengthened). I am now starting to suspect that low blood sugar may be the cause.

I have been cutting back on sweets and coffee (I don’t think I’ll ever give up coffee completely, I love it too much), and I am already starting to feel much better. I’m also doing a Whole30, starting tomorrow, so hopefully that will help me feel a lot better. It’s been pretty frustrating trying to heal myself naturally through the use of real food, exercise, and natural supplementation (like Fermented Cod Liver Oil) because of all the negativity I receive from all the skeptics around me. My friends and family don’t seem to understand that food is a powerful medicine and that what you eat matters. They tell me I’m crazy, that I think too deep into things, it’s all in my head, I’m too extreme, etc. However, I never let anyone’s negativity and objections stop me anymore (I did during my first year being paleo and watched my physical and mental health plummet very quickly as I started adding refined and processed foods back into my diet). I know that the path I chose is the right one and I’ll never let anyone bring me down again.

The journey to optimal health will likely be a life-long journey, and I am okay with that. I love learning about real food and discovering new products that are beneficial to health. I believe in the power of food as medicine and as a prevention to the diseases of modern society. For all of you who are having a hard time because the people around you don’t believe in the way you are eating, remember that you are doing it for yourself and not for them. Never let anyone tell you how to eat or how to live your life in anyway. It’s your life, take control and do what makes you happy/feel good.

That’s the end of my rant for today, now onto Paleo Salmon Teriyaki! I made this recipe using Coconut Secret Teriyaki Sauce, which you can find on my Products page. One thing I always loved was Chinese and Japanese food, but they’re a killer on my digestive system. I wanted to incorporate more salmon into my diet and make it in a different way than I normally do so I don’t get sick of it. I thought Salmon Teriyaki, that would be perfect! I served it alongside cauliflower fried “rice” and it was awesome!

 

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