#WIAW New Year Nommy Eats Edition

Happy New Year’s Day, folks!

I cannot believe 2014 is here! Its such a big, weird number. I feel like I am living in the future. Like I am in The Jetsons or something. Except, despite being on that twenty-first century flow, I’d like to continue eating foods which existed thousands of years ago, ya know, just to avoid GMO poison & artificial yadda-yaddas.
Anyway, New Year’s sparks many resolutions and checking out Jenn’s link up to many What I Ate Wednesday pages is an awesome way to find inspiration for healthy recipes.

Anyway, let’s get to delicious, healthy, high protein/low sugar foods.

     So this was dinner one night & breakfast the next day. Because its versatile and delicious and healthy and delicious. PaleOMG came up with the brilliant idea of using spaghetti squash as a crust and I’m in love with her brilliance.
      For those of you who are going to consider NOT making this Veggie Meat Crust Quiche because it takes too long to cook up a spaghetti squash; ya need to get over ya-bad-self. In the winter, I always have leftover spaghetti squash sitting cooked and ready in the fridge. It keeps for a week in a tupperware and it works wonders for a veggie packed, low starch snack or meal. Need dinner in a pinch? Oh, spaghetti squash noodles with tomato sauce. Or spaghetti squash cooked up with kale and Himalayan pink sea salt on the side with eggs (instead of homefries). Or spaghetti squash as a CRUST. GENIUS.
     Anyway, I totally failed to mention that I am doing Diane Sanfilippo’s Twenty One Day Sugar Detox (21 DSD). Sort of just for fun. I lead a pretty low sugar-intake lifestyle, but I admit that the holidays were a *total bust.* Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) eating tons of natural sources of fat has kept my sugar-monster-hangry-self from taking over my body. Which is incredible. When I hear people hate on dietary fat I feel SO SAD. It saved me from living a life of constant hanger & low blood sugar & dizzy spells. I want everyone to feel as consistently energized & happy as I feel.
     So, right, back to the 21 DSD. Its basically a challenge where you eliminate all grains (which I already do, usually), all added sugars (I do this always!) including naturally occurring sugar alternatives (ahem, I usually pound xylitol), and gluten. There are other stipulations, but if you want details, you should get yourself a copy of le book :)

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     So, per usual, an abundance of non-starchy veggies paired with dietary fat & protein is the best way ever to keep the sugar-monster at bay. This awesomely quick and yummy snack of wilted spinach smothered in garlic, EVOO & mushrooms is DELICIOUS, cheap, and SO SATISFYING. Sprinkle with himalayan sea salt for a savory treat. :)
    So besides PaleOMG, what obsession has 2014 brought my way?
      Full fat, local ricotta cheese. I am obsessed with Liuzzi Angeloni’s ricotta cheese (which I bought form the best grocery store ever– Elm City Market!). Its just the saltiest, freshest ricotta on this planet. Yummm… I’m in love :) And its totally 21DSD approved.
     Sometimes… I’ll take bites of ricotta as a snack when I’m peckish. Other times I’ll use it to add protein to a spaghetti squash/tomato sauce ready-in-a-jiff kinda meal.

balsamic chicken

     So, ya know, with a ricotta obsession, I have been making one skillet ricotta stuffed chicken breast on the reg. Chicken breast marinated in balsamic, stuffed with mozz & ricotta, paired with spinach?! Talk about a perfect balance of PROTEIN, FAT, and CARBS!
    It makes me happy.
Almost as happy as my new column on the Girls Gone Sporty website!! :)
Anyway, guys, how’s 2014 treating you? Do you feel like you’re living with the Jetsons? Have you kept your New Year’s Resolutions?? Anyone have a really unique resolution that’s fitness/nutrition related?! Talk to me!
  • Samantha Scruggs
    Posted at 13:16h, 10 January Reply

    Wow! What an amazing idea. Also in the wheat belly cookbook, it suggests using cheese as a pizza crust, I think mixed with some type of low-GI flour. I know this is not “strict paleo” but I what can I say, I love cheese. I will have to try the spaghetti squash thing, though!

    • Serena Hunt RDN CD-N
      Posted at 13:19h, 10 January Reply

      Lol, I could never do the “strict paleo” thing. My Italian heritage forbids any diet which excludes cheese :P

      It was awesome though! Definitely try it when you get a chance!! Thanks for commenting!!! :) :)

  • Ann Musico
    Posted at 15:37h, 10 January Reply

    As always awesome. I am doing a 2 week Get Fit plan through Beyond Organic beginning Monday. Just finished a week of extra clean eating and made me a pot of bone broth! I love that stuff. So I feel lighter and cleaner after the holidays and ready for my 2 week Get Fit plan! Gotta get ready for Matt and Phoebe’s wedding!! Looking forward to meeting you there.

    • Serena Hunt RDN CD-N
      Posted at 15:49h, 10 January Reply

      I got a crockpot for Christmas and I am SO excited to make my first pot of bone broth ever. What recipe do you use, Ann?

      Can’t wait to meet you! It will be here before we know it!!!!! Yayyy!!

      • Ann Musico
        Posted at 16:03h, 10 January Reply

        Here’s my recipe Serena: http://goo.gl/mL1C8Q

        And I’m so happy to know someone who does a cleanse “for fun!” I thought I was the only one that did that!

        • Serena Hunt RDN CD-N
          Posted at 21:09h, 10 January Reply

          Thanks for the recipe!! Lol we are truly something else!!

          • Ann Musico
            Posted at 07:46h, 11 January

            Haha we are – but in a good way!

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