Today starts our fourth week of eating paleo as a family. Just so there’s complete full disclosure out there, our whole family has not done Paleo these four weeks 100%, but Story has. She’s the reason we’re doing this, and so when we aren’t around here we do cheat a bit, but as a family we’re creating meals at home that are 100% Paleo.

Story & her Paleo lunch!

Story & her Paleo lunch!

Many of you have asked how Story’s doing and let me just tell you that I am SO PROUD of this girl. She has had one breakdown over this special meal plan and that was yesterday, three weeks in! We were eating at Mama Fu’s and she asked if she could have something and we told her that it wasn’t okay for her belly and not Paleo. Immediately the tears formed in her eyes. The kind of tears that get huge right before they spill over the eyelids, yes that’s what happened. Through her sniffles she declared, “I don’t like eating paleo anymore”. My heart hurt for my little girl in that moment. Aaron hugged her and then we began making a list of all the dinners that Aaron would make this week that were special for her; pizza, cookies, pumpkin pie, lasagna, etc.

Shopping for Paleo meals.

Shopping for Paleo meals.

So, yes she’s doing awesome, but this is hard. Really hard. Also for the love it’s Christmas time, and can I tell you that there are no healthy foods at any Christmas party I have been to. Every kid event has them decorating cookies, building gingerbread houses, or creating the largest cup of hot chocolate full of marshmallows, candy & sprinkles that you have ever seen. That friends has been so hard for her. She’s been a champ and hasn’t cheated or indulged in any of those sweets for the past 3 weeks.

Story taking her own dinner to a Xmas party.

Story taking her own dinner to a Xmas party.

Tonight I made some special treats because my girl deserves it. Here’s the recipe for PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES from my cookbook, Paleo for Beginners.
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Sift together dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Beat in the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil with a hand mixer until well combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, drop tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, cool, and serve.

Y’all you need to make these soon. They were so yummy!

I’m looking forward to this upcoming week as Aaron creates all kinds of delicious food for us that is all Story-approved! If you have any great recipes for us feel free to share in the comments!

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