The number one complaint I hear about the grain/dairy-free diet is that it's inconvenient.
"What can I grab when I'm running out the door in the morning?"
"What can I eat for lunch on the go?"
For most of my clients, it's lack of preparation -- not lack of discipline -- that leads to them eating something off plan. Moral of the story? Be prepared with quality, healthy foods that will balance your blood sugar so you aren't tempted by the sugary, inflammatory bombs at Starbucks or in that late afternoon meeting.
I recently ran into Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist Dr. Mark Smith at the World Golf Fitness Summit, and he introduced me to Paleo Wraps. For all of you who struggle with the lack of on-the-go choices on the grain/dairy-free nutrition plan, Dr. Smith just answered your prayers.
As the name suggests, Paleo Wraps are completely grain and dairy-free (in fact they only have three ingredients - coconut meal, coconut oil and coconut water). The coconut flavor is relatively mild, so the wraps lend themselves to a variety of recipes. I've been experimenting with several flavor profiles for the past few weeks and here are some of my favorites:
Breakfast Scramble: Scrambled eggs, spinach and avocado (for added protein, add ground beef or grilled flank steak).
Breakfast BLT: The classic bacon, lettuce and tomato wrap with a chopped up hard-boiled egg.
Pesto Turkey and Romaine Lettuce Wraps: Easy for lunch or a quick post-workout snack. Really great with sauerkraut as well -- it's a super-food!
Ginger Lime Grilled Shrimp with Scallions and Sautéed Baby Bok Choy: There's a great recipe for this shrimp in the Well Fed cookbook.
Garlic and Ginger Beef with Sautéed Baby Kale: An easy way to turn leftovers from dinner into breakfast the next day.
Five Spice Chicken with Cabbage, Scallions and Cashews: Another dinner idea that transitions well to lunch or snacks the next day.
Almond Butter, Apple Slices and Cinnamon: An easy-to-transport snack idea. Kids love this one too.