Kimberly G

Almond Butter and Banana

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Hi, I am 13 days in so far... My big struggle has been preparing food in advance, which I'm just not used to doing... but I have definitely gotten better at it and am starting to get into a groove. I have been great with what to do at Breakfast, it's so easy for me, I make 2 scrambled eggs with water and I have some chopped greens and cut up orange tossed in olive oil and balsamic, and then some avocado or potatoes with it... it actually holds me for quite a while...

My question is.. Is it alright for me to have a lunch that is a banana cut in chunks with almond or cashew butter?  I did this quite a bit the first few days because it was so easy and I enjoyed it, but then got away from it... but was rushed and did it again today.  I know both foods are compliant but the more I read the more I get confused about Nut butters and Nuts...   I enjoy this midday ,meal and then I have more of a substantial evening meal with protein and veggies... Thanks!!

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Hey @Kimberly G

Banana and almond butter are both compliant, but really we'd recommend you don;t eat nuts or their by-products every day due to their anti inflammtory omega 6 fatty acids, and the fact they can become a crutch, or a food without brakes... Bananas again are fine, but fruit should never push the veg off of your plate - plus, thinking in terms of the recommended meal template of protein, fat & veggies, you're completely missing out on protein if this is the extent of your meal.

So yes, you can complete 30 days eating this for lunch if you so wish, & technically you're not doing anything wrong, but it won't get you the most bang for your buck.

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17 minutes ago, jmcbn said:

Hey @Kimberly G

Banana and almond butter are both compliant, but really we'd recommend you don;t eat nuts or their by-products every day due to their anti inflammtory omega 6 fatty acids, and the fact they can become a crutch, or a food without brakes... Bananas again are fine, but fruit should never push the veg off of your plate - plus, thinking in terms of the recommended meal template of protein, fat & veggies, you're completely missing out on protein if this is the extent of your meal.

So yes, you can complete 30 days eating this for lunch if you so wish, & technically you're not doing anything wrong, but it won't get you the most bang for your buck.

Ok, Thank you, I think I understand... so its Ok, maybe here and there, but I really should strive for a lunch with vegetables protein for lunch, so what is your fav combo for lunch that checks all boxes...  I struggle with ideas.. I really miss the idea of a sandwich, I enjoy salads when I'm craving them but not a huge, salad all the time, type of gal.  Thanks!

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Soup & a sandwich is a big lunch thing for a lot of folk so if you miss that how about some kind of blended vegetable soup with some meatballs & dipping sauce on the side? Or you can make a wrap using lettuce leaves or steamed cabbage leaves so it feels like more of a sandwich? Or use some portobello mushrooms or toasted sweet potato slices as a burger bun? Then there's an awesome (not every day) dish called the Elvis Burger by Mel Joulwan of Well Fed fame... Or how about these bacon, avocado & jalapeno stuffed burgers with a nice fresh tomato salad....

Any of those tickle your fancy?

 

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Some of my lunch favorites: 

Fish Cakes (I like nom nom paleo's spicy tuna cakes and use canned sweet potato or canned pumpkin to make it easier): http://nomnompaleo.com/post/91332244628/spicy-tuna-cakes I like these with some leftover roasted vegetables and a little bit of avocado. 

Madras chicken salad, served in a halved bell pepper with a greens salad on the side. (http://nomnompaleo.com/post/108235360133/whole30-day-16-madras-chicken-salad) I usually make roasted chicken for dinner and roast extra which I shred and make into the chicken salad for lunches. 

Stuffed potatoes or sweet potatoes (this recipe for enchilada stuffed sweet potatoes is a favorite: http://againstallgrain.com/2015/03/28/enchilada-stuffed-sweet-potatoes-recipe/

We also eat a lot of leftovers for lunch. Chili is one of my favorite meals to make because I can load it up with veggies (carrots, canned pumpkin/sweet potato leftover from making the fish cakes, zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, onions and tomatoes), top it with avocado, and have an easy template meal in a single bowl. 

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You might like some of the ideas in this article: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/06/25/great-ingredients-recipe-required/

I do something like that sometimes, especially in the summer where I want something cool, but still don't necessarily want a typical salad. I might combine some already grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, and/or meatballs (whatever I have that sounds good), some raw carrots, tomatoes, jicama, celery, or whatever  with a dip (sometimes just mayo, sometimes guacamole or baba ganoush or ranch dressing), and then maybe some of this beet salad, this broccoli salad, or some potato salad. 

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WOW!! Great ideas! Thank you so much Shannon TO and Jm!  These are great!

One other question, should you limit your meat(red meat) intake as protein.  I am thinking if I make meatballs that's a great thing to have and they are good cold, to bring for lunches. but like I shouldn't eat them every day?  Or is that allowed?  Do you need to limit your beef servings?

I'm meat eating girl and love all things meat, just made a great slow cooker pot roast yesterday!  I ate yesterday, tonight and probably tomorrow... hope that WHole30 cool!

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I tend to make a variety of proteins for the week  (eg. a whole chicken, some pork&apple burger patties, slow cooked mocha rubbed pot roast), and then throw in a portion of fish per day (or at least every other day), plus eggs when required to ensure I'm getting a good mix, but there's nothing to say you can't eat red meat every day so long as it's well sourced.

Hope this helps.

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1 hour ago, Toralora said:

You can also make meatballs out of ground turkey or chicken if you want a change - yum!

Yes! I had turkey meatballs, guac, and a variety of cut up veggies last week for lunches. It was so much fun and so yummy!

 

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18 minutes ago, Rachellecooper said:

I think portobello mushrooms or toasted sweet potato slices as a burger bun will be tasty. Has anyone tried it out?

Both are fairly common switches from the traditional 'bun' when cutting out grains, so yes, a lot of people have tried it out with success....

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