No no no, I’m not eating paleo. Remember, I already tried that and it lasted for like 8 seconds. Meat and me, we’re just not really friends. A paleo diet without meat is basically vegan, but with eggs and honey. At least from my limited knowledge of it. Now, a vegan diet with eggs and honey is not paleo (vegans love themselves some beans, caveman don’t). Just to make this clear as mud. Following me? No. Great. Let’s move on.

So, remember how the baby and I had the never ending cold a couple weeks ago?
And then just 2 days ago the wind knocked our power out for almost 20 hours?
Yesterday was the big kicker to really wrap up the last 2 weeks of mayhem, with a BANG!

I got into a car accident. My first one, ever! I’ve never even traded paint with another car before, so a legit car accident was a huge deal! I mean, it’s a big deal anyway, but you know what I mean. I suppose you’re wondering what happened? Traffic stopped, bam, cars collided. That basically sums it up. Good news, not a single cut, scrape, bruise or any kind of injury happened (my neck is just a tiny bit sore today). My air bags went off, but we weren’t going very fast so I don’t even think they touched me. It all happened so quickly that even the cars around me didn’t notice because when I tried to merge over to the left shoulder, cars wouldn’t even let me over. Really people? I’m pushing the air bags down so I can see out of my mirrors (to avoid an accident, WITH YOU!) and you won’t even let me over? Oy vey.

I eventually got over, we traded all the insurance info and my truck was towed. My truck is 12 years old, and not a TON of damage was done, but both air bags did go off. And from what the tow tuck driver said, air bags cost like $1500, each! That combined with the bumped damage, I’m guessing the truck will be totaled. Maybe not, but I hope to find out today or tomorrow… so now I just wait.

Things like this help remind me of what’s important. Like these 2 people.

Look at those smiles. My heart just melted into a puddle on the floor.

I’m also reminded that our bodies are truly amazing. They can be sturdy and powerful. In order for my body to stay strong I need to give it nutrients, real food. Although I won’t be going 100% paleo, I do agree with much of their food ‘philosophy’ which leads towards no processed food. I can totally dig that! So I’ve been making a LOT of paleo baked goods… They are treats I can feel good about even the baby eating. And let me tell you, she gobbles this stuff UP! It’s soft for her semi-toothless mouth and filled with good fats, for her growing brain and body. You can add more agave or honey if you want a sweeter treat. But for us, we like it just as it is. It feels like a treat, but it doesn’t feel make you feel yucky and heavy and guilty. I like to spread it with peanut butter and drizzle a bit of honey on it.

Paleo Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas (about 1 ½ cups) mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract (optional, but we love it!)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (agave or maple would work too)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 cups almond meal (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.

Add the bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey and coconut oil in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are combined.

Add in almond flour, salt and baking soda and pulse a few times.

Dump batter into a greased loaf pan.

*I used a 4×8 inch pan. The large the pan, the flatter the loaf will be, so use a smaller loaf pan to add height to your bread.

Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.

Remove from the pan, slice and serve.

Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

http://www.fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.com/2012/03/paleo-banana-bread/

Recipe adapted from Elana’s Pantry

Note: The bread is ‘eggy.’ It puffs up while baking, then deflates a bit while cooling. I just want to put that out there so you don’t think you did anything wrong when that happens.