Paleo/primal diets are all the rage right now. I am NOT a diet person; I just don’t believe in them. I firmly believe that being healthy is a lifestyle, and if you diet only to lose a certain amount of weight, you’ll be yo-yo dieting your entire life (which, let’s face it, is no fun).
That being said, I find the idea of paleo intriguing, as unlike many fad diets, the friends I have who “are paleo,” truly seem to embrace it as a full-on lifestyle change. At my last checkup with my OB (we’re expecting in May), she jokingly told me, “Maybe, don’t pig out so much.” One of the reasons I love my OB is that she’s blunt, so I wasn’t the least bit offended, but I was surprised … since getting pregnant, I haven’t changed the way I eat. However, it seems winter has come to Colorado, and I definitely haven’t been getting as much outdoor (read: cardio!) exercise lately. So while I’ve added an extra nightly yoga segment to my routine whilst I figure out what in the heck I want to do for cardio indoors, I also decided trying to come up with a few paleo recipes might help me curb the carbs I love so much. Bonus: I get to use some of the ‘weird’ flours I always keep in the pantry, “just in case.”
I should probably be embarrassed about how much our two year-old dictates what we eat, but I’m not. She’s such a healthy little girl that sometimes she reins me in without even knowing it! The other morning she really wanted muffins, “with apples,” and this recipe was the result.
These almond apple muffins can be made in just one bowl and, surprisingly, are one of the quickest recipes for baked goods I’ve ever made! Gotta love that. This paleo recipe is gluten and dairy free, and can easily be made vegan by replacing the eggs with applesauce, or a mixture of flax meal and water.