Honoring Self with Healthy Food Recipes, V1 {Gluten-Free, Mediterranean Paleo}

A couple years ago, I went to a local wellness establishment to seek out nutritional and naturopathic advice for my overall health and diet, and I'll admit: I fell off the wagon. Recently, I've invested deeper in my health and honoring myself with healthy food recipes and habits.

After learning the deeper concerns of my health including a body that rapidly produces insulin when it really doesn't need to and a thyroid that hates gluten, which at this point aren't intense concerns from my main doctor but more so preventative work with the help of my new naturopathic doctor, I have decided to stick to a healthier regimen of eating a gluten-free, Mediterranean-paleo, "low bad-carb" diet, as I like to call it.

Don't get me wrong: I will totally indulge in a bagel and cream cheese and some delicious, deep-fried restaurant food every once in a while, but I'm reorienting my takeout food to things like sushi.

I've never been much of a cook, so this is a new experience for me cooking every night! ;) This week, I'm sharing the best dinner recipes I've found along the way and the snacks that have been keeping me company. For lunches, I've been having big salads with lots of kale, garbanzo beans or tofu for protein and a light amount of dressing, along with GF toast and eggs with shredded cheese / cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast.

DINNER RECIPE #1:
ROASTED VEGETABLE + REFRIED BEAN TOSTADAS

via RealSimple.com

This recipe turned out lovely, but I certainly roasted the vegetables for too long the first time around! They were a little charred by the end of it ;) Still tasty!

I bought enough groceries to make this recipe twice for boyfriend Jared and I, which is actually what the RealSimple.com recipe defaults to (serves 4) and it was incredibly cheap. You literally only need a can of refried beans, a pack of corn tortillas, two bell peppers, two zucchini and a pack of shredded cheddar cheese!

We like avocado and sour cream, so we added those on as toppings, in addition to our new favorite hot sauce from Cost Plus World Market, "Iguana Deuces". Yes, that's the name. It's a great hot sauce for those who can't handle a high heat level but want a little added tang.

DINNER RECIPE #2:
EGGPLANT PARMESAN ROLLATINI

via RealSimple.com

This recipe was SO GOOD, I'm not even kidding. You must try this. Just be sure you allow the eggplant to cool adequately and be careful to not burn yourself - while it takes minimal time to make the recipe, it's a meticulous one.

If you're a fan of cheese, this recipe is absolutely for you. With zero noodles and a good amount of protein, I'm definitely keeping this recipe in my bookmarks!

DINNER RECIPE #3:
LOADED BAKED SWEET POTATOES

via RealSimple.com

This recipe was definitely different than something I would typically eat - baked sweet potatoes filled with goat cheese, pecans, parsley and avocado on top. While the flavors seemed foreign to me, I really enjoyed them.

Because the sweet potato bake time given wasn't exactly accurate and it took a bit more work than I would have hoped for a less exciting flavor combination, I don't know if I'll make this a second time. I'd happily try a baked sweet potato again and perhaps do a taco stuffing (sour cream, guac, protein, cilantro, avocado).

In addition to encouraging healthier recipes like these, my naturopath referred me to this beautiful wellness website, archerfriendly written by Dr. Archer Atkins, ND. This is a good resource for getting started!

WHAT I'VE BEEN SNACKING ON LATELY:

  • One Potato Two Potato Sweet Potato Chips by Plain Jaynes. Found at Starbucks when I'm fiercely blogging, trying to accomplish work for the week. Only 15g of bad carbs in half of the bag and loaded with Beta-Carotene and Vitamin A.
     
  • Trader Joe's Rice Cracker Medley. Embracing a Japanese flair, these rice crackers are flavored with soy, salt, vinegar and chili. However, this soy product is certified gluten-free, and it's vegetarian! Plus, get this: there's ~25g of bad carbs in nearly 30 crackers. Munch away!
     
  • Raw veggies (cucumber, carrot, bell pepper) dipped in a mixture of Trader Joe's garlic spread, tahini and garlic hummus (my personal favorite), kudos to my queen Marissa Lace for the inspiration. Obviously, you can add any hummus-type dip you want :)
     
  • Zucchini chips. Roast a baking sheet of sliced zucchini drizzled with olive oil and topped with shredded cheese of choice (cheddar or parmesan is great) at 400°F for about 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. If you wanna get fancy, you could add some bread crumbs. *Note you can also use these dipped in Marissa's delicious dip mentioned above!
     
  • Kale + banana + almond milk smoothies. Seriously, these are the best things ever. If you need a bit of weaning off of sugar, try the sweetened almond milk for a while as you adjust to plain, unsweetened. I went straight to unsweetened vanilla and the sugar from the banana was just fine.

Of course, as always, I want to encourage you to eat to YOUR body's needs and health concerns, and by all means: pig out if you are perfectly healthy and already lead a pretty balanced lifestyle (or not). Your body is your body and you honor your greatest self by being true to your inner gut feeling - mine just so happens to be adjusting my diet to eat more whole foods.

How do you honor your greatest self on the regular?

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BLOGGER: KATHRYN COFFMAN

Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at FashionablyFrank.com. Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to all of life's problems + that all women should strive to embrace a #girlboss mantra.