What's that? You're hungry for lunch but are not tempted by the manky sarnies in the canteen and don't fancy another salad? Step up NORI ROLLS! These bad boys take seconds to make, and are full of enough protein and natural fat to keep you pluggin' away until dinner. So. Good.
I'll get to the recipe at the bottom of the post, but wanted to quickly mention how Ban and I are doing on the new way of eating we'd adopted, since a few of you have been asking about it. To recap, we've dumped all sugar, all grains, all dairy, all legumes, and all processed food. Instead we're eating three square meals a day of fresh, natural veg and fresh, organic meat. We cook with natural oils (coconut, duck fat, collected bacon fat from cooking our morning bacon), and use almond flour, coconut flour, and arrowroot in place of wheat-based flours and corn starches. Nuts are also ok in moderation, except for peanuts, which saavy readers will know as a legume masquerading as a nut. And soy is out too, due to the gut-unfriendly chemicals and often way over-processing soy bean products go through. I make my own almond milk now (I posted a few days ago about the glory of that sweet, sweet stuff), and we are happy with our caffeine-free rooibos chai with a splash of that instead of milk our morning coffee, since caffeine is out too. It sounds a little extreme on paper, but when you think about it, we're just eating the same way our grandparents did- minus the dairy and grains. I know my Tiny Nan didn't use frozen food, microwavable meals, or chemically-pumped up frankenfoods with unpronounceable ingredients- she cooked whole foods, from scratch, and she lived well into her 90's.
So far, we have already seen results. We're both sleeping like babies. We wake up earlier, less groggy and more alert. We both are not snacking or having fierce cravings for sugar or treats. Banoo has lost 4 pounds already and hasn't had one episode of intestinal pain from which he suffered before after only 6 days of following the meal plan. Though the scale isn't rewarding me, I am already an inch less on my hips and waist. I've been sugar/caffeine/grain/etc free since February 24, since I was doing a 9-day fresh juice program, and we're following the wonderful plan in Diane Sanfilippo's book Practical Paleo. The recipes are easy, delicious, and so filling. It also uses a clever system of using leftovers often, so I can pack Ban's lunch up in a Tupperware and send him off to work, or have a few mornings off from cooking breakfast. Though, as someone who loves to cook, preparing three meals a day doesn't bother me. Oh my life- this morning we had pumpkin pancakes and homemade breakfast sausage. The pancakes had two small tablespoons of maple syrup blended in them and the sausage had one tablespoon of honey, and this tiny amount of sweet (after nearly a month of no sugar) was incredible- I had no idea how much your taste-buds pick up when you stop bombarding them with sugar all day. The pancakes didn't need syrup, and were perfect with the sage-y, slightly sweet sausage. In a nutshell, the book's recipes rock.
The most exciting thing is how good we both feel, and how in control. We used to go once a week to the local movie rental place- not for a movie, but to pack a massive bag each of the awful pick-a-mix gummis and chocolates that they have next to the films. We would take our booty home and sit like meatballs- stuffing our faces with the chemically-dyed poison and wonder why the next days we had no energy, felt lethargic and bloated and ill. We walked past the place last night on our after-dinner walk and I couldn't imagine eating them now. I don't want to feel sick from what I put in my body anymore- even if the urge to have sweets does still whisper in my ear. Thankfully, after we finish our 30-day "squeaky clean" program (designed to wean you from addiction and blood sugar spikes and dips and control cravings and re-train you to eat for fuel and health, instead of emotion or boredom) we can begin to incorporate the occasional paleo-approved sweet treat, like a muffin (veggie loaded, of course) or a decadent brownie. The trick will be to enjoy them occasionally...I think that might be the hard part. I've already got my eye on a blueberry cake recipe I saw on-line. Gah, yum.
In the meantime (if you're still reading after that rambling food discussion, ha!), here is how to prepare the delicious nori wraps shown above:
Nori seaweed wraps
Spring onion or two
smoked salmon, or tinned mackerel, or tuna- you pick!
I cut the nori wraps in half diagonally to make triangle shapes. Then, mash the avocado in a bowl and add a glop to the triangle, with the point facing up. Then add your fish, then a few thin slices of cucumber, and a few chopped spring onions, then a dash of furikake. Roll the left and right side up (like a cloth nappy, ha!) and repeat until you run out of ingredients. Easy, takes seconds, and fills you up all afternoon.