Sunday, January 10, 2016

Day 2 (Saturday) / Banana Nut Bars

A day of rest, good eating, great roommates, and a good deal of ny/dayquil really helped me heal quickly. I was still sick/congested, but no longer felt like I had been sucker-punched all over my body. I woke up about 8:45am and eventually made my roommates breakfast (after plenty of hand washing):
  • Fried eggs over arugula 
  • Sweet & red potato hash (olive oil, salt, pepper) 
Snack 1:
  • Almonds 
  • Banana & almond butter
  • 1 fried egg over left over sweet potatoes 
Snack 2: 
  • Banana nut bars (recipe below) 
Banana Nut Bars! Perdy good and very simple to make. I got this recipe from a paleo book/recipe Cristin gave me. I can't find a link unfortunately.

    • 2 bananas
    • 3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup cashews and 2 cups almonds) 
    • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 2 eggs

    • Combine all ingredients except eggs in a food processor (oops, I included the eggs, and they still came out okay) 
    • Pulse until well mixed. You want it pretty well chopped but chunks are delicious so not too much. 
    • In a mixing bowl, combine mixture with eggs.
    • Press into an 8x8 pan 
    • Bake at 350 degrees until done. Mine took about 25 minutes 
    • Cut 4x4 so you have 16 bites/bar (or however you want to divide it up) 
These are great for snacks, dessert, or breakfast. 

  • Thai chicken with sauteed onions, bell peppers, green beans, cauliflower "rice" - topped with cilantro and unsalted/raw cashews. Julie made this in a crock pot and it was delicious and filling. I'll try to get the recipe from her soon. 
Snack 3/Dessert: 
  • Banana nut bars topped with almond butter and 1/3 banana
Today was better than Day 1 but a bit rough. I was excited to have some energy back so I decided to get some things done and go to the grocery store. Daniel and I ended up going to 3 different stores at the most busy time...I wanted to hurt a lot of people. I do not recommend grocery shopping on a weekend afternoon ever, but especially if you have a bad headache and congested/nasty face.

It is a bit challenging going grocery shopping for Whole 30 because one store might have full-fat coconut milk with no added sugar, but not the cheapest/best produce. Another store may have great deals on produce but not the best meat options. It goes on. I thank Daniel for putting up with my crankiness on this day! We went to Compare Foods for produce and canned tomato stuff for chili / Trader Joe's for stew meat, chicken, ground beef, nuts, eggs, some random other stuff / Harris Teeter for full-fat coconut milk with no added sugar. As I'm writing this I realize how whiny I must sound. I should be thankful, and am, that I do not live in a food desert, can afford groceries, and have a car to go all around town to buy quality food!

On a positive note, I'm really liking Whole 30 this time. I did a version of this back in 2011, and documented it on this blog, but some of the rules were a bit different. It also really helps I'm doing this challenge along with Julie, Cooper and Daniel. We're splitting the groceries and cooking which makes such a huge difference. The only thing I've really missed so far is chocolate. I've noticed that I'm not having as many stomach cramps or bloating. When I finish the challenge, I'm going to actually introduce things into my diet slowly (I didn't do this last time). We shall see! 


  1. it sounds awesome to have so many other people doing it with you!

  2. Other thoughts for you: it would be fun to start a pinterest board for whole 30 recipes to share =) and I totally understand the going to different grocery stores is not fun but you are right, we are fortunate to have what we have. Proud of you!!

    1. yes I should start a pinterest board. I have like 2 food related pinterest boards already...I feel excessive starting another one...I wish pinterest would do like tags or labels so you can re-organize or sort your boards when you only want to see one type of food.