First post of the new year! And this year, I am not making a resolution to lose weight, cut out alcohol (I mean we know that’s not happening), or stop eating chocolate. I am going to strive to BE BETTER in every aspect of my life.
Conquer every challenge that comes my way, set goals big and small, laugh more, do something kind for someone else on a regular basis, and always have faith our world will get better.
I don’t have all the answers to how you can keep your New Years goals. But I do know, once you continuously strive to be a better person, reaching those goals come easy. It isn’t about the things you have or the way you look. It’s about the kind of person you are.
So, one goal I did set for myself this year is to continue my journey to better health. Continuously learning and strengthening my passion for real food and achieving my fitness goals. This month, I am continuing that journey by starting with a January Whole30. It is always so humbling to see this beautiful community of Whole30ers come together and support each other every day. Whole30 has become a huge success because it isn’t about losing pounds, it’s about food freedom. The program enables you to learn what kinds of foods work for your body and what doesn’t. After 30 days, you have a better understanding of what you want your health journey to look like. Now you are able to have fries for one meal, feel satisfied, and the very next meal, you are back on track.
And speaking of fries, I had to share these yummy baked plantain fries. One question I get asked about is about “snacking” while on a Whole30. The program does discourage us from “snacking”. The idea is that eating lots of meals during the day distorts your body’s natural hormones. You want to have solid meals. Just having some fruit or carrots isn’t enough nutrition for your body. I usually have 4 meals a day: breakfast, lunch, afternoon “mini meal” (usually after a workout), and dinner.
BAKED PLANTAIN FRIES
These plantain fries have become a staple “mini meal” for me. I will switch between plantains and sweet potatoes along with a simple dip. Some days, I will just roast the plantain fries and add them to some lettuce, marinated onions, and chicken for another quick mini meal. They are delicious, versatile and easy.Print
The perfect Whole30 snack or Mini Meal
2 ripe plantains
pink Himalayan sea salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tbsp. melted ghee.
1/2 an avocado
2 tsp. compliant mayo
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves
salt and pepper to taste
To begin, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Now, peel and julienne the plantains and transfer them to a bowl. Toss them with salt, cayenne, nutmeg, and ghee. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for 20-25 minutes.
While the plantains roast, smash avocado in a small bowl and mix with mayo and cilantro and season salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve fries with avocado dip and enjoy.