30 Day Paleo Challenge: Day 1

Today is Day 1 of the 30 Day Paleo Challenge!


I’m psyched.  I’m sure my family, friends, co-workers, twitter followers, etc. are tired of hearing about it already, but I’m into it.

This morning I felt a little unprepared to begin the challenge.  Not because I wanted a hamburger, but this morning after I made my green smoothie and paleo pancake for breakfast…


I realized I was out of vegetables.  I put away an entire bag of Costco spinach by myself in less than a week.

Womp. But I made due with what I had.


Last night I cooked some ground turkey with onions and peppers.  Today I mixed it with frozen peas and carrots then topped it with avocado (ended up eating 1/4).  For a filling, paleo-friendly lunch.  I also had a carrot and some strawberries.  I packed some cuties in case I got hungry, but I only had 1 (wasn’t even hungry just wanted something sweet).

Looking at my lunch, it reminded me of when I was in grad school and I was too busy to cook and too cheap to buy lunch so I would pack a clif bar, a carrot and an apple and call it a day.

Today was slightly different.  My lunch today was definitely more filling.

Around 6pm, I thought it’d be a good idea to get dinner started.  If there’s one thing I’m realizing it’s that this paleo challenge is going to make me have an actual dinner.  Ordinarily, I’m used to just sort of having snacks for dinner (i.e. tortillas with beans and cheese, or random bites of left overs with a handful of chocolate chips… not my finer moments).

So today I decided to keep up with the use-what-you-have trend.  Over the weekend, since I baked a million pies (or 3), I had 5 egg whites that needed to get used.  So dinner was themed around that…


Scrambled Egg Whites with Peppers and Onions and Spicy Sweet Potato “Home Fries”

Now these home fries aren’t really home fries.  They’re just super quick sweet potatoes that I think are tasty.

What You’ll Need to serve 1-3 people:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 mini sweet pepper or 1/4 red/yellow bell pepper
  • Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, Cayenne

Step 1: Microwave sweet potato until cooked (depending on size 5 mins ish? I think mine took 6 minutes)
Step 2: Chop some onions and peppers and add to a pan with a bit of oil.
Step 3: Chop the sweet potato into chunks and add to the pan with some salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika and cayenne (all to taste).
Step 4: Turn up the heat, once the sweet potatoes are browned and sort of crisp, serve with your scrambled egg whites!


Ta-da! Dinner!  I ended up topping it with the 1/4 of the avocado that I didn’t eat earlier.  Pretty tasty.

I won’t lie.  I really wanted to add ketchup to this mix, but alas, not paleo friendly.  Also this was a HUGE meal.  5 egg whites is a lot of egg.  Just saying.

How about you?  Did you make dinner tonight?  What’d you make?


8 thoughts on “30 Day Paleo Challenge: Day 1

  1. Sara says:

    Hey there! I’m also on the Paleo diet and just started on Monday. So far it’s been really good and easy! I was going to ask you if you’re following the recommended meal plans or just winging it? Also are sweet potatoes on the OK list to eat? I’m happy to see your post with both those and almond butter since I’m really missing my peanut butter. I could live with eating almond butter as a substitute!

    • Karla says:

      From what I’ve read (and I’ve read in books and websites), sweet potatoes are A-Okay! You want to limit them if you’re trying to lose weight. I’m not that interested in losing weight, it’s more of an added bonus so I’m consuming them. That said, 1 large sweet potato has lasted me 4 meals, so I’m not having huge quantities either.

      This website (from a crossfit box) has a pretty intense list: http://crossfitsouthie.com/paleo-challenge

      They say red wine and tequila are ok in moderation. I’m looking into the red wine thing because 1. I love red wine and 2. I’d like to cook with it.

      I am not following any recommended meal plans, it’s just not really my style 🙂 I love going on Pinterest and finding a bunch of paleo recipes to try out. Feel free to check out my paleo board on Pinterest.

      Best of luck with paleo! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Hanan says:

    Hi Karla! Thanks so much for stopping by earlier! Love your blog!! I’m going to keep track of your 30 days! I love the ideas you have already. I need to put together some snack packs like those. That would probably help me stay on track more.

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