I’m on “holiday” with my two children and husband… So far I’ve been a pack horse, done a lot of the driving (apparently my navigation skills are not up to par) and had less sleep than I would of if I was at home. BUT life is about being in the present and enjoying all the small things so seeing the joy on my little boy’s face when we took off and landed in a big plane was more than I could have wished for.
I am trying very hard to eat as paleo as I can on this trip. So far I’ve avoided all bread and rice successfully and have ordered meat and veg as much as I can. Desserts are paleo right??? Haha!
Unfortunately, when traveling it is not as easy to gain access to wholesome organic paleo foods as I would like. Trying to travel with two infants and packing a stash of paleo snacks was, I found, challenging considering the amount of room nappies, teddy bears and T-Rex took up in the baggage allowance!
Lucky for me I’m traveling to beautiful Tasmania, and have started our stay in Franklin at a lovely B & B called Vansons in the Valley The owners Jan and Tony have their own chickens and veggie patch so we’ve been blessed with beautiful eggs and bacon or eggs and smoke salmon in the morning.
I have tried to make sure I snack on ham or nuts and dried fruit but my hubby has a sweet tooth and I couldn’t resist the gold medal winning gluten free fudge he bought for one of our day trips! I blame him for me stumbling off the paleo path… Also I’m pretty sure the local ciders and wine are not strictly paleo either but hey, when in Rome!
Anyway I am having a great time with my family and I think that is the main objective of this trip, making memories with my babes!
We bought with us some protein balls for our snacks for the trip but we have almost demolished our entire stash and we’ve been here for three days with five days to go! So I’m going to share the protein ball recipe with you all, as they are an awesome ‘on the go’ snack.
Steve’s Chocolate Protein Balls
- 330 g combination of whole almonds and walnuts
- 120g of chocolate protein powder (WPC or HWP) or whatever you use normally
- 16 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons cocoa/cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon natural organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Desiccated coconut for rolling
Place almonds and walnuts into a food processor or blender with cinnamon, protein powder and cocoa/cacao then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract then process/blend again until the mix starts to come together.
Add a little bit of water if you need to so that the mixture is soft and you can roll into a ball.
Roll into snack size balls (we use our zone blocks to decide how big each ball should be but you can make them as big or small as you like)
Roll in coconut
You can keep them in the fridge for a far while (up to a month) but ours never last more than a week!