paleo blueberry muffins

Wow, these are AWESOME! I actually made my paleo blueberry muffins in a mini muffin tray so they’re nice little bite sized pieces. I have found that my family is much more likely to eat healthy when I hand them finger foods that require virtually zero preparation or thought to eat, haha. So that’s exactly what I did by making my muffins mini ones.

One of the reasons I have started really trying to get into different paleo breads, like these paleo blueberry muffins, is that we love bread. Not just me, but my husband and my children too. We all love bread. Breakfast is a poptart for our kids, unless we hand them something like these muffins (or our paleo banana bread) to eat instead. We are trying to instill healthy habits on our children. While we do allow our children to eat things we do not (some sugary things, candy, the poptarts of course), we do push healthy foods on them as much as possible and we try to limit their unhealthy food intake overall.

Paleo blueberry muffins recipe makes how many?

I made 24 mini muffins. If you use a regular sized muffin tray, you will get 12 muffins.

What kind of blueberries were used?

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any good looking fresh blueberries today. So I used frozen ones that I already had in the freezer. I purchase large bags of organic frozen blueberries to make sure I never run out:)

Paleo Blueberry Muffins
Yields 12
Delicious light and fluffy blueberry muffins, no additional sugar added!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  6. 6 eggs
  7. 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) clarified butter/ghee, melted
  8. 1/3 cup coconut cream (or 1/3 cup honey if you'd like a sweeter muffin)
  9. 2 teaspoons PURE vanilla extract (not artificial)
  10. 1 cup blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, coconut cream, and pure vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until fully mixed.
  5. Fold blueberries into batter.
  6. Spoon batter evenly into greased muffin tray (do not grease if using muffin baking wrappers).
  7. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. Pure vanilla extract is Paleo, especially when baked, as the alcohol will bake off. However, artificial vanilla extract is NOT Paleo.
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paleo banana bread

Why does my house smell so amazing right now?! Because I just finished baking a loaf of Paleo banana bread! The smell is just incredible and brings everyone in the house straight to the kitchen.

minion-bananaMy whole family loves bananas, but I am not fan of all the sugar required for most banana bread recipes. That’s why this recipe has no added sugar, just some coconut cream. The addition of extra sugar to our diets contributes to a variety of issues, and I wholeheartedly believe it’s simply not necessary. Bananas and coconut cream are sweet enough on their own, so no extra sugar is needed.

This bread is absolutely fantastic as part of a healthy breakfast. Add some fruit and a cup of coffee, and I’m loving it!

Paleo Banana Bread
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A delicious, no sugar added, Paleo banana bread the whole family will love!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1 teaspoon allspice (optional)
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 mashed bananas
  7. 1/2 cup water
  8. 1/4 cup coconut cream
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together almond flour, ground cinnamon, allspice (if using), and baking soda.
  3. In separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients and whisk until fully mixed together.
  4. Combine all ingredients and mix until a batter is formed.
  5. Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes. The bread should be crisp and brown on top and around the edges.
  7. ENJOY!
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Paleo banana bread is awesome!

Once the bread is cool and you’ve sliced it and are enjoying it, a little extra cinnamon can be sprinkled on top for added flavor. You can also spread a little clarified butter on it, which is delicious! This is a great recipe and it’s pretty easy to make. ENJOY!

paleo flatbread

This recipe for Paleo flatbread is super easy to make and tastes delicious!!!

When making flatbread, it is important to keep an eye on it in the pan, and remember that it does take time. This isn’t instant, and turning up the burner heat is not going to help move things along. Be patient, let it cook, and when it puffs up, flip it!

paleo-flatbread-poofedAh! My flatbread never got puffy! Now what?

No worries!!! This happens all the time. In a perfect world, each piece of flatbread would puff up when it’s time to flip it over, and every piece would always be absolute perfection. However, cooking is rarely perfect. Simply wait until the flatbread looks like it’s cooked through the center (not mushy anymore), then flip. You can always flip back if you need to 🙂 I have also had flatbread not puff up until it’s almost done. Sometimes there are also tiny holes in the bread, maybe from the batter not quite filling up that part of the pan, or from the batter sticking and tearing somehow. But these small holes and tears will cause your flatbread to stay flat while cooking, never puffing up.

paleo-flatbread-chicken-sandwichDoes this particular flatbread make good sandwiches?

Absolutely! We had some fantastic shredded chicken and lettuce flatbread sandwiches with our batch today. It was absolutely delicious! I also plan to use my Foreman Grill to make paninis with the leftover flatbread tomorrow for lunch.

This flatbread is also great ripped into bite sized pieces and dipped in a variety of sauces. A good guacamole or cream sauce is awesome with this bread!

Paleo Flatbread
An easy Paleo flatbread that is great for sandwiches, paninis, or just ripping apart and eating!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can organic coconut milk, unsweetened (13.66oz)
  2. 1 cup almond flour
  3. 1 cup tapioca flour
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat. You may need to use a little clarified butter (or ghee or olive oil) here if you aren't using a non-stick pan.
  3. Once the pan is heated, scoop batter into the center of the pan. You can make these thick, like pancakes, or thin, like crepes.
  4. Cooking time will vary based upon thickness of the batter. Once the batter puffs up or the batter in the center is no longer mushy (like watching a pancake cook), flip and cook the other side.
  5. Enjoy!
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paleo sandwich bread

My family absolutely loves bread. And having a super easy Paleo sandwich bread recipe at our finger is extremely helpful. I don’t have a bread machine (even if I did, not sure where I would put it!), and I really needed a sandwich bread recipe that required minimal prep time. Well, now we have one!

What’s so great about this Paleo sandwich bread?

It’s just really good… this is hubby approved bread!! Prep time for this bread is fairly minimal, and it slices perfectly when it’s done. I’ve made lots of breads in the past, and this one doesn’t fall apart when sliced thinly for sandwiches, which I find extremely important.

Quick steps for making this Paleo bread.

paleo-bread-dry-wet-ingredientsMix all dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another.

paleo-bread-batterGently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mixing well. Don’t try to mix too quickly, go slowly. You want to end up with a nice consistent batter.

paleo-bread-before-bakingGrease a loaf pan and fill with the batter.

paleo-sanwich-breadBake for 35 to 45 minutes, let cool, slice, and enjoy!

Paleo Sandwich Bread
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A wonderful Paleo sandwich bread that doesn't fall apart when sliced!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. ½ cup tapioca flour
  3. ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. 4 eggs
  7. ½ cup coconut cream
  8. 6 tablespoons butter (clarified butter, ghee, or coconut oil)
  9. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix almond flour, tapioca flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Melt butter and whisk with eggs, coconut cream, and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Fold wet ingredient mixture into dry ingredients and slowly mix.
  5. Grease a loaf pan and pour batter into pan.
  6. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
  7. Let cool, slice, and enjoy!
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honey lime sauce

A wonderful mix of flavors, this honey lime sauce is absolutely incredible for dipping just about any fruit. It goes perfectly with our fruit summer rolls too!

fruit-summer-rolls-platterThe prep for this honey lime sauce is easy. Simply mix honey and lime juice. Another fantastic option for this recipe is to add a little fresh mint. The addition of some fresh mint completely changes the flavor of this honey lime sauce, making it taste extra refreshing!

I take our fruit summer rolls to parties and barbecues with this honey lime sauce for dipping. The dish is always a huge hit and I never walk away with leftovers, which is sometimes a bit of a bummer for me, haha. To have a great dish that isn’t too difficult and a great sauce to dip it in is just awesome. The honey lime sauce also goes great in the center of a tray with fresh fruit. Strawberries, cantaloupe, mango and apple chunks with toothpicks in them make for a great finger food for any occasion!

Honey Lime Sauce
A deliciously sweet dip, great for fresh fruits!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup honey
  2. juice of 1/2 lime (juice of 1 whole lime if you really love lime)
  3. 1 to 2 Tablespoons water (amount of water will depend on consistency you're aiming for)
  4. Fresh mint, finely chopped (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. Mix honey and lime juice, stir well.
  2. Slowly add the water while stirring until you have the consistency you want for your sauce.
  3. Add fresh mint (OPTIONAL).
  4. Dip fruits and enjoy!
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cucumber wrapped veggies

Much like our zucchini wrapped veggies, these cucumber wrapped veggies are fantastic for parties, barbecues, or just having at home for the family and kids.

The zucchini wrapped veggies aren’t all that fantastic when it comes to kids. The zucchini flavor just isn’t really what they’re into. These cucumber wraps are great with homemade ranch dressing!

food-prepThe prep work for cucumber wrapped veggies

The cucumber is a bit different than the zucchini when it comes to peeling. The center of a cucumber doesn’t hold together well when thinly peeled. What I do is peel one side of the cucumber almost to the center, then flip the cucumber and peel the other side, followed by the two remaining untouched sides. When I peel cucumbers this way, I end up with a rectangle of the inside leftover. I keep these to chop up and add to salads the next few days. No waste!

The prep work for this appetizer is not super clean. While I absolutely love all my pictures (and those I see on other cooking blogs), I also like to show some real prep pictures, with a little mess and the true looks of a used cutting board 🙂

cucumber wrapped veggies
A simple, yet beautiful appetizer for any occasion.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium sized zucchini
  2. 2 medium sized carrots
  3. 2 medium sized celery stalks
  4. 2 medium sized radishes
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumber into thin strips (using a Y-peeler makes this easy).
  2. Peel and cut (or just chop) carrots, celery stalks, and radishes into matchstick sized pieces.
  3. Lay out cucumber strips, add vegetables (usually 3 sticks of each veggie is good), roll the cucumber and pop a toothpick through the zucchini to hold it all together.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite vegetable dipping sauce!
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This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free.

 

fruit summer rolls

fruit-summer-rolls-finished1A super fun way to eat fruit, these fruit summer rolls are not only cool looking, they’re also delicious and healthy!

Getting the kids to eat more fruits and veggies can be difficult, but when you hand them a cool looking snack like these fruit summer rolls, it becomes much less of a hassle. I just love that these are fairly simple to make and totally packed to the max with fruit!

These fruit summer rolls go really well with our honey lime sauce. The honey lime sauce is fantastic with any fresh fruits!

Making fruit summer rolls is easy!

fruit-summer-rolls-filling-preppedFirst, cut your apples and peaches into matchstick sized pieces. They do not have to be perfect, they just need to all be similar in size. Wash your spinach and remove the stems, as they can break through the thin rice paper. Slice your strawberries into thin slices.

Second, wet your rice paper. To do this, I dip it quickly in a bowl of water, making sure to wet both sides, but not soak it. Allowing rice paper to sit in water will make it impossible to work with. Once it’s dipped in water, shake it off, make sure no excess water is left on the paper, and lay it on a flat work space.

fruit-summer-rolls-filling-on-paperThird, lay the spinach pieces (about 1 leaf, again minus the stems, per roll) on the rice paper, about 1 inch from one end of the paper. Place the peach and apple slices on the spinach.

fruit-summer-rolls-one-full-rollFourth, make one complete roll of the rice paper and place the strawberry slices, 3 to 4 slices per roll) on the rice paper.

fruit-summer-rolls-precutFifth, fold each side of the rice paper over, like a burrito. Finish rolling the rice paper. Repeat this process until you’ve used up all your fruit slices and lettuce!

That’s it! You’re done! These really are easy to make. The rice paper does take some getting used to, as it can be difficult to work with. But with time and practice, the process becomes a quick one! My silver lining when I was first learning to work with rice paper was that I got to eat any rolls that didn’t roll properly… yum!

fruit-summer-rolls-finished2If serving lots of people, cutting the rolls in half allows you to make fewer rolls while still being able to offer one to each of your guests. Half rolls are also perfect for younger children. If having this as a dessert, making some pudding to go with them is a great way to add some extra sweetness to them! These can either be dipped in the pudding, or (if cut in half) a spoonful of pudding can be drizzled down the open top. Pudding can also be added during the initial rollup process, but that could end up messier than one would like.

Fruit Summer Rolls
A refreshing fruit summer roll, great for any occasion!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 peach
  2. 1 apple
  3. 4 strawberries
  4. 4 spinach leaves (or romain lettuce leaves)
  5. 1 mango (optional, but makes it sweeter)
  6. 1 kiwi (optional)
  7. rice paper (8 to 10 sheets)
Instructions
  1. Slice peach and apple into matchstick sized pieces.
  2. Slice strawberries (and kiwi if you're using it) into thin slices.
  3. Slice mango into thin strips (if you opt to add the mango)
  4. Remove stems from spinach leaves (the hard stems may break through the rice paper).
  5. Wet the rice paper and lay on flat work surface.
  6. Lay the spinach or lettuce pieces on the rice paper, centered and about 1 inch from one edge of the rice paper. Use about 1 spinach leaf per roll.
  7. Lay the mango slices across the spinach or lettuce (if you're adding mango)
  8. Lay the apple and peach slices on top of the spinach.
  9. Roll up the filling, one full roll.
  10. Place about 3 strawberry slices (and kiwi, if you opted to use it) on the rice paper, directly next to the current edge of the roll.
  11. Fold both sides over and finish rolling.
  12. Cut or don't, depending on your need.
  13. ENJOY!
Notes
  1. To keep the apple from browning, soak the slices in 1 cup water mixed with the juice of 1/2 a lime.
  2. These are best when put together within a few hours of serving, though the fruit can be prepped the night before.
  3. If serving in a dish, use lettuce or spinach leaves to keep the rolls separated so they don't stick together. Some people will also wrap the extra lettuce or spinach around the rolls when eating.
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zucchini wrapped veggies

zucchini-wrapped-veggies-ranchZucchini wrapped veggies are a great finger food for any party or barbecue! They go great with our homemade ranch dressing or any other type of vegetable dip! And given the fact these are bite sized with a toothpick already in them, there’s no chance for double dipping! Super bonus! Of course, since these are made only from fresh veggies, they are Whole30 compliant, Paleo, and vegan!

These zucchini wrapped veggies look like they take forever!

They don’t, I promise! Simply peeling the vegetables and then chopping them into the right sizes makes the process go fairly quickly. I generally peel my zucchinis first to determine just how many I need to feed the amount of people I’m aiming for. Since the zucchini is the wrapper for all of these, it’s best to get all those done first. I then peel and chop as many veggies as I think I need to fill all my zucchini wrappers, knowing I have more of all of them in the fridge and can prep more later if I need to. I try not waste anything, but if I end up with leftover veggies for the inside (which I often do), I simply throw them in a stir fry within a day or two.

carrot-wrapped-radishes-celeryOh no! I ran out of zucchini!

NO PROBLEM! Though they will be smaller, thinly peeled carrots can replace the zucchini at the drop of a hat! Simply do the exact same thing but use carrots as the wrapper instead of zucchini.

When I run out of zucchini part way through, or just want to add more color to the overall veggie display, I use carrots as the wrapper. I generally only fill the carrots with one other vegetable. Maybe a few slices of radish or celery. I don’t usually fill the carrots with more carrots… as that seems a little redundant!

Lets go through all the steps!

zucchini-peeledFirst, peel your zucchini. I use a Y-peeler for mine. I go from one end to the other, and the Y-peeler slices my zucchini in perfectly thin strips, exactly what I need for these zucchini wrapped veggies.

zucchini-and-veggies-preppedSecond, chop your veggies. Sometimes I peel them and then cut them down to size, sometimes I simply chop them into match-sized pieces. Either way works, I usually tell people to do it whichever way they can do faster.

zucchini-with-veggies-before-rollingThird, lay out your zucchini strips and put some veggies on them. For these particular rolls, I did 3 pieces of carrot, 3 pieces of celery, and 3 pieces of radish. You can leave any of those vegetables out, add in different ones, it’s entirely up to you. Just remember that you need to watch how much you put o your zucchini strip. It still needs to be able to roll up and take a toothpick.

zucchini-wrapped-veggies-finishedFourth, roll your zucchini, add a toothpick, and enjoy! My family likes these veggie wraps dipped in ranch, but they are fantastic dipped in just about any type of dressing or sauce. I like them in cucumber sauce, and they’re even good in some sweeter sauces! Have fun with the dipping sauce and enjoy this awesome little dish!

Zucchini Wrapped Veggies
Simple side dish that looks awesome and is super healthy!
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium sized zucchini
  2. 2 medium sized carrots
  3. 2 medium sized celery stalks
  4. 2 medium sized radishes
Instructions
  1. Peel the zucchini into thin strips (using a Y-peeler makes this easy).
  2. Peel and cut (or just chop) carrots, celery stalks, and radishes into matchstick sized pieces.
  3. Lay out zucchini strips, add vegetables (usually 3 stick of each veggie is good), roll the zucchini and pop a toothpick through the zucchini to hold it all together.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite vegetable dipping sauce!
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nicely spicy salsa

spicy-salsaA very nicely spicy salsa that adds a fantastic kick to any Taco Tuesday!

We don’t always do Taco Tuesdays at our house, but when we do, we have nicely spicy salsa!

This salsa is the perfect blend of spicy hot and awesome flavor.The flavors truly do mix well, and the kick they provide is like fireworks for you taste buds! When making this salsa for our youngest child, I generally leave out the chipotle chili and cut the jalapeño in half. This is simply because our youngest son isn’t a fan of spicy, though I’m hoping he will be one day!

This recipe takes minimal prep time, as everything is put into a food processor, meaning fine chopping or dicing is completely eliminated from the process. I’ve said it before and I will say it again… minimizing prep time is a huge bonus! It allows us all to spend more time doing what we love and less time chopping things!

This recipe is absolutely Whole30 and Paleo compliant. We use all fresh ingredients and we love eating as healthy as possible!

Nicely Spicy Salsa
A fantastically spicy blend of flavors to give a kick to your cuisine!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  2. 1/4 medium red onion
  3. 1 jalepeno
  4. 1/2 bell pepper
  5. 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  6. 2 cloves garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (use 1/4 teaspoon or do not add to make less spicy)
Instructions
  1. Drain diced tomatoes.
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor and process. NOTE: ingredients do not need to be diced or chopped up small because they are all going into the food processor!
  3. Pour into a bowl and ENJOY!
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cantaloupe fruit medley for breakfast!

cantaloupe-fruit-medleyBreakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and starting it off with a nice cantaloupe fruit medley makes for a great start to the morning!

This morning, I kicked my day off with a nice hot cup of coffee and the cantaloupe fruit medley I made last night. I usually make two fruit medleys at the same time when I cut my cantaloupe in half. I store them in the fridge in bowls with plastic wrap covering them up. I’m not entirely sure how long they would last if left alone, as ours usually make it 24 hours at best before someone gobbles them up.

What do I do with the leftover cantaloupe from my cantaloupe fruit medley?

Honestly, I often just eat it after I cut it out. Once the seeds are gone, cutting a little strip around the cantaloupe to make more room for the other fruits doesn’t really leave much leftover cantaloupe. If I’m making two full cantaloupes at a time (four fruit medleys), I put the extra cantaloupe in a container and serve it with lunch or dinner.

Cantaloupe Fruit Medley
Serves 2
Awesome fruit medley stuffed into a cantaloupe!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cantaloupe
  2. 6 to 8 strawberries
  3. 2 kiwis
  4. ~16 to 18 grapes
Instructions
  1. Cut the cantaloupe in half and scrape out the seeds in the middle of each half.
  2. Cut or scrape out more of the actual cantaloupe around the already hollow center. This is done to be able to fit more fruit into the cantaloupe. (OPTIONAL: eat the cantaloupe you've cut out, or save it for later.)
  3. Cut the strawberries into thin slices and lay around the edges of the hole in the center of the cantaloupes.
  4. Peel the kiwis and cut into thin slices. Lay them around in a circle, inside the strawberries.
  5. Top it off by filling whatever is left of the center with the grapes.
  6. ENJOY!
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Make it even more of a meal!

To make this more of a meal, and not just fruit, have a small fruit medley with some eggs and bacon, or other protein. Two eggs and a small fruit medley is a fantastic Whole30 and Paleo compliant meal! I love fruit with my eggs in the morning, and having a nice looking cantaloupe fruit medley just adds an extra smile to the morning!