Happy 4th of July! I’m actually thankful to be doing Whole 30 during the holiday because it will keep me from succumbing to too many treats and cheats.
This morning I made a big breakfast. I guess I was excited by the 4th so much I wanted burgers in the morning! Truthfully, I had gotten some grass-fed ground beef out of the freezer to make zucchini spaghetti and meatballs, but I never got to it last night, so I just made some mini burgers to go with breakfast. I seasoned them with World Market Argentine Steak Rub, dried sage, lots of black pepper, and some dried minced onion. I had three mini burgers with two small tomatoes. I also had two eggs that were supposed to be over easy, but one of the yolks was much smaller than the other (one of the hazards of using cage-free eggs is that there is a bit more diversity between egg sizes) so that yolk was nearly solid, and the larger yolk was nice and soft. Oh well. I also had a small pile of grapes and my usual black coffee.
After breakfast, I went to the local 4th of July street fair. I saw a few cool sites, like this John Deere ice cream maker, and I was surprised by how busy the fair was.
I contented myself with the idea that it was unlikely there would be anything I could have to eat for lunch…then I saw the turkey legs. There was a guy grilling over two smokers (by smokers I mean smoker boxes, not cigarette smokers) and I asked him what kind of seasonings he used. I figured there was going to be sugar and spices all over. Then he said he just used smoke, that’s all. This was totally Whole 30! I was so happy! I got a big old leg of turkey to gnaw on while sitting under a tree by the curb; you never saw such a happy cavegirl in your life! Between my boyfriend and I, we couldn’t finish it all, so I wrapped it back in the foil and some napkins and stowed it in my purse when we left. You know you eat Paleo if: you have a partially-eaten turkey leg in your purse!
I finished my lunch when I got home by having some fresh cherries. I’m re-using this photo from an earlier Whole 30 meal because this one cherry looked like a cute heart.
Before the 4th of July celebration, I had a little snack from my last PaleoPax, the Brazil Nut Sprout Bar. It was really good! It had more nuts than a Larabar, so it was really firm and not too sweet. I would buy this again for sure, because it’s hard to find Paleo-compliant bars.
Our 4th of July party was really fun.We went out of town to a friend’s house, and her dad grilled burgers. I had a bunless burger with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and pickles. I also had a few hunks of watermelon and more pickles on the side. I bought a veggie tray from the supermarket as my contribution and to make sure that I would be able to fill my plate. I had celery, baby carrots, and cherry tomatoes, too. The most tempting item for me was the tortilla chips and salsa, and there was also a layered bean dip that smelled and looked really good. There was also a chocolate bundt cake, banana pudding, and a berry trifle. I would have liked to try the cake because it looked so rich and also the blueberries on the trifle looked really yummy, but they had whipped cream under them so I didn’t want to risk it.
|Sorry it’s so blurry, it was too dark to get a good macro shot…and I ate a bite already, oops|
I brought a bottle of mineral water so I wouldn’t be tempted to have beer (which would give me a wheat belly, so that’s not too tempting). I used to like microbrew or artisanal beer, but now it doesn’t even tempt me. I only like wine and have been thinking about going to our local apple orchard for their hard cider making class so I can make it on my own when I feel like drinking out of a beer bottle like everyone else.
After eating it was time for fireworks. I pitched in a few bucks for four BOGO fireworks. I didn’t want to spend loads of money because I feel like you essentially burn up your dollars when you buy fireworks. I was actually pleased what I got, because they twisted out sparks and shot up into the air. We had some sparklers and a few fountain-style fireworks. Further off into the field some people in the family shot fireworks into the air. Also, because West Texas is so flat, I could see three or four fireworks displays happening at other towns on the horizon, so it was like a cool multidimensional show. It was definitely better than last year when we had a burn ban and couldn’t have any!