Fruit, Potato & Grain Menu: Eliminating Potato Version

Fruit and Potato Free Menu

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast Quick Huevos Rancheros Butternut Squash Oatmeal Nut Butter Toast and Watermelon Smoothie Quick Ham and Eggs Florentine Butternut Squash Oatmeal Pancakes, with Eggs and Homemade Sausage Patties Oatmeal topped with Warm Rubarb Compote
Snack Cheese and Crackers Tortilla Chips, Beans and Salsa Hard Boiled Egg Tortilla Chips, Beans and Salsa Hard Boiled Egg Celery and Nut Butter with Cinnamon Leftover Granola bars
Lunch Chicken on Green Salad with Quick Dressing Sandwiches, and Veggie Soup Leftover meatloaf, Salad with Quick Dressing Sandwiches, and Soup Soup and Salad Pasta salad Leftover Grilled Veggies on Salad with Sandwich
Snack Hard Boiled Egg Homemade Hummus, Sliced cucumber, and Baby Carrots Celery and Nut Butter with Cinnamon Hummus, Sliced cucumber, and Baby Carrots Celery and Nut Butter with Cinnamon Homemade Granola Bars Celery and Nut Butter with Cinnamon
Dinner Orzo with Red Sauce, Shrimp, and Green Beans Note: Make the Hummus for the rest of the week’s snacks Meatloaf, with Garlic Collard Greens Beans and Rice with Turkey and Fennel Quick Asian Stir Fry Taco Salad Grilled steak, Salad, and Grilled Veggies Roast Chicken with Asparagus and Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Fruit and Potato Free Menu Tips:

The easiest way to split up your Potato and Grain combination is to completely eliminate one. For this week we’ll eliminate Potato. Our menus are written following this “avoid one” guideline. You will see reminders in the tips to avoid potato, and remember to always read labels, as different forms potato are added to so many foods.

Potato can be hidden in so many foods by other names, such as dextrose, but it’s also in many foods because it’s in processed salt. I say processed salt because all iodized table salt has potato, but pure sea salt does not. Since salt is in so many processed foods avoiding it can be challenging. One of the easiest ways to avoid salt in things like ham, or cheese is to purchase these ingredients from an import store. Imported foods that are made in other countries, like imported prosciutto ham from Italy, would not have potato. It wouldn’t have potato because in Italy potato is not added to the salt that the ham is cured with. You can find these items made with sea salt in the United States, but it is sometimes easier to find the imported version at your local healthfood store.

Fruit is also added to many foods. These tips will help you avoid fruit, and potato, and give you some tools to spot fruit in some unlikely places. Again, steer clear of processed, low nutrient foods. Most all commercial white flour has some form of acid, such as ascorbic acid, that is usually derived from a fruit source. You can replace white flour in baking with whole wheat pastry flour. Find a reputable brand that only uses limited, straight forward ingredients in their flour such as Bob’s Red Mill.

You will not always know if there is fruit in a commercially produced product, or food at a restaurant. Once you have cleared your diet of any  processed foods, and you’ve been without fruit for some time then your body will be able to tell if you’re eating something reactive. You may notice a change in mood after eating a meal, or you may get some physical reaction. Some people who are reactive to fruit and haven’t had any for an extended period of time, can actually get a physical reaction such as a slight burn in their mouth, or immediate heartburn. Sometimes when people ingest (knowingly or unknowingly) the food they are intolerant to they notice an increased level of anxiety, and their whole mood shifts. Some people notice a more solemn mood. Everyone is different, you will eventually learn your body, and learn what symptoms you get when ingesting fruit.