My Go-To Paleo Foods


Paleo muffins Katie Woodard-2

Every ‘diet’ and ‘healthy eating plan’ out there agree on at least one thing, eat more veggies! That may be the only thing all eating plans have in common! But I believe it is true and I want to share my simple go-to menu along with some fun and more involved recipes for when I have the time and motivation.

Eating healthy is tough, and when my amazing naturopathic doctor suggested that I stop eating gluten due to an autoimmune thyroid problem, I was not thrilled! I just kinda figured that was what all naturopaths might say. But the more I read and the more talked to her, the more I knew I had to do something to keep my health on the right track.

I wanted to do everything in the world that I could to avoid getting more autoimmune diseases (which is common after you have one). Well, a few years later here I am eating like a whole new person! I do not eat Paleo all the time, but I feel best when I do. I do not love or eat a ton of meat so I thought it would be a hard transition, but over the years I have come up with some easy go-to meals and snacks. We also have a tree nut allergy in my family (except for almonds) so that adds another layer of challenges!

I get many healthy and fun recipes from Pinterest (of course!), PaleOMG and WellFed.

I eat a lot of dinner food for breakfast now, but I added a few typical breakfast ideas at the top of the list. Enjoy!




Sausage and fruit


Paleo breakfast cereal this is so good and easy!

Paleo Kitchen Pumpkin Waffles, these take some time and I make them into muffins since I don’t have a waffle maker, but they are so good!


Apples and almond butter


Avocado, beets and carrot salad with Olive’s Wild olive oil and vinegar. Olive’s Wild is a local Flagstaff gem, and my latest favorite combo is Blood Orange Olive Oil and Chili Vinegar. Yum!


Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Cabbage and chili- I love roasted cabbage and then either add frozen paleo chili (from Natural Grocers) or make my own!

Zoodles with spaghetti sauce or sundried tomatoes and goat cheese.

Paleo spaghetti-1

Cauliflower rice and chicken. I buy the frozen cauliflower rice at Sprouts or rice my own in a food processor.

Anything you have coconut curry soup (without the soy for me!). There are hundreds of versions of this online, search away!  

3-minute coconut chocolate dessert – I can not find the recipe but here it is: 1/2 TBSP of coconut oil, 1 TBSP cacao powder, 1 TBPS honey and 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, warm in a pot and chow down!

Let us know your favorite healthy recipes!



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Katie has lived in Flagstaff for 22 years and grew up in North Carolina. She has 10 and 12 year old boys who are certainly an adventure! Her family is by far the most rewarding part of her life. Katie loves hiking and running in our beautiful hills, skiing, river rafting, traveling, health and clean eating (thanks to a whacky thyroid). She is also always taking small steps to clean up our environment, and she is currently learning meditation and just loves learning in general! Katie and her college roommate drove to AZ from VA after college and Katie has only left briefly but Flagstaff is her home for sure! She met her wonderful husband while river guiding in the Grand Canyon. Katie is a family photographer at, here in Flagstaff and loves capturing the natural love and beauty in families. Her newest fun adventure is co-founding Women Empowering Northern Arizona.