Today I wanted to try making homemade Paleo mayo. I’ve been putting off this recipe for weeks because it seems like it would be super easy to botch. I mean, if mayo were easy to make wouldn’t people be making it at home all of the time? Mayo is just one of those things I can’t imagine coming in any other form than a jar.
Well, I decided to give it a try. Sarah Fragoso includes Paleo mayo in a lot of her recipes, like the tuna stuffed avocado I wanted to try today. I assembled all of the necessary ingredients: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, eggs, cayenne pepper, salt, and yellow mustard.
I followed the directions and beat every ingredient together with my hand mixer on its slowest setting. You’re suppose to beat the olive oil in as slowly as possible at the end (which I tried to do), and this is how my mayo turned out:
That is not mayo. That is way too liquid-y to ever even be considered mayo ;). I have no idea where I went wrong while trying to make this, but I ended up wasting a lot of ingredients in the process.
After my mayo-catastrophe I was still hungry and needed to use my ripe avocados so I figured I would just use the light mayo I had in the fridge. The mayo I used is not Paleo-approved because it contains preservatives and refined oils such as canola oil. I will admit I felt guilty for using the light mayo. I know I shouldn’t be too hard on myself but if I’m going to do The Paleo Diet strictly for one month, I want to do it to the best of my ability.
Despite using the wrong mayo the tuna stuffed avocados still turned out very well. I mixed mayo, tuna, dill pickles, celery, and garlic salt in bowl, scooped the contents in to half an avocado, and topped with grape tomatoes.
I was thinking about why I’m so attracted to adapting Paleo as a lifestyle and incorporating whole foods into my diet and I believe this quote, from Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo, describes it accurately:
“Are we really meant to work from nine to five, come home, flip on the TV, warm up some plastic-wrapped, chemically laden meal in a box, kiss the kids good night as they stare at their video games, then get up and hit the repeat button? … Once I changed my eating habits and began to feel better, I decided to give up those old habits that our family had pretended were real life. It’s amazing to think this life-changing decision was prompted by simply changing our nutrition.”
My past eating habits prevented me from feeling my most alert, healthy, and energized. I truly was consuming too much sugar, fast food, and packaged junk food. In the past few weeks some people have asked me “Why are you on a diet? You don’t need to lose weight.” One of the biggest misconceptions about The Paleo Diet is that it’s meant solely for weight-loss. Weight-loss is only part of The Paleo Diet because it happens naturally as a side-effect of cutting out excess sugar, carbs, soda, ect… I like the Paleo Diet because you replace processed foods with whole foods and in turn prevent potentially harmful chemicals from entering your body.
I’m not saying I’ll never eat another bowl of ice cream again, I just believe there are benefits to eating this way most of the time. I know you only live once and chocolate is too tasty to pass up all of the time ;).