About 6 months ago I discovered a blog that has quickly become one of my favorites; devoted to living a life free of grains, Lisa Leake runs 100 Days of Real Food where she dishes on living free of grains, gracing us with amazing recipes that grain-ful dieters would envy.  Browsing through her site, you quickly realize how talented she is in the kitchen, and her dedication to finding ways to help us live without grains is unmatched online. Here’s a quick snippet from her site that sheds some light on how she began this journey…

“At the beginning of 2010 our eating habits were just like those of any other average family. We thought we were making fairly healthy food choices, although we certainly weren’t following any special rules. Then came along the Oprah show “Food 101 withMichael Pollan”. As it turned out, a lot of what we thought were “healthy” food choices were actually just highly processed and what the food industry was labeling as ‘healthy.’

So it wasn’t easy at first, but we slowly revamped everything from what we bought, to where we shopped, to how we cooked… If all of us make the right choices together then we can make a big impact, which will help change our country’s food system for the better.”

How can you not love her?

Lisa, like many of us, is fighting the good fight to help change the way we think of our food supply. By eating natural, organic, unprocessed and unrefined foods, we are taking a very important step towards affecting the change needed to ensure our health is protected, and that our children can thrive free of the modern day health issues which plague so many of us.

So today I share a recipe that Lisa has allowed us to share – thanks Lisa!

This is a simple substitution we can make to avoid using bread for our child’s sandwich. Instead, Lisa uses an apple in place of bread, and fills the sandwich with peanut butter (any nut butter would do here) and raisins.  Other options are homemade chicken salad, or any organic carved lunch meats. Using toothpicks to hold it together is a smart trick and will make sure your child opens their lunch box and is greeted with a smart, healthy and delish meal.

I hope it inspires you to make some small changes that will make a big impact on your, and your children’s health.

Follow this link to learn how to make an apple sandwich today!

ps- here are some tips from her readers that I thought were worth sharing:

1. Dip the apple in salt water before making the sandwich to prevent browning.

2. Sprinkle some fresh lemon juice on the apple slices to prevent browning

3. Use chico chips in place of raisins for a sweeter touch

4. Create an apple, banana, choco chip cake

5. Use sun butter, cashew butter or almond butter to make it Paleo friendly

Last night while browsing some of my favorite Facebook pages, I ran across this recipe on Primal Fitness Performance’s page; another version of the quick and simple, grain-less lunch option for our kid’s lunch boxes. I love the simplicity of the recipe, and it reminds me a bit of the sushi roll I posted about recently! The salt of the cucumber pairs well with the creamy avocado, and while the original recipe calls for shaved turkey, you can also substitute shaved chicken, or beef.

Keeping it vegan? Go with humus and sliced bell peppers, or perhaps some puree’d beans and sprouts.

In case you missed our last post on how to keep your child’s lunchbox grain-free, you can view it here and see how we suggest using sliced apples in place of bread.

There are so many smart options for going grain free these days, taking gluten-free to a new level. Remember, gluten allergies often go hand in hand with other grain sensitivities so if you’re trying a grain free diet to help heal your gut, this is a great option that lets you still pick up your ‘sandwich’.

Please share your ideas for grainless sandwiches with us in the comments below, and remember to always live inspired!

Paleo Turkey Avocado Cucumber Rolls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Paleo Turkey Avocado Cucumber Rolls


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 8oz sliced turkey breast
  • 2 ripe avocado


  1. First, peel your cucumbers - you can leave a tiny bit of skin on for the added texture if preferred.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half (not lengthwise!).
  3. Next, with a sharp paring knife, make an initial indentation lengthwise and start cutting the core of the cucumber out, creating a hollow log shape out of the cucumber.
  4. Next, core and slice your avocado in quarters.
  5. Layer the turkey in the cucumber and place the avocado in the turkey.
  6. Voila! You have yourself a fresh, paleo snack that’s refreshing and delicious!
  7. Feel free to add some basil or other herbs to add more flavors.


Serves 2 Shared from Primal Fitness Performance