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Grub, Caveman style.

25 Oct

Grub, Caveman style.

My kids have had the last two days off from school which allows me more time to cook a decent breakfast. Yay! Today we had over medium eggs, sweet potato hash and turkey bacon.

Sweet Potato Hash:

-Large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
-1/2 cup of a diced yellow onion
-Coconut oil or Olive oil for cooking
-Salt and pepper

Wash, peel and cube your tator into about 1/2 inch size cubes. Next, throw your potato cubes into a microwave safe bowl and heat until soft, about 1 minute. While your spuds are in the micro, heat a skillet on medium heat and add about a tablespoon of coconut oil and toss in your diced onions. Cook the onions a few minutes until translucent and then add the sweet potatoes. Stir the spuds around to make sure they are fully coated in the oil so that they will get a nice crisp. You may need to add more oil later on if it looks like the potatoes are drying out. Add a dash of salt and pepper and cook until the sweet potatoes are crispy and golden.

This hash is a great recipe base for many other recipes. When I am cooking for myself and not my picky veggie eaters, I will sometimes add green and red bell peppers with mushrooms to make a Southwestern hash. You can also cook real bacon first and then crumble it up while the hash is cooking in the bacon grease. Cooking it that way is seriously amazing! Make sure you are using high quality ingredients and nitrate free bacon when you can. Serve these babies up with scrambled, fried or over easy eggs and you have a healthy and hearty breakfast. Enjoy!

The 2 minute Paleo Blueberry Muffin (If cavemen had microwaves)

24 Oct

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I discovered this nifty little recipe a while back from Delighted Momma. It is great for a quick breakfast or if you are craving a little carb pick me up after dinner ūüėČ The approximate carb count for this about 22 grams. I will admit I was a little afraid of this recipe at first. Could something thrown together that quick and cooked in the micro really taste good and actually LOOK like that? The answer is YES!¬†

What you need:

  • 3 tbs of almond meal
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 2 tbs of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs of bluberries
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder

Directions:
Add all dry ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and then add the liquids. Mix everything up together and microwave for 1.5 to 2 minutes. I checked mine after 1 minute to see how things were looking and it took mine about 1.5 minutes but it probably depends how powerful your micro is. If you have an aversion to microwaving things (some do!) you can bake for about 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Pancakes-Grain Free Carbs for Muscle Gains

26 Sep

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I have been struggling to come up with ideas to add variation to my carb options. Being that I have a gluten and most types of grain sensitivity, it makes my choices really limited.  The other day I came across this recipe for sweet potato pancakes. They taste good, are easy to make and they get the job done. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz. Sweet Potato
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 1/2 Large Banana
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • coconut oil (or other fat) for cooking

Instructions

  1. Wash and pierce sweet potatoes several times with a fork, micro for 5-6 minutes, until soft.
  2. In a  food processor add the scooped out flesh of the sweet potatoes, the two eggs, and half of a banana.
  3. Puree until smooth, and add in baking soda and spices to taste until everything is combined.
  4. Heat a skillet to medium and add coconut oil. Scoop 1/4 cup sized amounts onto the skillet and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes on one side and flip carefully. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes on the opposite side. Continue until all the batter is done.
  5. Makes 7-8 small pancakes.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

1 Sep

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I tried this recipe this morning, and while the pancakes were not as “light and amazingly fluffy” as the recipe claimed, they were still pretty good for a Paleo pancake. I topped mine with a little cinnamon and some 100% pure maple syrup.

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

6 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Additional butter or oil for the pan

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, melted butter, almond milk and vanilla extract. Add the egg mixture to the coconut flour mixture and stir well to combine. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and brush with coconut oil or melted butter. Scoop two heaping tablespoons of batter onto skillet and spread into a 3 to 4 inch circle. Cook until bottom is golden and top is set around the edges. Flip carefully and continue to cook until second side is golden brown. 

Top with fruit, nut butters, honey or maple syrup.

Choose Healthy and Happy over Starving and Skinny

17 Jul

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Myth: Eating Less To Lose Weight

Most women claim to have a sound diet, but this usually ends up being in the form of a starvation diet. It probably includes skipping breakfast, eating a salad at lunch and one slice of cheese for dinner if you are lucky.

Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day for a reason. Your body is begging for fuel, as it has not received any in most likely a good eight to ten hours. Skipping meals frequently actually slows your metabolism down as it is much more beneficial to eat five to six smaller meals spaced evenly throughout the day.

A lot of people are always confused by this as they think eating so frequently will cause them to gain weight. This simply is not true unless you eat many calories above your maintenance level.

Let’s say 1,500 calories is adequate for your goal¬†of weight loss. Instead of eating two 700-calorie meals, five meals consisting of about 300 calories would be much better. If you happen to eat 500 calories for one meal and 200 calories for another, this will not break you. As long as you finish the day with the same amount of calories and you eat several times per day, you will be fine.

Article credit to David Frankovic.

Protein packed Pina Colada shake

16 Jul

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Need something refreshing and healthy to cool you off on those long summer days? This is a tasty little number that is full of protein so you can sip guilt free.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained, or 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • ¬Ĺ frozen banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process to a smooth consistency.

To make this 100 percent Paleo friendly, sub the whey protein powder for an egg based protein.

¬†‚ÄĘ Makes 2 servings

Recipe adapted from Oxygenmag

Sweet Potato Hash

15 Jul

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I love making a big batch of sweet potato hash for breakfast especially on leg training days. I usually make a big skillet of this and eat half for breakfast and enjoy the other half  with my protein shake after my workout. I love this for heavy training days because I am usually ravishing and this is perfect fuel to get me through the day. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper
  • 1 chicken jalapeno sausage, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Sauté the onion, bell pepper, and sausage. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Place cubed sweet potato in microwave for about 3 minutes to soften.
  3. Add the sweet potato and hot sauce. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until slightly crispy.
  4. Remove from skillet and set on a plate.
  5. Cook the eggs over medium or fried according to your preference and serve over hash. 
  6. Season with salt and pepper

Makes 2 servings

 

Recipe adapted from Oxygen magazine