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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 😉 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!

Paleo Comfort Food: Spaghetti Squash and Spicy Meat Sauce

24 Oct

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The weather is chilly and the season for comfort food is upon us! One of my favorite go to dishes this time of year is spaghetti squash with a meat sauce. This can easily be made with ground turkey, chicken or beef. If you are in a rush to get dinner on the table you can skip a few steps by buying a jar of ready made tomato sauce but it can be tricky finding one that does not have added sugars or other ingredients that are not Paleo friendly. There are a few good pre-made sauces out there, you just need to take extra caution when looking over the ingredient lists.

Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Meat Sauce

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • dash of garlic salt
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (This is an optional ingredient depending on whether you eat dairy or not)
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice spaghetti squash in half and scrape out the seeds. Brush 1/2 tablespoon olive oil onto the cut side of each squash and season with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Place cut side up on a large, rimmed baking sheet or in a glass dish and cook for 45 to 50 minutes, until the squash insides easily shred with a fork.  Be careful not to overcook as squash can become mushy.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and and cook for 2 minutes. Add turkey and garlic and cook until turkey is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and add Italian seasoning.
  3. Add tomato paste and crushed tomatoes and stir well to combine everything. Reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and more salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Scrape out insides of spaghetti squash with a fork. Serve with meat sauce and enjoy!

Original recipe and photo courtesy of foodgawker.com

Time for a 3:00 pick me up! Guilt free chocolate chip cookies.

23 Oct

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life chips
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
 
2. In a bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients (except the chips) together. When combined, gently fold in chips to incorporate.
 
3. Using a regular spoon, spoon about 2 TBSP worth of batter onto the cookie sheet, about 1.5 inches about. The batter is loose, but it actually does not spread a lot.
 
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes (until just slightly firm). Remove from oven and let cool for another 10 minutes on the cookie sheet. This is important to make sure they “set up” right.
 
5. Remove cookies from sheet and allow to finish cooling on a cookie rack. Store in an airtight container.
 
Delish! Enjoy with a glass of coconut or almond milk.

Lean Protein ideas…

27 Sep

While I am a huge fan of the rewards of muscle gain, I am NOT a huge fan of all the work that goes into the nutrition and eating part! But, here I find myself in the middle of a 12 week muscle building regimen and I need to spice up my chicken! I am not a fan of grilling my chicken and then eating it for 5 days. I tend to do a lot of crockpot proteins and then prepare it for a few days and then prep again for the rest of the week, because let’s face it, food is so much better fresh! So, I am wondering if any of you out there have ideas on new ways to cook chicken, or any other lean protein for that matter, and what spices do you use? This week I have been eating a lot of chicken thighs with various spice combinations and lots of oven roasted veggies.  Any fresh and new ideas would be appreciated!

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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.

Paleo Nut Butter Brownie Bar

27 Aug

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This recipe changed my life. Seriously…since learning my body can’t tolerate any type of grains, I thought my days of fluffy, melt in your mouth sweets were over. Then I came across this baby. It has no added sugar or flour and yet it still tastes like a freakin brownie! It’s amazing. Obviously it’s not going to be like cheesecake factory amazing or cupcake a la mode amazing, but come on, for Paleo it’s pretty damn good 😉 Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups almond butter
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Mix the nut butter, honey, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Be sure to really mix the ingredients well, since chunks of egg or baking soda could easily hide behind the nut butter.

Bake in a 9×13 dish at 300 F degrees for 25 minutes, until the edges start to turn golden brown for a bar texture. If you are looking for more of a thicker, gooey brownie texture, bake in a 8×8 brownie dish for 35 minutes or so or until edges are golden and toothpick comes out clean.  I always make this recipe in the brownie dish, because it is beyond amazing.

Original recipe adapted from Salted Paleo.

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.