Quick Prep

Between a toddler and a baby it’s always go time; I often find myself throwing together whatever I can get my hands on fast enough.  Let me just be blunt:  meal time with little kids is nonexistent for the adults – I rarely enjoy a meal or even know what I am eating!!  That being said I need quick items.  I have been relying on frozen veggies and meat prepped ahead of time.  I usually will then defrost the veggies in the microwave, reheat the meat and toss that together with some sauce or dressing that I have on hand.  After I eat my entree I pray that I have some leftover dessert I baked earlier that week or I finish off my meal with a protein bar – lately I am a big fan of RxBars (they were on sale on amazon – we stocked up!!).  Here is a sample meal from yesterday:

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ENTREE

Broccoli Florets (individually packed portions from Costco – see image below)

Grilled chicken (prepped the night before by my husband)

Paleo Tahini Dressing (featured in Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry)

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DRINK

Coffee (paired with nut milk or choice – see image below)

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I am kind of obsessed with this coffee.  It doesn’t give me the high jolt of energy paired with high anxiety like a regular cup of coffee.  I believe a cup of this coffee wakes me up to be alert without the jitters.  This blended caffeine beverage consists of coffee, matcha tea & cocoa nibs – it is tasty, light and refreshing.  I personally enjoy it iced with nut milk it’s usually my breakfast dessert.

Speaking of dessert… Every good meal ends with a sweet treat!

Here is a great recipe for a favorite Italian holiday cookie:  Paleo Pignoli Cookies

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These cookies were a big hit!!! My husband & my toddler loved them, as did I!

Happy Friday!!!

NomNomNomaste!

Smoothie Bowl!

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Starting off with the glorious food photo, which was awkwardly taken in public.  This smoothie bowl is from Robeks in Broadlands, VA.  Growing up, I used to go to Robeks quite often – their peanut power shake was always my top pick!  My son now drinks that smoothie, while I begin sampling Robeks new smoothie bowl collection.  The first one I tried was a limited edition seasonal favorite: PUMPKIN Harvest!   They have two other flavors during the fall time:  Apple Orchard & Shake Your Carrot Cake.  The Pumpkin Harvest bowl is a blend of pumpkin & banana as the smoothie base, on top are walnuts, chia seeds & spices.  The taste is decadent!  *When ordering make sure you always ask for the no turbinado or splenda option (translation no added sugar!!!).*  This week I might have to have one of these for breakfast before I finish up all the holiday wrapping!  Hope everyone is feeling festive & has the holiday spirit with them!

Go enjoy one of these treats this week!!!!

NOMaste  🙂

*looks like this post never posted (bounce back to 2016!)

.: Some Things to Warm up Your Soul :.

I have a few recipes to share with you – they are all amazing, so I am really excited for my readers to get cookin’!  The first recipe is perfect for these cold winter days.  I personally have never made my own batch of soup, I thoroughly enjoy home made soup, so I was extremely excited to give it a try!  And, it was a success – looks like we will be having more soups in our weekly meal planning!!  With all this positive talk let me present to you the star of it all…

Carrot Ginger Soup

For the garnish I chose to use the recommended ‘chopped chives’ and I added a splash of coconut milk to make it creamy.  I definitely do have to say I wish I could taste the ginger a bit more.  I was surprised at how “carroty” the soup flavor really is despite all the onions I added!! Rich flavor!!! Amazing – try it!  Another note: the recipe calls for butter you can use olive oil or ghee!

No Bake Almond Butter Blondies

These are divine creations – I could eat the whole slab of bars if I really let all my self control go!  I am impressed with how much you can do by adding almond flour to a “bar” recipe to bulk up the nut butter – it works so well, and does it all without leaving a grainy texture too!

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Baked Vanilla Donuts

I can’t get enough of these, I ate two for snack after lunch today!  I am loving the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips melted on top it literally is like a ganache layer with sprinkles.  It is decadent – highly recommend using them!  I cooked my donuts in a cupcake tin and used a device to pop out the inside to make them into donuts.  This technique changed the consistency of the product as the center did not get cooked as much as it would have using a donut pan.  I was not disappointed though as I love mushy, gooey, practically raw baked good!!!

AMAZING!!!!!

After sharing all these delicious treats, I must leave you with some good work-out material.  Here is a quick HIIT workout, because with all this baking ahead of you, you won’t have much time to spend sweating!!

20 min HIIT workout

ENJOY IT ALL!!!!!!

NOM NOM NOMASTE!!!!

1, 2, 3 foods!

With a newborn at home it is rather challenging to make meals.  I am all about making something quickly, hoping it is as nutritious as can be and gobbling it down in light speed.  I wanted to share with you two of my new go to meals/sides.  The first one is an easy sweet potato mash.

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I simply wash sweet potatoes (I usually make 4 medium size), poke holes in them with a fork, place them in the microwave for 20 minutes (or until soft), peel the skin, mash the sweet potatoes in a bowl with a fork, add 1 tbsp of butter for each sweet potato I bake, whip it all up with the fork and ENJOY!  An easy side that leaves me so satisfied I do not crave dessert, #winning!  Next up is a breakfast dish!

First you chop bell peppers [You can use any color, I had a 3 pack – red, orange, and yellow – from Costco, so each day I got to choose a new color!] .  The second step is similar to the first; slice tomatoes [I bought a variety pack from Costco of mini tomatoes ranging in color from dark red to red to yellow.]  Next, I sauteed the peppers in olive oil (lightly coat the pan) for 5-10 min (until starting to slightly turn golden on the outside) on medium heat.  Then, I added in the tomatoes and continued to cook until the bell peppers were soft and the tomatoes had a “stewed” appearance.  After the veggies were cooked I added in about 1/3 a carton of Kirkland (Costco brand) egg whites.  I cooked until the egg whites were finished.  Finally, I poured out a mini 100 cal guacamole pack (purchased at Costco) on the side to use as a dipping sauce!  Below are pictures of the egg white containers & the mini guac packs… great purchases when you go for a Costco haul!!!

Hopefully you can find the above food on your plate in the morning!!

NOMaste!

COSTCO Haul

Costco has some new paleo products!!  This past week I did all the grocery shopping at Costco, I was very pleased with some of the produce I found.  I usually don’t buy any vegetables there – I have found them to be moldy, taste funny or go bad very quickly.  I typically stick to packaged gluten free/ paleo products, meats and sometimes fruit.  This past week I spent a little more time looking around and was pleased.  I am going to continue sorting through products each week because it is definitely cheaper to buy a week’s supply of food from Costco.  Below are the new products I have found over the past month…

Forager: Grain Free Paleo Granola

*Raisins were lacking – I added more

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Made in Nature: Dried Figs

*Whole figs, no additives or coating

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Bare: Apple Chips

*Crisp & crunchy, small & large pieces – great for dipping in nut butter!

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Essential Living Foods: Antioxidant Trail Mix

*Great variety of nuts & dried fruit – can add in some Enjoy Life chocolate chips

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Pacific Superfood Snacks: Kale Chips

*amazing olive & salt flavor, crisp & crunchy

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***My apologies for the poor photo quality, I will start to invest more time in taking pictures.

I hope you find these products and ENJOY each & every bite!

NOMaste!!

Paleo Toiletries!

Over the past year I have become interested in paleo body products.  I am fairly educated about additives in body products as I have a gluten allergy, which is even in toothpaste and body oils!  I have a list of products to share with you, but I don’t want to overwhelm you.  I have three features for this evening’s blog post:Primal Pit Paste

  1. Primal Pit Paste

This deodorant is seriously amazing!! I have tried every level of zinc oxide possible in antiperspirants, even prescription strength, and none of them stop me from sweating or block the odor like this product.  There are two versions:  a glass jar that has the paste in a “creamier” form – application to the skin requires your finger or the provided wooden spatula; or, a traditional swivel stick style – this form is more solidified, and I don’t find it to be as effective.  The deodorant itself is composed of coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oils, and vitamin E.  Sounds pretty natural to me!  I enjoy using the lavender scent, I feel it gives me a calming aura in the morning.  The price is roughly $8.95 for the jar and $10.95 for the stick.  The jar lasts a few months, I am working my way through my first stick now.

2. Taylor’s Tooth Powder

I have sampled the mint version, and have yet to try the cinnamon flavor.  I am pleasantly surprised at how well this product works.  It is a combination of activated charcoal, xylitol, sacred clay, and essential oils. I use toothpaste before I go to bed and I use a baking soda based toothpaste in the morning.  I fell in love with this product the moment I applied it to my teeth – it honestly cleans so well.  It is unbelievable how much “crap” came off my teeth.  Literally chunks of plaque came off my teeth.  I do have to say the powder can get a little messy, just make sure you wipe your counter after you open and close the jar and after you’re done brushing your teeth.

3. Nipple Nurture Balm

This has been my breastfeeding & pumping savior!!  I have not had raw, cracked or dry nipples during the 2+ months I have been breastfeeding, thus far.  During my last go round I had a lot of soreness and it effected my ability to comfortably breastfeed, leading me to turn to pumping only and eventually stop everything at 5-6 months.  I am definitely happier this time around knowing that I don’t have to worry about being in constant pain when I am feeding my baby or pumping.  This product is lite, not oily & greasey, works fast, doesn’t burn or sting, quick application, and is just amazing in every other way!  I apply a pea size, or smaller, amount on each nipple after each feeding or pumping session.  I have found this product lasted me just shy of 2 months, which I think is pretty awesome!  The cost is between $11.95 so it is not a killer product to buy!

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Happy experimenting!

I hope you enjoy these products as much as I have!

peace. love. paleo.

HIIT IT!

I have a new youtube channel to share with you all!!  I usually workout at home the two days my son is at daycare (while I am on maternity leave – this routine will change when I go back to work on those days).  I have been trying to find short intense workouts to ensure I can get my workout in without having to stop for a screaming newborn!  I was always skeptical of short intense workouts.  I always thought they didn’t get the job done and you needed to workout for a long time to lose weight; however, this go round I am proving myself wrong!  I have been able to lose weight at the same rate if not faster than I did after baby #1 – and I am working out fewer days a week.  I have to admit my husband has been right – a short intense workout is just as effective!  I now present to you a great workout duo that will give you the opportunity to get a good sweat in 20 minutes (go for the more challenging option)!!

HASfit 20 minute workout to burn 350 calories!

ENJOY!

peace. love. paleo.