I would like to begin with a cheer – “HAPPY NEW YEAR BLOGGING WORLD!” Unfortunately, due to my crazy nurse schedule this year I was not able to spend New Years Eve with my husband and son. I was able to see my mom and her family, which was a surprise! Please share what eventful or uneventful plans you had – no matter how crazy or lack there of – sleeping at midnight is a specialty of mine! I enjoy knowing that we are not alone with the chaos in our lives (although, lucky for us I start a new job right down the road from our house!!) Well enough about this boring small talk, let’s get onto the direction of my blog this year! I will be posting meals, exercise routines, handmade beauty products, relaxation techniques, and a major tab i will be contributing to this year is attire! My husband dislikes when I surf the web, let’s be honest, everyday, for new items to purchase. My new plan is to find the items, not buy them, blog about them, so you can have the joy i would have had after buying said items! I will begin with posting about kids clothes; there will be a wide variety of styles available to look at since no parent or kid has the same style! This being said i will release a list of brands and clothes once a week that are my top picks – you, as readers, are more than welcome to check out the items and other items on the brand’s website. Please, please, please report back!! I would love to know if you like any of the items, if you would like to see more of a certain type, etc. I will find the best deals I can! Essentially the goal of this part is to find the items you want at the price you want, so I will try to deliver both! In the mean time I will begin my list and have something delivered to you this week!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AND MAY YOU ALL BE BLESSED WITH GOOD HEALTH AND SERENITY !!!!!!
It was supposed to be a rainy day today. Woke up, sun is out! IT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY. We have the doors open, listening to John Cougar Mellencamp, rolling around on the floor, playing with baby toys and taking in some fresh spring air! What relaxing things do you like to do with your kids and/ or family as the outside temperature starts to warm up?
Last night we made a last minute executive decision to go to our local fave mexican joint – we are valued customers at this point thanks to their booths and loud music to drain out any potential meltdowns at the dinner table. After some delicious fajitas I decided to workout. I wasn’t sure if my stomach was going to make it through; I surprised myself. I was happy I got in a night sweat before heading to bed. My husband kindly gave our son a bath and I did a combination workout. Below are four videos, you can do them in any combination – each workout is approximately 30 minutes. I did #2 and #4 last night. Switch em up and you won’t get bored. There are so many different movements the routines go by so fast you will have no idea you’ve already blown through one of the workouts by the time it’s done!
However, I do not take her post workout two scoops of protein powder in water recommendation. I am not a fan of protein powders, they are loaded with crap! If you want to make a shake (using egg whites ONLY powder) make sure it’s a meal replacement or a low-cal snack, you can quickly gain weight by having a protein packed drink after your workouts. Here is a healthy green shake you could enjoy before or after a workout – I enjoyed this for lunch the other day, scrumptious!
These recipes make two 16 ounce servings – I cut them in half.
KEY LIME (page 157)
2 frozen bananas
1 cup coconut ice
3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tsp fresh lime zest
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp ground flaxseed powder
1/4 tsp camu powder
1/4 tsp spirulina powder
1 tbsp lucuma powder
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
blend together in the nutribullet
ROSEMARY ORANGE (page 99)
1/4 cup dried white mulberries
1/4 cup raw cashews
3 cups baby spinach
2 tbsp mashed avocado
1 tsp orange zest
1.5 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1.5 cups orange juice
2 cups ice
blend together in the nutribullet
As you will notice the minimal amount of avocado makes a smoothie smooth, thick and creamy. It was shocking to see how just a tablespoon or two can take away the icey texture of a smoothie.
*recipes adopted from: Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris (I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!)
or you can try my ultimate favorite green juice from her book so far…
another green juice recipe (from her cookbook).
NOM NOM NOMaste y’all! Happy Friday!
Here are some quick workouts that will get your heart going and your glands sweating! Lately I have not been motivated to go to the gym, I have wanted to stay home and workout. Along with the rest of America, I view the gym as an oasis during the short cold winter days. When the sun stays out later I want to get my workout in quickly so I can relax outside after instead of driving there and back. I do miss sitting in the sauna…. tomorrow I will get there!
peace. love. paleo.
Get ready to kill it with this heart pumping work-out! I did the video below for four rounds it was a great sweat. If you can add more reps, GO FOR IT!!! I could only do that many as the baby was only amused with me jumping around while he rolled around on the carpet for that amount of time. He even tried doing some “laying jacks” !
Rainy day here, probably will end up doing another work-out at home since we have family in town. It has been hard getting motivation to do home exercises, but once I am done… WOW I feel amazing! If you are procrastinating or have “time anxiety” and watch the clock until you know it is time to do your work-out, just let it all go and go do it. I sometimes find myself saying oh let me eat this and then digest and then I will work-out, but the reality is that I just want to be lazy right now! AND, that is perfectly FINE! No one says you have to work-out at a specific time. Go be lazy! Except, while you’re laying on the couch enjoying your down time don’t watch the clock and dwell on the dreaded workout that is yet to come. Just enjoy the moments and then pick yourself up and pump up your heart rate! With that being said I need to find a workout and take some of my own advice!!
peace. love. paleo.
Every “wholesome foods” blogger I am sure posted a green juice (or smoothie or whatever you want to call this liquid drank). I cannot say I didn’t enjoy one of these delicious energy packed drinks on this special day. I just didn’t want to overwhelm readers with another recipe you will take a screen shot of to make at a later point. You know you never will sift through your archived photos because you have too many faves to try over your lifetime! No liquid greens today; I promise I will make this post as sugary as possible.
The chocolate chip cookies, featured below, are made using a recipe from the book Paleo Cookies By: John Chatham. My husband kindly ate the entire batch one fine evening. He asks me every night, no exaggeration, to make these again. If you want lots of praise for your baking, make these for your loved ones!! They are very soft and moist; they melt in your mouth!
These Almond Butter Brownies are a specialty of Food Babe, a long-time respected blogger! I tried the water + flax egg replacement option and I think I needed to adjust the cooking time. The brownies it not come out of the oven looking raw and mushy (like the middle photo, pre-baking). The batter tasted delicious I could’ve eaten a bowl of it with a spoon while watching an episode of Girls. I did enjoy the flavor; next time I baked these paleo brownies I will try using an egg and see if there is a difference in the texture.
Get a nice sugar rush and run around with your kid(s) – they will think you are hilarious!
Enjoy the warm weather coming our way 🙂
NOM NOM NOMaste.
Let’s start off with filling our belly with some food. Here are two Costco faves. The red peppers make an appearance again. They have a little olive oil drizzled on top with some herbs de provence sprinkled a top. These veggies are paired with a few slices of OLLI sopressata. This is a quick, easy lunch that can be followed with a guilt-free dessert since this is a carb free meal.
and your liquid treat:
Hard ciders are gluten-free most of the time. My husband noticed there were more than just apple ciders at the grocery store. I could decide between the pear, raspberry and blackberry… I chose the pear to try first, and I was more than pleased with my selection! I highly recommend this delicious treat after a low-carb meal. Why not indulge every now and then! Additionally, the pear hard cider has less cals than the traditional apple ciders.
Let’s get onto the good stuff…
WHOOP-PIES! What is better than baking when the weather is sub-par?!?!?? ummm, nothing! I decided to double-up and make two batches, my husband really is loving the fully stocked refrigerator with desserts. These two recipes are from John Catham’s book: Paleo Cookies. The modifications I made for each of these are as follows…
chocolate: use carob powder instead of cocoa powder
vanilla: use maple syrup instead of honey for the cake & filling
add palm shortening into the filing to make it creamier if the butter separates
This is a lovely afternoon snack, or a breakfast on-the-go. I have eaten one of these for breakfast twice this past week as I have had early morning doctors’ appointments to attend. I follow one of these bars with a liter of water spiked with fulvic acid (7-14 drops) – I will post the brand I have purchased in the hydration section! I am in love with this product, it really helps your cells quickly absorb nutrients & water.
Looks like today will be SUNNY!!! Rain, Rain, Go Away!!
peace. love. paleo.
I wanted to start off with introducing the cookbooks I am currently using:
Paleo Cookies By: John Chatham
Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry By: Elana Amsterdam
I will rotate these books once I’ve completed all recipes!! Breakfast details: the standard eggs and thick-cut bacon, a side of sautéed roasted red peppers (from Costco, I will post the image in the bottles section) and onion, a bulletproof coffee using 1tbsp coconut oil and a green shake!!!! Smoothie recipe below…
Cucumber-Mint (2-16oz servings):
3 cups cucumber
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup mint leaves
2 cups spinach
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4-1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup ice
1 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp monkfruit sweetener
Add to Nutribullet large container and blend until smooth, add coconut water until thick & creamy consistency is achieved.
Recipe modified and adapted from Superfood Smoothies By: Julie Morris
These wonderful chocolate donuts are from Elana’s Pantry, she has some wonderful paleo recipes in her book! I highly recommend making these delicious treats, I did make a substitution: instead of cocoa powder I used carob powder. And, I still found the wonderful rich chocolate flavor in these donuts. Gotta run to the gym before picking up the little one. I will have some more treats for you tomorrow!!
Welcome March! I am hoping you bring lots of warm weather this month!! I have a full week of sweets coming up!! The following week I will switch to savory dishes – make sure you stay tuned! I have to been going to the gym as much as possible and have supplemented in a few YouTube videos and barre classes. It takes a while to shlep to Gold’s Gym, some nights it is easier and faster to do a workout at home. I have also been forcing myself to try some workout classes at the gym. I don’t like being in a classroom setting with routines to follow, because personally I am horrible at keeping up. I never had the skills to memorize routines quickly. When it came to school plays during the middle school and high school days I really was not one for a main character dancing around the stage. I have pushed myself to be uncomfortable and attend the classes that involve routines that are choreographed to specific songs. Unfortunately, for me, I have also not been able to stand in the back every class – other people seem to be just as uncoordinated as me, so it appears!! When I don’t get my cozy corner spot in the back of the room, I realize nobody is starring at me and outwardly criticizing me, so I might as well get in a good workout and stop worrying about what others think! Thus far I have tried the Insanity, BodyPump, BodyAttack, HIIT, and RPM cycling classes and have fully enjoyed each moment of them all. If you are like me, attempt to go to a workout class even for half of it – just give it a try. You might find that you enjoy jumping around a room looking ridiculous along with everybody in the class.
Today we will review a wonderful paleo granola I created. The recipe calls for a cup of raisins, a cup of whole almonds, a cup of cashews, 1/2 cup flax seeds, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4-1/3 cup honey and 2-3 tbsp coconut oil (you can adjust the honey & oil amount to ensure all fruit, nuts & seeds are coated with some liquid). Mix everything together and spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook the granola at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes – cook until the mixture does not have a sticky texture and tastes “roasted” (yes, samples are allowed). Once cooled, break apart the big block and it will quickly resemble granola. I sprinkled this delectable treat over some coconut cream. Thai Kitchen makes a great full-fat coconut milk – the cream is on the top and literally looks like fage yogurt. If you scoop the cream out you will see liquid on the bottom. I pour this into ice cube trays and freeze the remaining part of the coconut cream. I then will use these coconut cubes in smoothies for coconut flavor.
With the snowy days here I will be baking quite a few items; be prepared for sugar overload!!
I have been browsing my cookbook collection and have realized that I need to start using them – they’re getting dusty. I have found myself always researching recipes online – for the obvious reason: the computer is so convenient and easy. I have tried to remove myself from some social media to focus on “the present time” and play with my son. With this I have felt more relaxed and have gone ‘back to the basics.’ I have begun to realize it is wonderful to flip through a cookbook. This being said I have picked a savory and a sweet cookbook to make literally every recipe from cover to cover. Once this is done, it’s onto the next one! My husband loves cookbooks, he is the same way as me; he personally “likes to look at the pictures.” I want him to get through his books too! I encourage you to dig through your cookbook collection and start cooking some delicious dishes.
Stay warm & dry during the snow storm…. don’t forget to BAKE!!!
peace. love. paleo.
WOW, it has been a while since I have updated the site. I have been consumed primarily with my more important responsibilities – such as taking care of my son 😉 . I have some news to report, I joined a gym!! I finally took the plunge, and just got a Gold’s Gym membership. This gym is not your ordinary gym though, they have just about everything – including a swimming pool where I can take the baby and a movie theatre I can bike or run or elliptical or sit or whatever inside of, etc etc etc. The amenities are wonderful and I am very happy with my decision; don’t worry I will still post home work-outs and the various exercise classes I attend. After this post I’m going to head over there and bike in the movie theatre, I’m so tired I can’t handle much stimulation from lights right now.
The next order of business, I have two updates on the food portion of this blog. I finally tried NICE CREAM and IT WAS DIVINE. I blended 3 frozen bananas in the food processor and topped with Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I do have to report that this portion was very large, my husband and I shared, but you could easily make this for three people. I thought the flavor was fantastic, the consistency was smooth and creamy – literally like banana gelato. I’m a big fan of this treat!!!
This morning I finally indulged in a matcha green tea almond latte and again it was blissful. I upped the matcha a bit, the recipe calls for 1/2 tsp, however, my bottle of matcha powder reads serving size as 1tsp – so I did just that! Flavor was excellent, I even added more water to make it hotter longer and it did not lose its flavor one bit!
Wish I could stay and type longer, but I have to quickly get in my workout before I eat dinner and head to bed… mommy life. I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying their new year’s resolutions 🙂 !
peace. love. paleo.
This past week I went to my first official CrossFit class (the reason I say the preceding is because my husband doesn’t count community classes as a “true” example of CrossFit), and, I went back to Barre class!! I have always been super intimidated by CrossFitters and “their classes.” However, I really enjoyed the routine. I did go to a class at a gym that is just starting, so it was a calm atmosphere and I received a lot of one on one attention to ensure my technique was on point. After I left I was sweaty and excited to return for another round. I can see how people get addicted to ONLY CrossFit classes – I wanted to go back and lift more the next day!! I don’t know how I will do when I’m thrown into a mix a larger gym. I will have to walk in without a guard up, and know that I’m just a work in progress and not the best (I am super competitive, and I don’t like not being able to life the prescribed amount of weight the first day walking into the class).
Likewise, when I’m in barre class I also feel slightly intimidated by those who are ex-dancers and ballet stars, but going to these classes is good for me. Being uncomfortable and working through fears allows me to realize, as scary as it may be, I’m not perfect – no one is – and life is about making progress each day toward a goal. Like the old saying goes: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I also was able to get in one of these YouTube workouts (see below) and today I will be doing a stairs run. I’m hoping to keep up this routine of trying to get in a workout everyday, and taking a day of rest here an there.
I don’t want to talk about weight loss specifics, but there definitely has been a faster drop as I have increased the amount and intensity of my workouts. For those of you trying to shed some pounds, get your heart rate up!!! And for those who are just looking to stay healthy, keep your heart rate up!!! Throughout my pregnancy I was able to maintain a low blood pressure and heart rate, which has definitely helped me get back to exercising without feeling like my head is going to explode and heart is going to bust out of my chest cavity.
Stay tuned for foodie updates tomorrow! For now…
peace. love. paleo.