kicking it into gear!

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

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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

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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!

Sugar Rush

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!! 2015/03/img_7199.jpg 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

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NOMaste.

hello again!!

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!!!

photo 2 (instagram filter is on, so there is less rich banana yellow appearance)

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!

photo 1 (again, sorry for the instagram filter, lacking the rich green color of the latte)

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 🙂 !

toodles,

peace. love. paleo.

treatZzZzzz

The first one I will present is another version of my energy ballZ… Raw Sugar Cookie Dough Bites meet Raw Brownie Batter Bites!

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Recipe:  in a food processor mix…

1 cup dried dates

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup walnuts

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp maca powder

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

2 tbsp golden flax meal

2 tbsp chia seeds

(brands of each product I use will soon be posted under the vittles tab – stay tuned).

And, the next to share: DRAGON FRUIT!

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Clearly I need to perfect my slicing skillZ.  This fruit is very interesting to cut as it is slippery and the skin is rough to cut through.  Dragon fruit does not have much taste – slightly sweet, but the flavor is very mild.  The skin is very bitter and does not add much taste, perhaps it detracts from the overall flavor.  My husband suggested removing more of the pink skin before slicing it into pieces – I agree!  I have to watch some youtube videos to teach myself how to make this fruit even more beautiful when prepared; I will get back to you with some tips.  I paired this fruit with coconut whipped cream I made.

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Finally, I perfected the paleo whipped cream after a failed first attempt with use of the entire can of coconut milk.  To prepare this topping I opened 2 cans of coconut milk, scooped out the top layer (this thick mixture is the coconut cream) and left the liquid coconut milk in the can.  Instead of wasting the byproduct I poured it into a Fred & Friends silicone ice cube tray and placed it in the freezer.  These frozen coconut cubes will be great to pop into a smoothie instead of ice cubes – richer flavor!  Back to the coconut whipped cream preparation – after I had removed all of the coconut cream I placed it in the mixing bowl of a Kitchen Aid and added the whisk attachment.  I began whisking the cream and poured in 1 tbsp of coconut palm sugar.  I skipped the vanilla extract for this batch, but contemplated adding it since I am basically addicted to vanilla flavor.  I thought the mixture would need to be whipped for quite some time, however, unlike heavy cream the coconut cream is already thick and just needs a little fluffing up!

Before you sweet on folks get in a quick ab workout after a brisk walk with the baby:

Fitness Blender HIIT Workout for Abs & Obliques (this websites gives you a breakdown of the workout)

and as always:

peace. love. paleo.

casual saturday.

After a recent move I have been finishing up some tasks, I wanted to post before going to bed or else i would have to do a double-day tomorrow – not sure how I feel about that yet.  This evening we made it to the store by 8pm… thrilling to be shopping at Wegman’s for your saturday night activity.  My husband made Mahi-Mahi with lemon juice and sage with a side of potato hash and a simple salad (home-made mustard vinaigrette a top).

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I followed with an energy ball creation – I have been seeing many posts for these little treats.  I thought I would give it a try – I was pleasantly delighted with the end product.  I threw some things together, bare with me while I perfect the exact amounts to share with you – all I have right now are approximates.  Recipe below —

Raw Sugar Cookie Dough Bites

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1 heaping cup of dates

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup shredded reduced fat unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp flax seeds

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp vanilla extract

*depending on the consistency you can add more dates if your mixture is not sticking together enough or some coconut oil and honey.  After blending all ingredients in a food processor roll dough into mini balls and place in the refrigerator until they move from a soft texture to a firmer one.  When you bite into these treats you will swear you are eating raw sugar cookie dough!

Seriously is time for bed, hopefully.  I will dream about:

peace. love. paleo.