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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.

weekend recap y’all.

lazy sunday.

Breakfast: sweet potato & pork hash with a poached egg

Made by my wonderful husband (I will have to work on getting the secret recipe ;p ).

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Lunch: Frankie’s meatballs, tomato sauce & spaghetti squash

These meatballs are a modification of Frankie Spuntino’s Meatballs (click on link for recipe) – we omitted cheese.  Guilty, we used gluten-free bread, next batch I would like to omit that ingredient as well.  Thankfully my husband bares with my diet restrictions and kindly adjusts the recipe for himself and I.  The tomato sauce is simply whole canned tomatoes strained and cooked on medium heat until thick consistency meets your liking.  Refer back to squash post for preparation for spaghetti replacement:  spaghetti squash (click on link for cooking instructions).

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Dinner: sausage with bacon & apple cider vinegar kale and parsnip fries.

This mild italian sausage was purchased from Wegman’s (their own brand), no additives.  The kale was sauteed in bacon grease and topped off with finely chopped bacon of two pieces and apple cider vinegar (add until your taste buds appreciate the flavor, I used about 4 tbsp on my serving).  My husband made parsnip fries again, twice fried in avocado oil.  This round he made the slices a bit thicker – I thoroughly enjoyed the “meatier” fry compared to the thinner crispy fries.  However, I do have to say both are excellent and I highly recommend making this side.

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Dessert: Paleo Lemon Bars

These yummy treats were made from the recipe on Paleo Cupboard’s website:  Paleo Lemon Bars.  This is the second recipe I have tried for paleo lemon bars.  This recipe produces bars that hold their shape and are firmer, given that tapioca flour is used.  However, I do prefer the taste of the lemon filling from the other recipe I have tried – I will share that recipe with you the next time I make them. Maybe I could mix and match recipes… use this crust and the filling of the other recipe!  Experimenting in the kitchen will happen!!

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Along with this food collection I have some home exercise routines you can do while your baby is awake and not stirring.  The Baby Bjorn is a fabulous accessory!  Place baby in this pouch and begin… squats, lunges, squat walks, heel raises, tree pose ya-da-ya-da-ya.  Followed by a casual stroll, you and your baby will be happy as clams.

happy monday:

peace. love. paleo.

6 pack… of ABS.

I’m going to share with you all a fabulous ab workout… short, sweet and sweaty.

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All you need is 25 minutes of your day to get this done!

My new focus is on trying to live each moment; trying not to rush around and freak out about the baby crying [because that’s what babies do] and being sleep deprived at times.  These are just facts of my life right now and there is nothing I can do about the situation.  I just have to make the most of every moment and enjoy the time with the baby and my husband as much as possible instead of trying to plot how I can make him stop crying faster and get to bed earlier.  Slowing down is really helping me appreciate my life and realize how grateful I am to have the life I am living.  I recommend stopping the obsessive thinking over certain topics [it is just your anxiety speaking to you] so you can relax and be calm with yourself and the world around you.

Go get your sweat on, destress, and:

peace. love. paleo.

PUMP IT UP!

A pet peeve of mine is when bloggers post about the previous day, but now I get it – sometimes there just is not time!  Yesterday I ran, my pace was a crush to my ego, but I chalked it up to being proud that I actually continuously ran up and down hills towing a baby & a stroller for an hour.  Here we go:  progress, not perfection.  There will be a day when I am back in fighting shape, until then I have to be patient with myself.  I have a bunch of songs that I’ll share with you that really let my mind wander and uplift my soul as I exercise.  These songs are currently the ones that give me that extra pump to push my out of shape self.

*Taylor Swift: Shake It Off

*Sheppard: Geronimo

*Alesso: Heroes (we could be)

*Avicii: The Days

*Nico & Vinz: Am I Wrong

*Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne : Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)

*CHVRCHES: The Mother We Share

*The Script: Superheroes

*CHRCHES: Tether

*One Direction: Steal My Girl

*Calvin Harris, John Newman: Blame

*Echosmith: Cool Kids

*MKTO: American Dream

The baby was a bit fussy yesterday, trying to eat was a bit challenging – I will share with you some easy meals that moms can easily prepare.

Breakfast: 

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Featured is: Bacon – made on the stove top, however, you could make it in the microwave.  Poached eggs were made using this handy gadget shown below.  This device is placed in the microwave for a minute and voila your eggs are poached – well kind of, but you know what moms that are just trying to get a bite to eat can’t be too picky on how perfect their poached eggs are!  Mixed greens with avocado oil and balsamic vinegar – get some acid in your belly to really fire you up for the day.  Big ole glass of water to help hydrate, along with a cup of apple & celery juice – made the day before for easy access.

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Lunch:

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I asked my husband to grab me these the other day on his Costco run after work.  I used to eat these all the time when I lived in the dorms at Georgetown University.  Take one out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and place it on top of a mixed greens salad with cucumber, tomatoes and avocado, toss with olive oil and red wine vinegar.  At this point you can tell that I probably have heartburn between two doses of vinegar and a crying baby — don’t worry I took my calcium supplement today AKA TUMS.

Dinner:

I was lucky enough to have my husband home for this meal – I have been wanting to try this recipe since I saw it on the Food Network one lazy afternoon.  Another recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell {Crispy Herb Crusted Halibut with Curly Celery and Haricots Verts}.  Some modifications were made to the recipe, instead of using halibut (my husband searched high and low for this fish and couldn’t find a piece anywhere!) we used mahi-mahi.  This type of fish paired very nicely as it is very mild, no fishy taste and is a fluffy light white fish when cooked.  Instead of using green beans, formally known as haricots verts, we made parsnip fries.  I have recently have had a hard time eating green beans due to their texture, it’s like chalk on a board when I bite into them.  The first picture, below, is the preparation of the egg rinse and potato flake & herb dip – we decided to coat the entire fish, not just one side as the recipe calls for.  This preparation gave the fish more flavor.  Additionally, this photo has the curled celery; I honestly was doubtful that this would actually work, but as you can see it does!!! I sliced the celery the night before with a Mandolin slicer and the next morning I added ice cubes, water and the juice of half a lemon to the plastic container.  By the time we were ready to prepare dinner the celery was perfectly curly.  The final two photos are the end products of our meal.  I left the table feeling satisfied and refreshed; nothing too heavy about this meal, despite frying the parsnip slices in avocado oil instead of baking them in the oven.

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Now go cook, listen to music & run as you think about:

peace. love. paleo.