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!!
#friendsgiving leftovers used to pair with my standard #baconandeggs, or is it #eggsandbacon?
I have some news though, that is not a Nutribullet blended coconut oil coffee…this is a winterwonderland coffee special!! I used one non-flavored Nespresso pod and ran it through 3 times on the “cup” setting to have more liquid. I then added one dropper full of liquid stevia (check out the vittles section, I use the Trader Joe’s brand) and a dash of peppermint extract, honestly this drink is spectacular for the holiday season. I will experiment with other extracts to see if I can find other flavored coffee specials without the calories and blood sugar spike.
For a mid-morning refreshing treat I had this water (YES THIS IS WATER) followed by 1L of filtered water. The reason this water is black is because it has fulvic acid in it, which is instantaneous energy – NO JOKE!!! I am going to be purchasing fulvic acid on Amazon to add to my water once a day (check out the hydrate section shortly to see which product I’ve ordered). If you would like you could purchase a case of these to make it easy to take on-the-go. They are full of electrolytes and the water is a pH of 8, thus the hydration is easily absorbed by the blood.
A wonderful refreshing salad comprised of garden mix sprouts, tuscan kale, pomegranate seeds, cucumber slices and rotisserie chicken chunks – toss with avocado oil & bacon vinegar (recipe for this is in the works, I will share with you when I figure out the appropriate days to ferment the vinegar in bacon fat).
I enjoyed these sweet potato & beet Terra chips as my side with salsa. We normally get the large bag of ridged sweet potato chips from Costco — excellent deal, but be careful they’re addicting!
While you’re waiting on dinner, engage in some physical activity…
Now go get drenched in sweat, NOMaste.
Another batch of burgundy red wine flank steak was made and I was in heaven eating every bite of this meal. Please refer back to my first post for the initial recipe: wine infused steak… my husband added coconut sugar to this batch and wow the flavor is so much richer! We also made other steaks, which weren’t finished for dinner the night before – I used some pieces in this salad:
photographed: coconut water (home-made, check out the “hydration” tab above to see which brand I mix into water); bulletproof coffee remix (i use Nespresso vanilla pods with 1 tbsp of coconut oil mixed in a Nutribullet); green juice (apple + spinach juice made in the Juiceman appliance); beet & steak chopped salad (seasoned with herbs de provence, avocado oil & balsamic vinegar) and Terra sweet potato chips (MY NEW OBSESSION!!!).
The next morning I got to enjoy this green juice again with breakfast made by my wonderful husband…
Now it is time to burn off these calories!!!
I did part 1 & 2 only yesterday – I am working my way up to a 60 min video, currently just feeling satisfied with 40 minutes (a jump from 20 minutes). And today I engaged in this activity:
Hope everyone is staying warm and having a pleasant friday night!