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