drop it like it’s hot.

Wake up, get your groove on, and GO!

GOOD MORNING NYC.

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Not sure how I acquired such a nice foam this morning with the Nutribullet whipped coconut oil coffee, but it was divine!

GOOD AFTERNOON fellow foodies.

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Keeping it paleo at Shake Shack with a lettuce wrapped double stack burger with bacon obvs!!

GOOD EVENING to the city that never sleeps.

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Followed by a Korean BBQ dinner at Shilla’s.  I ordered the Bi Bim Bap – as divine as I remember it being last winter when I first enjoyed this dish.  It is essentially a mixture of vegetables with ground beef and a fried egg with rice on the side.  I do have to admit I ate some of these grains, after I regretted it and should’ve kept it paleo without consuming the rice.

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful monday after a beautiful weekend like I had!

NOMaste.

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baker’s delight.

Let’s get right to it…

Lunch:

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The salad consisted of spinach leaves with pomegranate seeds, sliced red onion, chopped avocado and a salmon burger.  A top was an olive oil and blueberry ginger vinegar.  Here is a break down of the meal:  I used spinach leaves to maximize the nutritional value; the pomegranate I purchased and picked all the seeds out (you get about triple the amount for the price of not even one container of the seeds); the red onion is sliced to easy assist in the flavor – big chunks can be over powering for the senses; the avocado I used was a Florida avocado (purchased at The Fresh Market and might I say it was less “watery” and tasted more “fatty” and flavorful than any avocado I’ve had this season!); the salmon burger is the one from Costco I featured in a previous post; the olive oil was used instead of another type of lipid because I already have avocado fat incorporated in this meal; and, the blueberry ginger infused balsamic vinegar was purchased from Under the Olive Tree in the Village at Leesburg (their products are AMAZING, only a little is needed and the flavor is so powerful- the medium sized bottle is a great deal!).

….Snack, Dinner & Dessert to come, baby crying.

for now:

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.

Triple Stacked

After a sleepless night, literally, I asked my husband to pick me up BurgerFi on his way home from work.  Today consisted of an unintentional day of fasting, and rolling around in bed attempting to nap with the little one; I decided I deserved a glutenous meal.  My order was almost artery clogging, however, I left out the fried egg and I exercised (made it to the 6 week postpartum mark!).

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That’s stacked three high with natural burgers, plus bacon, tomato and pickle.  I always opt for lettuce wrapped.  Unfortunately, they don’t have sweet potato fries so I settled for salted fries.  I devoured this meal, quite an attractive sight!  I am sad to report that the coconut slush is gone; it’s time for the next dessert!  This round I added the macadamia nut butter and drizzled on some left over raspberry sauce my husband used in his latest batch of macarons (recipe to follow).

Home-made Raspberry Sauce: (modified Laduree’s raspberry macaron filling recipe for paleo-friendly eaters)

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1.5 cup fresh raspberries

juice of 1/4 lemon

few tbsp coconut milk

*In a food processor gently blend raspberries, warm them in a pan, add the other ingredients and bring mixture to a boil for two minutes.

The work-out I chose today was one I have done in the past – 

I highly recommend this channel, they have a wide variety of different routines of all different fitness levels and durations.

As I pray for a restful night, I remind myself:

peace. love. paleo.