Getting in that Halloween Spirit!

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Well I would say I am looking fresh!  This is kind of embarrassing, but I wanted you to see this product for your own eyes!  This Aztec Indian Healing Clay is a make at home mask!  You can either mix it with apple cider vinegar or water or a combo – I used both.  It says the with the apple cider vinegar you will feel a “pulling sensation,”  I did feel some tingling and felt like it was truly cleaning out my pores.  The mask is SUPER thick and takes a while to get it off your face, but after it’s totally worth the effort!  And, the BEST part:  there is nothing in this product except for CLAY!

 

Here is my new nightly routine:

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Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender Tea is my all time favorite to drink before bed – excellent for quieting the mind and calming the nerves.  I add a half dropper full of 365 Everyday Value French Vanilla Stevia Liquid Extract from Whole Foods.  And as we all know I have a sweet tooth so this drink really curbs some of my cravings to eat a treat!!  I LOVE chocolate, and who doesn’t love chocolate with a cup of coffee or tea it’s like the two go hand in hand in the afternoon or evenings, so I eat an Eating Evolved Keto Cup.  My favorite flavor is the coffee then the stevia then the original.  I do have to warn you this is made with 100% cacao so it has a very biter taste when you bite into the outer rims where it you only get the cacao portion.  My husband was not a fan – I personally have started to acquire a taste for them and have really enjoyed eating one or two a day!  They’re the perfect power pick me up treat!  Try them, see what you think!

Happy Monday!

peace. love. paleo.

FINALLY!!!!

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ALMOND MILK:  check out the “shakes” tab above to reference the home-made process at any time.

For this drink I blended 1 cup of almonds (which were soaked in water for 8 hours prior) with 5 cups of water in a nutribullet (given the volume restrictions with the Nutribullet containers I did the process in two rounds and mixed both batches together during the next phase).  After blending both ingredients I applied a cheesecloth over a bowl that would hold the large amount of liquid – I began straining the mixture through the cloth.  Once the almond milk began to hit the cheesecloth I picked it up by the edges and wrapped it tightly around the almond meal.  I began squeezing the excess milk out of the cloth (as pictured above) and once completely rung-out I was left with a batch of almond meal.  I stored this byproduct in the Nutribullet container in the refrigerator for future use in other recipes.  I added one date (pit removed and fruit sliced) and a splash of vanilla extract.  Then, I poured the almond milk through a funnel into an air tight glass container (this bottle is from IKEA – another fab find!).

Another recipe I worked on today was some peppermint bark – this was always a favorite treat of mine during the holiday season.

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My apologizes for the poor slicing skills.  I found it very difficult to cut this bark into pieces, my husband assisted, but literally the chocolate was rock solid.  We used many different knives & kitchen tools, but this is what we were left with.  My husband had a great idea – let the chocolate sit out for a little bit to soften before slicing it into portions.  To make this treat I melted 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips in the microwave – I would remove the bowl every 15 seconds and stir the chips for a total of approximately 2 minutes.  I then lined the bottom of a small Ziploc container with parchment paper, and poured the chocolate into the bottom of the container.  I placed this into the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to solidify.  While this was setting I prepared the next layer.  I combined approximately 1/3 cup coconut butter (melted in microwave at 15 second increments for no more than 1.5-2 minutes), 1/2 tbsp honey (if that, this makes the mixture “doughy like” and easy to mold), 1/2 tbsp peppermint extract (or more to taste to your liking) and a dash of vanilla extract.  Once the proceeding ingredients are mixed I added two drops of food coloring – to keep paleo you could add a few drops of beet juice (I didn’t have any beets on hand today).  I gently kneaded the mixture to give the white “dough” more of a a peppermint appearance – don’t completely mix the food coloring or else you will end up with pink bark!!!  After this step, remove the chocolate from the refrigerator, once it is solid, and even out the peppermint layer on top of the chocolate layer.  Place the entire bark in the refrigerator until both layers are solid, remove and chop into pieces to serve to guests… that’s if you don’t eat it all before it makes it to their mouth.

Finally, the last thing I have to offer for my baking skills this evening are Pumpkin Pie Muffins from Elana’s Pantry.  These muffins are heavenly – they are moist, mooshy inside, firm outside and taste like a piece of pie.  They are satisfying enough as a dessert or an afternoon snack.

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***Don’t forget to exercise to keep sane during the cold months!!***

…and as always:      peace. love. paleo.

store energy to burn.

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#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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

revealing the Instagram #mysteryfood

It’s before noon, I can still say:  GOOD MORNING READERS!

Here is some winter, I mean fall, uplifting photos to get your through the cold, actually warm, days here in the Mid-Atlantic!

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Don’t get me wrong I do love winter scenery, cold breezes while bundled up in a Canada Goose, fire place warmth and lounging on the couch covered in blankets beside your loved ones.  However, I also enjoy the escape to a warmer climate; this getaway really helps anyone’s mental state during the shorter colder drearier days.  The walks on the beach and rich healthy looking scenery helps put my mind at ease.  I find true stillness and ultimate relaxation throughout my body while walking on the beach and listening to the ocean waves crash onto the white sand shoreline.  One year I believe I managed to pack in a marathon distance walk on the beach all in a days work!  Last year I didn’t take a trip to soak up the sun (or sit by my light box) probably since I was in diapers, and I SURVIVED!!  I am looking forward to a view of paradise this year.  Our baby already hates the cold weather; I think I’ve already conditioned him to being a summer lover too!

Let me change subjects here… FOOD!

The first thing I will cover is the mystery food that was featured on Instagram.  This was a remake of an appetizer from Patowmack Farm, which would have been discovered in an earlier post – Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast.  Basically we ripped the meatier sides off the main steam of Tuscan Kale and placed the pieces in the dehydrator until completely crispy.  After removing them from this device we sprinkled on Nutritional Yeast, which actually is not as hard, as we thought, to find.  The taste is interesting, but a great rich flavor – if my husband will eat this then it isn’t too earthy and actually has a taste other than dirt.  A recommendation:  since the kale is very crunchy, when you bite into a bigger piece the yeast flies in the air and makes a mess.  We quickly learned that making smaller bite size pieces rather than longer strips is actually easier to eat.

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You could also use the nutritional yeast sprinkled on a kale salad and dressed with olive oil.

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Following this kale treat, you could indulge in another kale app – might as well bulk up on your nutrients today!

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This is a carrot paper wrapped skinny veggie roll for all you vegetarians and vegans out there!  We sliced avocado and cucumber, ripped of the sides of Tuscan Kale into long strips and sprinkled on a Garden Mix of Sprouts.  The carrot paper was bought at Wegman’s in a pack looking like this:

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I do have to be honest though – there is some soy protein isolate in the ingredients.  Now that we have experimented with this product and would use it again I will look for a paleo friendly version!

Following these random appetizers we enjoyed a roasted chicken from Wegman’s (please excuse the one legged chicken pictured below, someone got into it before we sat down for dinner) and a Creamy Paleo Bacon Pumpkin Soup from Fed & Fit.

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We were not sure if the recipe called for bacon fat.  We added some of the remaining lard to the soup just because we are obsessed with bacon, like the rest of mainstream Americans.

And to polish off a good meal you must indulge in dessert, no matter how full you are – am I right?!

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I, yet again, doubled the recipe.  I tend to do this so the treat will last for the whole week since it is hard to make a new batch every few days.  The pictured dessert is Living Healthy with Chocolate’s Raw, No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie.  I enjoyed the mixture of cookie and brownie flavors, however, I find myself eating the brownie first and then gobbling the cookie dough section.  I am not one to mix all my foods, I like to savor each flavor.  Both, cookie and brownie, are pretty much spot on with regard to resembling the taste of conventional Toll House Break n’ Bake products without the unhealthy aspects.  This is a great item to make as it will keep in your refrigerator for quite some time without going sour – that’s if you can keep them around long enough to enjoy at a later point in time!

Before eating all this food you might want to engage in a workout because you will be couch bound after this feast!

I just found out that Safari does not support my videos all the time – if you see a blank black screen that reads blocked plug-in, try opening my webpage in another browser, such as, Google Chrome.

Sweat, Eat, Be Merry.  NOMaste.