got a sweet tooth?

This morning I woke up and finished off a fresh batch of almond milk before going on a walk in this lovely 50-something degree weather!!  When we get back I will begin making my weekly batch of energy ballz.

Finally tried these Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies which I found posted on The Coconut Mama’s website, however, I believe they are a PaleOMG recipe.

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The batter was like a bowl of honey – I was not expecting that consistency!! I was pleased with the “gooeyness” of the cookie – I do not like crunchy/hard cookies.  Essentially, my favorite part of baking is eating the batter.  I hope you like macadamias if you are making these because these cookies taste like you are munching on some nuts.  I was hoping for something a little sweeter, but my husband was clearly digging them – the batch lasted two days.  **I used homemade macadamia nut butter, which is featured in my butter section under the vittles tab.

Next up are paleo oreos!! Yummmm!  I do have to admit mine do not look as beautiful as the ones on the website posted below – I don’t have that much patience at this stage to make perfect oreos when we are going to gobble them down.  Now if they were for other people to enjoy maybe I would take more time to prepare them as eloquently as displayed on Will Bake For Books’ website.  Please go make these treats and enjoy them as much as we did!!  The only thing I changed in the Raw Oreos recipe is using 1/2 cup cocoa with 1/2 cup carob powder.  I have been trying to use carob powder, I know it is supposed to be good for you, but I honestly have zero idea what it is.  I am going to do some research for myself and my readers and get back to you with some mind blowing facts!!

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I will work on my presentation skills 😉 .  Paired with the oreo is an energy ball, I enjoyed both after eating a salad for lunch one fine day.

And, to wrap up this wonderful dessert feast I have something festive for the holidays and winter hibernation months.  Dig your teeth into these Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes for a light treat after dinner or a snack during the day.  I apologize for my coconut whipped cream – I over whipped it and it lost it’s fluff.

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I didn’t get a good picture of the inside mushiness – they are like raw banana bread slices.  The pumpkin taste is subtle, the spice flavors compliment the pumpkin & banana nicely.

After indulging you might want to hit play on some of these videos!!

I really liked this video – it was a solid workout of the whole body.  The only part that was super challenging was the oblique exercises when you are laying sideways on one elbow and one knee – at this point i was like oh my gosh this is really challenging at that point of the workout!!! I pushed through – there are some words of encouragement during the video, which is helpful.  I just listened to the music and made some grunting noises as if I was in a meathead gym.

If you would like to keep it easy on your knees you can try this workout, which I also really enjoyed.  If you look at the comments lots of people are skeptical of the low cardio workout, but they write they were sweating a lot and extremely tired at the end.  I too thought this was going to be an “easy” day, however, my sweatshirt was nicely coated with sweat [sweat makes me extremely happy, I feel accomplished after a sweaty workout knowing my body is free of toxins].

happy monday!

peace. love. paleo.

sistah sistah

Almond milk or as some like to say “mylk” has a sibling…

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Soak the cashews overnight (8-12 hours) or until swollen.  IMG_6140

Remove the water and add 5 cups of water – like the almond milk, I did this in two batches (half the almonds and 2.5 cups of water blended in the Nutribullet at a time and then mixed together through the cheese cloth to strain.

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Before straining, add one date (pit removed) and cinnamon to your container. IMG_6142

Once fully strained – pour through funnel into your jar and label as desired (see above picture).  You will also be left with some cashew “cheese” this can be used as a spread or eaten plain – great flavor and texture, just like a ricotta.

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Cashew milk can be paired very nicely with a dessert or enjoyed by itself.  As my husband says about them:  they are light and refreshing!  And, I couldn’t agree more – it’s like a liquid smoothie.  You could even enjoy a cup with one of these…

PUMPKIN PIE ENERGY BITE:

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1 cup dates

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp golden flax meal

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

dash of cloves

splash of vanilla extract

*blend all ingredients together in food processor and roll into bite size balls.

If you eat a few too many, you could always run the stairs!!

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I made it 60 minutes…working my way back to my fit level – slowly.

A post workout snack or a breakfast delight:

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good use of dried fruit & nuts.

Before you begin making more treats, have a quick bite so you don’t eat them all!  Here is a simple salad to make:  cut up rotisserie chicken, spinach leaves, sliced onion, chopped parsley, sprinkle of herbs de provence, avocado oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Now after you chow-down you can begin making these…

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Apricot Tart
1 cup dried apricots

2/3 cup of raw cashew pieces

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp ground golden flax

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp vanilla extract

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Key Lime Pie

1 cup dates

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp ground golden flax

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice

Mix ingredients in food processor until “dough” forms.  Then begin taking chunks of mixture out and rolling “dough” into balls.  Place in a container and refrigerate.  Then, proceed to go on a stroller walk and take in the fall scenery!

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Happy Fall…

peace. love. paleo.

NOMaste y’all!

treatZzZzzz

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.

casual saturday.

After a recent move I have been finishing up some tasks, I wanted to post before going to bed or else i would have to do a double-day tomorrow – not sure how I feel about that yet.  This evening we made it to the store by 8pm… thrilling to be shopping at Wegman’s for your saturday night activity.  My husband made Mahi-Mahi with lemon juice and sage with a side of potato hash and a simple salad (home-made mustard vinaigrette a top).

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I followed with an energy ball creation – I have been seeing many posts for these little treats.  I thought I would give it a try – I was pleasantly delighted with the end product.  I threw some things together, bare with me while I perfect the exact amounts to share with you – all I have right now are approximates.  Recipe below —

Raw Sugar Cookie Dough Bites

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1 heaping cup of dates

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup shredded reduced fat unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp flax seeds

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp vanilla extract

*depending on the consistency you can add more dates if your mixture is not sticking together enough or some coconut oil and honey.  After blending all ingredients in a food processor roll dough into mini balls and place in the refrigerator until they move from a soft texture to a firmer one.  When you bite into these treats you will swear you are eating raw sugar cookie dough!

Seriously is time for bed, hopefully.  I will dream about:

peace. love. paleo.