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!!
Welcome March! I am hoping you bring lots of warm weather this month!! I have a full week of sweets coming up!! The following week I will switch to savory dishes – make sure you stay tuned! I have to been going to the gym as much as possible and have supplemented in a few YouTube videos and barre classes. It takes a while to shlep to Gold’s Gym, some nights it is easier and faster to do a workout at home. I have also been forcing myself to try some workout classes at the gym. I don’t like being in a classroom setting with routines to follow, because personally I am horrible at keeping up. I never had the skills to memorize routines quickly. When it came to school plays during the middle school and high school days I really was not one for a main character dancing around the stage. I have pushed myself to be uncomfortable and attend the classes that involve routines that are choreographed to specific songs. Unfortunately, for me, I have also not been able to stand in the back every class – other people seem to be just as uncoordinated as me, so it appears!! When I don’t get my cozy corner spot in the back of the room, I realize nobody is starring at me and outwardly criticizing me, so I might as well get in a good workout and stop worrying about what others think! Thus far I have tried the Insanity, BodyPump, BodyAttack, HIIT, and RPM cycling classes and have fully enjoyed each moment of them all. If you are like me, attempt to go to a workout class even for half of it – just give it a try. You might find that you enjoy jumping around a room looking ridiculous along with everybody in the class.
Today we will review a wonderful paleo granola I created. The recipe calls for a cup of raisins, a cup of whole almonds, a cup of cashews, 1/2 cup flax seeds, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4-1/3 cup honey and 2-3 tbsp coconut oil (you can adjust the honey & oil amount to ensure all fruit, nuts & seeds are coated with some liquid). Mix everything together and spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook the granola at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes – cook until the mixture does not have a sticky texture and tastes “roasted” (yes, samples are allowed). Once cooled, break apart the big block and it will quickly resemble granola. I sprinkled this delectable treat over some coconut cream. Thai Kitchen makes a great full-fat coconut milk – the cream is on the top and literally looks like fage yogurt. If you scoop the cream out you will see liquid on the bottom. I pour this into ice cube trays and freeze the remaining part of the coconut cream. I then will use these coconut cubes in smoothies for coconut flavor.
With the snowy days here I will be baking quite a few items; be prepared for sugar overload!!
I have been browsing my cookbook collection and have realized that I need to start using them – they’re getting dusty. I have found myself always researching recipes online – for the obvious reason: the computer is so convenient and easy. I have tried to remove myself from some social media to focus on “the present time” and play with my son. With this I have felt more relaxed and have gone ‘back to the basics.’ I have begun to realize it is wonderful to flip through a cookbook. This being said I have picked a savory and a sweet cookbook to make literally every recipe from cover to cover. Once this is done, it’s onto the next one! My husband loves cookbooks, he is the same way as me; he personally “likes to look at the pictures.” I want him to get through his books too! I encourage you to dig through your cookbook collection and start cooking some delicious dishes.
Stay warm & dry during the snow storm…. don’t forget to BAKE!!!
peace. love. paleo.
WOW, it has been a while since I have updated the site. I have been consumed primarily with my more important responsibilities – such as taking care of my son 😉 . I have some news to report, I joined a gym!! I finally took the plunge, and just got a Gold’s Gym membership. This gym is not your ordinary gym though, they have just about everything – including a swimming pool where I can take the baby and a movie theatre I can bike or run or elliptical or sit or whatever inside of, etc etc etc. The amenities are wonderful and I am very happy with my decision; don’t worry I will still post home work-outs and the various exercise classes I attend. After this post I’m going to head over there and bike in the movie theatre, I’m so tired I can’t handle much stimulation from lights right now.
The next order of business, I have two updates on the food portion of this blog. I finally tried NICE CREAM and IT WAS DIVINE. I blended 3 frozen bananas in the food processor and topped with Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I do have to report that this portion was very large, my husband and I shared, but you could easily make this for three people. I thought the flavor was fantastic, the consistency was smooth and creamy – literally like banana gelato. I’m a big fan of this treat!!!
(instagram filter is on, so there is less rich banana yellow appearance)
This morning I finally indulged in a matcha green tea almond latte and again it was blissful. I upped the matcha a bit, the recipe calls for 1/2 tsp, however, my bottle of matcha powder reads serving size as 1tsp – so I did just that! Flavor was excellent, I even added more water to make it hotter longer and it did not lose its flavor one bit!
(again, sorry for the instagram filter, lacking the rich green color of the latte)
Wish I could stay and type longer, but I have to quickly get in my workout before I eat dinner and head to bed… mommy life. I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying their new year’s resolutions 🙂 !
peace. love. paleo.