Smoothie Bowl!

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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!!!!

NOMaste  🙂

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

Welcome back, Welcome back!

Baby #2 arrived in August!  I am back and ready to keep up with my blog again!  I have a delicious treat for you to enjoy on these cooler fall days!!  Everyone is starting to pick up pumpkin products now, so it only seemed right to try making Food Babe’s Roasted Pumpkin Spice Nuts :

Even my son had a great time helping:

pumpkin-spice-almonds-2  … he’s getting into the paleo kick now too!

I have been spending more time making him more on-the-go foods that are not store bought.  He just turned two and meal time is getting increasingly more challenging. He has only wanted to eat and move around, at the same time.  I have become creative with my food delivery methods; which I will share with you as I post about foods we have made and liked!  The above my son did not eat – he ate all the seasoning off and spit the almonds out – simply because he cannot chew them enough.  My husband & I have been munching on this treat all afternoon – they’re delicious: sweet with a little kick from the cayenne pepper.  Please make them so you can enjoy them while taking a nice walk on a fall day!

peace. love. paleo.

drinking your cals

Let’s start off with filling our belly with some food.  Here are two Costco faves.  The red peppers make an appearance again.  They have a little olive oil drizzled on top with some herbs de provence sprinkled a top.  These veggies are paired with a few slices of OLLI sopressata.  This is a quick, easy lunch that can be followed with a guilt-free dessert since this is a carb free meal.

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and your liquid treat:

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Hard ciders are gluten-free most of the time.  My husband noticed there were more than just apple ciders at the grocery store.  I could decide between the pear, raspberry and blackberry… I chose the pear to try first, and I was more than pleased with my selection!  I highly recommend this delicious treat after a low-carb meal.  Why not indulge every now and then!  Additionally, the pear hard cider has less cals than the traditional apple ciders.

Let’s get onto the good stuff…

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WHOOP-PIES!  What is better than baking when the weather is sub-par?!?!??  ummm, nothing!  I decided to double-up and make two batches, my husband really is loving the fully stocked refrigerator with desserts.  These two recipes are from John Catham’s book:  Paleo Cookies.  The modifications I made for each of these are as follows…

chocolate: use carob powder instead of cocoa powder

vanilla: use maple syrup instead of honey for the cake & filling

add palm shortening into the filing to make it creamier if the butter separates

This is a lovely afternoon snack, or a breakfast on-the-go.  I have eaten one of these for breakfast twice this past week as I have had early morning doctors’ appointments to attend.  I follow one of these bars with a liter of water spiked with fulvic acid (7-14 drops) – I will post the brand I have purchased in the hydration section!  I am in love with this product, it really helps your cells quickly absorb nutrients & water.

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Looks like today will be SUNNY!!!  Rain, Rain, Go Away!!

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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