Sugar Rush

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!! 2015/03/img_7199.jpg 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

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baker’s delight.

Let’s get right to it…


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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.

you can drink your wine and eat it too!

Another batch of burgundy red wine flank steak was made and I was in heaven eating every bite of this meal.  Please refer back to my first post for the initial recipe: wine infused steak… my husband added coconut sugar to this batch and wow the flavor is so much richer!  We also made other steaks, which weren’t finished for dinner the night before – I used some pieces in this salad:

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photographed: coconut water (home-made, check out the “hydration” tab above to see which brand I mix into water); bulletproof coffee remix (i use Nespresso vanilla pods with 1 tbsp of coconut oil mixed in a Nutribullet); green juice (apple + spinach juice made in the Juiceman appliance); beet & steak chopped salad (seasoned with herbs de provence, avocado oil & balsamic vinegar) and Terra sweet potato chips (MY NEW OBSESSION!!!).

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The next morning I got to enjoy this green juice again with breakfast made by my wonderful husband…

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Now it is time to burn off these calories!!!

I did part 1 & 2 only yesterday – I am working my way up to a 60 min video, currently just feeling satisfied with 40 minutes (a jump from 20 minutes).  And today I engaged in this activity:

Fab workouts!!!

Hope everyone is staying warm and having a pleasant friday night!

NOMaste y’all!!

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


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!