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Nut-Free Paleo Coconut (Chocolate Chip) Pancake for One

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Mmm-mm pancakes! Here is, another, easy one-person pancake recipe.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1.5 tbs coconut flour

1/2 tbs coconut oil

1/2 tsp baking powder

sprinkle of cinnamon

pinch of salt

Chocolate chips or blueberries or other fruit (I advise adding one of these… if not the chocolate chips, definitely add some fruit! It just enhances this pancake)

Mix/beat the eggs then add the rest of the ingredients. Pancake it up on a griddle or in a pan. I like to make one huge pancake 🙂 but you can make a few smaller ones. Pour the batter on a preheated pan (that is non-stick or contains your choice of fat to keep the pancakes from sticking). Cook on each side on medium to medium high heat for about 3 minutes until golden brown and perfect.

If I make it with chocolate chips it tastes delicious topped with sliced banana (and some almond or sunflower seed butter would be lovely, too).

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Orange Apricot Ginger Chicken

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I make up some chicken in the crockpot EVERY week, so I have it for lunch and an easy snack/extra protein. I’ve been getting bored with the same old chicken so I decided to switch things up for once.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. chicken breast

2 cups dried apricots

about 15 ounces of baby carrots (or really as many as you want!)

2 tbs. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt (more to taste)

1 tbs. ground ginger

1 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. paprika

2 oranges

Mix the spices up (feel free to use more, with spices I just tend to go by what looks and tastes good). Sprinkle them over the chicken then place the chicken in a big freezer bag. Squeeze the juice of the 2 oranges into the bag and place the squeezed up oranges in the bag too. Put in fridge and let sit for 2 hours and up to overnight.

Place the chicken into your crockpot and add the carrots and apricots. Mix everything so that the carrots and apricots get covered in the juices, too. At this mixing point, I would sprinkle on some more salt (another tsp? Smell the food, if it smells like it is lacking, add more spice! 🙂 ).

Set your crockpot to low for 4-6 hours, until chicken is done- moist and delicious.

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Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Something dangerous happened recently. Very dangerous. My Whole Foods starting carrying Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They are free of the 9 most common allergens including dairy, soy, and gluten. You used to have to order them on line and I was to lazy to do that. Now I can walk into the grocery store and get them. This is bad. very. very. bad. I bought a bag last weekend… almost gone. Pretty much what I’ve been living on all week… chocolate and sunflower seed butter……. and these cookies.

So, these babies are almost completely sugar free except for the chocolate chips. Use 100% dark chocolate if you want to make them completely sugar free. But, they taste amazing, like normal delicious cookies!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

2 very ripe bananas

pinch of salt

1/3 cup chocolate chips

4 tbs. coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray. Take tablespoon size balls of dough and place on cookie sheet, flatten (not super thin… maybe 1/4 inch? Whatever looks like a reasonable cookie size) with back of spoon.

Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.

Yields: Not enough. I’m doubling this recipe next time!

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Bacon Wrapped Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Did you just die? Bacon Wrapped Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries. Did you just die again?

I know. I just combined two of the most amazing foods in the world into one delicious meal and added the best spice. BAM! 2 important things to discuss.

The first, I mastered (okay I use mastered roughly here) double unders today! Double unders and kipping pull-ups have been my enemy in crossfit workouts. Especially double unders. I went in to the gym today to do a quick workout with one of the crossfit coaches/my friend before hunkering down for some serious studying (Exercise science test on Wednesday! ahh!). I haven’t done a crossfit workout in about 3 weeks because I usually go to my school gym in between classes and well, crossfit is not fun to do by yourself and people look at you funny when you do a WOD in the middle of a normal gym.

After the workout which consisted of 21-15-9 deadlifts, situps, burpees with 60 jump rope singles after each set, I attempted kipping pullups. I’m getting there! Then I tested out the double under and after some repeated butt whipping (it hurts so much when you miss and the rope hits you there!) I finally got my first double under! I can’t do them all in a row, but I can throw some in or do one then a few singles and a double then singles then another double. YAY!

AND number two…

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I had some sweet potatoes in the cupboard and I love sweet potato fries but wanted to switch it up. Wrapped in bacon? I think so. I wanted them for dinner but felt like I needed some greens in my life so I served them over pan roasted broccoli and zucchini, although they taste great alone or as dessert ;). They fill you up fast, I could only handle a few before gorging myself and feeling too sick… moral of the story, these are a treat, watch it and consume wisely.

Ingredients:

2 sweet potatoes

1 package of bacon (use a thinner cut variety)

Cinnamon

Olive oil or 1 tbs. melted coconut oil (I’d go for the melted coconut oil, I didn’t use that although I wish I would have)

Pinch or two of salt.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Peel and Cut your sweet potatoes into thin slices. Place in a giant bowl and pour the 1-2 tbs. of melted coconut oil over them (just barely enough to cover them) plus about two pinch’s of salt and as much cinnamon as you like.

Take your bacon slices and cut them into 2-3 strips (so from one strip of bacon you’ll get 2 or 3 skinnier strips). Take one fry at a time and wrap it in the bacon. Place on your baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes then turn on the broiler for about 5 minutes, until they look crispy.

Then die from deliciousness overload.

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(Paleo) Meatloaf: A Classic

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Meatloaf… it’s a classic. I don’t remember the last time I ate it but it’s packed with protein and meat. And I like meat so I wanted to make some ‘loaf for this week. And I must say, it is more delicious then I remember. Maybe that’s just because I’m such an excellent cook ;). Hey sometimes I gotta toot my own horn… even if it’s not worth tooting. But I think this is worth it.

 

Ingredients:

1 lbs. ground buffalo

1 lbs. ground turkey

1 onion- finely chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

2 eggs

3 tbs. spicy brown mustard

1 can tomato paste (the small/medium can… 14 oz? I forgot to look before throwing it away! I think that is right)-half for in the ‘loaf, half for the top

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tbs. coconut aminos

Nutritional yeast

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix everything together except the nutritional yeast. Only use half the can of tomato paste!

Spray/oil a baking loaf pan then place your meat mixture into it. Spread the remainder of your tomato paste on top (or as much as you want, maybe you don’t want a whole half can on top) and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. Be generous :).

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Remove from oven, let cool, then be starving for dinner and stuff your face with a giant piece. Trust me, it will satisfy. 

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For The Millionth Time: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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Wow. I should not be allowed to take pictures of my food. Really. Sorry for that unappetizing image. Read the recipe instead and then make up a beautiful picture in your head. Yeah, that picture, that’s what should be right above.

So I know there are a million and one recipes for chocolate avocado pudding out there but I’ve actually never made it before and I had a very ripe avocado that needed to be used. So deal with it. And love it. Plus I wanted a snack and nothing in my fridge looked good and for some reason the chocolate bar wasn’t appealing… I wanted creamy and cold.

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 very ripe banana

scant 1/4 cup cocoa powder

~1 tbs. honey or agave or maple syrup (more if desired)

1. tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup milk of choice (almond, coconut, etc) (add only part at first then more if need)

1 tbs. creamy sunflower seed butter or almond butter

pinch of salt

Mix everything together in a blender. I don’t have a blender so I did it by hand. That sucked. Don’t do it that way. Use a blender. Find one! It’s creamier and more delicious that way. There aren’t weird chunks of non-chocolatey avocado.

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My pudding is better then every other recipe because I had sunflower seed (or almond) butter. That makes everything better. Just add it to everything. Something doesn’t taste right? Sunflower/almond butter. THAT is what makes the world go round.

OH, So since we had a little heart to heart about exercising yesterday, I thought I would post the workout I did today. I did a circuit workout which actually kicked my butt even though it may not look super hard to start out. I put my boot camp class through it, too!

You should all write this workout down and go do it now (cough AMMIE cough)

Perform 10 reps of each exercise resting one minute at the end of the circuit before repeating two more times (for a total of 3 rounds)

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Burpee

bicycle crunch

deadlift to row

pushup to opposite hand/toe touch (do a pushup then lift your right leg and reach it under your body to touch your left hand… yes you will be balancing on just your right hand and left leg)

squat to curl and press

speed skaters

reverse lunge with lateral raise

medicine ball wood chop

jump rope for 1 minute

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Exercise: The Other Piece of the Puzzle

I post recipes. Because, well, I like food. I like to try new recipes and I like to take recipes and make them paleo or allergy-friendly or sugar free. Food is good.

I rarely post about fitness despite the fact that I’m a Certified Personal Trainer and teach boot camp and spin classes. It will probably stay that way, with the occasional fitness post thrown in unless I get feedback about wanting more fitness talk.

But let’s talk about working out for a minute. Gosh, it can be a wonderful thing. Now, don’t get me wrong, if I could get away with sitting on the couch all day watching House Hunters and eating baked goods, chocolate, almond butter, and ice cream I would! Exercise, though, has helped me through some rough times and is an important part of any lifestyle, especially if you have a chronic illness.

I’m lucky enough to be at a point in my Lyme disease where I can get out of bed and get some workouts in every week. Last spring working out was out of the question. If I managed to stay standing on two feet for a full shower I was lucky! For many with Lyme working out is not in the picture due to exhaustion, pain, and other serious symptoms. But if you are at a point where you can handle some activity, it can actually make symptoms better.

I have to be VERY careful about overdoing it or I’m out for a week, in bed with flu-like symptoms. But, if I manage to get a healthy sweat session in, the endorphins help override the headaches and body aches and manage to give me a little more energy to get through my day.

I have a type A personality, which means I plan everything. I’m a major planner. I like to plan out my meals every week and plan my workouts. There is this awesome site called slimkicker.com where you can enter in your workouts and meals. But it goes beyond that making it pretty cool, especially if you are motivated by points and rewards (HELLO, I would NOT be doing as well in school as I am if it weren’t for being rewarded with grades and a high GPA). Basically you have a goal and you upload a picture of what you will reward yourself with upon reaching that goal (a pedicure, a new tool set, a new outfit, you get the idea). The site keeps track of points for you and reminds you when you’ve reached your goal so you can go out and get that awesome reward you chose for yourself!

I thought it was pretty neat and wanted to share it with you guys. I know there are some people out there who this could be very helpful for. Anyway, I promise more food posts in the future…. hopefully some cooking will get done this weekend. I’ve been feeling pretty crappy this week (I haven’t been able to sleep at all which as completely ruined my days for obvious reasons) so my energy to do much of anything, even eat, has plummeted. Don’t worry, I’ve managed to stuff some chocolate down my throat. God knows how I had to energy to lift my hand to my mouth, but chocolate has some magical powers ;).