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Banana spinach smoothie

imagesCA73IYNZDo you ever just get sick of eating? Like you know you have to, you get hungry, but it gets so tiring sometimes to come up with lunches or breakfasts! I think I am going to look for some good smoothie recipes that I can have in place of a regular breakfast or lunch. Easy-quick.

I just added a bunch of stuff to this one and it turned out really good. Not sure how nutritious it is, but it also certainly isn’t bad for you!

Ingredients:

* 1 banana
* 1 cup of spinach (or handful)
* 1 cup of coconut water
* a spoonful of sunflower seed butter
* a couple spoonfuls of that coconut butter you made a few days ago (see post below!)
* a spoonful of cocoa powder
* a few ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a magic bullet and blend away!

Okay, I made another one, this time with some blueberries and protein powder and tracked how many calories this will be. I am condisering this my lunch by they way. Not a snack!

* 1 banana
* 1/2 cup spinach
* 1 tablespoon chia seeds
* 1/2 scoop protein powder
* 1/2 cup blueberries
* 1 spoonful sunflower seed butter
* 1 cup coconut water

All together this comes to 423 calories. Take out the sunflower seed butter and it is 323. I think that part needs to go! But overall most of the calories come from the banana and protein. Not bad!

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Homemade Coconut Butter

flakesHow crafty am I today? Yes, I made homemade coconut butter. What do you do with coconut butter? Anything you would do with a chocolate sauce or peanut butter. You can put it into smoothies, eat it out of the jar, warm up and drizzle over fruit, combine with a little cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey- refrigerate and you have a yummy treat. Really anything you want to do with it.

Why is it good? Well according to this book: “Eat Fat, Lose Fat,” it is “a proven antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal agent that’s also found in mother’s milk. Converted in your body to a substance called monolaurin, it helps you defent against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens and strengthens your immune system, protecting you from a wide range of diseases.” So there ya go! It’s a great immune booster so if you get sick a lot or even get those nasty cold sores on your lip- this is perfect to have. And it tastes like a treat but less then 1 gram of sugar.

Oh, its also gluten free, vegan, and of course… paleo!

Probably the easiest ‘recipe’ there is known to man.

Ingredients:
* Organic Coconut Flakes
* Food Processor

That’s it! I was amazed at how easy it is to make this stuff! Just put the bag into your food processor and put on high for about 8-9 minutes. Make sure to use a spatula to scrape the sides every so often.
When your done, just put in a jar and seal it. Store at room temp and enjoy however you want!

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Sauces, Sides, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo (and sugar detox) Banana Bread

banana-bread-oh-1732689-x_1_I think when I am on these kind of diets, I end up cooking so much more then when I am just doing some regular eating routine. I think because NOTHING is quick, so I always feel like I am in the kitchen. There is no easy snack or meal when you are not having anything processed so days off, what do I do… cook! I also don’t want to be starving and there is nothing around to eat then I eat some crap food on accident! I am also pretty stoked about cooking though because my soon to be Mother in Law got me a full set of All Clad pots and pans for Christmas. Talk about a awesome present! Those are my dream pots. Did you all know they come in individual black satin bags? Yeah, pretty fancy. So love her, love my pans, happy girl.

Okay, so saw this from Civilized Caveman, which was featured on the Sugar Detox FB site. So its in the oven right now, waiting for me to try it. But I couldnt stop licking the batter off the spoons, so I have a feeling this is going to be good. Whenever I made breads of anykind it seems like I use a ton of Almond meal, but this one has none. You could add some things to this to make it really yummy, like nuts or blueberries, or chocolate chunks would be amazzzing. For now, just strict banana bread. There are no sweeteners at all in this, except the banana- which I used not quite ripe ones too.

Ingredients:
* 4 banana’s. For sugar detox- use banana’s that arent quite ripe.
* 4 eggs
* 1/2 cup of any kind of nut butter. I used sunflower seed butter- because its amazing.
* 1 tbls cinnamon
* 4 tbls grass fed butter (melted) Or coconut oil
* 1/2 cup of coconut flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* pinch of salt

1. Mix all your wet ingrients together in a food processor or with a hand mixer (Bananas, butter, nut butter, eggs, vanilla)
2. Combine your coconut flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, and salt together in the mixer. Combine until nice and creamy.
3. Grease a bread pan 9×5 with butter or coconut oil and pour the ingredients in the pan.
4. Cook at 350 for about 45-50 minutes. Check after 40 minutes with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean.
5. Slice up and enjoy with butter, honey (not I!), or plain!

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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Coconut Pudding- sugar detox approved!

Apple_CinnamonOkay, day 2 of Sugar Detox and Whole 30! It always seems so easy in the beginning or even the beginning of the day. 7pm rolls around and I just want to snack or have a sweet something! This supposedly will help with having a treat at the end of the night. So its Sugar Detox approved and Whole 30 approved too.

Ingredients:
* 2 Green Apples- peel off the skin and cut into cubes
* 1 Can Coconut Milk- Not light
* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
* 2 tbsp coconut oil
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients together in a sauce pan and cook on medium, then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the apples become soft.
Pour mixture into food processor or blender until completely mixed together and smooth
Refrigerate a few hours until it becomes more solid and not a liquid texture.

Enjoy! This would also be good with a couple crushed almonds or walnuts on top.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Good ol’ Vegetable soup

vegetables-groupJanuary 1st! New year, new goals, here we go! This year is pretty exciting that I get to start it being engaged to Joe! Wedding is in a year + a few months, so this gives me plenty of time to get in the best shape of my life. (Hoping for a little Mexico beach wedding and lots of bikini sun time after!)

So day 1/1/13 starts with a 21 day sugar detox mixed with a whole 30 challenge. All that means is no sugar (that means fruit too) for 21 days and just sticking to whole foods, meat, veggies, nuts, etc. nothing processed and lots of cooking! So I am going to be posting a meal a day for 30 days. Trying to come up with a few new ones this month.

Figured having a huge batch of vegetable soup to have for lunches or snacks would be good to have on hand.

Ingredients:

• 48 oz of low sodium V8 juice
• 8-10 cups of water
• bunch of green onions
• purple onion
• a few bell peppers
• package of mushrooms
• can of stewed tomatoes
• 3-4 cut up carrots
• whole cabbage cut in bite sized pieces
• seasoning. You can do a vegetable soup seasoning packet or bouillon cubes, or just some paprika, garlic powder, onion powder.

In a large stock pot sauté the onions until tender. Add in the remaining chopped ingredients and add the V8 and water. Add your seasonings and bring to boil. After boiling turn the heat and keep medium warm for about 2-3 hours.

I put mine in a few Tupperware bowls and put in the fridge to warm up for later anytime I’m hungry and want a healthy quick meal or snack!

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Lunch, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo Rosemary Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Shallots

pork chopWe rarely have pork but when we were grocery shopping this week, there was a killer deal on these 2 big juicy pork chops. So I looked at a few recipes and this is the one I tweeked and it turned out SOOOO good! The pork was super tender and I think that’s why we rarely have pork because its usually so dry. Well, this folks… was juicy. Joe gave these a double thumbs up!

This recipe is good for 4 pork chops but I still used the same amounts for my 2 chops.

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 4 thick’ish cut pork chops
  • 8 oz sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 8 oz sliced white mushrooms- not sure what those are called. Just use 2 different types of mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot sliced
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary – can be dried or fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 white onion sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (or vegi broth)

1. Heat up a large’ish size frying pan with some olive oil. Season your pork chops with some salt and pepper on each side. Place your pork chops in the pan and cook till a nice sear on each side about 3-4 minutes. Take out of pan and set aside for a minute

2. Take your shallots, onion, and garlic and saute them together in the remaining oil from the pan. Do this about 3-4 minutes until transparent.

3. Add your rosemary and mushrooms and cook until tender, another 3- 4 minutes.

4. Place your pork chops back in the pan and add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Cook for another 10 minutes. Check the middle before you take them out so they arent pink inside.

5. Serve with the mushrooms on top and on the side along with some Cauliflower mashees and you are set!

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!

 

Egg and Avo Mash

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Okay, this may seem too easy to put on here but its one of my favorite breakfast’s when I don’t have a lot of time.

Ready…

  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 avocado

Mash them up together add salt and pepper and you have your protein and healthy fat to start your day! If you dont even have time to hard boil eggs, Costco has this great pack of 24 pre hard boiled (Cage Free) eggs you can get for like $5.00. What a deal. But this is by far my favorite pre- workout meal or post workout meal because its so easy and you get all the essentials in!

Oh, and can I add my favorite seasoning of all time is called “Slap ya Mama” cajun seasoning. This is the best for eggs or to spice up vegitables, especially when roasting brussel sprouts. www.slapyamama.com Has awesome hot sauces too.

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Breakfast, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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