Posts Tagged ‘ Breakfast ’

Sweet Tooth? Yeah, Me Too.

I’ll be the first to admit, I have a sweet tooth. Scratch that, I have a sweet mouth. When I tell people about it, explaining that is turning into a problem, they usually just roll their eyes and say “yeah right, I’ll show you a sweet tooth.” But I am serious. I would rather forego any meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner, anything for a sweet treat or some chocolate. I  don’t care how much fat, how many calories…just give it to me.

Ok, enough of the cookie monster. See what I mean? My fiance has even admitted that he thinks I am addicted to chocolate. Whenever I talk about my chocolate cravings he usually just shakes his head and tells me that there is something wrong with me.

So you are on doing this Paleo thing, you’ve weened yourself off sugar but still feel like you have an inner cookie monster who dying to come out now and then? Well lucky for you, many other Paleo-ers feel the exact same way. And lucky for me I have been able to find great paleo ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without getting a jumbo sized Caramello. (if you don’t know what a Caramello is, for goodness sakes…drop everything right now and go buy one for yourself at the gas station…oh my chocolately caramel goodness) ok…ok. Sorry. I’m back.

Anyways, like I was saying, they are great ways to stick to your eating plan and still enjoy life. This time I tried some muffins, Paleo muffins of course.

Disclaimer: just because a “sweet” is Paleo does not mean you can sit around and eat as much as you want. Moderation is the key. If you are making muffins, make mini muffins instead of regular sized to ensure that you aren’t overdoing it. A lot of these sweet recipes call for some pretty high fat/calorie content foods and if you are trying to lose weight, eating a batch of Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies is going to do more harm than good, whether or not it has gluten or diary in it. So pace yourself.

Ingredients!

I had to alter the recipe a bit due to some nut allergies in our house. So I will put the original recipe here and then in blue put my substitutions. Enjoy!

 

Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups almond flour (I used 1 cup coconut flour)

3/4 cup puree pumpkin (you can used canned, but make sure to get just plain pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling) (I added a bit more, about a cup)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

1/4-1/3 cup maple syrup or honey depending on your sweet tooth

1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I had no “official pumpkin pie spice so instead I made my own mixture -Makes 1 tsp

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • I didn’t have clove- but would have added 1/8 tsp clove if I had had it.

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped cranberries (I used a cup of dried cranberries)

1/2 cup water- (mine were a little dry upon mixing so I added some water to moisten.

 

Adding the Coconut Flour

 

 

Preheat oven to 400.

Mix together all the ingredients except for the cranberries until smooth. Fold in the cranberries.

Spoon batter into greased muffin cups (I use coconut oil) and bake for 25 minutes. They turn out soft and cakey, but are delicious in the mornings with some coffee!

 

Adding the Crans!

Ready for the oven!

There you have it! Something a little different for your palate! Hope you enjoy! As always, Stay Active, Stay Healthy, and Smile!

 

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Who You Callin’ Cutie?

Hello friends! Week one of my New Year Paleo Program is over and I have to say I have had much success! Although I have been fairly hungry all week (I think withdrawals from my holiday eating), I have been doing great staying on track. Plus I have become addicted to a great citrus fruit that is in season right now, Cuties! Oh I love them. They are just the perfect snack, portable, delicious, and super easy to peel! I grab a couple for snack and I am set!

Another reason that this go around is a bit easier is because my fiance decided to jump onto the Paleo Bandwagon with me! The first time around when I went through the 6 week Paleo Challenge last spring, I was all by myself. Just me, myself and I, which made it quite a bit harder. Don’t get me wrong, he eats pretty healthy normally, but I still had too easy access to many of my favorite things like cereal, granola, cheese, etc. It was hard when I was in a crunch and had absolutely nothing to eat in the fridge to resist pouring myself a very easy and very satisfying bowl of cereal. But I resisted, made it through the challenge, felt and looked great!

This time I don’t have to worry about any of that stuff. The great thing about him doing this with me is the fact that he is so dedicated. When he decides he is going to try something, he definitely isn’t one to quit. So having a Paleo buddy to eat with has been great! We spend most of our evenings in the kitchen together, cooking, talking  sharing our days, making turkey sausage or hard boiling eggs for the next day. Whenever I have a craving for something nonpaleo he keeps me on track. It is great!

So, enough about me. Back to my week! This week was great for renewed inspiration and some great new dishes. I tried to take pictures of a lot of my food so you would have some sort of idea what I was making. So disclaimer, the light in my kitchen is very yellow, therefore casting a yellow-ish tinge to all of my food. I wish I had time to take the photos into Photoshop and make them beautiful like some of the other websites I loyally subscribe to. Alas, I am super busy so what you see is what you get.

Easy Paleo Breakfast Ok, I am a huge proponent for a quick and easy breakfast. I need something I can grab and go without spending an hour prepping something. So Sunday I made some delicious homemade turkey sausage, which is so easy because I can make up a pound of turkey into about 7 sausages and pop them in the fridge until I need them that week. Then in the morning, I reheat them in the microwave, scramble some eggs, and Viola!

Paleo Salad with Cuties!

I am in desperate need of changing up my salads. I needed a new salad that would put the ordinary boring salad to shame. You know the one; lettuce, oil, lemon juice, blah. This time I made a great salad adding a few new ingredients and tossing it with a delicious semi sweet dressing. The salad included baby arugula, cutie slices, dried cranberries and dressing.

Semi-Sweet Salad Dressing (disclaimer I know vinegar isn’t technically Paleo, but eating salads without some kind of dressing is almost unbearable for me, so I had a bit of red wine vinegar. You can easily take the vinegar out and use lemon juice.)

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon organic honey

2 teaspoon stone ground mustard

2 tablespoons grape seed oil

Whisk first 3 ingredients together. Continue whisking and drizzle grape seed oil in. Mix thoroughly and add black pepper to taste.

So, here are just a couple of my meals last week. Stay tuned and I will post some of the dinners we had as well. Hope everyone out there subscribing to the Paleo diet is having great success!

Stay active, stay healthy, and smile!

Sunday Funday

Well it is here again, Monday Morning. This Monday was particularly depressing considering this weekend was such a great time. For one, I had fabulous friends in town from St. Louis which was amazing and also because I got a lot done! Nothing feels better than to be able to check things off of your list.

Sunday began with a few tears and sad waves as I wished my friends a safe drive back. St. Louis is about 6 hours away from Tulsa, so I knew they had a drive ahead of them, and I had a very busy day. It began with some breakfast…which might have been at 12 pm in the afternoon, but hey, It’s Sunday, right?? So I whipped out a banana, one egg, a scoop of cashew butter and a tablespoon of almond meal and made up some DELICIOUS Sunday Paleo Pancakes. it is so easy:

Paleo Pancakes

1 egg

1 banana

1 scoop of cashew butter

1 tablespoon of almond meal or flaxseed meal

Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix well. If you don’t have a food processor, just mash-up the banana with a fork. Then add your egg and stir up. Lastly put in your cashew butter and almond meal and with a bit of elbow grease, it becomes a nice thick batter.

Now, spray your pan with some Pam and put on a medium heat. Scoop a spoonful of batter into the pan and let cook like a normal Pancake. Flip when the pancake has set and you have a nice brown bottom.

A few tips: if your heat it too high the bottom will burn before the pancake is set enough to flip. Also, these are not normal Pancakes so they aren’t going to flip as easily. I would just scoop and turn as fast as you can to avoid getting that batter all over your pan. The more you do the better you get at this.

I eat these plain because they are amazing. No syrup needed. And they are great to eat cold later on in the day or even the next day. I frequently make a larger batch and save them. So good and very easy.

After that I met the other amazing ladies I Crossfit with at Turkey Mountain and ran the trail. This was my first time to Turkey Mountain and I was pumped. I have always heard it is a great workout…with a very windy, rocky, narrow and intense trail up the Mountain. (For those of you who live around a real mountain, Turkey is more of a slight hill. But here in Tulsa it is about as good as your going to get and I will take it!) Boy was it a workout! I tracked our progress and the trail we chose was about 4.2 miles and it tough! A few of us had some spills but it felt amazing. 

About 3 miles into the run we hit a steep and rocky part. As I was climbing I kept thinking how hard it was and that it would easier to just walk. But my motivation kicked it up a notch when I began to think about how good it feels to accomplish a challenge with such a great group of women. You know every other person with you is breathing heavy, legs burning, and sweating profusely but you are all in it together. Knowing that you aren’t suffering alone kept me motivated to keep going even if I wanted to give up, or slow down or walk. It always helps to be with others! And then, shocked out of my nostalgia, I almost tripped over  a rock and reminded myself to focus on where I was going.. Whoops.  That will teach me to have inspirational musings while on a Mountain.

Another great thing that was done this weekend was our front flower bed. Now, I will say, I by NO means did most of this work. That was thankfully done by a few of our amazing guy friends. BUT I did help out with the planting of the flowers. It felt great to get my hands dirty. Gardening, although not one of my passions, is very therapeutic. I hope after this summer my thumb will be a bit more green. Probably not a grass green shade, but a touch of green, like mint green…

Here is a before and after: 

Garden beforeGarden AfterGarden during

Stay Away You Filthy Egg

Ok, enough is enough. I couldn’t force another egg into my body today. I can’t do it!! I am actually sitting here gagging thinking about eating a hard-boiled egg, or scrambled, or anything that is white and oval-shaped. So this morning I had to try something new for breakfast. I was cruising along other Paleo sites last night for some good breakfast suggestions and stumbled upon a great recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple. He had posted a recipe called “No-atmeal” what he is calling a great alternative to oatmeal. Although I am not a die-hard oatmeal fan, before I started this whole deal I definitely ate some plain oatmeal on some mornings to change it up a bit. This recipe excited me  (even though, as you can see, it has a few eggs in it) but I am ok with that, they were disguised.

Mark’s Daily Apple “No-atmeal”

Let’s just say, the result was very very yummy and something I will definitely make again when I just can’t eat an egg in the morning. It was thick and a little sweet and very satisfying.  However. There were a few drawbacks.

For one, maybe you are a bit more prepared than me in the morning, but this recipe takes a bit of prep and some time. I am the type of person that wakes up, throws on some clothes and walks out the door. I have tried to be more organized, but alas, I am not. I bet once I memorize the recipe it will definitely be easier… and chopping nuts in a food processor at 7:30 in the morning is not the way I like to get jolted into the day. My suggestion, get all of the ingredients ready the night before. 

And the other thing is that this recipe makes a lot. I gave myself a pretty big helping and still had quite a bit left over. Unfortunately,  it is just me eating this, so some of it went to waste, which makes me cringe a bit, but I didn’t know how it would keep in the refrigerator. 

Overall, a pretty good breakfast, and now, on to lunch!