Grain Free Fudge Brownies

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Happy Friday! I want to share with you some GRAIN FREE FUDGE BROWNIES. They are Paleo but I hate to use that word in the title. I think that the paleo diet is great and has its benefits but I am a firm believer that you should allow yourself all things in moderation. You will find that a lot of my recipes fit into the paleo category but I also allow dairy (especially cheese) into my life. These brownies turned out so good. They are fudgy and delicious…you may want to eat them all!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup nut butter (I used 3/4 almond + 1/4 cashew)

3 farm fresh eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/3 cup cacao powder

1 tbsp. chai seeds

1 tsp  ground flaxseed

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp. honey (more if you like sweeter)

2 tbsp. melted coconut oil

DIRECTIONS

Mix nut butter, eggs and vanilla until combined. Add protein powder, cacao powder, chai seeds, flaxseeds and baking soda. Mix until smooth and thick. Melt coconut butter with honey and add to brownie mixture. Pour into greased baking dish. Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes. I like my brownies on the fudgy side so I took them out at 15 minutes and allowed them to cool in the fridge. Once cooled, it helps to slice with a plastic knife. SOOO YUMMY, ENJOY!

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Question of the day:

Are you following the Paleo Diet? Why or why not?

 

Lemon Berry Bread + Barre Workout

 

WORKOUT

Today I was feeling a bit tired and decided to stick with a low impact workout. I choose “Physique 57 Total Body Workout“. It is a great at home workout and leaves you feeling sore all over by working with light or no resistance to overload your muscles to the point of fatigue. I love Barre workouts and try to incorporate them into my schedule once a week. (when I am lucky)

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After my workout, I needed to refuel with something delicious and nutritious like “lemon berry bread”. I made it this weekend so it is easy to slice and eat with your coffee/tea or wrap it up to eat on the run during the week.

LEMMON BERRY BREAD

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IDGREDIENTS

4 farm fresh eggs

2 tbsp. honey (or sweetener of choice and you can add more if you like it sweeter)

1 very ripe banana

1 tbsp. coconut butter

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

1/4 cup nut butters (I used almond butter)

zest and juice from one small lemon (use a large lemon if you like extra lemon flavor)

1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (I used sour cream because I was out of yogurt but both work well)

1/4 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 scoop protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)

1 cup berries (I used blueberries, raspberries and huckleberries)

DIRECTIONS

Mix eggs, honey, banana, extracts, nut butters, lemon, yogurt/sour cream and coconut milk in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, flaxseed and protein powder. Slowely mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Move slowly so the batter does not get too thick. You can add a splash more coconut milk if needed. Pour into greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes. Let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then move to a wire cooling rack.

It tastes great on its own or slather with melt, coconut butter or nut butter. Enjoy!

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meltyum!

Chocolates & Cookie Balls

CHOCOLATES

My little z and I ran into a chocolate store the other day while we were walking downtown.  It was filled with the smell of chocolate and every flavor you could imagine. I let little z pick out two of her favorites and one for dad. She was tickled pink to say the least and she even saved them in the bag until we got home. Here is a peek:

Million Dollar Chocolates

I had a little taste and they were good but personally, I thought they were a little too sweet. I thought they would taste better if I knew that they were full of healthy ingredients….so we decided to make our own and we call them cookie balls.

COOKIE BALLS

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Better then the million dollar chocolates is sharing your healthy cookie balls with a two year old. Little z is actually a very good helper and a really good mess maker too. One of our favorite things is to create new recipes together.

I have been making different variations of cookies balls for my little z since she started eating solids. We like to keep them in the freezer and have one when we need a “nummy” which is what we refer to as a snack or treat. When she was teething it was a life saver to have something cold and healthy she could gum on. I am working on keeping all of the healthy ingredients with the perfect amount of natural sweetness.

Ingredients

makes 10 balls (maybe 12 but my helper was eating the batter along the way)

4-6 large dates soaked in warm water (I used 4 but if you like sweeter then you might try 6)

1 tbsp. chai seeds

1/2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1/2 cup nut or seed butter (I used almond and sesame seed butter)

1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate)

1 tbsp. coconut flour

1 tbsp. shredded coconut (more for rolling if you like)

1 tbsp. cacao powder

1 tbsp. chopped nuts (I used walnuts and pistachio; more for rolling if you like)

1-2 tbsp. chai tea concentrate (I used this but I am going to order this one for next time)

Directions

Blend dates + a little soaking water and chai seeds to make a paste. Mix in nut/seed butter until smooth and then add all protein powder, coconut, cacao and nuts. Slowly add the chai tea until you have the right consistency. You want it thick enough to roll into balls. You can use your hands or an ice cream scoop. Leave balls plain or roll in coconut, nuts, seeds or sprinkles!

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Now, lets compare:

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The one on the left is the million dollar super sweet chocolate full of ??? and on the right is our healthy cookie balls filled with goodness.

Which one looks better?

 

Quick Easy Stir Fry

Happy Monday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We had such a nice weekend…lots of family time and a little time at the beach. The little Z and I stayed cozy on shore but notice our wet dog who was not afraid of the cold water in March. “crazy boy!”

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For dinner on Saturday I wanted something that would be fast and healthy. I had lots of veggies and some leftover steak so I decided to make Stir Fry with extra green to honor St. Patrick.

I love everything about stir fry…especially when it comes together so quick and easy! It is a one bowl meal that we can all enjoy.

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INGREDIENTS

serves 2 (and a toddler)

1 tbsp coconut oil

3 green onions chopped

1 small head broccoli chopped

1 carrot sliced

1/2 small cauliflower finely chopped or shredded

4 oz cooked steak (chicken or tofu would also be great)

1/2 small yam cooked

2 farm fresh eggs

1 garlic clove minced

1 tsp ginger minced

1 tsp liquid aminos

1 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)

1 handful fresh spinach

DIRECTIONS

Melt coconut oil in wok set to medium. Add the onion, broccoli, carrot and stir for a few minutes. Add cauliflower, sliced steak and yam. Make a hole and break eggs into wok. Gently scramble in the hole before mixing everything together. Add garlic, ginger, aminos and tamari. Add spinach and stir fry until desired tenderness.

Note: you can finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chopped green onion.

So simple and so tasty, yum!

How was your weekend?

Do you like to cook or get take-out on the weekends?

happy birthday

I wrote this post to be published on March 11…but I was not ready; not sure I will ever be ready but here it goes.

Today is a sad day for me and I am trying to be strong for my toddler z and my husband f. It is the due date for my second child. We found out at 10 weeks that the baby had no heartbeat. I remember the day, the moment, the heartache. I was so excited to have a second baby and had started to share the news with my close friends and family. I felt foolish, angry and sad. I felt alone and wanted to be with my little family as I pushed everyone else away. How do I tell my two year old that I no longer have a baby in my tummy? What did I do wrong? I felt raw.

Even worse was that I wanted it to be over but it felt like it had just began. I begged my Dr to get me admitted into the hospital right away for my recommended d&c. I won’t go into detail here but it was pretty rough. I had to leave my sweet little z for the first time overnight. All I wanted was to hug and squeeze her and to tell her how thankful I was for her. She is my strength and I felt so alone.

Time has passed and I have thought about this day quietly over and over. A death, a loss that will be with me forever and is so hard to understand until you have been there.  So on this day, I send my love to my angel baby and too all the other moms who have lost a child. I held you very close for 10 short weeks and you changed my life forever. I dream about you, I love you…I will shed some tears and I will move on but I will never forget…and I will continue my journey to try for another baby.

“everything happen for a reason, just believe.”

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Grain Free Banana Chocolate Protein Muffins and a workout

Today I woke up early to sneak in a workout before everyone else was out of bed. I always feel so good to get sweaty first thing. My workout consisted of 30 minutes on the elliptical (with a magazine) and 15 minutes of weights. My weights today were lunges, squats, chest press, tricep press, pull-ups (assisted), dips (assisted), bicep curls, push-ups and lat-pull downs. I did 10-20 reps of each exercise and moved quickly from one to the next. It was a great workout, I felt good and sweaty but not too much. I am trying to keep my intensity down a bit for reasons that I will explain later. I took a quick shower and was ready to snuggle with little Z when she woke up.

After our morning snuggles, little Z and I decided to make some muffins. Sometimes we like to call them ‘cupcakes’ because then we can add frosting, sprinkles and a candle and pretend to have a party! These muffins are super moist and delicious with a hint of texture from the coconut shreds. They turn out very light and are easy to gobble up! It makes my heart sing as a mom when my little one eats one and asks for more. Full of protein and wholesome ingredients so eating two is no problem!

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Grain Free Banana Chocolate Protein Muffins

2 ripe bananas (the riper the better)

1/4 cup honey (more or less to your liking)

1/2 cup natural almond butter (any nut butter would work)

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 farm fresh eggs

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tbsp. chai seeds

1/2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 tbsp. shredded coconut

1 tsp baking soda

Mix bananas, honey, eggs, almond butter and vanilla. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Batter should be slightly runny. Pour into lined or greased muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Remove and let cool on a rack.

Tastes really yummy with almond or coconut butter. Great breakfast or snack to take with you on the run. Enjoy!

If you like this one then stay tuned… I hove lots of other muffin variations that I would love to share with you in future posts…

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Clean Rhubarb Raspberry Crumb Cake

I am so excited to share with you my first post! I hope you enjoy… 

I was having a craving for crumb cake/coffee cake the other day so I decided to give it a go. I had rhubarb and raspberries in the freezer and decided that the tart and sweet would make the perfect combination. It turned out so yummy! It is moist and delicious…and the best part is that it is healthy!

Rhubarb Raspberry Crumb Cake

Rhubarb Raspberry crump cake
3/4 cup almond butter
1 very ripe banana
1/4 cup honey (you can add more or less depending on how sweet you like it)
2 farm fresh eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream (or yogurt)
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 pinch salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup rhubarb
1/2 cup raspberries
1 tsp coconut milk (more if batter is too thick)

Topping: 1/4 chopped nuts, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp coconut oil (or butter)

Mix almond butter, banana, honey and vanilla. Add eggs and sour cream. Mix in protein powder, flour, salt and soda. Stir in rhubarb, raspberries and milk as needed. Batter should be slightly runny. Pour into square greased baking dish.  Sprinkle with topping. Can also be made into muffins or loaf. Bake at 350 for 38 minutes. Let is cool before slicing.

Tastes yummy on its own or slather with almond or coconut butter. Enjoy!