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Savory BLT Breakfast

15 Jul

I made this breakfast for myself and my husband last weekend. It was a great alternative to the basic bacon and egg breakfast that we often eat. It was savory and hearty with lots of flavor. Here’s what you’ll need for it:

Ingredients:

6 slices of bacon

2 cups of baby spinach

1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved

4 large eggs

1 avocado, sliced

Directions:

1. Heat a large skillet and add the bacon. Set aside a couple of tablespoons of the oil from the pan to use to fry the eggs.

2. Fry the eggs in a separate pan using the oil from the cooked bacon.

3. Meanwhile, add the spinach and tomatoes to the bacon and cook for a few minutes until spinach is wilted.

4. Plate the eggs. Top with the bacon, spinach, tomatoes and avocado slices.

5. Enjoy!

Paleo BLT Breakfast

I found this recipe on PaleoPlan. We really enjoyed it, and I hope you do too!

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Linking Up with: Jen from Pink When and Jessica from All She Cooks

Happy Happenings and a 4th of July Recap

5 Jul

How was your holiday yesterday? Ours was nice. We hung out with family and went to the pool for a bit. I tried out a new recipe for a Paleo coconut cream pie. I added berries to make it festive. It was pretty good even though I totally forgot to make the whipped cream topping. Whoopsies! Haha. Oh well,maybe next time I will add that layer instead of the berries. 😉 Here’s the recipe if you want to try it. It was pretty easy to make and tasted great! The only thing I regret is only getting one piece.

Paleo Coconut Cream Pie from Eat Nap Play

Passed out after a long day

This is what happened after our long day away from home. Little Mr. didn’t want to nap at his Auntie’s house, so he passed out on the way home. He’s so cute when he’s sleeping!

Paleo BLT Breakfast

Here’s another yummy recipe that I recently tried. It’s called the BLT breakfast. It was a nice rendition to the traditional bacon and eggs breakfast.

SLDesigns necklace

I’m excited to have won another Instagram giveaway for a beautiful necklace. This necklace is from SLDesigns. Their jewelry is unique and one of a kind. I’ve already added a few pieces to my Christmas list. It’s not too early, right? I think they may be having another giveaway soon, so be sure to follow them on Instagram if you’d like to win!

Make Your Own Coconut Water

I’m thrilled that Kellie from Nest of Posies featured my coconut water recipe on her blog recently. She added berries and took awesome pictures. Check out her post here. And here is my original post with the recipe.

Cheers! Wine and a wine barrel plant stand

Ahh, it’s time to relax and enjoy the weekend. It was great having yesterday off, but I was thinking it was Monday all day today. My days are all mixed up! So glad to have a couple more days off to unwind.  Cheers to the weekend!

How was your week and your 4th of July?

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What I Ate-A Week’s Worth of Healthy Dinners

2 Jul

Last week was a tough week for me. The days were long, daunting, and stressful. Little Mr. woke up 2-3 times each night (teething is no fun for anyone!) and work was nightmarish. Through the stressful week, I found therapy in cooking. I cooked dinner every night this week (and Hubby helped most nights). I found most of the recipes online at Paleo Plan. I do not eat a strictly Paleo diet, but I’d say I am “practically Paleo”. The exceptions are that I eat rice, beans, and gluten free bread on occasion. I do enjoy Paleo recipes, and I found many yummy ones on this site. Here’s the meals I made this past week:

Monday: Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Chicken-Capers, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives

Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa

Tuesday: Italian sausage links with brown rice, black beans and a spinach salad

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Tomato, Avocado, and Mushrooms by Eat Nap Play

Wednesday: Lime-Cilantro Pork and Sauteed Veggies with Lemon and Basil

Lime Cilantro Pork with Lemon Basil Veggies by Eat Nap Play

Thursday: Cilantro Turkey Burgers on a lettuce “bun” topped with avocado and red onion with sweet potato fries

Cilantro Turkey Burgers

Healthy Burger Toppings

Simple Sweet Potato Fries from Eat Nap Play

Friday: Spaghetti squash with Turkey Vegetable Meatballs and Vodka Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Vegetable Meatballs by Eat Nap Play

My favorite of all these meals were the Cilantro Turkey Burgers. They were very flavorful and juicy. We will definitely be adding this meal to our arsenal. The Mediterranean Chicken is great too and really simple to make. I hope these recipes give you some healthy dinner options to try. Leave a comment and let me know how you like them. Enjoy!

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My Rant About Diet and Medicine

15 Jun

I’ve been feeling pretty blah lately. I have been struggling with intense “brain fog” for several days. With this, my creativity, inspiration, and motivation have been pretty much non existent. I am starting to feel a little better each day. The doctors tell me it’s too broad of a symptom for them to figure out the cause. I have had blood work done, and everything has come back normal. I went back for a follow up and more tests were ordered, but I don’t even think it’s worth wasting my time to get them done. I asked if it could have been the significant amount of gluten that I ate while I was in Vegas (because it’s just so hard to avoid it while traveling). They said probably not. Unfortunately, the only symptom they relate to a gluten intolerance is digestive issues. There just isn’t enough research out there to suggest otherwise, but I am really starting to think that’s what it is.

Many people may call me crazy, and that’s okay. It makes sense to me that something I put into my body could result in an adverse symptom. I can’t wrap my head around why many people in the medical field don’t take diet into consideration as a possibility of ailments or disease. Food is the substance everyone puts into their body every day. Why couldn’t something in one’s diet be to blame? There are genetic tests related to Celiac disease that I inquired about, but because I did not have the “classic” symptoms of abdominal pain or diarrhea, they said it couldn’t possibly be that. I get it. There needs to be a clinical symptom in order to make a test medically necessary, but what I don’t get is the fact that it is assumed that everyone will present with the same symptoms. A friend of mine is a physician’s assistant, and she says that her office will run the genetic tests when other symptoms like mine are present and the obvious things have been ruled out. She said there are many people who test positive without the “classic” symptoms. This is just an example of how much we have yet to learn about medicine. Advancements in knowledge, testing, and research have come a long way over the years, but they have way further to travel before we know even half of the processes that take place in our bodies. It’s unfortunate that I can’t get any answers. It’s tough to be the crazy girl who can’t eat donuts or bread or cake like everyone else, but I feel like it’s got to be that way if I want to have a brain that functions properly. I don’t have a medical backing to my claim, but I’ve got to listen to my body and nourish it to the best of my ability. Therefore, I will continue on my gluten-free journey and urge others who may be struggling with similar situations to do the same. One day there will be a wake-up call to the Western medical world telling them that food does affect many systems in our body. I believe that diet should be the first thing to look at when we have any ailment, whether it be a headache, changes in bowels, fatigue, irritability or brain fog. The foods we eat today are full of sugar and processed chemicals that could be to blame for these things, and our doctors seem to be in denial and so quick to write a prescription instead of looking for the cause. Ok, I’ll end my rant right there. But, seriously if you are having any ongoing ailments, physical or psychological, look at what you are putting into your body each day. It may surprise you when you start to make some changes. If you got through this whole post, I thank you. 😉 Have you had any adverse reactions to certain foods? Do you think I’m completely nuts? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Go ahead, leave a comment!

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Mango Salsa Recipe

22 May

My husband and I recently found a new recipe to make…mango salsa! It is my new favorite. We make a large batch so we have enough to snack on with chips, enough to put on top of grilled chicken for dinner, and enough for the next day’s lunches. It is simple and yummy. By now you know that’s what I’m all about! 😉

Here’s the ingredients list:

  • 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers (with seeds), chopped
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

mango salsa

Directions:

Option 1: Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend together.

Option 2: If you prefer a more chunky salsa, chop the ingredients by hand and mix together.

Enjoy with chips, atop grilled chicken, or as a topping on fish tacos.

Recipe inspired by food.com

mango salsa and chips

I really wish we still had some of this left. We will have to make it again next week! Let me know if you like it as much as we do!

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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

22 May

Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes

With my little man’s first birthday right around the corner, the cake question has come up many times. What type of cake do we want to have? Do we even want to introduce him to cake at such a young age? I have been a little hesitant to introduce him to sugar so early, not to mention all of the other additives in a store bought cake or cake mix. So, I have been searching around online for a couple of weeks looking for a “healthy” (Yes, I know cake is not healthy.) alternative. I wanted to find something with minimal ingredients that tasted good. I searched for a Paleo recipe knowing that it would be dairy free and gluten-free for our dietary needs. Baking Paleo and gluten-free can be a bit challenging and doesn’t always turn out the way it is intended, so I thought it would be a good idea to give this recipe a try before the day of the party. I tried them out on Sunday, and they were pretty darn good. The family came over and helped taste test them. My brother-in-law said they tasted like German chocolate cake. This was probably from the coconut oil that I used to make the frosting. I’m sure you are dying to know the recipe, so here ya go…

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cacoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup

3 eggs, room temperature

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Add the maple syrup to the eggs and mix well.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well with a hand or standing mixer.

5. Fill 8 cupcake liners to the half-way mark.

6. Bake for 20 minutes.

7. Cool thoroughly before frosting.

Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes

Ingredients for the frosting:

4 tablespoons of butter

4 tablespoons of coconut oil (solid)

5 tablespoons of maple syrup

4 tablespoons unsweetened cacoa powder

coconut flakes (optional)

Directions

1. Mix all ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until well combined.

2. Store in refrigerator until ready for use.

3. Frost cupcakes and enjoy.

*Note: The coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees. It is important that you mix it when it is solid and store the frosting and frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator to avoid melting.

Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes

Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes

Aren’t the wrappers so cute? I thought they would be perfect for the Mickey Mouse themed party. 🙂

Recipe inspired by Comfy Belly

Linking up with: Jessica and Kelly

These were really easy to make which is my favorite part. Let me know what you think about them. Would you try them for your next big event?

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Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

10 May

My go to green smoothie is my post-workout protein smoothie. Here is what I put in it:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ice

Green Protein Smoothie

I toss it all into the blender, blend it up, and enjoy. Since I can’t do whey protein, hemp is the best alternative for me. The hemp protein isn’t the best tasting stuff, but I have found that this mixture of ingredients masks the taste of it pretty well. It’s actually really tasty. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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