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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?

heartsig

Hearty Pumpkin Muffins

5 Apr

I  just made some delicious, hearty and healthy muffins. They are made with all clean ingredients and are easy to make. That’s my favorite kind of recipe! These muffins have just the right amount of sweetness and are only about 200 calories each.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 5 baby carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped, raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper cups or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add apple, carrots, almonds, and raisins to bowl and stir until well mixed.
  4. Beat wet ingredients in a separate large bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, and mixed until combined.
  6. Fill muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes.

Hearty Pumpkin Muffins by EatNapPlay

Hearty Pumpkin Muffins by EatNapPlay

Hearty Pumpkin Muffins by EatNapPlay

Did I mention these are gluten-free? Another plus!

My coworker made these muffins and brought me a couple into work along with the recipe. I modified it a bit as the original recipe called for walnuts instead of almonds, 1/2 cup of pitted dates instead of the raisins, 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds (which I omitted), and it also called for a whole cup and a half of grated carrots. You can add any of these ingredients back in if you’d like.

I have also made a version without the nuts, but I prefer it with them. It adds more substance and a little crunch.

Let me know if you try these hearty muffins and how yummy they turn out. Also, if you have some left over pumpkin, try out this recipe for pumpkin pancakes.

heartsig

Make Your Own Coconut Water

4 Mar

Do you enjoy coconut water but hate forking over the dough for it? It sure can be pricey! That’s why I decided to make my own. Fortunately, I live in Cali and have coconuts at my local Sprouts store for cheap (I paid $1.50 for one.). I’m not sure how readily available they are everywhere else, but if you can get your hands on one, you should give this recipe a shot. It’s pretty simple.  I found the recipe on Pinterest

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A corkscrew
  2. A 16 ounce glass
  3. A 1/2 gallon size pitcher
  4. The water from one coconut. This seems to vary from coconut to coconut. The first one I bought had a whopping 16 ounces of water! The last two I bought only had about half that, and the recipe tasted great each time. You may want to tweak it a little for your specific taste though. Up to you!
  5. 1 quart of (filtered) water
  6. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt-The first time I made it, I used regular table salt because I didn’t have sea salt on hand. It turned out just fine.
  7. 2 tablespoons honey (Raw, organic honey is best.) or pure maple syrup (optional)-I use honey when I make it.

Directions:

  1. Remove water from coconut with a corkscrew. You want to screw it into one of the three holes. Usually one of the holes will be softer than the other two.

Coconut H2O

Coconut H2O

Then, you can hold it over a glass and let the water drain out. (shown below)

Coconut H2O

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of the (filtered) water to boiling and remove from heat.
  2. Add the honey (or syrup) and salt; stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the remaining (filtered) water, honey mixture, and the water from the coconut to a 1/2 gallon size pitcher.
  4. Stir and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

That’s it! See, easy-peasy! I hope you like it as much as I do. Let me know what you think.

heartsig

Crazy for Coconuts!

3 Mar

If you haven’t heard, coconuts seem to be the newest health obsession, and for many reasons. This fruit and it’s products provide multiple health benefits. I have recently been turned on to coconut oil. Unfortunately, it is pretty pricey. The good thing is that it will last a pretty long time and has multiple uses which make it well worth the money. I have only tried it for a few things so far, but will definitely be experimenting with more of the claimed uses soon. (I have to test these types of things out first.) I have used it for a lip moisturizer, and it feels awesome and smells great too! I have also tried it as an eye make-up remover and a facial moisturizer. I would recommend only using it as a night-time moisturizer though, as it is pretty greasy. It soaks into the skin nicely though. I also want to try it on my cuticles and heels as well as for cooking (stay tuned…). This is the kind of coconut oil I have. I bought it from Sprouts. Be sure to purchase the virgin, non-refined coconut oil for maximum health benefits.

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 I also recently found a recipe on Pinterest for coconut water. Check it out here! 🙂

Have you experienced any of the awesome benefits of coconut oil? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below to share.

Sick on a Saturday

10 Feb

Of course the sickness hits me just in time for the weekend. Yesterday, we had a date day planned and a birthday party to go to at night, but plans changed because I got sick. Oh well. :-/ It happens. I didn’t let my cold get me down too much. I was still pretty productive around the house. I made coconut water (recipe to follow in an upcoming post), macaroons, hummus, and I practiced my crochet. The macaroons didn’t quite turn out as expected. I may need to tweak the recipe I used. They didn’t stick together very well, but they still tasted good. That’s the most important part! But, I won’t be posting a picture because they were NOT pretty! The hummus I made was super easy and quite tasty. I used a can of garbanzo beans, olive oil, some cumin, salt, and pepper. I put it all in my food processor and wah-la!

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I enjoyed it with some baby carrots and cherry tomatoes. Yum!

I also got to use my sick time to practice my crochet. About a week ago, I went to my local craft store and bought some yarn and a crochet hook, logged into YouTube, and started watching some “How to Crochet” videos. I was able to put what I’ve learned to use and get pretty decent at it. Hopefully, I will be able to make a cute scarf or hat soon!

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For dinner, I wanted something warm to soothe my sore throat. I’d been craving Pho for a while, so I sent the hubby to get me some. It was just what I needed.

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I wish I had some more! Ohhhh hubby???

~ENP

Healthy Fruit Smoothie

2 Feb

I made a yummy, super easy fruit smoothie today. I wish I had some spinach to throw in for a little veggie nutrients too; I’ll have to do that next time. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

-1/2 banana

-mixed berries (I used a frozen blend of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, but fresh and organic is always best.)

-1-2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk (I used almond milk this time.)

-ice (optional)

Optional add-ins: a handful of spinach leaves; a tablespoon of almond butter

Directions:

-Throw all ingredients into blender and mix.

-Pour and enjoy.

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Super easy! It’s a nice “dessert” if you are craving something sweet. And, you can add some spinach or other greens if you like without altering the taste much, if at all. For added protein, throw in a tablespoon of almond butter.

Hope you like it!

~ENP

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