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6 miles at 6am.  Followed by these delicious babies.  *Insert emoji with heart eyes*
3 ingredients and the easiest pancakes you’ll ever flip.  Plus they’re heallllthy.  Go get that beta-carotene!

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Paleo Grain Free Pumpkin Pancakes
From Wellness Mama
INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs
¼ cup pumpkin puree
⅛ tsp. cinnamon
Coconut oil for the pan
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat pan over medium heat.  Melt coconut oil to coat pan (use about ¼ tsp. of coconut oil for each pancake).
  2. Whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree and cinnamon.
  3. Use about two tablespoons of batter for each pancake.
  4. Cook until the edges start to firm and appear golden.
  5. Carefully flip and cook on the other side.
  6. Serve with your choice of raw honey, pure maple syrup or ghee.  Makes about 4 pancakes.
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WebMD says…

This past week my stomach has been kind of funky at night.  I’ve been getting this internal burning, and since I’ve been trying to avoid TUMS, I end up with working it out with my long lost trusty bunny “animal hottie” (stuffed animal with microwavable inner pillow).

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get on my belly!

This has led to 3:30am WebMD searches, which you know are always a good idea.  From this, I determined I probably had a dyspepsia or a peptic ulcer.  As reliable as WebMD is, I just went back to sleep.  I think it’s about time I hit RESET on my body.

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After trying out some Suja juices last week and actually liking them, I decided to create a one day faux-juice cleanse to set my body back right.  This will consist of juices I have hand selected and will actually drink.  I’ve attempted two juice cleanses in the past: Ritual Cleanse and Pressed Juicery.  Last year I tried Ritual Cleanse.  I would say it went more successfully than Pressed, even though I detested the green drink.  I was wary to workout during this due to lack of energy, but by the third day I had turned into super woman and  even built my current bed.

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This past January, I decided to try Pressed Juicery with the thought that their green juices might be better.  No such luck.  Don’t get me wrong, I like green juices and smoothies.  However, I don’t like drinking green juices that taste like liquid salad.  I’m not down with drinking down a concoction that tastes like romaine with a squeeze lemon first thing in the morning.  I couldn’t even stomach the green juice, so I just skipped them, drinking merely 2-3 bottles instead of the set 6.  I was essentially starving myself.  I realized that I if this was how juice cleanses were going to go down, I didn’t need to pay a butt load to do it.  I didn’t even make it through day one without turning to eat a salad.  By day 2, I realized it was pointless, and that I would rather be able to run the next day than starve/fast.  I vowed never to do a juice cleanse again.

Yet here we are.  The one day Pseudo-Cleanse.

The Pseudo-Cleanse will consist of 6 juices:

photo 1. GreenFix Raw Smoothie (found at SD farmer’s markets) – ORGANIC GREENS, ORGANIC FRUIT, ORGANIC FLAX SEED.  A little bit pulpier, but palatable greens.

photo2. Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie – KALE, PINEAPPLE, MANGO, BANANA, COCONUT WATER.  Just like my Tropi-Kale Smoothie.

photo3. Suja Fuel- CARROT, APPLE, PINEAPPLE, ORANGE, LEMON, TUMERIC. A super refreshing orange juice drink.
5. Suja Spark – LEMON, TART CHERRY, STRAWBERRY, HONEY, STEVIA, CAYENNE, FILTERED WATER. Like a perfectly ripe strawberry, with a little bit of a bite from the cayenne.  Really enjoyable.
5. Suja Green Supreme-  KALE, GREEN APPLE, LEMON.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but I read someone that likened it to those caramel apple suckers I remember as a kid.
6. Suja Vanilla Cloud- ALMOND MILK, COCONUT MILK, VANILLA BEAN, HONEY, FILTERED WATER. When I first bought this I was told by two people it was the “best thing ever” and “so good, it’s addictive!”  It really is good.  I prefer it much more to the usual juice cleanse cashew milk.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse?
Do you trust WebMD?

Eating for the Season: Hunter Gatherer

I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate more leafy greens into my diet, to compliment my increasingly meat-centric meals.  This stir-fry is the perfect thing for when you want a warm and healthy meal.  I feel like the secret ingredient (which might be completely normal and not a secret at all) is the sugar snap peas.  They add a nice bit of crunch and work nicely with all of the other ingredients.  Option to start off with your favorite protein and work in the vegetables, or to pair with (my favorite), baked chicken wings!

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Vegetable Stir-Fry
This recipe is Whole30 and Paleo-approved
INGREDIENTS:
1 crookneck squash
1/2 eggplant
5 baby bok choy
2 cups crimini mushroom
2 cups sugar snap peas
2 cups kale, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS:

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  1. Cut the squash and eggplant into half-moon pieces.  Separate the bok choy stems from the leaves.  Cut the stems at a diagonal and cut the leaves horizontally.  Keep the stems and leaves separated.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat.
  3. Sautee squash, eggplant and bok choy stems over medium heat, for 10 minutes (or until stems start to become translucent) while intermittently stirring.
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  4. Add mushrooms and sugar snap peas and sautee for 5 minutes.photo
  5. Finally, mix in the bok choy leaves and kale and cook for 3-4 minutes.

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raw.vegan.paleo.dessert.

macaroon copyThis is my first Paleo treat!  Not to mention it’s raw and vegan too.  Who am I?
I saw this recipe on Style Activist and I immediately went out to buy the ingredients.  It’s super easy, no bake, delicious, and healthy.  What more could you want?

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Raw Salted Caramel Macaroons
From Style Activist
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup medjool dates, soaked for 30 minutes and pitted
1 generous cup shredded unsweetened coconut
6 Tbsp. almond meal (the real stuff with specks and skin – can be found at Trader Joes)
2 Tbsp. grade B maple syrup
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Soak dates in water for 30 minutes, then remove the pits.
  2. Put the dates, shredded coconut, almond meal, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract in the food processor.  Pulse several times until it all combines.
  3. Then add 1/2 tsp. salt and pulse a few more times until a dough forms.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1 Tbsp. portions of the dough and roll into a ball with your hands.
  5. Make sure to work quickly as the mixture is soft and will start to melt.
  6. Set in the fridge to rest for 15-20 minutes, or overnight, and then eat up!

Accidental Strip Steak

Last night, after grocery store hopping from Trader Joes to Ralph’s to finally Whole Foods, our sought after meat got lost in the mix.  From the recipe directed skirt steak, to thinking it was flank steak, to purchasing strip steak, we ended up with the wrong meat!

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I’m not one usually for red meat, but I’d eat strip steak everyday.  At $22.99/lb go figure it was good!  With a high price tag, we opted for 1/2 pound of strip steak, and 1 pound of flank steak.  We couldn’t find any good looking bib lettuce, so we went with rainbow chard and ended up making the tacos more like wraps.  Overall, it was delicious and I am so excited to make some more recipes from Practical Paleo!

photoStrip Steak Tacos
Rendition from Practical Paleo Haley’s Skirt Steak Tacos
INGREDIENTS
Juice and zest of one lime
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 lb strip steak
1 lb flank steak
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 bunch of rainbow chard
2 dozen cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, thinly sliced
DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut the chard leaves from the stems and rinse them off.  Set them aside to dry.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the lime juice, zest, paprika and red chili flakes.  Place the steaks in the bowl and massage the seasonings into it.  Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Pan sear over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side (depending on how you prefer your “doneness”).
  4. Set the cooked steak aside to rest for 10 minutes.  Then slice against the grain into small strips.
  5. Serve the steak, tomatoes, and avocados in your lettuce wraps.

Plank A Day – One Week Challenge

There are a couple things I’ve been meaning to do on a daily basis:

1.  Take my heart rate first thing in the morning.  My trainer suggested I do this as a way to gauge my training.  Your heart rate will decrease if your workouts are effective.  But if you notice a spike in increase, this could be a sign that your training has plateaued.  This has been difficult because I’ve a. either been too tired to remember or b. my alarm surprises me and increases my heart rate.

2. Start a plank challenge.  Self-explanatory.  Summer is coming soon and I’ve been slacking/too lazy to do any type of core work aside from training.  This is difficult because a. I never seem to remember or b. keep putting it off.  However, planking is one of the easiest exercises to perform because you need absolutely no equipment.  You could pretty much do it anywhere!

So I’ve decided to start a 7-day challenge, and work on repeating from there.  One week seems palatable and easy to remember.  Plus I enjoy challenges that force me to be accountable.

The challenge:  Hold a plank, once a day, for as long as you can.  Chart your time, and try to hold it for longer the next day.  Repeat for 7 days*.

*Set a goal that you would like to achieve within a week.  The more you plank, the stronger your core will get, and the easier it will be to hold this position.

Today I started by holding to Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack (3:30).  Ultimately, I would like to hold for Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors (8:15).

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Go Green: Day Twenty

photoAfter eating sugar-laced spaghetti sauce, I had to think of an alternative for my spaghetti squash.  Low and behold, creamy avocado sauce.  This kind of reminded me of smooth guacamole but it was pretty good with my faux-spaghetti and some homemade fennel sausage.

Creamy Avocado Sauce
INGREDIENTS
1/2 large hass avocado
1 1/2 lemons, juiced
2 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender.  Puree until smooth and creamy.  Mixture will be slightly thick.  Add more water or oil to achieve your desired consistency.