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Breakfast Meal Prep

In my world, Sunday’s are for spiritual rejuvenation, meal prep – and other relaxing things. I decided to change it up a little bit and do a breakfast prep. Judging by how full I’ve been from breakfast this morning after a 6 AM spin class, I think it was a success.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grab a muffin sheet (like the one pictured to the left). Grease the pan with coconut oil, add one whole egg and one egg white. Top with spinach or any other leafy green you desire, add black pepper and Himalayan salt. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Keep in the fridge, reheat and enjoy!

I found this idea from the Whole 30 recipe listed on their Instagram page. With that recipe, you put the egg on top of one strip of bacon. My goal has been to cut down on fat and sugar throughout my #cruisecountdown journey [and beyond] so I didn’t add the bacon this time. This made 12 “egg muffins.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is paleo and whole 30 approved  Enjoy! 🙂

x

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Healthy Food of the Day – Cinnamon

Cinnamon Sticks and Powder on Wooden Table

The snicker doodle, cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, apple pie….what do all of these delicious and sinful desserts have in common? Cinnamon.

I bet that wasn’t your first guess, was it? That’s okay. It’s hard to not be distracted by how delicious those dishes taste. (by the way they may be delicious but…..)

Cinnamon is an extremely popular spice that can be added to most anything. You should really be eating cinnamon, not only because of how great it compliments other flavors, but also because of the amazing health benefits. Cinnamon contains something called “cinnamaldehyde” which is great for the metabolism, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to its affect on the metabolism, it also provides an excellent inhibitor to bacterial and fungal infections.

It increases the sensitivity to insulin so that the body reacts properly to insulin being released into the blood stream. It also aids in the lowering of blood sugar and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates. (Authority Nutrition)

While cinnamon tastes good and has great benefits, I wouldn’t’ recommend eating it by the spoonful!!!

Ways to use cinnamon throughout the day:

If I ever do a soy or oat milk latte, I spring cinnamon on top.

Plain oats, 1 tsp of cinnamon, agave (if you need sweetener), 1 tbs of chia seeds

Add some in a smoothie or hot tea!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Source:

Authority Nutrition

 

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Presidents Day Meal Prep 

We love to meal prep on weekends. Preparing for a cruise vacation {and a healthy life in general} takes work but that doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty. I found this recipe thanks to Pinterest! 

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli 

1lb Beef
½ Onion, sliced

1 C Broccoli, (remove florets and peel stem, then slice in medallions. Don’t waste it, it’s tasty!)

1 C Snap Peas (trim off the very tips on both ends)

Sauce:

¼ C Soy Sauce (low sodium if possible)

2 tsp Sesame Oil

¼ tsp Garlic Powder (or ½ tsp fresh)

½ tsp Ginger Powder (or 1 tsp fresh)

¼ tsp Dried Chili Flakes

1 tsp Worcherstershire sauce

1 C Beef broth

2 TBSP Cornstarch

2 TBSP Water

Directions

Slice beef into very thin strips, slicing across the grain. Season with salt, a dash of garlic powder.

Add this to the slow cooker along with the onions and the sauce.

Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 – 6

20 minutes before serving, make a slurry with the cornstarch and water and add it to the beef. Give it a stir and then add the broccoli and snap peas. Replace the lid, turn to high and leave for another 30 minutes. Serve on rice. (We personally used Jasmine Rice)

Recipe from Tammi Lee Tips.com


If you try it, let me know what you think!!

xo

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Memorial Day Weekend, goodness

A little late on this post but better late than never….

Who doesn’t LOVE to grill out in the summer?

Prepared by yours truly – an amazing Hawaiian Kabob with chicken and a grape/avocado arugula salad. Recipe found on Pinterest – Cooking Classy

I made a few adjustments on the recipe. For the marinade, I used gluten free soy sauce, minced garlic, honey and olive oil. In the salad, we used balsamic vinegar and olive oil, Himalayan salt, and ground black pepper. The salad has arugula, grapes, avocado, purple onion and walnuts. I also got some goat cheese for the guys. It was absolutely delicious.

 

Enjoy x if you prepare it, let me know how it turns out!

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Strawberry Mousse

So this post is coming a little late, but I just have to share. My boyfriend and I did a Ruck Run last month with NC State ROTC. After completing it in about 45 minutes, we went over to the Farmer’s Market. The weather was perfect. As you know, strawberries are in season and we bought a huge bucket. My goal this year [and hopefully forever] has been to eat as close to paleo as possible. With all the food allergies I have, it just makes sense. I immediately got on Pinterest to find a way to use these strawberries. Here’s what I found:

PALEO STRAWBERRY MOUSSE by Rubiesandradishes.com

1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled 10-12 large strawberries (enough to make between 1½–2 cups strawberry puree)
2-3 Tbsp. honey (to taste)
1 Tbsp. gelatin

  1. Chill the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator before beginning. This will help separate the layer of coconut cream from the liquid layer below.
  2. Scoop out only the solid coconut cream layer from the top of the can, and place into a chilled mixer bowl. (Keep the bowl of coconut cream cold in the fridge while working on the following steps.)
  3. Pour the remaining liquid from the can into a saucepan with the gelatin, and stir them together while heating over low to medium heat until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the honey to the warm gelatin mixture and stir until it is well incorporated.
  5. Clean and cut the strawberries into small pieces and add them to a blender along with the warm gelatin mixture. Blend until smooth. The chilled strawberries should help cool the gelatin mixture, but if it is still warm, allow it to cool.
  6. Whip the coconut cream into a whipped cream using a chilled beater.
  7. Fold the strawberry mixture into the coconut whipped cream, and immediately pour the mixture into serving dishes.
  8. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

 

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I made a version for me (gluten-free) and a version for the guys. It turned out AMAZING.

Give it a try, enjoy and let me know what you think x

 

 

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Healthy Food of the Day: Cauliflower

I will be the first to admit, cauliflower looks absolutely disgusting. On the other hand, I have grown to appreciate this hideous vegetable due to my gluten allergy. It is a great substitute for “starches” that are loaded with gluten. The nutritional benefits to cauliflower are unbelievable. It is loaded with potassium and vitamin c. You typically reach for a banana when you are seeking some type of potassium. Cauliflower contains 320mg of potassium [with 27 calories] while bananas contain 422 mg [with 105 calories].  This is GREAT for someone who is seeking out more nutrients and less sugar. The great thing about cauliflower is the texture. It is a great substitute for flour and can make recipes that are seemingly high in carbohydrates, contain HALF the usual amount. cauliflowerVitamin C is another vitamin that can be found in cauliflower. One cup of cauliflower has 52 mg of Vitamin C. This is another low carb option to supply the body with something that keeps the immune system strong.

The recipe I posted earlier this afternoon is the main reason why I thought to post about cauliflower. It is the first time I have used cauliflower in a recipe and it was very easy to work with. If you want to see alternative ways cauliflower can be used, check out the Organic Authority.com. You may be surprised at what you find.

Have a wonderful week, everyone x

Sources:

Livestrong.com

 

 

 

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Red Wine, Meal Prep and Eric Church

Turn the quiet up, turn the noise down.

It’s Sunday Funday, also known as meal prep day.

Based on the title of this post, this afternoon has been nothing short of amazing. I have really grown to enjoy “me time.” I love pretty much anything artsy, including cooking. There’s just something about creativity that soothes.

As for the recipe choice – I experienced all types of weather this morning on my way to church. Rain, ice, and SNOW. I figured chili was a great idea for today. It is a crock pot recipe so I unfortunately will not get to taste it for a few hours, but doesn’t it look delicious? The important things that I look for in these dishes are of course, dairy and gluten free, but also an adequate enough amount of protein and just enough carbs to get me through my WOD’s after work. In addition to what is listed in the recipe I may boil some rice to pour the chili over.

Enjoy x

Recipe found on Pinterest: Crockpot Cauliflower Chicken Chili ; thanks to cookeatpaleo.com