Monday, January 30, 2017

paleo chocolate energy bites...

I wanted to call these post-workout snack bites, but to be honest, I've been making these and eating them any time of the day. They've been breakfast, they've been pre-lunch snacks, post workout snacks, even a little dessert after dinner. So, we'll just call them snacky snack bites, mmmkay? That probably doesn't work.

These came out of the need to 1. have a little fuel after a workout and 2. have something I could easily grab and snack when I was ravenous in between meals. A snack which was healthy. Also one that wasn't leftover paleo Christmas biscotti or fudge. 


But also they include chocolate (healthy chocolate) because #reallife

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

sweet potato "toast"...

It wasn't until a few years ago that I discovered the importance of having a nutrient dense, carb and healthy fat filled POST workout snack. To be honest, my mindset before that was, "Workout, eat little, lose weight!" So wrong. So very very wrong.

You see, as you burn calories and produce sweat, your muscles are taking from your body to continue to go on. It just made sweat- so it lost its hydration. So drink up! And drink a lot. Get your body that water it needs. And, it just burned a ferocious amount of calories, it used it's muscles, it pushed itself- so now it needs fuel. Fuel to continue to work as a body should and fuel to replenish and recuperate from whatever work out you just completed. When you work out, you're fast forwarding that process- putting it into hyperdrive, in a sense. I'm sure, when you're finished with your work out, you realize something- you're thirsty! You're hungry! And that's a good thing because it's so true and it's your body's way of communicating with you. 

Sure I'd drink and drink, but I wouldn't eat really because I wanted to keep those precious calories I just burned off, off! Ugh. I'm a slow learner. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

instant pot pineapple cardamom butter...

Did you hop on the Instant Pot train when Black Friday rolled around??

I think almost everyone I know did! Amazon was having an amazing sale (read: like 50-60% off the normal price) this last BF and it's all I saw for days! Everyone and their new Instant Pot (or IP for short)! I have to admit, I jumped on the train as well. It was an early Christmas present from our family to our family, hehe. But more specifically to me I guess since I'm the sole food preparer!

I've been playing around with it since, and I have to say, it's pretty fun. I've basically only used its pressure cooker function, but I have big plans to use its yogurt making function soon! Can't wait for homemade coconut yogurt! I haven't had yogurt in soooooo long!

Monday, November 28, 2016

brazil nut milk...

Let's talk about brazil nuts for a second, shall we?

There was a time when I really liked them! When I was younger, I'd always pick brazil nuts out of the mixed nut canister first. They were so big and so few in each container, that I needed them all for myself. Then there was a time later on, when I hated them. Don't know what changed- I just didn't enjoy the taste, what-so-ever. 

Well here I am, eagerly trying to heal my body of a thyroid autoimmune disease and researching ALL THE FOODS and I stumble upon the darn things again. But this time I'm intrigued- they're actually really, really good for you! Like...REALLY. Not only that, if you struggle with any thyroid issue, they contain a heap load of selenium which is AMAZING for thyroids! Hurrah!

So allow me to tell you what these little big nuts really can do for you!

Monday, November 14, 2016

easy gluten free pumpkin muffins...

These muffins are so easy they're embarrassing. 

You know what's not embarrassing? The fact that when I brought these pumpkin puppies to a family bbq, EVERY SINGLE PERSON THERE asked me how I made them because THEY WERE THAT GOOD. Then I was embarrassed again because I had to start by saying, "Well, you take one box of..." 

See, everyone likes a good box mix every now and then. And when upped to the 100th degree with a jar of amazing, sweet and perfectly spiced pumpkin butter- you can't go wrong.