Wednesday, March 9, 2016

{What I Ate Wednesday} Paleo style

Hi!!!!!!

So it's been a week since I told you guys my plan to try out the paleo lifestyle for the month of March.

I'm actually doing pretty well. Luckily it's not a HUGE transition from my already clean lifestyle. I could see how going from a "not so healthy" diet to paleo would be much harder.

My energy is up and my stomach feels less bloated. The only thing I miss (at times) is Greek yogurt. I may add that back in next month. Who knows? My family is loving it too. I am so impressed by the different vegetables that my kids are trying and liking. This has definitely sparked my fire for cooking again. I am sure my husband is thankful for that!

On to my eats:

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with avocado and pineapple


Snack: Grapefruit


Lunch: Enchilada beef over green beans with fruit on the side


Snack: Honest Tea and fresh pineapple


Dinner: Chicken Basil Meatloaf with baked sweet potato and asparagus


Bedtime: Chamomile tea




Hope you all have a lovely day! So tell me....

What is your favorite paleo snack/meal??




Thursday, March 3, 2016

{WIAW and BIG NEWS}

Ya'll I am switching it up!!

I have been a clean eater now for 3 years. Loved every second of it. Lost a good amount of weight and have been feeling great....

BUT

I am in a rut. Bored with my food....no creativity for new recipes and feeling more fatigue than usual.

I decided the best way to spark some new interest....try out some new recipes and fuel my fire for food again was to try something BIG!!



For the month of March....I am going to go Paleo!!

Wanna know why??

 1. To shake my body up
2. For a challenge
3. To see if it will give me more energy and mental clarity
4. Because I love all things paleo that I have cooked in the past and like this style of eating

I hope you will enjoy learning with me!! Will I do this forever? Who knows, I don't see me giving up dairy and grains for life but I do think it is worth a try omitting them to see how my body feels when I add them back in. Paleo is clean eating.....just with a few more restrictions so this isn't too far off of my normal "clean" diet.



NOW...let me just say this....I am NOT DOING STRICT Paleo. I don't believe anything in life....especially your food....should be strict!! This is the way I interpret Paleo. I am learning as I go and excited to open my mind to new things!!

Oh and if you are interested in my workouts.....I am starting the 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene again because I loved it so much the last time I did it. ! I will be adding in some Tone it Up workouts and maybe a little Piyo. Who knows? I am excited to start really focusing on my health and switching it up!! I mean....Summer time will be here before we know it!! Woo hoo!



So now....on to my eats



Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with a side of PaleoKrunch granola with banana and coconut milk.


Snack: Coconut milk yogurt




Lunch: Grass fed burgers in lettuce wraps with salsa and avocado




Snack: Kombucha and a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar (my new obsession)




Dinner: Shredded pork (cooked in Crock pot with chicken broth and onions) with tostones and broccolini on the side! Huge hit with the whole family!


Dessert: Primal fudge


Yum!!! 



Where are my paleo friends? 

Has anyone tried this before?

What was your experience??



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

{Peanut Butter Blender Oat Bread}

Happy Tuesday!!



I am pretty sure that you guys know by now that I LOOOVE peanut butter. Right? I put it on everything. It is crazy to me that I haven't made a peanut butter "bread" recipe yet?

I love to make oat breads during my meal prep. This is so great on crazy mornings. All you have to do is grab it out of the fridge (if you like it cold), slice it up and breakfast is served!

It is a toss up for me....I love the Strawberry banana and Pumpkin bread  SO MUCH but peanut butter is definitely close to the top. So good!




oats...check

healthy fat...check

fruit....check

protein....check


I mean....perfection for sure! :) Enjoy..... all of you peanut butter lovers!






Peanut Butter Blender Oat bread


  • 2 cups  old fashioned oats
  • 2 medium ripe bananas + 1 banana for sliced topping 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup natural chunky peanut butter (the drippy kind with 1 ingredient)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
Add all ingredients (except extra banana for topping) to blender. Blend until smooth and combined. Add to 9x5 loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Add the extra banana in slices to the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If the top starts to get too brown....just lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top until bread is done.

Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Store in air-tight container. We love our oat breads cold straight out of the fridge but it is delicious cold or room temp. :)

ENJOY!!




Have you tried any of my oat breads?? What's your fave??


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

{Pina Colada Protein Energy Bites}

"If you like Pina Coladas.... {name that tune} :)

Looking for a yummy way to increase your protein intake?? These are PERFECT!! I love the fact that you can prep these on the weekend and they are the perfect snack after your workout or really any time of the day! Such a great combo of protein and healthy fat! WARNING: THESE ARE ADDICTIVE!!




{Pina Colada Protein Energy Bites}


  • 3 scoops Vanilla protein powder (I used Ryno Power Whey French Vanilla protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes + extra for rolling
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. coconut milk (full fat, the one in the can)
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple (optional)


Pulse in food processor until it is all mixed and looking "dough" like.  Roll into balls using your tablespoon to measure. Sprinkle some extra coconut flakes on a plate and roll each ball in them to coat.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy straight out of the fridge or allow to sit at room temp a few minutes to soften.

* These are also yummy rolled in chopped walnuts :)

ENJOY!



Chocolate lover.....no worries...I've got you covered! Try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy bites



!

Monday, February 22, 2016

{Meal Planning Monday}


HI!! Whew...is it Monday already? The weekend was CRAZY!! We finished most of our powder room re-do....wanna see?

Still have a few more things to perfect before I call it "complete" but for now...we're done!

I plan on spending this week getting back to normal. Hopefully all of the sickness is clearing up and I can actually focus on eating really well and figuring out a new plan for my workouts this week. I finished up with Yoga Camp over the weekend so I am not really sure what I will do next. Probably just do Yoga with Adriene's videos.Yoga is my THANG!

I plan to start planning out my weekly dinners so that I can make more of an effort to make more of a "formal" dinner instead of just eating eggs and bacon every night. :)

This is my plan for the week:




Roasted Al fresco Chicken Apple sausage with sweet potato cubes and roasted okra

Salsa Turkey Lettuce Wraps with avocado and mango

Avocado Chicken Salad in whole wheat pitas with roasted green beans

Egg omelet with caramelized onions and goat cheese with Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread toast

Enchilada beef with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus 

Shredded pork with a plantain mash by Paleomg



What is on your plan for the week???




Wednesday, February 17, 2016

{loving lately}

I'm Happy Wednesday!

Sorry I've been kind of MIA lately. It's been crazy since the end of last year and I can't seem to get it together!

My workouts aren't consistent, my sweet tooth is on a rampage and my entire family has been fighting some kind of sickness for the past month! 

We're gonna get it together soon though. I just KNOW it! March is going to be kinder to me. At least...it better!

I promise to start posting more. If there are any recipe re-do's or post requests that you would like...feel free to post those in the comments. I'm struggling with writers block...err...bloggers block? Is that a thing?

Some things I am loving....

Yoga Camp:

I'm on day 28...almost finished! Although it's taken me almost 2 months. Ugh. I love it....every single video is awesome. You should do it...just saying.


Chalk paint:

So...I'm new at the whole painting furniture thing but it's so much fun! This is my first piece and I could totally see myself getting addicted to this!

Before:

After:


Bathroom Re-do:

Why do I get myself into these things??I got a wild hair last week and decided to re-do my powder room. So far we put up beadboard and installed a new light. New vanity and mirror to come in this week and hopefully window treatments and possibly wall paper in the future.

Before:


Currently:



I'll post more pics when we are finished :)

My foods have been pretty much the same but if you're curious...I'm instagramming a lot these days so check my out @wholefoodsnewbody on Instagram.

Hope you guys have an awesome day!! I'll be cuddling with my sick kiddos the rest of the day! :)





Wednesday, February 3, 2016

{Healthy Options for your Super Bowl Party}

WOO HOO!! Go Panthers! ;)



I am from NC, so of course I will be cheering on the Panthers this weekend!! I couldn't be more excited! I know there will be A LOT of Super Bowl parties and I wanted to share with you some healthier ideas for food that you can bring or make for your party this weekend.

Let's get started:

1. Chili: Let your Crock Pot do the work and it is a HUGE crowd pleaser! The easiest main course ever! Get a little organic cheese, chopped scallions and organic sour cream for topping!



2. Black Eyed Pea Dip with organic blue corn chips: Everyone raves about this one and it feeds a crowd!



3. Shrimp Taco Bites by I Wash You Dry: Umm....yumm!

4. Buffalo Cauliflower (recipe on: Babble.com): I haven't tried this yet but I think this year I will! YUM!

5. Hummus and Cucumber Bites from Kalyn's Kitchen: So pretty! :) 



6. Cheesecake Bites: Finger food desserts are great to passing to your guests!



7. Chocolate Dessert Pizza: This would be fun to make like a dessert pizza bar with a lot of toppings for everyone to add to their own slice! :) Kids also LOVE this! This Berry Dessert Pizza is also delish!



8. Grape Salad: Because I pretty much feel like you can't have a party without it! :)







Is it Sunday yet???


Hope everyone has a great weekend!! What are you planning on making for Super Bowl?


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