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Paleo Cake Batter/Cookie Dough Balls

These balls are Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Dairy free. AMAZING!!

My son loves nut balls, he’s obsessed with them. He has one every day before bed, it’s how he gets his fat in cause he doesn’t care for any form of milk. Well, I thought I would make some more for him, but momma bear didn’t feel like whipping up a thousand different nut/seed/dried fruit combos this time round and I also felt like more of a dessert so I thought to myself. “Wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could make some cookie dough balls…?” I made a recipe a while back that used Sunwarrior protein powder, they were pretty awesome, however, lately I haven’t been able to afford protein powder so I do without.

In my head I wanted to look up a recipe, cause I always look up recipes, then I thought “oh whatever, just throw stuff together and see what happens!” I was fairly confident in my cooking abilities, so off I went.

These are the ingredients I used:

photo 2 (1)4 TBSP Coconut Flour

1 TBSP Honey

2 TSP of Sunbutter (almond or cashew work too)

Small scoop of carob chips

1 tsp of PB2(Omit this if you want it completely Paleo)

1 tsp of cocao (optional)

1-2 TBSP of almond butter, may have to vary here to get the texture you want.

 

Mix altogether and roll with your hands into small balls. Place in fridge, and devour later! Makes approx 6-8 balls depending on how large/small theyare. What I would like to do down the road is make them into cookies, but that will have to be tweaked and altered.

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The dark ones are the chocolate ones. πŸ™‚

If you would like to make this more of a “Dessert”, melt chocolate and cover them in chocolate – place in fridge. They would be amazing!

I gave them to my parents tonight, and they loved them! My coworker thought I was eating cookie dough! I think it’s a win recipe. πŸ™‚ Let me know your feedback if you make them! πŸ™‚

Happy Eating.

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The excuse “I can’t cook or bake healthy for myself/family” why I don’t tolerate it!

So let’s get this straight. I have heard sooo often from people that not only do they NOT have time to cook and bake healthy for their family, but they just don’t know how, or don’t want to take the EFFORT to cook and bake.

Now for my question: Have many of you have a kitchen? I’m assuming everyone is going to raise a hand. Okay, well that is freaking awesome, because….. I DON’T! That’s right, I don’t have a kitchen at the moment. My husband had to move away to find work cause Canada hates him, so we are separated, which means I moved into a smaller place, well, it’s a 1 bedroom but doesn’t have a kitchen. At first I thought “wtf? How am I gonna live” Then Paul said “well, with your kitchen appliances you should be able to make it work” Thank God for my husband, what would I do without him! I then decided that with a little imagination I could make it work.

What I have in my “kitchen”

– Toaster Oven

– Microwave (I discourage the use of Microwave but it came with the place and I don’t have anything else to reheat my food like a steamer)

– Beer size fridge or mini fridge.

– Vita mix (mine, obviously!)

– Slow Cooker

– Juicer

– Electric frying pan

– Electric Kettle.

– 5 ft table.

– Some shelving

– Deep freezer.

Okay, so let’s talk about what I eat on a regular basis:

Hamburgers, meatballs, pan fried fish, salads (every kind), pasta, spaghetti, home made spaghetti sauce, cookies, muffins, biscuits, stir fries, bread, eggs in all forms and shapes cooked, quiche, casseroles, stews, smoothies, veggies cooked in all sorts of different ways, nut balls, energy balls, home made fudge, hamburger buns etc etc, the list goes on really.

Now, there are many things I can’t do like bbq which I do at my parents, or cook in massive quantities which I try to cook in LARGE quantities at my parents cause my mum has the biggest kitchen ever. Otherwise all I mentioned above I create in my own little “kitchen.”

Please note: Recipes are your friend.

Now, if you currently do have a kitchen, and you currently are NOT eating as healthy as you’d like to. Get that butt in gear! This is just a motivational tool for all you lovely people to really see that cooking healthy just takes a little time and effort, but doesn’t everything? Relationships, friendships, dressing ourselves, etc.

Now, I am going to end sharing some recipes with you that I made this weekend, of the few things that I make in my “kitchen”

Almond Flour Biscuits – Grain Free/ Gluten FreeΒ 

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http://thenourishinghome.com/2012/03/almond-flour-biscuits/

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!! Is all I have to say, really. They are moist, juicy, yummy, full of butter. What more could you ask for? I don’t use almond flour that often, simply because it is pretty expensive. But then the need calls for (rather, my cravings) I do use it and I like the variety it offers.

Next on the list is pancakes. I’ve been on a pancake binge, they are my bread, basically. I make sandwiches with them. Glorious I tell you, especially with some cashew butter and my mums homemade jam = a taste of heaven. I bring 2 to work with me and eat them as part of my breakfast. They are great to make lots ahead of time and have ready in the fridge. Especially if you’re like me, and you don’t have much time to prepare breakfast in the morning.

lemonblueberrypancakes

 

http://www.thefoodieandthefamily.com/2012/10/22/lemon-blueberry-pancakes/

Another fantastic recipe!! Probably one of my favourites. Reminded me of blueberry pancakes as a child, seriously amazing. AND IT MAKES TONS!! Which is huge for me as I prep for the week (and have a family) so, I actually had to put some in the freezer. I’d say this easily made 20+ pancakes! I know it’s a lot of eggs, but substitute with some egg whites would make it go a bit farther and cheaper.

Until next time, happy eating!

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New motivation and new recipes

I have fallen off the blogging bandwagon because my business and my son have been keeping me ridiculously busy. Yet, as of late i have had some people asking me about my blog so I have come back! It’s great that people ask me about my blog, it makes me feel good because I know I’m helping people and they learn and appreciate the info I put on here.
Regarding my weight loss journey, it’s still going! I hit bottom about 2 months ago, I just stopped losing, had no motivation for working out in the house anymore. I tried p90x but it wasn’t working for me, I just didn’t enjoy it really (what’s the point of doing something if you don’t enjoy it?) and I was unhappy. Even though my business was really taking off I wasn’t happy at the weight I was currently at. Right now I’m hovering around 187-186. (When I gave birth I was 246) and my regular pre pregnancy weight is 165, so I’m suuuuper close to my goal! 1st part of my goal was to be at 179-175 by Christmas time, I still think I can make it because:

I HAVE JOINED THE GYM!

Yes, I did, I went last week just to inquire, I figured “what the hell, information can’t hurt”. When I walked in, they have a DAYCARE!! hellls yes, they had a daycare so mommies could workout. I got so wicked excited. Their monthly payment I could afford, AND I didn’t have any cancellation fees (so no worrying bout that when I have to go back to work). I was PUMPED, so I talked to the hubby about it and BOMB, I have been going regularly 4x/week with doing some pilates at home in between (or trying to at least).

Since I have joined the gym, I am SO much more relaxed, I have my time to go to the gym, I don’t worry about my weight, I’m confident even though I’m still rather plump, hey, someone’s gotta start somewhere right? I’m much weaker than I used to be but it takes time and as long as I’m putting my effort in when I go that’s all that matters. My eating is much more on track as well, I can’t just skip meals when I want to, (because that’s what I was doing beforehand when I wasn’t working out regularly.) I also have more energy and I feel overall much more confident about my body and also about my weight loss.

My eating has been really good (other than occasionally skipping meals *slaps wrist*) and I am booking an appointment to meet with a Holistic Nutritionist in the near future! I will keep you updated on that, because that’s going to be awesome.

I’m excited for my next set of measurements because now that I’m REGULARLY weight training, they are going to be changing a lot fasterΒ  for the better! I’ll be taking them next Sat! πŸ™‚

On another note, Christmas is next month (ah!!) and I’ve been really busy knitting, but I wanted to share with you some of the items I’ve been making and maybe check them out on my shop and see if you need some lovely hand knit Christmas gifts under your tree this year?

I know I’m weird, I love to knit but I’m also addicted to the gym. Hey! A person is allowed to be weird. :p

That’s just a sneak peak, to see all the new stuff go to my shop here:

Fleecy knits

Now for some recipes, I have found this FANTASTIC page on facebook that posts holistic recipes for REAL food. Most items are gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free and refined sugar free. I mean, how much more could you ask for in life?! You can find the page here: Just Eat Real Food

Lately I had made this breakfast bread that I found on their page. I made it and my husband ate it up in pretty much one sitting so I had to go and make another one. It’s EASIER than pie, and very healthy, so go make some up for yourself now! Paleo Breakfast Bread

Last night I made this double fudge: It’s VERY rich, though it’s mostly just coconut oil and almond butter, but I can’t have more than 1 piece a day because of how rich it is. If you like fudge, this is definitely for you! Paleo Double Layer Fudge

Now I’m not Paleo, but I LOVE all the paleo recipes! They are so fantastic, if you think you can do Paleo, I say go for it! πŸ™‚

Until next time – train and eat and knit happy!

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Organization tips and clean recipes

Kind of a weird mix no? People have asked me for some of my organization tips so I decided to share them on my blog, along with some clean recipes that I made last week! w00t!

I’ve been on an organization binge lately, it’s turning into an addiction actually, it’s rather amazing. I think it all started when I saw this picture on pinterest (which is something I’m also addicted to and this has greatly helped my skills!)

So I started loosely following that. Then it build onto something else, my bathroom looked pretty crappy, so together with my husband we devised a plan to have it re organized to look better so I created these to take some of the ugly mess away:

 

I just bought plastic square tubs from the dollar store and also bought that adhesive wallpaper and put it on the box, then I glued ribbon around it to make it look pretty!Β  That picture has to be moved though because it doesn’t fit there, and the stuff isn’t exactly supposed to show on the top of the basket like it does in my picture, but I’m not OCD so I don’t really care all that much, it looks a heck of a lot better than it did before let’s just say that! (Sorry I don’t have before pictures).

Next thing I found on pinterest was this idea: An organization board.

Except mine looks like this and it’s different:

Instead of plywood I bought a cork board (which was bigger than the one in the tutorial for the original) and I got some paint from michaels. With my hubby’s help I painted the cork board and bought the frames from the dollar store, got cute clamps from staples and used command stripes to hand the frames. I made my own cleaning list and inserted it. I also made the flowers myself from another tutorial I found on pinterest! Once my husband hung this for me, you have no idea how incredibly happy this made me! I hung it right near my dishwasher so every time I go to put dishes away or take dishes out I always look at it, I stay on top of my meals this way – it’s so great!

So after this project was done, I came into the spare bedroom and saw how awful my closet looked:

And decided to do something about it. So later on in the day I had to run to town to do some errands and I needed to go to Canadian tire, and look what was on sale there!

I was delighted so then I got to work and while my son had a nice long 3 hour nap, I owned this closet and now it looks like:

If you’re wondering how I hung the milk crates from the rod, I used curtain shower hooks! Pretty awesome, also an idea stemmed from pinterest. I also did this with my ribbons (idea from pinterest:

 

So that’s that for now, if I have more organization tips I will post them some other time. My favourite is def my organization board though! It’s so amazing!

Onto clean recipes.

Thursday I made spaghetti sauce, but because of my mission to eat healthier and more vegetables I tweaked my recipe so I am now going to share it! It’s a crock pot recipe because I love not having to add more time to cooking supper than necessary so I put this in in the morning and it’s ready by supper time!

Vegetable Spaghetti Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 cans of tomato or regular spaghetti sauce

1 can of tomato paste

1 whole round of garlic (8-9 cloves)

5-6 leaves of Fresh basil

2 celery stems

1 green pepper (or other coloured peppers)

1 onion

1 Avocado

2 cups of chopped small spinach

1 grated carrot (optional)

1 TBSP Italian Seasoning

1/2 tsp of oregano

1/2 tsp of sage

1/2 tsp of parsley (or 3 stems of fresh parsley)

Dash of salt

Dash of pepper

Chop up everything, not too large but not too small either, put in crock pot, add and mix together. The garlic is what makes this recipe taste so good, just sayin’. πŸ™‚

Set on low for 6-7 hours and smell the loveliness throughout the day!

On Saturday Paul wanted to BBQ, so I created a random marinade, recipe for ground turkey burgers, this has to be the best I have made to date, and boy, do they taste amazing!

BBQ Turkey marinade recipe

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(sorry it’s a phone picture so not the greatest quality)

lb of ground Turkey

1 egg

2 tsp of Chia seeds

1/2 avocado

3 TBSP of ground flax seeds

1/2 cup of Wheat free whole oats

1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp of Dijon mustard

1 TBSP of Olive oil

2 tsp of garlic powder

1/2 tsp of wheat free soy sauce

Pepper

1 tsp of dried parsley (Fresh is better! I just didn’t have any on hand)

Makes 7 medium – large size burgers

Mix all together and let sit in fridge for 3-4 hours, then make into burgers and grill. My husband would have devoured all of them if possible!

I served this with sweet potato fries and some lightly fried zucchini, onions and sugar snap peas (So yum!)

Happy organizing and eating! πŸ™‚

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