Friday, October 25, 2013

Chocolate Coconut Cookies with Sunflower Seeds


2 eggs
2/3 cups unsweetened natural applesauce
3/4 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 cup raw sunflower seeds 
1 scoop vanilla protein powder 

Whisk egg & apple sauce together until well combined. Add other ingredients and mix. Drop round scoops onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet, flatten with palm. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes - makes about 12 cookies.

105 calories each :) 

Sweet Tooth Lunch

An easy & sweetly delicious lunch

4oz chicken breast
1 medium sweet potato
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Sprinkling of cinnamon

Wash & bake sweet potato in microwave (7-9 minutes depending on size). Boil chicken until just cooked through. Mash sweet potato with fork until texture is whipped-like. Once chicken is cooked, cut into small chunks. Combine sweet potato, chicken & coconut oil until mixed. Mix in cinnamon to taste & voila! Does the trick for the ol' sweet tooth - protein & carbs keep you full too! 

385 calories

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal


1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 teaspoon (heaping) cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
Few pinches of ground ginger

Place ingredients in microwaveable bowl, heat for about 2 minutes, stir & serve :)

300 calories
18 grams protein!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Protein Date Balls

Yes, mildly inappropriate name. Oh well, it's what they are :)

14 pitted dates
2 tablespoons sunbutter (or nut butter of choice)
2 tablespoons of flaxseeds
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Raw Protein by Garden of Life) 

Let dates soak in hot water for about 10 minutes. Drain water & mash with fork. 
Once dates are a paste-like texture, add other ingredients one by one, mixing well. 
Roll into balls, about the size of golf balls. 
Keep refrigerated & enjoy!

108 calories each

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chocolate Coconut Brownie Pie

And the paleo dessert baking continues...

1 medium sweet potato, peeled & grated
2 large eggs
1/2 cup natural maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
1 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
1/2 tablespoon baking soda 
2 tablespoons coconut flour
Unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 370. 
Mix all ingredients except for shredded coconut in a large mixing bowl. When well combined, pour into greased pie dish (we used coconut oil for greasing). Sprinkle a generous amount of coconut on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Let cool, slice up & enjoy! 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hard Pomegranate Juice

A (nearly) guilt-free hard beverage!

1 pomegranate fruit
1 cup white grapes, seedless
Juice from 1/2 lemon, squeezed
2 shots tequila

Separate seeds from membrane of pomegranate (discard membrane). Put seeds, then grapes through juicer. Pour juice into shaker. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into juice, then add tequila. Refrigerate (or shake with a few ice cubes if serving right away) - and enjoy!

*For added sweetness, mix in 1T of honey or agave nectar

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hemp Almond Coconut Protein Bars

These define delicious & nutritious. Seriously. 

20 pitted dates, chopped
6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup hemp protein powder
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raw almonds 
1/4 cup almond meal 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons water 

Method: process dates, coconut oil, vanilla & almond butter until well combined. Add other other ingredients and pulse processor until just combined. 
Line 9x13 pan with wax paper & spread mixture. Press down until is it packed tightly, then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into bars & keep refrigerated. Grab me and go! Made about 14 bars. 

184 calories
6 grams of protein :)

My Daily Remedies

A few things I have daily for amazing health benefits:

-Garlic cloves: 1 if juiced, 2 or 3 if cooking.
Benefits: natural antibiotic, antioxidant effects, fights inflammation, detoxifies

-Apple Cider Vinegar: 1-2 Tablespoons
Benefits: aids in digestion, relieves exhaustion, helps relieve cold symptoms

-Fish & Cod Liver Oils: taken in capsule form
Benefits: increases metabolism, heart health, immune health

-Coconut Oil: at least a Tablespoon everyday.
Benefits: strengthens immune system, aids in digestion