What I Ate Wednesday #1

I’ve read a few “What I Ate Wednesday” posts (or WIAW for you trendy folk) on other health food sites and I couldn’t decide if they were silly or helpful. Once I realized how many meals plans I acquired, recipe ideas I’ve conjured up, and motivation I’ve received, I decided these simple little posts are actually quite positive!

Breakfast was two scrambled eggs with two strips of Maverick Ranch bacon and a portion of my newest recipe: Roasted “Sweet” Apples. Of course, it wouldn’t be breakfast without a Coconut Milk Latte to wash it all down.

Sept 17 BreakfastThe morning could not get started without some play time with the kitten. Storm loves playing hide and seek. Or maybe she is just scared of me… which is totally possible.

Little StormToday I caught up on a bunch of random chores: dishes, laundry, sweeping, you know… the good stuff. I got to spend some time in the Word and have been praying over this lovely piece of Scripture:

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
— 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

I hope that gives you a bit of encouragement about the incredible importance of love. I’m so thankful for God’s great love. I pray that I may demonstrate and share it with others as best I can. 🙂

Meanwhile, over in the kitchen, my sister was juicing…
Can you juice this?Or attempting to juice, rather. She told me today that she is going to start her Whole30 journey. Now that I’ve shared this with the public, she has to do it. HA. Committed. Really, I am cheering for you Jacqueline and I hope you stick with it! Proud of this decision!

For lunch, I sat down to take my online course and paired it with this lovely meal. Just a bunch of things I could throw together. Simple! A big helping of Mediterranean Salad (and I went back for more) with some Whole30-approved Turkey Breast slices. I was looking for something sweet and crunchy (I love a good “crunch factor”) and got out some roasted almonds mixed together with bareSnacks’ Organic Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips. Dang, those are addictive.

Sept 17 LunchAfter more online coursework, I then headed over to Austin’s place for a tabata-style upper body workout. Which, not to worry, I will be posting later. T’was a pretty good one. I imagine I’ll be sore tomorrow, so I’ll wait and see. This now brings us to dinner…

Sept 17 DinnerRosemary-roasted white mushrooms and sautéed green bell pepper + onions were scarfed down along with two Applegate Farms Uncured Turkey Dogs. I know, I know, turkey dogs are not super fancy. I’m out of sausages, okay?! Nonetheless, I am grateful for another delicious Paleo/Whole30 Meal.

Also, today is Day 14. YES.

Whole30 Day 14
He UNDERSTANDS me.

Now I am off to band rehearsal for our church’s worship team. And to stay committed to this whole WIAW post, I will have you know I will have a snack later. I’m not sure what, but it will happen– Looks like this is ending as a mystery. Have a great evening! I will be singing the night away… Happy Wednesday! 🙂

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Lazy Man’s Lunch

For the days you don’t feel like cooking or just want to switch things up!IMG_9614
I’m logging Day 7 of Whole30 and wanted a lunch that would satisfy, but not require much work. My inspiration came from the idea of an antipasto platter + the contents of my fridge. Instant lunch opportunity.

Kitty FoodThe kitten thought it was a great idea too.

Some things you might want to add to your Lazy Man’s Lunch platter (or “Lazy Woman” if you prefer to be technical):

1. VEGGIES: A serious amount of veggies. In multiple colors too, if you can help it. I used what I happen to have on hand. Fill up at least half your plate of some of these delicious and nutritious bites!
2. Protein: For me, I used some Whole30 approved lunch meat since it was nice and easy to throw together. Leftover chicken breast or pre-cooked sausage can be simple and quick too!
3. Fat: Make sure your meal is balanced out with some quality fats! Not pictured was my iced coffee I drank with 1/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk. You can also consider choosing olives or avocado to put on your plate.
4. Fruit (optional)If you haven’t already eaten your serving or two of fruit for the day, feel free to toss some on your plate too!

IMG_9610And it’s kitten approved too! Now pardon me while I save my lunch from this feline…

Iced Coffee Smoothie

For the indecisive, like myself, the Coffee Smoothie is both coffee and smoothie. Mind-blowing, I know. I wanted something cold and creamy, but also spiked with java. Eureka! Frothy coffee goodness.Coffee SmoothieCoffee Smoothie (serves 1)

Ingredients:
4oz chilled coffee
1 frozen banana (sliced)
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp creamy almond butter
2 tsp honey
4 ice cubes

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in blender.
2. Blend together and drink it up.Coffee Smoothie Take 2


Are there any delicious coffee creations you’ve sampled recently?

Flavors of the Week

I absolutely love trying new things, but with my personality I often get super excited about a few things, then move on to the next group of things I am thrilled about. To me, it keeps life interesting and exhilarating. To others, it becomes just down-right confusing.

Currently, these are a few of my favorite things that I enjoy to stick to a healthy lifestyle (and just for fun).

1. My Crockpot: I’ve made my first batch of homemade chicken stock & vegetable stock. When life give you stock, make soup! The crockpot has been an extraordinary tool to help on busy days when I just want to come home hungry for dinner. There is a healthy dinner waiting to be devoured. Plus, the aromas act as an extraordinary air freshener.

French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup, let’s eat!

2. Twice: This website is filled with designer brands at a severe discount. The site allows people to sell their gently used, current, name-brand clothing and then they re-sell the products at dangerously low prices. Dangerous for me, at least. Twice is really great about serving first-time buyers too. When I created an account, I gained a $10 credit. I gained another $10 credit for adding the app. Finally, another $10 credit for referring a friend. On top of all that, first time buyers currently get a 50% off discount. I received $60 of gently used, designer brand clothing for FREE (yes, you read that correctly).

Like Twice

3. Coconut Cream Pie Larabar: EAT ALL THE COCONUT THINGS has been the theme of my life recently, but I have it completely under control. I may need to chill out a bit. Good thing Whole Foods has a coupon for Larabars right now. Also, Target has 5% back on the Cartwheel app. STOCK UP! Every time I am in need of an emergency snack, these are the perfect treat and great to tide me over to the next meal.

Coconut Cream Pie

4. Tennis: Who knew this game could be incredible?! I was a gymnast growing up. I have that whole balance and tumbling thing down pat still, but as far as games that include a ball, I may or may not have a hard time with. Recently, Austin and I have been playing a TON of tennis and I finally have been able to keep a rally and proper swing– so now I enjoy it 😉

5. Iced Coconut Coffee: As you may have guessed, I am Iced Coffee’s Number One Fan. Go Iced Coffee! Win all the taste buds! I have been making these iced coconut coffees every morning lately (and occasionally in the afternoon too). I used to be a dedicated fan of Dunkin Donuts’ Caramel Iced Coffee. Now that there is an absence of sugar and dairy in my life, those are no longer an option. With these Iced Coconut Coffees though, it really no longer matters. Adios Dunkin!

Liquid Gold
Hello, Friend.

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Berry Delicious!

Berry Bounty

Summer is coming to a close. The weather is cooling down–unless you’re in Florida with me, then it feels like it never going to end! Ah! One of my favorite things about summer are all the fresh BERRIES. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries; you name it, I’ll eat them. And oh, the sales! Hello there, 2 for $4 strawberry cartons… but now what do you do with all these berries besides throw them in a smoothie?! (Nothing against smoothies; I do love a good smoothie.)

Well, here are some options:

1. Blueberry Syrup (or any kind of berry really…) – the other day I made an AWESOME Crockpot Coconut Cake and it needed “a little something”. I threw this syrup together in a matter of minutes and it added that extra moisture and sweetness the cake needed. This morning, I used the same syrup to top off my waffles! And I added some strawberries to the mix as well.

Blueberry Goodness
Doesn’t that look berry good? Oh puns..

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh berries (this time I used blueberries)
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1/2 tbsp coconut flour

Directions:
1. Place berries, water, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Mash berries to your preferred consistency. (I like my syrup to have chunks of berries, but if you prefer smooth, you could just throw it all in a blender first.)
3. Bring mixture to a boil, then add coconut flour.
4. Once boiling, bring down to a low simmer for 8-10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Syrup should begin to thicken.
5. Take off stove top and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes (or however long you can stand.. I am usually licking the spoon at this point.)


2. Banana Berry Popsicle (serves 4) – If I would have realized how easy it was to make popsicles, I would have been doing this ages ago. Also, it’s a fantastic way to let your creative juices flow while you mix up all kinds of concoctions to eat in popsicle form!

Banana Berry PopsiclesIngredients:

1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut water
1 banana
1/4 cup blueberries*
1/4 cup strawberries*
*Any kind of berry will do…

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.


3. Strawberry Lime Salsa (makes about 2 cups) – This gem of a recipe just came to me one summer afternoon. Okay, so it came to Austin. (What a guy, am I right?) Get ready to add a new berry twist to your fiesta. Ole!

Hot Salsa
Note: This photo is not the Strawberry Lime Salsa because it was previously devoured, but you get the idea.

Ingredients:

2 medium tomatoes (diced)
1/4 yellow onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cucumber (diced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime

Directions:
1. Chop, dice, and mince all produce as stated.
2. Combine all ingredients in bowl.
3. Refrigerate for at least an hour (the longer the better to allow the magic to happen)

 Enjoy all your berries this summer and don’t be afraid to think outside the blender!