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Coconut Flour Bread

I came across this recipe for coconut flour bread and I wanted to try it out because it seemed so easy. And it was.

Halfway through the recipe I realized I was out of baking soda. This seriously happens to me so much I should expect it by now! So I went to all the convenient stores within walking distance, and finally found some at the third stop… Success!

It’s really quick to whip up and it tastes great with a big hunk of grassed butter (or ghee) or nut butter. It can also be used for sandwiches and toast. I might even make french toast with it in the morning. :)

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Coconut Flour Bread

6 eggs

1 Tbsp honey (optional)

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup ghee, grassfed butter, or coconut oil (I split it up and used 1/4 c. coconut oil and 1/4 c. butter)

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sifted coconut flour

1 tsp baking soda

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a small loaf pan (9″ x 5″ x 3″)

Mix together eggs, oil/butter, honey, vinegar, and salt.

Sift coconut flour and add that, along with the baking soda, to the egg mixture.

Pour into greased pan and bake for 40 minutes, until “crust” turns brown.

Remove from loaf pan and place on a cooling wrack.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you decide to try it out, let me know what you think!

 

This delicious recipe is adapted from Mariarickerthong.com

March Favorites!

I wanted to share some of the great little things that I’ve been kind of obsessed with over the past month :)

 

1. Angry Orchard Hard Cider. I finished up a Whole30 halfway through this month and did a little celebrating with Angry Orchard. The hard ciders are gluten free, completely delicious, and they didn’t make me feel gross whatsoever. Definitely a treat to enjoy every now and then!angry orchard bottles

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2. Indoor cycling – AT HOME! Since sitting is the new smoking and all, I wanted to have something that was easily accessible for me to use when I want to read or watch tv or listen to a podcast, without just plopping down on the couch. A treadmill desk is out of my price range, so I found this Sunny SF-B1001 indoor cycling bike on Amazon. It’s been great for anything from a light bike ride in the morning to get my legs moving, to a hardcore at home spin class (which there are actually handy little iPhone apps for!). It’s great quality, quiet, and I’ve really gotten a lot of use out of it.

 

3. Plow Pose. Besides feeling just plain amazing, this Yoga posture is really nurturing for your digestive system and endocrine system. It helps abdominal organs, including the kidneys and liver, work more efficiently (guess I need that after images-2my hard ciders ;)). It is also a unique posture for women because of the compression in the pelvic area, it helps to strengthen reproductive organs and can minimize symptoms of menopause. Since it also compresses the throat, Plow pose helps stimulate and regulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands. As if thats not enough, its a counter stretch for bad posture, and can really help lengthen the spine and stretch the shoulders. This posture is probably my favorite yoga posture of all.

 

4. Traditional Medicinals Tea. I absolutely love tea, hot or iced, and I love strong tea. Traditional Medicinals does not disappoint. My favorites are their Cran-aid and Hibiscus, especially iced with some fruit added in for flavor and sweetness. Their teas are loaded with flavor, have good ingredients (no artificial weird stuff), and are really good quality.

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5. Shakshuka. If you’ve never heard of it before your life is probably about to change. Every recipe or article about Shakshuka that I’ve discovered  has been written by someone that is completely obsessed with it as well. A traditional Israeli dish, it consists of eggs poached in diced tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, cumin, and spices. It’s so versatile that you can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and so easy that you can begin cooking it and walk away until it’s done. It’s my go to for when I’m feeling like cooking is just too much work. I have probably eaten Shakshuka at least twice a week for the past month, and somehow all I want is more.

Here’s my recipe, but I play around with it and make it a little different each time. You can also add hot sauce, spinach, kale, sausage, beef, or any other meat to it if you’re feeling extra motivated.

1 Tbsp oil of choice (typically olive oil is used for this)

1 small onion finely chopped

3 jalapeños stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (this is completely optional, I rarely use them)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp paprika

1 28-oz can diced tomatoes

6-8 eggs

salt, pepper, and red pepper to taste.

Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet on medium heat. Add in onions, jalapeños, and spices and sauté for about 5 minutes until onions start to look clear. Add the diced tomatoes, mix well, and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Create little wells in the tomato sauce and crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle pepper over the top of the eggs, cover, and cook until your eggs are cooked to your preference, usually about 15 minutes for me. Once finished, you can drizzle olive oil on top or garnish with parsley.

I’m looking forward to April and SPRING! Do you have any “favorites” from this past month? What are they?

Chocolate Dipped Clementines

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I have been DYING to make these for a few weeks now. I already eat clementines for dessert pretty regularly because they are (in my opinion) one of the most delicious fruits ever! So I thought dipping them in dark chocolate would really take them to the next level. I sprinkled pistachios on some, sea salt on some, and shredded coconut on some. I think they’d also be good with chia seeds, almonds, or ginger.

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They taste so good its hard to believe that they’re actually healthy too, but I find that to be the case with a lot of Paleo food. Clementines are loaded with vitamin c, rich in calcium and potassium, and can help maintain healthy digestion because of their fiber content.

 

 

So, here’s the recipe:

7-8 clementines

4 oz. dark chocolate

Toppings of choice (sea salt, pistachios or other nuts, finely shredded coconut, ginger, chia seeds, etc.)

Directions: Peel and separate the clementines and set them aside. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler, then dip each clementine segment into the dark chocolate and sprinkle with desired topping before the chocolate sets. Place on wax paper, and once all pieces are dipped, refrigerate for 10 minutes to harden. They will store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes about 50 pieces.

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This recipe was adapted from  The Food Network.

Electrolytes, and how to replenish them.

 

imagesSometimes after a strenuous workout or a really hot yoga class, I feel exceptionally groggy the next day. After trial and error of trying to figure out why I’m not left feeling amazing and energized, I learned that its because I failed to properly hydrate and replenish my electrolytes.

As a paleo lifestyler, its pretty normal to tune out what commercials and food labels tell us we “need”. Products such as gatorade and other sports drinks constantly tell us we need to replenish our electrolytes, and that part is actually true! We just don’t need all the added sugars, syrups, coloring, natural flavors, and whatever else they put in there.

You’re body relies on a balance of electrolytes for proper functioning of your many systems, including muscles, brain, heart, cells, and kidneys.

You can lose electrolytes from workouts that make you sweat, excessive alcohol consumption, vomiting, diarrhea, starvation, and diaphoresis (excessive sweating). Sometimes, water isn’t quite enough to help you replenish them. There are a million ways to replenish electrolytes, both with food AND drinks. Here are a few food suggestions for the following electrolytes:

Sodium: it’s what we lose in the highest concentration when we sweat. (Check out this article on why salt isn’t bad!) Have some salted almond butter, or put an extra sprinkle of sea or himalayan salt on your after workout meal.

Chloride: helps maintain balance in bodily fluids. Food high in chloride includes seaweed, tomatoes, celery, olives, and lettuce.

Potassium: its important to replenish potassium because it helps maintain heart function, can prevent bone loss and kidney stones, and maintains muscle function and movement. Foods rich in potassium include dark leafy greens, avocados, butternut bananas, winter squash, salmon, and raisins.

Calcium: You can replenish calcium buy eating dark leafy greens and sardines, or add some chia seeds to a smoothie.

Magnesium: helps fight fatigue, and replenishing magnesium in your body can give you more energy during workouts. You can absorb magnesium by eating dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, avocados, dark chocolate, and fish. Its excellent to absorb it through the skin by taking baths with Epsom salt. (Stay tuned for my favorite detox bath recipe that I’ll be posting soon).

One of the most hydrating drinks, and best ways to replenish electrolytes, is coconut water! But, if you’re like me and can’t stand the taste, you can blend it up with a handful of frozen berries or pineapple, or add a couple tablespoons of lemon or lime juice. I also like to blend it with 1/2 of a green apple and some lime juice.

Here is a smoothie recipe chock full of electrolyte replenishing foods that will mask the taste of coconut water, and you’ll still reap the benefits.

Banana Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 small avocado or 1/2 large one
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • about 2 cups coconut water (+/- depending on desired thickness)

Blend all together and enjoy.

Spicy Lime Chicken Soup

This soup is delicious and comforting. I love cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot over the weekend, making bone broth with the bones, and then using the broth and the chicken meat for this soup. It’s great to have on hand for breakfast, meals and snacks. And keeping something on hand throughout the week thats satisfying and nourishing can be a serious lifesaver when you’re hungry and too lazy to cook (which pretty much describes me 99% of the time!). Here’s the recipe!

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Spicy Lime Chicken Soup:

2 Tbs oil or (grassed) butter

1 white onion, finely chopped

3 c. chopped celery, diced

3 c. chopped carrots, diced

1 lb (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes

3-4 chicken breasts (or meat from a whole chicken) cooked and shredded

1 quart plus 1 c. bone broth or chicken broth

2 Tbsp hot sauce (I use Trader Joe’s brand)

Juice of two limes

1 Tbs crushed garlic

2 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. ground coriander

In the bottom of a large soup pot, sauté the onions and garlic in oil or butter. Once the onions are translucent, add in all other ingredients except for the chicken. Stir until well mixed, bring to a boil, and then lower the heat and let simmer until vegetables are soft. Add the chicken and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes, until hot. Feel free to play around with the spices and heat level. Sometimes I add even more hot sauce. Garnish with cilantro or avocado, or both, and enjoy!