Sunday, December 8, 2013

A new journey and pancakes

This past week wasn't the best week I have had, which I figured maybe over two months since I have felt like this.  Too many eggs and exposures to gluten finally caught up with me from the Thanksgiving holiday.  It started on Monday with pretty bad fatigue and Tuesday of just purely not feeling well at all and only working for 2 hours before heading home to get some extra sleep.  I was almost late for training and had to give a seminar.  In my opinion it didn't go well since my brain fog was horrendous and I was stumbling over my words (Darn Hashi's!)!  Wednesday was much better and got a lot accomplished, Thursday a nagging headache, and Friday was my day home (always bliss!).

Of course my Thursday's headache did not stop me from making Nom Nom Paleo's Coconut and Cinnamon Pancakes!  It is pancake night after all and I was looking forward to making this one.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 egg replacers (I make my own "powdered mix" replacer) Here is the link from Whole New Mom
  • 3 tablespoons milk of choice - I used canned coconut milk already opened
  • ½ mashed ripe banana
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons of Coconut Flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 small pinch of salt
Mash the banana first and then mix the remainder of the ingredients in and cook on your oiled griddle.  It really doesn't get any easier than that!  If you have made pancakes before you can make these.  I would suggest though low heat and cook longer.  Coconut flour can be crazy to work with and your batter is thicker than normal pancake batter (well depending on how thick or thin you like it).

Here is what mine looked like and believe me these are awesome (With bacon and Coconut Oil drizzled)!  I have made many version of pancakes lately and beside a protein powder pancake these are the best!  Nom Nom said her recipe made 12 3", but mine made 4 of which I happily ate all of them as I typically do.

On to my new journey… I plan on starting a different job very soon.  I am doing this to hopefully save up enough money by May to start an online a holistic nutritionist certificate!  I am very excited since this is what I love.  I want to help those like how others have helped me.  I should have started this path a long time ago, but things must unfold the way they do for a reason.

We shall see what tomorrow brings!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

N'Oats in a jar

I should have been more prepared to post this earlier, but things get away from me like my mind!  I have been working from an outside office 4 days per week with no way to heat up meals.  So I thought about meals in a jar, but the thought of a salad was not where I wanted to go.  I did some digging on Pinterest and I came across Paleo OIAJ (Oats in a Jar) (Original recipe) from Carla Mary's Paleo Blog.  She is right, this is a perfect go to meal for anytime.  Hers looks much prettier than what mine do!  Please make sure you stop by and see her site.

I did some minor changes with what was available in my house and this can be made Autoimmune friendly very easily!  The original recipe makes 8, but I scaled it back since I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out.  Wish I made more than 2 now!!  I could seriously eat another right now!!

This makes 8 - adjust accordingly!  Layer anyway you choose!  I cut the cake in half and put the bottom layer on the bottom of the jar of course and the top, where else but on top!
Figs 1 cup ground up
Coconut Milk 1 cup whipped (Full Fat/Unsweetened solidified Cream whipped with Honey/Maple Syrup & Vanilla 1/2 teaspoon each)
3 cups Mixed Berries - I used frozen since I made these the night before
Paleo Protein Vanilla Custard Cupcake (Cupcake recipe below)
Almond or Peanut Butter 3/4 cup
Almonds 1 cup sliced
Raisins 1/2 cup

Layer each step in clean jar.  Place lid on top an store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

Paleo Protein Vanilla Custard Cupcake
Coconut Flour 1 cup
Coconut Milk 1 cup
Eggs Replacer - 2 or can use 2 eggs - I have my own homemade version
Maple Syrup/Honey 1/2 cup
Protein Powder 1/4 cup Vanilla - I use Life Time Vanilla Pea Protein Isolate
Baking Soda 1 teaspoon 
Vanilla 1 teaspoon  
Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon10 minutes to allow Coconut Flour to expand.   (Mine was super thick!!) Then remix and scoop into 8 lined cupcake tins 3/4 full.  Bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes cover with foil if becomes too brown.  Allow to cool and then begin to assemble!

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl and let sit for about
This process took and whole 30minutes to do, so not much time at all.  After you get the cupcakes in the oven and get the remainder of your ingredients together the cupcakes are coming out!
Tonight I am going to try Nom Nom's Pancake Recipe.  I will post that up tomorrow!
What do you do for lunch when you don't have the option of going out to eat or the ability to heat your food up?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Tale of Two Cookies!

It just popped in my mind…. I was making two types of cookies today from two different bloggers and I thought… well… what the heck!  Let's call it a tale, I guess it really is.  I could go into the tale of my crazy weekend and how I ended up making two different cookies today.

Here it goes…

I was at the gym yesterday morning, coaching the run club as I have for several mornings.  I ran 4 outside and then came inside to run 6 with the girls.  I was talking to two different runners about two totally an completely separate projects (since I am SO ADD!!) and we ran indoors, due to possible ice and crazy traffic and I just didn't want to take that chance with any one's life but my own.  Long story short, we agreed to meet up at another location to avoid the traffic, a park on the other side of the road near the path we take.

On my way to Plum Market to do an exchange and pick up a few items I noticed a missed call from another pt job that I didn't need to come in, yeah and boo at the same time!  So I got to take my time at the market and when I got home I decided to jump on my new spinner for 45 minutes (have to prep for that half ironman coming up!).

D and little D got home a few hours later and little D wanted to play with his friend, so that went on until 11:30 at night!!  OMG!!  Enough….  So, when I went to bed, sleep wasn't great and both dogs and the cat were in bed at one point as well, hogging and wanting attention.  D decided to come in bed at some point, so I was squished in between everyone!  He got up at some point and slept on the chair in the living room.  I finally had enough at 7am and got up too.

No one came to training, boo hop…. I don't like when I run alone in the gym on the treadmill.  I have been avoiding that at all costs when I can, but it's going to be a warmer week and that means a lot of outdoor running and next weekend especially!

But how did I come up with these two cookies?  I saw on FB The Clothes that make the Girl did a review of Leanne Vogel's of Healthful Pursuit's new cookbook, Christmas Dessert Freedom.  The recipe was right what I have been wanting!!  Paleo (AIP-Friendly Maple Shortbread Cookies!  You can also see this here!  If the dough is as good as what the final cookie will be I am in heaven!!

The other cookie and not to be label as "just another cookie" is from Averie Cooks, her Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  You can also see them here!  I used Peanut Butter & Co, Smooth Operator and Enjoy Life's Chocolate Chips.  I have been drooling over this recipe for months!  Honestly, I drool over most of her recipes, but most are gluten filled, but not all.  If I really wanted to adapt her recipes to fit the Paleo realm I would, but I could be lazy sometimes.

I decided to half the recipe since I also made an Almond Butter Mousse from My Whole Food Life, too yesterday.  I am hung up on desserts, like I typically am.  I also need to work on my photography, but can only do so much with this camera!  Luckily all these can be frozen so I don't eat them all at the same time!  I am upping my training so maybe it's a good excuse? No, I didn't think it was either.

I think I made my tale short enough.  Little D has gone home for the weekend, D is out riding and I am cleaning up the house and prepping for the week ahead!

What is one thing that it took you months to finally make?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Runner, AIP Paleo (trying!), wanna be blogger (or more consistently!)

I wanna be a blogger.... I have the blog, I just don't write.  Really I want to be a lot of things and I can only do so much at this time.  Mostly I try to do WAY too much and things begin to suffer (like blogging!)  I am sure I can do this on a more consistent basis, others can why can't I?!

So, I should recap from where I left off at the beginning of October.  First, I switched jobs, yeah me!  Less stress a definite bonus!  I ran the Detroit Marathon.  I could of had a new PR but decided to take two bathroom breaks, it cost me an extra 3 minutes.  I am fine with that.  I am coaching as well, which I love.  OH!!  How could I forget, a week after Detroit I ran the Kona Wicked Halloween 10k and PR'd!  Couldn't believe it.... but I just ran that same course again for the Kona Chocolate 10k and was 30 seconds slower... so I was tired!  The chocolate chip marshmallow in the hot chocolate (courtesy of Panera Bread!) was worth it!  Well only had a couple sips, it bothered my stomach.  It's all ok though!

Ok -what else from there?  Boston is on the books and maybe the Nike Women's Half Marathon a week after that (crazy - I know).  I also just signed up for Muncie Half Ironman in July.  After that I may calm it down a bit.  I may just focus on half marathons for a while.  I am coaching the Commitment Day Run at Life Time - what a great group!!  I look forward to training with them 3 days a week!

Runner portion is out of the way!

On to Paleo AIP!

I have still not gone full blown AIP - since May for a month.  I did have that good solid month and my face cleared up finally.... then it went down hill and I completely immersed myself in nut butters until this week.  My chin has gotten so bad that I cannot stand it anymore.  D says my skin has always been bad and that my "diet" is not helping it and if I just went back to eating grains... I am sure he is joking. 

What do I consume that I shouldn't be, at least for a while?

Nut Butters - think I am better with peanut butters (not paleo...) than almond butter
Coffee  - thought I think I am okay with this one
Spices - I am not so strict about this one and should be
Soy - it sneaks in every now and then
Dairy - by means of butter when we eat out
Gluten - when we eat out or a don't check a label carefully enough

I am currently re-evaluating all my protocols right down to supplements and I think that since I have taken on some Whey Protein it is what has caused my most recent really bad acne breakouts.  ARG!!  I am anxiously awaiting The Paleo Mom's new book - The Autoimmune Approach coming out end of December!!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I think the most thing I ate was Turkey!  Like 5 pounds of Turkey!!  I feel like a stuffed turkey today.  I was actually surprised I was even hungry today!

But, it was a really great day with family.  I got to my dad's house early to help him and of course harass each other like we normally do, too fun!  Really, how can this picture not scream fun?!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I need/want Sponsors!!

Here I am (Driving in D's ST - coming back from one of his races)!  I have been away from blogging.... been busy - employment change!  A good thing for sure!

OK, so I am studying (no not at this moment) for this exam that is exactly 48 hours from now, and training for Detroit's marathon in 11 days (I think) and it's a little overwhelming since the brain can't seem to focus!!

It likes to wander... and forget.... FRUSTRATING!  But, as I was driving home this afternoon to continue studying and thinking I am not making any money right now and want to do more races... what to do?!?!

I NEED Sponsors!!  Elementary, isn't it!  I am not super fast by any means, but I do come in the 10% of my age group consistently, that should add up to something, right?!

So, what products (food and clothing) have I used that has given me success so far?  Well, I will list them and in no particular order!! 

Justin's Nut Butter's
Nikki's Coconut Butter - Vanilla Cake Batter!
Barney Butter
Peanut Butter & Company
(What you think I like nut butter's or something?!)
Nuun - LOVE Tropical!!
Generation UCAN - want to try the Protein packs!
New Balance Running Shoes - 890v my current love!  Just bought the Garmin!

Garmin Forerunner 610 Monitor - Getting so worn out from 3+ years of use!
Experia socks
Balega socks
Nike Running Tights or Capri's, Tops
Brooks Running Capri's, Tops
New Balance Tops
Sport's Bras.... good question.. I have a variety!

What I super need out of these groups
Gloves - my hands NEVER stay warm!!
Insulated Jackets and tights

I plan on running more outdoors this winter and I FREEZE no matter what!

Is that too lengthy or needy???  Ha!  Probably way to needy!  But, I have to get ready for Boston!  I want to be be under 3:20!  I shall see soon what Detroit offers up.  I have put in the training and have fallen more in love with running since I have been doing more outdoors.  I just need to be prepared!

OK, so here is a question - If you are a runner what is your favorite gear and time of year and day (morning, evening) to run.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

No Bake Pumpkin Muffin - AIP Friendly

A no bake muffin?!  Yes.... what is the secret?  Gelatin!  Gelatin??  Yes, you did read that right!  Gelatin is not only a great binder but also provides needed protein.  Just read this blog from The Paleo Mom about binders.

The recipe comes from Grass Fed Girl a "newer" to me blog.

Of course, I add Enjoy Life's Chocolate Chips - So to be AIP compliant get rid of those chips!

They are more like a custard but look like a muffin.

They are very pumpkin in taste and if pumpkin isn't your thing than it could be switched up with almost anything I would think.  Maybe banana or even sweet potato would be excellent!  Next time no chocolate either so truly AIP friendly!

Okay, so I know I have said this I don't know how many times..... but nuts are out again.  I don't think I have had any in a couple days.  AS WELL as chocolate.  I know, these muffins have chocolate chips in them.  Well, this recipe was made several days ago and they are now gone.

I just have to resist any temptation when D has his chocolate dessert.  Oh how hard that could be, but I have done it before so I can do it again.  I may try 30 or more days out to reintroduce.  I really need to learn to not overdo it, so not everyday!  I know, duh right!!  Easier said than done.... those two things are so addicting!

What is the oddest ingredient you have used in baking or cooking?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Beyond Bacon - Savory Bacon Jam

Savory Bacon Jam.... Do I need to say more?!

This is the first of many recipes that I will be joyfully making out of this beautiful book.  Years ago if you had told me I would have a love for bacon so much that I would purchase a cook book dedicated to it.  Well, I would have told you that was crazy!  Head over to Paleo Parents and check their other paleo recipes out!

I am not giving up the recipe, you will have to go by the book by heading here.  Believe me, it is well worth it!  If not for this recipe, maybe the brownie recipe..... oh so tempting!  I am sure every recipe is just as awesome as this one is!

Here is what the few ingredients look like.

Bacon, cooked and chopped

Onions cooking away

Liquid ingredients and onions incorporated

Bacon added and cooking down about 15 minutes in

After an hour or so

Jam loaded and cooling


Now I have to admit, I sampled at every stage of this 2 hour process and it was so easy!  So absolutely yummy and so filling!  I had dinner during this time too which included more bacon!  It was Brinner after all.... One night a week is pancake night.  I have posted my paleo AIP friendly version here before and D has the normal buttermilk pancakes.

Please go check out Paleo Parents Blog, they review so many awesome paleo friendly companies and create such wonderful recipes!  I cannot say enough good things about them.