Food Crush

It’s no secret that I love food, I’m a foodie.  I love to try new recipes, plan when, where and what I am going to eat each day.  In fact I love food so much, that it often time annoys my boyfriend that I am always thinking about the next meal.  I get this from my mom…thanks mom.

So what is my most recent food crush?  Apricot, cashew, coconut energy balls. They are so fantastic! I like to call them Laraballs because they taste like Lara Bars. I hope to play around with some combinations of this recipe…Key lime pie balls?! Yes, time to get experimenting in the kitchen.  If I come up with any good combos I’ll be sure to share.
Laraballs

In other news, I serve on a Campus Wellness Committee where I work and on Wednesday we brought in a Laughter Yoga instructor to teach a couple of classes for a faculty and staff appreciation event. I had no idea what to expect going into it, and it took a little while to let the guard down and get past how “weird” it seemed, but in the end we had a great time!  Not sure what Laughter Yoga is?  Check out this laugh along video.

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My Two New Go-To Paleo Recipes

A quick little Runcember update, before I get to the recipes. As I mentioned last time I was challenging myself this month to get back out there and run, I had been getting lazy with my running and only ran a handful of times in November. Well so far I have been running three times a week anywhere from 3-6 miles at a time. This seems very elementary, but I am trying to do this safely to avoid injury. My running has been split in half between running on the treadmill and running outside since the temperature dropped…last week was bitterly cold sometimes barely making it to zero, brr! I plan to continue the same distances, but add in an extra run to make it four runs a week to get my base mileage to 20 miles a week consistently. Okay enough about running…

I scored big time with the two recipes I tried out this weekend! One quick lunch or dinner time meal and one mouth-watering dessert…

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Please note this is the first time my picture of a recipe has looked anything like the original bloggers it actually looks appetizing!

3 eggs
3 c coconut flour
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp thyme
3-4 lb chicken breast

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken into 1″ strips. Separate egg yolk and whites. Beat egg whites with 2 Tbsp of water in a bowl. Toss around chicken and ensure they are covered. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and mix. Add coated chicken into spice mixture and cover fully. Pace chicken on parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes then flip over and bake for 8-10 more minutes. Remove and let cool.

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1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 c almond flour
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c pumpkin purée
1/4 c honey
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add in pumpkin, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla, and stir well until all ingredients have been evenly incorporated. Use a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon and scoop round balls onto a plate or cookie sheet. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour to solidify. Store in refrigerator or freezer and serve cold.

I cannot tell you how addicting these macaroons are! I could hardly wait for them to solidify before I ate them. I recommend make a double or triple batch, I only got about 9 balls out of this recipe. This recipe is the perfect testament to skeptics that paleo can still be delicious!

Rough Day for a Paleo Wannabe

Trying to eat paleo for Thanksgiving is a tough thing when your family doesn’t eat that way. I pretty much planned for the holiday to be a bust, within reason of course,  but I  figured I would arm myself with at least one dish and one dessert.

So here you have it…

Smoky, Lemony Shredded Brussels Sprouts

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This dish was the first one to disappear on the buffet line! Check the recipe out here.

Coconut Love Pumpkin Pie Bars

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I got to come home with some leftovers of these,  but what can you expect I suppose when there’s many delicious choices starring at you on the dessert table. This is a yummy,  simple,  cold dessert recipe.  Look here to find this recipe. 

I was able to come away from the table without doing too much damage. 

Since Thanksgiving there have been a lot of good WODs, some shopping, and movie watching. I am heading to Catching Fire in a couple hours with my cousin,  I’ve heard it’s awesome,  so I can’t wait!

Hoe was your Thanksgiving weekend?

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Pacer and Paleo Applesauce

This is a busy week for me, both professionally and personally.

Professionally I am putting on, for the second time, a 5K/10K race as an alcohol alternative at the university where I work. I love racing and race directing is super fun too, but it is a lot of work no matter how large or small the event is. So Saturday will consist of a 4:30am wake up call so I can get my butt to work and get things going for the 9am start time. Wahoo!

Personally I am acting as a pacer for the first time in my life….For the Biggest Loser Half Marathon! This will not be my first run-in with Biggest Loser, a couple years ago I met Patrick the winner of that season.

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I am very nervous because I haven’t raced in a few months and I have never run at an 11:30 pace. I am typically a 9:15 pace, but I’ve been working on slowing things down…which lets be honest when I do long runs I should be running much slower than I actually do to gain the physiological benefits of anaerobic exercise, so practicing a slower pace is a nice wake up call for me. The other thing that makes me nervous is that I have never run 13.1 miles nonstop, but I am confident I can do it at this much slower pace. I need to just get to the start line and let my leg take over and listen to my body.

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Now for the good stuff! Paleo applesauce! If I haven’t mentioned it before, I will tell you that I’m not much of a recipe creator, I’m a recipe tester and I make little modifications here and there. This applesauce was awesome and tasted just like my mom’s growing up, but the nutritional stats are much healthier, sorry mom.

Paleo Applesauce
6 medium apples (I used apples from my aunts apple tree, not sure what kind they are exactly)
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp honey
Dash of cinnamon

Prepare apples by peeling, cutting and dicing them. Heat the water on medium high in a medium pot. Then add apples, honey, and cinnamon. Cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pot off burner and mash apples until desired consistency. Store and cool in refrigerator. Bon appetite!
**This only makes about 4 half cup servings, so plan accordingly if you want more…and you will want more.
{This recipe is from Cave Girl in the City}

Q/A: Have you ever paced a race? Any tips?

Paleo Bread + 3 Ingredient Bar Recipes

As promised yesterday here are the two recipes!

Paleo Bread 

2 cups blanched almond flour

2 Tbsp coconut flour

1/4 cup flaxmeal

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

5 eggs

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse ingredients together. Pulse in wet ingredients.  Pour batter into a greased 7.5 x 3.5 bread pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

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Note: This is my first time making paleo bread so I did not know what to expect.  If you are trying paleo bread for the first time know that this will not taste like your traditional, squishy, soft bread. It is more grainy and dense, but delicious when served warm topped with homemade jam and almond butter or coconut oil. 

{This recipe is from Elana’s Pantry}

 

3 Ingredient Bars

1 cup nuts (I used almonds)

1 cup dried fruit (I used dried cranberries)

1 cup dates, pitted

Combine all ingredients into food processor.  Pulse a few times, separate as needed.  Process continuously for 1-2 minutes or until a ball is formed, scrape sides as needed.  Once ball is formed in processor, press into a thick square in a 8 x 8 pan covered with wax paper. Chill for at least one hour.  Cut chilled bars into desired size and wrap individually for an easy to grab snack/dessert.

{For different combinations and the original source of this recipe check out theKitchn}

P.S. My pictures for this recipe were accidentally deleted, so click the link above to see how delicious they look!