Bacon+Chocolate+Maple=Heaven

bikelight

Finally- Back on the bike and finding my motivation during the holidays. I’ve been off the bandwagon a little bit, so it’s time to get back on it! I know it’s hard with all the family parties, office temptations, and time out with friends- but in reality it’s just another day. Staying focused is key.

I know, I know it’s hard to focus on working out and eating right when I show you these…

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These paleo friendly cookies are something else, and by something else I mean AMAZING! I made these yesterday on a whim while getting our lunch and dinner prep ready for the week.

There’s chocolate! There’s bacon! There’s maple! Oh and it’s topped with some sea salt which really gives it that perfect flavor.

Here’s how YOU can make them:

Preheat oven to 350 (this recipe makes 8 cookies)

  • 1 C. almond meal
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 1.8 t. baking soda
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 3 T. melted coconut oil
  • 3 T. Maple Syrup
  • 2 T. Honey
  • 1 t. vanilla extract (if you have it use maple extract)
  • 1 T. coconut milk (leftover from this tea)
  • 2-3 T. dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • 2-3 pieces of bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
  1. Mix together dry ingredients, add in wet then fold in bacon and chocolate.
  2. Form 8 balls, press down lightly, bake for 12minutes. While still warm sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
  3. Enjoy!

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Short week for me, which I’m super excited about. Two quick 12 hr’s on Monday and Tuesday then off for the holiday! Hopefully you have your shopping done because the malls and shops are CRAZY! Online shopping is where its at ;) Looking forward for some family time coming up and some GOOD FOOD!

Happy Monday gang- thanks for stopping by!

Friday 5

Happy Friday! Friday 5 time: Just a random 5 things I’m pinning, making, eating, doing & loving..

Pinning.

DIY Cleaning products. There’s so many recipes for homemade stuff, I get lost in all of them- here’s a site with the basics.

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Making.

Turmeric Tea. In my research of thinning out my blood- Turmeric is suppose to be awesome.  I was hesitant about the taste, but this is legit good. A litttle kick from the cayenne, and ginger (not shown) really gives it a unique flavor. It’s not bitter or gross- I SWEAR.  (The turmeric, ginger, cayenne AND Ginger are all spices high in salicylates.) I know it looks gross.. just trust me.

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Eating.

When I need a sweet treat, these little puppies hit the spot. Just enough to satisfy that chocolate craving… Portion Control people!

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Doing.

Dancing to this song. If you don’t dance when you hear this- you may be deaf. Just get up and move!


Loving.

My hair after the salon. Why can’t I do this?! Time for practicing my curling abilities. It’s amazing how your hair can make you feel. Even if I’m wearing sweats and a flannel- I still feel like a million bucks ;)

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Have a great weekend guys! Thanks for stopping by :)

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Guys- I saw an idea where else but Pinterest, and decided to make them this morning. JB is working from home, so it’s the perfect excuse to cook. Here is how I made mine. Paleo Friendly- Kind of ;)

For the pancakes:

  • 4 eggs- room temp
  • 1 c. milk- I used 1/2 coconut milk 1/2 regular milk (any milk will do)
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 T Honey
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. sea salt

For the Cinnamon Swirl: (This should be pretty thick, almost like toothpaste. Pour it into a baggie, snip the tip to make the swirl easy. It will get harder to work with as the butter cools)

  • 2 T. Keri Gold butter
  • 1/8 c. brown sugar
  • 2 t. cinnamon

For the Maple cinnamon glaze:

  • 2 T. Maple syrup
  • 1-2 t. powdered sugar (depending on how thick you want it)
  • dash of cinnamon
  1. Pour a little pancake batter on skillet (make them a little smaller because the coconut flour makes it tricky to flip)
  2. swirl with cinnamon mixture
  3. flip once the bottom is browned and the top is bubbling
  4. drizzle with glaze

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YUM! Enjoy.

Have a great day! Mmmm- Beef stew is in the crock pot, now It’s time for me to get my hair done! :) Thanks for stopping by…

 

Here’s the dirty..

Good Morning! If this doesn’t wake you up I don’t know what will. Well, there’s coffee, but this might be better.

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When making smoothies, be sure to use organic produce when you use the skins. Why? Because the produce we eat is covered with pesticides! Just a few facts:

(EWG is a great resource for foods, everyday cleaning products and cosmetic toxicity.)

  • Every sample of imported nectarine samples tested and 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
  • The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
  • A single grape tested positive for 15 pesticides.
  • Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and strawberries tested positive for 13 different pesticides apiece.
  • Only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
  • 89 percent of pineapples, 82 percent of kiwi, 80 percent of papayas, 88 percent of mango, and 61 percent of cantaloupe had no residues.

Dirty Dozen:

Nonorganic apples once again topped The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce report, making it the fourth year in a row the beloved fruit earned the unfavorable spot. Kale, collard greens, and hot peppers were frequently contaminated with insecticides that are particularly toxic to human health, prompting their “Dirty Dozen Plus” status.

1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarines (Imported)
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas (Imported)
12. Potatoes
+ Hot Peppers
+ Kale/Collard Greens

Clean 15:
These produce picks contained the lowest pesticide levels. 

1. Avocados
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet Potatoes

To make this fruit salad smoothie- Place in your blender:

  • 1/2 c. organic grapes
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and halved (clementines work too, just use two)
  • 1/2 c. pineapple chunks (Trader Joe’s has frozen pineapple tidbits that are perfect for smoothies!)
  • 1/4 medium organic cucumber (if you don’t have a cuke, just use a handful of organic spinach)
  • 1 medium organic carrot
  • 1 medium organic apple
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • (orange juice if needed to thin out)

Enjoy! Make a double batch for your breakfast tomorrow… An easy way to start your workday on the right foot.

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Sunday morning if I’m not working I love to bake. This morning I made some Paleo Pumpkin Bread. Here’s how I made it: really easy, and really good! Just Try it. I buy my almond flour at Trader Joe’s- I find it’s the cheapest there. Also the canned pumpkin there is a good deal, it’s the real deal.

  • 1.5 C. canned pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C. Honey
  • 1/4 C. Coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 C. Almond Meal
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice <– make your own!
  • 1 t. cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, honey and coconut oil together well
  3. Add in almond flour, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and baking soda
  4. Pour batter into a greased 5×9 loaf pan
  5. Bake for 50 minutes
  6. Allow to cool completely before serving

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Now it’s time to move 6,000LB of pellets into the garage…. Woof.

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Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by :)