Chocolate “Granola” – So Good…

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Oh man, I’m excited about this one.  I have been a snack monster lately so I decided to make my own Paleo granola.  This is not necessarily original, there are tons of “granola” recipes out there, this one is mine.  It is so good!  Really it’s more like a dessert but I like it as a snack, or breakfast, or lunch or when I’m awake.  I’m chomping on it now.  For all of you local people I got most of the ingredients at Get Healthy in Rockwall.  The cool thing is, I just bought the amounts I needed out of their bulk bins so it didn’t cost much at all.  Now I have to go back though.  I have to make more!

So you know how I’ve talked before about the way I eat…I mean I’ve mentioned that a couple of times right?  Anyway, I told you that I work better going “strict” Paleo for a while, then letting myself off of the hook for a couple of weeks, then getting back on.  Well, last Monday started Paleo time for this girl.  Which means until June, no cheat meals.  I have a couple of little things I eat that are not 100% strict but that’s another post.  I’m logging food as well.  I like it when I’m not cheating.  I feel 10 times better and there’s no room to create special occasions for myself.  For instance, my nieces birthday is this weekend.  I will not have any cake.  It’s her birthday, not mine.  I’ll eat cake for both of us on my birthday. 

It’s sort of weird that I sit here and chat away about what I eat and you guys are interested.  I do this and tell you all of these things because in the past when I was trying to eat right (whatever that looked like), I felt like I was on a diet and I was the only stinking one.  Well, if you are in that place know that you’re not the only one passing on that cake.  Also, I’m not on any kind of “diet”.  I eat food that makes me happy and makes me full.  Ask my family, no one likes hangry mommy.  Seriously.

On to the other part of my life…I CANNOT find a series I like on Netflix!  No, I don’t NEED a series to binge watch but I sure like to have one.  I’ve started a few and I just can’t get hooked.  You know I need to be hooked on a time waster.  Leave me alone, I like TV.  Anyway, I started Gilmore Girls.  I thought, if I like it at least it will last me awhile.  I’ll keep you posted.  I know you’re on the edge of your seats. 

 

Chocolate Paleo Granola
Sweet and salty paleo granola.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup whole unsalted almonds
  2. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  4. 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  5. 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
  6. 1 oz. 85% dark chocolate
  7. 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1/4 tsp. coarse ground sea salt
  11. 1/8 cup pure maple syrup
  12. 1/8 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. In a food processor pulse almonds until they are chopped. You want them a coarse consistency. Not too fine. Then pour onto cookie sheet.
  4. Chop the coconut flakes, dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds separately and add to cookie sheet.
  5. Add the sunflower sees and walnuts to the rest of the pile.
  6. Stir all of the seeds and nuts together to combine.
  7. Pour in the coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt.
  8. Mix all of the ingredients until well incorporated.
  9. Using your spoon spread the mixture out flat onto the cookie sheet. You want it to be about half an inch thick and spread out but all of it touching. (Similar to spreading out dough.)
  10. Bake in oven for 15 minutes then stir the mixture, redistribute and bake for another 15.
  11. When it has baked for 30 minutes remove from oven and let it cool completely. You can even put it in the fridge to cool.
  12. Once cool to touch the mixture will pull away from the foil and break into pieces.
  13. Store in refrigerator in an air tight container.
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Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins and I’m Emotional Today!

 ProteinMuffins1redoHi guys!  Remember how I’m not the baker?  Well, I came up with some muffins.  I have been craving some Paleo muffins so why not make my own?  They are chocolaty.  I like chocolate.  These are great for on the go…  I feel like I’m supposed to say that about breakfast muffins.  Anyway, try them out and let me know what you think.  I’m going to make a batch to take with me on my upcoming road trip.

NolaRaceConfirmationSpeaking of!  Nola!!  It’s marathon week!!  Woohoo!!  Can you tell I’m excited?  If not, ask anyone who has talked to me in the past few days.  They will tell you I might have mentioned it.  The kids have all been sick so I’ve been a wonderful mother trying to keep my distance as much as possible and washing my hands until they are literally raw.  Hey, it’s just a week.  If they get sick next week, I’m on it!

Other than excessively washing my hands and drinking “wellness tea” I have been busy this week dancing to Zydeco music and making a list of running things I need to bring.  I’m not sure why I’m making a list, really I’m just going to bring everything.  Hopefully, the other passengers in my car pack lightly.  Just kidding…maybe.

For real, I have been doing all of those things but this week has been emotional for me.  My team and I have put 40 weeks of training into this race.  40 weeks of super early mornings, following the plan, stressing about injuries we had and might get, countless miles and hours of cross training, chiropractic visits, lots of money on gear, watching every bite of food we eat and talking about every workout.  Here’s the thing, I’m a little sad it’s over!  There are of course going to be other races but this is the end of this one chapter.  It’s been awesome!  No matter what happens on Sunday, the training went well.  The support from my Coach and the bond I have formed with my running buddies is amazing.  Tear…ok I’ll stop.

Speaking of food.  I have a plan.  I WILL NOT head to Louisiana and eat a bunch of Cajun food before a marathon.  Very bad things would happen.  Instead, I’m bringing my own pre-race food.  On the menu is boiled eggs, almonds, cuties and bananas, mushroom chicken and white rice and quinoa loaded with veggies and almonds.  I know, I know, white rice and quinoa are not Paleo.  I’ve needed carbs through this training and those things have been a good source for me.  I know they have no ill affect on me so down the hatch. 

When the race is over…um.  Whatever food I can get my hands on in New Orleans, Louisiana is fair game.  Just look away.

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
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Chocolate chip Paleo breakfast muffins. Filling and yummy.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 cup blanched almond flour
  3. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  4. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  6. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  7. 2 tsp. chocolate baking cocoa
  8. 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  9. 4 whole eggs
  10. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  11. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  12. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  13. Olive oil or coconut oil spray for muffin tins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for chocolate chips. If the flour is lumpy use a hand mixer.
  3. Dust the chocolate chips with the almond flour.
  4. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
  5. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  6. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy warm.
Notes
  1. If you don't want to use the protein powder add extra cocoa powder to keep the chocolate flavor.
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Pink Powerhouse Smoothie

beetsmoothie1Oh you guys have to trust me and try this one.  My kids loved it!  You will be healthier for it, I promise!  Why is it so pink??  Well, silly, because it’s made with roasted beets!  I really love the little suckers.  They are cheap and super good for you.  And they make gorgeous smoothies, duh.  Roast a bunch the night before, then the next morning it will take you about 10 seconds to have this ready to go out the door.  Also, before you have a heart attack and think it will taste like weird health food, really it tastes like mellow bananas, with a sweet beet undertone.  So there. 

This week has been a little different for me.  I HURT MY FOOT!  Yep, 19 days out from the marathon I’m limping myself home 2 miles into a 10 mile run.  I think it’s going to be ok though.  I have this awesome chiropractor who fixed me right up on Tuesday.  My cuboid joint in my foot was out of whack.  (Who even knew I had one of those?)  It seems much better but I’m laying off of running until Saturday to give the soft tissue time to heal.  Boo!

coldcrossfitmorningIn the meantime…Crossfit!  Man it was 16 degrees this morning!  I’ve said it once before, no, there is not heat there.  Those bars are seriously cold.  I believe Monday I referred to the toes to bar workout as a cold day in hell.  Thankfully today we stayed far away from them with our gloves on. 

 

The wod (workout of the day) was:

6 Min AMRAP (as many reps as possible):
-6 Wallballshots,  20/14#
-6 Goblet Squats, 53/35#
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-Double Unders
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-6 Burpees
-6 HSPU (Hand Stand Push Up)

I rowed instead of doing double unders with the bum foot and all.  That stinks.  Double unders are the only good thing I have going for me there.  Whatever.

So, my Crossfit box is changing.  The new name is Form and Function Fitness.  We are still having the typical Crossfit wods everyday but he’s also added power lifting, the running club on Wednesday morning and I’ve heard rumors of yoga.  It’s all very exciting.  For those of you in this area, there is a pretty good promotion going on now.  If you’ve wanted to try it, now is the time.  By the way, he didn’t put me up to this little plug.  It’s my blog, I do what I want.  However, I love to see new people come through the door.  It’s made a big difference in my life. 

Well, peeps I need to get back to my day job.  Let me know how you like that smoothie!  Oh, and I know I had some technical issues with the comments section of this blog.  I fixed it so comment away.

Pink Powerhouse Smoothie
Simple smoothie full of nutrients
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 1/4 cup roasted beets
  4. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  5. 1 tsp raw honey
  6. 1/2 frozen banana
  7. 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
To roast beets
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub beets to clean then cut off both ends.
  3. Coat in olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast covered in oven for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  5. Once beets have cooled remove remaining skin.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use in smoothie.
For the smoothie
  1. Add beets, coconut milk, honey, banana and protein powder to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
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“Peanut Butter and Jelly” Waffles! And…Do Something HARD

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I am so excited about these waffles!  Paleo waffles are not always the best.  Sorry, just being honest.  And, making any sort of batter is not usually in my comfort zone.  These, my dear, are delicious and so easy!  I made them for the kids and they devoured them.  Believe me, the kids don’t always like my food.  The poor hubby hasn’t gotten to try them yet.  This weekend he will get to try them as long as he makes them and has them ready when I get home from my run.  Spoiled maybe?  Nah.

Post Indian Run.  Goofy friends.  Not me, them.

Post Indian Run. Not so bad huh?

So, this morning we had a 10 mile tempo run on the plan.  We decided to make it an Indian Run.  Basically after warm up, you get in a line, run, and the last person has to run faster to get to the front and so on.  This drill is always a lot of fun, however, it is not easy.  Somehow, we run faster and faster as the miles tick away.  Running fast is freaking hard!  In spite of huffing and puffing and sweating in December we still had a blast.

Well, that got me thinking.  The marathon is getting closer.  For those who have been under a rock, a whole bunch of my buddies and I are running the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on January 25th.  Training has been significantly harder and more time consuming than I expected.  I have spent a ridiculous amount of time running and cross training to get ready for it.  As it gets closer I find myself getting a little sad about training ending.  What?!  Who is sad about marathon training ending?? 

Let me explain.   Doing something HARD is rewarding.  Think about it.  Raising these three kids I have to be productive members of society and not be butt holes is HARD.  Everyday.  But, everyday, they give me another reason to do it.  Eating a diet that not everyone agrees with and doesn’t include classic cheeseburgers is HARD, but the way I feel and thrive is worth it.  Setting my alarm for 3:20am is plain hardcore, but I get to hang out with my crazy, early bird, buddies.  They are accountable, funny, God fearing, and a bunch of tough cookies.  I consider them my family.

My point is, just because it is uncomfortable does not mean it shouldn’t be enjoyable.  Don’t shy away from something because it’s not easy.  Embrace it and make the most of it.  Whoa!  More deep thoughts by Summer.

 

 

"Peanut Butter and Jelly" Waffles
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Paleo waffles with a blueberry and almond butter jam.
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For the waffles
  1. 1/2 ripe banana
  2. 1/4 cup coconut milk
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  5. 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  6. 1/8 tsp. salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1 cup blanched almond flour
  10. oil for coating waffle iron
For the Blueberry Jam
  1. 1/2 cup blueberries
  2. 1/4 cup coconut milk
  3. 1 tsp. almond butter
  4. 1 tsp. honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Add all ingredients for the blueberry jam into a small saucepan and simmer.
  3. As the blueberries heat up smash some with a spoon to release juices.
  4. Stir occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, in a blender add all ingredients for the waffles. Add almond flour last.
  6. Blend waffle ingredients. Use a spoon to scrap flour off of the sides of blender.
  7. Spray or brush waffle iron with oil.
  8. Pour blended batter into waffle iron careful not to overfill.
  9. Waffles only cook for a couple of minutes. They are done when golden brown.
  10. When done, use a pot holder to flip waffle out onto a plate.
  11. Top with blueberry jam.
  12. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Recipe makes about 2 1/2 large waffles. Double if more are needed.
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