Carrot Cake Smoothie

CarrotCakeSmoothie1Whoa!  You just heard from me yesterday!  Crazy, I know.  Give me a break folks, I’m a mom of three small kids, not in school yet so I’m doing what I can.  Come August when I ship the twins off to Kindergarten you might get sick of me.  Might…

Anywho…I wanted to get this Carrot Cake Smoothie posted for you.  I’m totally loving it right now.  Probably because I have an abundance of carrots and I’m able to use them quickly in this smoothie.  I told you, I’m not made of money so we waste nothing.  That’s another piece of advice I have.  In my opinion, if you’re throwing away food, you have too much money.  Just sayin.  Try the smoothie, it’s obviously cold but it seems warm and cozy.  Makes perfect sense!

My offspring enjoying the Texas snow.  A warm bath and hot chocolate followed.  Mad Mom points there I tell ya!

My offspring enjoying the Texas snow. A warm bath and hot chocolate followed. Mad Mom points there I tell ya!

In revealing my deep dark secrets yesterday I totally forgot to mention the crazy mess we have going on here.  By the way, thank ya’ll for the awesome support yesterday!  You guys rock!!  Anyway, by crazy mess I mean ice and snow.  We are Texans, we do not handle that well.  Runner’s either.  I’ll run in pretty much anything, but ice under my feet is where I draw the line.  Remember that girl who busted her butt on the news last year talking about how she likes to run on the ice.  Yeah, not here.  Because of the weather I got three good rest days.  Turns out it’s what I needed.  I’ve had a nagging hamstring/glute that keeps misbehaving.  It seems to be better.  All of the eating and sitting on my butt helped.

So the weather let up long enough this morning to head to Crossfit at 5am.  Dang I’m still so weak from the marathon.  I am, however, trying!  It seems to be getting a little better.  Here was the Wod:

Strenth:
-Bench Press, 3×5@60%

WOD
10 Rounds:
-15 Goblet Squats, 70/53#
-50m Shuttle Sprint

The workout sucked but the company was good!

The workout sucked but the company was good!

Yes, that is squatting 150 times with a 53 pound kettle bell.  Ah it sucked!  I did it though.  That’s heavier than my kids!  Don’t you think I didn’t complain, but I finished.  Tomorrow 10 miles as long as the roads are clear.  Back at it folks.

Carrot Cake Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  2. 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  3. 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp. almond butter
  5. 1 tsp. maple syrup
  6. 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  7. 1/2 banana
  8. 2 handfuls ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until incorporated well.
  3. If smoothie is too thick adjust by adding a small amount of coconut milk or water.
  4. Enjoy!
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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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Cream of Mushroom Soup

 

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Hi guys!  Man, it’s been a busy week doing the Christmas thing.  Of course I’m still running like a crazy person but I also have to do the mom thing.  You know, buy presents, wrap presents, remember all the little things I’m supposed to take to school for Christmas parties, remember to go to the Christmas parties… you know the deal.  I would make a terrible room mom. 

So on to the Cream of Mushroom soup.  There is no reason on earth you should buy the canned stuff when you have this recipe.  It is delicious and literally takes 10 minutes.  I looked up some other paleo mushroom soup recipes and I’m sure they are super delicious but none that I found are as easy as this. 

Here’s a little recipe I’m addicted to with the soup.  Make the soup and set it aside.  Then dice and season chicken tenderloins and sear in a pan with a little butter.  Then add the soup back to the pan.  Simmer for a couple of more minutes until the chicken is done.  It’s a creamy, delicious, chicken dish.  This is my new prerace food.  Seriously.  I’ve put it over white rice for carbs but cauliflower rice would be delicious too.  Or just a giant ladle, whatever it takes to get it in your face.  

I know since I’ve been MIA you’re also dying to hear my running schedule for the week.  You are right?  Anyway, sometimes I think maybe my Coach has lost his mind.  But then I remember I haven’t died yet and New Orleans is right around the corner.  EEK! 

Tuesday (two days after a half!) – Track work.  8 miles with 5 x 1000 5k pace with 400 recovery.  BRUTAL

Wednesday – 4.5 miles easy

TiredoutThursday – 10 miles.  Our workout said with 6 40 sec bursts.  He actually meant 6 but we took it as 6 miles!  Yep we basically did 6 miles of sprint intervals.  We were the laugh of the running club.  I felt like this.  And yes, that is a cookie in my mouth.  It’s not Paleo but it is gluten free.  Shoot me.  My socks say “Steak” and “Eggs” at least.

Today was Crossfit and tomorrow is 15 miles.  Fun times!

Basically, it’s crunch time.  That’s ok.  I’m trying to get enough sleep and still keep up with life…which is dang hard sometimes.  I’m also keeping a tight reign on my diet and rolling my legs a few times a day. 

On a last note.  I’m not one of those people to be vague and mysterious, obviously.  But my immediate family got some really great news this week.  This being the interweb and all, they probably don’t want me airing business, but I do want to openly thank God for his blessings.  It doesn’t even have to do with running!  Go figure!

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Creamy soup to eat alone or use as an ingredient in dishes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter (grassfed)
  2. 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  3. large handful of cremini mushrooms diced small
  4. 1 tsp. each salt and pepper. More to taste
  5. 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  6. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  2. Add almond flour. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to make a roux.
  3. Add chopped mushrooms, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for another couple of minutes.
  4. Then add the coconut milk and flax seeds. Stir until it thickens.
  5. Taste test and adjust salt and pepper if needed.
Notes
  1. Seriously! That's it!
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Let me know any other ways you use the soup!

“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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Beef Tips with Sweet Potato Puree and My Thanks

BeefTips1It’s Thanksgiving week, yay!  You know that already right?  My recipe today has nothing to do with Thanksgiving because I’m one of those people that holidays sneak up on.  Ask me if I’ve bought a single Christmas present?  Nope.  I’ll wait until the last minute when I have to pay full price for everything.  Anyway, I always get stew meat (or beef tips) from the cow and I’ve had a hard time finding a way to cook them using Paleo ingredients.  Well, here it is folks.  Seriously.  It’s even taste tested by one of my running buddies.  It’s so flavorful.  It takes a little time but it’s worth it.  Mmmm, I love beef gravy.

Since it’s Thanksgiving we are supposed to reflect on what we are thankful for huh?  Well, here it is.

10 Things this Running Junkie is Thankful For

1. Running buddies who are not annoying.  I am easily annoyed.

2. Food

3. Good shoes and a husband who lets me buy them every other day

4. Bodyglide

5.  Compression pants

6. My watch that is more complicated than my twins

7. Salted caramel GU.  Nope, not Paleo.  Hey, it’s better than donuts.

8. Porta potties and public restrooms.

9. Finish lines

10. The chiropractor

In all seriousness, I have to admit, I am totally blessed.  For real.  I have an awesome family.  My husband, kids, parents, siblings, extended family, all of them are crazy birds but they are great and they are mine and I love them.  My church.  I get to wear jeans, rock babies and be held accountable for my actions.  It’s a pretty cool place.  My healthy body and early morning workout family.  Who the heck is thankful for early mornings?  You all know by now its a big part of my life.  I’m thankful for the ability to do stuff I never imagined were possible with some cool folks before dawn.  My freedom and comfort in the good ole US of A.  We have our trouble but we have it pretty great.  No, I’m not getting into a political argument with you either so don’t even try it.

What are some of the things you are thankful for? 

Beef Tips with Sweet Potato Puree
Paleo Beef Tips and Sweet Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lb beef tips or stew meat
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 4 tbsp. butter
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1/4 cup almond flour
  6. salt and pepper
  7. 1 tsp granulated garlic
  8. 14oz can beef broth
  9. 2 large sweet potatoes
  10. 1/4 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Thinly slice onion and cook it in dutch oven over low heat with 2 tbsp. butter and olive oil for about 45 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  3. You don't want them to burn but they do need to caramelize.
  4. When onions are done remove them from pan.
  5. Coat beef tips in almond flour and salt and pepper.
  6. Sear coated beef tips over a medium to high heat.
  7. Then add 3/4 can of beef broth and bring to a boil to deglaze the pan.
  8. Make sure you scrap the yummy bits out of the bottom of the pan.
  9. Add onions back to pan.
  10. Season with granulated garlic.
  11. Stir
  12. Put covered dish into oven for about 2.5 hours. Check a couple of times and add beef broth if needed.
  13. While beef is cooking peal and cube sweet potatoes.
  14. Boil for about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  15. Drain water then add butter, coconut milk and salt and pepper. These ingredients may need to be adjusted depending on your taste.
  16. Mix with a hand mixture until pureed.
  17. When beef tips are done serve over sweet potatoes.
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