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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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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“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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Bacon and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

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I just made this stuffed squash last night and it was a hit!  Especially, with it being cold outside.  It’s rich with the bacon fat and maple syrup but man so good.  The best part about it was all of the ingredients, except the meat, were out of my produce bin.  I’m not only using all of my produce, but I feel like a super mom making this beauty on a Wednesday night.  Let me know what you think about it!

It is cold here in Texas!  I know, I know, it’s colder other places, but we like to freak out about it.  At least it’s not snowing.  You will hear me whining when it starts that mess.  I think we skipped fall.  Oh well.

You’re probably thinking since it’s getting colder this girl and her friends will skip out on the cold workouts.  Heck no.  Unless there is ice under my feet I’m out the door at 4am like any other day.  We get icicles in our hair when we run and sometimes I think my hands may actually stick to the barbells, but its all part of the fun.  No, Crossfit does not have a heater.  Nice try though. 

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Strict press. Super hard for me but come on, I’m working on it!

I went a little crazy this week and decided to change up my workout days.  I normally run Thursday and Crossfit Friday but I flipped them.  Whoa, don’t worry, I won’t get too wild on you. 

The WOD (Workout of the Day) today is:

Strength:
-Behind neck snatch grip Strict Press, 4X10
*Light and controlled.
-Strict Press, 8X3
*Heaviest possible.

WOD
12 Min AMRAP:
-5 KB Swing, 53/35#
-5 KB Lunges, 53/35#
-5 KB  SDHP, 53/35#
-5 KB Lunges, 53/35#

Kettlebell fun!

Kettlebell fun!

I actually was able to do RX.  Meaning I could do exactly what it says and use the 35# kettlebell.  I did whine a little but in the end it wasn’t horrible.  Dang!  Crossfit guy is probably reading this.  The next WOD will be horrible since I said that. 

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a 23 degree, 8 mile run at 4:15am.  Always an adventure.  I’ll be sure to take a cold weather selfie for you.  As always, I know you can’t wait.

Do you workout in cold weather?  If not, do you draw the line at a specific temp? 

Bacon and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Ingredients
  1. 1 acorn squash
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 lb. ground beef
  4. 6 oz. diced bacon (nitrate free and uncured)
  5. 1 yellow onion diced
  6. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  7. 2 cups of fresh kale chopped
  8. 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 1 tsp. pepper
  11. 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  12. 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  13. 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise. Be careful cutting through stem.
  4. Scrap out seeds with a spoon and discard.
  5. Rub flesh of squash with olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Roast flesh side down for about 45 minutes until squash is tender.
  7. When done remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  8. While squash is roasting brown ground beef, drain and set aside.
  9. Wipe all grease out of skillet.
  10. Add onions and bacon to the skillet. Cook on medium heat until bacon is almost done. Stirring frequently to avoid burning onions.
  11. Add cranberries, ground beef and maple syrup. Stir until cranberries burst and become tender.
  12. Add kale, salt, pepper, garlic and cumin.
  13. Last scrap out flesh of squash, chop and incorporate into mixture. Careful not to over mix.
  14. Divide mixture and fill each squash shell evenly. Top with cheese and broil until cheese is golden.
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Pumpkin Almond Iced Coffee

I got a picture today before I drank the whole thing in about 2 minutes!  I’m digging this coffee.  I’ve been drinking it every morning for my second breakfast.  See, I usually have half of an Isopure protein shake on the way to workout and half on the way home, then I have the two eggs we talked about last week.  Once the kids wake up a couple of hours later I’m ready to eat again.  Sometimes I cut up an apple and take it along but lately its been this delicious iced coffee.  coffeefront

As you get to know me a little better you will start to realize I eat as much as a grown man.  I try to change sometimes…not really.  I love food.

This weekend will be another big weekend.  One of my five year old twins, Ty, and I will be running his second 5k, the Jailbreak Run Fest in Royse City, TX.  He’s my little running buddy.  Hopefully I don’t have to carry him as much as I did last time.  In all seriousness though, I think he’s going to be an outstanding athlete.  We’ll see soon enough I suppose.

Then Sunday I have 18 miles on the plan with a handful of my buddies.  Oh man, I’m a little nervous.  18 will be a new distance for me.  I’ll get straight out of bed with a prayer Sunday morning you can be sure.  Don’t worry, I’ll have lots of weekend pictures to share.  You were worried right?

Try my coffee and see what you think!  Let me know!

 

Pumpkin Almond Iced Coffee
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup black coffee cooled
  2. 1 heaping tbsp. pumpkin puree
  3. 1 heaping tbsp. pure maple syrup
  4. 1 heaping tbsp. unsweetened almond butter
  5. 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  6. 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  7. handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients including ice and blend.
  2. Serve over ice.
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