Blueberry Paleo Pancakes (WIAW #26)

 Goooood morning!  

You guys ready for another WIAW post?  And ready for an awesome, 4-ingredient paleo pancake recipe?

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Here’s a look into ‘What I Ate Wednesday Last Sunday’:

Breakfast (6:45 am)

blueberry paleo pancakes

Blueberry Paleo Pancakes! 

I’ve been making these pancakes for years since they take only minutes to prepare and they’re perfect for a guilt-free Sunday breakfast.  Plus, they contain only 4 ingredients – and that’s including the blueberries! 

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana
1 egg (cage-free)
1 scoop almond butter
1/2 cup organic blueberries

Directions:

1) Mash a banana in a medium bowl, add an egg and almond butter and stir until well combined.*  Pour the blueberries into the mix. 

2) Spray a frying pan with non-stick spray. Spoon the batter onto the pan and cook over medium heat.  Flip when bubbles appear in the middle of the pancakes.  

3) Serve with honey, maple syrup or almond butter and enjoy!  (I topped my pancakes with organic honey & fresh strawberries).

*I’m sure you’ll want to add flour or something to thicken the batter but trust me, you don’t need it. ;)

Morning Snack (10ish am)

larabar

Mike and I attended a birthing class in the morning so I packed a water bottle and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar to hold me over.

Lunch (12:30 pm)

lunch

We had about 45 minutes between the birthing class and the hospital tour so we stopped at a little cafe for lunch.  I went with an all-natural chicken breast, lettuce, tomato & cheddar cheese on whole-wheat bread panini.  I also had a little bag of chips and pickle with the meal.

Afternoon Snack (5ish pm)

banana

A banana before my work-out (btw I’ve definitely ‘popped’… )

Dinner (7 pm)

yogurt bowl

 I was still hot from working-out and craving something cold for dinner so I went with my beloved yogurt bowl.  In the mix: vanilla greek yogurt, chia seeds, strawberries, GoLean cereal & a big scoop of peanut butter (<– for the extra protein = stay full longer = happy, pregnant Julie :))

Thanks Jenn for hosting the WIAW  link-up!

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Do you love yogurt bowls/parfaits?  What do you add to yours?

What’s on the menu for today?

 

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Wknd Recap & Paleo Pancakes!

Yesterday

1. – Fuel for my 7am run.  I ate half of the bar before the run and the other half after and the GU was enjoyed at mile 2 (I really needed the energy), 2. – Overcast & drizzling during my 7 miler in Southie :D 3. – Relaxing at home w/ a beer, 4 & 5. – Lots of yummy app’s at Mike’s niece’s 2nd birthday party, 6. – And cocktails at the party.  Gotta love kid’s parties!

Today

This morning I woke up craving pancakes which is so not normal for me.  I usually want a cold yogurt parfait or smoothie in the summer but not today.  Since I ate a ton of crap at the party last night, I wanted the pancakes to be on the healthier side.  I whipped up a batch of paleo pancakes and they turned out tasting pretty darn delicious!

Ingredients:

(For 1 large serving)

  • 2 ripe banana’s
  • 1 egg
  • 2 big spoonfuls almond butter
  • a couple dashes of cinnamon
  • coconut oil (for the skillet)

Directions:

1) Combine the bananas, egg, almond butter and cinnamon in a food processor and blend until smooth.

2) Heat the coconut oil on a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Pour the batter onto the skillet and cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until they start to bubble (They cook fast so make sure to flip them before they burn (this took me a couple of times to figure out))

3) Top with honey and fresh fruit.  Enjoy!

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After breakfast I quickly packed up my stuff and headed out to Nahant beach to meet up with a friend.

Btw, the hourly forecast showed a crappy, super cloudy day but the weather turned out to be perfect!  Why is it so hard to find an accurate forecast??  I’ll have to find a better weather website ASAP. 

After the beach I went for a 3 mile power-walk around the lake in Wakefield with Mike and now I’m plopped on the couch watching the Red Sox game.  It’s been a pretty nice Sunday.

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What’d YOU do this weekend? :)

Anyone else have a long run?  How was it? 

What’s the BEST website for ACCURATE weather forecasts???

A good run and paleo tilapia “tacos”

Wow, what a busy week/weekend!  I arrived home from Irvine, CA late Friday night and spent the rest of the weekend working a track meet, catching up on errands, getting stuff ready for the BIG move, driving to my mom’s on the Cape to pick up furniture, and squeezing in a 9 mile run around Southie this morning. 

And thank god for that run; I needed it! 

The entire run was a struggle and I wanted to quit sooo many times (seriously, I looked at my Garmin almost every minute and debated whether I should continue running or give up… ) but I kept with it and finished with an overall 8:20/minute pace. I don’t feel 100% ready for my half marathon next Sunday but I feel good knowing I completed 9 miles today!

Sunday Dinner

While I was driving back from the Cape, Mike prepared a tasty, healthy paleo dish for tonight’s dinner….  what a good guy, right?  This dinner was so light and delicious!!  It’ll def be a “go-to” dinner for us. :)

Paleo Tilapia “Tacos”

Ingredients

  • 1 lb tilapia
  • 3 peppers, roasted (we used 1 red, 1 green, and 1 yellow pepper)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • guacamole
  • Boston lettuce

1) Marinate the tilapia with fresh lemon and lime juice and chopped cilantro for an hour or so.  Grill over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side.

2)  While the fish is grilling, chop the roasted peppers and combine in a bowl with lime and lemon juice.

3) Once the tilapia is cooked, chop it up and add it to a couple of pieces of lettuces.  Top with the pepper mix, guacamole and roll into a taco or eat as a salad.  Enjoy!

Hmm so I guess this doesn’t look like a taco at all?  But I didn’t know what else to call it ;)

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How was your weekend?

What was your Sunday dinner? :)

 

Super bowl app’s & an amazing 2 miler.

Wow, what a great game last night, right?  Actually, I didn’t really pay too much attention to the game.  The Pat’s weren’t playing so I more into the half time show (I’m obsessed with Beyonce) and the commercials than the actual game.

And I was into the food!

Mike and I went to our friend’s house for the game and brought a couple appetizer’s with us….   buffalo roasted cauliflower and bacon wrapped sweet potato wedges.  We’ve made the bacon wrapped sweet potato wedges for last years Super Bowl and they were a hug hit (obviously anything with bacon is awesoooome) but the buffalo cauliflower was just as big of a hit this year.  (OK, so my iPhone pictures don’t do these app’s justice but trust me, you’ll love them!)

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Franks Red Hot
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • salt
  • blue cheese dressing
  • toothpicks

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Toss cauliflower florets in a bowl with the EVOO and sprinkle some salt on top.  Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast for about 25-30 minutes, turning once about halfway through.

3) Pour the hot sauce and melted butter in a large bowl and add the roasted cauliflower.  Mix together and enjoy with blue cheese dressing.

We ate the cauliflower with toothpicks and used this delicious yogurt blue cheese dressing as the dip So good!

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 package of bacon
  • toothpicks

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them into wedges.

3) Wrap a piece of bacon around the wedge and secure it with a toothpick.

4) Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, turning once about halfway through.  Remove from the oven and let cool before serving!

 Mmm mmmm!

Other foods for the night included a cheese & cracker platter, chips, home-made turkey chili (which was so yummy!  I’ll get the recipe soon and share it with you guys), and some wine and beer. :)

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Btw, did you see the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on ESPN?  If so, did you watch Mary Cain run the 2 mile?!?  OMG, she’s amazing!  She’s only 16 years old and she demolished the high school record for the 2 mile, finishing in 9:38.68!!!  And she was so chill about it during her interview.  I can’t even imagine being that fast at her age!

PS this meet took place at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston which is where I work track meets as a part-time job!  Too bad I wasn’t working the New Balance Meet…   maybe they’ll need me next year? :D

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What’d you make for the Super Bowl?  PLEASE SHARE!

 Are you working out today?  What are you doing??

Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai

Good morning!

Crazy storm last night, huh?  While a nor’easter was happening outside, I was whipping around the kitchen inside trying to prepare a new dish for dinner.  I found a delicious looking Chicken Pad Thai Paleo Style recipe on fastpaleo.com (which can be found here) and tried to make a similar meal.  I mostly followed the recipe but changed a couple of items:

  • Instead of chicken I used shrimp
  • Microwaved the squash instead of baking (saves a lot of time)
  • Added extra carrots and also included mushrooms
  • Substituted honey instead of coconut sugar
  • Didn’t include garlic or garlic sauce (yuck)
  • Didn’t include fish sauce (didn’t have any on hand)

Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai (from fastpaleo.com)

Ingredients:

The meal came out tasting really good but I wouldn’t say it was greaaaatttt.  I think maybe my expectations were way too high?  I figured it was going to be my new “go-to-paleo-meal”.  It had a ton of flavors and was very filling but there’s something minor I’d want to tweak the next time I make it?  Let me know what you think! :D

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Happy Friday!  Ummm how is September almost over?!

Since yesterday was the perfect Fall day, I went out for a 5 mile run and ended up doing 6 just so I could enjoy the beautiful weather. 

And boy was it a hard run grrrr!  I’m definitely out of shape from traveling and had to stop a bunch of times to catch my breath. :(  But I’ll continue running over the weekend and will get back to where I was before my trip. 

I was also able to kill 2 birds with 1 stone by doing errands on my run.  Bank? Check.  PS pumpkin spice coffee? Check. :D

Fall Recipes

Alright, let’s talk recipes.  I love pumpkin recipes and have been craving them for a couple weeks now.  Unfortunately the people in Germany and Austria don’t feel the same way as I do.  Either they don’t eat delicious pumpkin recipes or I just didn’t see any?  So yesterday I was determined to bake something paleo, pumpkin flavored, and easy.  I bring to you……

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins (w/ walnuts)

**Inspired by this tasty recipe over at Nutrition Nut On The Run

Ingredients (9 muffins)

  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • chopped walnuts for batter and to sprinkle on top (optional)
  • raw sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and blend until smooth.

3) Fill paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full, then sprinkle the top of each muffin w/ chopped walnuts and sugar.

4) Bake for approximately 26-28 minutes.  Let cool before serving and store in an airtight container. 

Enjoy! 

Steak Tips w/ Bacon & Mushroom

Good morning!

I skipped my morning workout and opted for an afternoon one instead. :)  I’m gonna do my new trick of drinking strong coffee around 3ish, change into my gym clothes at work, and then head to the gym (well sit in painful traffic forever and then hit up the gym!)  It’s a cross training day so I’ll do 20 minutes of cardio and then the following quick/hard workout:

No Weights Circuit Workout

  • 15 push-ups
  • 20 jump squats
  • 25 mountain climbers
  • 60 second plank
  • 60 second invisible jump rope
  • 60 second wall sit

**Repeat the circuit 2-3 times

Dinner

Alright, so last night’s dinner was crazy good (it’s even in Mike’s Top 3 Favorite Meals cooked by me!)  Hellz yeah!

Steak  Tips w/ Bacon & Mushrooms

(Inspired by  The Paleo Project recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb steak tips
  • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms
  • 5 strips of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions

1) Season the steak with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat (I used a cast iron skillet – so good!)

2) In a seperate large frying pan or wok add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. (I had to go to a couple grocery stores to find the coconut oil but it’s def. worth the trips.  The coconut oil gives the meal a nice sweet coconut taste which is so much better than olive oil…. )

3) Cut up bacon strips into 1/2 inch pieces and add to the coconut oil.   Also, add the mushrooms.

4) Cook bacon until it’s crispy and mushrooms are light brown.

5) Once the steak tips are done, place them on a plate and add the bacon and mushroom mixture on top.

We also had a side of asparagus and wine with dinner. :D

Not only is this meal super delicious but even with the bacon, it still tastes really healthy!  ENJOY!   

Paleo Avocado Brownies

9 miler is done!  YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  :D  I don’t think I’ve ever been so hot and sweaty in my life?!  The heat wasn’t crazy (around 73 degrees), it was the humidity that killed me…..  100% humidity!  But it’s done and I don’t have another long run till next Saturday, phew.

Right before my run, I had 2 FRS energy chews and half of a Lara Bar (I can’t eat too much before I run; it gives me crazy stomach cramps).  I also carried a GU energy gel while running and had it around mile 5.  I LOVE energy chews & GU!

Let’s rewind to yesterday……

Yesterday

So I realized that I haven’t been cooking or baking anything exciting lately and knew that had to change.  Last night before I went out, I made a batch of paleo avocado brownies with coconut flakes and chocolate chips.  They turned out very moist and delicious!  And you can’t even taste the avocados.  For real! 

Paleo Avocado Brownies

(adapted from tgipaleo)

Ingredients

  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted in 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 large avocados 
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond meal  
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetend coconut flakes (optional)
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

1) Puree the avocados in a food processor.  Make sure there are no lumps – you want it nice and smooth.

2) Combine all the other ingredients (except the dark chocolate chips) in a large bowl and mix with an electronic mixer.  Make sure it’s really smooth.

3) Pour batter into a 8 x 8 greased pan.  Sprinkle the dark chocolate chips on top (optional).

4) Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.

Alright, time to make an egg sandwich for breakfast. Then it’s brownie time!

Q&A Thursday: Following A Paleo Diet

I’m going to start a new feature on the blog, titled “Q & A Thursday”.  This week, I sent a list of questions to my friend and fellow coworker, Jacki Robson.   Jacki has been following a  paleo diet for about a year and was the first person to introduce me to the word and lifestyle.  If you’re not familiar with the paleo diet (aka the caveman diet) check out this site for more info: Paleo Diet

And here’s my Q & A with Jacki:

1) How did you get started with the paleo lifestyle?

I began introducing paleo to my lifestyle about a year after I graduated from college. A friend I graduated high school with started a blog about being paleo and why she decided to try it. After reading her blog day in and day out and doing additional research, I decided that it could have a very positive impact on my life as well.

2) What’s your typical grocery list each week?

Since I only feed my boyfriend and I my grocery list is never very long. Depending what we are in the mood for I may stop and pick up extras throughout the week.  Typical items you can find on my shopping list are:

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini
  • Avocado
  • Chicken
  • Grass-fed ground Beef
  • Grass-fed steak
  • Ground turkey
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Butter

  • Eggs
  • Bacon

*The produce varies each week depending on what’s on sale, or what looks fresh.

3) What are some of your new favorite paleo meals?

 A few all-time favorites are:

  • Bunless grass-fed burgers with bacon, avocado, goat milk feta, onion and mustard

  • Steak Tips with mushroom and bacon sauté over them
  • Spaghetti squash with whatever sauce you feel like whipping up!

4) Is the paleo lifestyle easy or hard to maintain?

It depends on the situation. If I cook at home every day, then it’s easy. But when I go out and am tempted with no-paleo treats, it’s hard. It’s all about finding the balance where you feel great but aren’t neglecting yourself.

5) What do you eat at parties or when you go out to eat?

Since many dishes won’t be paleo at parties I try to stick to things that have the most nutrition.  I will also bring a yummy paleo dish so I know there is SOMETHING I am comfortable eating. Of course, I don’t neglect myself when it comes to the chips and dip bowl :0) but I try to fill my plate with the most veggies or fruit salad (2 things that are always at parties) so I’m not reaching for more chips!

                                Ingredients for paleo cookies

When I am out to eat I usually go for the fish or chicken dishes.  Instead of the fries or potatoes that come with it, I ask to substitute with the vegetables or side salad.

6) What’s the most challenging part of eating paleo?

The most challenging part of eating paleo, for me, is staying away from the sugar. I have a sweet tooth and sometimes I just can’t seem to satisfy it without a cookie or piece of cake!

The most challenging part about living the paleo lifestyle is socializing. When I am constantly on the go and not home very often it’s hard to always find paleo options.

 7) What’s your advice to anyone trying to eat a paleo diet?

Don’t give up. It’s all about progress. It’s something I constantly work on. Of course I indulge and am not 100% paleo 100% of the time, but once you begin noticing how much better you FEEL when you are eating clean, you will be able to say “no” to those foods you never imagined you would.

Thank you, Jacki!! :D

Paleo Chicken Avocado Salad

Guess what arrived in the mail yesterday?  My new Garmin 405 watch!!  I’ve wanted one for years but couldn’t justify spending $200-$300 on a running watch!?!  I recently made a deal with myself (I’m so cool, I know ;)) that I can purchase the watch once I sign up for another half marathon and am ready to really train for the race.  Well folks, I’m running the Hartford Half Marathon on Saturday, October 13th.

Workout

I was up at 5 this morning and jogged over to the gym for a full body circuit workout.  It was one of those mornings when I just couldn’t get into the workout and forced myself to stick it out.  But it left me feeling more energized and ready to tackle my busy day!

Exercise Weights Reps Sets
Treadmill 1 mile run
Mountain climbers Bodyweight 25 3
Single-arm dumbbell raise 7.5 lbs. 15 3
Push-ups (girl kind) Bodyweight 15 3
Seated dumbbell bicep curl 10 lbs. 15 3
Squats 15 lbs. 15 3
Tricep dips Bodyweight 15 3
Butt kicks Bodyweight 15 3
Plank pose <– skipped Bodyweight 60 seconds 3
Treadmill 1-2 mile run

Breakfast

First thing on my to-do-list was to make a Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie the second I got home.  I was dreaming about the cold, tasty smoothie the entire time at the gym.  Into the blender went:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 3 ice cubes

 Dinner

Dinner last night was Paleo Chicken Avocado Salad (from fastpaleo.com).  I prepared this dinner a couple of months ago and loved everything about it so it’s about time I made it again.

Ingredients

  • 4 cooked chicken breast
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Couple stalks of celery
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

1) Dice chicken breast, avocados, and celery into tiny pieces.

2) Combine the following ingredients in a large bowl: diced chicken breast, avocados, celery, craisins, avocado oil, lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper.

3) Stir until blended but still leave some good chunks of avocado.

4) Eat immediately on a salad, plain, or in a lettuce wrap, or allow the salad to sit overnight for a better depth of flavor.

The salad was delicious but it would have tasted even better if I used soft, ripe avocados instead of hard avocados.  I learned my lesson: it’s better to wait for the avocado to fully ripen to really enjoy it :)

Time to finish up my errands before work…   See ya!