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Post WOD Berry Coconut Smoothie

Paleo Smoothie

My dear friends and followers,

It has been 3 weeks since my last post. What…the… hell.  I will do my best to make sure this kind of blasphemy does not happen again. I mean, what is wrong with me? Sure, life is busy. But so is everyone else’s. I have made a promise to myself to do at least one post a week from here on out no matter how busy life gets, and If for whatever reason that does not happen, I expect an ear-full from you all. I mean it. An ear-full.

Anyways….moving on. With the 4th of July fast approaching, I decided to post this next recipe…...Mixed Berry Smoothie. ( Okay, it has absolutely nothing to do with the 4th of July, but please hear me out.) Every morning for the past 2 months, this smoothie has been my “go-to” for either a mid-morning snack, breakfast treat, or a post-WOD “pick-me-up”. Its great on so many levels:  the coconut milk provides a healthy amount of good fat, the mixed berries ( high in antioxidants and naturally low in sugar) provide the hint of sweetness, and a new addition to my “paleo pantry”: Paleo Fiber provides an extra dose of digestive stability.

Some of you may be asking, ” Why fiber? We should be getting plenty of fiber though our diet naturally through fruits and veggies on Paleo.” That is true…in theory. However, If you are like me, Paleo eating is not a problem, but making myself eat A LOT of good greens and veggies sometimes is for whatever reason. Also, most of us could use a little extra fiber in our diet. “Good Fiber” ( meaning the kind that comes from our fruits and vegetables) supports gastrointestinal health, has been linked to lowering “bad” cholesterol, glucose levels, and supports fat loss. I was introduced to this fiber through my chiropractor/ nutrition counselor with is ” pro-paleo”. The kind I use is called PaleoFiber By Designs for Health ( unflavored and unsweetened version). You can purchase some by clicking here. I wish I was getting  a kick-back for promoting this ( lol) but it really is very good stuff and the reviews on it are amazing. If you are looking for a good fiber supplement, I would suggest giving this one a try.

For more information on good sources of fiber rich paleo foods, check out this blog link

If for whatever reason fiber is not your thang, you can always use your favorite “paleo approved” protein powder instead ( or both…..get crazy folks).

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups of FROZEN mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 cups of water ( depends on how thick or thin you like your smoothie)
  • 2 small scoops of Paleo Fiber

DIRECTIONS

  • Add all ingredients to your blender and mix away!
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Fruits, The "Picks"

 

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Paleo Banana “Drumstick” Chunks

Paleo Banana Dessert

Do you remember when the ice cream truck would drive around your neighborhood as a kid? As soon as I heard that music, I would drop whatever I was doing and chase that damn van down the street. Bomb pops, dreamsicles, push pops, Disney characters with the gum ball eyes ( ha!), and my favorite of all, drumsticks. There was always “something” about a waffle cone, vanilla ice cream, chocolate coating, and nuts that was just perfect ( anyways,  I digress…) This recipe, what I affectionately call, Paleo Banana “Drumstick” chunks, teeters dangerously close to the old school drumsticks that I loved so much. Although there is no waffle cone or ice cream, this recipe uses chunks of banana, coated in dark chocolate and crushed pecans. Once frozen for 45 minutes, these little treats literally melt in your mouth. The cold creamy texture and natural sweetness makes you forget all about that “old” vice of yours. The prep time is incredibly short and easy; the only wait is the freeze time. Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 bananas – chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 bars of dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of crushed pecans

DIRECTIONS

  • take a small baking sheet that will fit into a shelf of your freezer. Line it with parchment paper. In a small sauce pan, melt your two chocolate bars and coconut milk over low heat, mixing well. Once fully melted, dump chocolate on a small plate and mix with crushed pecans. Take your banana chunks and roll them in the melted chocolate/pecan mixture. Place each chunk on parchment paper and place in the freezer for at least 45 minutes ( or longer).
 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in "Paleo on The Run", Desserts, Fruits

 

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Primal Apple Pie with Walnut Flax Meal Crust

Paleo Apple Pie

Its time for walnut recipe number 2!  Besides this being the second recipe involving walnuts, this also happens to be my first “desert” recipe that I have posted onto this blog. Get….Ex..Cited. This apple pie is delicious ( APPARENTLY.. I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture of it in one piece!) but I really think it is the crust that makes it. The crust was actually my husband’s idea during a Costco trip last month. We saw a new product: a big-ass bag of organic flax-seed meal for a good price ( have I said ” I heart Costco” yet?) and before you could say “Omega-3” I had the bag in my hands thinking of what I could make with it. Lets face it, besides smoothies, I really didn’t know what I could do with three pounds of flax meal, but then Jeremy said,  “Why not make a pie crust with it?” Lightbulb! Walnut flax meal crust was born. Disclaimer: Even though this pie is tasty, I recommend not to eat the whole thing by yourself. If you do, I promise in a few hours, the word “regular” will take on a whole new meaning. It’s a six apple recipe, folks. And last time I checked, nothing good ever came from eating six apples in one sitting. 🙂

INGREDIENTS FOR WALNUT FLAX MEAL CRUST ( Makes enough for 1 standard size pie pan)

  • 1 1/2 cup of walnuts, grounded to a “meal” in the food processor
  • 1/2 cup of golden flax meal
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of agave nectar

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl with a fork until blended well. Press mixture into the bottom of a standard 9 inch pie pan and spread evenly. Place crust in the refrigerator until used or around 30 min.

INGREDIENTS FOR PRIMAL APPLE PIE FILLING

  • 6 apples chopped into 1/2 inch pieces ( I used Gala apples. They are my favorite)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom ( Optional, but it gives the pie a little extra spice.)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
  • pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  • In a medium large saucepan, heat coconut oil to medium heat.
  • Add the 6 chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, agave nectar, and salt – cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes over medium to medium high heat. Stir occasionally
  • With 5 minutes left in the cooking time for the apples, stir and dissolve 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder into 1 cup of water. Turn up heat on apples to high and add the arrowroot liquid to the apples. Stir constantly for 1 minute until mixture thickens. Remove saucepan from heat and let mix cool for 10 minutes before adding to pie crust.
  • Once pie is put together, you can eat right away, however the apple mixture will spill out when you cut into it. If you really want a “pretty” pie, refrigerate your pie for at least 3 hours before serving.
 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Desserts, Fruits

 

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