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Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

OM – FREAKING – GOSH!!! Other people are downing sugar for Halloween…but not me! I’m now a fat burner, not a sugar burner, my friends. But don’t get me wrong…I freaking LOVE food, LOVE chocolate, and DUH, love peanut butter. These keto chocolate peanut butter fat bombs are EVERYTHING.

 

 

Ingredients:

 

Chocolate Layer:
  • 2 tbs coconut oil melted
  • 4 tbs peanut butter
  • 4 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Stevia (I used 1/4 cup Swerve instead of stevia)
 
 
Peanut Butter Layer:
  • 2 tbs coconut oil melted
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Stevia

 

Instructions:
 
Chocolate Layer
  1. Combine all ingredients for chocolate layer, stir till smooth.
     
  2. Pour in muffin cups and freeze about 10 minutes.
     
Peanut Butter Layer
  1. Combine all ingredients for peanut butter layer.
  2. Pour on top of chocolate.
  3. Freeze until firm.
  4. Keep refrigerated or frozen until ready to eat
     

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Zucchini Ribbons with Homemade Pesto

I’ve been back on a keto diet since yesterday because I’ll be honest, losing weight post-pregnancy has been near impossible. I’ve been eating as healthy as ever and the scale just won’t budge. I do have PCOS which can make it incredibly hard (and frustrating) to lose weight. The keto diet is the most commonly recommended diet for women with PCOS and it has worked incredibly well for me in the past so I figured why not try it again!

A keto diet is basically really low carb to put your body in a state of ketosis, where you burn fat for fuel! And let me tell you, the food does NOT suck! Do you like cheese? How about bacon? (seriously bae-con)

Today for lunch, I made zucchini ribbons with a homemade pesto and OMG it was BOMB!!! 

To make the pesto I just put basil, chopped garlic, olive oil, walnuts, and some parmesan in a food processor! I honestly eyeballed the whole thing! It’s really what YOU want! 

I am visiting my parents so I don’t have my spiralizer. Instead, I used a potato peeler and made the zucchini into ribbons (first throwing out the skin). Make sure to stop once you hit the seeds! 

I sauteed the ribbons in a pan with some EVOO and garlic. I finally tossed it in the pesto, topped with some more parmesan (duh) and VOILA!

Seriously so easy yet so so good!! I ended up topping it with shrimp for protein! Ever since I was pregnant, I have a shrimp addiction…it’s weird!

Anyway, you HAVE to try this!! 

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What I’m Loving This Week

The great thing about the internet, is there is such a wealth of knowledge out there when it comes to healthy living!! So I figured I’d share a few of the articles I’m loving this week!! 

 

Set Yourself Up For Weight-Loss Success: 20+ Ways to Meal Prep

 

Trader Joe’s Is All About Low-Carb Cauliflower — Try These 7 Amazing Products

#SquatYourDog Is the Cutest Workout Trend to Take Over Instagram

Sweet and Savory Pineapple Recipes for the Perfect Post-Workout Snack

 

The Healthiest Banana Split Recipe Ever

 

The 6 Best Workouts If You’re Trying To Nix Belly Fat

Healthy French Toast

I love food. I mean I know you guys know that about me by now…but like…I REALLY love food. Especially being pregnant, I swear I have a whole new appreciation for food. When I learned that I didn’t need to eat “diet” food to lose weight and get healthy, I felt SOOO liberated! Now it is my mission to share that with the world!!

You CAN eat food that actually tastes good. This Healthy French Toast recipe is so good!! I honestly couldn’t wait to share because I know my fellow foodies will feel me on this one!!!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Large Eggs

2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Almond Milk

2 tsp. Pure Maple Syrup, divided use

1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

2 slices low-sodium Sprouted Whole Grain Bread

1 tsp Extra-Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

1 cup Fresh Sliced Strawberries (I used pineapple on the side)

 

Directions:

  1. Combine eggs, almond milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, and cinnamon in a shallow pan; whisk to blend.
  2. Soak each slice of bread in egg mixture for 5 minutes, turning halfway.
  3. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add bread; cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  5. Top each slice evenly with strawberries and remaining 1 tsp maple syrup.
  6. Serve immediately. 

 

21 Day Fix Approved Pancake Recipe

Ok, let me start by saying this recipe is totally BOMB and perfect whether you are following a Beachbody program or not! Note: Now most Beachbody programs utilize the container system first used in the 21 Day Fix because it’s just so effective! 

Being pregnant, I’m craving hearty filling foods like freaking crazy! And pancakes are just delicious right?! I’ve made “healthy” pancakes in the past that are basically just a banana and an egg and honestly…yeah it’s a “pancake” but it’s not PANCAKES! I don’t want to feel like I’m restricting myself…and trust me, when I used to restrict myself, I was one miserable bitch.

That is why I’m obsessed with this meal plan. No restriction, no calorie counting, no misery…no staring at someone else’s “real” food longingly. 

 

Ingredients:

Serves 7 (2 pancakes each)

  • 1 1/2 all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour) 
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 dash sea salt
  • 1 1/2 unsweetened almond milk (I used vanilla) 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 5 tbsp grass-fed butter (you can substitute other oil like coconut oil too)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • Blueberries

 

Directions:

  1. Combine flour , baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside
  2. Combine almond milk, egg, maple syrup, butter, and extract in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  3. Add flour mixture to almond milk mixture; whisk to blend until there are no lumps. 
  4. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Pour 1/4 c batter on the skillet; cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles form around the edges of the pancake. Flip, cook for an additional 90 seconds.
  6. Serve 2 pancakes with 1 tbsp blueberry jam.

 

Blueberry Jam

Take frozen blueberries, add a little water and cook on medium-high heat until the blueberries break down and the mixture thickens. Top pancakes with this. This is also awesome on toast or English muffins. 

Fix portion amount: 1💛 1💙

* I had two servings and didn’t include the blueberry jam! But you do whatever floats your boat!!*

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Paleo McGriddles Swap

Can I just throw this out there?…I fucking love breakfast! It is my favorite meal of the day by FAR! It has been such a blessing working from home because I actually get to spend a lot of time in the kitchen experimenting with all sorts of amazing recipes….and I get to wear pjs all day if I want…just saying. Having PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), it’s really important to me that I eat whole ingredients (as in..I can pronounce everything on the label…no chemicals…and if there is only one ingredient on the label…or no label at all…perfect!!). That being said, Im not going to eat boring eggs with veggies every morning…or plain chicken…or boring salad…sensing a trend? I like to eat. REALLY eat!! So I decided to make a Paleo McGriddles Swap!! Why? Because I’ll admit, McGriddles are pretty delicious!! This Paleo McGriddles Swap is freaking BOMB!! And I don’t just say that…TRUST!!

I know it can be easy to fear fat, fear calories, and want to go for lower calorie/low fat options. But those options are often loaded with chemicals…chemicals that can seriously mess with our bodies causing cravings, health issues…I mean it’s really icky. So my “cysters” out there, it might be time to change it up!! I’m telling you a week of eating only whole ingredients and you’ll  feel like a new woman!

Paleo McGriddles Swap

 

Paleo McGriddles Swap
Serves 6
For the Pancakes
  1. 3 eggs, whisked
  2. ½ cup almond milk + 3 tablespoons (carton, unsweetened vanilla)
  3. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. ½ cup almond flour
  6. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  7. 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  8. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  9. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  10. pinch of sea salt
  11. coconut oil, ghee, or pan drippings from bacon for greasing pan
For the other toppings
  1. 8 eggs, whisked
  2. salt and pepper, to taste
  3. butter or ghee (for garnish, optional)
  4. maple syrup (for garnish, optional)
  5. 6 slices bacon, cooked in a pan (save drippings if you want to use it for pancake or eggs)
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Whisk together pancake ingredients: eggs, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Then, add almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder and baking soda and a pinch of salt to the large bowl and whisk until batter is well combined.
  2. Heat up a griddle pan or whatever pan you prefer and grease. Once hot, use an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop (or big spoon, whatevs) to make pancakes that are about 3 inches across. Let cook through until bubbles begin to appear on the top of the pancakes then flip, about 3-4 minutes per side. Continue until all the batter is gone- the batter should make 12 pancakes. Set pancakes aside and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. Lastly, turn the heat down on the pan to a medium low heat. Add the whisked eggs along with salt and pepper, then use a silicone spatula to continuously move the eggs while they cook through.
  4. Make the sandwiches: pancake, slice of bacon, an ice cream scoop worth of scrambled eggs, another pancake, then if you want, top each one with a small amount of butter and maple syrup on top.
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Paleo McGriddles Swap

 

Cheesy Cauliflower Nachos

So I’ve decided to start doing a little Youtube cooking show! It’s an idea I have been throwing around for years but finally decided to actually execute!! I started with Cheesy Cauliflower Nachos! Why? Because nachos freaking rock!! 

 

Cheesy Cauliflower Nachos
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  2. 2 tsp. olive oil
  3. ½ tsp. ground cumin
  4. ¼ tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  5. ¼ tsp. chili powder
  6. ¼ tsp. pepper
  7. ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  8. ½ cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  9. ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  10. ¼ cup chopped orange bell pepper
  11. ¼ cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  12. ½ cup mashed avocado seasoned with a pinch of sea salt
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425º F.
  2. Place cauliflower on baking sheet. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder (or actual garlic); toss gently to blend. Spread evenly on baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender crisp and golden.
  4. Top evenly with cheese and other toppings except guacamole. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Feel free to be creative and pick your own toppings!!
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Fixate Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe

So much amazing stuff has been going on, I don’t even know where to start!!! AHH! I promise I’ll be sharing this Fixate Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe but first I wanted to do a quick life recap!! Ok so firstly, on Monday, the Rachael Ray show came to my apartment to film me for a segment I taped on Tuesday. I’m not sure of the air date yet and I can’t say much else, but holy shit I’m so excited for you guys to see it!!! I was also featured in IDEA Fitness Journal, a magazine that is sent out monthly to health professionals certified through the American Council on Exercise! It’s crazy how when you just freaking GO for it, life responds!! I’m feeling mind BLOWN by the recent happenings in my life!!

 

Brian and I also started Core De Force this week! The program is the kick ASS program we are using in our Brawler Bootcamp that starts on November 14th!! It is SOOOO good you guys!! Ok, back to the Fixate Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe!!

Fixate Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe

Fixate Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe

Fixate Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken breast (boneless/skinless)
  2. 1/2 cup chopped green apple
  3. 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
  4. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  5. 2 green onions, sliced
  6. 2 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  7. 1/4 cup Honey Mustard Dressing (see below)
  8. 8 cups shredded romaine lettuce
Honey Mustard Dressing
  1. ** Serves 8 with 2 Tbsp. per serving
  2. ** 1 Orange Container
  3. 1/2 cup reduced fat plain Greek yogurt
  4. 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, gluten-free
  5. 3 Tbsp. raw honey
  6. 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  7. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  8. Sea Salt to taste (optional)
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, apple, grapes, almonds, green onions, tarragon, and Honey Mustard Salad Dressing in a large bowl. Mix well, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Serve 1 1/4 cup Creamy Chicken Salad over 2 cups of romaine lettuce per serving.
Honey Mustard Dressing Directions
  1. Combine yogurt, mustard, honey, and vinegar in a medium bowl and mix well. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly until well blended.
Container Breakdown
  1. 1 green, 1/2 purple, 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1/2 orange
Notes
  1. Serving size: 1 1/4 cups
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Seriously so freaking good!! It also tastes amazing in a wrap!!

Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

I am ALL about my crockpot. If I knew crockpot recipes were this easy and amazing, I would have been investing in my crockpot LONG ago!! I absolutely love Asian cuisine, I really AM a total foodie! This crockpot General Tso’s Chicken recipe is so good, Brian and I literally made it twice in 24 hours. I love that I can serve these recipes to Brian and fill his belly! He is always on the go as a police officer, so it makes me happy to give him a home cooked meal!! Besides, if you are usually eating on the go, it probably isn’t the healthiest option. I know he gets pizza and breakfast sandwiches…things that aren’t the best for him.

I love him, I want to keep him around!! I honestly didn’t even know you could make something like crockpot General Tso’s Chicken, but I had a blast googling and coming up with ideas! It seems you can make almost ANYTHING in a crockpot!!!

Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken

Crockpot General Tso's Chicken

Crockpot General Tso's Chicken
Ingredients
  1. 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  2. ¼ cup cornstarch
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. 1 cup hoisin sauce
  5. 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  6. 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  8. green onions for serving, if desired
  9. sesame seeds for serving, if desired
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Add chicken and cornstarch to a large ziplock bag. Toss to coat the chicken with the cornstarch.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok.
  3. Saute chicken until golden brown on both sides about 2 minutes on each side. (Note the chicken will not be fully cooked and that is ok)
  4. Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  5. Add hoisin sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  6. Pour the sauce onto the chicken and stir to coat the chicken.
  7. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  8. Serve with green onions and sesame seeds for serving, if desired.
Notes
  1. Paleo Hoisin Sauce: http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/paleo-hoisin-sauce-recipe/
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Adapted from Chef Savvy
Adapted from Chef Savvy
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You have to try this recipe! It’s absolutely delicious, and can really be made any way you want! If you want to make it a fully paleo recipe, you absolutely can! And I am ALL about the cauliflower rice! I buy a pre-riced bag from Trader Joe’s and it’s everything!! Absolutely delicious!!! Enjoy!!

Paleo Crockpot Mongolian Beef

Brian and I are starting Core De Force next week and we couldn’t be more excited!! Kickboxing/MMA was the first workout that I really fell in love with so I’m PUMPED for this!! We start it November 1st and our Brawler Bootcamp starts November 14th! I want to start it before our virtual bootcamp starts because I want to be able to give better advice and tips to my amazing group! This is also the first group I’m running WITH Brian which is super exciting!! Leading up to this bootcamp, we have been getting our nutrition in gear! I’ve been trying to make a lot of healthy recipes in our new crockpot!! As a police officer, Brian honestly doesn’t eat the healthiest all of the time, but I’m trying to help! I love that when using my crockpot I can cook in bulk, and I can set it and forget it. Brian LOVED this Paleo Crockpot Mongolian Beef recipe. And it is definitely becoming a staple in our household!!

I’m not paleo but I do try to eat whole natural ingredients as much as possible because of my PCOS. I think that it is really important! In the past I’ve dealt with insulin resistance and I’ve taken all sorts of pills like Metformin, but now I take care of my body naturally and fuel with natural foods, superfoods, etc. That being said, I don’t eat cardboard you guys. I’m not the girl who constantly eat salads (I don’t even really like salads). So I like making the healthier version of the “bad” foods I actually WANT to eat!! Like this Paleo Crockpot Mongolian Beef recipe!! You guys can trust me on this one, it’s bomb!! I served it with cauliflower rice!!

Paleo Crockpot Mongolian Beef

Paleo Crockpot Mongolian Beef

Paleo Crockpot Mongolian Beef
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ pounds Flank Steak, sliced
  2. 1/4 cups Arrowroot
  3. 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  4. ½ teaspoons peeled and minced Ginger, Fresh
  5. ¾ cups Bragg's Aminos
  6. ¾ cups Water
  7. ¾ cups Honey
  8. ½ cups grated Carrot
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. Coat flank steak pieces in arrowroot powder.
  2. Add remainder of ingredients to crockpot and stir well to combine.
  3. Place flank steak into the crockpot and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours.
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