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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (dairy and grain free)

Besides one minor 8 page paper, school is done and over with for the semester. So to celebrate, I made a batch of delicious paleo pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for my sweet 80 something year old poetry professor. I was in a bit of a hurry, so an instagram picture is the best I could do. I usually hesitate to post a recipe without at least halfway decent pictures, but I really wanted to share this one!
931423_589041617781561_538340145_nPumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (gluten, grain and dairy free)
Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour/meal
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/4 cup almond butter or sunbutter (sunbutter for the win)
1/4 cup honey
1 T maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup chocolate chip (dairy free, gluten-free)
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Blend thoroughly, that baking powder can be clumpy! Prepare a muffin dish with muffin liners or spray with non-stick spray. Pour the batter in evenly…mine made about 9 muffins. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until they’re firm and golden brown.  (I honestly can’t tell you exactly how long I cooked mine for, because I kept wanting them to be a little more crispier but it’s probably ended up more towards 45 minutes than 40. Definitely try 40 first, everybody’s oven’s is a little different I think:))

These came out super moist, light and fluffy. Even though it’s May, I will never get tired of smelling pumpkin in my apartment. I just wanted to light the pumpkin candle I STILL have sitting by my couch and drink some warm archer farms pumpkin flavored coffee. Is it Fall yet?!

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Very SWEET Sweet Potato Fries

Fries…chips….whatever it is that you want to call them, they’re delicious. The great thing about making sweet potato fries is that you can flavor them accordingly to your craving or dish, and they’ll taste always delicious. For spicy fries, spice them up with cayenne pepper or cajun spices but for sweet, load up the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice! Personally, I think the sweeter they are, the better.

For this competition friendly recipe, all you need is:

a few sweet potatoes

cinnamon

pumpkin pie spice

Olive oil cooking spray

optional: stevia

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Slice the potatoes into very thin pieces (I try to make them as thin as possible so they’re almost like chips instead of fries…the crispier the better!)

3. Spray cooking spray on bottom of baking dish and disperse sweet potato slivers evenly (it’s okay if they overlap but I’ve come to find it’s best when they don’t)

4. Spray the cooking spray on top layer of sweet potatoes to encourage more crispiness, then sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice on top. You can also chose to sprinkle on a packet or two of Stevia if you wish

5. Set the potatoes in the oven for 25 minutes, take them out and flip them over and let cook for another 15 minutes

Adjust the time to however you want the potatoes to turn out. The longer they’re in there, the crispier they’ll get but if you want more of the soft “fry” texture, you can take them out slightly earlier

ENJOY!

Shoes, salads and pancakes

If anyone is looking for a particular workout program to get their butt in shape and start getting serious about living a healthy lifestyle, I would recommend Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Program or James WIlson’s 12 week transformation program. Both of them are excellent. I only did Jamie Eason’s program for the first few weeks because I realized it wasn’t really for me. It’s still a great program but I need a really fast-paced workout routine to get me excited about going to the gym. I got my madre hooked on it though and she loves it. What a lot of people don’t understand when they enter these programs is that it takes some serious dedication to stick to the program to a T. I mean the whole thing: diet and fitness. There is no one without the other. James Wilson’s program is made up of all circuits, which I happen to love. The point of the circuits are to keep you heart rate up so that the whole workout basically incorporates cardio. His diet plan is pretty serious. There is an allowed foods list, and you are only expected to eat the items on the list. He really thought this thing out and I’m quite impressed with out available he is to help each and every woman that signs up for it.

Onto other things.

Not much to be said for my summer so far. Work, cooking, cleaning, reading and learning french.

BETSEY JOHNSON IS CLOSING HER LINE. I can’t explain how distraught I am. I’m really not a huge fashion lover but when it comes to Betsey Johnson, I’m all over it. That’s why when i spotted these shoes of hers for only $25 I had to get them. Can you believe that?! WHAT A STEAL.

Pumpkin Pancakes. This recipe was straight out of the Eat Clean Diet cookbook. Nom nom nom. I wish I was creating these recipes myself. I bet y’all would be a lot more impressed. But nope, not there yet. But hey- at least I’m making them and taking awesome pictures.

For this recipe, go to this gal’s blog: http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2011/11/oatmeal-protein-pancake-banana-syrup-and-peets-coffee/

The Eat Clean Diet cookbook’s recipe makes lots of servings and she made it to wear it’s the perfect portion for just one person. Score.

 

I don’t think there are words to describe how IN LOVE I am with this salad. Thanks to Little b, I finally have a salad dressing that is clean and delicious. Plus, the strawberries aren’t so bad to have around either. Get this recipe here:

http://www.littlebshealthyhabits.com/2012/04/summer-spinach-salad.html

AMAZING.

Small Changes that Make a Big Difference

In a world full of “100 calorie packs” and “low fat” this or “sugar free” that….how do you know what products to trust and which ones not to trust? There are so many foods that we love but know they aren’t that healthy for us. You may think to yourself “hmmm a little scoop of ice cream after dinner won’t hurt me too much” but it’s actually that kind of thinking that gets you into the most trouble. Those little scoops, spoonfuls and dollops add up throughout the day and depending on when you eat them, they may just turn into fat. I’ve found a few substitutes for my favourite things so that I can worry less about the small things and focus more on the big picture.

1. Sugar free preserves> regular jelly

1 tbs=

10 calories vs. 50 calories

0 sugars vs. 13 sugars

5 carbs vs. 13 carbs

2. Fat free plain Greek yogurt > regular Yoplait yogurt

1 serving=

70 calories vs. 170 calories

5 carbs vs. 33 carbs

12 g protein vs 5 g protein

3. Organic Reduced Fat Peanut butter > Regular Peanut Butter

2 tbs=

190 calories vs. 200 calories (more calories from fat)

12 g fat vs.16 g fat

8 g protein vs. 7 g protein

*ingredients are much more natural in the organic peanut butter (which means HEALTHIER!)

4. Unsweetened Almond Milk > 1% Milk

1 cup=

35 calories vs. 110 calories

2.5 g fat vs. 3 g fat

1 g carb vs. 13 g carb

Other small changes you can make is to substitute:

low sugar ketchup for regular ketchup

quick cooking oats for packaged oatmeal

low sugar salsa for regular salsa

homemade nonstick spray for PAM (DIY here: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/04/03/tiny-tip-tuesday-homemade-cooking-spray/)

-the occasional frozen yogurt for ice cream

fresh meats for pre-packed ready to cook meats (extremely high in sodium)

reduced sodium tuna in water for tuna in oil

*Low sugar is usually always a good option but beware of the low fat or fat free options. Sometimes they may seem like the best choice but those are usually the products with the highest sugar content in order to make up for the flavor. Always check your labels just to be sure you know what you’re consuming!

Sooo yeah. I just wanted to share a few easy ways that you can get started on cleaning up your diet. Let me just say one more time, I eat CLEAN. So in regards to the 100 calorie pack snacks- I say they’re a definite no-no. They’re still processed and like I said, I don’t eat anything that comes from a box. I’m 100% devoted to pure, healthy, wholesome foods and I’d like to get you just as pumped about eating clean as I am!

Also…I really wanted to share this photo of my breakfast with you guys because it looks just too delicious to keep to myself! It’s a PowerCake recipe (if you haven’t checked out this blog yet, PLEASE check it out at http://www.powercakes.net)

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The 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Powercakes. Perfectly scrumptious and a great start to my morning.

That’s all for now. Thanks loves:)