We Got Chicks!

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We have wanted to raise chickens for years and this year we’re FINALLY doing it! It’s so exciting.. We got our brooder box set up and got 4 sweet little chicks! Not only are they ADORABLE and the kids LOVE having their own chickens (Their names are Heihei, Baba, Kickin’ Wing and Daffodil) I know, right?! haha But they’re also an investment! We go through nearly 2 dozen eggs a week and these babies will one day be giving us TONS of beautiful eggers!

Not a real blog post.. Just wanted to share and maybe encourage more folks to do their research and look into getting their own chicks! We’re getting solar panels, growing our own vegetable garden and now have our own chickities.. We could be fully off the grid if needed! Just incase a zombie apocalypse happens.. Just sayin’.

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Made in Nature – Sprouts Event

I love living in Colorado – There are so many options for healthy eating in restaurants and so many local businesses that are known nationwide for their snacks/food. I’d heard of Made in Nature before so was very excited at the opportunity, thanks to Sprouts, to get to hang out in their test kitchen and try my hand at making my own Figgy Pops (Something they’ve MASTERED. Try them, they’re delicious!).

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Their staff was so friendly and welcoming – The 10 of us bloggers felt instantly comfortable! And Sprouts was gracious enough to bring us a ton of food options for dinner.. I had their delicious vegan salad 

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Their test kitchen was lined with delicious options for figgy pop making and we couldn’t wait to get working!

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We began at station one with their pastes, they had Apricot, fig and dates. They were all so delicious so with both batches I made I used dates then added apricot to one and fig to another – Wish I could make these pastes at home, they were perfect!

Then we could add some dried fruit, dried nuts and anything else we wanted in our figgy pops! (They had so many options as you can see!) My first batch was made with date and apricot paste, dried mango, diced almonds and acai powder! My second was made with date and fig paste with cranberries, pistachios, almond butter and Himalayan sea salt! Wish y’all could try mine.. I’m pretty proud with how they turned out!

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We found out we were the first outside people to come in and make our own figgy pops.. How exciting is that?! That’s why I love Colorado.. Amazing businesses like this that are 20 minutes away and we can do fun stuff like this! Such a treat. They treated us like family and we got to experiment with some fun ingredients and learn new tricks! I’ll be taking what I learned from this event to make figgy pops at home (My kids are already hooked.. I was so excited I let them have one for breakfast haha!!)

Thanks Sprouts and Made in Nature for such an unforgettable evening with good friends, good food and tons of fun!

Try their delicious healthy snacks for yourself! They’re available at Sprouts and on their website! Enjoy y’all!

Throwback Thursday

Hey y’all! How’s it hangin?

Thought I’d post today since it’s been awhile! Finally getting back into paleo again after the holidays and vacations and I’ve been feeling uh-mazing. Eating whole foods does so much for your body so wanted to take today to revisit an older post that I still feel so passionate about and still helps me SO much!

Whether you work, are a stay at home mom or are a student it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.

When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving!

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It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Just 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!

Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥

Am I right? How awesome was that tip nearly 2 years ago?! I forget this tip often but lately I’ve been buying random snacks/fruits that’ll satisfy my cravings and are easy for on the go when Hudson and I take our outdoor adventures!

What’s your favorite go-to snack?

Mantra Monday – Paleo Eating

It’s that time of year for New Year, New Me mantras, and I’m all for it! Always try and be the best versions of yourself! It’ll make for a healthier and happier you! When I talk to friend’s who are trying to revamp their life with better eating habits and more exercise I always get asked, “Why Paleo? What is Paleo? Isn’t that a fad diet?”.

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That’s what a lot of people think when they hear Paleolithic, just that it’s the same old diet that everyone fails and never likes. Well I’m here to help those of you who may believes those ideals!

Paleo eating is incredible. I’ve been paleo for 4 years now and I couldn’t imagine going back! The Paleo (Or Caveman) diet isn’t really even a diet. It’s a lifestyle. A change of your thoughts on food and living. It promotes the caveman experience – Living active lifestyles and eating whole, natural, REAL food.

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The Cavemen didn’t have processed foods (obviously) but just what God supplied for them. Meats, vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. etc. And in the beginning I know how hard it is to cut out everything and imagine how to go from everything you’re accustomed to making/eating to going down to the basics but it’s doable and it works!fruits-market-colors.jpg

 

Processed foods can be very detrimental to your health in the long run which it’s why it’s best to embrace the paleo lifestyle because eventually all of the bad ingredients in foods nowadays will catch up to you and can cause some issues. Of course there are times where we indulge and enjoy some delicious pizza, pasta or drinks (Outside the paleo allowed red wine) but it’s better than the alternative of eating bad all the time with a few healthy foods sprinkled in every now and then.

Our children even eat predominantly paleo because obviously we want to promote this healthy lifestyle to them and show them that you don’t need fast food to get delicious tasting meals. It begins with us as adults to make the change for us to make a difference to the future generations.

So.. My manta this week is New Year, New You – Try Paleo! . It can make a huge difference in your life and your families, especially down the road.

Have any questions about paleo? I would love to help! Just ask 🙂

Paleo Cinnamon Rolls

We’ve started a new tradition. And it came from the CRAZY craving we’ve had for cinnamon rolls. We had plans this last weekend for a trip to try the most famous cinnamon rolls in Colorado but decided we were feeling so good we didn’t wanna splurge that day.. Especially with all of the holidays coming up, we wanted to save it for something really decadent 😉

SO. On a whim I decided to try and make them myself (They looked so complicated non-paleo so I couldn’t imagine making them paleo but took the risk)

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 10.30.12 PMAs most of y’all know, paleo dough can be rough but in Colorado at a much higher altitude it can be SO FRUSTRATING. After tweaking and kneading (and kneading, and kneading, adding water and kneading AGAIN) I finally found the PERFECT texture. It rolled like normal dough and I felt like crying.. ⤓⤓ The rest is below in my recipe ⤓⤓pexels-photo-302544

 


Paleo Cinnamon Rolls

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  1. Add your water, sea salt, maple syrup and coconut oil into a small pot on medium until it begins to boil, then remove.
  2. Put mixture into a bowl and mix in your tapioca flour.
  3. Once cooled add your coconut flour and egg.
  4. Mix with your hands til doughy and stickyish (I added 1/4 tsp water to make it moldable and less dry (like coconut flour and tapioca likes to do!)
  5. Now place dough on a piece of wax paper (I sprinkled tapioca starch on top) and knead dough until it feels like it’s ready to be rolled!
  6. Sprinkle tapioca flour on top of dough and place a second sheer of wax paper over the top and then roll the dough to desired length/width. I like mine thicker so I rolled mine to 1/2 inch thick by 7 inches wide and 10 inches long. Was the perfect size!
  7. As stated in the ingredients you can use whatever filling your heart desires – Just make sure it’s thick enough of a mixture so it doesn’t make your dough too moist! – I used toasted coconut flakes, finely chopped roasted pecans, 100% maple syrup, water and cinnamon! It was DELICIOUS (Next time I wanna try an apple and cinnamon one!!)
  8. Now spread your mixture onto your dough just be sure to leave an inch on each edge so it doesn’t come spewing out 😉
  9. Then roll your dough slowly and tightly until you’ve got it completely into your log!
  10. Then cut to your desired thickness (I did 1 inch pieces. And used a serrated knife! I tried the fancy-shmancy floss trick and paleo dough is just too thick.)
  11. Lay down new wax paper onto a pan and place your beautiful (by paleo standards 😉 ) cinnamon roll pieces down flat and put into your 350*F oven for 30 minutes, remove and place on plate.
  12. Mix your frosting in a blender so it gets really whipped (I NEVER knew how amazing this worked til now!)
  13. Once your cinnamon rolls have completely cooled COVER THEM IN FROSTING AND ENJOY!

Obviously they aren’t like normal cinnamon rolls but they tasted INCREDIBLE and stomped out every craving we had! Now for the tradition part. I will officially be making these with/for my family every Christmas morning now. I heard of the tradition but obviously is mainly done with traditional cinnamon rolls. I want to show my kids that healthy eating/cooking can be fun, rewarding AND taste just as delicious!

🎄 CAN CHRISTMAS COME ANY SOONER?! 🎄

Mantra Monday – Elimination Diet

What you put into your body is sooooo important. That’s why I will be beginning an elimination diet. I’m starting over because I haven’t been feeling well every time I wake up or just any time of the day for that matter! I’m going back to my paleo basics of meat, fruits and vegetables.

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I sure hope it’s not caffeine that I’m sensitive to! *cries*

I will slowly begin to reintroduce my body to the things I love (That are still healthy) that may be causing me to have issues! People can have so many sensitivities to different foods and I don’t want to be the one who constantly suffers without answers so elimination diet it is!

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I wasn’t even aware eggs could cause sensitivity so it’s good to do your research so you can hopefully find the root causes of your food-related symptoms!

So this weekends Mantra is When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need.

Mantra Monday

**New blog segment! Mantra Mondays..

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I’m back at it. Fall time (Honestly, anytime.) makes it hard to want to stay motivated with health but once you don’t feel like yourself anymore, health or appearance wise, then you make the changes you need and want.

Back to full on paleo because I’ve been sick for a full week. Why? My immune system is weak – I haven’t been eating well and have been drinking a lot of whiskey and warm ciders (So good though..).

But now I know what I need to do. I need to think about my health more – Mainly so I can have my energy and strength back for my son and be the Mother I need to be. For Hudson and for myself. So, this week’s Mantra is – Believe in Yourself!

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Mmm… Coffee! Paleo Bistro

There are some amazing paleo restaurants in nearly every state and I love discovering the hidden healthy gems near us, so was very eager to try Mmm… Coffee! after reading some very promising reviews.

Their menu had many delicious paleo options so my Husband and I decided to make a trip downtown to try it out! It was in a very trendy and artistic side of town in the Lincoln Park area off of 9th and Santa Fe. Their bistro was hidden in a gorgeous and secluded courtyard shown only by their adorable sign out front.

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We were immediately greeted by some of the friendliest people we’ve met in a long, long time. The owners Jami and Derek were so very sweet and inviting which made the already lovely ambiance even more comforting. We asked what they were best known for and wanted to try it all! (They were one of the first 100% grain free restaurants to open in the nation!)

 

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We started with their amazing soup that changes daily (They’re REALLY popular for them!) And my Husband LOVED it. Said it was the best soup he’d ever had and it was accompanied by some delicious plantain chips (My obsession) ! 

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I had their Paleo Power salad which was amazing and we split their tuna wrap (SO GOOD) and INCREDIBLE bacon wrapped stuffed dates which was chicken breast roasted in enchilada sauce, stuffed into dates and wrapped in turkey bacon! *drooldrooldrool*

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We couldn’t stop there. Jami was so passionate about the food she made we had to keep trying more as they were so creative, delicious and unique! Their mocha latte was delicious and they make their own chocolate IN HOUSE, so I had to try some of their delicious concoctions!

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Hudson enjoyed the chocolate too 😉 Yummm!

We finished our lunch with two delicious chicken legs which were simplistic yet delicious!

 

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We asked what the best desserts were and decided to try one of each (of a few!)

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Again, Jami is INCREDIBLE. Her food was amazing but her desserts were out of this world! She’s been eating paleo for a long time so has been able to master so many different techniques. We tried their muffins, cookies, cake, granola, macaroons, and punkin’ bar. It was all SO GOOD. Did NOT taste paleo or healthy but it WAS.

Her cake was AMAZING. It was a made from BEETS. It was an adorable dark purple color with delicious looking frosting on top and tasted JUST like a red velvet unhealthy cake would taste. We decided we’re coming to her for any cakes we ever need (She had sold a wedding cake she had made while we were there!)

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The inside of their shop was adorable and warm – They have wonderful options for comfortable indoor seating and gorgeous outdoor courtyard relaxing. One thing I love is when a local business supports other local businesses. They have many items available inside from other Colorado companies such as kombucha, kale chips, beef jerky, etc.

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After we were done I wanted to thank them so much for all of their kindnesses, wonderful food and inspiring creativity. I had the pleasure of getting to speak with them about their journey and got to take a fun photo with them in front of their paleo sign!

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And it was Derek’s idea to grab their sign from in front with the mini bike attached to take a photo with Hudson on it.. HOW CUTE?!

This is by far our favorite new paleo stop. The people were amazing, the food was outstanding and the location was comfortable and upbeet (Like my food pun? 😉 )

We’ll absolutely be back and recommend anyone in the area (or visiting the area) to try it out – You’ll never want to leave.. I’m already missing it!!

Paleo Sweet Potato Noodles

Switching to the Paleolithic lifestyle can cause you to experience a variety of cravings for different foods that you may have been comforted with in the past. Mine was definitely pasta. Every time I went out to eat I’d usually grab some Chicken Alfredo or Shrimp Scampi, so it was hard for me to part with it.

We went a very long time without eating any sort of noodles. Usually just buying expensive freezer noodles made from almonds that only had enough to fill up one person **And we only got it for special occasions**!

Not anymore!! My Husband has officially mastered sweet potato noodles. YES, IT’S A THING. Sweet. Potato. NOODLES. For awhile it would be a 30 minute ordeal trying to spiralize just two sweet potatoes with a hand spiralizer and it was getting really frustrating for him to use.

But for Father’s Day my Husband received the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer and it’s completely changed our meals! It takes 5 minutes to make THREE sweet potatoes worth of noodles and can feed us each with seconds to spare!

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Once spiralized you heat a pan, add olive oil and toss for 5-7 minutes or until desired texture! Then that’s IT! Add whatever protein and/or sauces you desire and you’ve got yourself an amazing and filling meal!

You can also spiralize carrots, zucchini, or whatever else you can think of! It’s an INCREDIBLY versatile dish!

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Paleo Phở

Yesterday, my Husband and I were craving ramen noodles. The broth, the noodles, the flavors.. We REALLY wanted it. Then we had the crazy idea of winging it and trying our own! Using ingredients we already had at home we started with the broth.

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In a bowl I poured a full container of Organic Vegetable broth and mixed it (to taste) with sea salt, cajun seasoning, cumin, white pepper, ginger and a LITTLE poultry seasoning (If using chicken as your protein). Then added coconut aminos until it tastes like ramen broth!! (Really, you’ll know! ;))

Bring to a boil. While waiting for your broth to boil, spiralize your sweet potatoes into noodles, heat a pan to medium-high with olive oil and throw in noodles. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes (Flipping gently, every minute) AND cook your protein (If wanted) at the same time.

Once done place protein and noodles in a bowl and pour boiling broth over. Allow to sit for 2 minutes to soak and ENJOY!
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Super delicious. SUPER healthy. We LOVED it! It’ll be our sickness food and our “Need a Cheat Day” cure food 😉

Enjoy y’all!

xoxox