BADASSERY

Ok this title is a two in one because I have two reading recommendations for y’all today. Maybe three…

  1. Mr.Money Mustache. A blog about… Money! I’m not one who particularly worries about money 24/7 because I like to focus on other things.. so when a friend recommended this blog to me I was “yeah sure thing ok sir do you know me at all?” but actually I love it. I will let you read it, but reasons I like it are because: (a)My new favorite life idea “voluntary discomfort” was discovered here and  (b)Moral lessons of GIVING. One of my favorite quotes would be “Giving is the best way to be fulfilled” therefore this article brought me many bundles of joy ->> Get Rich with: The Position of Strength.
  2. You Are A Badass. A book about how to take control of your life/be the best you can be…? I am only a couple chapters in, but I’m already diggin’ it. Yes, I’m that exited that I’m going to recommend a book I haven’t even finished yet. I do that a lot, bear with me. The writing is very casual (with some swearing for humor), so an easy afternoon read, but also inspirational.  Another one that I love lots is Considerations, by Colin Wright. All I shall say about that wright now is that, he is THE MAN. He moves every four months, which is absolutely fascinating to me.Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 3.59.32 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 3.58.47 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 3.59.13 PM

RAZZATAZ

I love raspberries. I also love fresh mango!photo 1-3 I thought ya’ll would want to see this adorable blender. I went to my friend’s house and found this gem, it’s real short and makes me chuckle. This smoothie was fun to make and super simple. Here’s the approximate recipe, it made about 20 ounces.

Ingredients:

1 handful raspberries (1/2 cup)

1 banana

1 mango (skin off please)

1/2 cup ice

1 cup almond milk

Directions:

Throw or toss or place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until you see (or hear) zero chunks!

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The Green Giant

This smoothie was inspired by my local box from BeWise Organics. We received fresh strawberries and chard, so I threw it in a blender with frozen cherries and yum yumyum.

My recipe (approximation)

photo 2-2Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of chard (3/4 cup packed)
  • 2 handfuls of strawberries (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup ice

 

 

Directions:

Toss all ingredients in blender and blend!

 

 

"What a large leaf!"
“What a large leaf!”

Pretty Real Pancakes(or really real)

This pancake looks like it could be on the cover of the Ihop menu because it’s just that pretty. Well it won’t be, because it’s real food, and Ihop doesn’t serve much of that. Last time I checked I’m pretty sure they didn’t have real butter, it was a nice blend of margarine and butter. Not so yum. So this pancake is real good and real healthy. I tried to follow the recipe… but I didn’t actually have Tapioca Starch so I subbed Arrowroot Powder and threw in a little Almond flour for kicks and giggles. I highly suggest you make these pancakes the next time you have a free 30 mins. They are a great dinner or lunch meal, don’t you dare limit pancakes to breakfast!

Oozing with Yum
Oozing with Yum

Click here for recipe, I found it on one of my favorite Paleo Blogs, Civilized Caveman Cooking!

By the way, I put chocolate chips in them instead of blueberries, next time I’m going to add blueberries. OR BOTH (suggestion by Kelly).

Next recipe I am going to make: Chocolate Bacon Almond Butter Bananas

Inspirational: Sharpening the Saw

I really enjoyed this article.

I have so far found it very true in my life that fitting in some type of physical activity  every day helps me to relax. My brain and body feels refreshed when I am in the habit of working out! Whether it’s running to the fridge at midnight for some kale or jumping into your car in the morning, any kind of activity is great. Ok, maybe those don’t count. But just a 2 mile run in the morning is a great start, or a 20 minute body weight cardio circuit. My tip for working out is to switch it up. If I do the same physical activity every single day I get bored of it, but there are also plenty of people who love that. Whatever floats your boat! I was inspired by this article, maybe it will give a little boost that you needed to head on outside (or inside to that gym) and run around! Or DANCE. Dancing counts, my friends. I love Zumba and West Coast Swing.

Here are some workout ideas 🙂

Steep Climb

20 Body-Weight Exercises

Four Corners

“Banana Milk”

Ok. So, there’s a restaurant called the Yellow Deli. They have a menu item called Banana Milk. I’m not trying to take their business here…but they now have competition. My friend (I’m going to call her Kelly) and I decided that we would recreate this deliciousness-in-a-cup. Kelly has this magical machine called a Magic Bullet. I love it because it’s a blender (such as the Vitamix) but it’s smaller than a normal size blender so it makes a controllable amount of smoothie. My problem is while using my Vitamix, because it is so roomy, I put all the smoothie ingredients in the pitcher, then make one last rummage through my fridge, and discover strawberries. When I see those strawberries, I get way to excited because STRAWBERRIES YUM and then I grab 4 handfuls. That is too many strawberries, unless I’m making a smoothie for eight people. I’m not eight people. The Magic Bullet forces me to grab one handful of strawberries instead of four! I guessed that Banana Milk had milk, bananas, and spices. So we put Almond Milk, bananas, and Pumpkin Pie Spice in the Magic Bullet. FYI, Pumpkin Pie Spice is usually a nice blend of Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and Allspice. So if you are lazy and don’t want to pour four different spices in, you only have to pour in one! hehe.

Then I spotted the apple of my eye. Or maybe just an apple? Well, it tastes delicious dipped in the Banana Milk.

Enjoy these tasty pictures. As the author of my favorite Paleo blog (Stephanie) always says, “We eat with our eyes first”, so drink up!

Yummy dipped in apples feat. Kelly's hand.
Yummy dipped in apples feat. Kelly’s hand.

By the way here’s the approximate Ingredients:

1.5 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Banana

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

P.S. You should still try the real deal at the Yellow Deli, in Vista, CA.
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Green Truffles

Don’t be scared my friends, they were not green because I left them in my backpack for a week to grow mold. If you really want to know (which you should) they are green because a guest ingredient, the Avocado. I could write a 30 page paper about Avocado’s because I love ’em so much. This versatile FRUIT (whaaaatttt?!) makes amazing GUACAMOLE (I made some this morning) and adds the perfect creamy-ness to a chocolate truffle. Actually, it makes the BEST TRUFFLES EVER. By the way, this recipe came from my friend Nicole who made these tasty treats for me. They were so good that I kidnapped her and held her hostage until the recipe was spat out. Okay maybe I didn’t kidnap her, it’s up to your imagination.

Here’s the recipe!!

Ingredients:

1 avocado

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/3 cup melted chocolate (I used squares from 85% and 73% bars)

2 Tbsp coconut sugar (if in coconut sugar drought substitute any other granulated sugar)

Toppings

Directions:

Scoop flesh of avocado into a a blender or food processor of your choice. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. (Now it will be a thick fudge sauce consistency.) Scoop out into a bowl, put in freezer for 15 minutes to harden. Now scoop out 1 inch balls onto a plate with a tiny cookie scooper (or your hands if you don’t have that handy gadget). Now roll the truffle balls in your favorite topping. Suggestions: cocoa powder, dried coconut, crushed nuts.

Take a look!!!!!

These are from the second time I made them. Rolled in cocoa powder AND coconut flakes!
These are from the second time I made them. Rolled in cocoa powder AND coconut flakes!
This is truffle was dipped (when very cold) in a pot of melted white chocolate, then frozen again.
This is truffle was dipped (when very cold) in a pot of melted white chocolate, then frozen again.
Truffle rolled in toasted coconut. Personal fave. :)
Truffle rolled in toasted coconut. Personal fave. 🙂
These are the truffles I got to take home after making them the first time at Nicole's house!
These are the truffles I got to take home after making them the first time at Nicole’s house!