Thursday motivation

“80 percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen
 
I tried Boot camp at my gym tonight and Monday I am going to my first Cross Fit session. I really am not a strong person, I have ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH upper body strength but I am interested in the different classes and strategies that will help me gain some strength. I would not normally go to classes that I can’t walk in and stand in the back until I am comfortable with them but I had some friends invite me to tag along. Thanks to my friends for always encouraging me and helping me out. Especially my wonderful Husband and Tim Morrill for your demanding workouts for my push up/pull up goals :) OUCH!
If you are struggling with getting  out, joining a gym, walking/running a race- The best advice I can give you is to invite a friend, force your significant other or just show up and force someone in the class to be your friend!!!
 
Why YES, This was how I felt tonight!

Crab topped Talapia

Only a few months til OBX and I can’t wait! I am getting excited to put my feet in the sand and listen to the ocean by day. Chow down on some fresh seafood and chase ghost crabs by night. Tonight I decided to prepare a little OBX favorite- Fish and Crab.
My litte ghost crab from Avon, NC in 2009 :)
Crab Topping   
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 of an Onion, chopped finely
  • 1 Tbs. Grass fed butter (any butter will do)
  • 1tsp parsley
  • 1tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (bread crumbs will work too)
  • 8 oz. Crab meat
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice only
  • Spine of Talapia- place this down in pan
  • 1Tbs Old bay Seasoning (yes I am from Maryland- that’s how we roll)
  • 4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets , approximately 6 oz each
  • 2 Tbs. Butter, Melted (optional)
  • Old Bay or Paprika for a sprinkle on the top. (Optional)
Fish Process:
  • 2-4 Talapia filets, thawed
Process:
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Put 1 Tbs butter and onion in a pan and sautee until tender.
  3. Add parsley and Garlic Powder, mix well, remove from heat
  4. Put crab meat in a medium bowl, add onion and seasons. 
  5. Grease an oven safe dish and place fish in seam side down.
  6. Top the fish with Crab meat for a “Topped” fish or if you want “stuffed” – fill fish with a little crab meat and fold the fish over.
  7. Put any leftover stuffing on or around the fish to cook along.
  8.  Sprinkle with butter and old bay seasoning for garnish and extra flavor
  9. Allow fish to cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes

  



                                           
                                                             Place in the oven



Enjoy!

Fresh Blueberry Pancakes

Looking forward to my usual Wednesday night Breakfast for Dinner night and thought I would share this from last weeks meals! 

Fresh Blueberry Pancakes
Ingredients
·         4 eggs
·         1 cup milk (raw, organic or coconut)
·         2 teaspoons vanilla extract
·         1/2 cup coconut flour
·         1 tsp baking soda
·         1/2 tsp sea salt
·         coconut oil or butter for frying
·         1/2 tsp Cinnamon
·         Optional: 1 c. Fresh Blueberries, fruit of your choice or Chocolate chips
Process:
·         Beat eggs in a bowl until well blended
·         Add in Vanilla and Milk, mix well
·         Add in the rest of the ingredients, mix until no lumps are left.
·         Optional- You can add in fresh fruit or chocolate for extra flavor-stir gently with a spoon.
·         Grease a skillet and pour small pancakes in. Cook on medium heat until lightly browned.

Brandon decided to turn his into a Pancake, egg, sandwich type thing that he thought was an incredible creation! Must be a guy thing but it looked pretty cool! 

His and Hers! 

Paleo/ Primal Eating- Tips and Help

Weight loss, Healthier, more energy, No more medications, Better hair, better skin, better achievements at the gym, A fun challenge, Try something new that you don’t have to pay for a meal plan or a gym membership! Brandon lost a pants size without stepping foot in a gym!
Try it for 21 days and I garuntee that you won’t regret it!!
                Typical week for us:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paleo Meat staples:

  • Venison, Beef, Bison
  • Free- Range chicken or game birds
  • Nitrate free bacon or ham
  • Roasted Turkey
  • Pork
    *Try to go with Grass fed, lean meats for the bulk of your meat eating. Breakfast meats are tricky- we do ham, bacon or even left over pulled pork or steaks with eggs or in an omelet.

My Paleo Snack or side dish staples:

Cauliflower
Salad
Asparagus
Fresh Salsa
Guacamole
Carrots
Celery
Squash
Cucumbers
Onion
Peppers
Grape tomatoes
sesame seeds
almonds
Macadamia nuts
Cashews
Berries or in season fruits
Almond flour (buy in bulk)
Coconut flour
Any fruit in moderation
a little dried fruit in moderation
Dark chocolate 72% or higher in moderation
*Eat all the veggies you want- some days I eat an entire container of cherry tomatoes for a snack.
Dijon mustard’s
oil and vinegar
Herbs and spices

Try to avoid:

  • Dairy products (If full Paleo, if just primal- you may have full fat, raw organic milk products- Brandon is more Primal because he still does grass- fed cheese)
  • Sugar (yes sugar is not paleo) -replace with honey, palm sugar or maple syrup- all natural
  • Juices- make your own
  • White/ wheat flour
  • Grains- your body cannot naturally digest them
  • no white potatoes
  • corn
  • Legumes- What the heck is a legume?
  • Soy
  • *When buying dark chocolate- try to get soy, dairy free – or make sure soy lechtin is last on the list*
  • Trans-fats
  • Processed- pre made foods.
  • Vegetable oil
    Best tip– Read the labels and make sure you know what all of the ingredients are before you buy them. Buy foods with the least amount of ingredients.

*I’ve noticed that if I pre-slice some of the veggies and keep them in an easily accessible container- I am more likely to snack on them rather than opening up a chocolate bar or a bag of nuts and dried fruits.

For a great description and shopping list check out Mark Sisson. For some great inspiration and to see what your foods are doing to your body, read the Friday success stories- make sure you have a box of tissues!
For a good recipe book check out: Make it Paleonomnompaleo.com, http://www.primal-palate.com/, http://www.paleocomfortfoods.com/, http://www.balancedbites.com/, http://www.everydaypaleo.com/

 

Perfectly Paleo Pumpkin swirl Muffins

Here is a swirly treat packed full of delicious flavor and good for you ingredients. What a great way to start a morning. I make these for breakfast on the go and they are very filling.
Perfectly Paleo Pumpkin Swirl Cakes
 
 Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 C. Almond Flour
  • 1/2 C Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 7 ounces Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 C Coconut oil, melted
Cinnamon swirl Ingredients:
  • 1/4 C. Honey
  • 1/4C Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 2 Tbs Ground Cinnamon
Muffin Process:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  3. Add Pumpkin and eggs to the dry mix and blend well.
  4. Line a muffin pan with liners and spray with oil. (I use coconut oil)
  5. Pour batter into muffin pan 2/3 of the way.
Cinnamon Swirl Process:
  1. In a separate bowl, whisk all the ingredients.
  2. Top each muffin with a half teaspoon of Cinnamon and use a toothpick to swirl into the batter gently.
  3. Place the muffins in the oven 350F.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, these are delicious warm!

Holy Guacamole BLT

One of my favorite foods in the whole world is a BLT sandwich. Unfortunately, I do not eat bread anymore so I have really been missing them. This morning I woke up craving it so bad that I actually looked around my kitchen for some bread. Alas, no luck. I got a little creative and came up with this a BLT burrito. This was delicious. I got my Bacon, Lettuce, tomato and was even able to add some leftover Guacamole from the Giants game last night. (GO GIANTS!!) It was filling, satisfied my BLT craving and gave me a new favorite breakfast that isn’t bad for me. Enjoy!

Holy Guacamole BLT     (for 2)

Ingredients: 

  • 5 eggs (I used 2 for me- a thinner burrito, 3 for Brandon- thicker and more hearty for a “Manly” breakfast.)
  • 1 LB. Bacon
  • 2 Vine tomatoes
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • Fresh Guacamole (See Football Guacamole on previous post)

Process:

  • Cook Bacon in a skillet and set aside for later
  • Grease a skillet well (you can use bacon greased pan if you LOVE bacon flavor) 
  • Put 2-3 eggs in a bowl and a little Salt and pepper for taste. Whisk well until the entire egg is blended.
  • Heat skillet to mid-low heat (I used 2.8 setting)
  • Pour eggs into the skillet and make sure they are spread evenly. 
  • Allow to cook for 6 minutes on one side without touching, flipping or scrambling them. 
  • Remove the egg and put it on a plate. 
  • Fill the egg like a burrito with Bacon, Tomato, Lettuce and Guacamole


You could do several variations of this. Maybe you hate Guacamole- try it with just the BLT, you could even use these for tacos with ground beef or chicken fajitas. 
If you are looking for a lot of protein and energy for a busy day- this is the perfect breakfast. It was filling and gave me a great energy boost!

Venison Chili

I am a firm believer that Football was made for good food! This should not change just because you are eating healthier. Today I made a Game Day Chili, Guacamole and Chocolate Chip cookies. Let’s Go Giants!

Venison Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Lb Ground Venison (can use ground beef or turkey)
  • 4 small Venison Steaks (can use 1Lb Ground chuck) cut into bite size chunks
  • 3 Vine Ripe Tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz). can of Tomato Sauce + 1 Can of water
  • 1 (6 oz.)can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Fist, Minced Garlic
  • 1 Habanero Chili
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbs Sea Salt

Process:
1.) Brown Meat in a pan, Drain well
2.) Pour Tomato sauce, paste and meat in Crock Pot.
3.) In a food processor- chop each Peppers, Veggies, Chili’s (can hand chop too) and Add to Crock-pot.
4.) Add spices and seasonings to Crock-Pot.
5.) Mix well and allow to cook on High for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours.

Homemade Chicken Soup

Kimberly’s Classic Homemade Chicken Soup
Ingredients:
  •  4 lg. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (do not slice)
  • 2 C.  Chicken broth
  • 8 C. Water
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic
  • 2 C. Green Beans
  • 1 C. Carrots, diced
  • 1 Parsnip, Diced
  • 2 Celery stalks, Diced
  • 1 tsp. Parsley
  • 2 tsp.  Sea Salt
  • Cracked Pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Process:
  1. Dice vegetables
  2. Put all of the ingredients in your Crock-pot
  3. Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat and enjoy the smells in your home
  4. Remove chicken breasts from Crock-Pot with tongs and shred
  5. Return to the crock pot, stir gently and serve

 

This is what I feel like… This is what I look like

“No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what you into, no matter what you see when you look outside your window, Brown grass or Green grass, picket fence or Barbed wire- Never Ever put them down, you just lift your arms higher, raise them til your arms tired. Let em’ know you’re there
That you struggling and survivin’ that you gonna persevereYeah, ain’t no body leavin, no body goin’ home…”Inspirational words from  Lupe Fiasco


This is the song I listen to when I am about to give up or quit running because I think I am going to die but then I start singing this and it get’s me pumped up for the last of my workout. Yes- I run down the streets singing this out loud… On Thursday a friend of mine shared some photos with me and for some reason the image of me rappin along to my gangsta jams came to mind… I laughed hysterically but then got a little self- conscious that, I actually do look like the “this is what I REALLY look like portion of the photo”. GET OUT, GET MOVING- it doesn’t matter if you are the hot chicks or the nerdy, two left feet dancers- what matters is that you feel good and your doing something for you. So go download Lupe Fiasco and sing your heart out in public! 😉 Happy Saturday morning.

Bangin’ Banana Chocolate muffins

Tonight all I wanted was BREAD and chocolate. So I saw my bananas rotting away and thought..hmmm chocolate covered bananas? Nope, Banana bread with chocolate- YES!

Preheat oven to 350F
Ingerdients:
1/2 c. Coconut Flour
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
6 eggs
1/2 TBS Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 c. Maple Syrup
1/3 c. Coconut oil (unrefined)
1/2 c. Ripe Banana (about 1 1/2 banana’s)
1 c. Dark Cocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips if non-paleo)
1/2 c. Chopped Nuts if desired

Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl.
Combine all wet ingerdients in a mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer.
Once it is well blended, add dry ingerdients (except chocolate or nuts)
Blend well and then mix in Chocolate and nuts with a spoon.

Pour into Muffin pan- (lightly greased or use muffin papers).
Bake for 20min or until toothpick comes out clean.

Crappy cell picture, Enjoy!