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Zesty Zoodle Salad…Say Goodbye To Boring Salad Forever!

Zesty Zoodle Salad is one of my goto choices for getting more veggies in my diet that goes beyond boring old carrots or greens or zuchinni.

There is no room in this world for boring, bland salads. With so may amazing taste options, you should NEVER settle for less than awesome!

Awesome like this Zesty Zoodle Salad. Oh my goodness this is a great one!

INGREDIENTS

1-2 large zucchini, spiralized
1/2 red bell pepper or 3 mini red peppers, chopped
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup chopped red onion

Zesty Zoodle Salad Dressing

  • Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon brown or dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (mixed herbs)
  • teaspoon sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1.  Add zucchini, bell pepper, red cabbage, cucumber and red onion into a large salad bowl.
  2. In a measuring cup whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Get creative with add in’s: shrimp, olives, tomatoes

Zesty Zoodle Salad

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gluten free paleo pancakes

Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes – 5 Ways

Gluten free paleo pancakes were the showcase on Facebook LIVE last night – you can catch the replay HERE.

Using a base pancake recipe, I put together 5 breakfast combinations that are great for everyone in your family!

Quick, fast, easy and tasty!

I made:

Pancake Fruit Kabobs

My kids ate them and I wasn’t fast enough to get a pic – watch the video!

Blueberry Pancakes With Strawberry Sauce

 

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Bacon And Egg “Sandwich”- My Healthy Version of a McGriddle

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Avocado Pancake Toast – (my take on the ever so popular avocado toast)

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Pancake Dipped Bacon <— not a typo, the real deal

Sadly no pic, once the broadcast was over my kids swooped in and inhaled all of the pancake bacon dippers #Sorry

You can make these pancakes ahead and freeze them. When you are ready to eat, take them out and pop them in the toaster!

Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes Base Recipe

1 1/2 cups of gluten free all-purpose flour (I have Pillsbury and Bob’s Red Mill)
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups of dairy free milk (almond, coconut, cashew)
1 egg
3 tbsp of an oil (avocado, ghee, coconut oil or melted grass-fed butter)
Sweetener (see below)
Water
Directions
If you’re making them to be savory then only add 1 tbsp of sweetener
To make them more traditional add 1/3 cup of sweetener of your choice.
Mix the dry ingredients together with a fork, then add in the milk, egg and oil. Mix well.
It will be thick but you can thin it out little by little with water. You don’t want it soupy.
Heat your griddle or frying pan, I used KerryGold in the pan.
Scoop out the size of pancake you want. Wait for the bubbles to form then flip.
What I like to do is a make one pancake, cook it and taste it. I can adjust the flavor of the remaining batter if need be.
Optional Add in’s
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • butter extract
  • maple extract
  • blueberries
  • Sprinkles
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Flax seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes
  • Seasonings
Get creative!
Coconut Flour Pancakes
gluten free paleo pancakes
In the broadcast I mentioned a coconut flour recipe.
When you use coconut flour, it has the hint of coconut flavor so be prepared for it.
If you don’t like coconut, this might not be for you.
Coconut Flour Pancakes
3 tbsp coconut flour
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp non dairy milk
3 tbsp oil (coconut, avocado or melted grass-fed butter)
1/4 tsp baking powder
2-3 tbsp sweetener of your choice
Blend all of the ingredients together.
Cook on medium heat, scoop out the size of pancake you want.
Once you see the bubbles, flip.
You can use the same add in’s as above.

You have options!

…just have to use them!!!
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10 Minute Meal - Balsamic Glazed Beef Roll-Ups

10 Minute Main Course: Balsamic Glazed Beef

10 Minute Meal as a main course dish that is easy, fast, paleo and packed full of protein and veggies? Is it possible? Can it be done? Sure is and I did it! (Video Below)
One of the biggest reasons excuses I hear from people describing their struggle with eating healthy is, “I just don’t have the time to cook.” Well, put that one in the trash bin…read on.

Balsamic Glazed Steak Roll Ups

This is a 10 minute meal!

Ingredients
Family portion of protein.
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
Veggies of your choice – julienne chop
Balsamic Glaze
1.5 tsp oil (avocado, olive)
3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of liquid aminos (coconut aminos) or light soy sauce
2 tbsp red wine vinegar or worchestershire
2 tsp Splenda brown sugar (or coconut sugar or splenda)
Directions:
Heat the oil and add in the garlic.
Let that cook for about a minute.
Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer on low for another 5 minutes. While that’s happening…
Season your choice of protein. You can use chicken, pork or steak, very thinly sliced.

I used flank steak.

Seasoning that I used:  garlic powder, salt (Himalayan) and ground black pepper.

Cut your meat or have it cut so that it is thin and wide enough to wrap around your veggies.
Roll Options:
-red, yellow, green pepper
-onion
-zuchinni
-sprouts
-spinach
Season your meat with salt and pepper. I also sprinkled garlic powder on the meat.
Add your veggies to the meat.
Roll the meat to wrap the veggies inside.
Place seam side down on your pre-heated (medium-high) pan.
Cook 3-4 minutes per side.
Cover the meat with your balsamic glaze and reduce the heat to medium.
You need to continue to baste and turn your meat until it is cooked through.
This is an awesome meal that can be done in just 10 minutes.
Pro Tip:
Chop up some extra veggies and add them to the pan with a little water to act as a deglazer so that they get to enjoy the awesome glaze as well!
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6 tips to making meal prep a breeze

6 Tips To Make Meal Prep A Breeze

Meal prep is what will you set you apart from the rest of the world when it comes to making the time to prioritize health and fitness in your life. The 6 tips will be game changers for you if you struggle with time!

Time is always everyone’s big struggle. “If I only had more time.” Sorry about your luck, but everyone from the corporate executive to the mom with four kids to the single twenty something grad student all share the exact same amount of time.

It’s not more time we need…it’s making the most of the time we have and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule it.

Yes, schedule your health and fitness time. Let’s face it, if your health sucks, so does everything else in your life. Maybe not today, probably not tomorrow, but ignore your health long enough and everything else will go with it.

Time for making healthy meals is one of the areas that my clients always find challenging when we start together and with a few simple tips, they become time shifters!

Meal Prep Tips: 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze!

  1. Schedule The Time
    There are two times you need to schedule. In the evenings to prepare lunch, breakfast and snacks for the next day. A block of time on Saturday or Sunday (or whenever you enjoy a day off) to batch prepare food. You won’t need more than 20 minutes an evening or 2 hours on your free day.
  2. Design A Menu
    For me this was HUGE! I lay out in menu form what my families meals will look like for the coming week. (I actually do two weeks at time). This guides me for my shopping needs, my batch prep time and saves a lot of time and ‘last minute mistakes’, “There’s nothing to eat”
    There’s always something to eat when you plan it, make it, prepare it.
  3. Storage
    Don’t overlook this super simple fact of life. Having the proper storage containers makes EVERYTHING about meal prep easier. From portion size, to convenience, having great storage containers that can go from the fridge/freezer to the microwave and be your plate saves time and
    money!
    I use the “FitPakcer – Meal Prep Containers” pictured on the left and centre [AF]. There are lots of different options available.6 tips to making meal prep a breeze Fitpacker
  4. Pre-Packaged Healthy Foods Can Help
    Pre-cut vegetables, microwave veggies, rice, pre-cooked chicken, turkey…all of these can come in handy and really cut down on prep time. But, make sure you read the labels. You want just the pure food that is on the label with minimal additives and preservative and NO ADDED SUGAR!
  5. Shop Smart
    Foods and supplies that can be bought in bulk are the way to go, but you can’t always do that with fresh foods and you need to buy a couple of time per week. I shop for bulk items whenever I can so that my quick trips to the grocery store are just that.
    Make a list and stick to it that is designed from your menu. This will save you time and money.
  6. Make It A Family Affair
    I involve my kids and my husband in our meal planning and the prep. The kids love having input into what the menu will be for supper and for their lunches and the extra hands on batch prep days makes for less time in the kitchen and more time for play and fun!

I guarantee when you use these 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze you will save time and money and it won’t take long before it becomes fast and second nature!

Do you use any of these tips already?  Let me know how it works for you and what other tips and tricks you use to stay pin track.

If you haven’t used any of these, try it and let me know how much of a game changer it is for you!

 

Carrot Cake Energy And Protein Balls: Paleo Goodness

When you think of Easter you think, “Bunnies” and when you think of bunnies you think of carrots!

Carrot Cake is my husbands favorite kind of cake so for Easter, we do these up as a little treat.

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Protein Balls
and a special (very limited)
Coconut Cream Icing.

At the bottom of this post there is a link to a Facebook Live I did making these for my #FitFriends!

Enjoy!!

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Paleo Energy Balls

1 Cup peeled and shredded carrots
3/4 Cups pecans
1 Egg white
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons ground Hemp seeds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a bender (I use a NutriBullet), pulse the pecans until they are a fine chop (about four pulses).
  • Whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold together the carrots, pecans and egg whites in a bowl.
  • Add the cinnamon, honey, coconut flour and hemp seeds.
  • Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, compress it in your hands and then gently roll into a ball and place on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

1/2 Cup Nut Butter (I used Almond Butter)
1 Cup Oat bran
3/4 Cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Almond Milk
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Cup shredded peeled carrots
2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Once mixed, add in the carrots.
  • Add in the nut butter and honey and mix until it is all together.  Add in the milk a bit at a time to make the dough a good consistency to roll into balls.
  • Roll into balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet or plate.
  • Chill in the refrigerator.

Coconut Cream Icing

1/4 cup coconut oil, softened (room temperature)
1/4 cup dairy-free butter substitute, softened (like Earth Balance; I use soy-free.)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted powdered sweetener (I use my NutriBullet and blend the sweetener to turn it into powder)
1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk.

Directions

  • Whip coconut oil and butter together until smooth and creamy.
  • Add vanilla extract and powdered sweetener, one cup at a time, mixing well between each cup.
  • Add the milk, a little at a time, using less for thick frosting and more for a thin frosting. I used 1 tbsp in the Facebook Live.
  • Store in airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature to use (do not microwave frosting).

 

brown derby cobb salad

Disney’s Brown Derby Cobb Salad

Disney’s, “Brown Derby Cobb Salad” is not just your regular run of the mill Cobb Salad.

Let’s be honest here. Anyone can make a Cobb Salad…yawn.

But, to make a Cobb Salad that makes you forget you’re eating a salad, well that is something special!

The Disney Chefs make amazing food and the masterminds behind the Hollywood Brown Derby Salad, which is a restaurant in Hollywood Studios turn salad up a notch! 

Don’t get me wrong here. By no means do I believe I can out chef a Disney Chef, however,  I decided to take the Brown Derby Salad Dressing and ‘healthify‘ it… Carrie style.

I made this live on Facebook so you can see just how easy it is! Click here to watch the broadcast.

Enjoy!

Brown Derby Cobb Salad

Chopped Lettuce
Sliced egg
Crumbled turkey bacon
Diced tomato
Cubed avocado
Get Creative, add in leftover veggies or meat
This is your salad, enjoy it!!
Dressing
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp sweetener
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup avocado oil
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a small mason jar and shake to mix.
Pour over your salad and toss.

What’s Missing?

Cobb Salad connoisseurs will tell you that the cheese is missing.
Brown Derby experts will tell you that the Blue Cheese is missing.

Live a little… you don’t need cheese on your salad! Go without… you won’t even miss it.

brown derby cobb salad dressing is amazing

I often get asked questions about salad dressings. We all know that salads are a great way to increase our vegetable intake. But many people find them kind of boring.

So, questions about how to, “Turn them up a notch” will often come up and usually the thought is with the dressing. I agree! BUT NOT THE STORE BOUGHT SOLUTIONS.

Most (not all), but most store-bought dressings are jacked full of additives, sugars, stabilizers, fillers and stuff you just don’t need or want in your food.

Homemade salad dressings are super easy, full of amazing flavor and can turn any boring salad into a special meal.

Experiment, find something you like and go with it.

Looking for other options?
You can try one of these as well:

‘1905’ Salad Dressing – Video
Caesar Salad Dressing – Blog

fresh food hacks. keeping your produce and fresh food longer.

Fresh Food Hacks: Keep Your Food Fresher, Longer

Fresh food hacks are just smart!! Especially, if you’re like me, you hate throwing out food.

Our smart friends over at Fix.com feel the same way so they came up with a chart to help you keep your food fresher, longer!  This is smart since it saves you time and money!

Like they say, “By using proper storage methods, you can extend the lifespan of your produce by days or even weeks.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reached for some produce that I just bought only to find it going rotten.

Thanks to this infographic, you’ll never have the same problem as me…and I’ll never have it again!

Check it out…
FRESH FOOD HACKS TO KEEP YOUR BOUNTY FRESHER, LONGER

fresh food hacks from Fix.com
Source: Fix.com Blog