Cracked Nut Butter

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This. Cracked Nut Butter.  Cookie Dough flavor.  When I saw this in the grocery store, my first thought was YUM, that looks delicious…..and FULL of bad things. I turned the jar over and turns out, not so bad.  Ingredients: Raw almonds, Raw pecans, Whey Isolate w/ honey, Unsweetened Organic coconut flakes, Organic virgin coconut oil, and Organic pastured ghee.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Of course I had to try it.  Delicious.  Delicious in smoothies.  Delicious on fruit.  Delicious on pancakes.  Delicious on a spoon.

It does have a texture and flavor that I took me a little bit to place.  Somewhat gritty.  Sweet, but not too sweet.  After reading the ingredients again, I figured it out.  Pecans.  So good.  I am typically an almond butter girl, but this is definitely worth switching for.  Check it.

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BBQ Pork Omelette

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For St. Patrick’s Day, I visited my uncles in Chicago.  I’m so glad that they have a love for food, good food, like I do.  While there, we ate blittle goatrunch at a trendy little place called The LittleGoat. One of the specials that day was a BBQ pork omelette.  Duh.  Ever since I took that first bite, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this omelette.  You guys.  Unbelievably fantastic. You have your traditional 3 egg omelette.  Add a little cream cheese and BBQ pulled pork inside and top with BBQ sauce, French fried onions, and a sprinkle of cilantro.  I have never tasted anything like it.  I had already begun to create this dish for myself in my head.

This morning, I enjoyed my very own BBQ pork omelette.  Here it is.

Ingredients
3 eggs
Approx 1 cup cooked pork short ribs (recipe HERE)
BBQ sauce (I use TPFAK Primal BBQ Sauce from my friends in Maine)
S&P to taste
1 Tbsp unsalted butter (I use Kerrygold)

Instructions
1. Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat
2.  While butter is melting, crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk well
3. Pour the egg mixture into the hot pan, then let the eggs set a little along the edges (it will only take a few seconds)
4. Using a spatula, pull the eggs in from all four sides toward the center, allowing the liquid eggs to flow underneath the set ones (eggs will look lumpy and slightly scrambled).
5. When the eggs are set on the outside but still slightly soft on the inside, add the pork (and sauce if you’d like).  (Don’t worry about the runny eggs in the middle. The eggs will continue cooking once the omelet is rolled.)
6. Fold one side of the omelet in with your spatula. The other side will fold over as you tilt it onto the plate.
7. Tilt the skillet to fold the final third of the omelet over, then turn the skillet a little more so the omelet falls onto the plate fold-side down. Season to taste with salt and pepper and top with BBQ sauce.
8. Congratulations, you omelette-maker, you.

I had made my very favorite slow cooker ribs a few days ago.  From past experience, I know that the ribs and eggs pair perfectly.  Lightbulb moment.  It was perfect.  Eggs, pork, BBQ sauce.  For a little extra fun and flavor, I also added a little feta cheese inside the omelette as well as on the top.  I’m fresh out of cilantro, otherwise I would have thrown a little of that stuff on top as well.

Spot hit, man. This is for sure a must try.  The perfect way to enjoy those leftover short ribs.  Guaranteed I’ll be making this again.  Shoot, I may even have it for lunch and dinner as well.

Original omelette recipe HERE
Original ribs recipe HERE

Happy Eating, friends.

-Lindsay

Pumpkin

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Tis’ the season.  Pumpkin is chock full of healthy goodness.  Protein, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium… While the real deal is significantly better, I do use canned pumpkin puree once in awhile just for convenience.  If you choose to do this, make sure the only ingredient is pumpkin. Furthermore, I encourage you to be mindful of pre-packaged pumpkin treats and drinks.  It it pumpkin spice latte time.  In case you were curious, HERE is the nutrition information for the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Make good choices when deciding upon which pumpkiny beverage to choose from.  Treats are ok….once in awhile.  If you choose to imbibe, perhaps you could order a small instead of the largest size.  Maybe ask for only 1 pump of syrup.  I guess I just encourage you to be mindful of what you’re about to comsume. 

If you’re looking for some healthy ways to enjoy pumpkin, there are a TON of clean recipes online.  I searched “Paleo Pumpkin” on Pinterest which resulted in a plethora of recipes.  Cookies, muffins, pancakes, smoothies, pie….all Paleo.  Read through the recipe very critically.  Is there a sneaky sugar hiding in there?  What kind of flour?  Is there dairy?  There are so many fantastic recipes out there.  Just be smart.

With the cooler weather approaching, I hope to post more recipes on my blog, especially the ones with pumpkin.  HERE is one of my cold weather favorites.  Vitamin A Bisque. 

Here’s to the end of summer and the start of Autumn. 

Happy eating, my friends.    

Thanks, Paleo Cupboard, for posting that fantastic picture to Facebook.

Skipping Lunch Fail

While walking through the halls of the hospital yesterday, I overheard an employee make mention that she skipped lunch the day before and was planning on doing the same that day. She said it with almost a boastful tone.  Then there’s me “Oh, it’s 0930?  I’m on my third meal of the day already.”

A few thoughts on this. 

First, I think “holy, hunger.”  I rarely go hungry.  I eat many times throughout the day.  Skipping meals WILL make you hungry.  Hunger leads to overeating.  Overeating leads to…well, you get the picture. 

Could skipping meals lead to…wait for it…weight gain??
Regularly skipping meals could make your body go into starvation mode.  Metabolism will slow which causes the body to use fewer calories to conserve energy.  If weight-loss is what you’re going for, you don’t want a slower metabolism, you want to speed it up.  In addition to slower metabolism, skipping meals may lead to fainting, dizziness, irritability, low blood sugar, headaches, dehydration, weakened immune system, along with a score of others. Bad news Bears.

Skipping meals a few times a week won’t help you to lose weight.  In order to lose 1 pound, you need to find a way to get rid of an extra 3500 calories.  So, in order to lose 1 pound a week, you need to scrap about 500 calories a day.  Instead of going hungry at lunch, an easy way to do that is to clean up your eating.  Don’t starve yourself, just make better choices. 

My suggestion will always be to eat.  No time?  Pack some small protein-rich snacks to have on your way to the Dr appointment or while getting your hair done or during whatever it is that you need to do instead of eat lunch.  Something that will satiate your hunger as well as keep your blood sugar up.  I keep a small packet of almond butter along with some pre-packaged nuts and berries trail mix in my car for emergencies.  When I’m working, I keep a package of almonds and a KIND bar or LARABAR in the pockets of my medic pants and flight suit in case hunger attacks en route.

When I have more time, I like to have ants on a log complete with celery sticks, Justin’s almond butter, and raisins.  I eat it up until I’m full.  Fat, protein, fruit, vegetable.  Perfect.  I also like cucumber sandwiches.  Slice a cucumber lengthwise, scoop out the innerds, add a little mustard, turkey lunchmeat, and just a little swiss.  If you’re a big snacker, keep some almonds or carrot sticks at work for mindless snacking.  Sometimes on ambulance trips, a gas station is the only place to fuel your body.  No worries.  My go-to snack is a slice of cheese, bag of almonds or pumpkin seeds (look at ingredients…sugar is sneaky), beef jerky (this one is tough…just try to find the kind with the cleanest ingredients), and maybe some fruit.  I have also been known to grab a couple of the pre-packed hard-boiled eggs.  I typically get the “I am completely disgusted by your food choice and I may vomit” look by my medic partner, BUT it’s a solid protein choice. Enjoy your cream cheese danish, Combos, and Mt. Dew, pal.   

When you clean up your eating, you will find that you can actually eat MORE.  Since going Paleo, I have found that I lose weight by eating.  By eating more throughout the day, I am never hungry AND it helps to keep my energy up.  I don’t get that sluggish feeling mid-afternoon. 

Don’t skip lunch, man.  You will not win.   If it’s a time thing, think ahead.  Pack snacks.  If it’s a weight thing, clean up your eating.

Need suggestions on some eat this, not that (Paleo as well as clean eating) foods?  Looking for some solid snack suggestions?  I would love to help you out.  Feel free to comment or message me.

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Dynamic Fruits & Greens

IMAG2324For the last few months, I have been drinking something called Dynamic Fruits & Greens (which I will call DFG).  This is a blend of 100% natural fruit and vegetable extracts, vitamins, flax lignans, ionic trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and symbiotic intestinal flora. One of my good paleo friends introduced me to this. Claimed it helped boost immune system, help with digestion, gave increased energy…among other things.  He is able to get this stuff through his chiropractor, so I received my can of the powder right away.  Within days, I could tell a difference with each one of the things listed above.  Really, a noticibly significant difference. Typically by this time in the year, I would have called in a few times from work for influenza.  Not this year.  I attribute it 100% to a clean diet, regular exercise, and the DFG. I mean, I don’t think it’s coincidence.  Also, I have noticied that I have an increased metabolism on the days that I drink it.  HUGE difference on the days that I don’t. 

IMAG2524This stuff is gluten-free, dairy-free, and caffeine-free.  AlsoIt does, however, contain some Stevia (which I have heard debated in the Paleo community).  The powder that I get is berry flavored.  It actually tastes pretty good.  It mixes really well, so you don’t need to be worried about a gritty texture. It’s green, but don’t worry about the color.  Just close your eyes if it bothers you.  🙂

Give it a try.  There are a few different places to get it.  HERE is one place, although I have never ordered from them, I just found the link through the Googles.  The price is fairly reasonable.  I love me some Dynamic Greens.

Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute

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I have heard a lot about this Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, so I thought I’d try it out.  This stuff can be used on a variety of things.  Vinaigrette, burgers, steak, chicken, soup, dips… Ingredients are: onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice and lemon oil.

I used this on the Portobello Mushroom Cap Burgers that I wrote about in my previous post.  Great flavor.  It really added a lot to the hamburger.  $1.99 for some awesome flavor.

Steve’s PaleoGoods

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Here is what I ordered from Steve’s PaleoGoods.  I ordered a few Paleokits, some Paleo Krunch, a Paleo Krunch Bar, some beef jerky, and a marinade/dressing sampler.  Check out their website for more info on their products.

I opened their Paleo Krunch and the grass-fed beef jerky at work the other day.  Everyone commented on how great both products tasted.  The Paleo Krunch is grain-free dairy-free granola, sweetened with honey.  I was impressed.  Great flavor, a little crunch, and totally clean.  The jerky has a slight kick and the flavor is spot on.  The guys at work really liked it. 

Their Paleokits are pretty great as well.  Jerky, nuts, berries.  It sounds like an interesting combo, but it really works well.  The Paleokit that I opened today included beef jerky, cranberries, nuts, and some strawberries.  Awesome flavor.  The best part was that it was the perfect amount to tide me over between meals.  I WILL be ordering more of these.  Great for work, beach bag, post workout…

I also marinated some chicken in the peach BBQ and the ginger cilantro sauces then grilled it up.  Again, thoroughly impressed. The flavor is kickin, adds a lot to some grilled chicken.  These sauces even taste clean too.  No high fructose corn syrup, no sugar, no extras.  They’re simple and tasty.  As far as the rest of the items that I purchased, I’m giving them away.  Congrats to the 5 who won the contest on my Facebook page.  Enjoy!

Steve’s PaleoGoods are definitely a Paleo win! Not sure what to try?  I recommend getting a few sampler packs.  This way, you get to try a little bit of everything.

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