Sausage and Kale Pesto Bowl Recipe
11/13/2014 *Sara-Marie* 2 Comments
6 garlic cloves
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
Juice from 1 lemon
1. In a food processor add the cashews, garlic, salt, and olive oil. Process until smooth.
2. Add the basil and lemon juice and process again until smooth.
3. Take a taste and fall in love.
11/11/2014 *Sara-Marie* 1 Comments
Need Organic Groceries? Vine Market to the Rescue!
11/06/2014 *Sara-Marie* 1 Comments
Ever since I discovered the Paleo lifestyle, I've been on the search for organic, clean, real food products that I feel comfortable feeding my body. It's not always easy to find a store that carries items like coconut butter, cashew butter, avocado oil, etc, but I have spent a lot of energy (and gas!) looking for them. We now find most of our organic products at Wegmans, which is about a 30 minute drive, but some times I have to travel to multiple stores, just to find what I'm looking for.
Now with a one year old, I care even more about what we are bringing into the house and the types of food I am letting her explore. As my husband says, "Only the best for our girl!" On the flip side, finding the time to go grocery shopping can be difficult with a little one. I don't always have the opportunity to drive 30 minutes to Wegmans, let alone make multiple stops along the way looking for specific products.
And then God answered my prayers!
Enter Vine Market.
How cool is this?!?!
Not only are the prices comparable to in store prices, but shipping is free at $49! And when I think about the time, energy, and gas I will be saving by ordering some of our staples online - I'm beyond thrilled.
I'm going to be putting in my first order this week, and if you'd like to order too, I have a special coupon code! Use coupon code: HELLOVM for 20% off your first order! Sweet!
Here's some of the items I'm ordering:
Looks like I've found my new favorite website :)
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Adobo Lime Roasted Chicken Recipe
11/06/2014 *Sara-Marie* 0 Comments
Plantain Egg Nest Recipe
11/05/2014 *Sara-Marie* 1 Comments
Weekly Fitness Victories - 9/22 - 9/26
9/26/2014 *Sara-Marie* 0 Comments
Spinach and Prosciutto Egg Nest Recipe
9/24/2014 *Sara-Marie* 1 Comments
|By hand, rip up 4-5 slices of prosciutto.|
|Add those prosciutto pieces to a hot cast iron skillet, that's been coated with a bit of cooking fat (olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, etc)|
|After continuously stirring the spinach and prosciutto, make a well once the spinach has started to wilt.|
|Add in your eggs...|
|...and cover! The steam will cook the tops of the eggs and finish cooking the spinach.|
|After a couple minutes, your meal is done!|
|I'm a busy, working mama so I just ate it straight out of the pan! One less dish to clean!|
Spinach and Prosciutto Egg Nest Recipe
- 4-5 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto
- 2-3 heaping handfuls of spinach
- 2 eggs
- capful of apple cider vinegar
- pinch of salt and pepper
- cooking fat for pan (olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, etc)
- Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat.
- By hand, rip up 4-5 slices of prosciutto so that you have smaller pieces.
- Add those prosciutto pieces to a hot cast iron skillet, that's been coated with a bit of cooking fat, and crisp up for a minute or two.
- Once the prosciutto starts to get crispy, add in 2-3 heaping handfuls of spinach into your pan, along with another small drizzle of olive oil, a capful of apple cider vinegar, a dash of salt (remember the prosciutto is salty), and a little black pepper.
- After continuously stirring the spinach and prosciutto, make a well once the spinach has started to wilt. Add in your eggs and cover the pan. The steam will cook the tops of your eggs and finish cooking the spinach. Use a clear top if you can, so you can see when the eggs are done to your liking without having to prematurely let out the steam.
- Once done to your liking, uncover and enjoy! I eat this right out of the pan - no need to dirty another dish!
How do you like to incorporate greens or other vegetables first thing in the morning? Leave a comment below!
Paleo Baby: Teaching my daughter the love of real food
9/23/2014 *Sara-Marie* 2 Comments
|There WERE raspberries and coconut cream in that bowl :)|
Ever since I learned of the Whole30/Paleo lifestyle, I knew that I wanted to raise my future children to not only eat but love real food. A little over a year later, we welcomed our little Paleo Baby into the world and we have remained committed to only feeding her nutrient-dense foods.
We have been blessed with a great breastfeeding relationship which is still going strong at almost 11 months old. Isabelle still gets a majority of her nutrition from Mama's Milk, but since about 4.5 months old (which is early), I began to introduce wholesome, real foods into her diet.
I originally wanted to wait until 6 months before introducing solid food, as recommended by many. However, when my child started to make chewing motions with her mouth as she watched us eat and started to swipe at my dinner plate, and cry when we didn't let her have any, I knew it was time to do something. I didn't want to give her the typical baby cereals since I knew from my research that it wasn't nutritionally necessary and could often cause digestion issues. So I started out with mashed sweet potato and Isabelle responded really well. She even grabbed the baby spoon and fed herself that night - this girl was READY. If you don't believe me, check out this photo documenting her first real food experience:
|"This stuff is so good!"|
|Blueberries and Watermelon|
- Avocado - her absolute favorite
- Coconut milk, cream, butter
- Spaghetti Squash
- Ground beef
- Shredded chicken/turkey
- Sweet potato
- Butternut squash
- Spinach (in the form of a green smoothie)
|I love avocado!|
With all that being said, here is a list of food groups we are choosing NOT to include in Isabelle's diet:
GRAINS - with the exception of an occasional serving of rice
Why? Here's a snippet from "The Grain Manifesto" found on the Whole30 website:
In a comparison* done in our New York Times bestselling book, It Starts With Food, a daily diet based on “healthy” whole grains provided more than three times the sugar and sodium as a diet featuring vegetables and fruit, but provided less fiber, potassium, and substantially less magnesium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K.So I rather fill ALL of our plates with a variety of fruits and vegetables instead of bread, cereal, or pasta.
Because the over consumption of sugar is just plain bad. Anything and everything that comes in a box these days has sugar, or some form of science experiment sugar, as an ingredient. Again, I don't want that in my body, let alone my daughter's little vessel.
Cow's milk is designed for baby cows. Human milk is designed for baby humans. Once Isabelle weans off of breast milk, I will most likely continue to pump and have her drink breastmilk from a cup or have her continue to drink coconut milk. So many people don't tolerate dairy well - including myself - so I just don't see the need to introduce it to her. I may one day consider a raw, organic, local source of cheese or yogurt, but for right now she's dairy free. If you're concerned about calcium, you should know that dairy is not the only good source of calcium. You can find calcium in vegetables (greens), meats, nuts, and seeds.
PROCESSED FOOD/JUNK FOOD
Why give my child fake food, when she loves real food which is much more nutritious and delicious? Will my child one day have a piece of candy? Eat a piece of cake? Of course, but they most certainly won't be common occurrences and won't even be valued as a treat.
It's so easy to get concerned about whether or not your child is getting enough nutrients, but by looking at the assortment of different fruits, vegetables, and protein Isabelle IS eating on a regular basis (versus what she isn't), I feel confident that she's getting enough of all the right stuff. Plus she's a good weight, good height, has soft and clear skin, healthy hair and nails, and is overall a very happy and healthy baby. (THANK YOU JESUS!)
|Raspberries and coconut cream - another favorite combo|
I know this is also setting her up for good eating habits in the future. She does not snack all day on Gerber puffs or other sugary processed carbs, so she won't feel the need to constantly snack on empty calories when she's older (a habit I still struggle with). She is being exposed to many different, nutrient-dense, and flavorful foods that will hopefully give her the confidence to always try new things - a behavior that could benefit her in numerous ways.
All in all, the purpose of this post is to share how we are feeding our little one and what our experience has been like so far. I hope this can be encouraging to other mothers out there that would like to implement more healthy eating habits into their home. It can be done and I certainly recommend it!
Weekly Fitness Victories - 9/15 - 9/19
9/16/2014 *Sara-Marie* 0 Comments
Whole30 - Round 4!
9/16/2014 *Sara-Marie* 0 Comments
It's been 2 years since I've discovered the Whole30 and it has most definitely changed my eating habits for good. We eat paleo style and Whole30 meals the majority of the time, but do allow indulgences as we see fit.
However the last couple of weeks were a bit more than just an indulgence - I was stress eating and ended up having a carbopalooza. I immediately gained 5 lbs of bloat and just felt horrible. So with that being said, I'm doing my 4th official Whole30. No slips, no mistakes, no excuses, for 30 days. Just 100% real food, 100% of the time. I will be documenting more of my meals on my Instagram account (smpons) so please feel free to follow me on there. I also hope to post some new recipes on the blog as well.
Hope this motivates someone else! Change your life in 30 days!
Yesterday, 9/15/14 was Day 1. Especially since I now do Crossfit 4 times a week, I'm expecting some great results within the next 30 days.
If you'd like to join me, leave a comment below!
It's been a while!
Oops! It's been over 6 months since my last blog post!
8/27/2014 *Sara-Marie* 0 Comments
Whole30 2014: Days 21-30
2/10/2014 *Sara-Marie* 0 Comments
|Sweet potato, ground beef, and a homemade balsamic cherry jam|
|That's yucca and plantains in that soup - no potatoes!|
|Recipe slightly adapted from Primal Cravings Cookbook|
|Another delicious recipe from the Primal Cravings cookbook|
Whole30 Recap: My Father's Story
2/09/2014 *Sara-Marie* 6 Comments
|Before and after his Whole30|
|About 10 days into his Whole30, feeling great and loving on his granddaughter Isabelle|
|No medication, no surgery, just eating real food.|
"I give God all of the glory. Without His help, I couldn't do it. And I thank God that He gave Melissa and Dallas Hartwig all of this knowledge and wisdom to help so many people like me."
|This picture was taken today, February 9th|
And just because I love this picture...
|On my wedding day, January 2012, before we knew anything about Whole30.|
Whole30 2014: Days 11-20
1/27/2014 *Sara-Marie* 1 Comments
|I made a fresh batch of ghee!|
|2 eggs with avocado and tomato salad|
|Not the best pictures, but chicken wings, tostones, and avocado - YUM.|
|A very random concoction on a very busy day: avocado, tomatoes, red onion, chicken sausage, and olive oil|
|Keeping it simple with some scrambled eggs with coconut milk and dried tarragon|
|A delicious meal I made by accident: Walnut Pesto Ground Pork Salad|
|2 hardboiled eggs drizzled with the walnut pesto sauce I'm currently obsessed with eating|
|I decided to make a big batch of chicken breasts for emergency protein. They were simply seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked in the cast iron skillet in some ghee.|
|Some of that emergency protein with roasted butternut squash and rutabaga and of course, the walnut pesto sauce.|
|Horrible picture, but some more of that emergency protein with some organic marinara sauce|
|A big pile of food: sweet plantains, chicken sausage, and an avocado|
|Bacalao con Guineos: Salted Cod with Plantains. Recipe coming soon.|
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