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Sweet potato Toasting is in FULL effect

Avocado toast is beautiful and I imagine tastes amazing (gluten free girl here) but the deliciousness & nutritional content of the new toast on the block, sweet potato, has been kicking bread out of most toasters these days. 

Its truly one of the most genius inventions made in a long time (thank you Little Bits Of food blogger, Kelsey Preciado) and it's sure to have a very long life span of appreciation. You don't need to be savvy in the kitchen to create this masterpiece, you just need to slice your sweet potato up, toast it 2x and decide what you want to dress it up with. 

That's the fun part. This nutritious toast could be breakfast, a snack, lunch or dinner. It could even be an amazing dessert (how does cacao spread with chopped figs and cinnamon sound?! Drooling at the thought)  

The simplicity, ease, and creative aspect of this healthy creation is outstanding.

What are you dressing your sweet potato toast with?

xRx

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OAT(NOT)MEAL

Don't be fooled. They may look like oats but this #bowlofbliss is absolutely grain free & pretty much kicks ass in the tasting good department too. I love this recipe because its low glycemic, gluten-free, high protein, high fiber & filled with healthy fats; making it a complete meal. It's awesome pre or post training or anytime of day really.

Getting straight to the point:

IN THE"OatNOTmeal" 

  • 2 cups of (organic) cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut milk (i prefer So Delicious LITE coco milk)
  • 1/3 cups of water
  • Organic Vanilla Stevia
  • 1.5 tbsp cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (optional but i love the taste and how it adds thickness not to mention more fiber)
  • 1/2 banana (I keep it low sugar use half only but if you don't care about that use more) 
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (mine is Sunwarrior Vanilla- It's vegan & f!!!king amazing) 
  • 1 tbsp RAW almond butter (you can add more obviously but calorically it adds up quick so I choose to use one and it tastes perfect)

TOPPING INSPO:

  • Berries 
  • Shredded coconut flakes 
  • Raw almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • cocoa nibs 
  • goji berries

FIRST:

Add cauliflower rice, cinnamon, stevia, coconut milk and water in a saucepan- turn heat up to MED and let it hangout for about 8-10 min.  STIRRING is important or it may burn. 

  • NEXT: add the banana and coconut flour and let it melt down for a minute with the rest of the goods.
  • REMOVE FROM HEAT
  • Add your scoop of protein powder and almond butter- stir it in good
  • ADD TOPPINGS and enjoy! 

Let me know what you think below!

xRx

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(Paleo) Protein Pancakes

My latest kitchen creation makes you feel just as it tastes... AMAZING.  My personal goal when reaching for food is to nourish my body's needs as well as satisfy my taste buds. These pancakes do exactly that.  I LOVE to eat these either pre OR post training because it stabilizes my blood sugar while giving me the proper fuel I need to train hard or recover from hard training. 

Below is the recipe for my organic high protein, high fiber, high MCT omega pancakes  that do NOT include any gluten/grains, sugar (with the exception of the fruit) or dairy. I've included some health notes on the ingredients to understand the value of combining them and how they positively effect your system when eating them.

  • 4 Eggs (I use Organic High Omega eggs from Whole Foods) 
  • 1 tbsp Organic Vanilla Extract 
  • 1 cup of Organic LITE Coconut Milk (I use SO Delicious dairy free Culinary Coconut Milk LITE also available at Whole Foods- I love that it's NOT in a can. Also note that the fat content in coconut milk is MCT fat; MCT is fat that burns fat and is an excellent source of fuel)  
  • A few drops of Organic stevia (I love and use Omica's Vanilla Stevia
  • 1 tsp of Organic Cinnamon (cinnamon is excellent to stabilize blood sugar levels)
  • 1 tbsp Organic grounded Chia Seeds *Chia seeds are high in Omegas, fiber and add some extra protein as well) 
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Flour (A gluten-free flour that is high is fiber and offers "good fat as well as some extra protein) 
  • 1 tbsp of Organic baking soda
  • 1 scoop of Protein Powder (My staple protein powder, Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder, comes from a clean, all natural vegan source and tastes incredible)
  • Start by whisking the eggs until they get 'fluffy" in a large bowl then add the other wet ingredients: stevia, vanilla extract and coconut milk.

In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together: protein powder, coconut flour, chia seeds, cinnamon and baking soda.

Once all ingredients are mixed well separately, mix them together in a large bowl until the texture looks like cake batter.  I allow mine to sit for 2-4 min before cooking.  

I use coconut cooking spray all over my iron cast skillet (a normal pan is fine as well) and keep the heat LOW (It's very easy to burn these... I definitely did SEVERAL times in the beginning so no worries if you do. Just play with the temperature until you get it just right)  

I like using my protein powder scoop to serve the batter into the pan because it gives the perfect amount and I like the flat bottom it has to flatten out the batter and get it perfectly round.  Once its in the pan, I let it cook until the edges get slightly brown and then I flip it.  I usually add more coconut oil spray to the pan before I flip it so both sides stay brown perfectly.  

For the fruit topping I take some organic frozen blueberries and raspberries and put them in the hot pan for about a minute.  Once the berries warm up I add them over my pancakes with some Organic coconut oil and unsweetened coconut flakes for the finishing touch.   Another yummy way to eat these is with Almond Butter on them!  Which every way you chose they will taste amazing and you will feel light and energized from them! 

Bon Appétite! 

xRx

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