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Spring Cleaning: Whole30 Style

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My Easter Puppy

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter! I spent the day with my family and it went entirely too fast. After many months of consideration and chocolate, I have decided that it is time for another Whole30. I have been using food as comfort for the past few months and I need a reset to get back to using food as energy. The winter months tend to get to me, so I find myself using chocolate and yummy family dinners to cure a bad mood, bad day, rough week…You get the idea.

I did my first Whole30 back in the Fall. It was definitely a learning experience-I could no longer use Friday nights as a my eat anything because its Friday and I am exhausted. My Mom and completed the Whole30 together, and I think having her for support and accountability were huge factors in my success. Two major things that I discovered during my first Whole30:

1. I function better with larger meals and less snacking. The Whole30 encourages participants to eat 3 meals a day with no snacks in between, unless there is a post workout meal. Before this, I thought that I needed to eat every 3 hours. And I did, because otherwise I would become shaky and irritable. However, by eating 3 larger meals a day, I was able to get rid of that low blood sugar feeling between meals because my insulin levels weren’t constantly changing. At first I had a hard time getting enough to eat at a meal to hold me over to the next, but I figured out that healthy fats like avocado are my best friends!

2. Sugarless Gum is Over-rated. I used to be the gum queen. Ask me for a piece of gum and I’d have at least three options for you to choose from. Now? I haven’t had a piece of gum in months! And I rarely think about or miss it. I used gum as a stress reducer and in place of mindless snacking. Ironically, I think it probably just wore my jaw out and made me crave sugar even more.

My Goals for this Whole30:

1. Focus on 3 solid meals a day.

2. Get rid of my sugar craving after every meal.

3. Stop using food for comfort!

I also plan on making food ahead of time, starting with Paleomg’s Sweet Potato Enchiladas. Her recipes are amazing! Having pre-made meals is much more convenient, and it requires less thinking about food!

Do you have any goals for April?

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Curried Stuffed Peppers

This recipe involves two things that are fairly new to my life. The whole concept of stuffed peppers. Yup, never had them until I started making them last summer! And curry. I know. I have seriously been missing out. After combining these two ingredients, I am pretty sure that I will never make stuffed peppers any other way!

The beginning...

The beginning…

And, can I just say how nice it was to be eating a vegetable other than spinach? Winter means crazy expensive vegetables that have very little taste, so I usually avoid buying anything other than spinach and mushrooms. However, sweet peppers were on sale!

Curried Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 4 peppers, clean and halved
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1-2 Tb Curry
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Tb Brewer’s Yeast

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Place your halved peppers in a casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly softened.
  2. In a pan, cook the ground beef and onions. Drain the meat if necessary once it is cooked through. Add the mushrooms, coconut milk, and spices. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Once the peppers have softened, fill them with the beef mixture. Top with 2 Tablespoons of tomato sauce. Bake for 20 minutes (or until you can’t stand it any longer!)
  4. Sprinkle with Brewer’s Yeast before serving if you’d like.
Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Not only are these amazing right after they are made, but they are also great as leftovers! They will surely inspire some lunch room jealousy!

P.S. This recipe is dedicated to my Mama because she came up with the ingenious idea to add the curry! I just expanded the recipe with coconut milk!

What is your favorite stuffed pepper recipe?

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Valentine’s Day Love: Coconut Almond Energy Bites

I have to admit that I kind of love Valentine’s Day. All of the red and pink, cute heart decorations, chocolate… But then again, I pretty much love every holiday and any excuse to buy special holiday food, decorations, etc… Anyways, remember those dates (haha) I bought? Well I put them to good use in a easy energy bite recipe. Similar to larabars, but lots cheaper!

Coconut Amond Energy Bites

Coconut Almond Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dates
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Method

  1. In a food processor blend the dates. Add the almonds and blend. Add the coconut last and blend until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  2. Form the mixture into balls, or flatten in a pan and cut into bars or bites. (Or hearts!)

Note: Add chocolate chips for a little extra Valentine’s Day love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

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