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Colorado Beef Council Event – Sponsored by Sprouts

*Sorry for my short hiatus! It’s been a really busy past week!* I recently had the pleasure of attending an amazing event sponsored by Sprouts with other local bloggers and it was a blast! I drove down to the Colorado Beef Council facility and got to learn all about the different cuts of meat, the proper way to cook them to my preferred temperature and the art of plating!

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The staff at the Council was so passionate about what they did and it showed in their pride while explaining their processes, their meats and their company. We were given flyers they have (That they even use themselves) that describe all of the different cuts and all of the best ways to cook them each. They also demonstrated the ways to cook them on the different cooking surfaces. (I prefer the grill.. I love the crispy grill lines and it just looks good 😉 )

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They had some delicious mock-tails available – They were delicious! They showed how easy it was to create good mixers for your adult beverages 😉

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Before we began our cooking we were shown the art of gorgeous food plating with meats, vegetables and especially colors and designs when it came to sauces/creams! I never thought of adding splashes like that to my plating photos but it’s brilliant! (A ton of the bloggers there were food related bloggers so it was perfect for all of us to learn!)

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It was time for us to begin creating our own masterpieces after learning the best way to showcase, to grill to our preferred temperature and how to plate without it being too full looking on the plate. Again, Sprouts had sponsored our entire event (Thanks Sprouts!) and had an amazing array of vegetables for us to choose from!

After choosing our preferred piece of steak we grabbed the vegetables we wanted to use as our sides and cook them as we saw fit. (This was then going to be professionally photographed and put on a HUGE screen for all bloggers to see… No pressure at all! haha!)

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I love basic sautéed vegetables so I partnered with some blogger friends and we took up one of their many cooking stations and I began to cook my peppers, zucchini and mushrooms! Once they were close to done I threw my steak on the grill and cooked it til it was rare/medium-rare.

After my steak was done I topped it with a little rosemary sprig for color and dimension. I tried to plate as best as I could and actually loved how it turned out! I take photos of food I plate regularly so loved learning the best way to do so. It was photographed BEAUTIFULLY (I need to get myself a little professional photo box haha!)

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I got many compliments from my bloggers friends and there’s were all great as well! I cannot wait for the next Sprouts event – It was all valuable information to learn and as usual it was great having some time with my bloggers friends! (It’s nice not feeling absolutely crazy for once for taking 100’s of photos of one meal hahaha!)

Thanks Sprouts and Colorado Beef Council!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Family · Hudson · Local · Paleo · Reviews

Mmm… Coffee! Paleo Bistro

There are some amazing paleo restaurants in nearly every state and I love discovering the hidden healthy gems near us, so was very eager to try Mmm… Coffee! after reading some very promising reviews.

Their menu had many delicious paleo options so my Husband and I decided to make a trip downtown to try it out! It was in a very trendy and artistic side of town in the Lincoln Park area off of 9th and Santa Fe. Their bistro was hidden in a gorgeous and secluded courtyard shown only by their adorable sign out front.

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We were immediately greeted by some of the friendliest people we’ve met in a long, long time. The owners Jami and Derek were so very sweet and inviting which made the already lovely ambiance even more comforting. We asked what they were best known for and wanted to try it all! (They were one of the first 100% grain free restaurants to open in the nation!)

 

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We started with their amazing soup that changes daily (They’re REALLY popular for them!) And my Husband LOVED it. Said it was the best soup he’d ever had and it was accompanied by some delicious plantain chips (My obsession) ! 

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I had their Paleo Power salad which was amazing and we split their tuna wrap (SO GOOD) and INCREDIBLE bacon wrapped stuffed dates which was chicken breast roasted in enchilada sauce, stuffed into dates and wrapped in turkey bacon! *drooldrooldrool*

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We couldn’t stop there. Jami was so passionate about the food she made we had to keep trying more as they were so creative, delicious and unique! Their mocha latte was delicious and they make their own chocolate IN HOUSE, so I had to try some of their delicious concoctions!

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Hudson enjoyed the chocolate too 😉 Yummm!

We finished our lunch with two delicious chicken legs which were simplistic yet delicious!

 

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We asked what the best desserts were and decided to try one of each (of a few!)

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Again, Jami is INCREDIBLE. Her food was amazing but her desserts were out of this world! She’s been eating paleo for a long time so has been able to master so many different techniques. We tried their muffins, cookies, cake, granola, macaroons, and punkin’ bar. It was all SO GOOD. Did NOT taste paleo or healthy but it WAS.

Her cake was AMAZING. It was a made from BEETS. It was an adorable dark purple color with delicious looking frosting on top and tasted JUST like a red velvet unhealthy cake would taste. We decided we’re coming to her for any cakes we ever need (She had sold a wedding cake she had made while we were there!)

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The inside of their shop was adorable and warm – They have wonderful options for comfortable indoor seating and gorgeous outdoor courtyard relaxing. One thing I love is when a local business supports other local businesses. They have many items available inside from other Colorado companies such as kombucha, kale chips, beef jerky, etc.

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After we were done I wanted to thank them so much for all of their kindnesses, wonderful food and inspiring creativity. I had the pleasure of getting to speak with them about their journey and got to take a fun photo with them in front of their paleo sign!

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And it was Derek’s idea to grab their sign from in front with the mini bike attached to take a photo with Hudson on it.. HOW CUTE?!

This is by far our favorite new paleo stop. The people were amazing, the food was outstanding and the location was comfortable and upbeet (Like my food pun? 😉 )

We’ll absolutely be back and recommend anyone in the area (or visiting the area) to try it out – You’ll never want to leave.. I’m already missing it!!

Paleo · Purely Inspired · Recipes

Simplykaraliz’ Chia Seed Pudding

I’ve always wanted to make Chia Seed Pudding but never had the patience to wait for it to set overnight! But I recently had some wonderful inspiration from Just BE Kitchen and their delicious pudding →

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So I was inspired to create a delicious version of my own for my family! Instead of cacao powder I added my favorite chocolate protein from Purely Inspired!

Chia Seed Pudding

I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. You can eat it for breakfast, as a side with any meal or for dessert! And it’s so sweet the kids LOVE it! It’s also really easy to change up (Vanilla instead of chocolate), can add peanut butter/nut butter, add chocolate chips or just anything you can possibly imagine!

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I added a little coconut cream in the middle to give it a little more depth 😉 SO GOOD!

I like to add fruit into a glass then scoop my pudding in – Then top with anything yummy I have in my fridge or pantry 😉

Enjoy!

Family · Lifestyle · Local · Paleo · Reviews

Just BE Kitchen

My Father was in town for a week recently and we had such an amazing time. My Dad is an old fashioned cowboy from Texas. He’s ALWAYS loved Colorado and was excited to venture out with me to all it had to offer.

Again, my Dad is old fashioned so he LOVES meat, potatoes, and all of the manly foods that come to mind.. hahaha! So when I told him I had a paleo restaurant called Just BE Kitchen I’ve been dying to go to he was a bit hesitant..

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We headed downtown on a gorgeous afternoon and met one of my lovely blogger friends Jennifer to grab some paleo eats. Upon entering we were so pleasantly greeted with their incredibly warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant is filled with lovely quotes on the wall, vintage furnitures and calming colors that remind you of early Spring.

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All of this is then backed up by the warm greetings of the employees and the amazing owner Jennifer – They were all SO sweet and SO knowledgable in all of the different food sensitivities and paleo (Of course).

I felt like a kid in a candy store.. I had SO many options and nothing to hold me back from choosing WHATEVER I wanted because it was ALL paleo!

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My Dad wasn’t so sure about the options because he’d never encountered it before but found a great sounding breakfast called the SIMPLICITY which was just a basic yet delicious sausage, egg, paleo biscuit and sweet potato hash meal. He LOVED it.

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They also had a wonderful kids menu, where we got Hudson a chicken tender and carrots meal and I’ve literally NEVER seen him eat as much food at a restaurant than he did here. It was delicious (Yes, I even had to try a nibble 😉 ) and he nearly finished it all!

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As for me.. Being paleo it’s really difficult to get a good burger because you obviously can’t have a regular bun! So when I saw they had a Bacon Cheeseburger on a PALEO bun I was ecstatic.. I had to try it. And I am not kidding when I say.. It is THE best paleo meal I’ve ever had!! The bun was PERFECT. Not the normal dryish bread you sometimes get when using paleo ingredients.. It was PERFECT. SO PERFECT, I had to order another to bring home to my Husband because he wouldn’t have believed me otherwise haha!

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The owner Jennifer was so wonderful she brought out a few things for us to try such as the chia pudding (I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it) and it was SOOO good.. Hudson DEVOURED it!! I’ll definitely have to make that sometime.. Maybe today?? And their FULFILLED Burrito which is a huge seller for them. My Husband and I make paleo tortillas all the time but this was the most normal tasting and looking tortilla I’ve ever seen made paleo. It was DIVINE. Their green chili made that meal POP even more. I’m definitely getting that next time!

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I’ve eaten at paleo restaurants before but never have I quite experienced a place like this. They did things so very differently and that absolutely makes them stand out – Such as the use of MCT oil in many of their items which are medium chain triglycerides that are saturated fatty acids that hold a TON of health benefits. I’ve never seen another restaurant use these!

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I could go on and on about our experience here. My Dad enjoyed it, my Son loved it and I’m a customer for life now. I highly recommend this place to anyone in the Denver area – I promise you wont be disappointed! ❥

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Family · Lifestyle · Local · Paleo

Ba-Nom-a-Nom Nice Cream Truck

Anyone else LOVE Nice Cream?! A guilt-free and delicious alternative to Ice Cream – I love it and it’s PALEO. When I was driving back from the store last month I was behind the Ba-Nom-a-Nom truck and was INSTANTLY intrigued when the back said NICE CREAM.

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That’s not something you expect to see very often with all of the unhealthy food still going around BUT in our gorgeous state of Colorado we’re doing a really wonderful job of finding healthier alternatives for ourselves and our children!

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I went to their website and found their schedule. You can catch them in Denver at the Civic Center Park most Thursdays and Pearl Street Farmer’s Market in Denver nearly every Sunday! If you’re outside of the metro area you can find them up in Fort Collins on Tuesdays and Longmont on Mondays! They’re then in random locations all throughout the week! Their wide spread stops makes it really convenient for anyone to catch them!

So we picked a time and place that worked for my family and brought them to try some! I got an amazing Peach Mango flavored nice cream with vegan organic chocolate sauce and almond granola – It was DIVINE. I’m salivating just thinking about it..

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And my Dad was in town from Texas (He’s an old cowboy kinda guy, I love him ❥) and wasn’t sure what he would think but after he saw the options he decided to get a strawberry and banana flavored nice cream with vegan organic chocolate sauce and he LOVED it. Said he couldn’t tell a difference!! (That was my win for the day 😉 )

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The owner is an amazing woman named Sarah who wanted to bring a healthy alternative to the people of Denver and it’s making a huge difference. Kids get excited about all of the different flavors and toppings and you as a parent can feel great about the food you’re allowing them to eat because it’s beneficial for them but also GOOD which is a WONDERFUL lesson to teach your kids – Healthy. Can. Be. YUMMY!

I LOVE this truck!! We’ll be back!!! ❥❥

Paleo · Recipes

Paleo Sweet Potato Noodles

Switching to the Paleolithic lifestyle can cause you to experience a variety of cravings for different foods that you may have been comforted with in the past. Mine was definitely pasta. Every time I went out to eat I’d usually grab some Chicken Alfredo or Shrimp Scampi, so it was hard for me to part with it.

We went a very long time without eating any sort of noodles. Usually just buying expensive freezer noodles made from almonds that only had enough to fill up one person **And we only got it for special occasions**!

Not anymore!! My Husband has officially mastered sweet potato noodles. YES, IT’S A THING. Sweet. Potato. NOODLES. For awhile it would be a 30 minute ordeal trying to spiralize just two sweet potatoes with a hand spiralizer and it was getting really frustrating for him to use.

But for Father’s Day my Husband received the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer and it’s completely changed our meals! It takes 5 minutes to make THREE sweet potatoes worth of noodles and can feed us each with seconds to spare!

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Once spiralized you heat a pan, add olive oil and toss for 5-7 minutes or until desired texture! Then that’s IT! Add whatever protein and/or sauces you desire and you’ve got yourself an amazing and filling meal!

You can also spiralize carrots, zucchini, or whatever else you can think of! It’s an INCREDIBLY versatile dish!

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xoxox

Health Tips · Paleo · Recipes

Paleo Phở

Yesterday, my Husband and I were craving ramen noodles. The broth, the noodles, the flavors.. We REALLY wanted it. Then we had the crazy idea of winging it and trying our own! Using ingredients we already had at home we started with the broth.

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In a bowl I poured a full container of Organic Vegetable broth and mixed it (to taste) with sea salt, cajun seasoning, cumin, white pepper, ginger and a LITTLE poultry seasoning (If using chicken as your protein). Then added coconut aminos until it tastes like ramen broth!! (Really, you’ll know! ;))

Bring to a boil. While waiting for your broth to boil, spiralize your sweet potatoes into noodles, heat a pan to medium-high with olive oil and throw in noodles. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes (Flipping gently, every minute) AND cook your protein (If wanted) at the same time.

Once done place protein and noodles in a bowl and pour boiling broth over. Allow to sit for 2 minutes to soak and ENJOY!
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Super delicious. SUPER healthy. We LOVED it! It’ll be our sickness food and our “Need a Cheat Day” cure food 😉

Enjoy y’all!

xoxox