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!

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Paleo · Recipes

Paleo Flourless Brownies

If you’re from a higher altitude you know how FRUSTRATING baking paleo desserts can be. I have cried from many dessert disasters.. You smell it and CRAVE it but then when you take it out of the oven it’s raw in the middle and refuses to cook, no matter how much longer you try and leave it in. I gave up – I was so done trying.. Until now. It seems like flour is the obvious struggle with paleo baking at higher altitudes – So why not attempt a high altitude brownie WITHOUT flour?!

Well I did.. And it is INCREDIBLE. And I’m sure it’s good at ANY altitude. I don’t mean to brag… But these are the most delicious brownies I’ve ever had.. And COMPLETELY healthy/paleo!! Next time I’m going to add some nuts – But MAN these are AMAZING.

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It is very minimal in it’s ingredients but the flavor does NOT reflect this. It’s easy, quick and I’m sure with a side of paleo ice cream would be even MORE dangerous. But it’s paleo so no harm, no foul! Even the kids enjoyed it! Snuck a little piece inside my step-daughter’s lunch today – She’s gonna love it!

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As you can see they came out PERFECT. No gooey, uncooked center.. No disappointing flavor.. Just incredibly healthy, chocolatey goodness!! Peek at the recipe below and try it for yourself! You’ll NEVER go back! ❥

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Family · Lifestyle · Paleo · Reviews · Travel

Pueblo, The Hidden Gem

My Husband and I had only driven through Pueblo, CO to get to Texas and maybe for a pee stop.. But never had I actually ventured into this city. I am so regretting I hadn’t yet. This little town is AMAZING.

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My Husband, Hudson and I decided to stay the night over in Pueblo because I had an eco-friendly Earth Day segment on KOAA News 5 EARLY in the morning the next day! Our drive down was LONG but we made it – And JUST in time to have some amazing Bingo Burger! This place is SO good. It’s like Five Guys, but better.. YES, I said it! They had SO many amazing and healthy options!

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We were able to enjoy some of their signature burgers WITH the option of making it a lettuce bun to keep it paleo and we had some of their DELICIOUS sweet potato fries with their unique lemon-rosemary aioli and thai chili ketchup dipping sauces! SO good and SO much food! (We JUST finished their sweet potato fries we had brought home!) The manager Steena was so very sweet and welcoming. We’ll definitely be by again next time we’re down that way!

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After our much needed and delicious dinner we headed to our hotel. (Best Western Plus – Was so incredibly displeased with their service unfortunately. We will not be staying with them again in the future) Despite the frustrations with the hotel, our next day was SO much fun. I was super nervous about being on live TV for the first time but the staff at the station was SO friendly, understanding and helpful!

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I breezed through each eco-friendly item thanks to their support and then I felt sad after it was all over – I wanted to keep going! You can watch my segments here!

Although I wanted to keep going, I had a full day of fun planned with my guys – I LOVE Riverwalks (If you’ve seen my San Antonio post you’ll know I can never go back now that I’ve experienced them, I have to see them ALL!) so I wanted to visit the Arkansas River Pueblo Riverwalk. It was breathtaking! There were historic buildings surrounding an amazingly, beautifully planned walkway with mini waterfalls, artistic touches and sculptures everywhere. I felt as if I was in an art district – Something that was so unexpected but I cherished and loved every moment of it!

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We built up quite an appetite walking around in the warm weather so we headed to a highly recommended local restaurant called DC’s On B Street. I had seen their reviews and food photos online and was INSTANTLY intrigued. We walked in and were pleasantly greeted by gorgeous vintage feels and the sweetest woman, Sara. We were also greeted by the fun and talented owner DC!

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Their restaurant was beautiful but their food was EVEN better. They had GORGEOUS presentation with AMAZING flavor. DC is a MASTER cook and Sara has the best recommendations! Brent decided to get some fresh Halibut (From Alaska!) and I got an amazing strawberry and walnut salad. The Halibut was cooked to buttery perfection and the salad was DIVINE.

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After dinner, Sara told us their pies are homemade by her talented sister! We could NOT say No!! So we got a pecan pie with a side of ice cream.. Just couldn’t resist and I am glad we didn’t it was PERFECT. And we know our Pecan Pies – Two southern folks 😉

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We decided we’ll be back here EVERY TIME we’re in town – Not just because of their amazing food but because of how amazing Sara and DC are.

This ended our Pueblo trip and it was bittersweet. There’s no place like home, but we really enjoyed being here, even if just for a day! Like my title suggests, it’s a hidden gem that we’ll be HAPPY to come back to 🙂

Health Tips · Paleo · Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Health Tip – Snacks!

Since today is Thursday, figured I would throw out a quick tip since I missed Wednesday 🙂

Whether you work, are a stay at home mom, are a student or work full-time it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.

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When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving! (Especially frozen!!)

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It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Start with 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!

Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥

Health Tips · Paleo · Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Throwback – Defining Healthy

Hello my lovely followers! I got a notification that it’s my 1 year anniversary of starting my blog.. SO exciting!! Didn’t think this blog would go very far but it’s been an amazing experience, I’ve met many amazing people, done amazing things and learned even more about health on my journey to help OTHERS.

So I wanted to do a throwback of my FIRST post ever, because I think it’s a good one and many people didn’t get to see it since it was a whole year ago 😉 So here it goes – Thank you to everyone whose made this blog so rewarding and fun!

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Unfortunately, a lot of people fall for those commercials that claim their foods are made with “natural flavors” or have the most natural ingredients. But in reality they make them the first few ingredients and then add a ton of crap as “preservatives” at the end that makes it unhealthy. Healthy food is WHOLE foods – Real meat, fruits, vegetables. Foods that aren’t processed or come from a freezer.

All my life I had heard “Eating healthy is too expensive” and saw people eat unhealthy thinking that it was true, because.. It had to be right? Or else people wouldn’t be doing it.. And when you go to a fast food place the salad is usually more expensive than the fattening food. So you would assume that it is usually correct that healthy food is pricey.

But when you go into the store you notice that when you cut out all of the frozen food, chips, soda, bread, etc. that your bill really isn’t very high! For instance, my husband went to the grocery store today and found a TON of chicken on sale and came home with around 8 bags of fruits, vegetables and meats and it was only $48! We saved $30 with our King Soopers card. And now we’ll have meats to freeze to keep them from going bad and have food for quite a while!

Don’t believe the hype that you cannot eat healthy due to the price or that some foods are “healthy” because the commercial claims them to have natural ingredients in them. You catch on really quickly that if you want something that may not be a WHOLE food to look at the ingredients. We use coconut sugar, it is made solely from the coconut flower and is a non-refined sugar that the body can process easier. If you look at the ingredients it tells you just that, there aren’t long names that you cannot pronounce.

Foods make a lot of claims, you just need to know the trick to decided which is a gimmick and which is truly good for your body!:)

Collaborations · Health Tips · Meal Plans · Paleo · Reviews

EatingPrimal

I love finding Paleo eateries around us – It’s so exciting knowing that paleolithic eating is growing, expanding and that there really is a community of paleo enthusiasts EVERYWHERE! So when we heard about EatingPrimal we HAD to try them! They’re an amazing local gourmet food delivery service that makes Paleo and Pure meals.

If you’ve ever tried Blue Apron it’s a little like that BUT the meals are already made and are HEALTHY. So healthy… AND it doesn’t come in a shipping box. They home/business deliver Monday’s and Thursday’s OR you can pick them up from your local Crossfit gym (If they’re partnered 🙂 ) It’s SO convenient! It’s really helped us in a pinch when we didn’t want to head to the store (Which is when the Fast Food idea gets tossed around) but instead we’ve been able to throw their amazing meals in the microwave and EAT. And MAN even their single servings are FILLING!

They have food items I didn’t even know were possible.. Sweet Potato Noodles?! SO GOOD.

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So after perusing their menu we decided to start with 3 meals on Monday. I wanted to try their Korean Beef Bowl, Brent wanted their Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken Pasta and we decided to split the Bison Meatloaf and Gravy with Cauliflower Mash for lunch.

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MAN. Seriously I have to say one thing – Their sauce is on POINT. It completely changes the meal! It makes the Korean Beef Bowl taste JUST like Chinese Food and the gravy on the Meatloaf was SO savory, which was phenomenal since the meatloaf was already so moist! The pasta was zucchini and accentuated the chicken really well!

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After such an amazing day of food we were SO excited for our next delivery today!! We had such an amazing experience with their customer service and the deliveries were always so pleasant! Today for lunch we enjoyed their amazing Hanger Steak with Sage Sweet Potato Noodles (What?!?) and Ancho Chile Chicken Bowl.. They were JUST as amazing as we had hoped. The Chile Bowl has DELICIOUS sauce.. Again with the perfect sauces ❥ And the steak was cooked to perfection and the noodles were something we’re DEFINITELY going to try!!

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So if you live in the Colorado area I HIGHLY recommend you give them a try! It’s amazing, delicious, SO convenient and HEALTHY ❥ Thank you EatingPrimal so such an amazing experience and GREAT food we’re already craving and still talking about 😉

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

Collaborations · Family · Giveaway · Health Tips · Lifestyle · Paleo · Reviews · SunRype

SunRype and Disney Collaboration!

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Hey y’all! If you’ve been following me for awhile you know how much I love SunRype products! They’re completely healthy, PALEO, convenient and delicious! My kids and I love them! So we were super excited to hear SunRype had re-launched their entire snack bar portfolio to be gluten-free, peanut-free, kosher and vegan within the past year and added some delicious choices! Our children’s favorites so far is the Fruit and Chia bar, if you couldn’t tell 😉 ❥

Disney shares SunRype’s passion for health and wellness. (Mine too! ❥) Which is why SunRype USA is excited to announce their collaboration of the upcoming #Disneynature film #BornInChina opening in Theatres April 21st – Earth Day! ❥ Together, they can help deliver fun, educational and nutritional information around the power of healthy eating to individuals and families across North America! (SO Important!)

Disneynature, in its ongoing quest to bring the natural world to the big screen as never before, is presenting its most ambitious project yet.  They are taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China. “Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families – the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. My kids are SO excited for this movie!

You can check out the trailers here:
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Disney’s commitment to health and wellness dates back to 2006, when the company became the first major media company to establish a Nutrition Guideline Policy to associate its brands with a more nutritious portfolio of foods and beverages. The company has since marked every year of its Healthy Living Commitment with significant milestones, such as becoming the first major media company to launch food advertising standards for children, launching new content and experiences that inspire healthier lifestyles. ❥

At http://nature.disney.com/born-in-china you will find an Educator’s Guide and an Activity Packet that you can download and share with your kids! Already printed them off for my kiddos and they love it! 

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Along with this collaboration SunRype is running a Sweepstakes starting March 13th  – May 31, 2017 for chances to win great Born In China Prize packages, including an early bird private screening prize package for up to 150 people (Draw Date: April 3) and weekly Prize Packages that include 4 movie tickets, a plush panda and SunRype Snacks! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. See official rules for details. Enter Sweepstakes Here!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  The sweepstakes begins on March 13, 2017 at 8:00am PT and ends on May 31, 2017, at midnight PT.  Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C. who are 18 years of age or older. The sweeps can be entered ONCE PER DAY. Find a full list of the prizes available to be won, how to enter, odds of winning and drawing dates along with the full rules and regulations at www.facebook.com/SunRypeUSA. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Sun-Rype Products Ltd.

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You will find SunRype at select grocery stores in the produce department:
http://www.sunrypeusa.com/where-to-buy

or order by the case online at:
amazon.com/shops/SunRypeProductsLtd

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Here are some SunRype USA Social sites to follow!
https://twitter.com/sunrypeusa
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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)