WHOLE30 MEALS IM LOVING NOW

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This is my 4th round of Whole30, and it’s hard girl!  The things I miss most but are most dangerous for me include whole milk (can you tell I have kids yet?), toast with butter and jelly, and WINE. WINE, WINE, WINE!

I know it’s only for 30 days but it’s a hike uphill for sure.  Or maybe we can lighten the mood with it being a journey…ha!

Either way here are 5 WHOLE30 Meals I’m loving right now!

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  1. Banana Pancakes – Not having refined sugar has been tough, and each morning I wake up craving sugar! ;-(  A simple solution here is mashed banana, mashed in an egg, cinnamon and nutmeg too.  You can use coconut oil in the pan and cook.  It has been my go to as I think I am craving sugar because I am getting my period soon. Merp.
  2. Larabar Cashew Cookie – Girl, I know you’re not supposed to have cookies, but this ain’t your regular cookie!  This Larabar has cashews and dates all mashed up together and the combo is DELISH!  I highly recommend having these in stock when you get that craving for sugar.
  3. Sliced Apples – Hey now, calm down.  It’s simple but it works.  Dip in compliant almond butter and add some raisins and there you go!
  4. Chicken Stew – Oh yes.  It’s summer time and I am eating stew!  It’s not winter.  I start with olive oil, salt, pepper, red chili powder, crushed red pepper, then add chopped onion, cherry tomatoes, peeled and chopped potatoes, and cook chicken.  When I am not on Whole30 I’ll add a cup of wine at the onion stage and it really adds an extra kick in the mouth.
  5. Crustless Quiche – Okay don’t judge me.  “Quiche with a crust? WTF?” Yes it is possible and delicious.  Eggs, precooked uncured bacon, chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, shredded cabbage, chopped potatoes, and bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.  You may eat the whole thing in one sitting.
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Some WHOLE30 Meals to wash it down include La Croix with sliced lime, hot tea with coconut milk, cold water with lemon, cucumber and mint with a pink of sea salt, and you’re off to enjoy another successful WHOLE30 Round!  Enjoy little lady!

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I Cheated on the Whole30

Ug.  It’s been tough starting the second round of the Whole30 diet.  This time around I had a few dinner parties to attend and blew it as I drank wine, plus my dinners out and about in town definitely had sugar somehow as the meat I ate was not uncured and organic.  On that note I am prepping for a restart tomorrow.  Buggers.

What was on my grocery list to restart?  Glad you asked!

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  • Russet potatoes, for what you may ask?
    • I can always stab with a knife and put in the microwave for 10 minutes at work, bringing along Tessemae’s Ranch Dressing to top it with, along with some Himalayan pink salt.
    • I use these for mashed potatoes during the week.
    • I use these as roasted potatoes, french fries and/or potato chips during the week.
    • I use these as a breakfast potato hash.

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  • Kale
    • I roast this in the oven for Kale Chips.
    • I use as a salad for lunch.
    • I use in a dinner side on the pan with olive oil.

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  • Cherry Tomatoes
    • I use in the salads for lunch.
    • I use as a snack during the day raw.
    • I use as a side cut up for salsa, and dip with homemade plantain chips.

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  • Plantains
    • I slice these up and either bake in the oven and use as chips or put them on the stovetop and eat them as a dessert.

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  • Eggs
    • I eat 3 eggs every morning sunny side up.
    • I boil eggs as a salad topper if I am in the mood for it.

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  • Grapes
    • Anytime snack.

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  • Apples
    • Anytime snack.

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  • Chicken Breast
    • Top it with garlic powder, black pepper, Himalayan Pink Salt, paprika, red chili flakes.

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I can’t believe I blew it, but time to start again in the AM.  It is harder for me to start this because I already lost over 10 pounds so feeling better, but still not to my goal.  I have to imagine how I will look and feel after the weight loss, which is one:

  1. More confident.
  2. Pretty.
  3. Crazy.
  4. Sexy.
  5. Cool.

Did you get that TLC reference?  If not here you go:

Have a great night!

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Whole30 Lunch – Homemade Baked Potato Chips with Boiled Eggs and Tessamae Ranch Dressing

2018!  I am on Round 2, Day 2 of my Whole30 diet.  First round last year I lost 13 pounds, and looking to lose 10 more this time around.  I have to admit I gained 3 pounds or so since my last round.  I haven’t had raw sugar however I did have non-compliant meat and dairy products sparingly.  I think this had to do with the weight gain.  Also it is that time of the month as a woman, so typically I gain at least 5 pounds of water weight.  Crazy I know, but I am hoping this was the reason for the weight gain too.

Day 2 of the Whole30 and the menu I have had thus far consists of Kale Chips that I baked in the oven at 425 degrees fahrenheit, and actually only drizzled some olive oil on top with Himalayan salt and pepper.  I didn’t have a full breakfast this time around so by lunch I was ready to feast!

For lunch, I am doing hard boiled eggs and potato chips.  To make the potato chips, I sliced white potatoes thin, all the same size.  I drizzled them with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper, saving the Himalayan salt for last.

Once I put them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes I worked on the hard boiled eggs.  I put them in cold water on the oven, and made 4 but only was able to eat three.  I kept them on the stove for 10 minutes boiling and then turned the heat on low to have it simmer there for another 5 minutes.  The inside of the yolk was still not all the way cooked, but I like it like that.

I added my favorite dressing that is Whole30 compliant, which is called Tessamae’s Ranch Dressing.  It is Whole30 approved on there website here: www.whole30.com, and they have others too like Caesar, Hot Sauce, Ketchup and more.  I found this in the vegetable section of my grocery store Ralph’s, but you could find it in the salad dressing aisle too.

I have to say it was so delicious, and even my picky eater of a toddler loved it too!  Obviously they are not officially on the diet, but here and there they get adventurous and try new foods which is amazing.

Enjoy your lunch, and hope you try it! 🙂

Whole30 Snack – Deviled Eggs & Homemade Mayo

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Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

I am excited to share the following:

1) I took off a week from my day job to potty train my twin boys and chill with my husband;

2) We booked a few days in the Westin Hotel in Long Beach and it was awesome. The room service and food were super and it was nice to not have to clean my home for 3 days.

3) I scrubbed marker and crayon off my wall with a Magic Eraser today.  Go me! This project is TO BE CONTINUED as I could not finish it all.

4) I made this amazing deviled eggs recipe that is Whole30 friendly as today marks round 2 of my Whole30 diet! As they say, R2D1, as I drank half and half on the trip and had an english muffin on the last day of our stay.

5) My husband is vacuuming now and it is almost like eating chocolate cake.

Here is the lovely pictures of the Whole30 deviled eggs!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonaisse (Whole30 homemade mayo version below)
  • 1/6 cup mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

STEP 1:  Boil 6 organic eggs for 9 minutes and let cool.

STEP 2: Peel eggs in cold water and place on a plate.

STEP 3: Cut eggs in half.

STEP 4: Scoop out the yolk in a little boil, add 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and mustard with Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste.

STEP 5:  Fill the empty eggs with the filling and sprinkle with paprika.

THEN EAT!

I suggest making and storing your own Whole30 friendly mayonnaise as it is super easy to make and much less expensive then buying at the store!

For Whole30 mayonnaise you need to combine the following,

Ingredients:

  • 1 room temperature egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt
  • 1/2 juiced lemon
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of olive oil

Instructions:

STEP 1: Mix the egg, mustard, mayo, salt, lemon in a bowl or food processor.

STEP 2:  For thick mayo, slowly add the olive oil bit by bit and process.

STEP 3:  Use it!  Feel free to store in a reused glass jar for later purposes.

I have to admit I ate all the deviled eggs just now, and am super full!  For desert I may munch on an apple and make some Lipton tea with coconut/almond milk which is all sugar free but tastes like a desert.  I wanted to say also that I saw someone at work (a skinny girl) feed herself with a spoonful of coconut oil.  I thought it as a very interesting way to potentially keep myself full before my next meal so wanted to share it with you just in case you were in the mood to try it.  I have coconut oil here that I have been adding to my morning coffee and it is excellent, but never thought to just scoop of a serving and eat it.  Will test it later and let you know how that goes in a later blog.

Now off to watch Despicable Me 2 for the 30th time, have a lovely evening and stick with the Whole30!  It’s so worth it!

LATER! 🙂

 

 

 

Day 9 & 10 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals and Drinks

Feeling so much better tonight!  I was withdrawing from sugar pretty bad over the last few days, so my mood swings were intense however I stayed with the course and meal prepped the night before to keep me on track! YOU CAN DO IT!

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Breakfast this AM was 3 scrambled eggs, ghee on the pan, with a sliced avocado on the side.  It was really filling for me, and I was only hungry 5 hours later.  Nice meal to fill you up before work. Only got an almost all done shot below, my bad, I was hungry!

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For lunch I brought leftover chicken roast with onions, carrots, tomatoes.  It was delicious.  I kept raw almonds at my desk again to keep me going, and also drank a few cups of green tea as well.

Dinner tonight was amazing!  I am really into the sweet potato fries in the circular form, so made though along with these amazing turkey meatballs in a broth base.  So good!  Basically I defrosted the turkey meat in the microwave, and while that was going I started my base with olive oil, chopped onions.  I sweated them out for a bit then added chopped carrots and tomatoes.  Once they looked cooked down, I turned it off and put a little on a plate to cool on the side before making my meatballs.  I added 2 eggs in a bowl and stirred up until they were even.  I took a handful of turkey meat, balled it up and added the carrot, onion, tomato mix, dipped it and formed it into a bowl in the egg mixture, organizing them all on a plate afterwards.

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I then proceeded to put olive oil on the pan and fried each turkey meatball for 45 seconds or so on each side.  I then placed them on a pan to cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  Pulled them out and actually made the leftover onions into a broth stew as I added water and boiled it while they were in the oven.  Once out of the oven I threw in the broth and the rest is history!  I have dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow so super happy about it.

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For dessert I am just going to have lime with water and ice as I spent a lot of time cooking the rest so pretty beat but want some sweet now.  What a great today!  So proud of myself for sticking with it.  Also wanted to mention, I am way more energetic and feel out of the fog I was feeling before.  I hope you stand the course here to really get a feel for how good it is to be without the sugar beast!

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Did you try any of my meals?  How are you doing on your diet?

Chat soon and thanks for following me!

 

 

Day 8 & 9 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals & Drinks

Oh boy, yesterday I did not bring enough compliant food to work with me, so was hungry parts of the work day and it was not cool!  I figured out fast that I really need to be overly prepared.  That being said when I got home from work last night I cooked a ton!

For dinner, I made a chicken leg roast in the oven, adding two lemons, sliced tomatoes, carrots, whole garlic along with olive oil, Himalayan salt, pepper and cumin.  I put a little water in the bottom of the pan and let it roast for a little over an hour at 425 degrees fahrenheit.  It was really hearty!  I would say if you are making it on your own and want more carbs, trying cutting up and adding a white potato or sweet potato depending on what kind of mood you are in!  As a drink I had some tap water with ice and sliced a whole lemon, eating the lemons once I was finished as I was craving sweet but too lazy to make a compliant dessert.

Today I am overly prepared with food, bringing the leftover chicken from last night and some grapes and almonds as a snack.  I heard others on other forums say that the almonds were making them bloated, but then I heard that it could still be your body adjusting to your new diet.  Keep the faith, don’t weigh yourself until the end of the 30 days if you want a big surprise!  I have had some sneak peeks admittedly and already lost almost 10 pounds, so super happy.  I do have headaches and withdrawal symptoms here and there, however I just stay head strong and ride the wave.  All in all I do have so much more energy, can breathe much better and feel more comfortable in my skin as my double chin is not as visible!  I think it came from being overweight, although is hereditary in my family, I think it also comes from wheat.  One of my sisters has Celiacs and is allergic to wheat, so I have a feeling we all might be slightly but may not know it yet.  Either way once I am done with the diet I will let my family know about it too as they all are looking for a good healthy diet to reset their sugar levels.

Now having kids it is more important to me to really take care of my health as my kids depend on me.  I think I mentioned some family members were diabetic or close to it so I want to make sure I avoid the issues and daily maintenance of it.

In the meantime for breakfast I was out of the coconut milk this AM so had to had my coffee black, but added a little bit of coconut oil instead to make it great.  I had ghee with scrambled eggs in a pan, added avocado on the side and it was super filling.

My husband went to pick up our new rental car this AM from Nissan as our cars airbag is faulty so they do not want us driving it.  We now have a rental car for the next 4 months until Nissan gets the supplies to replace it.  Apparently there was a big multimillion dollar legal case against them as some people passed away from it, so now all owners will be getting paid.  Good for us as we get a little extra cash, a nice newer rental car and our safety is not compromised.  I had a little more time to hang with my kids as well which was fun.

Daniel Tiger is on now and they are so happy!  I am going to jump in the shower soon to get ready for work, hopefully my husband gets back from Nissan soon.

Happy Whole30 and keep the faith, you are over 1/4 of the way done! 🙂

 

Day 6 & 7 on the Whole30 Diet – Coconut Flour Biscuits

I had to go to the supermarket last night as I was really craving something sweet and saw this really awful recipe which looked really great online, obviously not going to share it as it was super bad!  I will share what was good however and how to make it!

Coconut flour biscuits

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I love me a good biscuit with butter!  So in honor of the Whole30 I made these Coconut flour biscuits that were stellar!

Ingredients

3 cups of coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 cup of softened ghee

3 brown cage free eggs

I mixed the coconut flour and baking soda first and then added the softened ghee after.  Feel free to melt it and add it if you want too.  I added in the 3 eggs, then greased a pan with ghee.  I rolled the biscuits in 4 peach sized balls, sprinkled a little himalayan pink salt on it and baked in the oven at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 30 minutes.  Wallah!  I melted ghee on the top and had a cup of coffee with coconut milk and it was awesome!

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Happy baking, from the boss!

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