Paleo Mocha Frappuccino

I’ve recently been CRAVING a Starbucks mocha, but alas, I don’t drink coffee because it upsets my stomach (I have very bad acid reflux, I blame my dad for this wonderful gene). Good new’s though, a few months back I found some coffee extract. There was no real reason why I bought it, I just thought “what the hell”. But I have finally put it to some good use! Introducing my Paleo Mocha Frappuccino. Okay I’ll be honest, this doesn’t taste exactly like Starbucks, BUT it’s wayyy healthier and its a good source of protein before your morning workout session.

Another new endeavor for me: eliminating nuts. This is super hard for me. Ever since I went Paleo, I’ve been really dependent on nuts as a source of protein and snacking. I LVE trail mix. For the last 2 years it’s been one of my basic food groups, but I have been having stomach issues and I’m thinking that nuts could be the culprit. I have not eaten them for a few days and I’m already feeling a bit better, not as bloated or “full”, less water retention, the list goes on… In replacement for all these nuts butters and flours, I’m now trying organic sunbutter and pumpkin seeds. I’m eating them in very little moderation, but it seems to be going well and my tummy is happy ☺ hooray!

I PROMISE I will add a picture when I get the chance, but I’ve already guzzled this down. Off to my dance class!

Paleo Mocha Frappuccino

Ingredients:

  • 1 green tipped banana (if on 21DSD)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk, organic or almond milk (coconut milk will make it creamier)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 Tbs of cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 Tbs of sunflower seed butter, organic (Use this sunbutter)
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of coffee extract (Use this one)
  • A few drops of liquid stevia

Directions:

  1. Place everything in a blender and combine until smooth
  2. Top with cocoa nibs if you like!

 

Homemade Chicken Salad

This stuff is crack. I literally eat it straight out of the bowl. I made a batch this morning and gobbled it down. Seriously, don’t miss out on this one! Ingredients: 2 Large Chickens, chopped (I get them from Costco … Continue reading

Super Food Salad

My roommate and I get fresh organic veggies delivered every two weeks to our NYC apartment. This week we got a unusually LARGE purple cabbage. I don’t cook with cabbage much, but I LVE the crunch it puts in salads. So I decided to opt for a super fall-ish super food salad. Gettin’ my greens on!

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Aren’t they beautiful! Green goodness jam packed with vitamins, minerals, and pure lve… I love em’ and my body love em’ even more. HOLLA! My secret mixture? Fresh kale, chopped purple cabbage (the reason for this creation in the first place), & RAW (yes, raw) brussels sprouts! So yummy & crunchy. They great part about this – since everything is raw – you can put the dressing on it overnight and it won’t get all soggy. AMAZINGNESS! Actually, it tastes even better because all the flavors have soaked into the greens. Mmm Mmm good…

With these sorta greens and with fall in full force, I usually opt for a homemade apple cider vinaigrette dressing. Not to toot my own horn, but I NAILED the dressing. It soooo tastyyy!

Super Food Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1 large bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 lbs. of brussels sprouts, chopped

Optional Add-Ins:

  • Avocado (A MUST!)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Bacon
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Fresh berries
  • rasins
  • Roasted squash
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Grilled chicken
  • Dried apple rings, chopped
  • Roasted pears (SO YUMMY)
  • Roasted green grapes

Directions:

  1. Chop all the greens up and place in a large metal bowl, store in the fridge for up to 5 days
  2. Take small amounts of the salad out as you like and add other fall-esc ingredients!
  3. Toss with apple cider vinaigrette dressing

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of apple cider, all natural
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil (I use a little less)
  • 1/4 cup of brown spicy mustard
  • 4 Tbs. of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. onion powder
  • 3 Tbs. garlic powder
  • Salt & pepp
  • 1-2 Tbs. Maple Syrup or a few drops of stevie (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a jar and shake, shake, shake!
  2. Make sure to taste it and adjust the flavor to your liking- these are rough variables for this recipe

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My “Licketty Split” Fall Trail Mix

Trail mix is a staple in a paleo kitchen. Here’s the deal though, a lot of those mixes you buy (even at our beloved Trader Joe’s) have added sugar in them…yes, ADDED SUGAR. Can you believe it? I couldn’t. So, instead of buying all the prepackaged mixes, I just make my own. It’s super fast and easy, leaving no reason not to make it yourself.

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I buy all my trail mix supplies at TJ’s (a.k.a Trader Joe’s) because it’s actually affordable. Just be sure to read the ingredients when you are buying all your dried fruits! You’ll be shocked how many of them have added sugar especially cranberries. If you LVE cranberries, I suggest buying THESE for your trail mix.

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Here in NYC, today finally felt like the first day of fall. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and the air had that crisp, clean feeling. No more of that muggy shit, thank goodness! Any-who, this trail mix was inspired by the fall, obvi. It’s pretty simple: pumpkin seeds, cherries, roasted almonds, walnut pieces, yellow raisins, dried apple rings, and pecan halves.

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Fall Trail Mix

Ingredients (All from Trader Joe’s):

  • 1 bag Roasted Almonds, unsalted (you can always use salted almonds, I just don’t like the added sodium)
  • 1/2 bag of Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 bag Raw Walnut Pieces or Halves
  • 1 bag Raw Pecan Halves
  • 1 bag of Dried Bing Cherries
  • 1/2 bag of Seedless Yellow Thompson Raisins
  • 1 bag of Dried Apple Rings

Directions:

  1. Throw it all together in a zip-lock
  2. Give it a good shake
  3. Voila, easy as pie!

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