If you’re like me, you don’t want to leave the house when it’s cold and windy. (Ie, today here in Delaware). Soups are my wintertime go to because they’re so comforting and hearty. I tend to use the same base for a lot of my soups too, but the nice thing is that it’s so versatile. Sauté whichever veggies you have with a little olive oil then throw in broth and meat. Voila! Like I always say, read labels. There are so many hidden ingredients in everything. Watch for sugar especially in chicken broth.

This soup includes

Carrots

Celery

Onion

Mushrooms

Cauliflower rice

Sauté all veggies with olive oil until soft.

Chicken (I had leftover already cooked from an oven roasted chicken)

Chicken broth

Salt, pepper and thyme to taste

After the veggies were done I threw in the chicken and broth and just warmed it through (about 15 min).

ENJOY! And let me know if you try it and switch up the veggies or meat, I’d love to hear from you.

***cleanse approved

3F69E1FC-6F7A-4CC9-9476-D7BE4B022200Happy New Year! I’m hoping everyone has had a great holiday and start to the new year. If one of your goals is to get healthy, I highly suggest a paleo cleanse. You can get all of the information you need at www.poshpaleo.com Then, come back here for some tips and recipes along the way.

  1. Prepare- when I say prepare I don’t just mean meals. Yes, being prepared with fresh food or prepped meals makes it much easier and basically fool proof but you have to be mentally prepared as well. Be confident in yourself that you can make it through the week. It’s 7 days….7. Plan a cleanse around events or things that may get in your way of success. Trust me, you can do it and with your mind ready you can conquer anything thrown your way. When I did my first cleanse I was ready to make a change in my life. I was comfortable with 7 days because it was so achievable. 21 or 30 days just seemed so long, but I surprisingly continued past 7 days and ended up losing 18 pounds over a 3 month period. I wasn’t deprived of anything because I wasn’t craving it. It was a perfect jumpstart into a new lifestyle that was attainable.
  2. Stay busy- for me, when I’m running errands or doing things around the house I don’t think about eating. Time flies quickly. Go for a walk or get lost in a book. If you have kids, that may not be the easiest thing to do, but kids love walks and playing outside too. 
  3. EAT- follow the guidelines of the cleanse and make sure you’re eating enough. If you take it upon yourself to cut back because you think you’re eating too many calories or just eating too much in general, you’re not. It’s not HOW MUCH you’re eating this week, it’s WHAT you’re eating. And don’t let anyone criticize your plate 🙄 my husband is notorious for saying I eat too much. (I Criticize him for eating too little and junk 🤷🏻‍♀️) Don’t let it get to you, your body needs fat to fuel you. Humans were meant to eat this way, not sugar laden carbs that only fill you for 10 minutes then make you feel like you got hit by a bus (that’s what it does to me, anyway)
  4. Hydrate- how many times have you thought you were hungry and had a drink and then you weren’t so hungry?  None? Maybe so, but it does work. Water is key, but if you’re used to a 3pm soda, have a tsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8oz of water. It gives it slight carbonation and may satisfy that fizzy void. It’s not a face cringing flavor with that ratio. Otherwise, unsweetened almond milk with nutmeg and cinnamon is a nice “nightcap”. 
  5. Don’t give up- just don’t. Keep going. This cleanse is extreme but it WORKS. Push through the wants and the sugar addiction because that’s what it is ; addiction to sugar. You’ll thank yourself that you did. You, and only you, control what you put in your mouth. (Again, if you have children, that statement is about 99% correct). Pay attention to your body and be mindful of what you’re feeling. Get past the tough times because there will be some. It’s worth it, I promise. 

We had a busy day here. A dental appointment, school, shopping for our Easter dinner tablescape and baking cookies. It was a great day with the cutest bunnies around.

It wasn’t my intention to bake, but when I found these super cute aprons at Macy’s and some bunny cookie cutters, I just couldn’t help myself. (Thanks mom for holding down the fort).

I found a great recipe to try from Feasting on Fruit Blog. I had all of the ingredients but cut the recipe in half because we need more cookies around here like a hole in the head. The original recipe is as follows. I think my favorite part about this recipe is that it doesn’t use eggs. Little fingers are SO quick and it’s really frowned upon to eat raw dough. My daughter was loving the uncooked dough as we were cutting the shapes out.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (I used but it’s optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all the cookie ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix to form a ball of dough. I used a spatula and it was easy to work with (I chilled for about 25 minutes because… kids. But it’s not necessary)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Cover your work surface with a sheet of wax or parchment paper and lightly dust with almond flour.

Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4 inch thickness adding more flour on top as necessary so the rolling pin (or glass bottle if you don’t have one!) doesn’t stick.

Cut out the cookies into any shape you like

Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Collect the dough scraps. Re-roll and cut out as many cookies as you can fit.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.

 

I used a normal royal icing recipe I found on Pinterest. Hope you make these and enjoy!

Hi!! I’m doing a cleanse week this week and wanted to update you all with some of the recipes I’ve been posting on Instagram. I’ve been trying to modify my normal meatball recipe that I usually use (includes milk, Parmesan cheese, and seasoned panko)   I think I finally got it right this time! They were so flavorful and still soft. Honestly I usually make 1lb of regular meatballs (or meatloaf) for my husband and another lb of clean for me. This time I didn’t tell him and just made it clean. He didn’t even notice 👍🏻

INGREDIENTS

2lb grass fed beef

1/2c almond flour

1 small can tomato paste (I use hunts because no added dairy)

3/4 “bunch” of parsley

1 yellow onion

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste

(you could add a splash of unsweetened almond milk. I didn’t this time but it helps to keep the moisture)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. We like our onion and parsley coarsely chopped but you could chop smaller if desired

Mix all ingredients together. I always put gloves on and use my hands. (Something about raw meat)

Roll into large balls. I go palm sized because they shrink a little.

Bake 350 for 15 minutes then flip them and bake for another 15 minutes.

(I normally serve these meatballs to a crowd and put them in sauce the night before. I heat them in the crockpot for 2-3 hours before guests arrive)

Tonight I served these meatballs with broccolini sautéed in Evoo and spaghetti squash with Raos eggplant sauce ( one of my favorites!)

****i normally microwave my spaghetti squash for about 3-4 minutes so it’s easier to cut. Scoop out seeds, drizzle with Evoo,put cut side down on a pan and bake for 25-30 min (it really depends on the size)

 

 

May of last year (2017) I was happy with where I was. I had lost all the baby weight from my second child and I was proud of myself. What I didn’t realize though was that I wasn’t my best self. I was constantly taking antacids for stomach pain and just feeling sluggish. A registered dietitian friend I went to college with shared a 7 day paleo cleanse on Facebook from another registered dietitian. It was a free cleanse so I figured I’d give it ago. If I can give birth (twice) with no meds, I can give up carbs, sugar and fruit for 7 days.

Day 1 was a breeze. Days 2 and 3 I was wondering what the hell I was thinking as my husband was heating up a pizza and my kids cold chicken nuggets never looked so good. By day 4, the fog lifted and I was so clear headed. I hadn’t had stomach pains since I started and was already down 4 lbs. I was really tuning into my bad habits… yes, as a mom I hate to waste the food my kids never eat or just a few goldfish here and a handful of cereal there won’t hurt. The reality of it though, it does hurt. The mindless snacking really effects us more than we think. Since May, I’m down 15lbs and I do a reset day when cravings get out of control. I do a full 7 day cleanse at least once a month and try to keep my foods as much on a modified cleanse/paleo as possible. Life happens. What I’ve realized though is that foods effect me both positively and negatively. And I’m just trying to be my best self. When I’m wearing skinny jeans and my husband grabs my ass it makes it all worth it 🙌🏻