Paleo Almond Flour Biscuits

Anyone that is very close to me knows that I am a huge sucker for biscuits! When it comes to weekend brunch, biscuits is all I want to eat!  My stomach is not in agreement with me so I have to limit myself and come up with alternatives.  The recipe below is one that I have experimented with for a bit.  I have a few others but those need some fixing…

In the recipe I used Carrington Farms coconut oil and Honeyville blanched almond flour.  Both were purchased at Costco.

These guilt free biscuits are delicious! They do not rise as much as regular flour biscuits, are not as flaky and are a bit dense.  One is a perfect serving for someone like me!

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Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

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Super Easy Paleo Pancakes!

Ingredients:

1 cup milk (I use almond but you can use any paleo milk.)

5 eggs

2 tablespoons coconut oil (I buy mine in bulk at Costco.)

2 tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 cup almond flour (I buy mine in bulk at Costco.)

1/2 cup coconut flour (I use a very affordable one from Trader Joe’s.)

1/2 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot (I use Bob’s Red Mill.)

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon flaxseed

  • Quickly put all ingredients in a blender on high until creamy. Do not let the ingredients sit too long or else it will cake up.
  • Use coconut oil or coconut spray on a pan. Pour the batter on a pan and cook evenly on both sides.

Feel free to add nuts or your favorite fruit.

You can make the whole batch and freeze the rest separating the pancakes with parchment paper.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

~Nancy Rae

Banana Bread Pancakes- Gluten free and Guilt Free

Banana Bread Pancakes

Gluten free and Guilt Free

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. Milled flax seed
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • **Optional** ½ tbsp. organic sugar (also try coconut sugar)
  • **Optional** fresh blue berries

$$ Tip: For the almond flour, use a coffee grinder and grind up almonds.

Mix all ingredients except for the blue berries.  Heat a skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray.  Spoon ¼ c of the batter onto the skillet then spread it a little so it doesn’t stay as a blob.  Add the fresh blue berries and lightly press them down into the pancake.  Allow the pancake to cook for about 3 minutes then turn it over.

Food prep tip: You can double the batch, make all pancakes and then freeze for later.

Mix makes 4 mini pancakes.

Nutrition info per 1 serving – 1/4 c (4 servings total)

  • Calories – 119.5 g
  • Fat – 7.68 g
  • Carbs – 6.35 g
  • Sugar – 2.38 g
  • Potassium – 45.3 g
  • Protein – 5.23 g

Huevos Para Almuerzo

Huevos para almerzo 

(Eggs for brunch)

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Well it is time for another super easy recipe!!!  I ate at Kerby Lane in Austin, Texas the other day and found a tasty dish!  I don’t remember what it is called but I remember most of the ingredients.  Of course I could not make their sauce called who-knows-what… So I decided just work with whatever I had at home. Voila! I came up with this scrumptious dish!  There is now another meal I can add to my brunch list and easy to-go breakfast for work.  This can literally take no more than 10 minutes!  I made several (with the avocado on the side) and pre-packaged them for the week.  You can heat it up in the microwave for just one minute and there is your healthy and easy meal!  They are hubby approved as well! 🙂

Ingredients: 

Two eggs

1 Corn tortilla

Black beans- about 2 tbsp (whole or refried – I used fat-free organic refried)

Dash of dried Parsley

Pepper and salt to taste

Uncured bacon

Your favorite salsa! (I used Texas Brew’s Fire Roasted Poblano Salsa)

Cheese – I like to use mozzarella cheese

1/2 avocado – cubed

Start cookin’!

1)   Cook your eggs over easy just the way you like it!  You can cook them any other way but I like mine a bit runny.

2)   Cook your bacon like you want.  For the busy and rushed folks out there, place a paper towel on a plate, put the bacon on top and then cover with another paper towel.  Cook the bacon in a microwave for 1 ½ – 2 minutes.  Don’t burn the bacon!  The paper towels will also soak up any extra bacon grease.

3)   Warm up a corn tortilla and place it on a plate.  I warm mine in a microwave for 45-60 seconds.

4)   Warm-up the refried beans.

5)   Cover the tortilla with the refried beans.

6)   Place the cooked eggs on top of the beans.

7)   Place the cooked bacon on top of the eggs.

8)   Add as much salsa as you want! I used about 3 tbsp and then added more later… Mmm!

9)   Sprinkle a fair amount a cheese (or more!) on top.

10)  Add the avocado.

Grab your fork and enjoy!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

My 2 Cents and “8 Habits of Insanely Fit People” by HuffPost – Healthy Living

I have to say, being fit or trying to be fit has to be a lifestyle change.  Personally, I can’t go two days without going to the gym.  The gym can be very annoying though but you just have to stick to your own grove.  I think other people see me as a “b” or someone who just doesn’t give a crap about what others think.  When I am at the gym, I am in a zone.  If anyone tries to talk to me I won’t even notice unless they are directly in front of my face.  I literally had someone creaming out my name and waving and I did not notice them until they approached me face to face. ha! My headphones are always blasting and my eyes are only on my equipment and my posture.  I like to ignore people around me because you always have that “dude” or “chick” who wears flip-flops or jeans, grunts super loud and “tries” to show off like people are watching their every move, looks like they are about to hurt themselves or who is just plain creepy.

The gym or outdoor workouts are also great stress relievers.  I don’t know about you but pumping some iron, sprinting or kicking and hitting a punching bad really helps take out anger or stress.  If you need an excuse to just let out something out, try hitting the gym or going to a run or walk. 36917_10100257929943200_6391845_n

Back to the reason I started this post…

Watching fit celebrities is great and all but it’s not the true example us “normal” people should be looking up to.  I know a lot of fit and healthy people and they don’t look like celebrities and they don’t have private chefs either.  In fact, I know some that look even better and that a great cooks!  You don’t need money and fame to be fit.  All you need to do is change your daily routines.  If you think the gym is boring, try a new fitness class. Groupon has some great fitness deals that can really spike up your interests for breaking a sweat.  Check out the link below.

8 Habits of Insanely Fit People from HuffPost-Healthy Living

Here are my 2 cents after reading this short article…

There is no such thing as a “diet” if you are fit and healthy!  Really!  All those “diets” you watch on commercials or read online are bull.  True bull.  No one sticks to those diets!  They can also screw your body up.  A true fit and healthy person has a daily routine of how they eat, how many times they eat, and they know what not to eat.

Cheat days are the best!  Every fit and healthy person has at least one cheat meal or cheat day.  I love to cheat with pizza!! Plus, cheat days also help you remember what you are being healthy for.  They also help you realize how your body reacts to unhealthy foods. Try quitting sodas for a few weeks.  Once you try one again, it won’t feel as great. Try not eating bread for a week.  You will feel more energized and less bloated. I know that for a fact!

As a music educator, I believe there is an instrument for everyone!  I think the same thing for exercising.  There is a workout out there for you!  Whether it’s running, yoga, hiking, swimming, cross fit, Pilates, weight lifting, etc., there is something out there for you to enjoy.  Working out with a partner also helps.  My fiancé and I go to the gym every day around the same time.  He mostly goes to workout his back since he has scoliosis.  We have a routine and it’s a great one!  We give each other pointers and talk about new workouts we have tried and liked.  If either of us ever say we don’t feel like going to the gym, the other is there for support.  We also very much support each other on cheat days. 🙂  Everyone has those days!

Fit and healthy people rest! We have off days and also need sleep!  You can’t expect to get any type of results from exercising if you are running on 4-6 hours of sleep.  On a great day, I need about 8-9 hours of sleep!  If I get any less, I have to take a nap and then I get groggy from sleeping my evening away.  After that, I get grouchy because I have zero energy to workout and my night is gone. Bleh! Get some sleep y’all!

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD EAT BREAKFAST PEOPLE!!!  I lost count of how many people I have spoken to (whether at work or with friends) who do not eat breakfast.  Seriously!   You screw up your body if you don’t eat! I literally had someone tell me, “I ate a big dinner so I am not eating breakfast tomorrow…” Um, WTH? Really?? Not only are you NOT burning fat but also you are loosing muscle.  You are decreasing your level of energy.  You are screwing up your metabolism.  Food!  Eat Food!  It’s important for your own good.  Eating at least 5 meals a day boots your metabolism, gives you energy and feeds your muscles.  3 meals a day won’t hack it.  Don’t say you don’t like breakfast either! Eat some Greek yogurt, fruit, dry almonds, peanut butter with apples, egg whites, hard-boiled eggs, granola, bacon and eggs (yes, I said that!), an egg white omelet with spinach and avocado (yum), or just make a smoothie.  Find something to eat in the morning.  Try it for one week and see how you feel.   Your metabolism will be much faster and you won’t want to miss another meal!

If you need motivation to workout, talk to someone who has made a change in his or her life.  Ask questions about how they felt before they started eating better and working out.  Meet real people.  Don’t look at magazines or BS commercials.   Go to the gym, take a tour and read bios on clients that have lost weight and feel great.  Trust me, you will feel great no matter what you have to do and no matter how long it takes.  You will have “good” days and “bad” days.  Every fit and healthy person has those days just about every week.  Remember that.  You are not alone. You have support.  Do it for YOU!  Go get fit and be healthy!

That’s my 2 cents!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

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