Tuesday, April 22, 2014

100K & My Very First Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

Something exciting happened last night... My blog reached over 100,000 views!  Now, that may not seem life-changing to some of you, but to me- it's HUGE.

This blog has been such a fun outlet for me.  I have loved the chance to take something that makes me excited (i.e., food) and share it with countless people- many of which I have never met.  It's weird to think that so many people have found my blog, made my recipes, shared on Pinterest... and I had thought my blog would never go beyond my mom and my boyfriend! ;)

It's so exciting to me that there are all these people out there- all over the world- who share the same passions as I do.  Because of you guys, I have been blessed with a "happy place", where I can escape from all the craziness of everyday life and be excited about simple things:  health, beauty, food, and sharing :)

While social media can often be a negative place, it has been awesome to see how positive and fun it can be too!  Connecting with you all through my blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram... & sharing little bits of our lives with each other has been so cool.

To thank each and every one of you, I have decided to do something fun... my very first giveaway!  I am going to put together a little package with some of my favorite Paleo-friendly items, and send it off to one of you as a little thank you prize for supporting me.  All you have to do is:

  1. Be a "follower" of my blog, or subscribed to my e-mail list (both links are on the left side of my page)
  2. Leave a comment below!

By commenting anything below, I will know that you want to be included in the random drawing for my giveaway.  If you are already a follower or e-mail subscriber (which there are a LOT of you- especially on my e-mail list! Thank you!!!), then all you need to do is comment below to be entered.

I will close it off on Saturday night, choose a winner on Sunday morning (April 27th), & will then contact that person for mailing info to send them their package!  Stay in touch with me on Instagram to see what I've picked up to include in the giveaway box :)

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported me in any way.  I can't wait to keep coming up with bigger, better things to share with you all! 

Stay happy & healthy,
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sweet Potato Protein Cookies

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to get some extra protein in my diet.  While you can always go for deli meat, jerky, or a hard boiled egg- I find that cookies make snack & mealtime just a bit better ;)

Whey protein powder has always been a go-to protein source for me, but it has also been known to give me an upset stomach.  So, I have been on the hunt for a good snack for between meals or post-workout that would give me that protein fill without any tummy discomfort.

These cookies are my 100% Paleo solution.  They are completely free of all dairy, gluten, grains, soy, and refined sugars.  I personally think they taste like mini carrot cakes (depending on what mix-ins you choose); and want to emphasize the fact that while being highly nutrient-dense and incredibly good for you, they still manage to taste absolutely amazing.  

Enjoy these with breakfast, after a workout, or for a sweet (yet healthy) treat any time.  I hope you love 'em!

(Makes 18 cookies)
  • 1 cup sweet potato (either canned puree or cooked sweet potato flesh)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups of mix-ins*

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Use a ice cream scoop or a large spoon to drop rounded mounds of batter onto the sheet.  Give at least 1 inch between cookies, as they might spread a little during baking.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool on their baking sheet.
  6. Enjoy!
Mix-in Options: shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, pecans, etc.

Nutrition Facts: Servings: 9 • Size: 2 cookies
Calories: 220 • Fat: 12 g • Carbs: 20 g • Protein: 9 g • Sugar: 13 g • Sodium: 85 mg

 The mix-ins I chose for this batch were raisins, unsweetened shredded coconut, and pumpkin seeds :)

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five: Packaged Paleo Snacks

This is the first of a new series I want to start here on my blog.... called "Friday Five".  Every Friday (hopefully) I will do a post of 5 things covering a range of topics.  They could be 5 tips, 5 favorites, 5 beauty items, 5 uses, 5 reasons, etc. on anything you guys would like to read about!

I have a lot of ideas as far as where I want to take this blog series, but I would LOVE to get some feedback from you all regarding what you would like to see.  Maybe 5 reasons not to eat legumes?  Five beauty uses for coconut oil?  Whatever you guys would like to see, let me know either in the comments below, or on Facebook or Instagram, and I will get right on it :)

Today I wanted to share five Paleo-friendly snacks that are quick, easy, and great for on-the-go since they are pre-packaged and ready to eat.  Here they are!

  1. Beef Jerky:  Single-serving sized bags of jerky are a great source of protein for on-the-go.  Look for brands that are gluten free and contain minimal sugar, like this Pacific Gold brand (found at Costco).  The fewer ingredients, the better!
  2. Almonds:  I find these small "handful" bags of almonds at Trader Joe's.  I love how it gives you a controlled size so that you can get the energy and nutrients you need, without overdoing it as far as calories go.
  3. Apple Sauce:  These little cups are the perfect snack size, and are really convenient for travel.  Sometimes I throw a few of the almonds into my apple sauce for a little crunch :)
  4. Larabars:  My favorite fruit and nut bar, that also makes a tasty dessert!  I love how minimal the ingredients are, while still packing a major flavor punch.  Click here for my homemade version of the Coconut Cream Pie flavor.
  5. Epic Bars:  Lots of people love these bars, and I can see why!  These are the ultimate Paleo-friendly protein bars.  The protein source is quality, grass-fed meat, and the carbs come from dried fruits.  They make for a great complete snack for on-the-go!

Let me know what your favorite packaged Paleo snacks are... I am always up for trying something new!  Also, give me some feedback on what Friday Five posts you would like to see in the future :)

Stay happy & healthy,
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