Blackened Chicken

Here’s another way to cook your chicken. A simple but yet very tasty recipe I found at Paleo Table.

Ingredients

2 Tbsp- smoked paprika
2 tsp- chili powder
1 tsp- ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp- ground coriander
1/2 tsp- sea salt
1 tsp- oregano
1 tsp- garlic powder
1 Tbsp- bacon fat, olive oil, or coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
4 – boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 6 chicken cutlets)

Method

– Preheat oven to 400ΒΊ F.
– Mix spices together.
– Dredge chicken in spices.
– Melt fat of choice in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
– Saute chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
– Transfer to a shallow pan and finish cooking in oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

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Protein Jello

Having a sweet tooth inspires me to look for different ways to have some sort of treat without deviating too far from my eating habits. So after getting some ideas from an online search I decided to try this…

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What is it you ask? Sugar free jello with whey protein powder. I chose strawberry and banana flavor but feel free to experiment with different ones. All you have to do is follow directions on the jello box and at the end add your protein powder. Here I mixed 2 scoops of protein powder with 1 packet of jello but that may be too much and left it tasting a bit too concentrated. Start off by mixing 1 packet of jello with 1 scoop of protein.

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You can pair this with fruit or in my case I added some Greek yogurt. It reminded me that as a kid I would mix my jello with ice cream…. Those were the good old days. πŸ˜‰

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Pork Tenderloin

The good news about this post is that this recipe is another simple but yet delicious one. The bad news is that I can’t remember the website where I got the original recipe from. I made a few changes to it making it more my style. The best part, it was hubby approved. πŸ˜‰

Ingredients
1 lean pork tenderloin
1 carrot, chopped (I used a small package of rainbow carrots)
2 medium red onion, chopped
6 small potatoes (I used 3 medium sweet potatoes)
1/4 cup chicken broth (I used vegetable broth)
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 rosemary sprig

Method
Pre-heat oven to 325F

Rub pork with salt, pepper and garlic, place in pan. Place carrots, red onions and sweet potatoes in pan. Pour broth and olive oil over the contents of the pan. Top with rosemary sprig and cover with tin foil.

Place in oven for one hour covered. Take out from oven and rotate vegetables and baste pork. Cover and place in oven for one additional hour. Remove from oven and remove foil. Place back in oven for 30 minutes. Remove and let set form 5 minutes.

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30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

I have been juicing for about six months now. The last few I have been lacking motivation to keep up…. I really do notice a difference when I’m juicing on a regular basis. More energy, less bloating, and overall wellness. So in my attempt to keep it up I have decided to join the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge.

It’s a free challenge that starts on April 1st. Once signed up you will receive a free e-book, emails with instructions, shopping lists and recipes. I’m so excited about this challenge and would love to have some of you join me! Just go to their website and subscribe. Leave me a comment so I know who will be joining me. πŸ™‚

Let your food be your medicine(1)

My Eating Habits 101

In the last 3 years or so my eating habits have changed dramatically. You can probably tell by the history of recipes in this blog. Little by little I began to change the way I eat as I learned about better food choices for a healthier me. I enjoy to read about food. Knowing the reason for eating it (or avoiding it) and when to eat it is critical to me. I continue this journey as it is not easy…. I choose to eat the way I do because I feel better, with more energy, lighter when exercising and it gives me great satisfaction when I eat something that I know what exactly its ingredients are and how it was cooked. Oh, and looking better helps too! πŸ˜‰

To me, eating whole “real” foods is what it’s all about. Don’t get me wrong, I’m only human and have my cheats like everyone else. But for the majority of the time I focus on eating something that’s natural and may even contain more calories than the processed calorie free alternative. That is what eating healthy is all about for me. I’ve been lucky not to have any major health issues and each year my lab results couldn’t get any better. I believe I owe that to my eating habits. I don’t always enjoy cooking, believe it or not. But it is a necessity. It is the only way I know what goes in my body as we are responsible for how we feed ourselves, look and feel.

So here I found a nice chart of the guidelines I mainly follow. Depending on my training schedule I may increase consumption of complex carbohydrates and add a few gluten-free carbohydrates here and there. For the most part (maybe 90 %), this is how I eat.

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Chi Chi Chi Chia!

Ha! I can’t say the name without thinking of that silly commercial of the Chia pet! And yes, it’s the same seed I’m about to tell you about. In my search of trying to include more fiber in my diet, I decided to give this natural seed a try.

Chia seeds are tiny dark seeds that are “an excellent source of dense nutrition with their healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein, and antioxidants. In fact, chia is so high in essential fatty acids that it contains eight times more omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram. Also full of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially calcium and iron), chia has much in common with flaxseed, with the distinct advantage that its natural antioxidants make it’s delicate healthy fats more nutritionally stable. Research has linked this valuable food as a being beneficial for many health issues, including diabetes, hypoglycemia, celiac disease, and lowering cholesterol”.

I put them in almond milk yogurt or in my gluten-free oatmeal. I can’t barely taste them but it adds a crunchiness to my food.

I also ran into Hemp seeds and Maca powder. I have included them all in my diet having Maca on a daily basis. My advise is to do your own research! Here’s the page for the products I bought. Hope this helps!