Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Power Smoothie

Hi Guys,
I just thought I would share what I have for breakfast each and every morning! It is delicious, nutritious, and every ingredient has a purpose. Here it is...

Power Smoothie
1 small banana or 1/2 large
2 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of coconut/almond milk
1 teaspoon of almond butter
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1 Tablespoon of grass fed gelatin protein
1 Tablespoon of ground chia seeds

Blend in a blender or viatmix. Add ice if you would like...I do! :)

Now why THESE ingredients? Well lets go down the list

Bananas - POTASSIUM!! There is about 450mg of potassium in a banana. That is about 20% of our recommended daily intake in just that little fruit. Potassium is required to keep the heart, kidneys, liver, and even your nervous system in good working order. Plus in this it add sweetness without being too sweet. And without the addition of any other source of sugar, natural or not.

Spinach - Some people like kale in their smoothies and if you are one of them.... more power to ya! I personally can't handle the taste. In this smoothie I don't even recognize the spinach. Anyway what is so good about spinach? I don't know if I have enough space to write it all. But I'll give it a go. Spinach is a great source of vitamins A, K, C, B2, B6, and E. It has some protein and contains some omega 3 fatty acids. It is a source of magnesium, selenium, iron, and fiber. And it has TONS of flavonoids that act as antioxidants.

Coconut milk - dairy substitute so you can still have that creamy smoothie taste without the use of yogurt or milk. If you use canned coconut milk you will get the befit of that good fat that will keep you full and satisfied until lunch time.

Turmeric - Turmeric is a super food, or super spice I should say. It has amazing anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown in study after study that it is a powerful cancer fighter. It can detoxify the liver and may even be effective in preventing nuero-degenerative diseases. I have read lots of paper that seem to indicate that turmeric may even be the used to treat melanoma in the near future.

Grass fed gelatin protein - This is a powdered source of protein that isn't full of sugar (it actually has 0 sugar), artificial flavoring and dairy. And we all know the benefits of bone broth.....this is a way to get those same benefits without having a pot of bones brewing on the stove all day and night. That's awesome if you do have that, but I'm not there right now. The kind I use is even recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation. I actually didn't know that until after I started using it, but that's still a cook fact. THIS is the brand I use. It is 19 bucks on amazon and has lasted me well over a month already and I use it almost every single day.

Chia Seeds - has protein, keeps you full and a good source of some omega 3's. It also helps stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Well, there ya have it. That is my power smoothie for each morning. Give it a try. It is a fairly inexpensive and quick breakfast option.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Two New Recipes Just For YOU!!

Hi Guys! I want to thank you all for your participation in the last giveaway. And since you guys gave me a good response, I already have the next giveaway in the works! But I will let you know about that one in the next few weeks.

Today....Let's talk SOUP! I'm gonna be honest with ya. Soup is NOT my favorite thing. Most of the time I only make soup when I'm trying to get rid of produce that will go bad if I don't use it up. Hence most of my soups are vegetable of some kind.  The only kind of soup that I am really fond of is Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana soup. YEAH.....C'mon, ya know your with me! You remember those pre-paleo days when you sat down to endless soup and salad, with some breadsticks sopping up every ounce of that soup!! Anyway, I've been sitting on this recipe for a LOOOOONG time, but I can't hold it in anymore. And I'm gonna need your help to share it and get it out there. It is SO good!

It all came about one weekend, when I had gone to the farmers market and picked up some pastured pork bacon and sausage. (Side note: Please support your local farmers. Especially your quality meat and egg farmers. They are providing us with a quality product that as of now we all can't readily get in our grocery stores. Let's thank them by supporting them as much and possible) Anywho, the next day I was in my local Earth Fare, where most of the produce is seasonal. We came upon these burgundy skinned potatoes. My kids said "Hey mom! What's that?" I had to look at the tag cause I had no idea. It read, Japanese Sweet Potato. So since we had never had it before we grabbed a few and took them home. Like I said, the outside of the potato is a deep burgundy color,  but when we cut it open it was a beautiful creamy white color. I didn't expect that. But the first thing that popped into my head was that marvelous zuppa toscana soup that is made with sausage and potatoes. So off I went to play around in the kitchen and come up with a delicious paleo equivalent. And this, my friend, is the product. Oh, by the way the potato will turn black if you leave it peeled and cut for a while so place the cut slices in a bowl of cold water until you are ready to use. Also, I have had 2 testers make this with regular sweet potato and it worked just fine. This recipe serves about 6-8 and is a one pot recipe. Yeah, I know, it just gets better and better!! :)

Sausage and Potato Soup with Kale

4 slices of pastured bacon, diced
1 lb of pastured HOT pork sausage
1 onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
32 oz of chicken broth
2 1/2 cups of water
2 medium Japanese sweet potatoes, sliced into thin half moons
2 cups of kale cut into ribbons
1 can of full fat organic coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste (basically just pepper, you get plenty of salt flavor from the bacon and sausage)

-In a soup pot, over medium heat, crisp up your diced bacon
-Once crisp, remove from pot and add sausage to brown
-Once browned, drain and place sausage with your reserved bacon
-Add about a tablespoon of the fat that you just drained back to the pot along with your red pepper flakes, and garlic
-Stir together for about 30 sec. You just want to get them going until they are fragrant.
-Add in onion and cook till translucent
-Add back in the bacon and sausage
-Add in broth, water and potatoes
-Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender. Don't over cook. Keep an eye on it
-Add in kale and coconut milk and continue cooking until kale is cooked. About 5 more minutes
-Add pepper to taste and serve

Now how about another quick and easy recipe???? How about some Honey Chipotle Meatballs??

1/2 pound of grass fed beef
1/2 pound of pastured ground pork
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons of coconut aminos
3 Tablespoons of raw honey
1 Tablespoon of finely minced chipotle in adobo pepper

-Mix together beef and pork seasoned with salt and pepper
-Make in to Tablespoon sized meatballs
-In a large skillet over medium heat, cook meatballs until browned and cook through
-Remove meatballs
-Add into your heated skillet the aminos, honey, and chipotle
-Bring to a bubble
-Add back in your meatballs and toss until thick and coated

This are my favorite meatballs!!

Well, next week I hope to share some of the most loved recipes and bring back some seasonal recipes that you might have missed. I hope you have a wonderful week and remember to share the blog and posts on FB. These will also be shared on Pinterest. Thanks so much for your support! Happy Paleo Eating!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It's That Time Again!!

Don't you think it is about time for another give away? I am just so grateful for the over 1200 fans on the Paleo Mommy facebook page and for the 3,000 hits that gets each month. That might be small beans to most but to this ordinary paleo mommy of two, it is huge and I am so grateful!! Thank you all for your support!

That being said I thought I would showcase YOU and do a giveaway at the same time. But first things first....what am I giving away? Well, most of you know the amazing Sarah Fragoso. She is a wife, mom, author of 3 amazing cookbooks, and co-creator of Today I am giving you the opportunity to win her second cookbook Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook. Perfect for a busy mom, or anyone for that matter! There are some REALLY delicious recipes in there and some wonderful sauces!

Here is what YOU have to do. Just message me on my FB page or right here in the comments section and tell me how paleo has changed your life. You can send me before and after pics if you want also. I am going to be starting "Motivational Mondays" on the FB page and feature one of YOUR stories each monday. That way we can share and motivate each other to keep living the healthy life style. YOUR STORY SENT TO MY FB INBOX OR IN THE COMMENT SECTION HERE IS YOUR ENTRY! If you have already sent me your story from a previous request you are already entered!

RECAP: How to enter to win Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

1. message me HERE or leave a comment down below about how Paleo has changed your life. (preferably in the FB inbox)
2. send before and after pics if you desire
3. one story will be selected randomly as the winner. Each story will be featured on "Motivational Monday" on the FB page.

The more participants we get..the more giveaways I can do! So please like the post on FB and share the post with your friends. Good luck and I can't wait to hear your stories!!! Thank you all so much again!!