Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Garlic Parmesan Baked Green Beans

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans


I am getting ready to leave for Thanksgiving and I need to get rid of some things in the fridge that will go bad while I am gone. I also needed a side dish for dinner tonight. These green beans are easy, cook quickly and taste yummy. What more could you want?

What You Need:
Green Beans- Washed and Trimmed
Splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic Powder
Parmesan

Turn the oven to 425
In a bowl mix the green beans, a splash of EVOO and the garlic powder all together until the green beans are well coated. Put on the prepped pan and cover with parmesan. 
Bake for 10ish minutes and ENJOY!


I promise that one of these days I will take better pictures and remember to take a picture before I DIG into the meals...

Happy Eating,
Anna

Question for Today: What is your go to side dish?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Move it Monday



Well it is Monday and here we are again! 
How are you going to move this Thanksgiving week?
For me, I will be traveling and eating wonderful food with my family so moving more this week is imperative.
I wanted this weeks workout to be a portable workout that you can do it anywhere...
Move a little extra this week and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal.


This week lets do the 7's

7 Burpees
7 Squats
7 Sit Ups

You are gonna do 7 rounds of this! 
If you are struggling at first do one or two rounds and build as the week goes...
If you cant do burpees do push ups or substitute in another move you love!

Get Moving!
Anna


Question of the Day: What keeps you from working out?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Paleo Apple Berry Crisp

 Paleo Apple Berry Crisp


While I was cleaning the fridge today I realized that I had all these berries and they were going to go bad... I needed to make something with them and the apples I had available was a perfect option...  The weather is starting to turn cool here and  I want something warm with my coffee in the morning or as an after dinner treat. This is my take on a crisp that I don't feel guilty eating... 

So I got to cutting the apples and mixing them into the berries...

What you need:
Apples cut into small chunks (about 2-3 depending on size of apple and pan)
Berries- Pears are my favorite in this mixture when they are in season
1/2 to 1 Cup of Almond Butter (again depending on how much fruit and pan- You want it coated)
2 Generous handfuls of pecan pieces
Lots of Cinnamon
Splash of Maple Syrup
Few Raisins - I didn't realize I was almost out when I stared the recipe!  You don't have to include them either.


Mix it all together and spread in the prepped pan it is going to look a little ugly at this step...


Cook at 350 for about 45 minutes.
The raisins, nuts and the almond butter make a crust on the fruit.. 
I like that it is a forgiving recipe and you can try as many combinations as you would like!

Fresh from the oven

I clearly don't judge if you want to add from raw whipped cream or coconut cream to top this off...


Enjoy every bite!
Anna



Question for today: What do you like to eat when the weather turns cold?





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easy Paleo Parmesan Chicken




Easy Parmesan Chicken


Do you ever just get bored of your chicken recipes? I feel like I make the same things each week. I am a total creature of habit but the husband is not so much a fan of the same things over and over again. I have been searching for a new recipe to bake that is easy, yummy and low carb.  However I wasn't super happy with anything that I had found on the internet so I created this more Paleo friendly option.

What You Need:
6 Chicken Breasts
1 Cup Mayo- Paleo Recipe Below
1/2 Cup Raw Parmesan- 
Lots of raw garlic or powder works great too
Couple shakes of Italian Spices
Pinch of Sea Salt

Put the chicken in a coated pan.
Mix all the other ingredients together and spread over the chicken. 
Sprinkle a little extra raw cheese over the top of the chicken because who can really have enough raw cheese? 
Cook at 375 for 45 minutes.

This is the raw cheese I sprinkled on top:


The house smelled incredible and we enjoyed every bite. Pair it with some green beans and salad and you have a great/easy weeknight dinner. I even loved it cold the next day though that isn't too odd since I love me some cold food! I know it can sound a little odd to add mayo to the chicken but it really helps keep the chicken moist and don't worry you cant taste the mayo when its cooked.

Chicken Right From the Oven



Homemade Mayo
1 egg 
1 cup EVOO
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

You can also add garlic and black pepper if you want
Mix that all up in the blender and enjoy! Use a spatula to keep scraping the sides down to make sure it all gets mixed together.
Lasts 2-3 weeks in the fridge

Enjoy every bite,
Anna


Question of the Day: What is your favorite chicken recipe?



Monday, November 17, 2014

Move it Monday

Move It Monday


Each Monday I will post a new video or exercise to try, suck at, get better at and get stronger with during that specific week.  Being busy means that I am always looking for something fresh, quick and new to keep me interested and wanting more... So lets shake it up and get stronger and healthier together.


This is a wicked workout but it only takes 13 mins from beginning to end! I love it and can feel it working each time I use it!

Get Moving Today,
Anna

Question for the Day: What is your favorite workout?


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cauliflower Mash with a Twist!

Throw Back!

As we get closer to Thanksgiving I was thinking about what I can eat as I try and clean my eating up. 
I was looking through some old recipes and came back to this mash recipe below...
It is literally one of my favorites but now I have a new special addition to it...
Raw Garlic Dip! Have you ever had this stuff? We put it on literally everything... 
My husband will even eat raw veggies when I pack the garlic dip with it... That alone is a miracle!

Look for it at your local store:

IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR BREATH...

Here is the old recipe:

Sorry for the yucky picture! I ate all of the stuff on my plate before I could get a picture... Like literally inhaled... I must warn you that for those people who can't have potatoes this will quickly become your new best friend.

I was wanting something comfort foodish to go with my chicken and green beans. Cauliflower mash was born in my kitchen.

Basic: 
Head of Cauliflower- Steam it- You can use frozen to make this process easier!
Raw Butter
Fresh Minced Garlic
Sea Salt and Pepper

Add Ins:
Chives- Optional
Onions- Optional
Raw Cream- Optional

Throw everything into the blender or food processor. Keep scraping the sides and everything will mix together and turn into what looks like mashed potatoes. I have been eating that as a side with my chicken lately... So Delicious. My friend was shocked at how good they tasted. She said she was worried they were gonna be super gross. A great paleo friendly food!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Oh my CHIA!


Sometimes you are on the run and you need something to eat because you are about to get HANGRY. So do you hit the fast food because it is easy or do you pull something from your Kate Spade bag that looks surprisingly like luggage? If you are like me you would probably hit the nearest Chick fil A because come on who doesn't love the Chick fil A?!

However, as I have been trying to right my eating I have started thinking ahead and try to stock my Kate with all sorts of lovely treats. Nothing will ever beat the nuggies but I have found that Mamma Chia Squeeze Snacks are incredible and take the edge off when I need it. They have a bunch of flavors but the Mango Coconut, Blackberry and Raspberry are my personal favorites. High in fiber, full of omegas, sweet and the best thing is that they don't have anything fake in them...

I found them at the local high end store, Costco and even at my beloved target!
Worth a try if you need to shake up the diet or want something sweet and fiber laden as you detox.

Try something new this week,
Anna

Question for Today: What is your go to snack?