Monthly Archives: March 2017

Blueberry Lemon Donuts 

Happy Friday Friends!  Maybe it is just me, but this week seemed to drag on a bit.  We had some dreary weather mid week, but it has ended on a gorgeous note!  To spruce up the week I decided to brighten things up with some lemons!  If you missed my post yesterday I shared my new Lemon Blueberry popsicles! They are kid and grownup approved!
img_3741To keep the lemon theme going, I wanted to make another treat! Before I did that, I refreshed myself on the benefits of lemons! Lemons are filled with vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.  Lemon can also be used to help treat the common cold and flu, the swine flu, help prevent kidney stones, decrease swelling, and treat scurvy.  Who knew lemons were so great? I love adding them to some water for a refreshing drink and cooking with them 🙂

Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a citrus themed week!


Blueberry Lemon Donuts

Ingredients

  • 1½ C + 1 Tbsp gluten free all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 C Siggi’s vanilla yogurt
  • 1 C coconut sugar
  • 2 large organic eggs, 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp grated organic lemon zest (about 1 lemon worth)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh organic lemon juice from fresh lemons
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 C organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Blueberry Glaze

  • 2 Tbsp lemon glaze
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350* F then coat a large donut pan or muffin tin with oil of choice. (Reapply oil after each batch)
  2. In a large bowl, sift together 1 1/2 c gluten free flour, baking powder & salt then set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, and oil.
  4. In a small bowl add the remaining flour and the blueberries.  Gently coat all the blueberries.
  5. Make a hole in the dry ingredients and add in the wet ingredients. Mix till 3/4 incorporated.  Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture, make sure not to over mix!!
  6. Pour mixture into a large ziptop bag, then zip close. Snip off one corner large enough for a blueberry to fit though.
  7. Fill each donut mold about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake 10-12 min, or until lightly golden and spongy.
  9. After removing donuts from the oven, let them sit in the pan for several minutes, then place each one on a cooling rack.
  10. While the donuts bake, make the lemon & blueberry icing.
  11. Lemon icing- Mix together the sifted powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add more juice if the icing is too stiff.
  12. Blueberry icing- add 1-2 Tbsp of the lemon icing and 1/4 cup blueberries to a blender, mix well. Take the blueberry mixture and strain the blueberry stinks out over a med size bowl.
  13. After donuts have cooled about 15 min, drizzle one or both types of icing on each donut.
  14. Enjoy!!

 

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Lemon blueberry pops with a bonus! 

Hello Friends!
What, I am posting 2 days in a row?  I know, miracles do happen 🙂
Spring in really in the air here in Texas and it is making me crave all sorts of lemony things!
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Lemons are so vibrant and add amazing flavor to so many foods!  I am popping in quick today to share with you a sweet smoothie pop recipe I whipped up this weekend! I have used a lot of popsicle molds over the years and they have been really hit and miss.  When I was at Ikea a few weeks ago I grabbed a set and so far they have not disappointed! (not an affiliate link, just what I have found that I love)
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Blueberry Lemon Pops

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1 scoop unflavored Vital Proteins

Directions

  1. Add banana and almond milk to a blender, mix well.
  2. Add additional ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour evenly into each popsicle mold. Add lids.
  4. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
  5. Enjoy in the sunshine!

And a bonus, you can use this recipe for a pick-me-up smoothie too!

 

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Still searching…

Hi there friends! Happy Wednesday!
How has your first week of spring been going?  It has been a bit of a roller coaster over here in my little part of the world.  If you missed it last week, I did a little update on my health.
I received my results back from my doctor.  Honestly it was hard at first to receive the news.  Not because anything was really terrible. In fact, most of this round of tests came back normal or good, except 1.  And that really means nothing.  Nothing was ruled out and nothing was diagnosed.  So now more in depth blood work will be ordered within the next few days to a week.  My doc is out of the office a few days this week, so I have been slightly obsessively checking my email to see if she sent another message.
When I first saw the results I was really frustrated, and I still am in a way.  I know that this is going to be a bit of a process to really narrow things down and figure out exactly what is going on, but I had some hope that we would find some things out sooner rather than later.  I have to admit that my hope was a bit dashed.  I am really thankful for some sweet friends who poured love and support into me and reminded me that we are on the right path, even though it might feel discouraging at the time.
Despite feeling discouraged I do still have many things I am thankful for and grateful for, and I am working on staying focused on those things!

The ability to continue working out and having some kick butt workouts this week!


Some fun recipe testing and yummy meals!

Constant gifts from my nanny kiddos and beautiful sunsets!

My ability to paint and decorate- Working on the guest room and making my first ever purple wall!

And my supportive husband, my loving friends and family, my church family, my social media friends (you), and of course my doctor who is doing all she can to get to the bottom of all these health issues.

Being thankful is a much better option that staying hopeless!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Golden Chili 

Happy Friday dear friends!!!!

What a week it has been! Spring has def sprung here in Texas. The weather was gorgeous this week with lots of sunshine and breezes!

If you missed it yesterday, I posted a bit of a long overdue health update. There will hopefully be some answers in the next week or so!!

Despite it being the first day of spring this past week, I got an inkling for chili as I saw so many pics of snow from my friends and family who still live up north!

Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Food Blogger Love themed week! So I want to share with you a few chili recipes from some of my awesome blogger friends!

Chili Powder Free Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (Gluten Free, Bean Free) from Susie at Suzylyfe
Best Chili Recipe Ever from Kalee at Sorey Fitness
Jackfruit Chili Recipe from Debbie at Coach Debbie Runs
Fall Chili and Cornbread from Samantha at Simply Samantha
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili from Erika at MCM Mama Runs
Hot Mama’s White Bean Chicken Chili from Farrah at Fairyburger
Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili from Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health
Smoky Bean Chili from Jill at Jill Conyers
Hearty Vegetable Lentil Chili from Jessica at Nutritioulicious
Crock Pot Award Winning Vegetarian Chili from Julie at Running in a Skirt

Take some time to browse and save these awesome recipes!!

As I have learned more about spices and their health properties, I have come to love turmeric! I have begun to add it to my soups, smoothies, salads, and even when I make some desserts!  Even the Hubs has noticed some of the benefits of turmeric in his own life!

Golden Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey, cooked to crumbles
  • 2 large cans organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can rotel
  • 3 cans organic tri-blend beans (or 1 of each- black, kidney &a pinto beans), drained and rinsed.
  • Spices to taste (1-2 tsp) Himalayan salt, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, cumin
  • 3 TBS + extra for toppings turmeric

Directions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or slow cooker, add all the ingredients. Still well.
  2. Cook for 8-12 hours on low heat.
  3. Enjoy with a sprinkle of turmeric on top 🙂

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Health update…

Hello friends!

Before I get into the latest health update, I want to say thank you to everyone who has sent kind words, prayers, encouragement and support.  I am beyond blessed to have so much wonderful support in my life from so many equally wonderful people!

For years I have felt and known that something was off in my body.  I have been to many different doctors and have been told I have thyroid issues, I need to lose weight, that I am normal and it is in my head, that I need to work out more (and if you know my lifestyle you know that I don’t need to workout more), eat less (again, this doesn’t need to happen), have bariatric surgery, or take traditional medications.  Doctor after doctor didn’t really listen to what I was dealing with and just wanted to put a bandaid on the problem.  For the past 18 months I did some more of my own research and made many changes to my life to see if that would help.  Although I did find some relief and see some positive changes, they didn’t last long even when I continued with the new patterns of health and wellness.  To say I have been frustrated has been an understatement!!!
Some of the challenges I have faced are fatigue, sleep issues, not seeing positive changes in my weight, memory issues, depression, hormone imbalances, infertility and more!
Back in January I happened across a doctor who seemed like she could be a great fit.  I mean, it was worth a shot at this point! I called and was able to get an appointment a few days later.  We had our initial visit and we chatted about my history and concerns for over 2 hours! She was super concerned and shocked that I had not been tested for many things that seemed like a doctor would test for considering my symptoms and issues.
After our initial visit she decided to send me home with a sleep monitoring kit.  It was a bit awkward to sleep with, but ruled out sleep apnea as an issue.
It has been just over 2 months since my initial visit and I was finally able to go in for more testing today.  It was a bit of a pain this morning, literally.  My veins do NOT like needles!
Even after drinking TONS of water yesterday, I was still dehydrated this morning.

So we after several attempts I was sent off to a different lab and they were finally able to find my veins.  Bonus- I did not pass out like normal!

I am super impressed my arm doesn’t look too bad yet! Normally it is a hot bruised mess after blood work!

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First set of testing is in the works!
Thank you for coming along for the ride and again, for all the support.
I will update when I know more!

 

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Sweet & Tangy Balsamic Chicken Salad

Happy Friday friends! And Happy St. Patrick’s day too!
It has been a bit of a crazy week and exciting because my husband released his first single yesterday!  I am beyond proud of him! It has been a long road to get to this place, but we made it! A true labor of love!

To celebrate I decided to make a salad similar to one I have had a few times at a local place! This salad mixes sweet and tangy together with a bit of a crunch as well!  It is a party in your mouth y’all!

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I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Copy Cat themed week!

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Sweet & Tangy Balsamic Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic chicken breast, cooked and shredded.
  • 1 head organic romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup each organic blueberries, blackberries & raspberries
  • 1 large organic gala apple, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup organic chopped pecans
  • 1 bottle organic balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Directions

  1. Place shredded chicken in a large bowl.  Add enough dressing to cover the chicken as a marinade.
  2. Wash the berries and lettuce.  Chop lettuce into bit size pieces.
  3. Mix together the lettuce, marinated chicken, fruit & pecans together in the large bowl.
  4. Add additional dressing if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

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Scalloped sweet potatoes 

Hello friends!  Thank you for joining me this week for National Eating Disorder Awareness week!  It holds a special place in my heart as it has been something that has affected my life very deeply.  In case you missed the other posts, you can check them out here, here and here 🙂
As we head towards the first weekend in March I have been thinking about heritage.  Since my husband is part Irish, it is fun to think about different Irish traditions.  When I lived in Chicago it was fun to see the river turn green and participate in some fun Irish themed races!  Along with fun traditions are fun foods!  With some of the health testing I have coming up, my food has been pretty limited.  I got a little creative in the kitchen and made a slightly different version to the traditional Irish scalloped potatoes!
img_2703I am linking up today with with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Heritage themed week!

Since I have an abundance of sweet potatoes, they were my inspiration!

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 large organic sweet potato
  • 2 large organic gala apples
  • 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP organic coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP organic cinnamon
  • 1/2 TBSP organic coconut sugar

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*
  2. Grease med (I used 9.25″ x 7″) baking dish with 1 TBSP coconut oil
  3. Using a food processor, slice sweet potato and cored apples into thin slices.
  4. Heat remaining coconut oil till melted and add in the cinnamon and sugar.
  5. Using a lasagne technique, layer the slices of sweet potato and apple. Drizzle the coconut oil mix between layers. End with the sweet potatoes and a the remaining mixture of coconut oil and spices.
  6. Bake for 35-40 min, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  7. Enjoy!

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