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Banana Bread Muffins


As promised, here is a delicious recipe for you for this week! Brett likes all the muffins I’ve made so far, but he has said that these are his favorite! They really are delicious! I like to eat them with sliced strawberries and blueberries! The muffins alone are perfect for an “on-the-go” breakfast!

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Ingredients

3 c almond flour

4 tablespoons ground flaxseed

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp salt

4 very ripe bananas, mashed

4 eggs

2 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 c chopped walnuts, plus (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place muffins cups in muffin tin and set aside.

In a food processor, combine almond flour, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.

Add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, vanilla and olive oil – mix well.

Add in chopped walnuts and stir (optional).

Fill the baking cups about 3/4 full. Sprinkle a few chopped walnuts over each cup. Bake muffins for 21-23 minutes or insert a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean, it’s time to remove.

Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

Makes 12-18 muffins

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Banana, Fruit, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

Book Review: Practical Paleo


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Diane Sanfillippo, author of Practical Paleo, has created a masterpiece! As a Paleo cook and blogger, I am constantly on the lookout for new recipes. The very first week I had the book, I tried one recipe each night and I can tell you with complete honesty that they are WONDERFUL!

In the beginning of my Paleo journey, I spent lots of time researching the science behind the Paleo lifestyle, foods to eat/avoid, and Paleo recipes. Diana lays out the extensive amount of information in a manner that is very easy to understand. One of the best parts is the section of food guides that you can tear out and keep on your fridge or somewhere else easily accessible! I have already found these very useful when working with others who are new to the Paleo lifestyle.

I can’t conclude this review without mentioning some of the great aspects of the recipe portion of the book:

  1. Diane has a picture for nearly all of her recipes and EVERYONE loves a good picture of food!
  2. The recipes often have alternatives for other flavors.
  3. Many recipes include ways to make the recipe FODMAP compliant.

I can honestly say that this will become my go-to cookbook when planning and cooking my Paleo meals! Thank you, Diane, for such a wonderful resource for the Paleo community!

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Virality = GIVEAWAY


Hi everyone! 

It seems that someone by the name of Meg Pach Lewis has pinned one of my pictures and the blog has been BLOWING UP over the past few days! Thanks, Meg! If you read this, I’d love to hear from you!!

I wanted to write to inform you all that I will be posting at least one fabulous recipe this week! I’ll also be hosting a GIVEAWAY!! In September I will be receiving a copy of a brand new informational cookbook, Practical Paleo. I have received my review copy and it is AWESOME!!! Here is the way this giveaway will go!

Once my Facebook page receives 2,000 likes, one random name will be drawn to receive it! I believe we could do this in a few weeks.We’ll have plenty of time before I get the GIVEAWAY copy!

Here are the rules:

1. You must be a US citizen (due to shipping rates).

2. You must log in to your facebook and “like” CrossFit + Paleo = Winning Combination

3. You must like the Balanced Bites facebook page AND tell them that CrossFit + Paleo = Winning Combination sent you!

4. Share the link to our facebook page or blog in your facebook status!

Happy liking and sharing! Let’s see how quickly we can do this!

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Bacon-Wrapped Honey Lemon Chicken


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This was a super easy and delicious meal for dinner! What’s better than super easy AND super delicious??!?!?

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts (I used three)
  • Bacon, 3-4 pieces per breast
  • Lemon, 1
  • Honey (about 2 T drizzled)
  • Rosemary, Salt, & Pepper (to taste)

Process:

  • Preheat the oven to 365.
  • Trim the fat from the breasts and cut each one into 3-4 pieces.
  • Wrap each piece with a piece of bacon.
  • Lay them in a pan. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Juice one lemon and pour the juice over the chicken.
  • Drizzle honey over the chicken.
  • Cook for 35 minutes.

EASY and DELICIOUS! Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Chicken, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

Break! :)


Brett and I are heading out of town tomorrow for a vacation with his family! Less than 48 hours after we return, we’re moving. I may get some posts written over the next couple weeks, but there is a chance that I won’t. 

I encourage you to check out the Paleo Rodeo over the next couple weeks. There are lots of blogs to check out!

Happy reading. Happy week (…or two)! :)

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Saturday: Rodeo Time!


The Paleo Rodeo:

Wenchypoo presents Taking My Delusions One More Step Off the Commercial Grid posted at W9sdom From Wenchypoo’s Old Bat Cave, saying, “I got lambasted by liberals for mentioning gardening as a solution to the SNAP funds loss, as SNAP covers garden seeds.”

Julie Campbell presents curry apricot relish posted at the crankin’ kitchen!, saying, “a lovely summer relish using fresh, seasonal apricots.”

Holly presents Bison Sweet Potato Chili posted at Holly Would If She Could, saying, “Need to work on your game? Well, your game cooking, that is…check out this nutrient dense chili recipe perfect to cook up on a Sunday and enjoy all week long.”

Kris presents Is Eating Too Much Protein Bad For You? The Not-So-Bitter Truthposted at Kris Kris, saying, “Is eating too much protein bad for you? This is a common myth in health and nutrition circles, let’s take a look at the evidence and see if it’s true.”

Blair presents Pro to the Pros posted at The Found Link, saying, “Julie Burns, MS, RD, CCN; nutritionist to the 2010 Stanley Cup champs advocates Weston A. Price principles, connecting to our hunter and gatherer past, and eating real food (clean protein, higher fat, and lower carbs) for optimal sports performance.”

Ute presents Pork Tenderloin and Asparagus posted at Grokette’s Primal Musings, saying, “A delicious and easy recipe, that is always a big hit around here.”

Neely Quinn presents Our Mostly Paleo Wedding posted at Paleo Plan, saying, “Our guests enjoyed fantastic Paleo foods and they hardly knew the difference!”

Susie T. Gibbs presents Year Round Comfort – Turkey Meatloaf is Perfectly Paleoposted at Fluffy Chix Cook, saying, “Mushrooms and veggies replace the bread filler from Mama’s old meatloaf. Flavor explosion and moist meatloaf are the results of losing the grains and gaining the veggies. The slimmed down version gives comfort in every bite and won’t leave you stuffed and bloated.”

Laurie Donaldson presents July, July! posted at Food for Primal Thought, saying, “Garden update (and yes, I eat potatoes sometimes).”

Angel Ayala & Meghan Little presents Paleo Red White & Blue Fruit Pizza, A treat for a 4th of July Picnic posted at Paleo Effect, saying, “This recipe for dairy free fruit pizza is great for any cookout, picnic or get together! Its simple to make and refreshing on a warm summer day. Looking for more block party recipes? We got you covered with our Sweet Potato Salad, Chicken Salad, Pulled Pork and more!”

Susan Holland (MeJane) presents Eggs Eggs abd Marrowbone posted atweightless in Water/ Paleo, saying, “Will eggs, eggs and marrow bone make your old man blind? Hah!”

Nell Stephenson presents Umami Paleo? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, “Can Umami be incorporated into a Paleo Lifestyle?”

Fatisfied presents Zuke Noodles posted at Free Your Fat, saying, “No more soggy lasagna!”

Megh presents Recovering from Vegetarianism: Digesting Meat posted at Yolks, Kefir, & Gristle, saying, “Have you ever struggled with digesting meat? What has helped you?”

Peggy Emch presents Don’t Overcook Your Meat! posted at The Primal Parent.

Max Ungar presents “Spaghetti with Basil Pesto” posted at Caveman College, saying, “A delicious summer recipe! This Basil pesto will send your mouth into a daze with its tangy, delicious garlic! Great for any primal summer barbeque!”

Brittney presents Crockpot Honey Apple Pork Loin posted at CrossFit + Paleo = A Winning Combination, saying, “A crockpot experimentation ended up being a fabulous meal! Enjoy! Also, if you’re interested in my slightly modified take on PaleOMG’s Double Chocolate Energy Bites check out this link! http://mycrossfitpaleojourney.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/double-chocolate-energy-bites/”

Amy Kubal presents The Heat Is On! Keep Your Food Safe posted at Robb Wolf, saying, “Picnics, BBQ’s and summer fun – it’s all great until… E. Coli, ‘Sal’monella and ‘Liz(s)’teria show up. Keep your food safe!”

Amy Marrero presents The Low Fat Fallacy, Part II posted at Paleosophy, saying, “Many people living a Paleo lifestyle often get the objection that they eat too much fat and cholesterol. The post explores the health benefits of both, specifically how eating fat and cholesterol promotes optimal health.”

Victoria presents Natural movement and thoughts on rehab posted at Principle Into Practice, saying, “The idea of practicing natural, human, movement, has become increasingly popular in the fitness world through programs such as MovNat. Could the world of physical rehabilitation benefit from considering evolutionary and instinctive movements as well?”

Jedha presents Paleo Ketchup Alternative. Sweet Bell Pepper Sauce! posted atPaleo Diet Blog, saying, “An easy sweet, delicious sauce to eat instead of ketchup. Enjoy :)”

Marc presents REAL Tomato Sauce posted at Feel Good Eating, saying, “Make yourself some REAL tomato sauce. Easy recipe, unbelievable flavor.”

Tony Federico presents Pemmican-Inspired Breakfast Bowl posted at Fitness In An Evolutionary Direction, saying, “Instead of listing “ingredients” why don’t we list what’s really in our food?”

Todd Dosenberry presents Why the Australian Aborigines Primitive Tribe Fascinates Me Beyond Belief posted at Primal Toad, saying, “I loved reading Nutritional and Physical Degneration and learning about the Primitive tribes that Dr. Price studied. The Autralian Aborigines are my favorite. Learn more about them inside my blog post.”

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe, Rodeo

 

Crockpot Honey Apple Pork Loin


I did a little crockpot experimentation this week! I was looking through an order form for Tastefully Simple, which I used to sell, and saw a honey apple glaze. It sounded good, but I knew it would be loaded with sugar, so I decided to make up a recipe using honey and apples.

Brett and I really enjoyed this easy dish! Eating the pork and apples together was delicious! I served it up with steamed carrots and sauteed zucchini!

Ingredients:

Pork Loin, 2.5-3 lbs.

Red Delicious Apples, 3 sliced

Honey, approx 4 T

Cinnamon, 2 T

Process:

Lay the apple slices (from two of the apples) in the bottom of the crockpot.

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Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cut slits in the pork loin (approx 1/2″-3/4″).

Drizzle some honey into the slits.

Then place apple slices into the slits.

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Place the pork loin into the crockpot.

Drizzle the top with the remainder of the honey.

Place the rest of the apples on top.

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Then sprinkle the whole thing with cinnamon.

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Cook on low for 7 hours.

For more flavor, you may poke holes in the pork. Then place the pork loin in a bag with honey and cinnamon and marinate it overnight.

Note: After some reviews of the loin being to dry, I have figured out why…. I own a crockpot that has a lid that completely seals off any moisture from escaping the pot. It is the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Crockpot. It’s cheap and it so much better than any crockpots I have used in the past. If you have issues with your food drying out when you cook it, you should definitely look into getting this one. (I don’t get anything for promoting this crockpot, by the way.)

 
 

Happy Independence Day!


Thank a soldier, veteran, or family member of those who have served our country today.

Brett has raised some money during his marathons for a group called Salute, Inc. Watch the video below if you’re ever interested in helping them out! I love what they stand for!

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Double Chocolate Energy Bites


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No, these are not meatballs. I thought this picture looked strikingly similar to the one I posted last week of meatballs…. These little protein-packed energy bites are just as delicious, but a very different kind of delicious! These may help curb that sweet tooth you’ve been dealing with the past few days…or hours…or constantly (like me).

This recipe has actually shown up in one of my Facebook groups (Paleo & Zone Recipe Swap) page before, but I hadn’t ever tried or made them. Yesterday on the way to church I received a message from Scott G that said “my church snack” and contained this picture:
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Having recently made meatballs and posted their recipe, I thought Jamie, his lovely wife, had maybe made them and he had taken them as a snack, which I definitely thought was weird….

I was quite relieved to discover that they were not meatballs, but were indeed tasty little morsels from heaven! Perfect for a church snack! :) Jamie and I had to talk about this recipe! She said she saw it on my group wall (posted by Tanya, I believe) and she actually reposted it for me!

The original recipe is from Juli B. over at PaleOMG, but this one has been slightly modified!

Double Chocolate Energy Bites
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip (minis) or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt (this makes the occasional bite a little sweet & salty. YUMMO.)
Instructions (Again, keeping Juli’s directions for the most part!)
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor (except for the chocolate chips)
  2. Turn food processor on.
  3. Let ingredients mix until dates are completely broken down and incorporated.
  4. Then add chocolate chips.
  5. Shape mixture into bite size balls.
  6. Place in the refrigerator to help harden.
  7. Consume.
  8. Keep leftovers in the fridge!
  9. Be merry.

So, thank you, Scott, for sharing one of your energy bites with me and Brett. Thank you Jamie (and Tanya!) for posting the recipe to my group page. Thank you Juli B. for yet another fabulous recipe!

Now that my mouth is in full watering mode, I’m going to go grab a bite!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

Motivational Monday: True Strength


You know that point when you feel like quitting…..

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in CrossFit, Motivation

 
 
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