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Monday, September 1, 2014

The King Sundae by Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind


Hi there He and She readers! I’m so happy to be here guest posting today. When I first started cleaning up my diet, He and She was a huge resource for me. I loved reading about their clean eating journey and seeing all the different recipes. Since then, I’ve started my own clean eating blog and am also in the middle of writing my first cookbook! So exciting! Since then I tend to eat more of a Paleo based diet, due to a gluten intolerance I never knew I had, and also for digestion and inflammation issues. It’s what works best for me. My biggest piece of advice for someone looking to eat better is to find what works FOR YOU! There is no one stop shop, quick fix, or right or wrong. Try doing a 30-day elimination diet, eating nutrient dense foods, and then slowly add things back to see if you react negatively to any foods. From there life gets so much better! Trust me. It’s only 30 days. You’ll survive I promise. If you are interested in doing a 30-day elimination diet to see what foods you may not tolerate, a great place to start is the book It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I had been living with issues that immediately went away once I changed what I stuffed my face with. You would be amazed. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Part of a healthy lifestyle is enjoying life. To me enjoying life involves the occasional splurge or two. That’s where my recipes come in. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go the rest of my life without eating dessert. And when I do eat dessert I don’t want it to taste like cardboard. So I made it my mission to make real food out of real ingredients that taste even better than their processed counterparts.

SO rumor has it that Elvis used to eat fried peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches. I’ll be the first to join in on that party. What’s not to like?! The only thing I can think of that would make the party better is ice cream…and also if my body felt good after eating it. So what’s a girl to do? Make a clean eating Elvis sundae, that’s what.



I’m sure you’ve all had the infamous “Banana Ice Cream” it’s so crazy delicious and it’s like the easiest thing in the world to make. If you haven’t had it before, be prepared to have your world rocked. It’s pretty much the reason Pinterest was invented. 

For this recipe, I chose to use almond butter instead of peanut butter, but do what you need to do. Coconut sugar and maple sugar are used in the making of the Candied Bacon, they are both unrefined sugars and coconut sugar is known to have a low glycemic index. In normal people words, that means it’s not going to spike your insulin levels and send you into a sugar rushed craze. I also recommend using organic bacon. Since bacon is a fatty cut of meat and animals store toxins in their fat, animals who were fed an organic vegetarian diet and pasture raised, tend to have way lower levels of toxins. And they are more deliciouser. Yes, that’s a word. I prefer the Applegate Organic Sunday Bacon. It’s incredible.

I’ve also included a clean two-ingredient version of Magic Shell topping! Who doesn’t love Magic Shell, it’s just so…magic, especially without all the crappy ingredients. I really hope you enjoy!



The King Sundae

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
Banana “Ice Cream”
4 frozen bananas, sliced
2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
1 tablespoon cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder

Candied Bacon Crumbles
4 slices organic bacon
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon maple sugar
pinch of chili powder

Magic Shell
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Directions:
1. Slice bananas and place them in a resealable bag. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
2. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 400° F (204° C). Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Combine coconut sugar, maple sugar, and chili powder on a large plate and mix together by hand. Drag each slice of bacon through the sugar mixture on the plate until both sides are coated lightly and evenly. Place each slice on the baking sheet, spaced apart evenly. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool, then cut into pieces using kitchen sheers; set aside.
3. Melt chocolate chips in the top pan of a double boiler over hot water. Stir until smooth and combined. Another method is to place the chocolate chips in a large glass or metal mixing bowl on top of a saucepan half-filled with water, set over low heat. Stir intermittently, using a rubber spatula or whisk, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in coconut oil. Let sit until relatively cool to the touch.
4. In the bowl of a high-powered food processor put about ¼ of the frozen bananas and process. Adding all at once may be too much for the processor. Keep adding frozen bananas a few at a time and let process until they become a smooth creamy soft serve consistency. This could be anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the food processor. Once the consistency is reached, scoop out into serving dishes. Top with magic shell coating and candied bacon crumbles.

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my blog, so read it maybe?


This guest post was written by Vanessa Barajas of Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind. You can find her on the web or socially on the following sites: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Famous Clean Eating Italian Sausage Spinach Meatloaf by Yoga in Heels



I'm a huge fan of taking restaurant meals and making them healthier. I found this Italian Sausage meatloaf at Murphy's Restaurant, one of my favorite dinner spots in Atlanta, and made it cleaner by taking out the breadcrumbs and cheese they had packed in. I serve it with a little homemade marinara sauce and green beans. It's so good, my mom even calls me and requests it once a month! Enjoy!

ITALIAN SAUSAGE SPINACH MEATLOAF

Ingredients:
1/3 c. olive oil
1 lg. onion
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (add more for more spice)
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach (pkg. thawed, squeeze out water)
2 lb. ground lean pork
1 lb. Italian style sausage
3 eggs, beaten

Directions:
1. In skillet, heat olive oil over high heat. Add onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low and cook covered until onion is soft.
2. Mix eggs in bowl, add spinach to egg mixture, this will act as the glue that holds the meatloaf together. Add onion, garlic, and seasoning mixture to spinach and eggs.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine spinach, beef and sausage. Knead with hands until throughout mixed.
4. Form meat into large round meatloaf and bake for about 1 1/2 hours.

Great with warmed tomato sauce and green beans on the side!

Serves 4-6 people


This guest post was written by Donna Burke of YogainHeels.com.
You can find her on the web or socially on the following sites: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

{30 Minutes or Less} Quick and Easy Eat Clean Dinner Roundup


Did you see our Quick and Easy Eat Clean Breakfast Roundup yesterday? We know that dinner is hard too with extracurrular activies starting back up and soon it will start getting dark much earlier. It just seems like there is never enough time in the day! That is why we wanted to roundup our favorite recipes that take 30 minutes or less!

Note: Recipes are in no particular order.










Enjoy!
- Whitney


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quick and Easy Eat Clean Breakfast Roundup

 


Getting ourselves out the door in the morning isn't easy. Throw some kids and your spouse into the mix and that task gets even harder! Try these easy-to-make (many of them can and should be made the night before for maximum efficiency) recipes to keep your family fueled even when you have no time in the mornings!

It's our Quick and Easy Eat Clean Breakfast RoundUp! 

Note: Recipes are in no particular order.











Enjoy!
Tiffany

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

5 Tips for Busy Moms to Squeeze in Exercise


Whether you are chasing a toddler around your house, shuffling your school-aged children from school to after-school activities and sports practices and games, or taking care of your grandchildren, the roles every mother plays at any given time leave little to no time for themselves. I'll be the first to tell you that between chasing my little one around (now 15 months), working 4-6 hours every day from home, keeping my house somewhat organized and clean, and maintaining my relationship with Jim, it's hard! However, I do make time for fitness and I'm here to tell you - it's possible!

Here are my Top 5 Tips for Busy Moms to Squeeze in Exercise:

1. Take a deep breath and smile, you are not Superwoman.
Yep, that's right. You need to breathe. And smile. When you start to get overwhelmed and aren't sure how you are going to get anything done, let alone actually workout and spend sometime on yourself, take a deep breath and smile. You will figure it out sooner and more efficiently if you are calm and less worked up.

2. Schedule your workout and fitness time and get in a routine.
Even if your schedule changes day to day, sit down for 2-3 minutes in the morning (maybe while your children are eating breakfast) and schedule your day. If you have an idea of what your day really "looks like" on paper, it's easier to find opportunities for fitting in some "you" time.

3. Utilize breaks in your schedule to your advantage.
I was once told by a mom that she ran while her daughter was at gymnastics practice. I've held on to that because I've been there - I've taken my niece to ballet class only to sit there and watch through the miniature window. Why?!? They weren't doing anything overly special that day and it wasn't like I could see much anyway. Who needs to sit when you could go outside for 30-45 minutes and get your workout on?

4. Get help if it's available.
Before I had Bryce, I would workout with one of my friends that has 2 children. We would purposely drive to a facility 30 minutes away to workout so she could drop her children off with her mom for an hour and a half while we worked out. Some days, her and her neighbor would swap off watching the children. If you have this option - use it! If your gym has a daycare facility (like mine), you really eliminate some excuses.

5. Leave the "Mommy-Guilt" behind.
Don't let the "Mommy-Guilt" get you! This one might be the hardest for me, especially if I feel like Bryce hasn't gotten "enough" attention from me for the day, but it's important that you take care of you. After all, if you don't feel good, you won't be able to give your best to your little ones. Check that guilt at the door and go get your sweat on!

What's your best tip for the busy mom that still wants her time to exercise and keep fitness a priority in their life?

Good luck ladies! You can do this!
Tiffany

Monday, August 25, 2014

12-Minute Rise & Shine Workout


No time to workout? Think again! We know it's hard with school starting back (some have already started!) but now is the best time to get into a routine! Establish the habit of making time for yourself - even if it is just a short at-home workout some days! Do this 12-Minute Rise & Shine Workout and get your heart pumping before you get your day started.

- The Gang

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