Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cinnamon Vanilla Sweet Potato Bites

This is another one of our favorite sweet potato recipes!  It's similar to our Sweet-Sweet Potato Cubes but the vanilla adds a little something extra to make these even better!

2 Sweet Potatoes
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract (avoid HFCS)
Cinnamon, to taste
Truvia (optional), to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash and chop sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
3. Place sweet potato cubes on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
4. Sprinkle remaining ingredients over sweet potatoes.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
6. Take out and flip or shake potatoes and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

He and She Tip: You could also whisk together all wet ingredients before adding them to the sweet potatoes.


- Whitney

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ballet-inspired At-Home Workout Circuit

Today's workout is a ballet-inspired circuit workout that requires NO equipment and can be done at home. This will take you back to your childhood, whether you danced or just dreamed of dancing. I am really excited about this workout because it more about toning your muscles in a lengthening sort of way vs straight muscle building. Have fun with it and break a sweat while you are at it. 

Have fun!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chicken Stir-Fry

You start eating clean and you think that you will never enjoy some of your "old" favorite foods. Don't fret! This SUPER clean Chicken Stir Fry is even better than the original!


Chicken Stir-Fry
based on the recipe from The AutoImmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott, NTP (pg 231)

2 TBSP coconut oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1.5-in piece of ginger, peeled and minced
3 carrots, thinly diagonally sliced
1 lb broccoli, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c coconut aminos
2 c mushrooms, chopped
2 c cooked shredded chicken breast
1 TBSP lemon juice

1. Liquefy the coconut oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat.
2. Add the onion and cook for approximately 5 minutes until onions are almost clear. Stir often.
3. Add garlic and ginger to the pan and saute for approximately 1 minute.
4. Add carrots, broccoli, salt and coconut aminos. Cook for 10 minutes, covered, stirring on occasion.
5. Remove lid and add mushrooms, cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
6. Add cooked shredded chicken, stirring to combine and bring all ingredients to the same temperature. Squeeze lemon juice over stir-fry once it reaches desired temperature.

Not sure what coconut aminos are? The best thing EVER. Well... close to it! They are an amazing alternative to soy sauce. With about 1/4 of the sodium of the lower sodium soy sauce and the obvious, NO SOY, coconut aminos have all the taste with none of the bad stuff!

What is your favorite Asian food dish?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

5 Ways to Increase Variety with Clean Eating

Eating clean doesn't mean that you are locked into a lifestyle where you eat the same meals every day or even each week. (Of course, if you would prefer that, you are more than welcome to do so.) Adopting the clean eating lifestyle can provide as much variety as no dietary restrictions.

As soon as we start talking to people, a few will mention that they have a hard time sticking with clean eating because they got sick of eating the same thing week after week. If you are they type of person that enjoys trying new foods, why pigeon-hole yourself into a situation you won't WANT to stick with! There are countless possibilities for foods when eating clean - don't get in a rut!

Jim and I rarely have the same meal twice in a month or two! How do we do it? We follow these 5 rules when we plan our shopping lists and menus for the week:
  1. Try at least three new recipes per week. Think breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides, dessert, shakes, protein bars, etc. 
  2. Try 1 vegetable that you haven't tried each week. If you have tried them all, find a new way to cook a more "rare" vegetable.
  3. Have a theme day, not just a theme night. This will force you to cook a certain food a particular way, including your breakfast, lunch, dinner and side dishes. Think Mexican, Italian, etc.
  4. Let your spouse, children or a friend choose one of their favorite dishes for a weekly meal. It may be the same as last meal, but if others are excited about it, it will make eating it more appetizing.
  5. Set a rule in your home for how many times you will repeat a meal (perhaps during food prep) per week. For example, if you make Salsa Chicken this week, you cannot make it again for 2 weeks. 
How do you increase variety week to week while still eating clean?
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