Citrus and Mint Vinaigrette with Omega 3

Citrus and Mint Vinaigrette with Omega 3

My friends at PurePharma have been coming out with some pretty awesome products lately, and when I heard that they were launching a liquid Omega 3 I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I've talked a lot about fish oil in the past. It's one of the supplements I swear by and highly recommend. Most of the nutrients we need to thrive we get easily by consuming a healthy diet. However, heart healthy Omega-3 is often one we lack if we aren’t eating a lot of oily fish. Specifically things like salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel or trout. I love salmon and eat it quite often. And f you eat Omega-3 rich foods on a regular basis you may not need a supplement. However, if you don’t, or if you’re an athlete, you may need a little bit more. Omega-3 can help to prevent inflammation, enhance recovery and improve endurance performance. So basically I never miss a dose! 

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Tostones with Grilled Shrimp, Creamy Chimichurri and Mango Salsa

Tostones with Grilled Shrimp, Creamy Chimichurri and Mango Salsa

I love tostones. They're delicious. They're crunchy and they remind me of a better version of chips. But I don't eat out that much so I rarely have them. I was looking at some green plantains at the grocery store the other day and suddenly I found myself buying them and dreaming about making tostones when I got home. I wanted to make some sauces to go with them and then I decided I'd add a little protein via shrimp and the next thing I knew I had this beautiful appetizer. I will be making these for any and every party I'm invited to because they turned out better than I even imagined. And don't be intimidated, they're actually super easy to make. 

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SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH RANCH DRESSING

SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH RANCH DRESSING

It is officially day 4 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox. Say what?! Only day 4?! Wholly crap! That's how I feel about that. I mean seriously, for the past few months I feel like my life has just been flying by and I can't slow down time, and now, well now it feels like it's at a standstill. So there you go, if you're at a point in your life where you'd just like to slow things down, do a sugar detox. The days will feel much longer than they actually are. But seriously, this is hard. But I knew they would be when I started. Day 1 was awesome, day 2 was pretty good, but last night on day 3 I just wanted to raid the fridge for anything sweet. I mean anything! Normally I'd let myself have some dark chocolate, or dried fruit, and on occasion I would bake some paleo treats, but I seriously wanted anything sweet. Like an apple with almond butter was just screaming my name. But I prevailed and had my spaghetti squash with ground turkey and tomato sauce and went to bed like a good little girl. Am I going to be able to make it the whole 21 days though? It seems like a lifetime right now! Okay it's time to stop being such a baby. I know a lot of people have done the 21 Day Sugar Detox and been successful, and I deserve to be successful as well. I am having fun trying new recipes for lunch and dinner and hope their deliciousness keeps you on track as well should you decide to embark on a similar journey. I'm pretty excited to see what happens once I get past the cravings. I didn't sleep well the first 2 nights, but I slept better last night. And I already feel incredibly less sluggish and faster at the gym. I think it still might get worse before it gets better, but I'm ready to take it head on. So if you think you're tough enough then give it a go join me so we can support one another. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day. I'm off to get a massage and bask in the sunshine, so excited it's going to be in the 70's today!

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TACO SEASONING AND MY 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX

TACO SEASONING AND MY 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX

Good morning and hello sugar hangover. Omg! I've probably mentioned this before, but I have a bit of a sugar addiction. And well, it was full blown yesterday. Thursday = my rest day from the gym = the day I experiment with paleo treats in the kitchen = a disaster for my stomach. Sometimes I manage to control myself, but yesterday was a different story. I started snacking on some dark chocolate, then gobbling down some paleo chocoalte chip cookies I'd made for a friend and next think you know I was pulling out the coconut ice cream I bought for "special occasions" it was OUT OF HAND! Needless to say, when I woke up this morning I felt bloated, tired and had a massive headache.

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PALEO HUMMUS

PALEO HUMMUS

They say when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Well I'm not saying I've been handed lemons, but I am in a bit of a life limbo at the moment. One of my favorite songs says "don't worry 'bout what you don't know, life's a dance you learn as you go." I know this is true, but the unknown can sure be frustrating. Do you believe in psychics? I wish I did, because I'd be all over that. Well maybe not. What if my future isn't so bright? Just kidding, it is, because those lemons are going to be the best lemonade you've ever tasted, and I'll be sure to blog the recipe for you when I make it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that no matter where you are in life, enjoy it, because you won't get this time back. Right now I absolutely love training and seeing what my body is capable of. And I also love cooking and blogging for you. So for now I might not have a boyfriend, I might not know where I want to live in this world, I might not know what career path I want to take, but I do know that I'm happy, and I know that you will continue to benefit from my trials and multiple errors in the kitchen, so if you do nothing else, just be sure to come back to my blog when you need something healthy and insanely delicious to eat!

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TROYS FAMOUS SEASONING

TROYS FAMOUS SEASONING

This recipe comes to you from my crossfit trainer. He uses it to season both meat and vegetables. I have used it several times now and just love it! So I thought I'd share the recipe. The picture below is of roasted vegetables that my trainer served at one of our crossfit competitions and they were absolutely delicious in this seasoning.

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AVOCADO AND MANGO SALAD WITH ORANGE VINAIGRETTE

AVOCADO AND MANGO SALAD WITH ORANGE VINAIGRETTE

This is a yummy salad that my mom made when I was visiting home last. It was so tasty I had to share the recipe. The only issue is that the vinaigrette was made with passion fruit juice concentrate, and I had a look at the label and its full of added sweeteners. I've made it again with orange juice concentrate (which still might be a little iffy for a stick paleo follower) but at least there aren't any added sugars. Be sure to check the label when you buy yours, and feel free to try it with fresh squeezed orange juice and let me know how it turns out! This recipe is modified from epicurious.

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