NUT BARS

NUT BARS

I felt the need to share this recipe because they're incredibly delicious. That's reason enough right? My mom got me hooked on these nut bars that she used to buy at the grocery store (yes I ate store bought bars) until I realized they weren't the best thing for me to be eating and I needed to find a healthier alternative. I tried to tell myself they were okay, they're gluten free, and just a bunch of nuts stuck together, how bad can it be? Until I read the nutrition label and it said they were glued together with Sugar, Corn Syrup, Yellow Corn Flour and Corn Oil. Eek! So I came across this recipe from Deliciously Organic and decided to give it a shot. They were so good I made a batch for a friend who was helping me with some wrist and back issues during the CrossFit Open, and she loved them so much she made them for her friend as well. So yes, they're awesome. And I'm assuming that's all the convincing you needed right? Good, because I have to get back to work now. Enjoy!

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SAMOA COOKIE BARS

SAMOA COOKIE BARS

There's so much I want to tell you, yet nothing seems to want to travel from my brain to the keyboard. I don't know what's happening. So this is either going to be a short post, or a ramble, but either way I won't be hurt if you jump ahead to this bomb recipe. A friend of mine from the gym found a photo on facebook of some insanley delicous looking samoa brownie cookie chocolately heavenly like bars and asked me if I could make them paleo. And since I love her, I did it. It was torture though because I wanted to eat all of them, but I couldn't because I'm doing the whole30 right now, but I'm on day 27! So that's exciting right? Not really when you have these starring you in the face, but it's all good. And I mean who does a 21 Day Sugar Detox, straight into a whole30? Crazy people thats who. And yes I know I'm slightly crazy, it's no secret. So anyway that's that. What else is happening in my life? Since you're all dying to know. We're doing the CrossFit open competition and luckily I'm competing on a very beastly team because I sprained my wrist last week and it's ruined my hopes and dreams of dominating the leaderboard. Okay, it hasn't ruined my hopes and dreams, but it does suck. We were working on a 3 rep max hang clean and on my third one my elbow collided with my knee sending 195 lbs of force onto my wrist. Yes it was devastating. I managed to tape the crap out of it and get 8 muscle ups on last weeks workout, but this week doing cleans was not fun. I did a decent amount, but I had to be extremely cautious on each one. So when you see me fall off the leaderboard you will know why, but like I said, my team kicks ass so I'm not worried. I'll be well rested by regionals and probably more fit than I would be if I hadn't sprained my wrist. Strange I know, but I'm a pretty crappy runner, and I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of running the next few weeks. So be scared, I'm coming for you.

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STUFFED DATES

STUFFED DATES

I've been trying to think of some yummy Easter sweets to make, and how to best paleofy them. This has proved to be a bit torturous as I'm currently whole 3oing, but since I'm currently on day 21  I've managed to stay strong. Although I will most likely celebrate with a little sweet on day 30, I'm not craving them like I normally would be and I've never felt better! If you're curious as to what the whole 30 is I suggest you check out whole9 and read their book It Starts With Food. In a nutshell (and a very Ashley abbreviated paraphrase) the whole 30 is 30 days eating strict paleo with the idea that we should be eating three balanced meals a day and limit snacking. A big part of the whole 30 is overcoming your cravings for certain things like sweets or pizza or whatever your weakness might be and also to really understand what type of foods affect your body in certain ways. That's why you cut out all grains, dairy, legumes and sweeteners because they are known to cause allergies, inflammation disease and much more. After the 30 days you can reintroduce certain food types one at a time to see how they directly affect you. It's awesome. I have more energy, I'm sleeping great, and I'm losing weight. Who wouldn't love all of these things to happen to them? Seriously, just do it. You're body with thank you. Okay back to my Easter sweet treat talk, since that's probably what you're more excited about. I came up with this recipe when I was frosting my carrot cake muffins because the frosting was so delicious and I had extra dates lying around. I thought, this would be freaking amazing together. I decided to make the frosting a bit less frosting like and a bit more nut buttery, and bam, easy and delicious stuffed dates for any party. Enjoy!

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CARROT CAKE MUFFINS

CARROT CAKE MUFFINS

So I made a joke on Instagram that I wouldn't share this recipe until I found my future husband. But then I realized you'd probably be waiting a very long time. So I'll just give it to you anyway. However, if you take advantage of this delicious recipe, you can pay me back by setting me up with any hot single men you might know. You know where to find me, all forms of social media are right there to the right, just chose one and contact me. I'll be waiting patiently. What else can I tell you? The crossfit open competition just started. I've been spending my days training like a beast, and my nights chillin' like a grandma in the hopes that I will be at least adequate against the insane athletes taking over this sport. Seriously, where are these monsters coming from? My life is the gym (hence why I need you to find me a boyfriend) and I still feel inadequate. And I really don't know what to expect with this first workout. I mean its 17 minutes of burpees and snatches! Okay, burpees and snatches? Fine. 17 minutes? Shoot me! I'm a sub 5 minute kind of WODer. Hopefully my inner beast will kick in and some bundled up form of endurance which I've still yet to find will magically appear. That would be ideal at least. Good luck if your competing in the open, or good job if you've already pushed yourself through this first WOD. You're an animal!

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