CHOCOLATE CHIP CRANBERRY N'OATMEAL COOKIES

CHOCOLATE CHIP CRANBERRY N'OATMEAL COOKIES

Well I've been on a bit of a cookie kick lately. Probably because I've made them for my teammates a few times now and they've started to expect them when I turn up for training. I also bribe Mark Bell with them so he'll teach me how to powerlift. It seems to be working. He helped me bench press 200lbs over the weekend and made a really nice video about my deadlift. I think he referred to my form as "a dog crapping on a front lawn" you can check it out here: Fixing Ashley Beaver's Deadlift. Other then that my life has been busy with work and training. I've been training at WarriorZ CrossFit in Elk Grove on their Caffeine and Kilos NorCal Regional team. It's been an amazing experience to say the least. The athletes I've had the pleasure of working with are experienced, knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be around. We push each other, coach one anther, and hang out when we're finished. I couldn't ask for a more supportive group of friends to be training with every day. I made these cookies for a BBQ we had last weekend. Considering the fact that they were gone in 2 seconds, I'm gonna say they were liked somewhat. So you'll probably want to make them. Enjoy and happy weekend!

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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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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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CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

Well I've been a bit MIA lately. I've been making some life changing plans, so my culinary explorations have been on the back burner a bit. I do have some new recipes in the works though so I'm looking forward to sharing them with you. This weekend I did try out these yummy muffins to share with my fellow Tough Mudder competitors and thought you might enjoy them as well. I did the mud run in Sydney yesterday with about 20 others from my crossfit gym and omg was it hard! 20km of mud, obstacles, trail running and more mud. Needless to say I'm hurting today, my feet just want to fall off and my legs are screaming at me. I'm glad I can say I've done it, but I would never do it again! It was painful. If you have a team to do it with though it is a pretty awesome experience and I'd recommend doing it once for sure. Anyway, hope you didn't miss me too much. On with the recipe.

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STICKY APPLE BARS

STICKY APPLE BARS

Just found out that these bars are from PaleOMG. Now I'm dreaming about them. They were seriously so good! If you haven't read my post for the Raw Brownie Bars, than I'll just quickly reiterate that I didn't actually make these myself, a friend did and they were probably one of the best things I've tasted, so I had to share! Ps I hate this no sugar challenge! I haven't even finished one week yet. Last night I had dreams about sugar. I guess I really am an addict. Hoping this gets easier. In the meantime, everyone else enjoy these.

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SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

Happy Friday! My favourite day of the week.  Love kicking the weekend off. So I apologise for being on a bit of a dessert spree lately.  I made a lot of these a while back, and as I'm following whole30 right now, I can only dream about these delicious treats. Also, my diet has been a bit boring lately, I'm making large meals on the weekend and eating the same thing all week out of convenience and to keep me on track! I'm going to try to come up with some new whole30 meals this weekend though so hopefully I'll have some good stuff to share with you next week. This recipe is yet another from PaleOMG. I love making her recipes because I know they'll always turn out fantastic!

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CASHEW CHEESECAKE

CASHEW CHEESECAKE

Success!  I did a one armed handstand on the kettlebell today.  Just in case you were all hanging on the edge of your seats waiting to hear how I went this morning (which I'm sure you weren't).  But hey, it makes a nice Facebook profile picture haha.  I spent the rest of my day lounging around the house, cooking and watching movies.  Pretty lame for a Saturday, but it was freezing cold in Sydney today!  Not really worth going out.  Can summer get here already!  So todays recipe is something I made last week and adapted from My New Roots (since I'm following whole30 right now I unfortunately can't eat this) but in 25 more days you can bet this will be one of the first things I make again, it's so good!

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TURKEY BURGERS WITH TASTY SAUCE

TURKEY BURGERS WITH TASTY SAUCE

This recipes is a bit reminiscent.  My mom and I made this for dinner when I was visiting California in June and it's become one of my favourite things to make.  So simple but so tasty (which is why my sauce is simply called "tasty" sauce).  Dig in!

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