Archive for October, 2011

October 27, 2011

Paleo chewy coconut cookies!

I absolutely love baking cookies. I make awesome cookies, if I do say so myself. I used to have cookie baking marathons in my pre-paleo days:

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That’s a lot of cookies! Does it make me a hypocrite that I’ve continued to bake standard cookies full of white flour and sugar for my friends? Probably. But cookies make people happy and I like happy people!

Well I finally dabbled in baking paleo cookies today! HUGE SUCCESS!!!

I made paleo versions of these chewy coconut cookies, which I used to make frequently back in the day. I think I actually like these BETTER than the originals! Imagine that! Similar in taste to the coconut macaroons I made, but with much better texture and more depth of flavor. Soft, chewy, not too sweet, coconut-y, and super delicious!!! I think I outdid myself with this one! I think I might use coconut butter instead of oil next time for extra coconut flavor!

Paleo Coconut Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine wet ingredients, add dry ingredients, mix into dough. Roll dough into smaller than walnut sized balls, press down half way.  Makes about 12 cookies. I always line my cookie sheets with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. Bake for ~10 minutes! Make sure they cool before you attempt to remove them from the pan because they fall apart when warm.

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October 26, 2011

Paleo blueberry banana pancakes, attempt #1

I’ve never been a fan of pancakes, even in my pre-paleo days. I never liked the mushy/fluffy/soft texture. But constantly eating some combination of eggs, meat, and veggies for breakfast does get boring after a while. So I decided to make paleo pancakes the other day! As usual, I didn’t bother using a recipe and just threw some ingredients together: coconut flour, coconut milk, egg, mashed banana, cinnamon, blueberries, walnut oil, baking powder, and cooked with coconut oil. It was tasty but SUPER mushy. It can’t qualify as a cake of any sort. Panmush! I think I put too much coconut milk and coconut flour. Coconut flour absorbs liquids sooo well that I kept pouring coconut milk to get something resembling a batter more than dough. I think next time I’ll use a mix of coconut flour and almond flour and use much less liquid. And make waffles. Waffles are way better than pancakes!

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Now for a breakfast success! I made my shrimp and chives omelette in scramble form. 2 eggs, 4 shrimp, zucchini, mushroom, and chives. I was out of both shallots and onions.
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October 24, 2011

Post-“Filthy Fifty” Shrimp and Chives Omelette

I’m still here! I haven’t posted this last week because I’ve been both really busy and really lazy. I was pretty much eating the same thing every day and then I had a major addiction to Lindt Lindor Truffles (I mean it was disgusting how fast I went through the Costco sized bag). Yum. I’ve loved them my entire life. I remember breaking a tooth on frozen Lindt truffles when I was 3. Paid absolutely no attention to my nutrition or eating for the week, I just ate whatever was convenient and available. I’d say i was maybe 60% paleo the whole week?

I went to Crossfit last Monday and I remember feeling good. That was before my eating went down hill. Jumped out of planes on Tuesday and Sunday. On Wednesday I went climbing and flew in the tunnel for a bit. That was the extent of my activities for the week because I had a lot going on with school and life. Saturday was Barbells for Boobs: Amazing Grace at my Crossfit box. I did “Grace” (30 clean and jerks for time) in 1:57. I was super tired and had a sore shoulder so I only did the bar (45#), which was obviously too easy for me. I felt increasingly fatigued as the week went on.

Today I feel like I’m back on track and am motivated to eat good food again. I made it to Crossfit for the worst workout ever!

“Filthy Fifty”

  • 50 box jumps 20″
  • 50 jumping pull ups
  • 50 kettlebell swings, 1 pood (I used the 26lb)
  • 50 walking lunges
  • 50 knees to elbows (scaled down to the ones on the ground)
  • 50 push presses (I did 25lbs instead of 35lbs)
  • 50 back extensions (did supermans instead)
  • 50 wall balls (14lbs)
  • 50 burpees (kill me now, worst part of the workout by far)
  • 50 double-unders
Even with several exercises scaled down, it kicked my ass! I can’t believe I even finished the workout (and in 28:29!) because I felt awful by the 10th box jump and continued to feel worse and worse. I just had so little energy! I felt weak, tired, and had no endurance. Food is most definitely fuel for the body. I didn’t eat the best and my performance suffered. Definitely motivated me to eat well again!
Off to a great start today!
A post-WOD fresh coconut is seriously the most amazing thing.

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Shrimp and Chives Omelette
I love when my food experiments turn out really, really good. I just threw this together for breakfast.

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 mushroom (I used baby portabella), chopped
~2 Tbsp chopped shallots
4 shrimp, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
~1/2 cup chives

In a small pan, melt oil and cook mushroom and shallots. Add shrimp. When shrimp is half cooked, add eggs. Add chives in the last moment so that it just wilts as you fold the omelette.

I didn’t season it at all, it honestly didn’t need anything else. I absolutely loved the flavor and aroma of the fresh chives (from the garden!). SOOOO GOOOOOD. Side of uncured, sugarless bacon.

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I also ate some almonds and mango as a snack after breakfast.

I’m determined to get back to normal habits this week and blog more! Except it’s Seattle Restaurant Week and now that I have time for dinner again, I have dinner plans M-Th. Since they’re prix-fixe 3 course meals, I’m pretty sure I’ll definitely be eating some non-paleo food. Lots of restaurant week related posts to come!

October 16, 2011

Tunnel and paleo success in Utah!

I’m back! I had the most amazing time in Utah! Visited an old skating friend I’ve known since I was 9 and flew all day at iFly Utah in Ogden, UT for 3 days straight! I am already suffering from withdrawal. Looks like I’ll have to visit iFly Seattle this week!

I’ve always mentioned how fast I recover from any sort of physical activity now that I eat paleo. Tunnel flying was no exception. I could just keep going and going and not be sore or run out of energy. To the point where people were wondering if I was even human. I hear “machine” used to describe me a lot these days. Being able to recover fast was integral to my learning at tunnel camp. I learned SOOO much and I don’t know how I would have been able to continue learning had I burnt out at any point. Another reason to eat paleo!

I can finally fly head down by myself!!! I had the most amazing experience in Ogden and am so in love with this tunnel for numerous reasons. Many thanks to Dusty for being a fantastic coach and to Ted and Eric for being so supportive! I can’t believe I accomplished all my goals for this trip!
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I was rather successful in staying paleo during my 4 days in Utah, especially compared to my other tunnel trips so far. Aside from a few bites of pizza, one bite of chocolate cake, and an incident with a bit of cornbread after a couple of drinks, I did awesome. I ate sooo many Larabars during my 3 days at the tunnel. There was a little protein shake and bars store in the Gold’s Gym right next to the tunnel that carried Larabars. It was seriously a lifesaver because I needed to refuel frequently and didn’t always have time for a meal.

Cochinita PibilSonora Grill, Ogden, UT
“Slow-roasted pork dish originating from the Yucatan peninsula. Pork is marinated in citrus juice, seasoned with achiote, cloves, cinnamon and cumin, wrapped in banana leaf and slowly roasted until tender. Served with coconut rice, pickled onions, sour cream, cilantro and your choice of flour or corn tortillas.” No rice, no sour cream, and no tortillas. This was pretty salty and definitely would have tasted better with a lot of veggies!
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Crab Stuffed Whole Trout – Mariott, Ogden
“Prosciutto wrapped Idaho trout, pecan brown butter, steamed potatoes & seasonal veggies” – No potatoes. I split half of this with a friend and ate half of his steak. I decided that I don’t love cooked prosciutto and I didn’t eat much of the pecan brown butter because it did nothing for the dish. Definitely gave me more ideas for cooking fish though!
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Steak and Eggs – Mariott, Ogden
Need I say more? No toast, thank you!
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Monterey SaladIggy’s Sports Grill, Ogden
I believe Iggy’s is a chain in Utah because I saw one in SLC as well. This was a pretty good salad! I should definitely make more salads at home, I forgot how much I love them! “Blackened chicken over spinach & romaine topped with asparagus tips, roma tomato, bermuda onions, avocado, artichoke hearts and egg with house dressing.” No dressing. I didn’t have to change anything else! Amazing! Salads taste so much better without dressing, in my opinion.
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Iggy’s Sausilito Chicken – Iggy’s
“Sauteed breast strips with garlic cream, fresh basil, onion, artichokes and pinenuts, served with rice and vegetables” No garlic cream, no rice, extra veggies. This was good! Exactly what I needed after a long day at the tunnel. Definitely gave me ideas to make something at home.
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Breakfast buffet at the Mariott
Bowl of pineapple and grapes, few strips of bacon (only ate one because it wasn’t good), turkey sausage patties, and an omelette from the made to order omelette station! The omelette: eggs, ham, sausage, mushroom, onion, green peppers, and salsa. Good way to start the day!
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Sonora Salad – Sonora Grill
“Roasted chicken breast, panela cheese, pineapple, avocado slices, cotija cheese and pico de gallo on a bed of chopped romaine lettuce. Served with a side of avocado cream dressing.” No cheeses. The dressing is apparently dairy and gluten free, but I didn’t know what oil was used. Not that I like dressing so I just tasted it. This was really good! I was actually impressed with how great it looked and it tasted just like all those fresh flavors should! Definitely making this at home!
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Cobb Salad – Iggy’s
“Chopped lettuce with diced chicken, bacon, egg, avocado, bleu cheese crumbles, black olives, pepperjack cheese and tomato with bleu cheese dressing.” No cheeses, no dressing. I also asked for no olives (don’t like them), but they came anyway. I find that cobb salad is pretty standard and easy to make paleo, so it’s an easy choice when eating out.
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Odelay OmeletteThe Park Cafe, Salt Lake City
My last meal in Utah! My friend who lives in SLC played tour guide all morning and told me this was THE place for breakfast there. It was definitely good with very reasonable prices! “3-egg omelettes served with Park potatoes and toast…Sausage, mushrooms, onions, cheddar cheese, & salsa.” No cheese, no potatoes, no toast, substitute side of tomatoes. I rediscovered my love for omelettes on this trip. Takes a bit more work than scrambles, but I know I can make a good omelette!
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My friend took me to “This Is the Place” and briefly told me about what Mormon history she knows. She’s not Mormon, but since SLC is so Mormon, she learned all about it when she moved there. This Is the Place is where the Mormons escaping persecution ended up and said “this is the place” to settle down. Or something like that. Beautiful views!
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Salt Lake from the plane!
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It’s nice being back in my own bed, but I’m already trying to plan a return trip! I haven’t been to Crossfit for a week since  I took Tues and Wed off last week to save my body for tunnel flying. I’m pretty excited to go back tomorrow! I’ve been craving an intense WOD all week!!

 

 

 

 

October 12, 2011

Super crabby crab cakes!

Greetings from Seatac Airport! I am blogging from my phone while waiting for my plane to SLC. I’m visiting one of my skating friends (we’ve known each other since we were 10!) and getting lots of tunnel time at iFly Utah! I definitely need this vacation.

I skipped Crossfit yesterday and today so that I wouldn’t be sore for the tunnel. It was a struggle to NOT go. Apparently I’ve developed this sick need to be in constant pain? Feels kinda weird not being sore anywhere! Of course that will change in the next few days. Flying is definitely a workout!

I made myself this huge snack plate the other day. It was really more of a lunch. Prosciutto, smoked salmon, kale chips (which I made and did not care for), almonds, apples, carrots, and celery! I’ve never liked chips of any sort, so I’m not sure why I thought I’d like kale chips! I had to use the bunch of kale from last week’s CSA box. It was kale pieces shaken in a ziploc bag of with a tablespoon of olive oil and sea salt, then baked in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes.
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My very crabby crab cakes!
I did not use a recipe and just threw this together with awesome results! Sooo good! As good if not better than crab cakes I’ve had at restaurants! And these are paleo! I bought crab meat from Costco, it came in a 16oz container packed in salt, not frozen. Very high quality crab meat in large chunks.

I’ve attempted to provide a recipe:
– 8oz crab meat
– 1/2 cup total: sautéed diced mix of onion, celery, carrot, green onion
– 1tsp minced garlic
– 3 little squirts of Annie’s organic Dijon mustard, maybe like 1.5 tsp?
– cayenne pepper and black pepper
– 1 large egg yolk
– 1/4cup almond meal (half in the mix, the other half saved to coat the formed crab cakes)

Makes 3 big crab cakes. Cooked in olive oil. Served with roasted butternut squash.

Soooo goooood!!!

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Airport eats! Anthony’s at Seatac is such a paleo friendly restaurant. Last time I had the rockfish. Today I tried the mango shrimp cobb salad! I asked for no bleu cheese (they made a mistake and gave me cheese) and no wontons with dressing on the side (not eaten, just tasted). It was filling and I enjoyed it! Amazing airport food!!
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Time to board! Hope to stay paleo at SLC and Ogden!

October 10, 2011

My hydrostatic body fat test results

I’ve been ridiculously busy lately. This was my schedule yesterday, it wouldn’t have been so bad except I had to be in 4 different cities in one day with lots of driving in between:

  • 8-8:45  Crossfit
  • 9:30-11 Bikram yoga
  • 11:15 Buy coconuts at Asian grocery store
  • 11:40-1:30 Home to relax and eat
  • 2-2:15 Body fat test
  • 3-4:20 School
  • 5:30-6 Coach ice skating basic skills class
  • 6-6:30 Skate
  • 7 Finally home!

But I do enjoy being busy, I find that I am way more productive.

I got my body fat tested in a truck! Check out the calendar on www.bodyfattest.com to see if there’s a mobile lab in your city.  It was a super quick process. Step on a scale for weight, measure height, then into the tank you go! You submerge yourself and blow out ALL the air in your lungs so that they can get an accurate measurement. Apparently air shows up as fat. It takes a few seconds and you do it a few times. You’re advised not to eat for at least two hours before because it can affect your results by up to 1.5%, but I had to eat. If you see my schedule, I had no time to eat otherwise!

Findings:
– I’ve gained 10lbs from my lowest weight (<120lbs) back in May!!
– I’m not 5’6″, I am 5’5″?!
– I am 12.3% body fat!!! This puts me at the 95th percentile with a rating of ‘healthy range.
– My resting metabolic rate was estimated to be 1618 calories a day.

12.3%!?!? The tester had me guess what my percentage would be and asked where I’d want to be. I thought I’d be around 20% and that I’d want to be around 15%. He told me Baskin Robins was around the corner if I wanted to be 15%. No, thanks! Apparently I am right up there with top endurance athletes that he tests! Crazy!!!

It totally made my day and I felt validated as an athlete or something. I had noticed weight gain in the last couple months and I thought it was mostly due to having some rocky eating days. But I had definitely increased my activity level so I guess a lot of it was muscle? My clothes still fit despite the weight gain, so I should’ve known. So where do I go from 12.3%? Maintain? Reduce? I guess I’ll just keep pursuing my fitness goals and see where I end up.

In other news, I’ve renewed my membership at the climbing gym and went the other day after a month away. My hands were burning and my forearms weren’t too happy, but I did feel stronger overall. I didn’t have to downgrade as much as I thought I would! Can’t wait to climb regularly again! I’ve also really missed skating and plan on going a few times a week. So many activities, so little time!

When I’m busy, I don’t have much time to cook. Lots of simple food lately!

Ground buffalo, bacon, onion, egg scramble with avocado, pico de gallo, and jalapeños

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Seared ahi tuna during happy hour at Ivar’s
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Over medium eggs fried in coconut oil, jalapeno, pico de gallo, and avocado
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Chard, onion, garlic, and capers
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Grassfed ribeye and butternut squash baked fries
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Flat iron steak and eggs with avocado
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The fresh young coconuts I bought yesterday at an Asian grocery store! $1.49 each compared to $4 at health food stores!! For the exact same thing! I’m obsessed with these, can you tell?
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October 7, 2011

Remembering Our 10

Four years ago today, I lost 10 friends in a plane crash. I can’t believe that four years have passed, it somehow feels like I just saw them yesterday. My last memories with each of them remain vividly, timelessly alive. I am incredibly lucky to have known these 10 amazing people at their happiest as we laughed and jumped together. While the tragedy itself profoundly changed me and my life, it’s really the positive impact these people had on me that I recognize. I look forward to celebrating the lives of Our 10 with my skydiving family tonight. But I am still very sad and I feel grief all over again reading things that were written back then by myself and others.

The accident happened on 10/07/07, a couple weeks after I had returned from studying abroad for a month in West Africa. We were required to journal about our experience there and I wrote the following entry two days after the crash. Only a dozen people have read this until now. I guess I finally feel like it’s something I can share with the world.

10/09/07: I have just lost ten members of my skydiving family. I knew everyone on board the plane that went down over the Cascades on Sunday night. I am a complete wreck. The grief comes and goes in waves; I’m either hysterically crying or numb with devastation. I wrote in my journal about my return to skydiving after getting back from Africa. I was so happy to see my friends again at the dropzone. I still have Cecil’s shoes in my car because he let me borrow them after Landon made me lose a shoe on a jump. I have pictures with Hollie and Jeff on my phone after getting a bloody nose while jumping with them. Phil gave us extra altitude flying us up to 14,000 for Jeff and Landon’s 100th jumps. Then we pied the two of them as per tradition. These are some of my last memories of them. I am grateful to have shared the skies with them and can’t believe we won’t be flying together anymore.

But my memories and grief are irrelevant to my experience in Senegal and The Gambia. The juju I neglected to mention in my journal is relevant. I was supposed to be on that plane, or at least, I had asked to be on it. I was planning on going to Idaho with my friends for lots of jumping this past weekend. I spent the entire weekend jealous that I was stuck in rainy, gray Seattle while they were enjoying blue skies. I could have been on that plane.

Early in our last week in the Gambia, I went to Leif’s (our TA) room to reclaim the bucket my friend and I had purchased. I found Leif and Small Lamin (our local guide) talking and then Leif went to get the bucket. Then I asked Small Lamin what he and Leif were talking about and he told me Leif was getting jujus. I expressed interest and he explained some of the different kinds. I immediately wanted the one for protection against mass casualty accidents like plane/bus/train/car crashes. You see, one of my greatest fears is to be involved in any kind of crash. Small Lamin arranged things with Wandufa (the marabout, a spiritual leader) and I received my juju and ink water (a prayer is written on a board with special ink, washed away, and the water is collected) to drink and wash my hands/face. I was told to carry the juju everywhere with me and that it would protect me. That something would happen to prevent me from getting on the plane if it was going to crash. I told him about skydiving and he had no idea what I was talking about so I showed him a video on my phone. The look he gave me was priceless as I confirmed that the person thousands of feet above ground in the video was me. He kinda scares me for some reason. So it was interesting to have this Gambian marabout look at me like I was a lunatic and tell me that I was “special” and needed special extra protection. The next day I received much more ink water with which to shower my whole body and drink. He also gave me favorable news about my future.

I don’t consider myself superstitious. I don’t kiss my fingertips and touch my car ceiling when I make it through a yellow light. I don’t knock on wood regularly. I don’t have any special rituals before a competition. I don’t have lucky charms or numbers. But seeing how much Gambians believe in jujus, I thought it couldn’t hurt to invest a little belief in a juju for one of my greatest fears. I don’t have a religion, but I do consider myself somewhat spiritual because I do partially believe in every belief. This was one of them, as well as a bit of a souvenir. I have been carrying it with me at all times, moving it to and from my backpack, purses, pocket…

I had asked Michelle to save me a spot on the plane to Idaho while the trip was in its planning stages. I thought my spot was secured until 1.5 weeks ago when I asked Landon if Idaho was still happening. He found out that I wasn’t on the plane and had me call Michelle right away. Apparently the plane was full and I was the first person on the waitlist. Then last week Michelle contacted me saying Casey might not be able to go so that I could take his spot. I even considered flying Horizon Air to Idaho if things didn’t work out, but I decided to stay home since it was my mom’s birthday on Saturday anyway. And I never followed up with Michelle and I guess Casey was able to move his schedule around.

I painfully remember telling Ralph and Jeff in the plane up to altitude how I don’t feel comfortable taking that plane all the way to Idaho and back. They joked that we’d be fine and that we’ll just wear our rigs and jump out if something was wrong with the plane. I guess on the way home from an exhausting weekend, they weren’t prepared for emergency procedures? Or it happened too suddenly? I can’t even imagine, nor do I really want to.

I can’t believe all the skydivers+pilot I have mentioned here are gone. I miss them. I wish I could stop crying and start celebrating their lives, but I can’t yet. I can’t tell if I’m laughing or crying as I go through funny memories. Everything is just a blur of emotions.

Four years later I still have the juju. I just keep it in my wallet and forget about it. I was almost in a really bad car accident a couple years ago, but ended up flying off the road into the ONLY empty grass field in the entire area without a scratch or dent on me or my car. Was there a connection? My experience in the Gambia with the juju and the events that followed have definitely made me open up to the possibility of something greater than what I can sense.

Hopefully this post wasn’t depressing, but more inspiring or thought-provoking. Some things I’ve learned: Always tell your friends and family that you love them. Appreciate every single person that you encounter in life. Remember that life is precious and to live life to the fullest in the pursuit of happiness. Regardless of what happens after death, you live on forever in the memories of others. Most importantly, celebrate the lives of all of those before you, around you, and after you.

October 6, 2011

I made coconut macaroons!!!!!!!

And I’m obviously really excited about it!!! Thanks to a bad case of DOMS in my right bicep, I decided to take a rest day! Just my right bicepI have so much time to eat on my rest days that I end up grazing all day. I usually end up experimenting, too! So I made coconut macaroons! Yay for paleo baking! 🙂

Coconut Macaroons attempt #1
I never liked coconut until I started eating paleo. Now I love it. My tastes have changed so much! I used this recipe with all the appropriate paleo substitutions.

Ingredients:
1 large egg white
1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
(I didn’t have any almond extract.)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. I lined the baking sheet with foil and lightly greased it with coconut oil. Stirred all the ingredients together (adding the shredded coconut last). I chose to make about eight little walnut sized balls. Because the coconut palm sugar is brown, my macaroons were already golden brown. So I couldn’t really tell when they were done! I just left them in the oven for 15 minutes and they tasted done.

I’d definitely prefer flaked coconut over what I used, which was finely shredded and lent a gritty texture. It was the perfect amount of sweet even with the coconut being unsweetened.I enjoyed them. I prefer macaroons to be a bit more gooey? I’ll definitely be experimenting more in the near future!

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Now for a couple of meals from yesterday. I also ate some leftover roasted pork, prosciutto, a Larabar, and lots of fruit!

Buffalo Taco Salad
Not sure what else to call this. I had ground red bibb lettuce, ground buffalo, red onion, bacon, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, and avocado in my fridge, so I just threw it all together! Soooo good. I think pico de gallo makes a great salad dressing. I bought the pico at Whole Foods the other day because I was too lazy to make my own. I will say that making your own definitely tastes better and fresher!

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Steak with chard and onions
My CSA box contained rainbow chard this week! I first made this chard dish here. Great accompaniment to a huge grassfed ribeye! Looks small in the pic, but this is a giant plate. Actually, don’t I always eat chard and steak together like this? I eat so much steak because it’s so easy to make. I should really start branching out… I love steak.

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October 4, 2011

Happiness is a post-WOD paleo meal

Yep, I am back at CrossFit after 2 months off! This time at a box only 3 minutes away from my house! THREE MINUTES!! I could probably walk there (ha! I hate walking). I haven’t had that kind of luxury for any of my numerous activities in quite some time! Everything is usually so far away from me!

You know what feels really, really good? Being fit. Here I thought I had let myself get out of shape for a while, apparently I didn’t! So I gained a few pounds and was pretty lazy… Didn’t seem to slow me down too much, if at all. Today felt even better than the day before! Won’t be long until I’m back to feeling like I’m in the best shape of my life.

Happiness is a WOD followed by a paleo breakfast and fresh coconut water! Ok, maybe it’s the meal that makes me the happiest. Food tastes better after strenuous exercise.

Breakfast today, pretty typical: Chicken apple sausage, two eggs fried in coconut oil, grapes, carrots, and celery. All organic produce from my CSA! I decided that I much prefer the flavor of eggs cooked in coconut oil rather than olive oil. I’m almost exclusively cooking with coconut oil these days.

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Yesterday’s post-WOD meal: egg fried in coconut oil, ground buffalo, heirloom tomato, and red bibb lettuce.

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I love Mondays because I have a box from my CSA waiting for me at my doorstep!
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I love that you can customize your order with Full Circle Farm. I definitely took out a few things and added more fruit to my box.

 

 

Funny question in my nutritional epidemiology class today: “How much do you think about food?” A LOT. I shared with the class that because I follow a specific framework of eating, it takes extra time and energy to make sure I consume the right foods and exclude the wrong ones. Cooking, grocery shopping, choosing paleo-friendly restaurants, ordering paleo-friendly food while out, and everything else associated with eating this way is time consuming when you think about it. Worth every minute though! I also shared that you only notice how much time it takes when you fast for a while and you have all the time in the world to be super productive! We’re each supposed to fill out a Food Frequency Questionnaire. It basically asks you how often you consume certain foods. Since half the questions were about grain-based foods, a lot of my bubbles were “Never or rarely,  less than once a month.”

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Paleo Apple Crisp Attempt #1
Paleo-friendly(ish) desserts (usually raw vegan coconut oil based ones) are expensive! $3-6 for a tiny little slice or tart?! So I’ve begun my paleo baking experiments. The other day I tried making an apple crisp without a recipe. I’m going to figure out my own! I used pecans, coconut flour, almond flour, coconut oil, baking powder, apples, and cinnamon. I definitely needed to use granny smith apples (only had gala on hand) and needed way more oil so that it wasn’t all crumb. I have lots more ideas on improving this! I think this was an 80% success because it tasted good enough for me to eat the whole thing and gave me lots of ideas for improvement. I ended up burning the crumb layer and undercooking the apples… Oops! So this was more like an Apple Crumb/Powder rather than a Crisp.

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Mixed it all up!
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More adventures on baking to come! I just picked up some coconut milk today!

October 1, 2011

Deli counter meat, vegan desserts, and steak

What a busy week! I am definitely going to be struggling to fit meals in M-Th when I have classes in addition to all my activities and social life. So quality grocery stores have become even more important to me. After class last Wednesday, I had about an hour or so to eat before qigong class. Rather than finding a restaurant, I decided to grab some food at PCC Natural Market. They have a microwave for customers to use, so I went to the prepared food/deli section and bought grassfed steak strips and Greek herbed chicken breast. I also picked up some roasted veggies from the hot bar. I put everything into a box and microwaved it! Advantages over a restaurant: total control over portion size, grassfed/free range meat, and much cheaper! The veggies were underneath. I definitely didn’t get to finish my chicken breast, it was awesome as a late night snack.

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I’ve talked about my love for Merry’s Miracle Tarts before and how I like to treat myself to gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free substitutes of my favorite desserts. I usually just go for the Merry’s lemon tarts because they are amaaazing, but I decided to try something new at PCC.  Earth Cafe’s Raw Vegan Carob Mousse Pie: soaked cashews, coconut, coconut butter, carob, distilled water, soaked almonds, agave nectar, dates, soaked pecans, soaked walnuts, vanilla bean extractive, cinnamon, lecithin, sea salt. This is sooooo gooooood. Wow. I was really impressed by both texture and flavor! How ironic that something raw vegan can make this paleo girl so happy!!

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After a great qigong class, I took a bunch of non-skydiver friends to fly for the first time at iFly Seattle! They all loved it! I’ve decided to become a coach so I can teach my non-skydiver friends basic skills and be able to fly with them. I did some 3-way sitflying with two skydiver friends!20111001-112714.jpg

 

I haven’t been cooking much due to being so busy. A lot of my meals have looked like this: a steak on one side of the plate, veggies on the other side. Usually I have more than just mushrooms and onions, but I was super hungry and didn’t feel like prepping more veggies. Washing, peeling, chopping lots of veggies = time consuming!

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So I added some Korean side dishes to my meal to add additional nutrients, color, and probiotics. Some radish kimchi and some cucumber kimchi. I still have an incomplete draft for a Korean side dishes post. Hopefully I’ll get that done some day!

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I love finding paleo options at restaurants! They usually give me great ideas for meals to make at home. Mukilteo Lodge Sports Grille has this awesome steak salad! Mixed greens, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and flank steak (medium rare, of course). It comes with red wine vinaigrette and gorgonzola cheese, which I asked for on the side so that I could taste the salad the way it was meant to be. The dressing and cheese did nothing for me. I thought the salad was great with just the paleo ingredients. I definitely prefer salads without dressing now that I can truly enjoy the natural flavors of food. Why cover up all that flavor with a dressing? I will be making more steak salads for myself in the future!

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Good news! I am cured of my addiction to rice cakes! Haven’t had one all week! It took three days of fresh coconut water fasting (I was going to do ten days, but ended up starting school and could not continue) for me to lose those massive cravings. I love fresh coconuts so much. Really great for hangovers too, like the one I had today after drinking too much last night. I realized that after a week of being very paleo, drinking alcohol affected me much more negatively than it does when I’m not so good about my eating.