Paleo ‘Egg Sandwich’ Pancakes

After a long weekend at OSU’s campus, there was only one thing I was craving, and that was pancakes. I had made these pancakes before and they are completely paleo, depending on your toppings & syrup of choice. This time around, I added some protein powder to the pancakes. The protein powder I use, in my opinion, is the cleanest and closest to paleo protein powder you can find. (Besides the paleo protein powder, of course)

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Paleo Egg Sandwich Pancakes

1.5 tbsp. Almond Flour
1 tbsp. Coconut Flour
3 Eggs (2 eggs in batter, 1 egg for the top)
1/3 cup egg whites (about)
1/2 Small Banana
2 tbsp. protein powder (optional; not paleo)
1 tbsp. agave nectar
2 tbsp. walden farms syrup (optional; zero calorie, but faileo)

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I mixed all the ingredients together, minus the 1 egg and syrup. I mushed the banana as much as possible, and wisked until the batter was smooth. Key word, smooth. This batter was not thick, but made amazing pancakes. It may help to put it in a blender, but it wasn’t necessary. I cooked my pancakes on medium heat, then cooked my last egg and put it right in the middle of the three pancakes. I pushed down and let the egg run all over, almost like it’s own syrup. I honestly barely needed the syrup, the yolk was perfect. But I mixed the two syrups together and poured it over my pancakes and DEVOURED.

404 Calories
20 g Fat
19 g Carbs
36 g Protein

(Recipe can accommodate to your own caloric needs)

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Paleo Pesto Meatloaf

So we all know that ground turkey meat and turkey burgers are many first-time dieters first step towards greatness. When I started dieting, I lived off turkey burgers. Almost every day was a plain turkey burger, or ground turkey with veggies. That’s boring. I do not want to eat that every day. So when I get bored I try to make the most delicious and nutritious meal possible. Here’s another simple-as-pie tip from me to spice up your ground turkey.

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I found these amazing mini-meatloaf tins to make my meatloaf in. I used 14 oz of ground turkey meat and mixed it with about 1/3 cup of my homemade pesto. I did my meatloaf in layers, to ensure it had the best flavor. I put a layer of meat on the bottom, then placed a thin layer of pesto. I continued that process until the meatloaf pan was filled, and placed another smaller layer of pesto on the top. I cooked this on 375 degrees for about twenty minutes. I checked my meatloaf, then kept it in for another 15 minutes. (This may vary depending on the quality of your oven.)

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There we go! Completely paleo. Try not to eat the whole thing…unless your diet calls for 14 oz of ground meat. Otherwise, go for it. I’ve made this with ground beef before, and it is just as delicious. The flavor of the turkey meat is a little more plain, therefore the pesto is more potent. That was my goal, I love pesto. I paired my meatloaf with some sweet potato fries. I have to make those in servings, as I go, because I have a hard time not eating the whole tray of sweet potato fries… Not afraid to admit that. Five minutes later they will absolutely be gone. Sweet potato’s are by far my favorite carb source. Here are my two favorite ways to eat them.

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Fries! Yum. Lather them with olive oil and salt. Add garlic, or any other spices. If you’re a cheese eater, add parmesan cheese. Do your thing. I put mine in the oven differently every time, it depends how you cut them. I believe these were on 350 for about 20 minutes.

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A very well done sweet potato with cinnamon and cashew butter. If you’ve never tried this you’re in for a treat. Perfect combination of carbs and fats, and the cashew butter melts right on. I’m waiting for the moment I try it with peanut butter… we’ll see.

BBQ Pulled Pork & Pineapple Salad

Not really much of a recipe…but a great idea! I made the BBQ pulled pork with 2 pounds of pork shoulder. Put your pork in your crockpot and add 1 cup of chicken broth. I added about half of a small yellow onion, and two garlic cloves, all chopped up. Next, I poured almost a whole jar of Stubbs BBQ sauce (I’m being dramatic I used a little over half) in my crockpot on top of all ingredients. I put my crockpot on high. Four hours later I opened my crockpot, stirred and “chopped” the meat a little bit. I added salt & pepper, and onion and garlic powder, graciously. I let it sit on low, then warm, for a half hour each.

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As much as I would love to have a BBQ pulled pork sandwich…I opted for the salad. I specifically bought pineapple for this meal. So I mixed romaine and spinach, lots of it. I cut up a medium tomato and 4 oz of pineapple. I then added my portion of 5 oz of pulled pork. I dolloped (is that even a word?) some BBQ sauce on top for taste, and added 1 tbsp of olive oil and salt and pepper…to taste. 🙂

Afternoon Delight

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Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about food (as always).
This meal is perfect for post workout or when you hit that mid afternoon hunger.
Smoothie:
1.5 cups frozen spinach
1 extra small banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp ground chia seeds
1/2 pack of Justins Chocolate Almond Butter
Multiple sprinkles of cinnamon 🙂
and as much Almond Milk as you please. I used almost two servings; which is around 2 cups.
For the Omelet; I used a leftover egg concoction from another recipe I’ll be sharing soon. It consisted of:
Approx. 1/2 Egg
3/4 cup Egg Whites
Approx. 1/2 Turkey Bacon Slice
Approx. 1/2 Breakfast Turkey Sausage

As for the whole meal; this is what you’re looking at:
478 Calories
19 g Fat
42 g Carbohydrates
35 g Protein
10 g Fiber

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I buy my fruit and spinach fresh, and freeze it myself. This meal packed more protein than I thought, and GREAT fiber. I have never used Justins Chocolate Almond Butter in a smoothie before and it was delicious. Tasted as close to a milkshake as you’re going to get, while keeping it clean. 🙂

Loaded Balsamic Chicken Pasta

I absolutely just cooked myself the best dinner I have ever eaten! I wish I wrote it down as I went… I waited till the end and hope I got it right!
Measure out 2 oz of Pasta, I used Gluten Free pasta! Start your water and bring it to a boil. Add pasta to water when it boils. Then I soaked about 6 oz of chicken in some balsamic, salt, onion powder, and Mrs. Dash. (See picture of seasonings below) Cook the chicken on medium.

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Seperately, cut up two medium sized tomatos. Pour one tablespoon of Olive Oil (I used Garlic Olive Oil from Roots…I recommend the garlic olive oil!) Add (close to but less than) 1 tablespoon of Balsamic, a sprinkle of salt, garlic nuggets, and onion powder. Put it on medium heat in a frying pan and let it simmer into more of a sauce consistency.

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When your pasta is finished, strain and add it back into the sauce pan. Add your sauce to the sauce pan with the pasta.

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Then sauté your vegetables. Mine were already cooked, so I just needed to heat them up. I added a small amount of all of the seasonings pictured to my veggies as well.

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Cut up your chicken and add it to the pasta & sauce. Once your veggies are cooked or heated, add them to the sauce pan as well. This way, your food is still cooking & heating, and soaking up all the different spices… YUM!

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The finished product! Yes, it’s a huge bowl. This dinner was about 540 calories, 60 carbs, 45 protein, 14 fat, and 8 fiber. I like the look of those macros…especially after my day. I wasn’t able to eat much today at all. I ran, woded, and did some heavy deadlifts! I’ve been adding a LOT of cardio into my workouts. I take a cycling class once a week, run twice a week, and wod 2-3 times a week. I will sometimes go to our schools gym and do intervals or half hour runs on the treadmill or elliptical on days that I wod. Oh yeah…back to the machines. Ha..Ha… I’m trying to make sure that even though I’m adding so much cardio, that my strength is staying consistent. Yes, I want to lean out, but I sure as hell don’t want to lose my strength! I focused on strength all summer. I was PRing on a lot of things at crossfit. Not that I regret it, but I wasn’t focusing on my BODY and how it looked. I got to school and my clothes fit me funny… So Crossfit & cardio is the plan for now! I’ve been adding in little “treat” meals more often. My diet has been so strict for months that I am just worn out from being so concerned all the time. I’ve also been doing this for five years, its a lifestyle, and sometimes it isn’t going to be perfect. When I say treat meals, I don’t mean papa johns or oreos. (unfortunaly…) Treat meals, for example, this meal I posted above. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself some pasta, in moderation, every now and then. I also eat brown rice, quinoa, and rice cakes. Basically just more carbs…which might be OK since I’m doing so much cardio. So yeah, I’ve jumped off the paleo bandwagon a bit. I still base my diet off the paleo diet, with some small exceptions. SERIOUS obsession with rice cakes with peanut butter, banana, ground flax seeds for extra fiber. Peanut butter is another thing I havn’t been able to eat, and I can now. God has answered all of my prayers…
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Back to School

So, finally. I have a second to breath and do a little writing. I’m pretty disappointed at my lack of posting in the past month but… I’ve been all too busy. In the past month, I went on an awesome annual trip to Long Beach Island with my dads side of the family. There are at least 50 of us each summer, and it always ends up being my favorite week of summer! I also went to the Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert… I wish I could put into words how epic that concert was. The production was amazing and the music was the priority, as opposed to the VMAs main concern being Miley Cyrus’s pancake ass and extreme outrageous lip-synced productions. I was twiddling my thumbs through the VMA’s, except for when Justin Timberlake performed. Not to mention…Nsync;
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It may have been a thirty second performance but it was well worth it. So, right from vacation it was time to go back to school. The first weekend of school is pretty much one big celebration. We don’t really know what we’re celebrating, but it’s probably just the fact that we are back in the best school on earth; Athens, Ohio.
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It was so great to see my roomies again and our place looks amazing! This year our rooms are huge and we each have our own bathrooms. This past weekend was my 21st BIRTHDAY! FINALLY! Everyone was so surprised I wasn’t 21 yet…and the people at crossfit swore they thought I was a grad student. But nope! Im a youngin. My roomies planned a party for me that Friday night. I was so happy and excited to FINALLY be legal. I know I know, you’re all like
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But I’ve been waiting for too long to turn twenty one. The celebrations were all well worth it. I’m talking cake, cookies, too much rum, and some new found gluten free beer. Dog fish head has a strawberry flavored GF beer… loved it! It’s a little sweet but it’s delicious for a quick fix. A few pictures of the celebration:
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More blog posts will be coming, about a lot more interesting topics! I just needed a little ramble to get me started again, as always.

A big p.s… Fireball is NOT gluten free. For those of you who are intolerant, take it from me and stay far away from it. No loaded ciders or cinnamon toast crunch shots 😉