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Cassava Flour Pizza: Mommypotamus Recipe Review

Cassava Flour Pizza: Mommypotamus Recipe Review

Pizza is my weakness! What about you?

I love pizza! It really is my favorite food, and as a runner, I loved having it after long runs. However, after switching to a real food diet, getting take out pizza wasn’t happening anymore. I eat mostly gluten-free and try to keep my family that way. But, let’s be honest, sometimes gluten-free recipes aren’t good.

Then, I found this recipe. 

It tastes great, and it makes two pizzas, which is great for a family.

We topped it with bacon, broccoli, pesto, and tomato. Noah, Brendon, and I loved it! It tasted a lot to me like the pizza you make when you use one of those dough packets you can get at the grocery store.

Recipe

Here is the recipe for the dough.

Review

I definitely recommend putting oil on your hands to shape the dough on your baking sheets. I started out not having oil on them, and it just wasn’t working well. 

I think it is great that the recipe makes two because for a family with various tastes you can make one that should please everyone. Plus, it doesn’t taste gluten-free! It tastes like a typical pizza that even the pickiest eater would love! I love that it bakes well and doesn’t seem like it would be very likely to be screwed up.

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Batch Cooking Sample Menu : 2 hours of Cooking for 5 Weeknight Dinners

Batch Cooking Sample Menu : 2 hours of Cooking for 5 Weeknight Dinners

2 Hours of Cooking for 5 Weeknight Meals

 

Are you a parent that doesn’t have time to cook? Or doesn’t want to cook?

I’ve talked with many parents, and they have several struggles  when it comes to feeding their family. Two main struggles are finding the time to cook healthy meals and cooking food their kids will actually eat.

Well, here is my solution, batch cooking and meal prepping for the week! You may have heard those terms before, but without having done it before, it may seem intimidating. However, here is a plan to get dinner on the table every night of the week that feeds your family nutritious food, save money, and saves you time that you can spend with your family

So, to prepare, find time on the weekend to buy your groceries and find a few hours to cook. I make sure all my proteins are organic and pastured, and I can find these cheaper at my local farmer’s market. I know weekends are busy, but this could even be a fun night time activity with you and your spouse and a glass of wine.

Let’s look at the weekly menu and then the shopping list. This will be enough for a family of 4. These meals are simple recipes that do not require fancy ingredients, lots of preparation, and these staples are options that kids love! I have tried so many Pinterest perfect recipes with my picky step-daughter, and I always go back to recipes like this because they remain her favorites. Every meal offers variety, and there is even one on the go option for those nights where you have to run to an event for your kids.

 

MENU:

 

Monday: BBQ pork chops, mashed sweet potato, carrots

 

Taco Tuesday: Ground Chicken Tacos with paleo wraps, cauliflower

 

Wednesday: Egg omelette with a banana chocolate smoothie

 

Thursday: Tuna salad, grain-free crackers, carrots, strawberries

 

Friday: Beef Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Broccoli

 

Shopping List:

  • 5 lb bag of sweet potatoes
  • 2 lb pasture-raised ground chicken
  • 2 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 2 bags of carrots
  • 1 bag of favorite paleo approved tortilla wraps
  • 4 5.5 oz cans of sustainable tuna in water
  • Avocado oil mayo
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Natural relish
  • Sugar free BBQ sauce
  • 1 dozen pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • Cocoa powder
  • Almond butter
  • Coconut milk
  • Grain free crackers
  • Strawberries
  • Natural taco seasoning
  • cinnamon

 

Here are the steps to get everything prepped for the week. Then, during the week, you can reheat or put everything together. During the week, you will need to cook and blend your smoothies on your breakfast for dinner night, and you will need to put your meal on the go containers together if there won’t be room in your fridge for those at the beginning of the week.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Fill a pot with water, place on the stove, and heat on high until boiling.
  3. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes. Cut 4-5 sweet potatoes into cubes, and 4-5 into long sticks.
  4. Cover the sweet potato sticks with a little oil, and bake it for 30 minutes.
  5. Place the cubed sweet potato into the boiling water, and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Place pork chops on a baking sheet. Cover in BBQ sauce, and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Heat two more pans on the stove on medium heat, and add coconut oil or ghee to the pans.
  8. Form 4-6 burgers with the ground beef and sea salt. Cook in one pan on each side for 5-7 minutes.
  9. In the other pan, brown the ground chicken, and add taco seasoning.
  10. Pull the meat and sweet potatoes off the heat.
  11. Boil the broccoli, and drain.
  12. Boil the carrots, and drain.
  13. Boil the cauliflower, and drain.
  14. For the cubed sweet potato, dump it into a blender and mix with 1 cup coconut milk and 2 tsp cinnamon.
  15. For the tuna salad, mix 4 cans of tuna, 1 cup avocado mayo, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, and 2 TBSP natural relish in a bowl.
  16. Store your meats, vegetables, and starches in containers in the fridge. Then, pull each component out for the right night of the week.
  17. Peel the bananas, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and freeze. Once frozen, store in a plastic bag in the freezer.When you make the smoothies, here is the recipe:

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

1 frozen banana

1 tsp almond butter

1 cup coconut milk

1 TBSP cocoa powder

 

  1. Clean up the kitchen.

 

So, within a short amount of time, you were able to prepare healthy, delicious meals that will save you time of cooking and cleaning throughout the week. Enjoy!

 

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Thriving – Our Weston A Price Success Story

Thriving – Our Weston A Price Success Story

Our story was featured in the Weston A Price journal, Wise Traditions!

I am working on getting a better image soon, but here is what I wrote to Sally.

THRIVING

I just wanted to share my story of how the Weston A. Price Foundation has changed my life. WAPF helped me nourish my son Noah back to optimal health through breastfeeding issues. He went from doctors classifying him as borderline failure to thrive (not on the chart for his age) to now being 30.5 inches long (73rd percentile), head is 48.3 cm (95th percentile), and weight is 21 pounds 10 ounces (56th percentile). Food was really medicine for him. I found the WAPF while he was having weight gain issues, and I was looking for the best way to not only help him gain weight but flood his body with nutrients once we started solid foods.

 He was born very quickly with a nuchal hand, which caused the plates in his head to shift and he could not transfer milk well. It took until four months to figure out, and he didn’t complete craniosacral therapy until about seven months. I started exclusively pumping for a while, but he still had quite a bit of weight to make up. So, when he started solids at six months, I wanted to give him the best. These nutrient dense foods or “sacred” foods that WAPF recommends allowed him to start gaining weight quickly, complete catch up growth, and have crazy hair growth so that he needed a haircut at nine months. I noticed his head grew the most (I just knew all that healthy fat was building his brain), and the cod liver oil made his face go from narrow to round with a wide jaw and optimal facial structure. I mix his cod liver oil with half an avocado and coconut oil to mask the flavor and also add Himalayan sea salt and kelp flakes for iodine, and he has no problem with it. I call it my “supercharged guacamole”.
 I started with avocados, egg yolks, veggies with grass-fed butter and grass-fed collagen, and salmon and sweet potato. I really focused on seafood (salmon, shrimp, tuna, salmon eggs) since those were the cultures with the most optimal face structures, but I also would cook grass-fed ground beef with liver and combine that with carrots, sweet potato, or squash and fat. I think this trains kids to be healthy eaters. I now have a one-year-old who devours salmon and veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, peppers)! His first birthday breakfast was salmon lox, a runny egg, avocado, and sautéed spinach.
At his one year appointment, the doctor was amazed! He now even has a love for drums and rhythm, which is a good sign of problem-solving skills. My husband even played his trumpet a little bit in front of Noah, and then he gave it to him, who put it to his mouth and pressed the buttons like he was going to play.
 Thank you again for all your work and research. I would love to spread the word of the WAPF in any way I can
Chelsea Thiede
Holt, MI

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For ideas of how to feed your child nutrient dense food, check out my E-Book, A Recipe for a Healthy Baby.

 

 

 

 

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Nutrients for Each Trimester of Pregnancy

Nutrients for Each Trimester of Pregnancy

How can you help your baby get exactly what it needs as it goes through pregnancy?

Most women sign up for a week by week pregnancy update system that explains your babies developments. However, these do not discuss the nutrients that are needed to support these developments and the support your body needs to perform these functions. You should always strive for a nutrient dense diet that contains all the nutrients below on a weekly basis, but boosting micro-nutrient levels of certain key nutrients each trimester can prevent the opportunity for you feeling depleted and power your baby for optimal growth.

For each trimester, I will list some of the main developments for that portion of pregnancy and detail the nutrients that will support you and your baby the most at that time. This is a general overview, but I will have posts that give more detail about specific weeks in other posts.

1st Trimester

  • Key Developments: heart, brain, nervous system

  • What are the key nutrients?

    • Vitamin A
      • It is the concert master of your developing baby. Sufficient Vitamin A is required so that all the messages are sent to develop each organ and system of your baby. It is important to be aware that though there are many plant sources that contain the precursor for Vitamin A (i.e. beta-carotene), that doesn’t mean that is Vitamin A or that you personally can make the conversion, especially if you are not eating these plant foods with fat to aid the process. So, when I discuss Vitamin A, I am referring to animal sources like liver, grass-fed butter, egg yolks, etc.
    • Iron
      • It is needed primarily in this time due to the increase in blood supply and the growing placenta. Keeping your iron stores up will prevent anemia and may help with energy. So, eat greens, broccoli, and red meat.
    • Healthy Fats
      • We all love a baby with some chunk, and there is good reason they have it! Add in some coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocados, fatty fish, and egg yolks.
    • Vitamin C
      • Our energy takes a real hit in the first trimester as our body works on forming the placenta. Vitamin C supports our adrenals and energy, as well as progesterone production. A study in Fertility and Sterility showed that it improves hormone levels and pregnancy success. This could be due to the fact that cortisol is a precursor to progesterone, and if our cortisol is too high (as is probably the case in many Americans due to stress, coffee, dieting, overexercising), our progesterone production is inhibited.
    • Potassium
      • This is another great adrenal supporter, and as you create more blood and fluids, you need to maintain your electrolyte balance. Potassium specifically aids in the unwinding of the adrenals at night. Foods like coconut water, sweet potatoes, spinach, and avocados are great options. One of my favorite in pregnancy is dates. There is a study out of Jordan showing that eating 6 dates a day in the last month of pregnancy can allow women to have a faster, easier birth. So, I ate 6 dates a day my entire pregnancy!
    • Sodium
      • I added sodium for the same reasons as potassium. However, sodium helps to wake up the adrenals and digestion. So, it is best included in the diet in the morning. I love using Himalayan sea salt on my breakfast.
    • Vitamin B12
      • It is essential for nervous system development.
    • 3-indolcarbonal
      • This is a compound that aids in the breakdown of hormones and helps the body excrete them. So, as we produce and utilize estrogen and progesterone, they can be broken down to prevent some pregnancy symptoms due to excessive hormone levels. This can be found in sprouted and fermented foods.
    • Fiber
      • As progesterone production goes on hyper-drive, our digestion slows. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables may be enough, or you may want to research incorporating a fiber supplement or digestive enzymes.

2nd Trimester

  • Key Developments: movement, senses

  • What are the key nutrients?

    • Beta-carotene
      • It is great for eye health, and the eyes develop at this time. So, eat some carrots and colorful produce.
    • Calcium
      • Your baby’s cartilage turns to bone at this time. Strong bones need plenty of calcium. Grass-fed, full-fat dairy is a great source of calcium. You can also include greens, sardines, okra, and broccoli.
    • Magnesium
      • Magnesium works with calcium in the formation of the bones. You need a good structure for a building to work. Your baby needs the same. Eat avocados, greens, and pumpkin seeds.
    • Vitamin K2  –
      • This nutrient gets confused with Vitamin K1, but is essential for calcium to go to its proper place in the bones. We all want our children to be strong, grow tall, and have great teeth. K2 is the workhorse for all of that, and many humans are deficient due to low-fat diets and not consuming grass-fed dairy. Include grass-fed dairy or a K2 supplement.
    • Vitamin D
      • This nutrient works in tandem with Vitamin A. It is important to have a good balance of both. When there is a deficiency in one, a person may develop toxicity symptoms of the other, and they need each other to perform their functions. Vitamin D works in the bone development, hormones and endocrine function, immune system, brain activity, nervous system, and the heart development.
    • Zinc
      • Zinc is great for muscle growth, immunity, and nutrient absorption. Your baby really starts to gain muscle and move more. Eat lamb, grass-fed beef, and chickpeas.

3rd Trimester

  • Key Developments: brain, lungs

  • What are the key nutrients?

    • Vitamin K2
      • Your babies bones continue to harden, and it is important to make sure the calcium for this goes to the right places. This supports proper formation of the bones. As above, work to include grass-fed dairy like Kerry Gold Butter or raw cheddar cheese and/or a K2 supplement.
    • Calcium
      • It is not only important for bone formation, but it will also help with muscle contraction as you look ahead to labor.
    • Magnesium
      • Magnesium aids in the strengthening of the bones and will help relax your bowels, which may be desired as your organs get squished as the baby grows. If you are struggling with elimination, you may find a magnesium supplement helpful like Ancient Minerals spray or Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm.
    • Vitamin D –
      • The third trimester is the period of the most rapid growth. The baby utilizes Vitamin D for their skeletal growth.
    • Phosphorus –
      • This is also critical for rapid and proper skeletal growth.
    • Healthy Fats
      • This really promotes brain growth in this critical phase. Plus, your baby builds its fat stores at this time to prepare for growth once outside the womb.

Nutrient Density is KEY

Again, I want to emphasize the key for the entire pregnancy (and let’s just include fertility, postpartum, breastfeeding, and life in general) is NUTRIENT DENSITY every day. This is not a life sentence to never have something again (like your favorite chocolate cake), but the more you center your diet around real, nutritious food, the more you and your baby will thrive! You may even enjoy being pregnant from time to time 🙂

How to Survive Through Pregnancy While Nursing or Having Recently Had Another Baby

How to Survive Through Pregnancy While Nursing or Having Recently Had Another Baby

Congratulations on your positive pregnancy test and having another blessing on the way! Having children close together and the dream of tandem nursing is one I can definitely relate to. However, it is important to recognize that your body has given a great deal of its stores to growing, birthing, nursing, and caring for your baby (AKA sleep deprivation!). So, it is even more critical to take your nutrition seriously so that your next child can get the same amount of quality building blocks as your first.

In Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Price notes how subsequent children do not get the same level of nutritional stores, and therefore, they have more narrow faces and less optimal development than the first. You may want to consider getting some blood work done to educate yourself on any important nutritional deficiencies you may have. Some important nutrients to consider are A, D, K2, B12, iodine, and iron.

Here are some key nutrients to focus on in your preconception and pregnancy periods:

Iodine (seaweed snacks, seafood)

Iodine is great for hormonal and thyroid health. It boosts your metabolism. Many people are deficient to begin with and nursing a child can deplete you. Many women find themselves dealing with postpartum thyroid issues, and food based sources of iodine can help. It supports breast tissue and milk production, which you will need again with another baby. I noticed an increase in my supply when I would eat seaweed snacks. Finally, iodine supports a baby’s growing brain, and studies have shown that mothers with adequate stores of iodine have smarter children.

Healthy fats (avocado, salmon, coconut oil, grass-fed butter)

Healthy fats are critical to not only build a healthy baby but for your hormones. Hormones are made from healthy fats, especially saturated animal fats that contain Vitamin A. So, to even get pregnant you need them, and having adequate stores will make for a more pleasant pregnant, meaning less mood swings, more energy, less cravings, and less nausea. In my postpartum period, I realized around 6 months that I had a fatty acid deficiency. I could eat tablespoons of butter on my food, Bulletproof coffee with butter and coconut oil, and half a batch of Bulletproof “Get Some Ice cream” (the BP blog says that it could serve 6-8 people instead of 2). When I did this I lost weight for a time period and felt rushes of energy. During this time period, I almost felt like an animal with how I could ravenously eat fat and craved it. It felt so good in my body. I realized how draining pregnancy and nursing had been on my body and how I needed to correct these deficiencies.

For your baby, they need a lot of fat to grow. The brain is 12% fat, mostly saturated fat. My son ate a ton of grass-fed butter, coconut oil, fatty salmon, liver and salmon eggs, and his head measured in the 95% at his one year appointment.

 

Vitamin C (fruits, veggies, real fruit powder like Camu Camu)

This may seem like a strange one considering we only think of Vitamin C when we are sick, but this is definitely important. Vitamin C supports our adrenals, energy, and progesterone production. Nursing mothers or moms of young children often find that they are not getting enough sleep. This can wreck are hormones by raising cortisol, our stress hormone. Cortisol is a precursor of progesterone. So, if we are sleep deprived or have high perceived stress, our bodies will produce more cortisol instead of progesterone. This could play a huge factor in why many new moms have a luteal phase defect, or too short of a luteal phase. When a woman has a luteal phase defect, the body does not have adequate time to build the lining of the uterus to sustain a pregnancy.

When I started taking Camu Camu powder, I felt a rush of energy like I had when I started eating more fat. I also dealt with a B12 deficiency around 9 months postpartum and felt rushes of energy when I started eating liver. So, I knew I had landed on something else my body desperately needed. I proceeded to take 3 doses (for the Camu Camu a serving is 1 tsp). I mixed it into yogurt for ease of consumption. Because Vitamin C is water soluble, I figured the worst that would happen is that when my body had an adequate supply or I took too much, I would get diarrhea. That first night, I had no stomach issues and felt great. Over the next few weeks, I would take 1-2 doses until one day I had issues after a second dose (I was taking 1 in the morning and 1 at night at the time).  For months prior to this (without having a cycle), I could still track the cycle my body was attempting to have through cervical mucus and PMS symptoms that in some cases were very extreme. I experienced bloating, fatigue, sore breasts, cravings, and nausea like I never had. Then, after taking the vitamin C, I noticed a significant decrease in those symptoms.

High quality prenatal

This can help to correct any other nutrient deficiencies that you may not be aware of. I would recommend Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal or Mega Foods Baby & Me. However, check with your doctor.

How to Create a Pregnancy Diet: A Recipe for a Healthy Pregnancy

How to Create a Pregnancy Diet: A Recipe for a Healthy Pregnancy

noahnameIdeally, your pregnancy diet should ideally start 3-6 months before you start trying to conceive. However, it is never too late to eat nutrient dense foods. The ideal diet for each person may vary depending on food sensitivities, stress, hormones, genetics, and ultimately, what you like to eat. However, every diet should focus on real food and nutrient density. The more you demand of your body, the more nutrients and not just calories it needs. For me, this means lots of vegetables, moderate protein (mostly organic, grass-fed), whole food, healthy fats (4-6 servings per day), small amounts of whole food starches, some fruits (preferably low fructose like berries), and occasional real food sweeteners.  Finally, making occasional less than optimal choices is not an opportunity to beat yourself up. A nutrition plan should not be a life sentence to never have something again. When you have those moments where you indulge, enjoy it, and you will find that you crave those moments less. Your nutrition journey may be a slow process and develop over time. I continually change my definition of healthy eating with what makes me feel the best.

Your baby’s body and brain have certain compositions required for normal functioning. Your baby will pull these from the food you eat, those stored in your body, or not form properly.

The Human Body

  • Water – 51%
  • Fats – 29% (mostly saturated)
  • Proteins – 15%
  • Minerals – 3.7%
  • Carbohydrates – 1%

The Human Brain

  • Water – 77%
  • Fats – 12% (mostly saturated)
  • Proteins – 8%
  • Minerals – 2%
  • Carbohydrates – 1%

So, your diet could look like 50-60% fats, 15-20% protein, and 10-30% protein. Though our bodies are not comprised of carbohydrates, we need a certain amount of whole food carbohydrates to give our body energy for the processes it needs to complete. A plate should be composed of 1-2 servings of non-starchy vegetables, 1 serving of protein, 1 TBSP of healthy fats, and 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of carbohydrates.

I want to talk about good choices for some of those categories:

Healthy Fats

  • Grass-fed butter
  • Raw cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Seeds: Pumpkin or sunflower
    • Nuts: Brazil, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, macadamia, almonds, walnuts, pistachios

Healthy Protein

  • Good Sources
    • Eggs
    • Wild-caught fish (low mercury): salmon, tilapia, flounder, sardines, trout
    • Beef and lamb (grass-fed is ideal)
    • Chicken and turkey (pasture-raised is ideal)
  • Collagen = building block for cells and tissues
    • Prevents stretch marks
    • Easy to make smoothie meals if you feel sick or need something quick

Healthy Carbohydrates

  • sweet potatoes
  • taro
  • plantains
  • squash
  • fruit
  • pumpkin
  • white rice
  • quinoa

As always, the focus needs to be on nutrient density for you and your baby. This will create a healthy baby, an easier labor, and a better postpartum recovery.

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Healthy, Quick Dinner Idea: Paleo/Gluten-Free Salmon Burgers that the family will love!

Healthy, Quick Dinner Idea: Paleo/Gluten-Free Salmon Burgers that the family will love!

My family love salmon burgers! I love that this recipe is such an easy and quick family meal, especially on busy nights. For these, I typically make them the night before, while I am cleaning the kitchen. Then, we can just quickly reheat them in the oven, while we get the table ready and steam some vegetables.

You can find some great gluten-free buns, or these are even easy to serve without the bun. Toss on a salad with some sauce. I like sriracha, but your kids may want some simple mayo. I personally don’t have a sensitivity to gluten, but I do think that wheat is not a very nutrient dense source of carbohydrates, especially our standard refined bread, and when planning meals for myself and my family, my goal is nutrient density at each meal. So, I would rather have my calories coming from real food starches like squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots, or fruit. I personally would rather have a bunless burger and a side of baked sweet potato fries!

I try and fit some salmon into our diet on a regular basis. Salmon is a great source of Omega 3s, protein, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12. Plus, the cauliflower adds magnesium and fiber. I’ve found that serving salmon in a burger form makes it more acceptable to even picky eaters too.

salmonburgerandbun

Salmon Burgers

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1 cup cauliflower (steamed)
  • 2 TBSP parsley
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 3 TBSP preservative-free mayo
  • 3 TSBP coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic power
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 TBSP oil for cooking

Directions:

1. Chop and steam cauliflower. Each piece of cauliflower should be 1/2 inch – 1 inch. To steam the cauliflower, boil about 2 cups of water in your steam, add your cauliflower, and steam for 7 minutes.

2. Remove cauliflower from the steamer. salmonburgersalad

2. Add cauliflower and ingredients except salmon to blender, and blend.

3. Add the salmon in large chunks and pulse. You want to incorporate the salmon while still keeping some texture in the burger.

4. Form 4 equal patties.

5. Line a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.

6. Bake the patties for 20 minutes at 350 F.

7. Serve on gluten-free bun or salad.

 

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Noah’s 1st Birthday Party “Rumble in the Jungle” – How to Throw a Gluten-Free/Refined Sugar-Free/Paleo 1st Birthday Party

Noah’s 1st Birthday Party “Rumble in the Jungle” – How to Throw a Gluten-Free/Refined Sugar-Free/Paleo 1st Birthday Party

IMG_0371I can’t believe Noah is 1 year old! I am a food and crafting enthusiast, and I had many ideas for Noah’s IMG_0366party. He loves jungle animals, especially monkeys, and has an amazing ability for music for his age. So, I combined the two for a “Rumble in the Jungle” theme. I wanted to make the food healthy, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, and beautiful. I wanted to do this for two reasons:

  1. I didn’t want a ton of food there that I wouldn’t have been comfortable with him eating in case someone was to feed him something.
  2. I wanted to show our family that beautiful, delicious food can be healthy without leaving you feeling deprived. I even found many of the dessert recipes I used a lot easier because I just put everything in a blender!IMG_0367

For the food, I grilled meat for sandwiches or salads. I made two salads, one with bacon, avocado and veggies, and the other with fruit, cheese, and nuts. Then, I made guacamole, hummus, veggie tray, and a fruit tray. For the desserts, there was “Monkeyin’ Around” banana coconut pudding, “Kangaroo” key lime pie macaroons, “Hungry Hippo Bites” nut butter truffles, “Tiger Cubcakes” pumpkin pie cheesecake truffles, and chocolate covered “Zebra” strawberries. For his smash cake, I made a carrot cake that was gluten-free and refined sugar free. You can find the recipe here. I IMG_0364thought having the carrots in the cake helped make a great cake without gluten. Plus, the creamy icing I made with coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and cashew butter was so addicting! While he was “playing with the cake”, I would give him a bite and eat some myself!!! Also, the drink area  was labeled “Watering Hole”. I provided water, grapefruit sparkling water, and a little apple juice for the kids. All the sparkling water was gone by the end.

For the decorations, I made the following:

  1. Monthly photos on a snake banner  IMG_0365    IMG_0383  IMG_0427 IMG_0434 IMG_0436 IMG_0458
  2. Happy Birthday sign made with jungle leaves
  3. Instruments with jungle print14484601_10207547909477011_706809667199486351_n
  4. Headbands with animal ears for the kids – the girls loved them!
  5. Bright colors!!!
  6. Streamers and leaves to make the park pavilion look like a jungle
  7. A sign at the parking area with animal print balloons to let people know where to go
  8. Chalk drawings on the ground of animal prints – the kids liked drawing with the chalk laterIMG_0409

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Trying to Conceive When Your Breastfeeding and Haven’t Had a Cycle

Trying to Conceive When Your Breastfeeding and Haven’t Had a Cycle

For every woman out there trying to have a baby, it can be frustrating and stressful. Temping. Charting. Cervical mucus. DPO. Two week wait. The list goes on…

But, what if you have no idea what your body is doing?

This is my second go-around trying to conceive, and this time has created its own set of frustrations. Every cramp, bloated day, fatigue, craving. I have no idea what it means. It could be PMS, pregnancy, ovulation, or my hormones being out-of-whack because I am breastfeeding.

For all the women out there that have struggled TTC, mostly, I sympathize, and in a small way, I empathize. I pray your hopes of a baby come to be.

Fun, Paleo Dinner Idea: Pork Dust Calamari with Sriracha Mayo and Serrano Honey Salad

Fun, Paleo Dinner Idea: Pork Dust Calamari with Sriracha Mayo and Serrano Honey Salad

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Here are some great Paleo, low carbohydrate recipes from dinner that we made this weekend. As you can see, even my 1 year old loves them! They make a really great finger food. This type of Paleo meal is not one that you should have all the time since it is fried. However, this is a great Paleo meal for the weekends or a cheap, romantic date night in.

Pork Dust Calamari:

Ingredients:

calamari

Directions:

  1. Heat oil on medium high heat. You will need to put enough in a pot to come up the sides at least an inch or two.
  2. Dry calamari with a paper towel.
  3. Place arrowroot starch in one bowl. Then, mix the egg and milk in a second. Third, measure the pork dust into a bowl.
  4. Dip in the arrowroot starch, and shake off excess.
  5. Dip in bowl of 3 eggs and milk mixture
  6. Dip in pork dust.
  7. Place the calamari on a baking sheet until you are ready to fry them in batches.
  8. Take pan to the fryer, and using tongs, place calamari into the oil. Make sure the oil is hot before you do this. You can check by dropping a sprinkle of starch or pork dust into the oil. It will sizzle if it is hot enough.
  9. Cook for one minute and remove. The calamari should be crisp and golden brown. Fry them in batches so that the pan is not overcrowded. If there are too many in there, the temperature of the oil will go down, and you will have mushy calamari.
  10. Eat while warm!

Serrano Honey Salad:

  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 2 TBSP honey goat cheese
  • 2 TBSP walnuts
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 2 TBSP serrano honey vinegar
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  1. Make dressing of vinegar and oil (1:2 ratio)
  2. Chop cucumbers and tomatoes.
  3. Place spinach in a bowl. Top with tomatoes, cucumbers, dried cherries. walnuts, and goat cheese.
  4. Toss the salad with the dressing.

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