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Woohoo it’s Wednesday!

So it’s been a while. Sorry blog, I kind of let you down.

Anyway……

As many of y’all know this weekend was the Super Bowl. And while I wanted Peyton to lead his Broncos to victory because I support the hometown hero (yay New Orleans), we all know that was an epic fail.

Well I decided to go to a little Super Bowl gathering at a friends’ place and brought some crazy awesome looking cupcakes that a friend made for me.

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Over a month of eating clean and 90/10 Paleo along with the 24-day challenge by Advocare, I thought I could treat myself to a cupcake.

Just one, simple, little, itty bitty cupcake.

Hah. No.

Talk about a shock to your system! I never want to go through that again. Y’all, that cupcake was amazing but I don’t recommend eating super clean and then downing a homemade from scratch (aka lots of sugar and butter) cupcake.

Don’t. Do. It.

So Monday, I tried my hardest to get back into the groove and eat clean again. I barely made it. I nibbled on things here and there but really wasn’t even that hungry, nor did I feel like eating anything.

Even yesterday I could barely do it. I ate bread. I needed it. It was the only thing that didn’t bother me so I honestly don’t care.

Now back to eating clean.

Yesterday I cleaned out the fridge, went to the grocery store and picked up a few things.

I juiced some juice, baked some muffins and food prepped.

Lately I’ve just been mixing things up and juicing them, writing the ingredients down on a post-it note and sticking it on the cabinet and keeping it there for future reference.

The new juice I made is a green veggie juice. Super easy, super simple, super clean.

Green Juice 2.0
– 1 bag spinach leaves
– 3 cucumbers
– 4 large carrots

This mixture made three 10 oz jars and a little leftover.

Now for the fun part.

Muffins!

I know everyone loves muffins, so why not create some that taste absolutely amazing, are clean and Paleo friendly?!

Rise and Shine Muffins

What you need:
– 1/2 cup mashed yam (sweet potato)
– 1/2 raisins
– 1/2 chopped walnuts
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1/8 cup shredded carrots
– 2 eggs
– 3/4 cup almond flour
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 tsp baking powder

What you do:
– Preheat oven to 350* F.
– Combine everything in a large mixing bowl and blend well.
– Coat muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (or use paper liners) and divide batter among six cups.
– Bake 25-30 minutes or until the muffins are cooked all the way through.
– Allow muffins to cool before serving.

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So this recipe says it makes six muffins, but mine made eight. And mine were cooked through at 25 minutes.

The recipe that I based this off of came from here

Oh, and Happy Hump Day y’all! The weekend is almost here!

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Y’all, I am so stoked about my new purchase. After talking with friends and fellow Crossfitters and picking through and going through my options I got myself a Breville Compact Juicer!

I have been having the time of my life juicing since I got it last Thursday. I even made juice for my parents! They weren’t too fond of it but hopefully it will grow on them.

Now, these recipes will DEFINITELY be joining the recipe posts I make on here. So far I’ve only made 2-3 different kinds of juice. One of which I call “Green Juice!” and the other is a “Sunrise Citrus”. Both are incredibly clean, paleo and healthy. I’m trying to only eat/drink fruit in the mornings, none after 11am, so I drink my Sunrise Citrus first thing in the morning. It’s crisp and clean and super sweet! The Green Juice is one I concocted to drink in the afternoons, kind of like a jolt to keep me going if I feel myself starting to fade.

After I make my juice, I pour them into Ball’s Mason Jars. I picked up a 12-pack from Amazon for less than $10.

Y’all, this whole set up is mess-free! You can take apart the whole juicer and put it in the dishwasher if you want to. It’s pretty quiet too. A lot quieter than my blender but Miss Oakley still runs and hides when the juicer gets rolling. The jars are also easily cleaned by hand or dishwasher (I wash the lids by hand). Just be sure that you’re prepared to drink all the juice you make. Otherwise, it will go bad pretty easily.

Juicing is such an easy way to consume veggies and fruits during the course of your day. Granted, I still eat my veggies at every meal, but being able to drink them just adds even more yummy veggies to your diet!

I should also add that I am not doing a juicing “cleanse”. Like I said before, I’m juicing so I can add in additional vitamins, minerals and amino acids into my clean eating lifestyle.

Did you know that eating 6 large carrots is equivalent to eating 8 oz of carrot juice?

Who doesn’t love fun and random facts? Click here for other fun and random fun juicing facts!

This is what I made last night. My mom and I went to Costco in New Orleans and picked up a whole bunch of clean fruits and veggies! Apples, oranges, tomatoes, kale, spinach, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, lettuce, and strawberries.

Green juice!
Yields 3-4
Ingredients
– 4-5 cups of kale
– 4 apples (I use fuji)
– 2 cucumbers
– 6 stalks of celery (8 if they’re short)
– 1 lemon, peeled
– 2 incles fresh ginger
– 1 cup water

Sunrise Citrus!
Yields 3-4
Ingredients
– 6 oranges, peeled
– 3 apples
– 4 stalks celery
– 1 cup water

Both of the above recipes made a 4 jars of both juices at a little over 12 oz.

Just remember to shake them up gently before consuming because the juice will settle and separate.

Enjoy!


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Five on Friday!

It’s finally Friday! My first work-week of the Advocare 24-day challenge + paleo challenge is almost over! I’ve been religiously hitting the box everyday since starting but was too sore to go yesterday. Y’all, when your body is telling you to take a rest day, TAKE A REST DAY. I learned that the hard way a few months ago.

Well, in preparation for a semi-calm weekend of work, I figured I’d throw together a little Five on Friday for y’all. Not only is this my first Five on Friday of 2014, but it’s my first one ever!

1. If you’re challenging yourself to eat better, whether its cleaner, more paleo or whatever, don’t give into your cravings. I can’t tell you how hard those first few days are, but once you pass them it’s clear skies and sweet freedom. I keep fruit and a bag of veggies in my fridge now, and when I get a craving I’ll grab a sweet piece of fruit to satisfy it. It’s been five days since I’ve had anything remotely chocolate and it feels great!

2. Over the past few days it’s been ridiculously cold down here in South Louisiana. I don’t know how you Northerners do it. I was wearing probably five layers just to walk outside and convince Ms. Oakley she needed to go to the bathroom before we could cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie.

3. I started extensive meal planning this week with my Advocare 24-day challenge + paleo challenge. Every Saturday, I sit down with an excel spreadsheet and plan out every single thing I plan on eating that week. No lie. I even have water listed (even though we should ALL be drinking a ton of water, I put it on there as a friendly reminder). Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, pre-workout, dinner, snack, water, water, water. It’s all planned so when I go to the store on Sunday morning I know exactly what I need to buy so I can save money and only buy what I need. There are no excuses if you’re prepared and plan ahead.

4. I learned that there are always people who want you to fail. Always. And you know what happens when you realize that? I pick yourself up off the ground (that’s only if you’ve fallen down), brush the dirt off your butt and keep on with your life. Why? Because it’s YOUR life. It’s your life, your stage, everyone else is just a guest in it. You have to do you first. I had a great talk with one of my good friends over at Eat. Pray. WOD. last night about this same thing. There will always be mean girls who push you around because they’re jealous, insecure, or whatever the reason. From middle school, high school, college, even in the workforce. Just let it go. You can’t let people bring you down. Ever.

5. Lastly, learn to spread your wings. I’ve been job-hunting and up until recently had been limiting myself to Louisiana. Why? Because I’m scared of change. I’m scared to lose the friends I’ve made in Baton Rouge, scared to leave my family in New Orleans, and I’m scared to leave my box and all the great people I’ve met through it. But you know what? There are other boxes out there. There are other cities to call home. There are people out there who can become your future friends and boxmates. You just have to be ready to let go of what’s holding you back and dive on in. Moving can suck. But moving can be good. It can be healthy. Think of it as a new, clean slate. You just have to be ready and accept the challenge.

Five on Friday!


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24 day challenge via Advocare paired with Paleo

First of all, I know everyone is just SO ECSTATIC about reading and hearing about each others’ New Years Resolution. If you’re one of those people who can’t really handle any of that right now, you might want to go look at some of my recipes over here. Otherwise, brace yourself.

So it’s Monday. It’s my first day back at work after two weeks off (kinda sorta) from Christmas and New Years. But you know what else it is?

Today is Day 1 of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.

I’m starting the challenge today, having had planned out my meals and the like for the week. I’m going for the best results possible, so I’m double timing the Advocare with a strict paleo diet. Between this and Crossfit 5x a week, I’m hoping to get off the plateau I’ve been stuck on for the past 2 months.

No alcohol. No bread. No dairy. No sweets. No coffee. No hot chocolate.

I wanted to start the year off with a clean slate, and being that January 1, 2014 was a Wednesday, I wanted to wait until a Monday so that I could have the whole week start to finish to begin the challenge.

So I’ve taken my measurements and recorded my weight and now I’m just trying to find my footing with this setup.

I’ll try and incorporate my progress and postings into the blog as I progress through the challenge, but bear with me on it. I’m keeping up with recipes and noting all of my food prep so I’ll be sure to share that down the road as well. If anyone would like my meal plan setup, feel free to ask!


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Paleo Friendly Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share a little recipe with y’all before the weekend.

What you’ll need:
– 1 2lbs pork tenderloin
– 1 egg
– 4 slices pork bacon (haven’t tried this recipe with turkey bacon)
– 1/2 medium onion, chopped
– 1/2 small apple (I use Fujis), chopped
– 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (I use more depending on the size)
– Chicken broth
– 1/2 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
– 1/8 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– Olive oil
– Skewers

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What you Do:
– Preheat the oven to 450* while preparing everything else

– In a skillet, cook your bacon so that it’s cooked thoroughly to your liking. I say this because I know not everyone likes their bacon the same way. Once it’s cooked, set it aside.(I know you know what bacon looks like, but here it is, because bacon.)

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– In a medium skillet, sauté the onion, sundried tomatoes, apple, bacon, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic and olive oil. Sauté everything for 3-4 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat and set it aside to cool.

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– Rinse the pork tenderloin and trim the fat if you want to. Then filet the tenderloin in a spiral lengthwise so that you end up with a large flat slab of tenderloin. You want to be able to unfold and refold the meat. Set aside until the stuffing has been prepared.

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– Once the ingredients from the skillet have completely cooled, whisk in an egg.

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– Spread the stuffing across the seam of the meat.

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– Close the meat up the best you can. I use bamboo skewers to help do this.

– Add the chicken broth to the bottom of the pan to keep the meat from drying out.

– Cook, uncovered at 450*F for 30 minutes. Once the first 30 minutes have passed, reduce the heat to 300* and cook for another 20 minutes. When the time is up, turn off the oven but allow the meat to remain in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.

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Final Product

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite things to cook with, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing some more fun and tasty stuffed pork tenderloin recipes with y’all soon!

Have a good weekend!

H