Guilt and Grain Free Cookies

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With holidays around the corner it’s natural for all of us to start craving certain foods, especially sweets!    In order for me to satisfy those cravings I need to get creative in the kitchen.  This recipe was inspired through Kind Bars.  I was just traveling recently and when I travel my go-to snack in desperate needs is Kind Bars.   They are bars that are dense in nuts and glued together with honey!  Who doesn’t like a blend of nuts and honey!  I promise you’ll love these and they will for sure satisfy that cookie/sugar craving!

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Quinoa Chicken Burgers

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A lot of people always ask me if I ever eat off of “paleo” and to be honest, I don’t.  However, that doesn’t mean that anything non-paleo isn’t still nutritional for you.  For me, its just a personal choice.  Although, for my non-paleo people I wanted to incorporate something new.  This meal has all of your essential needs that are great for a post work out.  Loaded with protein, complex carbs, healthy fats and micronutrients from your veggies!

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Chicken Avocado Bacon Salad

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This was absolutely amazing!!  I pretty much took all of my favorite things and blended them together.  Per usual, I don’t have much time to dedicate to cooking intense meals these days. This took me less than 30 mins to make and it was amazing.  It’s packed with protein, healthy fat and essential micronutrients.   Great for a post work out dinner.  I also threw in some plantains for added potassium and a carbohydrate source.  If you’re in a jam with time and want a meal that will satisfy every taste bud you have – try this!!

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Sesame Shrimp

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Every now and then I get a craving for some good Chinese food so when this happens I do what I love to do best – I love turning foods into Paleo friendly meals.  I looked in my cabinet and I had coconut aminos, balsamic, garlic and sesame seeds, so I figured I’d give this a try to see how it turned out not thinking it would of turned out as good as it did.  This is probably the closest to Asian food I will ever get! :p   My favorite part about this was it took me under 10 mins.  From work, to CrossFit to home to do school work I am all about my 10 minute delicious meals.  If you’re craving something different and delicious try this!

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Paleo Bacon Burger

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It isn’t Labor Day unless you have a yummy juicy everything amazingness burger!  This literally took me 10 minutes to make and it put that :) on my face!   What I love most about this burger is it has all your essentials – your meat protein, your healthy fat, your complex carbohydrate and some green.  I ate this with a side of grilled asparagus sprinkled with lemon – perfect end to summer meal.

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Zoodles with Grilled Chicken and Basil

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Sometimes all a girl needs is a little “Italian” in her life.  I haven’t made Zoodles in a while and wanted to change it up a little bit.  I’m a big cilantro girl but I shop at a fresh produce Peruvian Market and you could smell the fresh basil when you opened the door, I couldn’t resist.  Basil is good for making pesto’s, putting in sauces but it’s also amazing to just dice up as is and mix in with your food.  If you’re craving some yummy Italian, try this out! (and the best part is it takes 15 mins.)

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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One of my favorite things in the world to eat is pancakes.  My Dad used to make them for us on Sunday mornings growing up. He had a passion for making the ‘perfect’ pancake batter which as usual with anything he was passionate about, succeeded.  I love pancakes and often miss just the traditional white-flour pancakes so in order to satisfy my cravings, I need to get creative.   I just completed my first semester of my Masters Program. So I’m going to start incorporating and sharing information that I learn in my blog to update everyone else!  Here are some fun facts about Sweet Potatoes and why they are a necessity in our diets – Sweet Potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables. They are filled with Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium and Fiber.  They carry no fat and are low in sodium. They are also strong in Vitamin A which is necessary for strong tissues, maintaining a healthy immune system and help prevent against cardiovascular disease.  Lastly, they are a great source of complex carbohydrates which our bodies need to produce energy.   So try these out pre or post work out or just if you just have that pancake craving.  I promise you’ll love them as much as I do!

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