4 Ingredient No Grain Pancakes!

As many of you know from my past posts, I love pancakes!  I have to say I think these are one of my favorites so far.  They are super easy and quick and I really don’t have much to say other than I hope that you and your family enjoy them as much as ours did!  Hallie loved these pancakes and said, “Mom, these are so amazing, I like these better than normal pancakes”!  I will say they do taste a little like banana so if you like banana and cinnamon you are in luck!  Next time we will be adding PB for a test run!

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 Bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

*Blend Bananas and Eggs in a blender and then add Cinnamon and Baking Powder…you can pour these onto your griddle straight from the blender!  Brush your griddle with a little EVOO.  Make the pancakes 2-3 inches…if they are too large they will not flip as easy.  They are a little tough to flip but turned out amazing!

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Blend it up!

 

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Pour onto Griddle!

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Stack em Up!

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Enjoy with topping of your choice!

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To make these pancakes even better for you, we used All Natural Whipped Butter and Organic Pure Maple Syrup!

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Enchiladas…the healthy way!

As I was preparing dinner for my family tonight, I was looking at my can of enchilada sauce.  It seemed simple with not many ingredients.  As I continued on down the label, I read the sodium content.  450 mg of sodium per serving (which was 1/4 cup) and there were 13 SERVINGS per can!  Ahhh!  There was no way that I was going to use that!  That is enough sodium to elevate anyones blood pressure and choke a horse mind you!  So, I tried to think of how I could make enchiladas healthier and I came up with this.  They were SO GOOD, easy, and healthy!  My family loved them!

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Ingredients:

  • Sprouted grain tortillas

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  • Shredded chicken breast (previously made in the crockpot as posted on my blog)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can of mild Rotel tomatoes

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  • 3 fresh tomatillos blended with a little vinegar and a little water (enough to make it runny)

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  •  I also added jalapeños to mine and my husbands

Preparation: Fill tortillas with chicken and a little cheese (and jalapeños if desired), pour can of Rotel tomatoes and tomatillo mixture over enchiladas, and sprinkle cheese over top to your liking.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes!

They were so good!  If you’ve ever seen the “What about Bob” movie where Bob was enjoying his dinner from Faye, that is what my kids and husband were doing at the dinner table over and over!  Mmmm!  Mmmm!  Love that movie by the way!  I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine did!

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My 3 Day Cleanse!

Before I get started I just want to make sure it is known that I did not do this to loose weight quick, but to attempt to flush out toxins in my body, get this water weight off, and jump start healthy eating (and to make my pants fit a little better :)).  One of the worst feelings to me is when my pants/clothes are snug and then start to get tight to where I’m uncomfortable.  I’ve never been one to buy new clothes a bigger size when mine get tight.  After my pregnancies I would wear my maternity clothes until I lost the weight.  That was a motivator for me to continue toward my goal weight.  I have recently gained some weight (and no I did not think I was fat) but I was uncomfortable to the point of my pants being too snug for my liking.  I actually rarely weigh myself because to me my goal weight is: being able to fit into my clothes and feel good.  I did weigh myself for this challenge for the fact that I could share that it’s not all about how much you weigh but about muscle mass over fat.  I think that one of the most important things is that we love ourselves in the here and now and if there are goals that we want to achieve then go for them and be your own motivation!  I don’t always “feel like” exercising and I don’t always “feel like” eating healthy, but I know what the outcome feels like if I do and I never regret doing it!  I do have to say there were times during my cleanse (mostly during the day) that I was hungry…but it’s ok to be hungry.  And there were also times that I realized that I wanted to eat because of stress, bordem, kids driving me crazy, etc…

After our recent vacation and just eating unhealthy more than I should, I wanted to try a cleanse.  I know there are tons of cleanses out there and some of them you probably actually feel like you are starving.  I wanted to come up with my own where I could actually still eat everyday and not feel like I was so deprived that I couldn’t make it for 3 days.  This is the first cleanse that I’ve ever done and I loved it!  No, the smoothie drinks were not the best tasting thing but I thought hey, “for 3 days?”  I can do it!  As one of the powders in the cleanse is alot of freeze dried grasses, I joked with my kids that I was drinking “my barnyard smoothie”.  I looked at some of the other cleanses out there and came up with this:

I love shopping at Sprouts!  Their produce is great and it’s fairly well priced.  Ultimately you can get your ingredients from other places but this is where I got all of my stuff!  Here are some photos throughout my cleanse (and No, I wasn’t pushing my stomach out in the first one).  It’s encouraging to take photos during as it helps for motivation to continue!  The abs I have gained from planks and trying to live a healthy lifestyle, but I put photos on to show what a cleanse can accomplish in uncovering our muscles!  Here goes… My results: I lost 3 pounds (most of which could be water weight), my pants aren’t tight anymore (YAY!!!!!!), and I feel great!

DAY 1:  

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DAY 2: 

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DAY 3: 

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I was kind of nervous as I thought, “what if I don’t finish this cleanse and I just announced that I’m doing one?”, but that is actually what helped me stay on track and continue on…being held accountable by my blog.  So if you are wanting to do a cleanse I strongly recommend doing it with someone else, that way you can hold each other accountable!

This is how my days looked on my cleanse: 

I would start my day with a cup of decaffeinated Green Tea.  I did sweeten mine with a little stevia, but that is also optional.  Also important is that you remember to drink 64 ounces (at least) of water a day!

Breakfast: Smoothie made with one scoop of Sprouts Protein powder flavor of choice (powder comes sweetened with stevia), one scoop of “Green Vibrance”, a cup of ice (or however much you prefer), and 6-8 ounces of water.  Blend and enjoy…or don’t enjoy and just drink! 🙂  Sometimes I used less water if I didn’t feel like drinking quite as much.  I did also drink these smoothies without ice if I was making them at work.  I know, not great but more convenient.  If you read the label on the green vibrance, it shows all of the fabulous ingredients along with 25 billion probiotics per serving!  There have been many stories of people with illnesses, cancer, etc. using this powder and getting great results!  It’s called a “superfood!”  You can also get it on Amazon and read hundreds of customer reviews of how it has helped different people!  MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE GREEN VIBRANCE IN THE FREEZER IF POSSIBLE!  This helps the probiotics to stay alive!

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Lunch: Smoothie same as breakfast AND one Ultimate Flora (50 Billion Probiotics) pill.  I also took another one of these pills after dinner.

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Afternoon snack: Smoothie same as breakfast and (if desired) one serving of veggie, fruit, or half an avocado.  That’s one…not all three of those.  I would also have another cup of decaffeinated Green Tea when I desired, in the afternoon.

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Dinner:  All organic if possible: A large bowl of salad with chicken breast (or fish), with tons of veggies!  I used: bell peppers, another spicy pepper I’m not sure the name of, grape tomatoes from our garden, jalepenos from our garden, avacado, and sliced mushroom.  Be creative and try new veggies!  One of the important parts is that you don’t use dressing unless it is a vinegar.  I used white balsamic vinegar for dressing.  There are lots of tasty vinegars out there!  I took another Ultimate Flora pill (50 Billion Probiotics) after dinner as well.

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I also used distilled water for drinking and for my tea throughout my entire cleanse!  And remember since you are taking in less calories than normal, if you are going to workout…do a lighter workout!  The exercises that I did during my cleanse were: walking, jogging for no more than 10 or 15 min, and a little yoga.

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CLEANSE GROCERY LIST: 

  • Decaffeinated Green Tea bags
  • Sprouts Chocolate or Vanilla Protein powder 
  • “Green Vibrance”
  • Vitamin B12 (gives energy- but optional to take during cleanse)
  • Garlic Supplement (it’s a great immunity booster)
  • Ultimate Flora (50 billion Probiotics)
  • Organic Salad Mix of Spinach and Baby greens
  • Lots of organic veggies to go on your salad 
  • Chicken Breast (organic if possible and cooked in water)
  • Grilled Fish (if preferred) 
  • Distilled Water 
  • Vinegar if desired for salad dressing

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I honestly have to say, I am so amazed at the results that a cleanse can bring to your body and life!  I have had so much energy the last 3 days, my mind is more clear, I don’t have those awful blood sugar spikes, my sinus infection went away with no meds, and I don’t get hungry after dinner (believe it or not)!  I’d say that’s pretty amazing!  I accomplished what I wanted through this cleanse.  This is not a “diet” and should not be completed long term as the calories are so low for your optimal health.  But like I said, “hey, it’s only 3 days!”  The key is to continue with healthy eating after and to try to keep those carbs at bay!  Remember…”EAT FROM THE FRIDGE, NOT THE FOOD CUPBOARD!”

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And who said you can’t bake and still eat healthy?? Blueberry Lemon Bread!

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First of all, I have to say that I love baking and it can be a challenge to make healthy baked foods.  This bread is a great alternative for baked bread made with white flour.  My gut in general just feels better when I’m not eating gluten.  I don’t feel that I have an allergy to gluten but definitely believe that gluten challenges my gut in a negative manner.  Here is a great gluten free Blueberry Lemon Bread recipe!  I found this recipe on Pinterest and then modified it to make it gluten free, using almond flour instead of white flour.  I also used stevia in place of the sugar that the original recipe called for.   I hope that you all enjoy it as much as myself and my family did!

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RECIPE: 

Yields – 1 loaf
Ingredients
1 Cup – Quick oats
1/2 Cup – Oats {blend in food processor to make flour}
1 Cup – Almond Flour
1 1/2 Tsp – Baking powder
1/2 Tsp – Baking soda
1/4 Tsp – Salt
1 1/2 Cup – Plain Greek yogurt
1/4 Cup – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 – Eggs
3/4 Cup – Stevia
1 Cup – Blueberries
3 Tsp – Flax seed meal
1 Tablespoon – Oats for topping (optional)

Fold in Lemon Zest to taste and 2TB of Lemon Juice from fresh lemon

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray the bread pan with olive oil spray
In a bowl, mix together the oats, oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, stevia and salt.
Add about 2 tablespoons of this mixture to the blueberries. This is to ensure that the berries don’t sink to the bottom of the bread
In the stand mixer bowl, add plain greek yogurt, oil and eggs.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in 3 batches and mix until everything is well incorporated.
Gently fold in the blueberries and lemon zest
Pour batter into the prepared bread pan and sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of oats on top
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for 15 minutes.

TIPS:

Since this bread contains fresh blueberries I recommend refrigeration. Just heat the slice for about 10 seconds in the microwave and enjoy!

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Gardening…Organic and Healthy!

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Gardening is a great way to get exercise and reap from the benefits of the healthy foods that it produces!  It’s so invigorating for me to work in the garden in the fresh air of the outdoors.  My daughter took a gardening class at school and was so excited to plant our plants and seeds.  Today we worked in our little “Arizona garden.”  When we renovated our backyard I knew that I wanted a little garden that was contained for the ease of taking care of it.  We took retaining wall bricks and built them up and then filled them in with organic gardening soil (which we purchased at home depot.)  We ran irrigation through it which makes it super easy to take care of!  I love that this is something for our kids to do that is simple and easy to teach healthy eating!  Today Brylie, Hallie, and I made these veggie “markers” with paint sticks and a little chalk board paint.  It was such a fun project to do with the girls and they loved it!  As you can see in the photos, we had to cover the strawberries because the birds like them too.  I’ve always thought that it would be fun to have an indoor mini herb garden in little pots too (a great idea for those of you that can’t plant outdoors yet.)  I know for all my friends and family in those cold states that it’s not feasible to plant a garden outside yet.  This is wishing for warmer weather to come your way!  Happy Gardening!

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