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Returning to CrossFit after Surgery

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Weekend Recap & Menu Planning Monday 10/6

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Homemade Coconut Creme Larabars, WIAW & Weigh In Wednesday

Guys. This is freaking brilliant. So, I’ve know that making “lara bars” seemed relatively easy. I liked regular Lara Bars, but it wasn’t until I tried the Coconut Creme ones that I was hooked. I’m pretty sure the only reason I survived my last week of Whole30 was because of those puppies. Thing is, at $1.25ish a piece… I was droppin a lot of dough on these little treats. So I decided to try to recreate them at home… and man oh man, they were spot on!

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Homemade Coconut Creme Larabars

Yield: 10 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Medjool Dates (pitted)
  • 1 cup Almonds (I used raw almonds)
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetend Shredded Coconut
  • Coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Pit the dates, soak in water for 30 minutes if they are dry or hard.
  2. Put almonds in the food processor and process until crumbled.
  3. Add dates and process until you get a smooth mixture.
  4. Add in coconut butter and shredded coconut and mix until fully incorporated. I ended up mixing these in by hand because my food processor ran out of room.
  5. If you’re feeling a little crazy, add some enjoy life chocolate chunks.
  6. Press into an 8×8 pan greased with coconut oil (or use parchment paper, I didn’t have any)
  7. Refrigerate or freeze until well set (Mine were in the fridge for about 4 hours but could have gone longer)
  8. Cut up and wrap in individual servings. Mine made 10 bars.
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I did a ton of food prep on Sunday so that we would be well prepared for the week. Since feeling confused about my eating I realized I do better with a plan. Also with running the CrossFit we are gone most mornings, then have to come home and jump right into our “day” jobs then we are gone a lot of evenings too – when we come home and have to eat dinner later than I’d like. So I’ve been prepping lots of breakfast food like breakfast casserole and protein waffles

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With the hubs on a quest to gain muscle and Little P on some kind of huge growth spurt eating kick, the breakfast casserole lasts about 3-4 days. It is seriously so good. Pop it in the microwave for about a minute, add some tabasco, tomato and avocado… the perfect breakfast in a pinch. and my kitchen stays clean. win-win.

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For dinners I’ve been keeping it simple lately. For awhile I got all fancy with my meal planning and was trying something new (and most likely complicated) almost every night. Between coaching CrossFit classes, making sure my 3 year old gets to bed at a decent time, and school/house work I just don’t have the time for that. I’m relying on the crock pot a lot. I used one of my old favorites last night, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Instead of making it on a bun I put mine over roasted cauliflower and ate it with celery. Fulfills my buffalo chicken craving without the breaded and oil friend boneless buffalo wings.

I’m also trying to make an effort to keep most dairy out of my diet. I have been using canned coconut milk since the whole30 – and then I found this beauty and had to try it…

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I’m not sure what makes this “Barista Style” different from the other coconut creamer I’ve tried… It seems a bit smoother. I noticed this one has pea protein and the regular one didn’t. Either way – It’s good!

Since we talked about all this amazing food, let’s also take a minute to talk weight. I know the scale is a lying whore. I also know that the last 2 weeks of food choices have been less than stellar. That is one of the reasons i’m trying to get more on board with prepping/planning so I don’t make bad choices. Since my last Weigh In Wednesday Post where I shared my Whole30 Results, I’m up 3 pounds. So, yup. I’m back to 190. I know, After eliminating dairy/grains/legumes for 30 days and then essentially bingeing on them is going to cause weight gain. Now I’m just striving to find balance. And pushing SO hard to get to my next mini goal of 175. Why are these 15lbs SO. DANG. HARD. to lose? UGH.

Linking up with Erin and Alex for Weigh In Wednesday and Linking up with Jenn for WIAW

Do you love LaraBars? Do you food prep? What have you been eating lately?

 

 

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Green BEAN Delivery {WIAW}

I told you I had some exciting thing to share with you over the next few weeks, so we are jumping right in today! I have heard about different kind of CSA programs and food delivery services but wasn’t sure how it would all work or how to find out if there were any in my local area. Well thanks to social media, I found out we had an amazing Produce Delivery Program in our area – Green BEAN Delivery. I don’t know how I didn’t hear about this sooner!

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Green BEAN Delivery runs like a membership program. You create an account and have a card on file. You can choose your delivery frequency to be either weekly or bi-weekly. The minimum order is $35. For a grocery delivery service that is pretty reasonable! They offer different sizes of bins to suit your needs. I ordered the Small Fruit and Vegetable bin. It arrived in a cool green container and was filled with natural and organic goodies!

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There were a mixture of fruits and vegetables, all organic! The lettuce still had the bulb on it! There were apples, oranges, grapes, spinach, lettuce, carrots, fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and an onion. I’ve been chomping on the grapes non stop. I have some plans for roasted potatoes and carrots with dinner and I made a mixed tuna salad for lunch yesterday using the lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and onion. It was so good!

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Not only do they offer these bins of fruits and vegetables, but you can also add other natural groceries on to your order as well. They even stock my favorite hard to find Food Should Taste Good Chips in Chocolate! They also have local eggs and dairy, as well as grass fed meat. I am definitely going to keep getting these awesome deliveries. It makes it exciting and easy to get new fresh produce! Be sure to check out Green BEAN Delivery and see if they are in your local area!

Have you tried a produce delivery service? Would you?

 


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Homemade Pumpkin Chai Latte {WIAW}

Man, is it Wednesday already? I swear time is in like fast forward or something. We are just a week away from the launch of our dietbet challenge, are you ready?! I’m so excited. I’ve been reading It Starts With Food like crazy and trying to think about how to avoid the normal holiday traps… One of my downfalls is Starbucks. I love a good latte! I’ve been trying to figure out substitutes and I think I found one. I’m not sure this is “whole30″ approved… but it has a heck of a lot less calories than an eggnog latte!

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Homemade Pumpkin Chai {WIAW}

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Chai Concentrate (Could brew your own chai if you wanted!)
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbs Pumpkin Puree

Instructions

  1. Mix Chai and Pumpkin together, heat up either by microwave for 1 minute or slowly on the stovetop
  2. Put Milk in a glass container with a lid. Shake it up (This mades it frothy!)
  3. Heat up milk for 30 seconds-1 minute.
  4. Mix all together and enjoy!
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The last few days have been a bit of a blur. My BFF came to visit and we had a ton of fun, but it went by so fast! Because it has been a bit crazy, I have some random pictures of what my eats have looked like lately. Linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons for WIAW!

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Homemade Paleo Pizza (Crust recipe here) – West Allen Grill, Grilled Chicken Salad- Banana Soft Serve topped with Food Should Taste Good Chocolate Tortilla Chips.

Yes, you read that right. Chocolate Tortilla Chips. They were sent to me from Food Should Taste Good as a part of their Holiday Simple Survival Kit.

It also included goodies from Justin’s Nut Butter (that didn’t last very long after opening), Larabar, Little Duck Organics, SmartWool, Spout Wellness, and Teatulia. Everything I’ve tried so far has been amazing!

What’s your favorite holiday drink?
Are you joining in the dietbet? DO IT NOW!

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