Fluffy Yummy Coconut Flour Pancakes


I have been cravings smoothies like none other this week! Not sure what I am deficient in, but my body is screaming for protein, fruit and icy goodness. So, I went online and ordered these little beauties:

The ingredients in these are phenom! They have all sorts of goodies like alfalfa, wheatgrass, veggies, protein, calcium and sooo much more! I went a little nutso and ordered a bunch to try before committing my $40 to one kind of healthy smoothie mix. This morning, I used the Amazing  Meal with Vanilla Chai with my “pumpkin spiced latte” and a half a banana. It was good, but I was not feeling the least bit full, until I had some of my hubby’s pulled pork (terrible combo I know). 3 bites in and I was stuffed! So, they keep you full, you just might not notice it at first.

Anyways, Hubby thought it sounded gross so I made him some DELICIOUS coconut flour pancakes!! I had a bite and they were amazing!!

Fluffy Yummy Coconut Pancakes

(Borrowed from NourishingDays)

Makes 4 1/4 cup pancakes (serves 1- 2)

Ingredients:

2 eggs (@ room temp)

1/2 cup almond milk/coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon honey (I used 1 packet of Truvia)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup coconut flour

Directions:

Used my pancake spatula!!!

  • Preheat griddle over medium-low heat. In a small bowl beat eggs until frothy, about two minutes. Mix in milk, vanilla, and honey or stevia.
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Stir wet mixture into dry until coconut flour is incorporated.

  • Grease pan with butter or coconut oil. Ladle a few tablespoons of batter into pan for each pancake. Spread out slightly with the back of a spoon.

I added chopped walnuts to one of them

*The pancakes should be 2-3 inches in diameter and fairly thick. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until the tops dry out slightly and the bottoms start to brown. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

The fourth one didn't quite make the cut (ie: I ate it)

  • Serve hot with butter, coconut oil, honey, syrup, or fruit.

Mmmmm...warm blueberries!

What a great way to start the day! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

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Yesterday You Said Tomorrow


Support

How does that word make you feel? Comforted, knowing you have it? Sad, because you wish you had it. Frustrated, because it’s conditional?

We all need support. That’s why programs like Weight Watchers, Livestrong, Jenny Craig and more just like it flourish- because each and every member is supported in their journey. It makes me think of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Can you imagine her making it all the way to the Emerald City without the support and encouragement of her manly entourage?

How many times you have you started out on a journey only to quit because no one was there for you? I know I have a bunch of times. Sometimes, the support has to come from within and sometimes you can find it in others. That’s what makes Facebook and blogging so great! No matter what crazy journey you want to embark upon, you can find people who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

I think back to all the people who have supported me in some pretty wacky ideas. Going to Bible College in Oregon (which coming from NorCal was like moving to Alaska), moving to Spokane to pursue being a teacher, changing my mind and moving back to California, going back to Bible College, asking out a boy :0) Marrying the man of my dreams on a tight budget (that took a LOT of support- I had 9 bridesmaids!) Pursuing fitness as a career, quitting my steady job to pursue my own business….I could not have done it without support of those around me.

Obviously, most people are not going to come right out with their support. Sometimes, you have to dig a little and find it. I spent a lot of time online for job support, time with people who had walked in my shoes and new what I was going through. I  had to ask to be mentored and I pay for a counselor to help support me in my growth process. My husband is probably the most supportive man I know! (Side note to the married ladies out there- Sometimes men don’t know that you need lots and lots of support on things, so give him a break and tell him that you would love his support in x,y or z.)

Don’t be afraid to try something new! Here are some great sources of support:

For Weightloss Accountability- Weight Watchers, Livestrong, Spark People

For Diet Changes- Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Grain Free 

For Exercise Changes- Livestrong, PeerTrainer, Everyday Health

For Career Changes- CareerShiftersMeet Up, LinkedIn

There’s a lot of support out there. Don’t put your life on hold waiting for someone to give you a boost- go out there and find the support you need to take it to the next level.

 You Can Do It! Then you can look back and say : I Did It!!

Lose 10 Pounds In 30 Days!


That’s right! I said it! You have the opportunity to lose 10 stinking pounds. No surgery. No pills. No gimmicks. No crazy new exercise routines (unless you want….;0)

No my friends, it is the Paleo Challenge that pretty much guarantees that you can lose up to ten pounds in 4 short weeks.

Some things you may be thinking…..

-Yeah Right Kim. I have done 30 day diets before and I gained everything back.

Have you tried Paleo before? I personally guarantee that you will absolutely feel better, look better, sleep better and have more energy in 4 weeks if you follow the Paleo Lifestyle (NOT diet!). That’s right, I am staking credibility  on the line! You will most likely never want to go back.

-I could NEVER give up grains!

Grains, especially wheat (which makes up most of the American Diet) is not like what it once was even a hundred years ago. It has been so genetically modified that it causes things like Celiac, which is a sensitivity to gluten. According to Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, “A wheat belly represents the accumulation of fat that results from years of consuming foods that trigger insulin, the hormone of fat storage….This “central” or “visceral” fat is unique: unlike fat in other areas of the body, it provokes inflammatory phenomena, distorts insulin responses and issues abnormal metabolic signals to the rest of the body. In males…it also produces estrogen creating “man breasts.” Still wanna keep eating grains??

-I am a vegetarian/Vegan.

This would indeed be a challenge as the whole principle behind Paleo is hunter/gatherer mentality. It is hard to get enough protein from vegetables, fruits and nuts, but with proper supplementation it could be sustained for a short period of time.

-I thought fat was bad for you?

People who eat fats (monosaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated) are typically thinner than those who avoid them. Why? Because fats are a macronutrient and vital for your metabolism (your body’s ability to burn fat) Raw nuts, coconut and olive oils, avocados, nut butters, a fat cut of meat- these are all necessary, in moderation (although the Primal Blueprint might argue otherwise).

-Kim, what am I going to eat?

What aren’t you going to eat!?? Start with a blank sheet of paper and list your meat options. Then, list what you can do with those meats. Then list vegetables that would pair well (Ie: Turkey, turkey burgers, tomatoes, onions, avocado, bacon). You can come up with thousands of variations of food choices!!

-I don’t know what to stay away from.

Anything white, basically. If it’s not colorful, don’t eat it. This includes oatmeal, rice, pasta, sugar, grain flours, beans, peanuts, soy, lentils, sugar and dairy.  To simplify- no grains, dairy or legumes. Think Grok-like and pretend you’re hunting for food….or not.

-I have to have some kind of treat or I will die!!

Let fruit become your new treat! Poach pears, grill apples with cinnamon, use blueberries in your smoothies, strawberries with almond butter- the possibilities are endless! Once you get over the sugar addiction (usually occurs around week 3) your body will crave natural sweetness from fruit. It’s quite amazing! If you simply cannot live without your muffins, try using almond meal flour instead of grains and find a great vegan recipe (or ask me!)

-But, how will I have time to cook all this?

The same way all Paleo’s do: ahead of time! Chop your veggies and put them in baggies, cook lot’s of meat at once and portion it out. Bake everything at once. Use a meal planner to help you prioritize and save money on groceries! I usually do this Sunday evenings to prepare for the next week.

-I don’t think I can do it.

If you tell yourself that, then you probably wont. This is not for the faint hearted. It’s for those who desire to look better, feel better, sleep better and BE better. If you constantly have negative self talk (think back to Communications 101), then you won’t succeed. If you commit and decide then the doing is much easier. Find support!! Look online for Paleo peeps in your area or use Facebook!

-It’s too expensive.

How do you know? Processed foods cost waaay more than fresh produce. Go organic as much as you can and take advantage of local farmers markets. I think with proper planning, it can actually save you money.

There, I have assuaged all your fears and worries! So now, all you need to do is commit. Leave your name below so I can contact you and help you along. Aren’t you ready to fit into those skinny jeans? Aren’t you ready to feel the best you have in years??

Here’s some recommended Reading:

Let’s do it! Challenge starts Friday morning with breakfast (September 16th-October16th)

Flat Belly Cobbler


A friend of mine recently gave me a ton of pears straight from her parents garden! I have been waiting anxiously all week for these little guys to ripen and finally the time has come!!

Not to mention the abundance of blackberries still in my back yard.

I’ve mentioned before a recipe or two from Elana’s Pantry. She has an awesome cookbook out called The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook– Delish!! I have really enjoyed looking through her amazing recipes, especially since a lot of them fit right in with the Paleo lifestyle. You should definitely check it out! The thing I like about using almond flour instead of grain flour is that it does’t give you the bloated puffy tummy after eating it!! Hence, Flat Belly Cobbler!

I modified her Apple Blackberry Crisp to include my delicious pears. I hope you enjoy it!

Pear Blackberry Crisp

Modified from Elana’s Pantry

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Place pears and blackberries in a large bowl
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice, vanilla and arrowroot, tossing to incorporate all ingredients

  • To make topping, in a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, oil and agave

  • Crumble topping over pear-blackberry mixture

  • Cover with tinfoil and bake at 350° for 60 to 75 minutes until fruit is juicy and bubbling
  • Remove from oven and uncover
  • If topping is browned, allow to cool for 10-15 minutes
  • If topping is not yet browned place in oven uncovered for 5 minutes, or until browned

  • Serve and enjoy!

Thank you Elana for this awesome recipe and easy to follow instructions! This is an awesome recipe!! Probably one of the best crisps I have ever had! And, with no added sugar!!!