coffee date-bites

date bitesThe delicious morsels are AMAZING and i’d betcha you can’t eat just one.  I found the original recipe from a great site “Our Paleo Life”.  Kendra is the master mind behind the site and she is clever in the kitchen.  Her bites recipe was for key lime pie bites and cherry pie bites.  Needless to say but I’ll say it anyway, “I am happy to stumbled across her delicious bites recipe”.  I’ve made her bites three times and on fourth time I decided to play around with the recipe myself.  I like my coffee, but I don’t always want to necessarily make a cup mid day.  To satisfy my craving for a mid day coffee as well as a snack I came up with these coffee date-bites.

Here’s what you need

-10 Medjool dates, pitted

– 1 cup Almonds (unsalted)

– ½ cup Cashews (unsalted)

– ¼ cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (aka coconut flour)

– 1.5 tbs water or chilled coffee (you could need a little less depending on the moisture in your dates)

– 1 tsp real vanilla extract (adding some real vanilla beans is awesome too)

– 1.5 tbs freshly ground espresso beans

Here’s what you’ll do

– Put the dates, almonds, cashews, coconut and ground espresso beans in a food processor. Process the mixture until there is variety in its texture.  half fine, half coarse.

– With the food processor running, slowly pour in all the vanilla and THEN the water (or chilled coffee) a little at a time.  You may not need all the water (or coffee) depending on the natural moisture already present.  Too much moisture will make the mixture too sticky and difficult to roll into bites/balls.

– When the mixture begins to ball together, turn food processor off.

– Roll your mixture into what ever sized bites you prefer!  large marble size works well:)

– Bites will keep for unto a week when stored in an airtight container in your fridge.

ENJOY these!!  They are awesome! And give thanks to Kendra over at Our Paleo Life

Crackin’ eggs and takin’ names!

We’re going primal (aka paleo) in our house and LOOOOVING IT!  We’ve jumped right into “The Practical Plaeo” as well as “The Bulletproof Executive” and could not be happier about food and the positive influence this way of eating has had on us.  How does loosing 7 lbs of fat sound?!   Let me tell you, it feels amazing and I credit it ALL to going primal.

Now if eggs aren’t your thing you may need a little warming up to eat this way.  I sure wasn’t, and some days still not, a huge fan of eggs.  I’ve been playing around and found some good egg eatin’ to satisfy my household.  Here’s the secret mama’s or designated chef of the house, the eggs gotta be from free range birds who eat a natural chicken diet (worms, bugs, scraps, grass etc).  Think chickens happily pecking the ground out in the open air.  Why?  A healthy, happy chicken eating the way nature intended lends its self to healthier eggs and as well as happier & healthier moms, dads n’ babes who eat the eggs.

Here’s a delicious recipe I use often.  It makes enough grub for the three of us for three mornings.  I highly recommend cooking in bulk it’s a “mom protocol” that’s helped keep our mornings flowing well with full bellies;)  Go eat!

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My O negative roots have been calling and I’m listening.  I’m wired to eat good, clean, healthy meat, fats, vegetables, nuts and some fruit.  Wow that sounds easy!  I like foods from those categories and I feel good when I eat them.  With a little guidance from the fantastic book “Practical Paleo” by Diane Sanfilippo the transition has begun well.  The recipes are easy to follow and contain ingredients that I’m likely to have in house anyway.  The food looks and tastes great!!  My husband and baby both love the food and the recipes are NOT labor intensive.  (Thank goodness because this mama can only do labor so many times). The book offers 12, 30 day meal plans specified to autoimmune conditions, thyroid health, chronic fatigue, fat loss and cancer recovery among others.   The Practical Paleo talks about food quality as well as the negative effects of grains on our health.  There’s even a guide to digestion…and poop!  Leaky gut?! Grab the book and have a read.  My brother, 37 years young, avid road cyclist, snowboarder, mountain biker, graphic & design guru has taken this book and its meal plan by the horns.  He’s loving it and has reported after 3 weeks on the plan that his joints no longer hurt!  This book rocks!  I “mom protocol” approve it and will be sharing the book with as many possible:)

Vista d’oro Farms & Winery

” Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hands and the Mouth.” – Lanza del Vasto

 

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I visited the cutest winery in Langley, BC, Canada.  It’s called Vista d’oro farms.  It was very unassuming when we first drove up.  A small, old white house on a large bit of land surrounded by plenty of grass, fruit trees, a barn and the family dogs.  We were greeted with amazing warmth by the family who owns and operates the winery.  The farm offers fruit preserves and wine made from their own vineyards, fruit trees and even a walnut tree.  The walnut wine was AMAZING!!!  After a few tastings and a purchased bottle of wine we gathered outside on the porch to sip away.  And the rest is  history.

If you find your self in the Fraser Valley of BC take a moment or an afternoon and visit Vista d’oro farm.

 

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