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June 6, 2016

Eating Out.

 

It will happen.

 

You can’t avoid it forever.

 

Someone will ask you to go out to eat with them.  Friends wanting to get together.  Family wanting a fun night.  Something to celebrate.  Maybe you are just too lazy to cook.  In any case,

 

It will happen.

 

I know this can throw you for a loop.  Immediately, your mind starts reeling,  “You are doing so well!  You don’t need this temptation right now.  So-and-so won’t care that I am dieting.  I don’t want anyone to know I am dieting.  What does it matter, maybe I could have a little such-and-such?”

 

But remember!  This is a lifestyle change!  And going out to eat is part of that lifestyle.  Unless you are going to hole yourself up for the rest of your life?????  NO!  Learning how to navigate your way through this is totally possible and you can still enjoy yourself!  Follow these tips to make your life easier:

  1. Simple straight forward ingredients means less calories.  You know, things like chicken with… or salmon filet with…, plain baked potato…,things like that will make your life easier.

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are other ingredients not listed.  There are so many dietary restrictions out there and restaurants have to know their stuff, so they certainly don’t want you to accidentally ingest something that could kill you, i.e. allergy.

  3. Avoid creams and sauces.  Just a little bitty bit of that can derail you.  There is no way to know what you are dealing with, so stick to vinegars, vinaigrettes, lemon juice…that kind of thing.

  4. Bring your own shit.  I do this ALL THE TIME.  Coconut milk creamer?  CHECK.  My own apple cider vinegar dressing? CHECK.  Gluten-free or grain-free bun?  Double CHECK.

  5. The nicer the restaurant, usually the better the service…usually the better the quality of food and USUALLY the cleaner the plate.  This isn’t always the case, but in my experience is mostly true.  And if anything, (see #2) they are usually more willing to work with you!

  6. And if all else fails and it is just NOT a sure thing.  Skip the meal.  Suck it up.  Focus on your fellowship with others and not FOOD.  It certainly won’t kill you, then go home and

 eat right!

 

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Paleo Muffin

June 6, 2016

These muffins are a staple in my family’s daily diet. They are crazy nutritious and delicious! Easy to bring anywhere, they are sure to be that perfect inbetween-meal…meal. Full of fat and fiber they are super filling. Easy to freeze, if you can before you or your loved ones devour them!!!

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Paleo Muffin
Delicious, easy to make and then freeze after for a perfectly balanced paleo snack anywhere!
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35-45 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Wet ingredients
Dry ingredients
Extras
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35-45 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Wet ingredients
Dry ingredients
Extras
Instructions
Wet Ingredients
  1. Melt butter and add in maple syrup
  2. Mix eggs and milk together, then add in butter/syrup mixture
  3. Set aside
Dry Ingredients, Extras & Final Prep
  1. SIFT together coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt
  2. Mix wet and dry together
  3. Stir in Chia seeds and flax seeds into muffin dough
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes
  5. Fold in blueberries
  6. Stipple batter 3/4 full into greased muffin pans (basically your batter won't be smooth in the cup, it will look rough and rugged)
  7. Bake at 375° for 35-45 minutes. You know they are done with tops start to brown and when touched will 'bounce' back.
Modifications
  1. Instead of blueberries, you can adapt these muffins in many ways! Really, let your imagination run wild. Here are a few that I have tested and the family loves!
  2. Carrot and Raisin 1Cup Shredded Carrots & 3/4 Cup Sulfite free raisins
  3. Cranberry Orange 1 Cup unsweetened frozen cranberries (thawed and minced) & zest of 2 oranges
  4. Banana and Cacao Chip (chocolate) 2 Bananas mashed & 1/2 cup Cacao Chips
Recipe Notes

Baking Paleo is very different than traditional baking. Due to the fact that the flours are much heavier and you are using a lot of eggs, they 'dehydrate' as much as they bake. Depending on the wetness of your final batter, (mine is usually much drier than traditional batter), will affect how long to fully bake them. After a couple trials, you will figure out which consistency works best with your oven and your brand of coconut flour. (yes, that makes a difference)

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