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Should My Food Processor Smoke Like That? Plus, This Week's Workout Schedule


My food processor in it's pre-smoking days.
This past weekend I was happily making my kids' snacks when smoke started coming from my food processor. I quickly unplugged it, and smoke continued to roll out of the motor area. This was a whole new take on my saying that dinner just isn't done until I set the smoke detector off!

"Is it on fire?!" My kids wanted to know. "I don't think so," I reassured them. Though I wasn't entirely sure.

It eventually cooled down and stopped smoking, but now I'm afraid to use it. I mean really: should my food processor smoke like that? I'm thinking not... 

I use my food processor a lot. Like, a lot a lot. From energy bars (and balls) to nut butters to Paleo Pops to making my own nut flours in a pinch, I really do put it through its paces and can't imagine not having one!


So, I need recommendations. What's a good food processor that will stand up to my foodie blogger ways??

Onto this week's workout schedule...


HOW is it the end of July?? I'm seriously freaking out about that. Stay just a little bit longer summer... Anyway, last week I did not get any of my scheduled runs in. UGH. This week I'm making that a priority. Someone hassle me if you don't see a post-run instagram on Thursday!



Anyone else feeling like they need to DO ALL THE THINGS before summer is over?


Paleo Iced Protein Mocha


I'm mildly obsessed with frou-frou iced coffee recipes right now. For 3 reasons:
  1. It's hot.
  2. It's an awesome thing to be able to treat myself in the afternoons without having to leave the house!
  3. It's hot.

This recipe is not only Paleo-friendly, but also has the added bonus of some extra protein. With my current lifting schedule I'm all about sneaking in protein wherever I can. 


Ingredients
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1/2 Cup Mocha Chameleon Cold-Brew
2 Tablespoons Collagen Powder
1/2 teaspoon Organic Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (optional)



Directions
Blend all ingredients well (I use a Blender Bottle for this) and pour over ice.




Mmm, Taaaaasty.



What's your favorite fancy iced coffee drink??



Weigh In Wednesday + This Week's Workout Schedule

No, not twerk. WERK!
I promised 2 weeks ago to post my before stats, weigh in, and workout schedule for the Kelly Coffey-Meyer 30 Minutes to Fitness DVDs I was sent...

Well, oops, I got distracted going through and trying out the DVDs to see how I wanted to set up my workout schedule. Then, I looked at the calendar and realized we have exactly 6 weeks until our homeschool year starts again. Perfect timing!

I have to say so far I'm very impressed with these. I'm looking forward to the next 6 weeks! 

My main focus will be on doing something different and shaking things up with my plan; my body and my mind could definitely use it. I'll also be focusing on lifting heavy and really pushing it on the DVD workout days. I've been coasting lately. Enough of that. My motivation is high and I have more time on my hands for the rest of summer break. I plan to take advantage of that! Also, I'll be slowly building my runs up again since my hip is finally feeling better.


Days will alternate between weights and cardio. This week's calendar (I started Day 1 on Monday):


My 'before' this workout rotation stats:
Weight 184.5
Bust 42
Waist 34
Hips 42

Time to WERK!


How may cardio days do you schedule per week?


Paleo Chocolate Energy Balls

Paleo Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe

Post-workout, fueling a long run, or just something quick and easy to throw in my diaper bag for a long day of shopping with my kids: this recipe is perfect. There are only 4 ingredients and these are beyond easy to make. Plus, they are Paleo, vegan, 100% real food... and? Delicious!


Paleo Chocolate Energy Balls
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups All Natural Pitted Dates (about 35-40 dates)


Directions:
Add all ingredients into your food processor and blend 3 to 5 minutes on low (until smooth).


Scoop out 1/2 Tablespoon portions and form into balls. (For snacks for my kids I usually do 1 Tablespoon size.)



Makes about 32 - 1/2 Tablespoon sized balls.



Variation:
If you need an even denser source of fuel (if you want to carry less or are training more intensely, etc) you can add 1 or 2 Tablespoons of Raw Organic Honey to this.

What's your favorite real-food run/workout fuel?? Let me know if you try these!


Review: Caveman Cookies

Disclaimer: I was sent the following product by Puritan's Pride. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. Ingredients and nutrition facts are taken from the packaging I have. As such things can change be sure to read your own labels. 

Ok, so cavemen did not likely have cookies, but folks following the Paleo diet sometimes get a hankering for something sweet and cookie-like. When I saw these I had to try them.

I'm a firm believer that Paleo treats should be just that: treats. That said, treats like these definitely have a place in my family's pantry.

These range from 130 to 150 calories for 2 cookies and 10 to 14 grams of sugar.

From my most favorite (the top 3 are pretty much tied for most-favorite) to least:

Ingredients: maple syrup, organic honey, almond meal, pecan meal, dried cranberries (cranberries, apple juice concentrate, sunflower oil), pumpkin seeds, spices
Ingredients: organic honey, almond meal, walnuts, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon
Ingredients: honey, almond meal, brazil nut meal, chopped almonds, dried cherries (cherries, sunflower oil), nutmeg, cayenne pepper

Ingredients: almond meal, organic honey, unsulfured coconut, macadamia nuts, ginger
Ingredients: organic honey, almond meal, raw cacao powder, cashews, chia seeds, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, chili powder
Ingredients: organic honey, hazelnut meal, almond meal, ground carob
My Thoughts
I liked these. Make no mistake, these do not taste anything like a traditional cookie. But if you're Paleo and craving something sweet I think you'll appreciate the taste and the clean ingredients. To me the first three taste like a cross between a chewy oatmeal cookie and a larabar-like concoction. The Tropical taste like a chewy coconut cookie. The Mayan and Alpine I can't quite explain...

I madly loved the New World, Original, and Rainforest. I liked the Tropical and Mayan. The Alpine weren't a favorite.

My only complaint would be they are a bit too sweet. Now, that's me and my sugar-detoxed taste buds. Just be aware that honey or maple syrup is the first ingredient in most.

Overall, I loved them, my husband loved them, my kids loved the first three kinds I listed...

We'll buy them and I would recommend them as a Paleo treat.


Have you ever tried these?

Vanilla Maple Iced Coffee


It's no secret that I'm madly in love with coffee. Hot coffee, iced coffee, plain coffee, flavored coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino... you name it I want to marinate in it.

People often ask me if coffee is Paleo. My answer: maybe not strict Paleo, but I. Don't. Care. Cavemen did NOT drink coffee some declare. To this I reply: I am convinced that cavepeople of my ancestral line were roasting beans, crushing them, and pouring hot water over them thousands of years ahead of their time. 

OK, but seriously, I am Paleo because of the benefits I have seen eating this way. My food choices are more about how a food affects me than whether or not a caveman consumed it. Also, generally speaking, I think most people drink coffee on Paleo.

Whether or not coffee itself is Paleo, the things we add to it can be absolutely NOT Paleo. I am definitely known to splurge on a (non-Paleo) Starbucks now and then, but most of the time I prefer to keep my coffee concoctions Paleo. 


This iced-coffee recipe is my new obsession. It's not only delicious, but Paleo-friendly, and only about 50 calories!



Ingredients
1/2 Cup Vanilla Chameleon Cold-Brew
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1 teaspoon Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (optional)
Ice

Directions
Pour all ingredients over ice and stir.


Enjoy!


Do Something Different

I think this was FitBloggin '11?
I love this time of year. Fitbloggin season. While I was unable to attend this year I still loved following everyone's instagram and facebook feeds, but most of all: I love the aftermath.

So many people on fire again. On fire for their blogging, fitness, and general healthy living. On fire for each other and this awesome community. I love watching people connecting and reconnecting with blogging friends. There's so much support, encouragement, and just I-get-you understanding. It's a great atmosphere to be a part of.

I've been perusing post-fitbloggin posts. Fitbloggin recaps as well as many posts on accountability, tough love, new starts, re-committing to their goals...

I love this time of year. It always inspires me to reignite my passion for blogging, fitness, and healthy living as well. 


I've been struggling since finishing the 21 Day Fix. It sort of messed with my mind a little. Brought back a bit of the old obsessive feeling. I took some time off, dealt with some life stuff, back-slid a little, and well? Enough is enough.



Time to do something different.

What I've been doing since finishing Ultimate Booty Workouts is not working for me. I took a hard look at what I have been doing and started searching for something different. I found Kelly Coffey-Meyer's workouts and was impressed. They are just the something different I was looking for!


I reached out to Kelly (something I don't often do these days, that's how smitten I was with the You Tube previews) and she sent me these DVDs.
I'm putting together a 6 week calendar of the 30 Minute to Fitness DVDs, plus some runs, and will start today (no more waiting for Monday to start!). I'll share my workout calendar and 'before' stats next week for anyone interested. My focus will be weights and of course consistency. That is what I've lacked the past few weeks.

As far as my eating goes, it's been OK, but not where it needs to be for me to see the results I want. I contemplated doing a Whole 30 or a 21 Day Sugar Detox, but decided I wanted to try something different here as well. What I need most is, again, consistency. As well as accountability. I'll be keeping it clean Paleo, but my main focus will be on sharing my food choices on instagram more. I think it will be an easy way to keep myself on track and accountable. (Call me out if I start slacking! #justtrollin #tribelove)

I'm excited for something different. Changing things up is always a good thing!



PS Fitbloggin is in DENVER in 2015!! Who's coming to hang out with me??