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Banana Cinnamon Paleo Waffles

This paleo recipe post is sponsored by Puritan's Pride.
Banana Cinnamon Paleo Waffle Recipe

Breakfast boredom can set in pretty quickly when you’re paleo. It did for me at least. I made scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, and fruit. I made veggie omelets. I made veggie scrambles. I made crust-less quiches. I made mini crust-less quiches. And then? I pretty much didn’t want to see another egg for a while.

I wanted breakfast breads. I wanted pancakes. I wanted waffles! It was definitely time to get creative. So, I got my waffle maker out and began playing with paleo-friendly ingredients. It took quite a few trials (and quite a few non-waffley messes), but I can now make about 10 different versions of a paleo waffle. Well worth the time spent!

My kids love these paleo Banana Cinnamon Waffles. They are delicious and super simple to make.

4 eggs
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup Organic Raw Cashew Butter
1 medium banana sliced (I find it will blend better if you slice it)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon GroundCinnamon
1 Teaspoon VanillaExtract

Beat the eggs with a hand mixer. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until the entire batter is smooth and there are no big chunks of banana remaining.
Pour the batter into your preheated waffle iron.
Cook according to recommended time for your waffle maker. Waffles should be golden brown and come out of waffle maker easily.
Makes about 6 waffles (depending on the size of your waffle iron).

You can of course top these with the traditional butter and maple syrup, but we love them without it. Try them topped with some sliced bananas and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add some chopped nuts for some crunch if you’d like. 

YUM! You’ll never be breakfast-bored again.

A New #FitViews21 - 21 Days to Fit Challenge Starts Monday!

A friend on Facebook asked me if I was going to do another #FitViews21. I had intended to do another challenge in January, but time slipped by. NOW seems like a great time!

I don't know about you, but I could use the support and accountability in my workouts.

If you're not familiar with #FitViews21:

They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. Let's build that workout HABIT!!

  • Choose a time of day that works best for you (first thing in the morning is my choice) and workout every day at that same time for 21 daysOf course rest days are important, but in the spirit of building the workout habit still do something at your appointed workout time. Maybe just a walk, a mile with a Leslie Sansone DVD, some gentle yoga, easy stretching... just something. This isn't about perfect workouts; this is about building a habit.
  • Then, share a pic post-workout every day on Instagram! Mention me @KerriOlkjer in the description so I can be sure to see it and use the hashtag #FitViews21. (Pics can be anything workout related. You, your gym, your workout DVD, your running shoes, your HR monitor...)
  • Be sure to comment, support, and encourage others using the hashtag!
There's also a private Facebook group for added support, encouragement, and accountability (or if you just prefer posting your workouts in the group instead of on IG). Friend me and ask to be added to the group (I'm horrible about checking private messages. I don't have the app. Please just post on my wall to be added.) The group is there for whatever you need. Share your workout plan for the day (or the week) and check back in with the group on how well you met your plan. Ask questions. Reach out for support or encouragement. Truly, it's a great group.

This time around I'm going to add something extra: a daily steps goal. If you have a step tracker (or can get one) I encourage you to set a new daily steps goal each week. Share your goal and your actual daily steps on IG or in the FB group. I've come to know that overall activity is SUPER important!

Also, just a note, no selling allowed in the group. I'm not selling anything here (I don't do MLM's) and I want people to feel comfortable in the group. So, please, no selling to group members. At. All.

I know first-hand (and have seen in others) how a little support, encouragement, and accountability can work wonders. Wherever you are in your fitness journey, this challenge is for you. We start Monday, January 25th. Will you join us??

21 Days. 21 Workouts. Let's do this!

Quitting FitViews?

I have a minor confession. My plan was to quit FitViews in 2016. I was just done and ready to move on to a new blog. A new blog with a different focus. Somehow I'd lost my passion for FitViews. I even turned down some work at the end of 2015 and considered selling the url because that was my plan.

But then... I didn't quit. 

Somehow I find myself over here wanting to blog again. Renewed, refreshed, refocused. Miz Carla shared something similar on her Facebook the other day and it dawned on me: I'm enjoying blogging on FitViews again. I want to write here again. I want to create recipes. I want to share my fitness and weight struggles and be part of this amazing healthy living blogging community. I just want to.

Lately I've done a lot of thinking and made a few decisions. You may see a few changes around here. The first being a business decision. I have decided only to work with soulmate companies. I define that as companies that I'm head over heels, madly in love with. Not just companies I sort of like-like, companies I want to marry. ;) I even sat down and made a list of who those companies would be. The list is scarily short, but that just feels right to me right now at this stage of my life and blogging. Also, there may be a few more posts on my life and my weight loss, back to running, back to fit journey. And last, I'm hoping to learn WordPress and finally leave blogger. GASP!

I probably will still start that other blog, but it's not highest priority right now. FitViews and I have been through a lot in the last 6 years. From trying to be anonymous online to professional blogger and a lot of ups and downs along the way. Somehow, this feels like coming home again. :)

So, dear readers, I apologize if I've wandered off this last year, but I'm back and I've missed you!

I'd love to connect, tweet me, IG me, or Facebook me!

10 Tips for Succeeding on The Paleo Diet

This post is sponsored by Puritan's Pride.
I've been Paleo for almost 5 years now and I know first-hand that going Paleo can seem pretty daunting in the beginning. With a strong focus on real, whole foods Paleo does require a bit more planning and preparation than other ways of eating. However, with just a few simple tweaks and additions to your weekly routine it can be a breeze.

Whether you’re making a permanent Paleo lifestyle change or gearing up for a 30 day Paleo challenge, set yourself up for success with these tips:
  1. Get good information. First things first, I always recommend people get good info on Paleo before starting. As Paleo gets more popular I'm seeing a lot more conflicting, wishy-washy, confusing stuff out there. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting good information from the start. I recommend reading: The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf or Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo (and of course their corresponding websites). For a quick Paleo Cheat Sheet check out my post: What is Paleo?
  2. Commit. Commitment is key. Past experience and conversations with readers, friends, and family have taught me that going “a little bit Paleo” doesn’t work well. Especially not in the beginning. Commit to going all out and jumping in for a full 30 days of strict Paleo to start. Then, you can tweak from there and find what works best for you.
  3. Gather recipes. Boredom is the enemy of any healthy eating plan. If Paleo is new to you definitely take the time to gather plenty of Paleo-friendly recipes. Peruse Pinterest, blogs, and Paleo cookbooks for ideas. Be sure to find a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes to suit your tastes. Don’t forget snacks too!
  4. Meal plan. Many of us rely a lot on quick-fix frozen, boxed or packaged meals (or take-out), especially on busy weeknights. With Paleo this isn’t really an option. The best way I’ve found to keep my weeknights running smoothly is: meal planning. It is a complete lifesaver for my family and I believe a must for succeeding with Paleo. Check out my post on Paleo Meal Planning for a complete how-to.
  5. Make a complete shopping list. Don’t set off for the grocery store unprepared! Take your weekly meal plan, check what you have on hand, and then make a complete shopping list. A little time spent planning ahead will save you time and money at the store.
  6. Stock up. As I said, boredom is the enemy. Make sure to stock up on a variety of Paleo foods. Especially spices and Paleo-friendly snacks; these are easy to forget, but hugely important in succeeding on a Paleo eating plan. Nothing is worse than going to the cupboards and finding nothing Paleo-friendly to eat!
  7. Take time for weekly food prep. Weekly food prep is another must for me. A little time on Sunday afternoon is priceless in streamlining your week and setting yourself up for successful food choices all week long!
  8. Cook too much and plan to eat leftovers. Many will find that cooking becomes a bit more time consuming on Paleo. Get the most bang for your cooking time buck by cooking too much when you do cook. Double or even triple recipes and plan to eat leftovers for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Leftovers are a complete lifesaver for me and I work them into my meal-planning.
  9. Carry snacks with you! When you’re out and about it isn’t always easy to find Paleo-friendly fare. Plan ahead and keep Paleo-friendly snacks at your fingertips at all times. Make your own trail mix and carry it in your purse, diaper bag, or glove box. Take nuts and seeds with you. Some people even go so far as to carry a mini cooler stocked with things like chopped veggies and boiled eggs. Whatever works best for you, just be sure to never find yourself needing to reach for a candy bar in the checkout line!
  10. Find support. Support is so important for succeeding with any life changes. Let your friends, family, and co-workers know you’re trying out Paleo and ask for their support. Reach out to any Paleo friends or family you may have. Find support online. Join a Paleo Challenge group. There are tons of groups going on all the time online or at certain gyms. Also, try searching the #Paleo hashtag on Twitter or Instagram to find accounts to follow. 

What did I miss? What would you add to the list?

2016, The Year of MORE!

I got on the scale the other day. It pretty much scared the crap out of me...

Since then I've been thinking, praying, wondering, pondering, and meditating on what real, lasting change looks like. Pre-baby #4 I really felt I was there. Or maybe I just liked what my scale said.

This post isn't about answers to my pondering though, for I have none as of yet. This post is more about seeking those answers in this shiny New Year.

One thing I know for sure is this: I need to change my focus.

I've read a lot lately on change and focus and life. Something I read the other day jumped off the page at me. It's nothing new, but it clicked into place for me in relation to my health and fitness journey. It said that what we focus on magnifies. Hmmm.

I've decided to change my focus this year. Instead of focusing on what I can't have or can't do, instead of focusing on what I need less of or what I need to take away, I'm going to focus on more.

What I want more of, what I need more of, what I will do more of. More.

This post needs a list, right? My MORE's for 2016:

  • MORE RUNNING. Oh that I could make that a bolder bold. I need more running. I want more running. More running it shall be! Two things I've done: 1. I bought a 26.2 sticker for the back of my car. Silly maybe, but I've always wanted one and I just needed to remind myself of who I am. 2. I signed up for a 1,000 km in 2016 challenge <<
  • MORE VEGGIES. Lots more. Especially salads and green vegetables. They were a very central part of my diet, but have slid to a lesser place since moving. Vegetables. Yum.
  • MORE STEPS. As I said in an earlier post, my steps were horribly low back in the rental. I want to keep increasing my activity. Gradually throughout the year. And keep it up. Right now I'm going for 12,000 steps a day. More steps, yes please.
  • MORE VARIETY. In so many ways. I got in such a rut in our little rental house. A rut with workouts, a rut with the same meals, same meals, same meals. More workout variety. More meal planning. More new Paleo recipe trying. Variety.
  • MORE GRATITUDE. My mother in law gave me a gratitude journal and I want to use it. More. Consistently. I used to do this and have slid away. More gratitude. More thankfulness. More appreciation.
  • MORE OUTSIDE FAMILY ACTIVITY TIME. Again, something that had slid a bit back in the rental place. Now that we're here on 8 acres (and in Idaho with so much opportunity for outside shenanigans!), more outside, more activity as a family, more play.
  • MORE INSTAGRAM. Um, what? How is this remotely related? Well, let me explain. I love Instagram. I have some amazingly motivational friends over there. I love scrolling through their post-race selfies on the weekends. Their NSV's during the week. Their post-workout sweaty faces... Also, I just love Instagram for connecting and sharing and staying accountable. For 2016 I may blog slightly less, and IG much more. It just fits me. MORE IG. Who knew?

How about you? What do you want more of in 2016?