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

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 seri…

Paleo Iced Protein Mocha

I'm mildly obsessed with frou-frou iced coffee recipes right now. For 3 reasons:
It's hot.It's an awesome thing to be able to treat myself in the afternoons without having to leave the house!It's hot.
This recipe is not only Paleo-friendly, but also has the added bonus of collagen. With my current lifting schedule I'm all about sneaking in protein and collagen wherever I can. 

Ingredients
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1/2 Cup Chameleon Cold-Brew Mocha Coffee Concentrate
2 Tablespoons Collagen Powder
1/2 teaspoon NOW Foods Organic Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Organic Grade B Maple Syrup NOW Foods Organic Maple Syrup, Grade A Dark Color (formerly Grade B) (completely optional, leave out or replace with stevia to make this more low carb friendly)




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




Mmm, Taaaaasty.




What's your favorite iced coffee drink??










Weigh In Wednesday + This Week's Workout Schedule

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 weigh…

Paleo Chocolate Energy Balls

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) 1/3 cup Organic Shelled Sunflower Seeds 1 cup Organic Raw Cashews 1/4 cup Organic Cocoa Powder

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:

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 …

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 …

Do Something Different

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…