Hey there, Friday!
You’ve made it! Way to go! Some how, it’s nearly April, which means it’s nearly Easter!
And I’m already thinking ahead to those Easter picnics and brunches and post-church lunches that y’all are gonna be enjoying next weekend.
Which is exactly why I’ve created today’s recipe!
It’s a make-ahead side that would be egggggggsellent at your Easter extravaganza!
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there.
I’ve taken traditional yet delicious deviled eggs and married them with my simple but beloved bacon guacamole to create a creamy, salty, savory bite of brunch perfection.
All without any dairy or gluten.
Wanna impress at your next picnic? This make-ahead, kid-friendly crowd-pleaser will have y’all covered.
Good morning, friends!
You’ve made it to Friday! You’ve made it through February!
That means you need a springtime treat to boost you into the weekend that’s NOT Reese’s Eggs or jelly beans.
And when it’s springtime treats, y’all know I only have ONE in mind: CARROT CAKE!!!!
But despite it’s veggilicious suggestion, there’s not a ton of carrots in carrot cake.
But there’s a ton of white sugar and crappy oils and inflammatory flour.
But what is cool?
These Carrot Cake Energy Bites! They have none of that junk my beloved baked confection has, plus these require no baking and will actually fuel your body to get it through the day.
A little sweet. A little spicy. A little nutty. And, yes, a little bit of carroty goodness.
Oh, and they're totally friendly for Paleo+Vegan+Whole 30+Keto+Carrot cake-lovers everywhere!
So move over Cadbury, cause there’s a new springtime treat in town!
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Guys, I officially have mango fever.
It all started at Wal-Mart when I stumbled upon gorgeous, HUGE, ripe mangos for only 49 cents. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but I just had to buy them.
Then, my fate was sealed when I found dried mango that didn’t have ANY added sugar, a rare find.
Mango mania set it.
I came home and created a killer and oh-so-refreshing Mango Slaw that I shared with y’all on Tuesday, and then I pondered what I could do with the dried mango.
It’s so naturally sweet, so I wanted to be careful not to do anything to push it into the realm of cloyingly, over the top sweet.
Then I remembered seeing these little beauties pop up on my instagram feed-
Mango Pineapple RX Bars!!!
While I still haven’t found them in stores, I’ve been daydreaming about how bright those tropical tasties would be, like a little escape to Costa Rica wrapped up in a tiny package.
But alas, I live in Corsicana, Texas, where RX bars aren’t sold in stores.
So, I asked myself, why in the world can’t I make my own? Especially now that I have these no- sugar-added dried mango pieces.
And I did just that.
Super simple. Super clean. 100% Paleo, Vegan, and Whole 30 approved.
Dates, raw nuts, unsweetened coconut, unsweetened dried mango, gelatin protein, and a pinch of salt.
5 homemade RX bars for under $2 a piece.
Impossible? Nothing is impossible my friends with a little imagination, a little determination, and a Vitamix.
So let the mango madness continue!
If you like piña coladas….getting caught in the rain…
Why yes, Rupert Holmes, I do love a frosty piña colada.
Unfortunately, they aren’t the healthiest beverage out there…in fact, the average piña colada (which is around 9 oz.) has nearly 500 calories and a whopping 63 g of sugar. Y’all, that’s more sugar than a Cinnabon or 3 Frosted S’Mores Pop-tarts.
While the idea of sipping a piña colada on the beach this summer sounds tantalizing, I’m not crazy about how all of those empty calories and sugar will make me feel, not to mention make my squishpack look a few hours later...the idea is that it gets less squishy with time, not more so.
It’s too bad, though, cause that combination of creamy coconut and bright pineapple sure floats my boat…
I’ve found a way to satisfy my craving for the flavors of that calorie-loaded cocktail in a MUCH healthier way- my homemade protein bars.
Gluten-free, Paleoish (depending on the protein powder you use), and loaded with coconut-pineapple deliciousness.
No sugar rush. No gnarly hangover. No belly bloat.
Just good, clean piña colada satisfaction that the whole family can enjoy!
According to my watch, y’all, summer is here.
How can I tell? Simple:
1) School is out.
2) The Splash pad at the park is open and covered with my former students all hours of the day.
3) My farmer’s tan is returning.
4) My glass of Prosecco doesn’t stayed chilled for nearly as long, thus needing to be consumed even faster.Darn.
5) Fresh watermelon is flavorful, vibrant, and cheap.
Based on these 5 facts, I deduce summer is here.
And when it’s summer, I crave lime BIG time.
From my paleo key lime pie to lime pistachio bites, I have shared my love of lime with y’all before. And guess what? The saga continues today with my latest obsession: Coconut Cashew Lime Bites!
Healthy, simple, and loaded with coconutty-lime greatness. What’s not to love?
As a busy mom of a two month old, meals can be tricky business, especially lunches.
You see, my little love nugget has a predictable morning nap and a predictable dinnertime nap (when daddy is home, of course), but that 8 hour stretch from lunchtime to evening is unknown territory.
Will he stay down for 27 minutes? 48 minutes? 112 minutes? Will he wake up early with gas pains? Because his pacifier fell out? There’s hardly any way of telling. Thus, my lunches sometimes turn into a snack around 1, knowing the actual lunch may not happen until 3 or even 4.
Likewise, dinner often does not occur until 8, sometimes 9 at our house.
I’ve never been much of a snacker, until motherhood.
Not knowing when my next meal will occur means I’ve had to develop an arsenal of snacks that are fast AND will nourish my body to help me keep up with the demands of a 2 month old.
Whether you’re a busy parent like me needing grab-and-go nutrition, interested in some new postworkout snacks (hey Holly!), or curious about what I like to snack on, I’ve got 10 balanced snacks that offer a lil protein, a lil fat, and a lil carbs for some quality Paleo fuel.
In addition to my busy Paleo mom snacks, I’m sharing my weekly workouts that those snacks are fueling. While I’m 2 months postpardum, I’m still easing into impact moves. I’m occasionally testing out short jogs and jumps, though bigger moves like box jumps and double unders are still disasterous for my pelbic floor…sigh, one day, I may double under again…one day…
In the meantime, I’m grateful for what my body is able to do every day. God is good, y’all.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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