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Chocolate Lovers Keto-Friendly Cheesecake

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Homemade Paleo Spicy Mango Chutney

Homemade Paleo Spicy Mango Chutney

Homemade Paleo Spicy Mango Chutney Well, I am pretty sure chutney is already paleo-approved, but if not, here is a recipe for some!  Cody and I have a debate, he says it’s spicy, I say it’s not.  Technically it’s his recipe, so since he says […]

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)

 

Didn’t think that crispy chicken was possible on keto?  Well good news keto fam, it is totally and completely possible!  These crispy, coconut crusted chicken tenders are awesome!  They work great whether you’re keto, paleo, or none of the above.  I’m pretty sure I say that about most of my recipes, but hey, it’s true!  Now, these go FANTASTIC with my homemade spicy mango chutney.  However, the chutney is not keto friendly,  if I find a way to have a semi keto version of it, I’ll be sure you update everyone.  These can be cooked in both an airfryer, traditional fryer, or just pan-fried.  This recipe is fairly simple, the breading process takes time, but overall an easy recipe.

These were such a hit with Cody’s family, and I’m sure yours will love it to!  Comment below to let me know what are your favorite dipping sauces are!

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, butterflied, than cut into strips
  • 2 eggs
  • shredded coconut
  • coconut flour (keto) or Cassava flour (paleo)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or less)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • Neutral oil for frying, I use refined coconut, but avocado or peanut, if you aren’t paleo, will work.

 

Coconut Breaded Chicken

To begin, prep your breading station: Plate one will consist of your coconut or cassava flour.   Mix spices and egg in plate two, and then the shredded coconut on plate three. I’m not going to tell you how much to use, because it can vary quite a bit.  However, it’s safe to say you will need more than you originally put in.  Dip chicken into the flour, then into the egg, and then finally coat in the shredded coconut.  Fry at 350F oil, careful not to crowd the pan, until chicken is cooked through and your coconut is gold brown and delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Keto/Paleo Blondie

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Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

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Keto Paleo Mixed Berry Crumble

Keto Paleo Mixed Berry Crumble

Keto Paleo Mixed Berry Crumble

As you most likely already know, I am trying out a Paleo diet, more specifically Whole 30.  With that said, I am also trying to somewhat keep to a keto diet, so this recipe is appropriate for both diets, just swap the honey with artificial sweetener, and it’s now Keto approved.    Crumble is never the most photogenic food, but this is a very delicious dish, plus, it’s super easy to make.

Berries are a great option for Paleo as well as Keto, as they are low in carbs for a fruit, Blueberries and blackberries are also a great source of antioxidants. This dish also easily gives 8 desert servings, as it’s quite rich and filling given the nut and coconut flour used in the crumble.

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup of chopped strawberries
  • 6 oz  blueberries
  • 6 oz of blackberries
  • 1/2 C almond flour
  • 1/4 C coconut flour
  • 1/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 tbsp honey, divided into 2-2 tbsp portions
    • Alternatively, you can use 5 tbsp erythritol for a lower carb alternative
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil divided
  • 2 tbsp water as needed

In a cast iron pan, 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil over medium heat.

Add all the berries and 2 tbsp of honey and cook for 1-2 mins, until the berries start to “bleed” (ooze juices), but don’t overcook them into a mush.

Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut shreds.  Add remaining honey/sweetener and 1 tbsp of oil, and mix until it creates a fine crumb. add water as needed.

Cover berries with your crumb mixture, and bake at 350 for 10 mins, then broil for a couple minutes until crust is golden brown.


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An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

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Me trying to look zen,

I had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful day at a local farm in San Diego.  My friends Kristan and Matt, and I got to spend our morning practicing yoga in a lovely shaded area on Suzie’s Farm in Chula Vista.  It was hosted by a local meetup group, called Women, Wine, and Yoga and nearly 100 people showed up.  It was such a cute and invite place to be able to practice yoga.  Everyone had a very warm and welcoming energy and the vibe on the farm was so quaint and cozy;  there were even dogs roaming around while we practiced our yoga, accompanied with a nice cooling breeze and live meditative music.  I’ve been only practicing yoga at my

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local studio, Yoga Six, which has been so amazing, so I was a little “nervous” doing yoga else where, because the sessions can be so different depending on where you go.  However, minus an excessive amount of “ohm-ing”  it was absolutely perfect, and it was so nice to be able to enjoy yoga outdoors for a change.

After yoga, we got the pleasure of being able to stick around and tour the farm.  The owner of Suzie’s Farm, Lucia, was an absolute joy to be around.  Her passion for the outdoors and her farm was absolutely infectious.  She just had such a warm energy, I just wanted to give her a giant hug, plus she looked adorable in her little butterfly shawl.   Lucia even allowed us to harvest her fruit and vegetables as we toured the farm.  She taught us so much about growing, and how her farm works.  We were able to pick some strawberries, and they were the most incredible ones I have ever tasted.  Fresh from the earth, picked right from the stem, filling my taste buds with the sweetest tasting fruit.

We also got to pick a variety of delicious peppers, ranging from orange and red bell peppers, to some spicy ones including Hungarian black peppers, which honestly I’ve never heard of.  I hear they make for a great salsa, and can’t wait to cook with them.  Don’t worry, there will be a recipe of sorts up soon enough!

My favorite part of the day, hands down was getting to visit the sunflower fields.   Sunflowers are my absolute favorite!  Lucia was gracious enough to allow us to pick as many flowers as we wanted.  I could have seriously picked the entire field of flowers and that wouldn’t have been enough.  I’ve never been to a farm, but this is something I’d love to do again.  What made our trip very special, is that this was unfortunately the last day that we would be able to visit Suzie’s farm as it now closed for business. However,  it was very fun, and honestly a great form of exercise too!  Who knew bending over and picking produce was so hard?

The most wonderful thing about losing weight, going from over 320 pounds to 252 is that I’m starting to feel like myself again. By any means am I content at my current weight?  Absolutely not.  But, I feel physically lighter as well as spiritually free.  I feel more comfortable, I don’t feel like hiding nearly as

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Wish you were here, Cody!

much anymore.

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Surgery has given me the strength to keep going even though at this point I would usually get discouraged by the fact that despite losing 70 pounds, I still need to lose at least another 100 lbs.  It sounds so counter productive (it is), but sometimes that’s how the mind works.  And how I’ve ended up always self sabotaging myself in the past, despite prior success.   Now,  I feel so confident that I’m going to reach my goals, and I can hardly wait.  I know I say that all the time, especially on my Instagram, but it’s so true.

My life has been on hold for many, many years; for my entire adult life.  Now I can be free and really learn what it’s like to LIVE.  I don’t feel like I stick out like a sore thumb nearly as much anymore. I don’t automatically feel like I’m the fattest person in the room (even if I may be), I just feel any other person.  Is this what it’s like for “normal” people?  I don’t think a lot of people understand the constant thought process that goes through someone’s head who is severely overweight.  It’s constant mind games, self-doubt, lack of confidence– you name it.  These thoughts can plague us all the time, especially if we’re in any type of public setting.  But not for much longer.  Finally.  After thinking I was doomed to have this body and these burdens forever,  I finally feel the (metaphorical) weight lifted off my shoulders.  And it feels great.

Anyways, I think I’m going to start sharing more blog posts like this.    I love posting recipes, but I think my new eating habits only covers half of my WLS journey, and I want to document every step of the way, since this is my weight loss surgery blog, afterall.


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