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White Choco-Chip Butternut Squares

Ever since Tina posted a recipe for Butternut White Chocolate Chip Bars on November 1st, I’ve been anxious to take a crack at her recipe. I finally had the free time and all of the necessary ingredients for the recipe, so I used my night off from P90X to bake this dessert bar last night. I stuck to Tina’s recipe for the most part but substituted the honey for maple syrup and doubled the amount of cinnamon since I was out of nutmeg.

All I have to say is that I hate myself for waiting 13 days to make it! These bars were chewy, sweet and didn’t even taste “healthy.” I felt good knowing that I was eating a healthy dessert when I more so felt like I was truly indulging.

White Choco-Chip Butternut Squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mashed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 white chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook butternut squash and mash
  3. Mix all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and pour the mixture into an 8X8 greased baking pan
  4. Bake for approximately 30 minutes
  5. Let cool and dig in.. okay if your name is Allie then eat them right away 😉

Makes 12 bars

So many choco-chips!

Make sure to steal a few tiny bites of the batter before popping into the oven. Wait, no, I didn’t tell you to do that! 😉

Grab a gooey square, or 5….

… and enjoy!

 

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Half Day Friday!

There’s absolutely nothing better than a Friday. Oh wait, there is. A half day! A full day off would be much better, but I can’t push my luck.. plus I’m saving my vacation hours for a September vacation to NYC and a long weekend in October to visit my brother. 🙂

I woke up feeling energized and ready to conquer the world. The Paleo effect has hit me, and I’m simply loving it! I realized that eating the Paleo Almond Butter Pancakes a little after 7 last night really kept me satisfied all night and I didn’t feel the need to have a late night snack.

Morning Workout

  • 3.3 mile run – I would appear more “hip” if I had run 3.5, but I literally did not have another second to spare unless I wanted to be late for work
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 15 push ups
  • 2 sets of 13 standing side crunches, both sides, 8 lb. dumbbells

 

This morning my stomach was calling my name, and boy did I respond. Since I used up all of the grilled steak, this morning I threw in several pieces of baked chicken to my morning scramble, along with a handful of frozen veggies. I realize a few kernels snuck in there, but sorry Paleo lovers, I refuse to pick 5 kernels out of my scramble. Not happening.

So maybe you’re asking why I’m only working a half day?  Ok I’m sure you don’t care, but I’ll tell you anyways.  I’m the lucky girl who gets to head down to Pawtucket, RI this afternoon to see my favorite man in the world, Chris Carrabba.

Such Babies

I haven’t seen him since November so I’m VERY excited for the evening! My friend Stacey, who lives on the Cape, is also going to be there, so it’ll be double the fun!

Stacey and Myself

These are my favorite days.

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Paleo Almond Butter Pancakes.. It’s What’s for Dinner

I had my mind-set on dinner all day. Once I know what I want to eat, there’s nothing else I will shove into my mouth. Today, I was dead set on Paleo Almond Butter Pancakes, a recipe that I came across from Julie, aka Peanut Butter Fingers, aka my favorite blogger, aka my life idol.

Almond Butter Pancakes

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Heat pan to medium heat, spray pan with cooking spray and let heat up
  • Mix all ingredients together and pour the batter into the pan
  • When the bottoms brown, flip to the other side to your perfection
  • Top with anything your little heart desires and eat away

Paleo Almond Butter Pancakes

I doused mine in maple syrup. Now that’s Paleo. Go ahead and judge me. The pancakes were too delicious for me to even care.

My only concern was that the batter wasn’t runny enough. I literally had to work the batter off the spoon. I’m thinking maybe less flour next time or an additional egg white. I love playing around with recipes so once I buy a new jar of almond butter this weekend, that’s the first thing I plan on doing!

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Gaining on Paleo

It wasn’t hunger pains that woke me up in the middle of the night, but an insane and terrifying thunder and lightning storm that nearly caused me to pee the bed. What am I 6 again? I love thunderstorms during the morning, during the day and during the evening. Especially during summer. Wake me up in the middle of the night with a storm, and well, that’s a COMPLETELY different story. Talk about making an adult feel like a child. Guess who said a prayer at 2 am asking for the lightning not to hit the house. Yup. This girl. Hey, God was listening.

Lack of sleep made me sit in bed a few extra minutes, acting all grumpy and cute. The dilly dallying showed in my morning workout, as I was only able to get in 3.3 miles.

Morning Workout

  • 3.3 mile run, with post-run stretching
  • 2 sets of 50 crunches and side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 15 stair push ups
  • 2 sets of 30 second plank
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 100 jumping jacks

Disappointment hit when I stepped on the scale and saw that I have gained a considerable amount of weight. Could be water weight, could be weight from the nuts I’m eating. It’s definitely left me with questions, but I have read that you do gain a little on Paleo but that it evens out in the end? I’m trying so hard not to go for my old typical breakfast of oatmeal, but deep down, I have a guilty conscience hanging over me telling me not to.

I hope my coworkers don’t judge my weird breakfast I chose instead.

Cinnamon Dusted Sweet Potatoes, Turkey & Veggies

I’m not a quitter so I’m going to stick through this, do a lot more research and try to prepare delicious snacks that won’t tempt me.

On a brighter note, today the marketing ladies and myself are heading out to Camp Spaulding, a local summer camp that we donated hundreds of dollars of games to. It’s going to be muddy but I can’t wait to go to camp. It’s been years!

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LÄRABAR Shopping Spree

I’ve recently been introduced to LÄRABARs, and am actually really digging them, my second time around. I remember trying one awhile back and was instantly disgusted. Where was the chocolate?! I wanted to feel like I was eating a candy bar with protein in it, but instead I had this weird thing in my hand.

However, after doing my Paleo research, I read that these were the recommended bar, and after talking with my Paleo eating cousin, she confirmed what I read. Originally my research told me to avoid the bars with chocolate or peanuts, but my cousin Jenn told me she eats all of them.

Yesterday I picked up a few for an emergency stash in case I need a little fuel before a night fitness class.

LÄRABAR Stash!

So far, I’ve tried the Cherry Pie, Coconut Cream Pie and Apple Pie, and have to say that out of those 3, my favorite is the Coconut Cream Pie. Holy heaven! Apple Pie was almost as delicious, but there was something a little too sweet in the Cherry Pie bar.

I can’t wait to try all the others I bought and the rest that LÄRABAR makes.

I’m thinking my next purchase will include Banana Bread and Carrot Cake. Drooling already.

As of right now, I’d like my pillow to be made out of Coconut Cream Pie. 🙂

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You Crazy Paleos!

Yesterday I did a lot of research on eating Paleo, and I have to admit, I quickly became intrigued in the Paleo lifestyle. After scouring blogs for recipes, advice, and the benefits associated with eating clean, I decided I was going to give it a go with a few tweaks.

Since I’m obsessed with my Chobani, that is one thing I refuse to give up. No way, can’t take the ooey goodness of the ‘bani away from me.

Gimme That Chobani!

I also don’t plan on stressing too much if I’m out-of-town or at an event and I’m not able to eat strictly Paleo. Of course I will do my best to stick to the guidelines, but it’s not worth stressing over something that you might not be able to control. Although, I am one of those people who always packs safety snacks in case I get hungry. I’ve been known to randomly pull a banana out of my purse. 😛

You can also bet that I plan on having a few more vanilla soft serves with rainbow jimmies before summer is over. Sue me.

Since I started today with a healthy mindset, and knew I wasn’t allowed to eat my go-to breakfast of Quaker’s Banana Bread oatmeal (sad), I made this delicious breakfast after my morning workout instead. I decided to revamp my typical scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes, spinach, and some of the leftover spaghetti squash I had in my fridge.

It’s a Sweet Potato Morning

I have to say, this was absolutely delicious and the sweet potatoes stole the show. Next time I plan on adding a little more cinnamon to the potatoes. This might just be a breakfast staple.

Sweet Potato Scramble

  • Half a sweet potato, diced
  • 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • Spinach, as much as you want
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Cinnamon

1. Peel the skin off of the sweet potato, poke holes with a knife in the potato, and microwave for 7 minutes

2. Spray a pan and while letting it warm up, cut your sweet potato in half, dice into cubes and sprinkle a little cinnamon on the cubes

3. When warm, let your sweet potatoes cook for a minute, then add your egg mixture, spinach and spaghetti squash

4. When it looks perfect, gobble it up!

 Last but not least, my morning workout!

Morning Workout

  • 3 mile run – DEATH
  • Stretching
  • 50 crunches, 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 2 sets of 13 squats with shoulder press, 8 lb. dumbbells

That was it! Short but effective.

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