Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who served to make this the home of the free! Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated!! Memorial Day weekend seems to bring everyone outside to their deck. The man-cave has now become the man-deck. My husband takes great pride in his grilling. I try not to step on his toes, but occasionally I want some vegetables cooked on the grill. Today was one of the days I interrupt his grilling. This recipe is easy and is created with only four ingredients.
I’ve stumbled upon a ton of bananas. I’ve made banana muffins, banana pancakes, smoothies and the list goes on. However, I recently created a simple raw Paleo chocolate mousse. The key to making this mousse is to have a very ripe avocado and two very ripe bananas. I was lucky I had both in the house this weekend!
When creating the mixture, I recommend you use a potato masher for mixing the avocado and bananas together. The masher makes it very quick and easy to blend together. It also helps to eliminate a lot of bumps. I don’t mind bumps and like them for texture. However, you are a person who likes it very smooth, just keep mashing until you reach your desired consistency.
Raw Paleo Chocolate MousseIngredients 1 large avocado 2 small ripe bananas 1 Tb honey 3 Tb raw cocoa powder Directions 1. Mash avocado and bananas together. 2. Add honey and cocoa powder to the mixture and mix well. 3. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to allow it to set. Store your raw Paleo chocolate mousse in the refrigerator and eat within 2 day of making.
Recently, we purchased half a pig from Bear Foot Farm Natural Meats. I’ve purchased from them locally at the farmers market, but the true savings come when you buy in bulk! We are now stocked up on several sausage flavors, hocks, pork chops and ALL NATURAL BACON!! All their meats are processed without MSG and I love how dedicated they are to their farm and the health of animals! You can see below a picture of them supplying fresh water on a cold winter day!
This recipe was made around their Spicy Pepper Sausage! However, if you don’t buy directly from them, you can add 2 tablespoons of hot sauce to regular sausage. The fat from the sausage gives them great texture and flavoring. Without the pork sausage, these meatballs would be dry from the chicken.
When creating this recipe, I like the chicken and pork to flavor together. I normally make the mixture early morning and let it set and marinate for about 5-6 hours in the fridge. Then I pull it out and start baking!6. Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes or an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
As a child we use to visit a place called Thousand Island’s along the St. Lawrence River. Within this cute little town was a candy store. Everything in the candy store was five cents. You could get a TON of stuff for $1 (20 pieces to be exact). This was a daily treat to visit the candy store. I use to buy sweedish fish and sour patch kid candy. Something about those gummy treats always made me excited. However, as time has gone on, I do not venture into the candy isle. Most of the time I just get frustrated because I see parents piling up on candy with the kids controlling the situation. Instead of complaining, I have created a Paleo candy recipe. The kids can have full control and pick the flavor of your candy! These are very similar to Jell-O. I have found the key piece to creating this candy is the size molds you use. I have found several molds on clearance after a holiday. My stash of molds keeps growing and yes…I do still want more!
As I mentioned above, you control the flavor of your candy creations. I normally browse the Co-Op for all natural, no sugar added juice. Then I narrow is down to the flavor by how I’m feeling on that day. This last time I picked up a bottle of blueberry pomegranate.
When creating Paleo candy, you want to make sure you fully dissolve the gelatin in the pot. If not, the candy will have a grainy texture from the gelatin. It will not hurt you if this happens, it just changes the texture and appearance of your candy.
Paleo CandyIngredients 1 cup of all natural fruit juice 1 tsp lemon juice 2 Tb gelatin Directions 1. Place fruit juice in a pot over medium heat. 2. Add the gelatin and lemon juice and whisk until gelatin dissolves. 3. Pour mixture into silicone molds. 4. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Store your Paleo candy in the fridge.
These past two weeks, Aaron and I have embraced new experiences within Southwest Michigan. Recently, as new juice bar (Local Roots) went into downtown Kalamazoo. They are located inside a cupcake shop called The Cupcake ZOO (yes I know…however they do have ‘safe’ cupcakes for a treat day…gf and dairy free)! The owner of Local Roots is present on Saturday’s juicing. However, during the week she juices daily and sells it in bottles by the cupcake shop. Also downtown is a new yoga studio called Down Dog Yoga. They are having their Grand Opening today and tomorrow with free classes! I participated in their weekend detox classes last week and it was AMAZING! The room was warm, but not too hot to make me pass out. I LOVE the feeling of a great stretch and the heat allowed me to get a little deeper! I highly recommend you check them out this weekend with their free classes!
I’ve heard a lot about cupping massage. Cupping massage is a massage done with cups which create suction with your skin and bring out old blood and toxins from your fat/muscles. There might be some bruising involved, but it is limited. You can see by the picture below some circle bruising on my back. I’ve been looking for something to help break down cellulite and increase circulation to reduce on water retention. She did an amazing body contouring, lymph draining cupping massage on me and it did the trick! If you are interested, send me a message and I will let you know where I went. I was recommended to her through several people. I HIGHLY recommend it, if you are looking for a new experience. I should admit…she did not use the most intense glass cup on me because I was a ‘newbie’. The massage therapist was great at talking through her work (because I was intrigued and asked a LOT of questions during it). Did you really think I could go to one place and NOT ask a question…
On Thursday, I did a photo journal of all the food I ate on instagram. Right before I ate, I snapped a picture to show you what and when I ate. You can see how I ate a taco from the local food truck or may notice I had 3 small snacks within 30 minutes of each other. My goal is always to be satisfied, never stuffed. You can find my food journal on instagram by searching the hashtag category #1daywithfood or follow me on instagram @paleogonesassy.
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