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New Recipe for D-Day! Pimping the Beast!

Today is the first of August, which means it is only 1 month till Spring is here!

It also means that I have officially started The Paleo Kiwi: 31 Day Challenge!

Today has just meant a lot of tightening up for me.  Because I have been mostly paleo, the only challenge I really had was keeping away from my children’s snack box!

I also felt like a treat, I lost another 500 grams, so I decided to work off enough calories to try out a new Recipe I have been saving for such an occasion!

Who doesn’t love a good roast!?!

I decided to go with a Roast Chicken, usually the ‘Non-Paleo’ me would load up on Carbs – crispy roast potatoes, tons of chicken gravy and lets not forget those tasty supermarket bought dinner rolls, DELISH!

But we didn’t have any of that today!

Today it was Roast Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potato and Coleslaw.

I was walking through the Supermarket this morning trying to find a pre-made coleslaw so that all I had to do was add dressing…

Nope!

Every pre-made had a million ‘other’ ingredients, a lot of them in ‘Chemical’ language or some of them were things you would never have thought should actually go in Coleslaw!!, so I went old school and made my own!

I went simple as Pie with the coleslaw – Carrot, Cabbage and Beetroot – I didn’t really have too much time up my sleeve because I spent all my time making this bad boy…

Paleo Mayo – from The Paleo Mom

As far as homemade dressings and mayo go (tbh – never made one before) this one is pretty darn tasty!

I didn’t quite whip it for long enough to make it super creamy, but that was fine because in a coleslaw it doesn’t really matter!

I mixed up about  2 tbsp of the Mayo with my 3 cup worth of grated veg and it was done!  Well not actually done, I let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so.

So for Paleo’goers, totally give this one a jam!

Paleo Mayo

Paleo Mayo | On a Jam Hunt Blog

1.    Combine olive oil and avocado oil in a measuring cup (or other good vessel for controlled pouring).
2.    Place lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and egg yolks in food processor or blender.  Process until creamy (maybe 15 seconds?).
3.    With blender or food processor still running, VERY slowly dribble in the oil (think of it taking at least 3 minutes to add in all of the oil).  It should stay thick and gradually get lighter and lighter (and look more and more like mayonnaise) as you add the oil.
4.    I typically like to pour out my mayonnaise into a bowl and whip it by hand with a whisk at the end just to make sure all the oil is well incorporated (if you have a really good food processor, you probably won’t need to do this).  You now have paleo mayo!!!

Totally didn’t see that Paleo Mom actually has her own recipe for The Best Creamy Coleslaw.  I will have to try it!

So if you thought that just because you have gone Paleo, that you would have to miss out…

Fear not!

We have Mayo!

Jay 🙂

P.S. Long Run tomorrow!! Excitement stations!!!

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New Paleo Recipe – “Creamy” Chicken Tomato Crockpot Soup – Pimping The Beast

I am catching up on ‘Pimping The Beast’ posts.  I don’t know why I didn’t post this on time, I have had a bunch of Posts sitting in my Drafts waiting to be published.

Anywho,

Catching you up,

Here is the first of many ‘Paleo’ recipes I have to share with you.

Now because it is freeking cold here in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, with it being Winter and all, I got myself motivated to get my ‘Soup’ on!

If I were committing to a Primal diet, then I would hitting up creamy soups that really scream ‘Hot fires, winter woolys and blankets covering those knees’.  However, for a Paleo diet, there is no such thing as cream(from a cow) (quietly boo’ing).

Instead I have come across this wee number, it had the word ‘Creamy’ in the title, so as you could imagine, I was all over it.

I have had it twice, and I really enjoy it!  But while it tastes of creamy goodness, it doesn’t really have a creamy texture.

Other than that, it is a keeper on my list of paleo awesomeness!

It looks a bit rough, and the coconut cream can become curdled, so I add it 5 or so minutes before eating time.  But if the curdled look doesn’t bother you, just follow the method as mentioned.

Super cheap too!

I found the recipe on everydaypaleo.com.

“Creamy” Chicken Tomato Soup

 

6oo grams skinless boneless chicken breast
Garlic salt to taste
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 clove garlic
410ml can of coconut milk (full fat)
400g. can diced tomatoes and juice
1 cup of chicken stock
Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the above ingredients into the crock-pot, cook for 9 hours on low. After 9 hours take two forks and shred the chicken, set the crock-pot on warm till ready to serve (making sure to taste it before serving to make sure there is enough salt and pepper)

I think, even if you are not following a paleo diet, this one is a goody, it is good on the pocket and on the figure!

At roughly 6 servings this works out to be approximately 208 Cals per serve.

Jay 🙂

PTB 28.10.2013 – Snack time

In my pantry there are no ready to eat snacks 😦

I have to make/bake/create them.  There is a lot of prep behind my fast food!

Especially where my children are concerned, there is much need for small snacks to make up Morning and Afternoon tea’s.

I have dedicated Mondays to Food Prep.

Unfortunately for me my supermarket shopping isn’t due to arrive till tomorrow afternoon due to the Long Weekend, so I had to get creative… or hit up Pinterest.

On my Pinterest, I have many a recipe I have not yet tried.  I sifted through some snack/healthy eating recipes and came up with a couple that I could whip up using things I already have in my pantry.

No Bake Energy Bites and Banana Bread (I made this recipe into semi-mini muffins, and made some substitutions).

No Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients

For this recipe I subbed the Toasted coconut for plain shredded coconut.
I used Craft Crunchy Peanut Butter.
I subbed the flaxseed/wheatgerm for Organic Quinoa Cereal (I tried this cereal as a cereal, I hated it! lol it is not for everyone!)
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In hind site I should have put less chocolate chips than suggested – perhaps a 1/3cup rather than half a cup.  I found it too hard to make up the balls with so many chocolate chips (probably the only time you will ever hear me say that!).

Makes 20 1 Inch balls – roughly 70-80 cals per ball.
These are a good replacement for store bought muesli bars and taste very similar to one of my favourites.  Even though they are only an inch in diameter they pack enough sweetness and a slightly savoury note to take that edge off till the next meal time.

BANANA BREAD

75g/1⁄3 a cup of soft butter, plus extra for greasing and serving
4 ripe bananas, mashed up
200g/1 cup of soft brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
1 pinch of salt 170g/11⁄2 cups of flour (spelt or whatever)

Instead of Butter I used Cereal and fruit oil… a new product at my supermarket – they sent a free sample with my groceries a few weeks ago so I decided to try it out in my baking. I used 2/3cup of the oil.
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I only used half the amount of Brown sugar.
I used 1 cup of regular flour and half a cup of Wholemeal flour

Makes 12 – I didn’t work out the cal content of these ones, I wont be eating them.  Just made them for the kiddies.
I am working on a lower cal version of this recipe.  I will be sure to post!  All Packed up and ready to freeze – Freezes Well 🙂

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So Mondays will now be my ‘New Recipe day’ for Pimping the Beats, as well as my Food Prep day.
I hope to get as ‘Clean’ as I can with these recipes.

I am really feeling good about ‘Cleaning’ up my act!

Have you tried a new Recipe lately?

How did you Pimp the Beast today?

Jay 🙂

Day 22 – Back in the Game

Day #22
Ran Today, YUSS!!  I feel so much better now, I was starting to feel a little emo there for a second, withdrawels and all.  And I ran my longer route today and still felt like i could push for more, I think maybe I am ready to extend to 6k a day, with a goal to get to 8km – 5Miles (8.05km).  Would be a luxury to get this 8k W/C (without children)  I just don’t think it is possible to do it in a short time frame having to push an extra 20-25kg.  I may just have to do one day a week where I go out on my own to run without the children, and have hubby look after them while he is on his off-hitch.  I really wanna get to this 5mile thing, coz 5k just isn’t the business.  Plus I have to eventually increase my fitness some how, and doing the same amount everyday is not a winning way!  It will be good once the children go to kindy, I can slip in a run on my own more often.  Anywho, not a bad effort for my first day back at it after a weekend off sick, that entire weekend plus monday without a workout cost me a few extra hundred grams of weightloss, I def’s can’t do this thing without putting in a decent effort on the pavements.
Weigh-in I guess couldv’e been worse, we are now at 77.2kg, which is only 200grams loss, fucking pizza!!!
Oh and the fact that I chugged atleast 1.5L of water this morning before weigh-in because I am scared of becoming dehydrated due to still having the shits, another thing contributing to those few extra hundy still laden on my body!!!
Just so you know, we will be upp’ing this mutha!  Its time to go double time on this cardio and get in some more decent weightloss!  I worked out that 5 miles a day with 1 rest day a week during the month of feb…were looking at 193.2k, urgh making me sweat just thinking about it…lets just bust a healthy 150k for starters. – 6.25k a day with 1 rest day, I’ll take it!
Weight Watchers Loss Week 15

Breakfast: 207 Cals
Usual Oats with (1/2c)lite milk, 1/4c Fresh Blueberries, 1/4c fresh Strawberries
Green Tea

Morning Tea: 105 Cals
Banana

Lunch: 158 Cals
Sushi from Yoku Sushi –  assorted pieces

Afternoon Tea: 429 Cals
Small Vanilla Latte and small Chocolate Pastry

Dinner: 384 Cals
Homemade Cheeseburger – I LOVE BURGER!!!

Spiced Beef Patty (6 Patties @ 179 Cals each)
488g 10% Minced Beef
1 small egg
1/4c Breadcrumb
1tsp Morrocan Seasoning
1tsp Cumin
1tsp Tumeric
1tsp Garlic powder
Chuck it all together, divide into 6!
Day 22 Dinner - Cheeseburger

Added 1Tbsp Grated Parmesan and some lettuce to this as well

TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED: 1283 – Really disappointed in my calorie breakdown today, heres me thinking quick coffee and small pastry treat wont break the bank, I already know Pastry is the worst, why the funk did I not just have extra sushi!!  IDIOT! thats why! FFS my afternoon tea treat was more than my Dinner and My Lunch, What a dickhead!
Anywho…

Activity/Exercise:

5.66km, 8’49″/km, 49.56mins, 411 Calories, 1198 Nike Fuel (for those who have the Nike+Running App)
Run today

Exercise Rating: 4 –

(FML Dying 0, I need a lie down 1, yeah not too bad 2, Pretty alright 3, Unstoppable 4, Im lovin It 5)

Intensity Rating: 4

(Piss Easy 0, Could go another hour 1, Just shy of a sweat 2, Pushing it a bit 3, Smashing it out 4, Beast Mode 5)
78.4km for January

Todays Run puts me at 78.4km out of 100km,  Just shy of 80% complete

TOTAL CALORIE BURN: 411

Tips/Words:
Make small achievable goals!  And make PR’s(Personal Records)/PB’s(Personal Bests).  Have a visable record of both of these!  These things are most of the reason why I have been pushing myself to do more and more.  Its not about being the best, not about being better than someone else, just about reaching my own potential and getting some self-fulfilment.

Outlook for tomorrow:
Run again!!  I might try get in an extra half k by taking another longer route home, seeing how I go for time and how I feel, I don’t like to run in the hot hot sun with the children, as there are a lot of hills and I prefer not to die running!  Am really keen to try it though!  We will see tomorrow, kinda amped just thinking about it, almost got a crush on it already! EXCITE!

Jay 🙂