Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Friday 5

Hi, guys!

Happy FRIYAY to you! I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday. I actually documented ours via old school blogging, so I plan to share a recap here soon. I’m really trying to get my ish together as far as CNC Macro Plans + Coaching goes (the building and growing phase of a new biz is no joke!), so, hopefully, I’ll have more time to devote to “day in the life-style” blogging again. Speaking of which, I’m hosting a FREE Macro Bootcamp at the end of the month, and we’ll have an April group for the “Macro the Masters Challenge,” so keep a look out for details in the coming weeks!

Since it’s Friday and all, it’s time for another edition of The Friday 5, where I pick my top 5 favorites from the week. I hope you enjoy this week’s round-up! 🙂

OWYN vegan plant-based protein powder – I’ve received a ton of questions about the new protein powder that I’m using in my iced coffee every morning, so I wanted to share the details here. I recently laid off my beloved SFH because I thought the whey was maybe making me breakout, and a few followers recommended OWYN, so I decided to give it a try. I’m actually on my second tub of it, so you could say I’m a fan! 🙂 It’s definitely one of the better tasting plant-based protein powders that I’ve tried. The texture is more light and fluffy as opposed to grainy like a lot of them. The vanilla flavor is great (not artificial tasting) and one serving contains 20g of plant-based protein as well as BCAAs, a superfoods greens blend, and probiotics. I love that it’s an all-in-one protein powder!

Flawless in Five I just had to share this Beautycounter deal with all of you – it’s THAT good! In fact, I might personally take advantage of it because SO MANY of my favorite products are included and you get a free make-up brush with your purchase!

Flawless in Five includes 3 safer, high-performing products:

  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation
  • Touchup Skin Concealer Pen
  • Color Define Brow Pencil or Brilliant Brow Gel
  • Lengthening or Volumizing Mascara
  • Satin Powder Blush
  • Lip Gloss

Guys, this bundle is 20% off AND you get a free brush ($35 value)! It’s a $222 value of products for $150! This is such a great starter set for anyone who wants to swap out their makeup for something safe. It’s time to break up with your make up! 🙂

Haze Funnel Sweatshirt – I wore this sweatshirt the other day on Instagram Stories and must have received a dozen inquires about it, so I wanted to share the details here. It’s definitely a cozy sweatshirt that I wear a lot – lounging around the house, running errands, and it’s easy enough to dress it up!

The green is actually sold out, but there are other colors available. I actually really like the light gray (pictured below)!

Speaking of awesome sweatshirts…

Todd Snyder Hoodie in Surf Green (aka Mal’s Valentine’s Day present) – Mal loves the Champion line from Todd Snyder. I actually bought him a Short Sleeve Sweatshirt for Christmas, which he’s already worn a ton. I saw this sweatshirt and knew it would look awesome on him, especially with spring and summer just around the corner. It comes in other colors too, but the teal definitely caught my eye!

Brooks Bedlam – These sneakers are everything! They’re almost too pretty to work out in, but, of course, I do – and I mainly wear them running errands, hanging out with friends, etc. They’re super comfy and supportive, but light and energizing at the same time, and I love running on the treadmill with them. The Bedlam are definitely a favorite!

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite plant-based protein powder?

P.S. For those of you not on Instagram (or who don’t check regularly), I added a widget to the top of the blog that shares my Stories in real time. Check it out and follow along! 🙂

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Keto Chicken Pot Pies

Pot pies—like sloppy joes—are a comfort food classic that feeds our nostalgia as well as appetite. Meat and veggies in a creamy sauce that’s topped with a crunchy topping…what’s not to love? It might seem, however, that pot pie isn’t compatible with a Primal, let alone keto, plan. Au contraire. We’ve serving up a recipe today that turns that assumption on its head. Pot pie is no longer pie in the sky for the keto eater. Enjoy!

Time In the Kitchen: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

For the Filling

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 7 ounces/200 grams pre-cooked chicken (meat from approximately 3-4 chicken thighs)
  • 1 carrot cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped turnip
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock or bone broth
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour

Instructions:

In a large pan with lid, saute the bacon and onion over medium heat.

Add in the carrots and mushrooms. Cook through.

Add in chicken and cover the mixture with chicken stock.

In a separate pot, stir arrowroot with a drizzle of cold water.

Add the flour mixture to the chicken, carrots and mushroom. Add frozen peas and thyme. Lower heat and cook until the sauce thickens.

Remove from heat and distribute evenly in oven-safe bowls or ramekins.

For the Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp ghee

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 ºF/175 °C.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Mix the egg and the ghee in a separate bowl.

Combine the dry and the wet ingredients together. The dough should be moist like the dough for drop biscuits.

Spread the dough evenly on the ramekins filled with the chicken and vegetable filling.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden. Put under broiler for a very short time to brown the crust at the end if desired.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 534
  • Carbs: 14.75 grams
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 29 grams

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Chai Spiced Instant Pot Oatmeal

I thought a warming bowl of oats would be perfect as a heart healthy recipe for Valentine’s Day! Studies show 3 grams or more of soluble fiber daily from oat bran (part of the whole oat!), as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Let’s all dive into oatmeal today to keep our hearts beating strong. 

Ways I Cook Oats

Both rolled oats and steel cut oats are nutritionally comparable and have the same heart healthy benefits. Read more about that in my Seed To Spoon tour with Quaker. I like to make rolled oats on the stovetop because they’re so quick to heat up, but steel cut requires a longer cooking process – and one that must be watched (because they can bubble over) and stirred (because they can stick to the bottom). 

I’ve been making hands-off steel cut oats in my rice cooker for years on the porridge setting, but that takes quite a while to cook. The Instant Pot is the solution if you want both hands off AND quick. It’s abut time I made oatmeal in the IP! I have the 8 quart Duo (see the exact one in my Amazon Store.)

I studied some recipes online to get the technique right. The biggest concern other people had was sticking to the pot, but with a 4 minute cook time and 15 minute natural release, they turned out great – no sticking!

I veered off the path of plain in favor of a unique flavor and went with chai spiced with dried fig. My kitchen was filled with the smell of warm spice! Since I didn’t have a chai mix, I put a quick mix together with the common spices I always have in my pantry. It might not be 100% authentic chai, but it was close enough.

Quick Chai Spice

This makes about 8 servings, so mix all spices together in a jar and store the rest for later.

  • 1 tbsp All Spice
  • 3 tbsp Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Cardamom

I used 2% milk and banana in the mix too. Whenever I make steel cut oats in the rice cooker, I always program it to come on automatically in the morning so I can’t add milk because it would be out of the fridge too long overnight. So the same-day Instant Pot technique means I can use all the fresh ingredients I want.

All Dressed Up

I dressed up the finished bowl with a drizzle of melted coconut butter and spiced pecans. So good!! The rest of the servings went in the fridge to be reheated on other days – I even had some for a snack!

Chai Spiced Instant Pot Oatmeal

This hands-off recipe will fill your kitchen with the smell of chai. The oatmeal is naturally sweetened with bananas and figs, and milk provides a creamy base. 

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 ½ cups 2% milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1/3 cup dried chopped figs
  • 1 tbsp chai spice (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 banana (thinly sliced)
  • 1 pat butter or coconut oil
  1. Put Instant Pot on sautee mode to heat bottom and melt butter or coconut oil.
  2. Add oats, milk, water, spices, figs and banana.
  3. Close vent and set to Pressure Cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Once cooking is done, wait 15 minutes for a natural release until the clock reads L15:oo and open the vent.

 

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