Manic Monday

Two recipes in one day? I’m constantly trying new things, researching, and day dreaming of food.. So this blog will be filled in no time with tasty, healthy (and maybe a few dirty little cheats) and vegetarian recipes!!

For lunch, I was sitting on Pinterest (one of my other little guilty pleasures) searching for the perfect pancake recipe. I want something made for one, low calorie, not full of sugar, and satisfying. Just when I thought I was coming up with another empty search.. I found it. Heaven on a plate, like little clouds they floated onto my plate.

Only 145 calories for the entire recipe (minus the toppings I added) no sugar added, gluten free.. All words that pop off a page to me!
The recipe is as follows:

Dry
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/8th of a teaspoon cinnamon
-1/8th of a teaspoon salt

Wet
-2 egg whites
-1/2 cup almond milk
-A few drops liquid vanilla stevia

Mix dry, then fold in wet. Spoon into frying pan at medium heat, flipping once golden brown.
Boooom, done!

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Fluffy little clouds, look at them!!!
Coconut flour needs quite a bit more liquid than usual recipes-so stick with 1/2 cup. Don’t try to do less (or more). This is literally the perfect batter ratio, and resulted in super light pancakes- too little almond milk would mean very dense little scones, and too much would probably just bubble and burn. It’s a very finicky flour.

The topping was just coconut flakes, 1/2 cup 0%greek yogurt, stevia, and a teaspoon of almond butter whisked together. 😊
So simple, but so delicious. Enjoy!

Xo Caity

Coconut lemon Energy bites

After our long hike out to Raft cove and back, I realized.. We really should have thought into snacks. The trail is about 35 minutes through uphill-downhill scales, twists, turns, roots, fallen trees, staircases and bridges, which lead to one of the only sandy beaches this end of Vancouver Island!

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I’m not sure what was going on in the first picture.. But drunk yoga was taking place.

The morning after, we were starvin’ Marvin. I was hating myself for not having packed something healthy and snacking for the track back.. And this revelation came once home to my den of inequity.

Lemon-coconut energy bites
-1 cup oats, blend into flour
-1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (plus extra for rolling)
-12 pitted dates, chopped
-1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin seed butter
-1/4 cup lemon juice (plus another 2 for consistency)

1– Blend your oats into a flour like consistency.

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2-Add your coconut to the mixture and blend again. My magic bullet likes to sometimes not thoroughly mix!

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3– Throw in your chopped dates. Make sure they are pitted as well, don’t want any accidental issues in the blender. This will begin to make a paste- but you will need more liquid.

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4-Warm up your 1 1/2 tablespoons of pumpkin seed butter. This will greatly help it to mix! Blend, and stir with a spatula.

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5-Start pouring in your lemon juice, carefully, and blending between. I needed this much liquid, but you may not need it depending on your ingredients. I felt I needed this much at least!

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6– Spoon out, and roll with hands into little bite sized balls! Roll in coconut, and your done ☺

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My recipe made 10, one of which I definitely ate.. Cause you have to test taste 😉 These are so good! Not to toot my own horn or anything. Super lemony, and great texture. I love anything lemon, so I often go over board with the lemon. So you can substitute water for the extra lemon if you don’t like things as tart as I do!!
Happy munching 🍋😘

xo Caity

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Breakfast shakes, the perfect solution to a morning starting late

This summer, I feel like I have been doing nothing but waking up late. Usually, I am up at 6:30, get my workouts in, clean my house, dishes, get some laundry in and I’m out the door by 9:35 heading to work.
But it seems like no amount of my much needed java can break me from my tired zombie state.

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So on days like these (which have been coming more often than not..)
I need something quick in the mining that will fill me without weighing me down. My go to is a perfect breakfast smoothie!!!
Today’s concoction included a few of my favorite’s:

0% Greek yogurt– fat free, thick, adds richness to your shakes, and is an awesome base.
Flax milk– I just recently discovered this stuff and love it. I thought it would be quite a bit like rice milk, which I do not like, but it’s FAR from it! Balanced taste, not a significant flavor, but earthy all to its own. Plus, fibre galore!
Raspberries– these little sweeties are not only fat burners, vitamin c (amongst other vitamins), antioxidants as flavonoids, their also super tasty (Im sure you knew that though!)
Spinach– Popeyes was right on this one, spinach is an anti inflammatory, protects your eyes, promotes healthy skin, and is low calorie! About 7 calories per cup.
Blueberry greens– this is my go to, all time favorite smoothie add!! (Besides nut butter!) High in more antioxidants, this powder increases energy and vitality, improves your over all cardiovascular wellness, protective nutrients for all sorts of good things (younger healthy skin, vision, fights toxins in your body) and the flavor is phenomenal. It makes anything taste like dessert!
Almond-Cashew butter– Almonds are a fabulous source of calcium for vegetarians/vegans and everyone! They also lower cholesterol, provide healthy fats (aid in weight loss), nourish the nervous system and lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after a meal- while cashews hold heart protective healthy fats, are high in magnesium and copper.

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My recipe:
*3/4 cup 0% strawberry Greek yogurt
*1 cup raspberries
*3 rounded teaspoons Blueberry Greens
*1/2 cup flax milk
*Handful of spinach
*1 tablespoon nut butter
Top it off with water, and add a few drops of stevia I used Valencia orange from SweetLeaf.
Blend and enjoy! Ohhh the benefits of a Magic Bullet ✨

Have a good morning everyone ☺
Xo Caity