“Nature’s Perfect Food”

Hemp seeds are called “nature’s perfect food.” Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or whatever diet is out there, you should be eating hemp seeds. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Hemp seeds contain all amino acids, even the essential amino acids our bodies need
  2. The ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 is 3:1, a great balance for optimal health
  3. There are 5 grams of protein in two tablespoons
  4. It is one of the most easily digestible form of protein
  5. Contains vitamin E and many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous

 

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photo credit: www.trulyorganicfoods.com

Isn’t hemp marijuana?

If marijuana came across your mind while reading this, you’re not the first one. When I saw hemp seeds in a recipe I was appalled.

Hemp is of a different species than marijuana. Most importantly, hemp contains very little of THC, the active ingredient that marijuana is known for.

No need to worry about drug tests. Eat up those hemp seeds!

Let’s get energized!

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While I’ve been gone…

Since I’ve been gone

It’s been awhile and I apologize. Last week was finals week for me- I didn’t get much sleep. Plus, my computer died the Monday of finals week. Awesome time to be without a computer…it was a fun week. Ha!

I’ve also been under the weather for literally two weeks. Needless to say, that challenge I posted earlier this month hasn’t been going. At all. When you have stomach problems it’s all you can do to even eat sometimes.

Instead of starting it this week, I’m going to wait to start until Monday. My stomach is coming around, but I don’t want to mess things up.

My plans still include a before and after picture; you can be expecting a picture on Monday!

I also found out I’ll be interning with K2 in Seattle for the summer. I’m thrilled beyond belief! A summer in Seattle? It sounds like a movie! You can expect some awesome posts from me while I’m in Seattle. (And if anyone has any tips or things to do while I’m there, please share!)

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Incredible, edible Egg

Enough about me, I want to talk about eggs!

I recently discovered how amazing hard-boiled eggs are. Don’t judge me- I know what you’re thinking! I went through a phase where I didn’t even like eggs. I’ve gotten over that, so my experience with eggs has been a slow one.

Hard-boiled eggs are a great protein for on-the-go. In fact, eggs in general are very good for you from protein to vitamins to to choline.

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photo credit: www.whiskiebusiness.com

The Egg Nutrition Center has a chart that makes it easy to see what you’re getting out of your egg- both the yolk, and the white. It’s definitely worth a look.

I’ll be back to my habitual blogging now. I just hope I get my computer back soon and it’s not going to break me to fix it.

In the mean time, I’ll be eating some eggs 😉

Let’s get energized!

 

Banana Almond Butter Blueberry Bites

Stroke of Genius I did a late workout the other night. I had already ate dinner, did some homework, then went to the gym. It was a good workout, and I needed some fuel after to help build my muscles. It was late, I had already ate dinner, what was I going to eat? I had no idea, so I looked to see what I had. It’s amazing how the best inventions come from the spur of the moment. That’s exactly what this recipe is. A spur of the moment, fantastic, healthy recipe. Without further ado, I bring to you Banana Almond Butter Blueberry Bites:

Ingredients

Directions

  1. cut banana in half length wise

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2. spread almond butter on banana and cut into bite size pieces

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3. place blueberries on each piece; the bigger pieces get two!

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4. sprinkle granola over bites

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5. Enjoy!

Great to refuel

This is a great refuel snack. It’s got carbs from the banana, protein and fat from the almond butter, and the blueberries are just an added bonus, but who’s complaining? My mouth is full of banana almond butter blueberry goodness. Mhmm 🙂

Now let’s get energized!

Overnight Oatmeal

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Breakfast on the go
Last time I discussed the different types of oats, so I thought it’d be fun to put those oats to use.

Have you ever had overnight oatmeal? If not, I’m about to share with you something you’ll wonder how you lived this long without it. Seriously.

Oatmeal is a great power breakfast that will get your day going and keep you full longer. Overnight oatmeal has the same benefits, PLUS you can grab it and go. How awesome is that!?

Here’s a recipe that I adapted from MyHealthyDish

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (or rolled oats)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds (chia seeds is better, but that’s what I had)
  • 1/2 tsp of honey
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of PB2 (optional)
  • fruit for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. mix oats, almond milk, seeds, honey, PB2 and cinnamon in a bowl (I don’t have mason jars)

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2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight

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3. Take out in the morning, top with fruit and enjoy 🙂

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You can warm it up if you’d like, but it’s absolutely tasty cold!

 

If you like your oatmeal thicker, use less almond milk. You’ll have to experiment with measures until you’re satisfied with its thickness.

 

Get cookin’ and get energized!

Coconut Pancakes

Last time I said I would try a coconut flour recipe and share how I did. Surprisingly, I’d say I did all right! 🙂

Since I was craving pancakes, this world wouldn’t be right if I didn’t make pancakes. So, to keep this world in proper balance, I made coconut pancakes. You’re welcome.

I found a recipe for coconut pancakes on the every famous and popular Nom Nom Paleo. My main reason using this recipe was its simplicity. Only 4 ingredients? SOLD!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour (yes, that’s plenty!)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter

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It can’t get more simple than that!

Step 1: Measure out the flour, add the eggs and beat!

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Step 2: Add salt

Step 3: Melt tablespoon butter in pan

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I cooked my first pancake in butter, and my second pancake in coconut oil. There was a difference in taste. I’ll explain later.
Step 4: Pour in half the batter. Cook 2 minutes, then flip and cook for 1 minute

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The batter looks clumpy, see!^

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But they turned out fine, promise.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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This recipe makes 2 medium sized pancakes.

I suggest experimenting with different toppings for your pancakes. I had strawberries, obviously, and then I played with peanut butter and honey. Yummy.

The verdict

The pancakes turned out just fine, but I wasn’t completely impressed with the taste. They tasted bland and were a little dry.

The first pancake I made in butter tasted  like eggs and had more flavor. My second pancake was bland and dry. I suggest using butter, but play around and have fun.

Since I bought some coconut flour, I’m going to be making some more recipes. I don’t want this one to go to waste.

I’m not crafty or inventive enough to make my own recipes. Just to reiterate, this recipe was from Nom Nom Paleo. If you have any coconut flour recipes, please send them my way. I would love to try them!

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think. I’m curious to know what other people think. Have fun!

Let’s go get energized!!!