Thursday, July 18, 2013

Grain-Free Cinna-Scrumptious Muffins

If we're all doing this Against the Grain Challenge!! we will, at some point, require a tasty treat! Lucky for you, this is the best one I've created in some time. Give it a go!

Grain-Free Cinnabon Muffins
Makes 8

1/2 c coconut flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs (small)
3 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c full fat milk or cream

Cinnamon drizzle

2 tbs melted butter
2 tbs cinnamon
4 tbs honey

- Preheat your oven to 350 and line 8 baking cups, filling the remaining four with a little water to encourage even baking.
- Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and add in other wet ingredients, then stir in the dry to incorporate. Spoon heaping tablespoons of the batter into each cup.
-Combine cinnamon drizzle in a small bowl and evenly drip over each muffin cup.
-Bake for 15 minutes, cool in the pan for 5, serve warm. Will also keep for a few days in a sealed container at room temperature.

Against the Grain Challenge Meal Plan!!

The goal of this challenge is to FEEL BETTER. You can calorie count if you like, but it isn't necessary. Eat whole foods. Feel good! Refer to yesterday's post for more guidelines. Today, I will help you with a few specific ideas in regards to what to put into your body in case you're feeling like " WHAT DO I EAT IF I HAVE NO GRAINS OR SUGAR?! WHAT DO I MAKE FOR DINNER?!?! WHAT DO I SNACK ON?! WHAT IS FOR LUNCH!!!! "

Things to Drink!
Water (consider adding fresh citrus and other fruits like strawberries for a refreshing change-up!)
Coconut water (no added sugar)
Kombucha (no added sugar)
Coffee (organic, with a splash of full fat cream and a teaspoon of honey if you must)
Iced and hot teas without sugar!

Consider these pancakes
How about muffins?
EGGS! Any way!
Fresh fruit (preferably eaten first to aid in digestion)

Big salads are great! Get creative with adding fruit, nuts, protein and raw or aged cheeses
Zucchini Pizza!
Snack on carrots and white bean dip
Apples and Nut butter (don't get too generous with the nut butter!)

A cooked protein with a myriad of roasted vegetables
Get creative with cauliflower pizza crust
Use riced cauliflower as "fried rice" and do a stir fry

For additional safe recipes, consult these websites:

Remember, no grains, no corn, potatoes, beans, and no sugar! Only natural, hormone and nitrate free meats and eggs!

Ask me your questions! And keep track of your experience. I want a recap from everyone!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Against the Grain Challenge!!

Friends! Bloggers! Countrymen!

I am recruiting all who are willing for a week long challenge that will give the participant an idea of what it is like to live as natural a life as possible (as I have been doing for the last few months.) You can be as extreme with this as you like. At the most basic level, the name of the game is to be mindful of what is going into your body in regards to chemical intake and those foods which cause inflammation. Even if you are a relatively healthy individual, you will benefit from seven days of clean eating, I promise! We will call this goal of eating :

Level 1!
*NO grains, NO sugar, NO corn, beans, potatoes, or processed meats

Instead, enjoy the following:
Fruits (all kinds, bananas with brown spots preferable)
Vegetables (with the exception of corn,  beans, potatoes)
Nuts (nut butters and dried fruit without sugar)
Well-sourced, pastured eggs and natural meats
Nitrate/nitrite free bacon, pepperoni, lunch meats
Honey in moderation
Coffee, tea, sparkling water (try to limit caffeine)
Limited dairy is best (a little cream in coffee (full fat, organic) and organic butter, lard, coconut oil and olive oil are recommended for cooking)

Level 2!

Commit to exercise!
Over-exertion is not recommended  for those unaccustomed to this type of restricted diet, so do light walking or make a $3 investment in the YogaStudio app which is a private in-home yoga experience that not only leaves your body feeling amazing, but also is a great help in centering your mind!

Level 3!

Eliminate as many toxins as possible!
Refrain from excess caffeine, pain killers, or other unnatural drugs, cosmetics, and cleaning products if possible.

This should get your thinking cap in gear! I will be posting a suggested meal plan tomorrow and will also be posting suggestions and recipes along the way!

Comment, message, text or call me if you have questions or need some support!!