The Maple Syrup Scandal

Ya’ll! Seriously! I had no idea due to the fact that Cody and I don’t eat anything that requires maple syrup often.  However the other week I made Paleo Pancakes and so we went to the store.  I grew up on Mrs. Butter-Worth’s so immediately went for that and when I turned the bottle over (as any health conscious person should) I was personally insulted.  This woman has lied to me my whole life! By the way, Aunt Jemima is a liar too.  There isn’t even maple syrup in the ingredients! AT ALL!  Have you ever seen a full grown woman throw a fit in HEB about maple syrup? You don’t want to, trust me.  So I did some investigating and here we are…

Guys! Corn syrup! CORN SYRUP! Not the same thing at all.

More lies, more corn syrup, more bullshit.  I can’t.  I need to check my heart rate monitor.

And now for the saviors and these are just a couple…

 

One ingredient. Just one. And that is maple syrup. Hallelujah!

Moral of the story: read the labels. You’ll be surprised about what you find. Also, people look at you odd when you cuss at syrup in public.


Paleo Chocolate Seed Bites

Two different types of seeds  PLUS coconut?! These little energy bites are full of healthy fats plus a chocolatey twist if you’d like.

I learned the hard way to soak or steam the dates.  That’s crucial to getting the bites the right consistency.  I break them into halves, remove the bit, and then process them into a nice paste.  The difference between when I make them for myself (the hard weight-loser) and when I make them for Cody (the hard weight-gainer) is that I don’t use the dried fruit or dark chocolate.  I don’t need the extra calorites or carbohydrates: the dates are sufficient enough for me.  I’m simply into these babies for their healthy fats.

Mix it all together, roll them into 1 ounce balls, and wah-la!  Perfect, colorful, and SO easy.

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ENJOY!

Jess


Weekly Meal-Prep Pictures

I’ve already written a post breaking down my weekly meals by ingredient and macro, this is more of a visual aid.  Plus, pictures are pretty.

Our kitchen pre-meal prep:

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Eat ALL the colors or the rainbow!

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Glass containers for the win!

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Spice galor

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Messy, but ready to be filled-up.

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Eating whole foods means an empty pantry.

AAAAND LETS BEGIN!

With our meal prep, we start by steaming our veggies.  It takes the most time, but is definitely the easiest.  So we collect the broccoli and green beans and start cooking them in a forgotten corner of the kitchen.

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We get two jumbo bags from HEB.

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One jumbo bag is more than enough.

Next, I start chopping up the bell-peppers. And I just keep chopping….forever.  When you and the S.O. (significant other) eat ~15 bell peppers a week, you eventually pull-up a chair and put on a show.

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Just me, the bell-peppers, and Two Broke Girls

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And then starts the dividing.  I don’t like green, so Cody gets ALL of those.

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Ohhhh Pretty!!

While I am chopping my life away, Cody starts the easy(HA!) job: cutting through 4-inch thick sweet potatoes to make my hash.

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About 1.5lb of sweet potato is enough for me.

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1/2 of an onion.  Onions are my kryptonite!!

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Tossed into a skillet with 1tbs of pink himalayan sea salt, pepper to taste, and LOTS of garlic.

The next job is probably the LEAST labor-intensive…so naturally it’s mine.  I start to measure out my fats and prepare the morning guac.

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1tbs of peanut butter x6, 15g of almonds x6, 15g of pistachios x6

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Two beautiful avocados and HEB’s pico mix in mild.

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The best, easiest guac ever!

And onto the meats…

For loving to eat as much as I do, you’d think I could cook better.  Sadly enough, I have no sense of ‘done’.  Therefore I lost my rights to cook the meat after one too many raw chicken episodes.  Cody handles it now.

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Grass-fed beef, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

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That smell!!

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2oz portioned out

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3oz of finished hash

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125g of steamed green beans to top it off.

Finally, the chicken for dinner!

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Two chicken breast cut into half for quicker cooking times.

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Seasoned with paprika. ❤ me some spice.

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Finito!

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2oz of chicken

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175g of broccoli!

AND FINISHED!

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An organized fridge is a happy fridge.

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Cody’s snack and meats for weeks.

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So empty!!

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A little crock-pot action.

THANK GOD IT’S DONE!! I need a nap!

Weekly Meal Prep – Written

**Due to length, this is my written weekly meal plan, pictures will be a separate post**
Let’s review my daily Mon-Fri schedule, shall we?  
  • 4:45a Wake up
  • 5:15a – 6:15a Crossfit
  • 6:30a – 7:45a Shower, get dressed, make breakfast, pack my meals
  • 7:45a – 8:45a Drive to Austin for work
  • 8:45a – 9:30a Read for school
  • 9:30a – 6:30ish  Work
  • 6:30p – 7:30p Drive home
  • 7:30p – 9:30p RomWod, read for school, breathe.

When in this schedule would I have time for cooking?  And I know I am not alone in asking this question.  Because of my time constraints, meal prepping on the weekend has become a sacred act, not to be eff’d with.  For the past 4 months, I have ate the same thing Monday thru Friday, breakfast thru dinner.  I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?  I find that removing the choices also removes stress.  I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat for breakfast while I’m also trying to count double-unders.  The following is my daily routine:

Pre-Workout (4:45a)

  • 8oz of HEB’s Strawberry Limeade
  • 1 1/3 scoop of Orgain Protein in Vanilla Bean

Macros: 32g of carbs, 2.3g of fat, 14g of protein

Breakfast: (7:20a)

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4cup egg whites
  • 35oz of zucchini
  • 35oz of squash
  • 35oz of mushroom
  • 2tbs of guacamole
  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana

Macros: 57.1g of carbs, 12.1g of fat, 27.4g of protein

Mid-Morning Snack (8:20a)

  • 150g of bell peppers (mixed colors)
  • 2oz of deli turkey
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1tbs of organic peanut butter

Macros: 36.5g of carbs, 9g of fat, and 14.6g of protein

Lunch (2:00p)

  • 2oz of grass-fed ground beef
  • 1cup of green beans
  • 3oz of sweet potato hash
  • 15g of pistachios

Macros: 27.4g of carbs, 9.7g of fat, 16.8g of protein

Dinner (6:30p)

  • 2oz of grilled chicken
  • 175g of broccoli
  • 15g of almonds

Macros: 15.9g of carbs, 10.2g of fat, 20.4g of protein

Night Shake

  • 1 1/3c of Orgain Protein – Sweet Vanilla Bean
  • 1tbs of peanut butter

Macros: 14g of carbs, 10.3g of fat, 1.5g of protein

GRAND TOTAL OF MACROS: 182g of carbs, 53g of fats, 110g of protein


Simple Almond Milk

Dairy-free is the way to be!! Let’s just start by saying that.

Being lactose intolerant, milk is my biggest frenemy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love milk and cookies, grilled cheese, and ice cream as much as any other 20-something year old girl.  However, after many relationship issues between Cody and I, I had to give it up if you smell my drift.  Sorry, TMI.  Anyway, Cody doesn’t indulge in the liquid white devil either.  It inhibits his workout and makes him break-out on his back and we can NOT have that.

We used to buy the Silk Vanilla Almond Milk by the carton.  We discussed making our own but it was way too daunting.  Don’t you need like a distillery and a license? Do they have to be pregnant?  A magic spell? I don’t know. We didn’t ask. It was beyond us. We are mere mortals.

One day feeling brave, I googled.  And the results shocked me, not only can I make almond milk and keep my first born, but it is SUPER easy. So easy that even I can do it.  All I needed was a blender, an old tank top, and a little muscle.  So after hitting the gym and doing some curls, I gave it a shot.

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After soaking two cups of raw almonds overnight, rinse them in the sink then pour them into your blender.  I don’t measure the water, I just fill it to the top.

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Once well-blended, pour it into a sprout bag, cheese cloth, or thin towel.  Our first time, we went to the store and paid 12$ for a pack of four cloths that fell apart after one use. After that I decided to cut up an old tank top and give it a go.  Worked perfect and after I’m done, I just rinse it out, wash it, and reuse.

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Start spinning the bottom part so it constricts the almonds and strains the milk out.  This is where the muscle comes in: spin super tight and just compress different areas until it seems completely dry.

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I have to make two batches to get us through the week.

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Because we like the vanilla flavoring, we add in one tablespoon of vanilla extract.  We have added dates in, but don’t see much of a difference since we don’t drink it raw, so we just leave that bit out.

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Next, pour it into a container with an air-tight lid and refrigerate.

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This mixture will stay good for about 3-4 days.  Anything longer than that and it turns real thick and realllllll gross.  We’ve found that out the hard way!

Anyway, I hope you feel emboldened to give it a shot.  This could make an pretty cool project for a patient parent with a good container of clorox wipes.

 

CHEERS!

Jess