Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Paleo Cookies

I got this recipe from my fabulous coach Elyse.  She is like 5' 120 lbs soaking wet and can kick your ass.  Like for real.  Keep an eye out for her and the rest of the CrossFit 808 team in the Nor Cal regionals this weekend!!

Anyway...the first time I tried this recipe I was very new to Paleo, and I had what I like to call "broken taste buds".  I wasn't that impressed by them.  It didn't taste like a Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip cookie, which is what I had envisioned when I thought of a cookie.  Fast forward 6 months and I swear I am salivating just thinking about them.


Sorry I had to wipe the drool off the keyboard.

I'm telling you all this because if you have broken taste buds that rely on salt, starches, and sugars in every meal, these will taste too healthy for you.  If you have allowed Paleo to fix you, these will be AMAZING.  And I really don't think I'm over selling them.

Chocolate Chip Paleo Cookies
recipe adapted from the recipe of Elyse Umeda of CrossFit 808
makes 2 dozen cookies

2 Cups Almond Flour
2 Tbls Coconut Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Egg
1 Tbls Vanilla
1/4 Cup Cocnut Oil (melted)
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Dark Choc Chips (70% cacao or greater is considered Paleo)
1/2 Cup Chopped Macadamia Nuts

Preheat oven to 350*.  Melt coconut oil and set aside to cool a little.  Mix all dry ingredients together.  Add all wet ingredients. Mix well.  Add chips and nuts.  Mix Well.  Use cookie scoop or small ice cream scoop to ensure even cooking.  Bake for 13-15 mins or just until med brown color. Enjoy!!

Try and keep your intake to 1 a day, it will be impossible, but try.  These are loaded in fat and will drastically slow weight loss.  Don't tell my kids or hubby you are making these or you will have 3 new house guests :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Family Photos

Apparently I haven't posted since May 2nd.  Time flies when you are busy as hell.

With the end of the school year both girls have had parties, projects, and obligations.

Which means I have had parties, and projects, and obligations.

But we did find time to get some family photos taken!!!!

Here are my favorites :)

This kids 2 front teeth were hanging by a thread the whole time, the right one I had to keep pushing up.  Poor kid, but I wanted one last picture before we get months of nothing but toothless pics.

My eyes are weird in this, but my fam looks good so its still a fave.

I cant get enough of these daddy daughter pics!

I finally have a nice picture of me and my girls!

Hope you enjoyed these!  Our photographer was the fabulous Joy Jill Photography and if you are in the Honolulu area I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.  You can find her at joyjill.com.  You won't regret it, she is affordable, talented, and the girls just loved her.  Thanks Joy!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Goals, an update

2 months ago I listed my goals to be achieved by my 33rd birthday. Surprisingly the things I thought were a long shot are progressing better than I imagined and other have completely stalled.

Here are my goals...

~ 33 second L-sits
{starting record was 5 seconds -good grief that is horrible - now up to 16 seconds!!!}

~ 33 double-unders
{starting record was 3 unbroken, now I'm up to 6. While the improvement isn't that great I can do 6 every time I try where as 3 was only done once. Plus there is the whole "I've had 2 kids and I live in a constant fear I will pee myself in front of strangers" thing. 6 seems to be where my bladder control slips so I haven't pushed it farther. There's a whole lot of information no one ever wanted to know right there.}

~ 3 unassisted pull-ups
{I am so close to getting my chin over the bar I can taste it!}

~ 33" box jump
{28" is still my max, I was too scurred to try 30" today :( }

~ 3 toes-to-bars

~ 3 handstand pushups
{I was convinced I would never get this. Happy to report today I did 5! With the aid of 2 abmats so I can't check this off the list yet}

~ Sub 9 minute 2000m row
{9:17 record. Haven't retested in over a month}

Oh, and I am currently doing another Paleo Challenge :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Paleo for kids

I have had a lot of people asking what to pack in kids lunches that is Paleo friendly. The go to is always a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, granola bar, fruit snacks and a juice box.

Hang on while I have a heart attack thinking about that....

I see that and I think, gluten, gluten, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, inflammation, diabetes, heart attack.

The main advice I can give is leftovers. We eat leftovers for lunch so why can't the kids? And truthfully most kids don't need or even like food reheated like we do.

Here are a few examples.
*note, I do allow the girls to occasionally have a little dairy. Beau likes string cheese, Alex likes a cup of milk in the morning. I'm a sucker and let them have it :)

Oh and that is a Paleo cookie at the bottom!