Saturday, December 31, 2011

30 Day Challenge

Some of the girls at the gym are on board for a 30 day paleo-esque challenge. I'm tagging along for a number of reasons:
  • I've had too many holiday treats and it's time to dial in
  • I really like the gals at the gym
  • I love a good challenge
  • Like most of us, I have a yearning to be included :-)
So the deal is pretty straight forward, we eat clean for 30 days - the big keys being no grains, sugar (including natural sources like honey), and only dairy if you find it agrees with you. In my case, I'll continue with a low histamine version of course. On that note, my skin's been quite good since my strict 30 days. An update on that front still to come.

So we took measurements and photos at the gym today and we kick off on Monday. (We couldn't very well officially start on New Year's Eve, now c'mon.) And if all turns out well, I may even post before and after pictures... though I reserve the right to change my mind.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Almond Apple Muffins

We had friends over for brunch today, so I made muffins for the occasion. Every time I make almond meal muffins they're a bit different. Today they turned out particularly well, so thought I'd share. Not too sweet.



Ingredients

  • 4 eggs 
  • 2 t vanilla extract  
  • 1/4 C unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1 t lemon extract 
  • 1/3 C coconut oil 
  • 2 T honey 
  • 3 C almond meal 
  • 1/4 C ground flaxseed 
  • 1 t baking soda 
  • 1/2 apple cut into small cubes


Instructions

  • Beat the eggs in a bowl with the extracts, applesauce, honey and coconut oil. Mix well. 
  • Add the almond meal, flaxseed and baking soda and mix well.  
  • Add the cubed apple and mix gently.  
  • Bake in mini muffin pans for approx. 20 mins at 350 degrees. Longer if making full size muffins (check with a toothpick). 


Made 20 mini muffins.