Project 10 | Paleo Snacks on the Go

This week I’m heading to the BlogHer conference and I know I will need some snacks to keep me going during my Paleo Shift.

I’ve stocked up on a few things that are easy to travel with:

  • Larabars – OMG the banana bread one is to die for!
  • almonds
  • bananas
  • apples
  • GoGo Squeez Applesauce packets (borrowed from my kids’ snack cabinet)
  • water bottles

These items will keep me going in between meals so I can focus on learning and networking. What snacks keep you going during the day?

Project 10 | Almond Crusted Turkey Stuffed Peppers Paleo Recipe

As a participant in Project 10, and the 30 Day Paleo Shift, I am always looking for healthy versions of my regular recipes. As my love affair with almonds continues to grow, I’ve decided to substitute them in place of cheese in some of my recipes. I know, there is zero connection between almonds and cheese except for the sprinkle on top factor, but that along with adding a yummy nutty taste is enough to make me try anything! I made these stuffed peppers recently and it was a huge hit with my kids and husband. It’s quick and easy to make, and tastes delicious!

Ingredients

- 16 oz package of organic grass fed ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 jar of no salt or sugar added organic tomatoe sauce
- seasoning of your choice( I used a palmful of Trader Joe’s Everyday seasoning)
- 2 organic green peppers cut in halves
- 4 or 5 fresh sweet basil leaves chopped
- palmful of unsalted almonds crushed or chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sauté the ground turkey in olive oil with spices and chopped basil until no longer pink. Add in half the jar of tomatoe sauce and simmer. While turkey is sautéing I place the peppers in a glass baking dish and microwave for 2-4 minutes until tender. Once the turkey has simmered for a few minutes fill the peppers with the turkey, remaining tomatoe sauce, and then top with crushed almonds. I used my garlic press to crush them and it worked great! Bake the dish for 15-20 minutes until the top is slightly golden and crispy. Serve and enjoy!

 

Project 10 | Paleo Simple Smoothie

OMG coconut milk, where have you been all my life?

I find myself getting hungry after dinner each night around 8pm. I decided to break open the new unsweetened coconut milk, (I have never tried before) and turn it into a smoothie. I found some frozen strawberries we picked a few weeks ago. Then I grabbed half a banana and some ice, threw everything in the blender and voila!

The smoothie was so delicious, I will DEFINITELY be making this again.  I put the other half banana in a ziplock freezer bag, so next time I will use frozen banana! It was quick, AND satisfying. Easy peasy.

Here’s what I used:

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup of frozen whole strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • Blend until smooth and liquified, and enjoy!



Project 10 | Curveball!

So Mamas, I’ve been a little hush hush on the fabulous Project 10 for the last week or so.

Life has thrown me a curveball and we are expecting our third child in February, yay for babies! This means I will no longer be trying to lose weight as a participant in Project 10. I am however embarking on a lifestyle change known as the Paleo Lifestyle.

So what is Paleo? It’s the idea that our bodies weren’t made to process “processed” food like grains, wheat, chips, you get the idea. We should be eating like the cave men did because that is what our bodies were designed to digest – meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. I am choosing to participate in the Paleo Pioneer’s 30-day Shift because, frankly, I am addicted to sugar and processed crap. I am tired of feeling like a mouse running on the sweet and salty wheel. I am tired of feeling tired from processed foods that just aren’t good for me.

The Paleo Shift focuses on eating REAL FOOD, like not from a package. What a concept! I have been a sucker for “healthy pre-packaged convenience foods” like protein bars, granola bars, breakfast bars, energy bars. You name it, I’ve definitely bought it.

I am excited to jump in and begin the process of my Paleo Pregnancy by eating real and healthy food for me and my baby. Katie Simons, the Paleo Pioneer has made it super easy to make the gradual lifestyle change to Paleo with her brilliant 30-day Shift program. There will be weekly group meetings where we will share experiences and support one another, along with recipes and tips.

I will slowly be cutting out sugar, dairy and grains from my diet aside from the junk. This means I will be living on real organic meat, fish, vegetables , fruit and oil! Since I am pregnant I will add dairy and calcium back if I feel the need or crave it. I do believe that listening to my body is the best bet for mommy and baby.

I hope my Paleo journey inspires others to eliminate the foods that just aren’t good for any of us, and to help other women eat healthy and feel healthy with a Paleo Pregnancy. More to come!



Tasty Tuesday | Caprese Skewers

Are you looking for an easy and portable healthy food option to bring along to parties this summer? I have seen several versions of this appetizer floating around Pinterest, and decided to make my own. I took 12 inch skewers and cut them in half, then picked the basil leaves out of my garden. I bought two containers of Bel Gioioso fresh mozzarella cherry size cheese, and two containers of grape tomatoes.

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It was so easy to make, I put two pieces of alternating basil, cheese and tomatoes on each skewer. I made two dozen and then drizzled olive oil and balsamic vinegar over them before wrapping up for the party. It was a healthy and refreshing appetizer, and a cinch to make. I will definitely be bringing them to my next cookout on the 4th! What healthy recipe have you made recently?

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Project 10 | Week 3: Curbing Cravings

So it’s week three of Project 10 and I’m doing much better with my cravings for sweet and salty junk. I’ve learned to drink more water and load up on fruit for snacks when my cravings kick in. I feel much more satisfied eating an entire mound of red grapes or sliced apples than a few chips or cookies. I’ve lost another pound, so overall I’m down three. Progress I am happy to report, but I plan on making more diet changes as the weeks progress. The great news is my family is eating better. Less pre-packaged foods and more fruit and vegetables is a huge win!

What healthy changes are you making this week?

Project 10 | Week 2: Recipe for Success

I am happy to report I’m down another pound! While I haven’t gone back to the gym yet since we were all sick, I have been walking and eating healthy.

I’m sharing the delicious Skinnytaste.com recipe I made this week for Turkey Stuffed Peppers! I use Trader Joe’s microwaveable organic brown rice as a shortcut when preparing this…super easy and yummy rice!

Source: skinnytaste.com via Jodi on Pinterest

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

Servings: 6 servings (1/2 pepper) • Time: 55 minutes • Old Points: 4 • Points+: 5
Calories: 184.7 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 20.8 g • Carb: 20.2 g • Fiber: 1.6 g

1 lb lean chopped turkey meat
1 garlic, minced
1/4 onion, minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin powder
salt to taste
3 large sweet red bell peppers, washed
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
Olive oil spray
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

Heat oven to 400°. Spray a little olive oil spray in a medium size saute pan and heat on a medium flame. Add onion, garlic and cilantro to the pan. Saute about 2 minutes and add ground turkey. Season with salt and garlic powder, and cumin and brown meat for several minutes until meat is completely cooked through. Add 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth, mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Combine cooked rice and meat together.

Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Place in a baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half and fill it with as much as you can. Place all stuffed pepper halves on the baking dish and pour the remainder of the chicken broth on the bottom of the pan. Cover tight with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy.

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Project 10 | Week 1

Well I was off to a great start, by attending my boot camp circuit class last Monday at my local YMCA. I was eating healthy, cooking with ground turkey and chicken for dinners, and only snacking on almonds. Unfortunately days later both of my daughters and myself came down with fevers and colds. The bad news is I wasn’t able to exercise. The good news is I lost a pound with my decreased appetite and running up and down the stairs playing waitress.

Today will be our first day out of the house in almost a week! We are going strawberry picking and I plan on making good use out of it with a long walk! More fitness to come this week :)

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Project 10 – Finding My Way Back To A Healthier Me

I’ve been off the workout wagon for a few weeks, *cough* months. Alright, let’s be real – I haven’t had any sustained consistency since having kids. I used to really enjoy my workouts, and clean eating (before kids). And lately I have fallen prey to not wanting to waste perfectly good Mac and cheese. Really? My former self would shudder at the thought of ingesting that. But enough about my failure to live a healthy life :)

Let’s talk about the amazing idea from a local Rhode Island blogger, called Project 10. Ten women, ten weeks to lose (about) ten pounds each. During which we follow our own program and write about our trials and triumphs, encourage one another, share tips and successes.

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Umm, yes please! Someone please help me get back on track and be accountable! Because clearly I have no shortage of bad choices (Mac and cheese scraps for lunch, Goldfish crackers at Target, and Oreo cookies at night? Who am I?

I used to be spin girl, clean eating girl, size 6 girl. Now I’m a mom to my two beautiful and energetic daughters. I want to have the energy to keep up with them, and FEEL GOOD. I want to look fantabulous in my jeans. I want to wear a sleeveless dress this summer and not feel like batwing lady!

I will eat healthier, I will exercise more, I will lose at least 10 pounds in ten weeks, I will be a healthier me for life!

And, the best part is, I don’t have do it alone! My fellow Project 10 participants include:

Stephanie’s Mommy Brain (project creator)
Filling Our Bucket
Sweet Lil’ You
Loving MomTwo Boys
My Wrinkle in Time
Soxy’s Diamond
The New Modern Momma
Baby Makes Four
Mama Luvs Books
All of Me Now

Also, our group’s fitness guru will be Running and Cupcakes!

Follow us along our journey through August 15! Next week I’ll detail my program and first week of progress!