Cocoanut Smoothie

Cocoanut_smoothie

Cocoanut smoothie…see what I did there? (: Here’s a tasty, refreshing treat for these hot summer days! Gluten/dairy/soy/nut free. Also, delicious. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1 frozen banana
• 1/8 cup cocoa powder
• 1 spoonful honey
• 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
• 1/8 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 3 tbsp chia seeds
• cinnamon to taste
• 1 scoop gelatin (optional)
• 1 scoop l-glutamine (optional)

Directions
1. Combine chia seeds & coconut milk, let sit for about 30 minutes.
2. Combine chia seed/coconut milk along with everything in the blender. (I have a Blendtec… ’twas the greatest gift I ever gave myself.)
3. Enjoy immediately!

Coconut Crusted Chicken

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Ingredients
• 1 lb chicken
• 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/4 cup coconut flour
• 1/8 cup dijon mustard
• 1/8 cup honey
• Coconut oil spray

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly spray glass baking pan with coconut oil spray.
2. Mix mustard and honey in a small bowl. Place coconut flour in another bowl, coconut flakes in a third bowl.
3. Dip both sides of the chicken into the coconut flour.
4. Then, coat both sides of the chicken in the mustard/honey mixture.
5. Finally, generously sprinkle top side of chicken with unsweetened coconut flakes.
6. Place chicken in a glass baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the coconut crust is golden brown.
7. Serve immediately! I like to dip this chicken in my favorite ketchup, Portlandia Ketchup. (:

Coconut Hazelnut Fat Bombs

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My first time making fat bombs and I must admit, it takes some serious self control to not inhale these in one sitting. This is an easily customizable recipe, feel free to swap out any nuts / nut butters you might like better. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup hazelnut butter
• 1/8 cup dark chocolate, chopped
• 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
• 1/8 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/8 cup coconut oil
• 2 tbsp ground flax
• 2 tbsp honey
• 4 tbsp collagen powder (make sure to get the kind in the green, not red container!)

Directions
1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
2. Spoon mixture into ice cube mold.
3. Freeze for 4 – 5 hours.
4. Pop out of ice cube mold and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Honey Sesame Lime Chicken

Honey Sesame Lime Chicken

It seems I’ve been on a chicken kick these past few weeks and man oh man, this is another drool-worthy recipe. (: I’m not sure if I like this chicken or the garlic ginger chicken better, but they both left me wanting more. Much much more. Enjoy!

Ingredients
• 1 lb chicken
• 1/4 cup honey 
• 1/8 cup coconut aminos
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
• 2 tbsp rice vinegar
• 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
• 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F
2. Combine all ingredients, minus the chicken, in a small sauce pan.
3. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 4 – 5 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken.
4. Place the chicken in a glass bake dish and pour the sauce over the meat, making sure the sauce is spread evenly across all surfaces.
5. Bake the chicken for about 45 minutes.
6. Remove chicken from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken during this time.

Tonight I served with a side of rice, but feel free to serve with quinoa, veggies, etc. If you’re making rice/quinoa, I suggest boiling the rice/quinoa in bone broth rather than water and add 1 tbsp Kerrygold butter per 1 cup rice/quinoa.

Granola

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The more I learn about nutrition, the less I can justify eating grains and sugar (cereal) over something like a veggie omelet with bacon for breakfast. Plus…veggie omelets and bacon are equally if not more tasty and satisfying, so I suppose the transition from cereal to omelets/bacon hasn’t been *too* terrible.

With that said, sometimes you (I) simply get a hankering for some good ol’ fashion cereal, so when I came across this recipe, it was as if the stars had aligned. 

I usually pair this granola with coconut and/or almond milk and/or yogurt (Greek, full fat). MMMM. 

Granola

Prep time: 15 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 F

2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients but the honey. Once combined, add in the honey. 

3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and distribute mixture evenly across sheet.

4. Bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove baking sheet from the oven and stir. Return to oven for 5 – 10 more minutes, then remove and allow to cool. (It’s important you give the granola time to cool – this is when the granola melds together into the little granola balls. Otherwise, you’ll simply end up with a bunch of toasted granola ingredients!)