HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Crock Pot Chili — PALEO

My hubby and I are really loving this whole Paleo thing.  I am feeling amazing…more energy, lean, just plain healthy.  The more I research Paleo, the better I like it.  Particularly for things that I see so many people struggle with like hormone issues, issues stemming from inflammation and energy issues.

This recipe was a hit!  I was a little skeptical because
A) I HATE carrots!
and B) there are NO beans!
But, the flavor was so DELISH!  And who doesn’t like a super easy meal you can throw in the crock pot?!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 pounds grass-fed beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, shredded (you could chop small if you prefer)
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 4oz diced green chilies (I used fire roasted…sensing a theme here? 🙂
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used A-1…yum!!!)
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cumin
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DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook beef on stove top and then add to crock pot…keep the fat too!!
  2. Add prepared green bell pepper, onion, carrots, tomatoes and green chilies.
  3. Stir all the ingredients well, then add the remaining spices and seasonings.
  4. Mix well, cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours.
  5. Goes nicely with a grain free chip, small amount of good quality cheese (depends on if you do dairy with your paleo plan), sour cream, jalapenos…
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Servings: about 6
Freezes well!!
*recipe adapted from www.lowcarbyum.com/

Healthier Fruit Crisp 

A good fruit crisp is probably my favorite summertime dessert! I love how fruit tastes after it’s been baked and with cinnamon….mmmmmm! You can do a lot of different fruits in this. I just happened to have some apples and peaches that needed to be used up. But berries would be amazing. I love combining fruits like I did this time. 

  
Ingredients for fruit mixture:

  • 4 cups fruit of your choice. Cut/sliced up if needed.
  • 2 Tbsp honey 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Ingredients for topping:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour (or flour of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F. 

Combine fruit, honey & cinnamon in medium mixing bowl. Mix together well and spread in medium sized casserole dish or pie plate. 

In a small bowl, combine oats, flour, butter, honey & cinnamon. Sprinkle on top of fruit mixture. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden on top. 

I put a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on mine 😍 It’s very crumbly as it has far less butter & sweetener than traditional recipes. So consider serving in a bowl. It’s pretty delicious! I would even say this would be an excellent breakfast dish!

Enjoy!!

xoxo, Jess

Grilled, stuffed portobello mushroom

Ummmm this is a combination of several things I LOVE! Yummy and EASY! 

  
Ingredients:

  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, rinsed, stem removed
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced into strips 
  • 1/4 onion, sliced into strips
  • Salt & pepper to taste 

Directions:

Sauté onions & peppers. Place all ingredients on top of mushrooms, distributed evenly between the two mushrooms. Place mushrooms on grill for 5-7 minutes, until mushrooms are soft.

Wha-la!! Devour immediately! 

Expect to see a slightly healthier version of this in our new E-cookbook coming out SOON!!!

xoxo, Jess

Homemade Vanilla Coconut Coffee Creamer 

Coffee creamer is one of those things I have a very hard time not having. I LOVE the thought of getting up and having that first cup of coffee in the morning. There’s just something comforting and inviting about it. Anyone with me on this?

So, rather than give it up altogether, I like trying healthier ways of still having my coffee the way I like it, sweat and creamy.

Typically what I do instead of the regular flavored coffee creamer you buy at the store (hello salted caramel!) is just half & half & honey. It’s good! And people…I take my coffee seriously. When I say it’s good, I’m being genuine. 🙂

I thought I’d try something different however. I love the idea of making your own ______ (fill in the blank). So homemade coffee creamer it is!

If you like coconut…I mean real coconut, not just the artificial flavor, you will be a fan. And another thing I love…it’s SO simple!


Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk (Full fat my friends! Do not be afraid!! It’s good for you!)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (go for the good stuff…real maple syrup. It’s more expensive, but it’s better for you and  it tastes a million times better!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Put all of the above in a sealable jar, close it up and shake baby shake!! It’ll take a couple minutes to get everything good and mixed up. Then seal that puppy up and keep it in the fridge.

Enjoy!!

xoxo,
Jess

 

Homemade Sports (electrolyte) Drink

Something we all are aware of is that during exercise our bodies lose electrolytes along with water through sweat. Often times people will pick up a sports drink, such as Gatorade, to remedy the problem. The unfortunate thing is that most sports drinks contain a crazy amount of sugar and artificial ingredients.
When electrolytes become off balance we can experience:
Dizziness

Fatigue

Nausea

Trembling

Dry mouth

Muscle weakness

Stiff or aching joints

And more…

Electrolytes include calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium and sodium. Maintaining a good balance results from the particular foods and drinks we consume combined with our activity level, weather and any illness we might be fighting. You can also throw off your electrolyte balance by drinking TOO MUCH water believe it or not.

Here is a natural electrolyte recipe that you can use and allows you to choose just how you want yours to taste!


Ingredients:

1 quart liquid (water, coconut water, green tea, etc.)

1/8-1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt (this kind includes particular trace minerals but regular table salt will work)

1/4-1/2 tsp crushed calcium magnesium tablets or powder*

1/4 cup natural fruit juice (lemon, lime, pineapple, Apple, etc)

1-2 Tbsp sweetener* (honey, stevia)

*these ingredients are optional

Directions:

Slightly warm your base liquid in order for other ingredients to dissolve well

Add all remaining ingredients and mix or shake very well

Store in fridge until needed

I made mine using a mixture of lemon and lime juice and honey for the sweetener. I also added the calcium magnesium powder as magnesium is something I personally don’t get enough of (calcium is needed for magesium absorption). I also garnished it with a mint leaf.

I had mine after a hard 5 mile run and felt like it really helped me bounce back quicker. I’ll be using this more for sure!

Here’s to happier, healthier ways to do things!

xoxo, Jess

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