Clean Eating Blueberry Scones – Paleo Recipe

I made these scones tonight, and I’m still a little bit in disbelief that they’re so healthy.  Protein, fruit, no flour.  Super good!

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cashews
1/4 cup arrowroot starch
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg

1. Grind up your cashews as fine as possible. We use a small Ninja (ha ha, that is a funny sentence).
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2.  Pour chopped cashews into a large mixing bowl, add arrowroot starch, salt and baking powder and mix.  I had trouble finding arrowroot starch – no luck at the Target by me.  Byerly’s came though.
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3.  Add blueberries.  I used fresh, my friend who referred this recipe used frozen – both worked fine.

4. Mix coconut oil (warmed, so it’s in liquid form) maple syrup, vanilla and egg.  Add to the dry/blueberry mixture.

5. Pour into pan.  The blog this recipe came from (http://fedandfit.com/2013/07/28/paleo-blueberry-scones-2/) suggested a 9″ metal pan with parchment paper lining.  I had neither said pan nor paper, so I used a spring-form (cheesecake) pan.  I lightly greased the bottom to make up for no paper.
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6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or till light golden brown.  Since I had the wrong pan and no paper, I did 325 for 33 minutes.  Worked fine, but I’m wondering if it wouldn’t have risen more had I used the proper tools.  Oh well, still delicious!

Enjoy!
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The Women I Know: A Response to “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry.”

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There’s a blog post that’s been shared over the last half a month or so now titled “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry.”  The writer of this post makes a lot of bold statements, many of which I find laughable because they are just so different from the way I think.  But they are her opinions, and she is entitled to them.  I have to address one though – the one that stands out the most to me: “You will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids.”
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I feel good offering an opinion about this because I’ve been two types of women.  I’ve been the independent backpacking across Europe.  The 24 year old rolling her eyes at baby shower games and wondering why there isn’t more alcohol.  The young professional willing to leave a job I loved because a different agency offered a better title and more responsibility (and pay).  Before my relationship with my husband got very serious, I honestly didn’t think I wanted to have children.
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I’ve also been the woman I am now.  And regarding her comment about what is necessary for a women to be exceptional, one thing is clear…I know some women she doesn’t know.
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 – I know a woman who is director level at a successful business, has a husband and two kids, and still makes time to volunteer to help those less fortunate.
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 – I know a woman who raises two children.  ON HER OWN.  She also happens to be VP of a company.
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 – I know a woman who is a teacher, a single mom to two children – one of whom has special needs, and the other who has been offered amazing scholarships to prestigious schools, where she’s thinking of majoring in genetics.  Tell me that woman hasn’t done something exceptional. She has touched so many lives, the effects of which will carry on long after she has retired.
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 – I know a woman who had an incredible career, but chose to give it up to take care of her children at home so her husband could follow his ambitions and feed his soul.  If you tell me that “anyone” could put three people in front of themselves, well…lets just say, I’d like to see you do it.
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 – I know a woman who cried a million tears because she couldn’t accomplish what the writer so ignorantly calls the “super easy task” of getting knocked up.  She wiped her eyes, took matters into her and her husbands own hands, and now has now given a wonderful life to a child who needed her through adoption.  Exceptional.
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I think what the writer is misunderstanding most is the meaning of the word “hard” when stay at home moms/parents (or any parent) say it is hard.  Yes anyone can cook lunch.  Yes anyone can do laundry.  It’s not the functionality of these tasks that is hard – it’s the mental application it takes to do it day after day and, as I said, putting someone else before yourself.
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I have a career I love.  I also work a reduced schedule, so some weekdays I can be home with my daughter.  On the days I work, if I want a cup of coffee, I go get it.  If I need to make a quick phone-call, I make it.  If I want to go to the bathroom, I go do it – and no one watches me.  I regularly get the self-satisfaction that comes with a successful campaign or killer client presentation.  When I eat lunch, I don’t have to sing songs to try and bribe my dining partner to eat, and my coworkers can use words to tell me what they think or why they’re upset.  These simple pleasures don’t trump the time I have home with my daughter, but are my work days “easier”? Yeah.
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I also know awesome women who don’t want to have children.  Their life accomplishments will be different than mine, and that is perfectly fine.  I don’t think it’s bad, I don’t think it’s good, it’s just different – we’re all allowed to have our own priorities, and what a boring world it would be if we weren’t.
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That said, the things that make my life the most extraordinary wouldn’t be if I weren’t married with a child (and one on the way).  The smile on my daughter’s face when she comes toddling into our bedroom in the morning.  The feel of her cheek against my lips when I kiss her after getting home from work in the evening.  The contented joy of a glass of wine with my husband at the end of a long day.  The overwhelming feeling of love that washes over me when I watch the two of them dance in the living room.  These things don’t matter to everyone, and that’s fine.  But they make my life exceptional.
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And you know, now that I’ve written this, I find that I’m quite glad the original post was written.  It has inspired me to call out people who I think are exceptional that I might not have otherwise.  I hope they read this.
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Teagan’s Progress – Happy 2014

“Joel feels that we will see a path similar to what we’ve seen in other therapy areas…very slow progress, and then all of a sudden a super quick uptick.”

These are words from my cranky last post about Teagan’s therapies – guess I should listen to that man more often!  After a frustratingly slow couple of months, 2014 is looking pretty amazing!

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NYE at Mark and Laura’s.  T was not excited about the glasses.

Actually, the first exciting thing happened at the end of 2013.  When my parents came to visit for Christmas they brought their cat, which Teagan loves…and calls “Ditty.”  ??!!  So yeah, she won’t call me Mama, but she knows kitty.  That child.  😉  We also switched her to a toddler bed, which has been…entertaining.  And mostly successful.

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New toddler bed…and the first night

The second exciting thing…the sippy cup.  YES YES YES!  Finally!  It’s like one day she just decided, hey, I’m going to drink out of this now, and hasn’t looked back!  It’s been two weeks since that wonderful Friday, and now she’s only having bottles at nap or bedtime.  Hopefully in another week or two she’ll have kicked them to the curb altogether!  I tell you, that day she decided to use the sippy cup, there weren’t happier parents than Joel and I.  Today when I printed T’s workout sheet for the week, I deleted the sippy cup line – felt soooooooo gooooooooood!!  Continuing the subject of meals, she’s also been attempting to stab food with her fork, rather than have us put the food on the fork and hand it to her – she’s been successful a handful of times!

The third exciting thing is speech therapy.  I have been kicked out of the room at Children’s therapy (apparently I am a distraction ;-), but Melissa tells me her sound mimicking is getting much better.  Joel and T had school district speech therapy with Jackie on Thursday morning, and it was awesome…

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Translation: the letters and ahh, etc. are sound mimicking.  Roly Poly and Row Row are songs with actions – so that is action mimicking.  Mimicking is so important because that is how kids learn to say things, by repeating what they hear from others – normally they just do it, but in T’s case, we have to teach her to do it.  And the tube is something we got paperwork mailed to us in, that she likes to hold up to her mouth and make sounds into – it’s disgusting, but you take what you can get.  Another song she loves is Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – she taps her head until we start singing.  I’m pretty sure I sang this song more today than the cumulative of the rest of the world combined.

And lastly, we’ve seen some progress with her fine motor skills.  She is putting some large puzzle pieces in their spot, and shapes in her cookie-jar shape sorter.  She’s even coloring a tiny bit.  She is far behind, I’m not kidding myself – but after working on these things for so long, it’s nice to finally see some action.

Other than that, we had fun Christmas celebrations with both sides of the family…

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Opening some pink bibs from (of course) Grandpa Petersen

…and T and I started swimming lessons again – she could not wait to get back into the water.  She is so happy at swimming lessons that it’s almost counter-productive.  Every time I hold her out in front of me to show her something, monkey cheeks for example, she kicks her legs and flails her arms and laughs, and it’s so funny that it makes me laugh.  We might not be the best students – but I’m fairly certain we are having the most fun.  During play time, we play with her baby doll a lot; less than three months for her to get ready for her little sis!

Joel and I are feeling pretty good overall right now.  Of course I have no basis for comparison.  I know T’s behind, but I’m not all that familiar with 2 year olds other than her, so by how much isn’t obvious to me.  I’m trying not to compare – she is making progress, and for that, I am grateful.  Until next month!

Cleaner Eating – Dave’s Cheat Sheet

A lot of people asked to see my pal Dave’s cheat sheet for cleaner eating following the Facebook thread the other day.  He does paleo/primal, which is not what I’m looking to do – but a lot of the same rules apply for cleaner eating.  Here is the cheat-sheet, with some notes from him at the bottom (he’s been at it for a long time)!

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with veggies (spinach, onion, peppers, tomatoes, etc)
fried egg with a side of berries
serving of greek yogurt with mashed berries, cinnamon, walnuts & Flaxseed (mashing helps a TON)
Green shake*
Banana pancake**
Oatmeal w/ cinnamon, flaxseed, nuts (almonds or walnuts) & berries (try to avoid oatmeal if possible)
Lunch/Dinner
Grilled chicken breast, side of veggies
Spinach salad w chicken, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, avocado, nuts, peppers, egg, etc
“Big Salad” with a 1/2 can of wild canned salmon
Grilled (wild) salmon
hamburger (grassfed & no bun or fries)
Can of veggie soup (don’t eat potato), can of tuna/salmon
Fish Tacos w/ lettuce wrap
Sushi (sashimi)
steak (grassfed)
Trout, grilled (salt & pepper)
Korean Bi Bim Bap w/ cauliflower rice
Appetizers & sides
caprese salad
roasted veggies
grilled calamari
shrimp cocktail
oysters, steamed mussels
sweet potato & yams
cauliflower rice
grilled veggies
steamed veggies
sauted veggies
avocado
Oils & other fats
Oil, sesame, coconut are OK, (avoid canola, vegetable, safflower & sunflower)
butter is OK, grassfed butter is best
Snacks (as much as you want)***
Apple, kiwi, grapes, pears, berries
nuts (almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, cashews)
hard boiled egg
beef jerkey
almond butter
lara bars (energy bars that have a very tight list of ingredients)
Snacks (limited)
raisins, dates or other dried fruit
oranges, banana
dark chocolate (>80% cacao)
cottage cheese
Drinks
water
coconut water
coffee-use almond milk or full fat cream (stevia if needed)
green tea
red wine (2 glasses/day tops)
stout beer
* Green Shake recipe is: 1 1/4 cup frozen berries, 2 tblspn of flaxseed, scoop of almond butter, 1/4 cup of almond milk
solid handful of spinach, (plus some kale if you like it), serving of egg protein powder, banana, small amount of kefir
** Banana pancake recipe http://www.thehealthyteacher.com/2011/06/12/banana-pancakes-paleo-style/
*** link to paleo snacks  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-snacks/

As you know, many health related issues (heart disease, cancer, arthritis, severe stomach issues, allergies, chronic colds/back pain, & really anything that ends in “itis”) are caused by CHRONIC inflammation within your body. 

  • Much of the chronic inflammation we have is caused by the diet that we all eat…It’s really that simple.

You can stop this stuff by switching up your diet..the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet (Paleo/Primal/caveman diet is really similar)

  • You eat: meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds (the 75-150 grams of carbs/day you need will come from the fruits/veggies)
  • no processed foods
  • no pop
  • no grains (bread, corn, pizza, pasta, rice)….(Beans, oatmeal, barley are not kosher for PALEO, but they are do NOT cause inflammation so I eat them in extreme moderation)
  • No added sugar
  • No Dairy if you can manage (full fat creams/fermented yogurt (Kefir, greek yogurt), butter is OK if needed)
  • minimal beer/wine
  • Coffee/Tea is fine

It sounds harder than it really is but to be honest, if you cut this stuff out for 60-80% of your meals, you’d be fine and notice a difference. I went hardcore on the food and noticed an amazing difference in 3 weeks so if you only do 60% maybe it will take a bit longer..

I’ve been on this for almost 3 years:

  • I’m not as sore after working out or running 
  • I’m RARELY hung over and I drink often for work..much more than you’re supposed to. 
  • rarely get sick despite living with 2 babies that are ALWAYS catching something.
  • plain feel better, have more energy, etc.

The truth is, I don’t follow this diet 100%, instead, I just eat foods that do not cause inflammation…My goal is to eliminate the inflammation in the body to ward off the health issues…If I eat a piece of cheese or oatmeal every now and again, big deal..Neither food breaks down into sugar quick enough to cause a response.

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