Almond Flour Mug Cake

I’ve been making mug cakes for years now If I’m craving something healthy, but sweet.

Most of the time I use protein powder as my flour, and from time to time a mix of gluten free flour with the protein powder.

The other day I tried making a mug cake with just almond flour and no protein powder and I am in LOVE!

This is definitely my favorite mug cake ingredients, and it literally took me around 3 minutes to make…including mixing the ingredients up!

Ingredients:

1/4 or 1/3 cup almond flour 

-1 egg

-1/4 tsp baking powder

-pinch of salt

-1 tsp sweetener of choice (I did a couple squeezes of my liquid stevia)

I used this almond flour, which can be found at Costco, or, another kind I love, which you can find here. It’s much more cost savvy when buying in bulk.

Directions:

1. Spray a coffee mug with nonstick spray.

2. Mix all ingredients together well, and microwave for 1 minute to 1 min and 30 seconds.

(Each microwave is different and may have different wattages. Stick 1 minute first, then check to see if it needs to go longer. If so, stick to 30 sec intervals)

One of my favorite things to top these mug cakes off with is powdered peanut butter. One of my go to brands lately have been PBFit brand. Costco also has been having this brand, but you can also find it here.

The great thing about this basic mug cake recipe, is you can mix and match flavors/spices.

Sprinkle in cinnamon + nutmeg, or even pumpkin pie spice as fall approaches!

Spoon in some cocoa powder to make it chocolate!

I may even try adding a drop or two of essential oils, like Orange or Lemon vitality! 

I ate every last bit of this and will continue to do so every time I make these! 😊


Paleo/Keto Friendly Tortillas

When you want tacos, burritos, or some kind of wrap, what do you need?

Tortillas!

There are numerous kinds of tortillas out there: size, white/wheat, spinach, corn/flour, etc., and while most taste pretty good, some are higher in carbohydrates.

This isn’t saying it’s bad ( i enjoy carbs like this in moderation), but I know some people either want to watch their carbs, or need to watch their carbs.

Today I am sharing with you a very basic tortilla recipe, only involving 3-4 ingredients.

Almond Flour Tortillas

Before I get to the recipe, keep in mind a couple things:

1. This is not my original recipe.

2. Because it is made with almond flour, and has few ingredients, it will not fold or roll like a regular flour tortilla.

On to the recipe!

Ingredients

– 2 cups almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

– 2 eggs

– 1 teaspoon olive oil

– 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)

Directions

1. Preheat Oven between 325 and 350 (depending on how quick your oven cooks)

2. Mix all ingredient together in a bowl.

3. Start kneading/rolling out the “dough”. I placed my dough between 2 pieces of wax paper to roll it out.

4. Use something round with the desired size you want your tortillas (I used a smaller glad container for mine). Once you cut your tortillas out, bake between 8-10 minutes. I started with 8 minutes, then put it on for 2 more, but turned the oven off.

5. Let cool and enjoy!

I decided to have one with some ground turkey I cooked for lunch. I placed ground turkey, spinach, and a little mustard on mine, and enjoyed a salad on the side!

If you try these out, let me know! I may try this combo for a pizza crust in the future! 😀

Making Life Easier + Healthier With MealFit

If you look at our society today, it seems that everyone is always on the go, go, go.

Between school, work, working out, running errands, dropping kids off, picking kids up, all the after school activities and sports, its no wonder a lot of people turn to fast food or the quick and easy options like frozen pizzas to provide lunch or dinner.

Not saying that doing that everyone now and then is ok, because it totally is. I am all about finding a good balance…and I love my pizza too. But when we are constantly on the go, we want to be sure we are fueling out bodies with the proper nutrition it needs to thrive and function.

That’s where MealFit comes in.

Thomas Cox, the finder/owner of MealFit takes into consideration those people who are always busy. He says, “We are giving them time.” By providing these healthy meals/foods already prepared, this allows people to have more time to be at their kids games, to spend time with loved ones, and not to worry about what will be for dinner. It takes the extra time out that would normally be needed on a weekend in order to prepare foods for your week.

(Look at my friend Regina’s stash of prepped meals! She enjoys them while at work.)

MealFit started out as meal planning, and has grown into a successful business providing results oriented meal programs: healthy catering, meal planning, meal prep, family meals, personal meals, and even gym nutrition programming, support, + guidance.

MealFit originally started in 2013 in Cookeville, Tennessee, and since October 2017, it has been in Birmingham, the hometown of Thomas.

They provide meal plans, catering, and even gym nutrition programming, but something I love about them are the meal prepped meals.

Every Monday him and his staff come in and cook food for anyone who ordered meals/bowls on his website. Between 4-6pm people can pick up their food from one of several locations in the Birmingham area, most of them being gyms.

You can choose items such as the roasted chicken, ground turkey, and steak, to bowls such as the Baja Beef Bowl, Vegetarian Bowl, or Chicken + Rice bowl. You can even choose what starch you want in some of the meals: sweet potatoes, red potatoes, or jasmine rice (all of which are delicious!)

Every week there are special bowls or foods that are offered. He recently had a Baja Bowl, and this week a cauliflower crust pizza was featured.

You don’t have to order every week, so there is no commitment to ordering all the time. The only requirement is that you order at least 5 items, which is easy to do, and very worth your while!

The food provided is nothing but great quality, wholesome foods to provide nutrition for the bodies God gave us.

Thomas showed me how he cooks some of his meats. He starts off by searing it with some of their from scratch seasonings they make in their kitchen. Then it’s off to the smoker!

Cooking for large quantities of people for catering events and even these prepped meals, calls for a big smoker. This one can fit a lot of meat in there at one time, and it’s smoked with cherry wood, giving the meat it’s delicious flavor.

Full of energy and passion, Thomas gives back by providing not only great food, but time. His business is already thriving here in Birmingham: he is catering a myriad of events, providing meals and plans, and is growing with his pick up locations for these prepped meals. He told me he will soon be providing all the food for the Highlands College Students. God is doing great things and has given him a wonderful gift of outreach and helping/providing to others.

If you want in on what Thomas is providing, check out his website here. If you want to order and try any of the prepped meals, be sure to order by NOON any/every Sunday, and in check-out be sure to click on the location for your pickup.

Pick-up options are everywhere, so there will be one within your area. (Be sure to click on Birmingham and not Cookeville if you’re in the area!)

I can’t wait until my next order! If you try it out, let me know! I’d love to hear what you think and what your favorite is!

Dark Chocolate Reese’s Cups

Holla if you love chocolate + peanut butter!

WOOOO! 😀

Anything that’s a combo of chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite sweet treat. The two are literally made for each other, no doubt about it.

My absolute favorite candy is Reese’s (go figure) LOL

Since I love baking and I love my chocolate and peanut butter, I decided to whip up a batch of home-made Reese’s cups, with a little healthier twist.

The great thing about this recipe, is the fact you need minimal ingredients!

These are dairy free, grain free, and gluten free.

Let’s get to the recipe!

**Ingredients**

chocolate layer:

-1/3 cup natural peanut/almond butter (you want the kind with ONLY peanuts (or almonds) and maybe salt too, as the ingredient. But any nut butter can be used. 

-3 T Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

-2 T coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 T honey, or maple syrup, or agave

peanut butter layer:

1/3 cup nut butter

2 T coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

optional: 1/2 to 1 scoop protein powder 

other:

mini muffin tin 

mini muffin tin liners 

Directions

1. Melt your coconut oil  and mix in with your cocoa powder, peanut butter, and other ingredients for the chocolate layer.

2.Once mixed well, spoon out a chocolate layer in each lined mini muffin space, leaving room at the top for the peanut Butter layer.

3.Place in freezer about 5 minutes to set. While in freezer, mix your ingredients for the peanut butter layer.

4.Take chocolate layer Reese cups out of freezer and spoon peanut butter mixture on top of chocolate layer. Place back in freezer at least an hour.

5.store in freezer, and pop one out when ready to eat! 🙂