Archives for March 2014

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Yo.

It’s Monday.

I know your weekend was pretty fab right?

You probably went shopping, got your nails did, had a massage, and ate an entire pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream by yourself.

Maybe you did some yard work and had coffee at your fave cafe on Sunday.

I nursed a sore back muscle and watched a couple of episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix.

It was blissful.

Have you ever pulled a back muscle?

What was it like?

How long did it take to recover?

Mine is my upper right back and it’s killing me!

I’m using icy hot patches and a heating pad…we will see how this goes.

In true Chelsy freak out fashion, Saturday night I found a little bruise on my upper neck and called my mom to come identify.

Oh, and between that I totally got onto webmd and discovered that I either had cancer or was already dead.

Note to self: Web Md is not useful when you are having an anxiety attack and contemplating the worst.

My parents calmed me down and I made some muffins.

To stress eat.

Duh.

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Its all about the crumb topping, people.

IMG_4173Because nothing spells comfort food like a crumb topped muffin.

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Plus, it’s atop a banana muffin.

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Seriously…

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that is cray.

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Double the comfort.

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Mhhhhhm.

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Bananas.

Crumb Top Banana Muffins
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Recipe type: Snack, Muffins
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
Fluffy banana muffins chock full of coconut butter and topped w/ a crunchy walnut coconut topping. No oil, gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • For the muffins:
  • 2 large overripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ c. granulated stevia (or coconut sugar)
  • ¼ c. light coconut milk
  • ¼ c. melted coconut butter
  • ¾ c. egg whites, at room temperature, or 4 large eggs
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • For the crumb topping:
  • ½ c. walnut flour (raw walnuts pulsed into a grain like flour)
  • ¼ c. chopped, raw walnuts
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar
  • 2 T. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 T. coconut butter
Instructions
  1. For the muffins, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan w/ paper liners and grease the liners w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas, stevia, coconut milk, coconut butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour and baking soda until smooth.
  4. Drop the batter into each muffin cup, filling about ½ way full.
  5. For the crumble topping, combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl, mixing until a sticky, crumbly topping forms.
  6. Sprinkle the topping on each of the muffins.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  8. Let cool slightly and devour.

MANGIA!!!

Texas Hur.

 Y’all.

I just wanted to thank you so much for the sweet and kind words in response to my post on Sunday.

I am so glad that I wrote it.

I hope that it can inspire and help others going through the same thing.

It’s rodeo season here.

All I want is to eat a turkey leg.

Oh, and of course watch any rodeo festivity involving a cute cowboy and his horse.

Duh.

I haven’t decided if I will go yet.

I’m usually last minute.

Plus work schedule + gotta have a cute outfit + gotta have Texas hair….you get me…it’s complicated.

I’m the queen of snack food.

If you haven’t heard.

I once got a blank stare from my cousin when we went to eat lunch one day and I pulled out a mini container of freshly grated Parmesan cheese from my purse.

Yes, I consider that a snack.

Condiments can be snacks.

Work with me here.

Sometimes snacks have to be healthy.

So we can eat 238939873873 zillion of them and not feel guilty.

There is no guilt on this blog.

Carrots are healthy.

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My Italian grandmother always tells me they are good for my eyes.

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Then we add some walnuts and dates.

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Because duh…those are healthy too.

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I added some homemade coconut butter to the mix just because it’s awesome.

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Carrot cake bites, people.

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I know you are probably like freaking out over this whole “bite” thing.

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To have a little taste of carrot cake in one bite…

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and it be healthy…?

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Oh yes, I said it.

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😉

Carrot Cake Snack Bites
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 38
 
Healthy carrot-cake like energy bites chock full of walnuts, dates, coconut butter, and freshly grated carrots. Gluten-free, paleo, raw, vegan, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 c. pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 c. raw walnuts
  • 1 T. coconut butter
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. pure Mexican vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large food processor and pulse until the mixture begins to stick together.
  2. Line an 8 in. square baking pan w/ parchment paper.
  3. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and freeze until set.
  4. Cut into small square pieces and snack!

MANGIA!!!

The Simple Life.

It’s Monday.

Blah, blah, blah.

I got a massage over the weekend.

It. was. awesome.

Just what I needed.

It’s the only time I don’t really care about being nude is when it’s for a massage.

I just go to my calm place and zen out.

I’m a simple girl.

I like loose curls, baseball caps, chuck taylor’s, cowboy boots, chambray shirts, and natural makeup.

You will never find me wearing high heels that compromise my walking gait and give me blisters or wearing eye shadow so dark that it looks like I got hit with a baseball.

There is a time to go glam…and that’s when I break out the glitz.

But day in and day out…I’m simple.

I like simple food.

Like banana bread.

Let’s throw a chocolate swirl in the middle of it and call it fancy.

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I’m like banana bread.

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It’s clean-cut and to the point…no frills or gimmicks.

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But every once and a while, you can throw some stuff up in it and make it GLAMOROUS.

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Hence that chocolate swirl up in it.

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It’s also super delicious w/ a glass of cold milk.

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That’s as adventurous as it gets.

Chocolate Swirled Banana Snack Cake
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Recipe type: Cake, Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
Melt in you're mouth banana cake w/ a swirl of chocolate throughout. Gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c. light coconut milk
  • 1 c. liquid egg whites or 4 large eggs
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • For the chocolate swirl:
  • 2 T. sunflower seed butter
  • 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 t. light coconut milk
Instructions
  1. For the banana cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8X8 in. square baking dish w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas, stevia, evoo, coconut milk, and eggs.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour and baking soda until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared dish.
  5. For the chocolate swirl, whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  6. Place about 3 teaspoons of the swirl mixture over the cake batter and create a figure 8 pattern using a knife (a.k.a. drag the knife through the chocolate into the cake, creating a figure 8 pattern).
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Let cool slightly, cut into squares, and serve.

MANGIA!!!

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

This post might be super duper emotional.

Warning to all those who can cry at the drop of a hat.

But for me…it’s actually empowering…strengthening even.

4 years ago…not so much.

I would have never talked about my struggle w/ food.

The idea of eating anything at all was a day to day issue.

I feel that this week, more than any other week of the year, is THE WEEK to bring the topic of eating disorders into the forefront.

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

I had an eating disorder.

I was anorexic.

4 years ago, I was concerned about every little piece of food that I put in my body.

Food was the only thing I could control.

It was my enemy.

Food was frightening, not nourishing.

Carbs in any form (even sweet potatoes) were off limits.

Anything over 200 calories for breakfast or dinner…not happening.

Lunch…what’s that?

One cup of coffee please!?

Maybe a bite of a banana.

I felt shame when I ate anything sweet at all.

It would ruin my day.

I would avoid making plans w/ my friends because I didn’t want to tell them why I wasn’t eating.

4 years ago…I would have been terrified to speak about my story.

I never would have thought that I would have confessed to having an eating disorder.

I thank God every day that my parents and seester helped me realized the hurt I was causing myself.

At the time, I was internalizing everything in my life, my future, stress, college, jobs, and family issues.

I want others who are going through the same thing to know that a strong family bond is critical during this time.

At the same time, I feel remorse and bewilderment for those who don’t have a strong support system.

Any eating disorder is a disease.

I found out that it can cause problems later on in life, as well.

A year ago, I sought out help from a local reproductive endocrinologist after suffering with PCOS since high school.

I wanted to control it once and for all.

What I learned that day was something that would change my next year forever.

The doctor told me to get a bone scan, which revealed that I had osteoporosis of the spine, and was borderline osteoporotic in my hips and ankles.

We came to the conclusion, that at my young age, one of the factors had been my past eating disorder.

The fact that I wasn’t taking calcium and vitamin d3 or getting  them my diet were also factors.

This was a wake up call.

In the past 12 months, i have completely revamped my lifestyle.

From my exercise routine to my eating habits, and my overall health in general.

In the past 12 months, I have gained around 25 pounds.

No, I didn’t go out and eat 12 3-pound burgers…I did it the healthy way.

For the first time in my life, I started eating a full-on proper diet.

I also cut back on my running…around 2 days/week, and hit pilates and yoga more often.

I can confidently say that I am the happiest I have been in years.

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I have a new job and most importantly, I feel amazing in my own skin.

This is me.

This was me all along.

The confidence was always there.

I just had to dig a little deeper than most to find it 🙂

I want to be an inspiration for the all the men and women who are suffering w/ an eating disorder.

Because my blog is about living a healthy lifestyle, i feel that I cannot go without touching on this subject.

It’s muy muy importante to seek help for an eating disorder.

Now, my life is about balance.

I know that it’s okay to have a cupcake, eat a salad, ride a bike, or have a piece of candy on a daily basis.

I try and live my life to the fullest everyday.

Taking care of my body and my health is number 1 on my list.

Your body truly is a temple, so treat it that way.

Workout within your means, give your body the proper nourishment it needs, leave room for dessert, and step outside of your comfort zone to enjoy life to the fullest.

MANGIA!!!