Posts by lindsaylapaugh

Dark Hot Chocolate Cookies

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Blog, Treats | 0 comments

Dark Hot Chocolate Cookies

I am so happy to finally be posting this recipe.  I  made my first batch of these not too long ago and they were great right out of the oven, but the next day they were a little dry.  I’m the kind of girl who loves a soft chewy cookie.  I’ve played around with the recipe and these are AMAZING.  I am so excited at how good they turned out.  Right out of the oven they are warm and gooey, the perfect treat to warm you up during cold weather. The next day these still taste amazing and they don’t lose that gooey, soft texture.  Make these for your next holiday party and you will be a hit.  They are also gluten-free, vegan(optional) and figure friendly so you can have a few and feel good about it. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup almond flour plus a few tablespoons-set aside 12 pitted dates soaked(then drained) for 1-2 hours to soften 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp hot cocoa mix(preferably with no added sugar) or raw cacao powder* 1/2 tsp vanilla stevia* or vanilla extract 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 cup dark chocolate(higher the dark chocolate the less added sugar, for vegan cookies, use vegan chocolate) shredded coconut(optional) *Shop at iherb.com and you can use coupon code OZI624 to recieve $5.00 off your first order, which means you can try the stevia only a few dollars!!! Preparation: Preheat oven to 350F. Combine 1 1/2 cup almond flour, soaked dates, vanilla stevia or extract, salt, hot cocoa mix and baking powder in a food processor or blender and pulse until dates are all chopped and mixture is combined. Add dark chocolate to a small glass bowl and put in microwave for about 1 minute, keep close eye to make sure chocolate doesn’t burn. Take out of microwave and stir until all chocolate is melted. Add melted chocolate to a medium bowl, stir in coconut oil.  Add the date/almond flour mixture and stir to combine all ingredients(get messy and use your hands, it’s the easiest way).  If your mixture is a little too moist add a little almond flour(no more than two tablespoons) Roll batter with your hands, into bit sized balls and place on a nonstick cookie sheet(if you are using coconut roll the balls into the coconut before placing on cookie sheet).  Cook in oven at 350F for 8 minutes.  Take the cookies out and let sit for about 7-10 minutes, this is very important because the cookies continue to cook. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to three days(trust me, they won’t last that long) If you are interested in working together to focus on your health and lifestyle click here. Come join me for inspiration, motivation and tips on Facebook here and follow me on twitter here. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter and receive a free three day detox here....

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A Holiday Gift For You!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Inspiration | 1 comment

A Holiday Gift For You!

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter than you know I am a huge fan of Gabrielle Bernstein.  Last summer I read her book Spirit Junkie, I was immediately hooked.  She has a positive message, and is truly invested in helping people live happy, healthy inspired lives, which is a message I can relate to.  Gabrielle has a special gift for all of us this holiday season.  Her new book May Cause Miracles is available in January if you pre-order it now, you are invited to TWO free group coaching session with Gabrielle, that will take place on December 3rd, and December 10th. This coaching session will focus on “Manifesting your desires in 2013” and I think that is something we can all benefit from as we focus on new goals and New Year Resolutions. Don’t miss it, I guarantee it will be food for your soul!!!  To register and participate in the event click here! Hope to “see” you there! 🙂 xxo To learn more about Gabby here is a little Q and A with Gabrielle Bernstein, Author of May Cause Miracles In this Q and A Gabrielle gives us crucial guidance on how to truly manifest and achieve our goals in 2013. To top it off she’s also offering a FREE group-coaching course {EMBED LINK http://gabbyb.tv/free-december-group-coaching} in December on the topic of manifesting. Q – You are a self-proclaimed manifesting maven. Can you demystify this topic for us? Gab- We are always manifesting. Each thought we have creates an energy flow within and around our physical being. This energy attracts its likeness. So if you’re thinking, “I suck,” then your energy kinda, well, sucks–and you attract sucky experiences. The opposite experience occurs when you think high-level thoughts like, “I rock!” When you think and feel, “I rock,” you exude an energy of confidence and in turn attract great experiences into your life. Each thought you have informs your energy, and your energy manifests into your experiences. Your thoughts and energy create your reality. Q – You talk about manifesting mishaps. Can you tell us more about this. Gab – Manifestation has become a buzzword lately. Though it’s totally awesome that the Law of Attraction is now trendy, it also can be a bit misleading for folks who are unwilling to do the heavy lifting. If you truly want to use your energetic power to manifest greatness, you must clear all that blocks you from believing in your greatness. A Course in Miracles teaches that on some level, you’ve asked for everything that happens in your life. Your intentions create your reality. There’s no need to beat yourself up: simply recognizing how your low-level thoughts negatively affect your life is the first powerful step toward changing your experiences. Begin your manifesting process by getting honest about how your low-level thoughts, energy and feelings of disbelief block you from receiving what you desire. Once you get clear about the blocks, you can begin to clean them up to clear space for positive manifestations to occur. Many people, when trying to manifest, focus too much on the outside form rather than the internal condition. From A Course in Miracles’ perspective, what’s important is our internal experience: whether we choose to experience love or fear. When we commit to our internal experience of love, we begin to attract more love. Many people approach manifestation from a place of “How can I get something to feel better?” Instead, the focus should be: “How can I feel better and therefore be an energetic match for attracting more greatness into my life?” The emphasis must be placed on healing the internal condition, not getting a hot new car or boyfriend.   Q – You have Five Principles for Manifesting Your Desires can you share them with us? Gab: Here are my five key principles for genuine manifesting. When practicing these steps, make sure to stay committed to the goal of feeling good first and attracting stuff second. Continue to remind yourself that when you feel good you energetically attract goodness into your life....

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Happy, Healthy Holidays

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Inspiration | 2 comments

Happy, Healthy Holidays

You can approach the holiday season in two ways.  You’re either stressed, overeating, running around like crazy, trying to make all the obligations you agreed to attend, trying to find the perfect gift for everyone and stressing some more, OR you can have a plan.  A plan of action to take care of yourself. Start to treat yourself like your child or pet, seriously, people (in the US especially) treat their animals better than themselves.  The plan is something to live religiously by during the busiest time of the year, and hopefully continue it as we move into a new one. I love the holiday season.  For me the holidays start with Halloween and go all the way into the new year.  No I don’t start listening to Christmas music before Halloween (okay maybe one Mariah Carey Christmas song, it is too good!).  I enjoy decorations, gatherings with friends and family, good food, holiday cocktails, lights, music, skating, and all the festivities that come during this time of year.  Unfortunately many people around the world do not look forward to the holidays.  I heard a statistic today on the radio saying that 45% of people in the US are NOT looking forward to the holidays.  That is almost HALF of the country, in a bah-humbug, Scrooge mood.  Not acceptable, we need to change that. Many people start to change their lives after the holidays.  This causes people to binge more than they normally would.  If they plan that January 1st or 2nd they are finally going to start eating healthy and get in the gym they decide to “get it all in” while they can.  And when I say getting it all in I mean, over eating, stuffing your face, over boozing from Thanksgiving until New Years Eve.  I am certainly guilty of being one of these people.  I’ve told myself I’ll get back to healthy eating after the holidays, and then eat whatever is in front of me, have too many glasses of wine without any thought as to how it will make me feel afterwards.  And the results are never pretty, over bloated, unmotivated, and no energy. No wonder people are feeling like a Scrooge! I designed this holiday guide to help beat some of the stress and pressures of the holiday season.  It isn’t something to read once and hope you can follow, it is a tool you should use throughout the holidays. Maybe start with one tip and focus on it for a day, then focus on a different the next day.  It is meant to be a guide for you so you can have a happy, healthy and enjoyable holiday season. Cheers! 7 Happy Healthy Holiday Tips Love Thyself. This is the most important one to try to follow.  We give so much compassion to other people and we show support to our loved ones, but when it comes to self love it isn’t so easy.  If you’re always telling yourself negative thoughts then you’ll start to become that negative person.  But, if you’re telling yourself positive thoughts then you’ll start to become a positive more “glass half full” person. When your mind goes into a negative place and says something like “You ate and drank way too much last night what is wrong with you, why did you do that” change that thought to a positive one “You ate and drank to much last night and today you will focus on healthy clean eats”.  Keep it positive and love yourself.  Having trouble getting started? Here is a great website called The Daily Love that will bring love to you each and everyday, click here and check it out. Keep Looking Forward. Don’t look back and beat yourself up about past decisions, look forward and focus on the small positive things you can do for yourself.  Two weeks ago I ate WAY too much apple pie.  My husband, Angelo loves making apple pie this time of year and it is so good.  I even asked him not to make it (I know how I...

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10 Healthy Foods To Buy In Bulk

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Inspiration | 4 comments

10 Healthy Foods To Buy In Bulk

I must admit ever since my college days I have had a slight obsession with Costco.  As much and I love it I also struggle because I do love to support local farms.  I love the farmers market during the summer months, and I make it a point to regularly visit my local health food stores.  I also however, am a girl on a budget.  I’ve walked into health food stores and spent over $80.00 with only two bags of groceries not exactly budget friendly.  As much as I love health food stores, I certainly don’t do all my shopping there.  I go to at least two different grocery stores a week, it takes planning but I enjoy it. There are different types of memberships you can at warehouse style stores, the cheapest one is about $35.00 and can save you hundreds, totally worth it.  I buy one or two boxes of organic mixed greens a week at the health food store it’s about $7.99 a container at Costco the same brand and size is only 3.99.  I hear people often say that it is expensive to buy healthy foods.  Not if you do it right.  It takes a little planning in the beginning but once you have it down, you will Costco: Healthy and Affordable a pro, and actually enjoy grocery shopping, because not only will you be getting the best for your buck, but you’ll be keep your family healthy.  Stock your house with healthy foods, and you will eat it! I’ve done a lot of the work for you and put together a list of some of my go-to buys at Costco.  All healthy choices, that help me make the right choices throughout the week. Here are the top ten items I always get from Costco. Organic Chicken Breast comes with six chicken breast total, two in each pouch.  Use them right away or store them in the freezer for future use. 2. Organic Ground Beef no hormones, no antibiotics and this also comes separated into three different packages, perfect to throw in the freezer. 3. Avocados filled with heart healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados are something I consume regularly. I put them on sprouted grain toast, or in a scramble, I also throw them on salads or eat them plain! 4. Earthbound Organic Mixed Greens this is by far my favorite deal at Costco.  I love that I can get this for such a low price, and when you eat salads as much as I do it is worth it! Tip: when buying greens at Costco, check expiration dates. Get the container with the latest expiration date, so you know you are getting the freshest one. 5. Organic Kale What are you gonna do with all that kale? Make some no-stick-on-your-hips kale chips.  This is a new development at my Costco.  I about passed out when I saw a huge bag of organic, already chopped kale.  I know kale has become quite popular in my “health food world” but you know something has gone mainstream when you see it at Costco.  I was so excited I HAD to be with the baby kale in the photo 🙂 6. Unsweetened Almond Milk when I get almond milk I always get the unsweetened version.  Sometimes they have vanilla sometimes its plain, either one works as long as there is no added sugar(read label to be sure). I love these in my smoothies, tea, steel cut oats, and it’s a great replacement for milk. 7. Organic Quinoa oh yes, I do love quinoa. Quinoa not only supplies you with protein but it is a complete protein(contains all nine essential amino acids) very unusual  for a grain.  If you’re a vegetarian, or meat eater looking to decrease your meat consumption but are worried about protein, this is your secret weapon.  Use it in place of rice or cous-cous, you can even try it for breakfast!  8. Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds I throw these in every smoothie I make, sprinkle them on salads, or add them to steel cut oats.  Hemp seeds do not...

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Chili

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Blog, Dinner | 0 comments

Chili

As the weather in Salt Lake City transitions into fall I crave heavier, heated foods.  I spend my summer craving lighter raw meals, and as soon as the weather gets the fall crisp in the air, I immediately crave pastas, animal protein, and more cooked foods. Generally when I eat animal protein I try to stick to organic, free range, grass-fed meat and poultry. This chili recipe is my mom’s recipe with a few changes.  It reminds me of home, my mom always made it during the fall and winter, and it was a family tradition to eat it when we decorated our Christmas tree.  I love it because it is so simple, and delicious filled with protein to keep you full. I like to make a big batch and freeze half of it in a mason jar so it is ready to go on nights that we don’t have time to cook. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp organic butter 1 medium onion chopped 4 garlic cloves chopped 2 lbs ground beef, or 2 pounds ground turkey(try to get organic, free range) 1 can(16 oz) crushed tomatoes-undrained 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce 2 cups water 1 cup tomato juice 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper(more or less depending on how spicy you prefer it) 1/8 cup chili powder 1 tbsp savory spices(can be found in grocery store with dried herbs, if not use Italian spices) 12 oz tomato paste 1 can(15 oz) kidney beans, drained 1 can(15 oz) cannellini beans, drained salt and pepper to taste Preparation Add butter to a saute pan over medium heat.  Once it is melted add chopped onion, and saute for 5 minutes until it starts to become clear and soft. Add chopped garlic and ground meat, about 3/4 tablespoon of salt and pepper.  Cook in skillet until beef is cooked through. In the meantime, Heat a large soup pot over medium heat adding, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, tomato juice, a pinch of salt, crushed red pepper, and savory spices.  Bring to a boil. Once the tomato mixture starts to boil reduce heat, and add half of the cooked meat. Stir in tomato paste and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the remaining beef, kidney beans, cannellini beans, and let simmer over medium-low heat for an hour. I like to top mine with a little raw onion, avocado, and sometimes some raw goat or sheep’s cheese. ...

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