Coffee Shop Style Iced Tea

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One of the things about eating paleo-style is that we don’t have a lot of options for treating ourselves when we are out and about. I work weekends at a hospital and I often used to treat myself to vanilla lattes at the coffee shop there. Sadly (?) , when I decided to cut dairy out of my diet that habit came to a halt. I enjoy coconut milk in my coffee at home but I don’t keep any at work because I don’t drink much coffee, so I don’t see the need. However, sometimes you just want something nice for yourself. ENTER: Unsweetened iced teas! At second cup and starbucks, and likely many other places, they will steep tea for you on the spot and make you a refreshing iced tea, with nothing added.

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So far at Second Cup I have tried wildberry and orange spice. They are delicious! 2 bucks, despite being much cheaper than a coffee, is still kind of expensive for an iced tea though if you ask me. So after watching their technique I decided I could definitely do this at home.

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The trick is lots of ice and just making a small amount of really concentrated tea. When you pour the warm dark tea over the ice, some of it will melt, causing it to cool to a good temperature and become the perfect strength of tea! Since we add nothing else it is just too simple!

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The refreshing glass shown in this post is Ginger Lemon Tea. This is an amazing selection for summer! It tasted really good cold. Brightly colored teas are fun too. The Mamma Mia tea from David’s Tea would be awesome for this, it tastes great and the hibiscus in it turns the liquid bright pink! There are so many options to keep yourself refreshed and feeling treated, without any guilt, and hardly any money either! enjoy.

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Ingredients
1 Tea Bag, fruity flavours are great!
3/4 c hot water
Ice to fill a glass

Instructions
1. Heat water and steep tea for about 5 minutes.
2. Fill glass with ice. Pour warm tea over ice.
3. Stir. Enjoy.

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Perfect Eggs and Kale Sweet Potato Hash

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I’m going to teach you how to cook delicious eggs! Oh my goodness, this method is (almost) fool proof. Fully cooked whites, runny yolks, and no flipping required. Score! I saw this technique on instagram and now I CANNOT find the girl who’s instructions they were (ARGG). I’m still looking so I will update you if I figure it out! In the meantime, thanks person.

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I’m an egg person. I love my eggs. I’m also a sweet potato person so this breakfast was off the charts. On the side we have a simple onion, sweet potato, and kale ‘hash’. I put the hash in quotes because I’m not sure what really makes something a true hash. That’s just what I call it when I put a bunch of stuff together in a pan and heat it up.

This hash consisted of: Melting a small amount of duck fat, chopping onions and adding them to the pan. Washing and tearing apart kale (about 1/2 – 3/4 of a cup), adding to pan. Cutting up cooked sweet potato into cubes and adding that as well. Cooking it over medium for about 10 minutes and then it will be crazy delicious.

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How to make the delicious eggs: Crack eggs into a medium temperature pan. When they start to turn white, pour small amount of water (1/4c ish) into a pan. Cover with a lid and let cook until whites are solid, and yolk seems runny still. Poke it gently and if its really firm its probably over done. It only takes about a minute or two to cook up!

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Result: Amazingly delicious paleo breakfast.

I could eat this every day.

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Spicy Egg stuffed Tomatoes

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This may sound obvious, but social media is a very wonderful thing. Between facebook, twitter, and instagram I have made a lot of online friends! I love interacting with likeminded people and being inspired by them. One of the awesome people I have ‘met’ is @ashatude on twitter! Shout out to Ashley :) She tweeted me a photo of this delicious breakfast and I had to take a crack at it myself! Of course I never bothered to actually read the recipe until after I was done cooking…I have an odd way of doing things. Mostly I was just to lazy to dig it up in my twitter, I won’t lie to you.

In the end, it turned out I did tweak it a bit by separating the yolks and adding hot sauce to the egg whites. You gotta have hot sauce! I just plopped the yolk right back on top after and voila. Delicious spicy eggs stuffed inside of tomatoes and cooked to perfection. It really doesn’t get much better, except for when you eat is alongside rose hip kombucha and snow peas! Snow peas are my favorite thing. They are so delicious it’s crazy!

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Ingredients
1 Large Tomato
2 eggs
1/2 tsp hot sauce (I use frank’s original…no creepy ingredients!)
sprinkle of organic garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the tomato in half and scoop out the middle. You can throw it out or be cool like me and eat it. Place the tomato cups in a greased muffin tin for stability.

2. Crack the eggs into a small dish and separate the yolks out into another. whisk the hot sauce into the whites, and pour them into the tomato cups.

3. Slide the yolks back on top of the tomato and egg white cup. I use my hands, just be careful! Sprinkle with garlic powder and bake for 25 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and serve with whatever you fancy!

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PRO TIP: Ever bake eggs and have them cake onto the container in which you baked them? When washing, sprinkle and scrub with baking soda and then pour a bit of water into it and let it soak. The baking soda does an awesome job of de-sticking the egg, much more than soap can accomplish! Don’t ruin your pans any longer!

#Walk365 Week 1 Recap

Woot! Week 1 is done and I am super happy! I have really gotten my walk on this past week, and I captured some pretty great photos while I was at it, too! No one has joined me YET, but I’ve been getting a lot of love for my #walk365 photos on instagram so that makes me happy. Tag me in your next walking pic and I will shout you out on my page1 @canadagirleatspaleo on instagram. You can also post photos to my wall on facebook here, tweet at me, or just leave me comment here!

So here are my stats for the week:

WALKS: 7 / 7
Total Time: 310 mins aka 5.16 hours! HOLY.
Distance: roughly 15 miles :D

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Day 1: 6 am Dew
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Day 2: Mileage and flowers I found
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Day 3: Grounding walk in the grass
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Day 4: Taking the stairs in my new shoes
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Day 5: View from the trail
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Day 6: Emergency Helicopter at the hospital
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Day 7: Me in the sunshine!

Time to continue! I will be walking to the bookstore today to buy Gather, I can’t freaking wait!!! It’s going to be a great addition to my collection. Bill and Haley are geniuses.

Cocoa-nutty Banana Bites

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Lately I’ve been feeling PRETTY uninspired when it comes to cooking. Moving has been such a task that my brain and body have just been fried. I’ve been living off of Chicken, Asparagus / Broccoli, and sweet potatoes; Eggs, bananas, and pineapple. Not a lot of variety or fanciness lately.

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Luckily, we are now moved in completely! Internet was set up just on Saturday in fact! Now, suddenly the creative juices are flowing. This is one I came up with based on cravings, period. It’s a goodie! I don’t post many treats but this one must be shared. It’s really easy and really good! You can change up the textures of these bites by placing them in the freezer for 15 minutes, for a hardened shell and soft banana, or longer, say 8 hours while you are at work, for a solid delicious bite!

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The funny thing about creativity is that once you get started it usually just flows. I’ve suddenly come up with multiple variations on this recipe and some other ideas, too! Thank goodness! So don’t fret, I’ll be back soon with more recipes to share :)

Cocoa-nutty Banana Bites

1 banana
2 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. cocoa powder
4 macadamia nuts, crushed

  1. Lay out parchment paper on a plate.
  2. Stir together the coconut oil and cocoa powder. If the coconut oil is too firm, heat it slightly on the stove top.
  3. Slice the banana. Spoon the chocolate concoction over the banana slices evenly. Sprinkle the macadamia nuts on top.
  4. Place in freezer and freeze for 15 minutes for mushy bananas with firm topping, or longer for a firmer banana. If too hard, let thaw.

Daaaaaaa-YUM these things are good! And way way way more healthy for you than any chocolate you buy at the store! No sugar added here folks, only god’s given banana sugar ;) So enjoy! And let me know if you do! I love hearing about people trying my recipes, it’s the best feeling when you enjoy the things I create.

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