21 Day Fix Paleo Monday Meals

Breakfast:  Eggs, Avocado, Coconut Oil
Snack:  Apple, Almonds
Lunch:  Spinach, Chicken, Dressing, Sugar Snaps
Snack:  Vegan Vanilla shake, Organic Berries
Dinner:  Salmon, Green Beans, Coconut Oil, Sweet Potatoes

Real Life Momtest: Perfect Pancake Maker

Have you seen this all over Facebook?  It seemed like all of a sudden everyone was posting an infomercial about this Perfect Pancake maker, with comments about how amazing it looked.  But when I went to Amazon to purchase one, there were some serious negative reviews.

What else do you do but buy one and try it yourself?  ;)

We did just that, and today was the maiden voyage for this little gadget, which is just a piece of silicon with circular shapes cut out to form the pancakes.  I was seriously skeptical.  I make a mean pancake... so there was a lot at stake!

I found this on Amazon.  I'm not sure it even matters which seller or "brand" you choose... It looks like they're almost all the exact same, probably from one manufacturer.  I chose one with Amazon Prime shipping, because that's how this mama rolls.

My kids decided they wanted chocolate chip pancakes for lunch, and it's still summer (OMG when does school start again??) so of course I was down for that.  Perfect time to try out my new pancake ring.

The key here is to find a pan that's totally flat on the bottom, that fits really well.  If the pancake ring isn't flush against the bottom of the pan, the batter will leak under the silicon (which was a problem in almost every Amazon review--user error)
Pancake mix (cheapo stuff to mix with water, because I'm not wasting my expensive organic gluten free stuff on this experiment, come on dude...) and milk chocolate chips on the ready

OK, here we go.  Pour into holes.  Add chocolate chips.  And... now what?  I let it sit for what felt like an hour, but was really about five minutes or so.  I was afraid to turn it too soon or it'd just end up a mess.

Let's turn this thing!!  I grabbed the convenient handles (which were cool to the touch because science) and turned the whole thing over.  Surprisingly, there was only a bit of overflow and I didn't flip it all over myself in the process.  Will this actually work??  No-makeup-but-wearing-clean-workout-clothes-as-real-clothes mama is thinking maybe so.

Shit, that's looking a bit overflowy... what's going on under there??  How long do I have to wait??  Is it cooking the middle??

Hmmm...  I pulled off the silicon ring.  That's a lot of extra mix hanging out there.  Maybe this isn't working.  Is it supposed to look like one giant doughball??  OK, here's what I did:  I just took a spatula and cut them apart.  Voila.  Fixed that ;).

Finished product.  They look really amazing!  Not perfectly circular like the infomercial showed, but hey, nothing a little less mix would fix next time.  My kids said these were the best pancakes they ever had.  Ever.  As in, they ate every single bite of these Aunt Jemima mix-with-water silicon ring pancakes and freaking loved them, even more than my handmade, handcrafted organic gluten free pancakes I usually make  LOL.  Well there you go.  #momtest complete.  Lesson of the day: buy the cheap mix and this ring and save yourself a bunch of time ;).
Hope you enjoyed our #momtest !  If you try this out, let us know how you did with it!  If you liked this post, let me know, and feel free to share with your friends too :).  I appreciate the love!

One small decision

I watched a video from a military commander who advised his unit to make their beds first thing in the morning. If the day is a failure, at least you'll come home to a made bed, he reasoned. But more than that, the one small action first thing in the morning would make him feel good about his choice, and give him a boost in confidence and mood, which would lead to another small choice and another small boost in mood and confidence. Do this every day and you'll start to live a life you feel great about.

I don't always make my bed. But I choose to get up and exercise. For me, that's the choice that makes me feel good and propels me into my day. If the rest of the day is an epic failure, at least I did that and felt proud of that accomplishment!

Whatever your morning choices are, make them and own them! And remind yourself that it's all those small decisions that make up who you are as a person each and every day.

Make your bed.
Get up an hour earlier.
Sit down for breakfast.
Hug your spouse.
Put a note in your kid's lunch.

Do the small things. Live in the small moments. Let your choices and decisions create a life of peace ✌

Who doesn't want that?
#thursdaythoughts #quirkygirlramblings

21 Day Fix Paleo (again)

Hey everyone!  I hope this post finds you well--healthy and happy :).  I am revisiting a subject I've tackled before, but it's come up again and I'm excited to share some more with you about combining the 21 Day Fix portion control container system with the Paleo diet!

In my original post here, I talked a bit about what Paleo is, and what the 21 Day Fix is, and how they can combine together.

I'm at it again, starting another round of Paleo on Monday.  I've been following the keto diet, which I LOVE, but there's a lot of dairy and I'm beginning to feel it.  Time for a switch up <3.  Both of these diets focus on real whole foods and low carbs, so it's pretty easy to transition back and forth as needed.

So let's talk about these containers.  They're AMAZING for measuring out correct portions!  I've been weighing my food and inputting everything into an app to count out macros.  I'm looking forward to getting back to the ease of thinking in colors, and using the containers again.

First of all, you need the Portion Fix containers.  And guess what??  You can buy them from ME ;).  Message me and I'll get you set up right away!

Next, figure out your calorie bracket and container counts.  You can do that a few different ways (each fitness program has their own nutrition breakdown), but the simple formula to follow is this:

According to this chart, I fall into the first category, giving me the above number of each containers every day.  No counting calories from here on out.  It's all about the number of containers!

I spent some time looking at my 21 Day Fix Paleo Food List to come up with a meal plan for next week, which I'll follow along with each day.  I've planned out all meals and snacks, so there's no question about what to do or what to buy!

It's important to note that there may be other foods you can use as a "yellow".  There are no grains in the paleo diet, so most of the approved foods for the 21 Day Fix aren't allowed as part of the paleo version of the plan.  You can use some of the starchier veggies as yellows, or swap a yellow container for another that will give you roughly the same calories and macros.

For this round I'll be swapping out a yellow for a blue each day, as I'm transitioning from a much higher fat macro number with keto.  I'm used to no grains (though I do miss them!), but I don't want to give up my fats!  I believe having my avocado AND my nuts each day will do me some good.

I will also continue with Shakeology every day.  It's iffy on the Paleo scale because of its pea and oat proteins, but the benefits FAR outweigh that slight fact.  It's been more than 3 years for me drinking my daily shake, so I'll stick with it :).

Any time I'm extra hungry, I'll allow myself extra veggies or an extra teaspoon.  I'm not about to starve myself.  By now I can tell the difference between boredom hunger and true hunger.  If you aren't there yet, make sure you stick to the plan as closely as possible to avoid overeating one bite at a time ;).

My plan:

Cheese is going to be the hardest thing to give up :/.  I've grown to love it!  But that's all part of the deal... you give and you get, in the name of health!

I'll update as I go!  Have you done a paleo version of the 21 Day Fix, or the Portion Fix?  I'll share my tips as I go, but I'd love to hear yours as well!