BEST PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES {GRAIN FREE + DAIRY FREE + SOY FREE + GLUTEN FREE}

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Can you think of a better way to start the week than chocolate chip cookies? ...No? Me either. That's why I have made these bad boys every week for meal prep and every week they are demolished *cough Brennan cough* Sidenote: he actually told me not to share with y'all this recipe because he doesn't want the goods out in public, but, you know, here we are.

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A couple months ago when I was doing my friend Jess' Sexy Sugar Cleanse, I felt amazing. Then, when I started incorporating some foods back in, I felt not-so-amazing. Since then, in the process of trying to figure out what is causing my digestion/GI troubles, I've been eating a "diet" based on what makes me feel good: minimal grains, dairy, starchy veggies, and sugar.

One thing I really craved? Chocolate chip cookies. Naturally I had to find a way to satisfy that dang sweet tooth of mine. And trust me when I tell you these have done the trick.

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Have I talked them up enough yet? Will you believe me when I tell you there is no refined sugar, no dairy, no grains, no soy, no gluten, no BS. Just pure, yummy, homemade goodness. In all seriousness, my mom is one of the best bakers (this is punny if you really know me) I know and she even approves.

Without further ado, the long-awaited recipe... let me know what you think ;)

*I have not tested using any other form of flour OR with flax egg to make them vegan. However, feel free to experiment and let me know how they turn out!

 

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Super yummy taste like your grandma's homemade chocolate chip cookies... and they're paleo
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour, I prefer Bob's Red Mill
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter, I used Georgia Grinders
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, I used Enjoy Life dairy-free
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mix until smooth. 2. Add almond flour, baking soda, and salt to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Add cashew butter and mix until even consistency. 4. Fold in chocolate chips (may add more/less if desired). 5. Use a cookie scoop and/or your hands to form cookies into equal balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. *The batter tends to feel "greasy" - this is normal as long as they're not falling apart. 6. Using two or three fingers, lightly press down on each ball of dough. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until just golden brown around the edges.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 cookies

xx,

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#SixWeeksStrongerWithLindsey Week Two

ONE WEEK DOWN. FIVE TO GO. So here's what's up:

I wanted to give you all a little insight on how I plan weeks in advance. I don't know about you guys, but I love to have a planner. No really, something about writing down my goals and checking them off is far too pleasing to me. I just started using this Happy Planner, so I've been testing out different layouts and ways to format each day, but this has been working okay for now.

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Typically throughout the day I will write in my to-do lists at the top of the page. Then, for each day I will write what workout I have planned, my work schedule, and anything I have to do for class. On the left hand side, you can see that I wrote what week of the Move Sweat Shred guide I'm on as well as what chapters I need to study for class. This notes section is also where I will write blog or IG post ideas for the week.

In terms of meal planning specifically, I have been loving these printables from The EveryGirl. I write out my meals for each day and from there I create a grocery list with everything I'll need. As you can see, I don't plan specific dinners for each day, but I'll jot down ideas in the corner and add those items to the grocery list as well.

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KEEP IN MIND - I don't buy most of those "pantry" items weekly. If you follow me on instagram, you know I'm doing my friend Jess' Sexy Sugar Cleanse (blog post coming on that soon) for the next 10 days, so I had to stock up on some items that I don't normally have.


HERE'S MY WORKOUT SCHEDULE:

Monday: MSS Guide - Cardio/Heavy Legs/Burnout

Tuesday: MSS Guide - Upper Body/HIIT

Wednesday: Pilates class & MSS Guide - Cardio/Core

Thursday: Back/Upper Body/LISS

Friday: Full Body Workout from #LYFB Guide (still just $20 here!)

Saturday: MSS Guide - Legs/HIIT

Sunday: ACTIVE REST DAY


AND WHAT I MEAL PREPPED: keeping in mind this is a little out of the ordinary because of the sugar cleanse

Pre-breakfast: tea w/ Vital Proteins collagen [no coffee for 10 days, RIP to me]

Breakfast: egg casserole OR grain-free "oatmeal" w/ almond butter

Morning snack: hardboiled eggs w/ avo OR cashew yogurt w/ fruit

Lunch: tuna w/ cucumbers + flax crackers OR salsa chicken w/ cilantro lime cauliflower rice + fajita veggies

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Afternoon snack: raw veggies w/ Tessemae's dairy-free ranch

Dinner: not prepped BUT ideas are bison chili, zoodles w/ turkey meatballs & marinara, pecan-crusted salmon & roasted veggies


Egg Casserole

  • 6 pasture-raised eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 applegate sweet italian chicken sausage, chopped
  • 60g broccoli
  • 50g onion

Whisk eggs + egg whites together. Add chicken sausage, broccoli, and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Put in oven at 350 for 15-20 min depending on what size pan you use. Cut into however many servings you want - I did eight servings.

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Grain-free "oatmeal"

Recipe from Something Swanky - you can find it here!

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Tuna Recipe (per serving)

  • 125g tuna (about 5 oz can)
  • 15g Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo (about 1  tbsp) *I prefer my tuna on the drier side so feel free to add more
  • Salt, pepper, celery seed to taste

Salsa chicken bowls (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 pound chicken breast (I prefer tenders) *Sidenote I only ended up using about half for my lunches*
  • Salsa (I used the fire-roasted salsa from Whole Foods)
  • Chili powder
  • Bag of frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 Lime
  • Cilantro
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 small yellow onion

For the chicken: Grease 13x9 glass baking dish with avocado oil. Place chicken in dish and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Top each chicken tender with 1-2 tsp of salsa. Bake in oven at 350 until cooked through (mine took about 15 minutes because they were small and very thin)

For the cauliflower rice: Pour cauliflower rice into skillet on low-medium heat until warm. Add juice from one lime and fresh cilantro to taste. I also added cilantro + lime seasoning I found at TJ maxx.

For the veggies: chop pepper and onion and sauté over medium heat until desired tenderness.

FOR EACH BOWL in case you're wondering how I measured for My Fitness Pal: 150g cauliflower rice + 4 oz chicken + 85g red pepper + 20g onion 

 


If you guys like these posts, please leave a comment and let me know :) Also, if you're interested in the sugar cleanse I'm doing, I will be writing a blog post all about my experience. As always, let me know if you have any questions! LET'S CRUSH ANOTHER WEEK OF GOALS FRIENDS!

xx,

 

 

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