Monday Musings 11.5.18 + Chocolate-Covered Pistachio Clusters

It’s another Monday! I hope you are able to do something today that makes you happy. For me, that’s more recipe testing! I am working hard on testing recipes for Thanksgiving so you can bring or make dishes that you feel good sharing with loved ones. I am also finishing up recipe testing for my new eBook coming out this week!

#1 Paleo for the Outdoor Athlete

I am so proud of this eBook I put together! It is 30 pages of the best knowledge available surrounding sports nutrition for athletes. Using the paleo diet as a template, I explain how to eat, what to eat and why eating real, whole foods are the key elements to enhancing athletic performance, reducing inflammation in the body and reducing the risk of chronic illness and disease.

While I did steer the information towards athletes who love to exercise outside, it is perfectly applicable for athletes of all disciplines. I speak to two main categories: the endurance based athlete (think running, swimming, biking) and to the strength based athlete (think weightlifting, gymnastics and sprinting).

I get into the nitty gritty of what foods best support athletic performance – including pre-workout, during and post-workout nutrition. I also cover important aspects of recovery and how to speed up them process. I talk about the best supplements for athletes and the importance of sleep. I include grocery lists and recipes and cannot wait for you to see it!

I poured a lot of heart and soul into this book and hope that you LOVE it! The eBook goes on sale later this week and is downloadable as a PDF. Below is a sample page out of the eBook, to give you an idea of what you will receive.

#2 Cacao Butter

Have you ever tried putting cacao butter in hot tea or coffee? It give it THE BEST flavor! Seriously, it’s like an all to easy mocha flavor while still being super healthy! Cacao butter contains high amounts of saturated fat, which our brains can quickly convert to fuel and energy.

Cacao butter is a great source of antioxidants and can help to reduce inflammation and improve immunity. I have loved using cacao butter in my hot beverages blended with a little coconut milk and collagen. Another way I love to use it is topically! Cacao butter is an excellent solution for dry or flaky skin and also great for chapped lips! Just melt it a little and apply a light coat.

Here is the brand I buy, it’s completely raw and unprocessed. I use it to make homemade dark chocolate and love the flavor!

#3 Kind Pressed Fruit + Chia Bar

I have been eating one of these just about everyday for the past few months and I am in love! I especially like these before or right after a workout as there are about 26g of carbs per bar. It is an excellent source of fuel and I love the texture (and fiber) that the chia seeds provide!

There are flavors like Mango Apple Chia, Strawberry Apple Cherry Chia, Cherry Apple Chia and Pineapple Banana Kale Chia! They are all delicious but I have to say my favorite by far is the Mango Apple Chia.

#4 Whole30 Reintroductions

If you have been following along with me you might have noticed I finished my Whole30 last week! Now for the fun part – reintroductions. I was curious to see if nuts and seeds had an effect of my digestion so I cut them out during the last month and will be adding them in one by one (on different days!) to see how my body reacts to them. So far I have added in pumpkin and sunflower seeds successfully (both soaked and sprouted for better digestibility) and will be continuing with almonds, pecans, cashews and pistachios!

I have been really into recipes with pistachios lately and am excited to reintroduce them back into my diet. Now I just need to narrow down my recipe choices ūüėČ

#5 Chocolate-Covered Pistachio Clusters

This recipe is almost a little too easy. Just three ingredients involved, I bet you can guess what they are! They are no bake and take under 30 minutes start to finish.

Perfect for a midday snack or after dinner dessert, these pop-able little treats will satisfy that sweet craving instantly!

Chocolate-Covered Pistachio Clusters (Paleo)

(PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, NUT-FREE)
YIELD: 10 CLUSTERS                     SERVES 4-5
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES            COOL TIME: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients:

¬Ĺ c. chocolate chips

¬Ĺ c. shredded coconut, unsweetened

¬Ĺ c. pistachios, unshelled and whole

Pinch flaky sea salt to top, optional

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate – you can either use a double broiler method or use the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each increments.
  2. Once the chocolate is melted, add the coconut and pistachios to it and stir until everything is coated evenly.
  3. Using a your hand or a cookie scoop, shape into clusters and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Repeat with the remaining clusters. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt.
  5. Refrigerate ~20 minutes or until hardened and ENJOY!

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