Clean Eating, Uncategorized

Taco Dip

Wow I was just blown away by the ending of the Super Bowl game… Wow is really I have to say about it too. Like watching on the edge of your seat kind of game!

On a brighter side we enjoyed having a great group of people over and delicious food to partake in. Spending time with family and friends is where it is at. So thankful to have met such an incredible couple thanks to Rob’s job almost 13 years ago.  With us relocating to Arizona a year and a half ago brings us back together again.  It was a day full of laughter and kiddos running around having fun.

So I decided to take on an alternative to a Taco Dip. It has been a long time since I have had a taco dip and it just sounded good to me. I was able to throw together a healthier option and thought it tasted delicious too. Even my 6 year old gobbled some up with a spoon ūüôā

Party Taco Dip

  • 1 can organic refried beans ( I used Amy’s Organic Refried Beans)
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning- homemade
    • 1tbs chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp chopped dry onion
    • 1/4 tsp oregano
    • 1/4 tsp paprika
    • 2 tsp cumin
    • salt/pepper
  • 2 ripe avocados smashed
  • 1¬Ĺ tsp lemon juice
  • ¬Ĺ tsp garlic powder
  • Himalayan salt
  • 1 c sour cream or enough just to cover a layer. (I used Green Valley Lactose Free Sour Cream)
  • 1/2 jar medium organic salsa or enough to cover a layer
  • 1¬Ĺ – 2 c 4 shredded gout gouda cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Pepper
  • Olives


Instructions

  1. Mix refried beans with taco seasoning.
  2. Layer refried bean mix on the bottom of a glass dish.
  3. Mash the flesh of 2 avocados,and  add lemon juice, garlic powder, chopped onion powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Layer guacamole on top of the refried beans.
  5. On top of guacamole, add a layer sour cream.
  6. Add layer of salsa on top of guacamole
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top of salsa, then top with toppings of choosing. Then add a little more cheese to garnish on top.


I served it up with some corn chips of course…I hope you all enjoy this as I did. Now I will wait another 365 more days to have it again!!

Clean Eating, Menu Planning, Uncategorized

Super Bowl – Protein Style

It is an early morning rise for my hubs as he fires up the Traeger. Seriously one of the best gifts we have gotten! We have honestly made so much on it. Two organic chickens at a time from Costco, Pork butt, chicken breast, gluten-free pizza, ribs, party wings, and the list can go on and on. Today our protein will consist of baby back ribs, party wings, and junior franks. All of these will come from my Costco run.

First we will be making Rob’s Famous Ribs. They are fall off the bone good! We soak the ribs overnight in Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice (I get mine from Trader Joe’s).

We then use Paleo Spirit’s Dry Rib Rub. I am all about making our own seasoning instead of a store bought combo. Rob had an idea of what he wanted so when he found this recipe for dry rib rub it was a hit. You can find the dry rib rub here. Again super easy to toss together.

In the morning we transfer the ribs into a clean pan, and pour the left over apple juice from the pan into another heat safe dish. We rub the ribs¬†down generously with the dry rub and massage the rub in too. Pre-heat the Traeger and set the temp for 225 degrees. Arrange the ¬†ribs bone side down and place the left over apple juice pan in the corner. We cook them for about 5 hours. At hour 4 we spread some Annie’s Organic Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce on top and let them finish cooking the last hour. Wrap in parchment paper and let rest. If need to transport them, wrapping in parchment paper is the way to go too.

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We will also be doing up some party wings. ¬†I like to keep my wing seasoning simple, but tasty. I toss my party wings in a tablespoon or two of Avocado Oil. I season them with himalayan salt and cracked pepper. That is it my friends! I then will serve them with a side of Frank’s Red Hot for those that would like a sauce with theirs. Otherwise, they are just as good with the simple seasoning. Today though I used some of the leftover rib rub with these wings. They turned out delicious!

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Lastly will be Teton Waters Ranch (TWR) uncured beef junior franks. You can’t go wrong with TWR. I have loved everything I have tried from them so far! I will throw these in a crock pot and call it good to go! They go great with some mustard on the side. Just the way I like them! I will also serve them with side dishes of organic ketchup and Annie’s ¬†organic sweet and spicy BBQ sauce for those that would prefer to eat them a different way. I try to keep my ingredients I use or offer to be fairly clean. ¬†Remembering it is a party and not an everyday lifestyle way of eating.

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I will also be making up Wellness Mama’s Broccoli Slaw¬†to go along with these dishes. I am made a double batch for the crew. The great thing about this, is you can make it the night before. It allows the dressing to soak in. Plus it also makes great leftovers the following days! I use her recipe with homemade mayo and omit the honey. I did use homemade mayo for this even though I used store bought for my¬†Chicken Salad. 99% of the time I make my own, but with cooking all day and already making a batch of mayo,¬†I was tapped out! Honestly this was the first time I bought mayo in over 4 years. It will not be an always occurrence, but came in handy!

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Makings of a great Super Bowl evening! I hope your evening was one of great laughter too.

Fitness, Uncategorized

Thursday Must Haves plus GRF Discount Code

Wow, where did the month of October go. When I look at my training for the month I feel pretty good. My goal is to stay healthy and active, but also to always have a plan. I lay out what I ¬†plan to do each week, but don’t beat myself up if it doesn’t get done as¬†planned. I try to take each day as it comes, and to listen to the body. There was a week were timing wasn’t in my favor for what I had planned so I ended up taking an extra rest day. My body appreciated the extra rest too!

So over the next several weeks I am sharing some of my must haves ranging from fitness gear to nutrition. Today I am sharing my favorite tanks and shirts from Girls Run Fast. They are light-weight and bright! One thing I love when I run or even bike is a bright shirt so I can be seen! They also have some great jewelry and running tags. Be sure to use JENSENJ15 to get 15% off your products.

Girls Run Fast t-shirts Рthey run true to size. I am wearing a small here, but next time I will probably go a size up.

Girls Run Fast Tank РThey also run true to size. I am wearing  small here and I like the fit and length.img_0836

 

Another one of my favorite must haves is Fitness Headbands. I love the classic headbands. They are comfortable, moisture wicking, and STAY in place! I can wear it slightly over the tops of my ears or behind them. Out of the handful of headbands I have tried, these are by far my favorite. They are reasonably priced and are made in U.S.A. ūüôā They also make for a great gift with the holiday’s coming up. I have worn them working out as well as dressing up my everyday hairdo.

What are your favorite must haves? ¬†If you grab any of these products leave me a comment below and let me know what you think! Stay tone for next week’s must haves!

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Week 7 – School Lunches

We have been using Rudis wraps for a little while since I got them for a great price at Costco before they quit selling them. Really $2.18 for a 18 pack of gluten-free wraps is a great deal!

I have been asked a time or two about how much my kiddos really eat. For the most part they eat their entire lunch especially if it is something they really love! Plus I try to only pack what I know they will eat. What is the point in packing a lunch if they won’t eat it. The kiddos and I have a deal that they eat what they can and they keep whatever they don’t eat in their lunch box. I do this for a couple reasons. 1. I don’t want them to be wasting food, and if they don’t finish it will stay cold until they get home. 2. I want to know how much they are eating. 3. Whatever they don’t finish they will eat when they get home from school as part of their snack. For instance my boy will sometimes run out of Frank’s Red Hot and will wait until he gets home to get more to eat with his chicken.

So here is another week of healthy school lunches for my elementary kiddos!

Monday: Red and Orange sweet peppers. Oranges. Stonyfield Vanilla yogurt. Grilled hamburger. Banana chips and Dark Chocolate Honey Mint ( I get from Trader Joe’s).img_0805

Tuesday: Cheesestick. Organges and Blueberries. Sweet Pepper. Rudis wrap with sunbutter and honey. Banana Chips.img_0806

Wednesday: Wholly Guac with organic corn chips (forgot to picture the corn chips but I put them in a separate baggie. Carrots. Oranges. Stonyfield organic vanilla yogurt with strawberries. Scrambled eggs. Wallace Farm Nick-Sticks ( you can buy them here).img_0807

Thursday: Pork and scrambled egg rudis wrap. Dried Apricots and plantain chips. Carrots. Sweet Pepper.img_0808

Friday: Organic Corn Chips. Oranges. Carrots. Grilled hamburger with organic ketchup. Half of Kind bar. img_0809

Another week has gone by as we embark on the coming November month. Which also means we are super excited to be spending time with the in-laws! ¬†I am very much a family person so I love it when I get to spend time with family. I love that my kiddos get just as excited as I do when we see our extended families ūüôā

 

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School Lunches – Week 5

How did this weekend already pass me by?!? Kiddos are finishing up on fall break and keeping me busy that is for sure. Enjoying our evenings as a family at the pool winding down the day. Crazy to think of it being Fall, and the weather is still well into the 90s around here.

Since the kiddos are on break I am sharing my lunches I made for them the first week of school. They got to enjoy dinner leftovers of course and a special treat that week! Here is another week of healthy school lunches in our yumbox.

Monday: Scrambled Egg and Shredded Pork in Rudis wrap. Strawberries and Blueberries. Carrots. Lettuce leaves. Special dessert: Goat Cheese Cheesecake. YUM! Seriously taste just like cheesecake!  You can find the recipe here.img_0793

Tuesday: Tuna cakes (find my recipe here) Dates. Plantain chips from Trader Joe’s. Broccoli slaw and lettuce leaves. My kiddos are not dressing fans and eat their salads plain.img_0794

Wednesday: Chobani yogurt tube, Dried Apricots, Carrots, Veggie fried rice, and shredded pork. Seriously my kiddos are pork fanatics, and I have to cut them off!img_0795

Thursday: Cheesestick. Mango Salsa ( you can find my recipe here) Broccoli Slaw that I by from Trader Joe’s. Gluten-Free pancake with sunbutter and honey that was leftover from that mornings breakfast. Uncured all beef hotdogs.img_0796

Friday: Blueberries. Celery. Lettuce leaves and grilled chicken. Ginger-Lime Cauliflower Rice ( you can find my recipe here) I love me some cauliflower rice! I buy the organic frozen bags from Trader Joe’s and it makes it for a quick throw together veggie!img_0797

So there you have it! Another full week of healthy and nutritious meals for the kiddos. Fuel the body with wholesome food ūüôāimg_0798

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How to cut a Mango – Mango Salsa

So I am trying something new and going out on a limb! Still trial and error, but was a first time success! 

I am embarking on Periscope and asked my hubs to help me out today. Today we showed how to cut up a mango with as little waste as possible and super easy! You will never cut a mango any other way! Then we made mango salsa for our taco night! 

Mango salsa:

4 mangoes, 1 Jalapeno cut with some seeds removed (depending on how hot you want it) and cilantro to taste. Mix it up and serve!

Go check out my video at Periscope @jengonefit

Be on the lookout for some more videos to come. 
Happy Saturday, Enjoy!

Clean Eating, Uncategorized

What’s for Breakfast?!?

Breakfast is one meal that I never have a hard time planning. My breakfast consists of pretty much the same thing every day.  This makes it easy on me for planning and gives the kiddos a great meal to start the day. I like to be able to serve them a warm breakfast every morning! If I am ever in a pinch for time I will warm up leftovers from the night before. No need to feel like you always have to have traditional breakfast food for breakfast.

I buy the majority of my meats from Costco. It is a cost savings for me since we cook large quantities at a time for a family of 7 and growing kiddos with endless pits. If you are looking for a great resource for paleo and/or gluten free goodies to get from Costco, Paleo Parents have provided a great shopping list of ideas.  You can check it out here and tuck it away for future reference!

Breakfast hash is what I make in the mornings.

  1. Sausage/Bacon/Pork (or any meat of choosing)
  2. Scrambled Eggs
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Sweet Potatoes or Russet Potatoes
  5. Avocado Oil ( I get the Chosen Food brand from Costco or here)
  6. Fruit
  7. Salad or Broccoli slaw-Optional

First I start with cooking the sweet potatoes. Sometimes I will use rustic potatoes or a combination as not all my kiddos favor sweet potatoes. I grab the organic bags of sweet or rustic potatoes from Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s has a great organic line that is reasonably priced. I cube up the potatoes and heat up a cast-iron pan. Add avocado oil to pan and toss in the potatoes. Fry up until done.IMG_0367

As the sweet potatoes are finishing I start to¬†cook the Kiolbassa sausage. This is the kind I get from Costco. Sometimes I will get organic ground turkey and make my own sausage using Diane’s (from Practical Paleo)¬†italian sausage blend¬†recipe.¬†IMG_0366

Next crack the eggs and scramble them up in some coconut oil. Chino Valley Ranchers is a local farmer that supplies organic free range eggs to my local Costco.  I urge you to check your local Costco to see what they carry, and be sure to price compare. Even though I have to buy these by the dozen they are cheaper per dozen compared to the Costco organic eggs plus these are free range chickens!  These are reasonably priced usually at $2.79/dozen. Sometimes they may be a little cheaper. IMG_0368

Serve the food up in dishes and add a fruit of choosing if you like. I added blackberries for this breakfast. Also I usually offer broccoli slaw or a mixed salad to go with every meal even breakfast.IMG_0369

 

Quick and healthy breakfast to make. Keeping it simple every morning.

Enjoy!

Essential Oils, Uncategorized

DIY Bath Salts

I love adding bath salts in my bath. Depending on how I make it, I use it for relaxation or as a detox bath. When my kiddos are not feeling well they always ask for a detox bath. Detox bath is a great way to eliminate toxins from the body. I personally enjoy winding down in a bath after a long day with some Stress Away essential oils.

As teacher appreciate week approached I was pondering what to do this year. They put so much time and effort day in and day out for my kiddos. Some day when my budget allows, my goal is to provide each of their teachers with a spa day; a time away just for themselves. But until then, I decided with making DIY Bath Salts using Young Living Essential Oils.

I grabbed my glass bottles from hobby lobby( or you can get them here ) and my supplies.

1 80z glass jar or larger with cork top

1/2 cup of Baking Soda

1/2-3/4 cup of Epsom Salt

10-20 drops of Young Living Essential Oils

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Some Essential Oil Options: Joy and Lemon, Bergamot and Lavender, or Stress Away

Grab a large glass bowl and wooden spoon ( I made mine one at a time).

  1. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to large glass bowl. (Baking soda helps with neutralizing the water and promotes elimination of toxins)
  2. Add 1/2 cup- 3/4 cup of Pure Epsom Salt. (Epsom salt may provide relief to aches and pains, and soothe sore muscles)
  3. Add 10-20 drops of Young Living Essential oils. Some options listed below.
  4. Mix together in bowl and then funnel into glass jars.
  5. Seal with cork top

To Use: Add 1/4 cup to warm bath water and Enjoy!

Some Options Are:

  1. 15 drops of Stress Away Essential Oil
  2. 10 drops of Joy Essential Oil and 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (or lesser quantity just not more than 20 drops total)
  3. 10 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or lesser quantity just not more than 20 drops total)

Thanks to my amazing hubs for helping me tie on the note!IMG_0331

A great DIY gift to some amazing teachers my children had this year. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did.  Be on the look out for my DIY Detox Bath!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Clean Eating, Uncategorized

Chicken Dinner

Dinner can be one of the hardest meals to prepare, but it really doesn’t have to be. Just a little bit of planning and quick easy dinner can be put together. Key here, is PLANNING. With kiddos being rushed here or there, homework needing to get done, and all else life throws our way can make “what are we having for dinner” a rush to get something on the table.

When I plan out my meals and do some meal prep during the week, my life goes so much smoother. Even if I didn’t get any prep work done, I try to keep my meals simple so they are still easy to throw together. I wasn’t always a planner when it comes to meals, but it just clicked one day with me. I plan for almost everything else in life (sporting events, meetings, church, school, etc.) why wouldn’t I take the same time and plan meals? Why wouldn’t I want to be sure they get a good balanced meal? Why…Why…Why… Really something to think about. ¬†I am in control, I have the options available. I know at times I may get in a bind, so a quick breakfast for dinner is what we have if I am short on time. I can quickly throw eggs and veggies with a salad on a table. I can fire up the grill and have a meal out in less than 30 minutes. That is exactly what I did this week. Fired up the grill and made some chicken!

Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese:

Ingredients:

  1. Chicken breast (I did 5)
  2. Goat Cheese
  3. Lemon Pepper Dressing ( Tessemae’s is the brand I use. Can find it¬†here)
  4. Toothpicks

***I buy organic when I can

Here is the 3 ingredient needed to throw this quick dinner together. IMG_0358

Lay out the chicken breast on the cutting board and some parchment paper, or put in a zip lock bag.IMG_0359

Pound chicken to even them out and flatten them a little.IMG_0360

Transfer them to a dish bowl and add the lemon pepper dressing. Enough dressing to coat them. Massage the dressing in. IMG_0361

Lay chicken breast one at a time on the cutting board and add goat cheese.IMG_0362

Roll chicken and secure with a toothpick. IMG_0363

Grill until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees. ( I did a couple breast without goat cheese in them too)IMG_0364

Serve with your favorite sides. A few of mine are green beans with almonds, acorn squash with coconut cream, baked potatoes, salad, etc.

Enjoy this simple and easy dinner!

Clean Eating, Uncategorized

Paleo Banana Pancakes-Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour

I received a bag of Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour (review coming soon) and have been doing some recipe testing. Seriously this flour is a game changer, so much so I just bought myself a bag. ¬†They just came out with a 5lb bag and I couldn’t pass it up! Their flour is Paleo certified, gluten-free, grain-free, and NUT-FREE! ¬†Made with 100% Yuca Root. You seriously need to get yourself some of this.IMG_0310

I whipped up some of my Paleo Banana Pancakes using Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. I am excited to share this recipe with you. I now¬†have another option I can send to school with my kiddos!

Ingredients:

Dry

  1. 3/4 cup Ottos’ Naturals Cassava Flour
  2. 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  3. 2 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt

Wet 

  1. 1/2 Mashed Banana
  2. 1 Egg
  3. 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  4. 2 TBSP Melted Coconut Oil (Click on the link 45% off 1-gallon Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil until 5/5/2016 on Tropical Traditions)

Instructions

  1. Mixed all dry ingredients in a bowl and set asideIMG_0311
  2. In a separate bowl mash the 1/2 bananaIMG_0312
  3. Add the egg to the mashed banana and mix.IMG_0313
  4. Add the Coconut Milk and whisk until frothyIMG_0314
  5. Add in Melted Coconut Oil to the egg mixtureIMG_0324
  6. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. You may have a few small lumps and that is okay!IMG_0316
  7. Heat griddle and add 1tbsp of coconut oil to griddle. Add approximately 2 TBSP of pancake batter per pancake to griddle and spread out. Cook 5 minutes per side.

     

  8. Served with Kerrygold unsalted butter and Pure Maple Syrup. Topped with bananas or any fruit of your choosing.  Also can serve with sunbutter and honey for school lunch sandwiches.IMG_0320IMG_0321

Enjoy! Keep it simple…With Purpose….With Love