Monday, November 30, 2015

Paleo Frosted Mini Doughnuts

I have a thing for doughnuts. If I could eat any food for the rest of my life. Everyday. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, it would be a tie between peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and doughnuts. 

I know, it's really hard living with such a sophisticated pallet. 

I'm a good girl though. I think I've had doughnuts twice in the last year. 

I've recently changed CrossFit gyms, and right there on the corner of the street is a Dunkin Doughnuts. Crap. 

While I've only succumbed once (I had to bring in doughnuts for the CrossFit LiftOff), I am tempted every time I leave the gym. Every stinking time. 

So instead of continuing to test my will power, I decided to make my own. A healthier, cleaner version; a recipe that wouldn't make me feel like Augustus Gloop drowning in a pool of whipped chocolate frosting when I finished eating them. 

They're so easy, so simple, and don't require any weird ingredients or special, hard-to-find flours. 

The clean up is easy too, one bowl, one doughnut tin, and one Magic Bullet container (if you have a food processor, use it). 

Paleo Frosted Mini Doughnuts
Makes 24
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes

6 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1/4 to 1/2 cup Almond Milk (I used Unsweetened Vanilla)
1 tsp Baking Soda
Dash Salt 
Dash of vanilla
Dash of nutmeg
3/4 cup coconut flour

Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
2 tsp coconut oil

In a food processor blend eggs, honey, vanilla extract, 1/4 cup almond milk, and melted coconut oil. Sift coconut flour and add to food processor with salt, nutmeg and baking soda. Blend away! Coconut flour doesn't contain gluten, do you can't risk over-mixing. The more air in the there, the more cake-like they'll be (even better!)

The mixture will be very thick (see above photos) depending on your coconut flour. You may need to add a splash or two of more almond milk. 

If you're not using a silicone pan, you'll need to grease it. Spoon the mixture into your doughnut pan (this is what I use) leveling it out with a spoon. Bake them at 350 for 13-15 minutes. Once cooled, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave, stirring very frequently. Dip the tops of the cooled doughnuts using your hands. Top with your favorite things! I used unsweetened coconut. You can try walnuts, sprinkles, etc. Allow them to set in the fridge. 

Try not to devour them all at once! They're insane. 

Nutrition facts per doughnut
Calories: 99 | Fat 7g | Carbs 8g | Protein 2g | Fiber 2g | Sugar 7g

Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Errythang

Exciting things on the homefront!

We are getting the carpet installed upstairs in the next few weeks. You know you're an adult when carpet installation gets you excited like Friday nights used to. 

I was accepted to Penn State.

I'm hoping to start in the spring. When I left to go overseas in 2013, I was in the middle of my junior year at Texas A&M. While I have my Associate's, I have always had every intention of finishing my Bachelor's. Amazing opportunities kept presenting themselves though (in working overseas and then as an affiliate owner in Connecticut when I came home), so school was put on the back burner. 

Now that I'm settling down and establishing some roots again, my education is my priority. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to attend such a prestigious college. 

I'll still be able to do what I love as a full-time student. Blog, train, coach CrossFit, and work remotely with nutrition clients and athletes. 

Renovating the house has definitely become a priority. I've been working on a lot of furniture pieces, refinishing and painting them. My latest endeavor was re-painting this hutch that Travis's great-grandpa built. It houses some of his favorite Army memorabilia. 

I just finished two night stands, a desk and have a dresser waiting for me out in the garage ... 

Travis also slaved to finish our back patio last week. Literally, he worked until almost midnight one evening, for fear the rain would ruin it if the stones weren't laid. 

We broke it in just right. :)

I am currently obsessed with all things high waisted. Lululemon, you've ruined me. 

And I darkened my hair. I know I am so back and forth about blonde and brunette. But I think I found a color that I really like. It enhances my skin tone, instead of making me feel pale and washed out. 

I used this color with a 20 developer. I started with my roots, and then foiled about half of my head, leaving a lot of my blonde for highlights. Does anyone else color their hair at home? I absolutely hate sitting in a salon chair for as long as it takes (4+ hours with my long hair). 

Training is going well! I recently hit some PR's on the strength front. 200 pound clean, 195 power clean, and a 155lb snatch. My shoulder is feeling 90% better, with just some niggling pain during toes to bar. But now my elbow is giving me grief again. It's an on and off again kind of pain. Sometimes a 2 on the pain scale, and times like last night, a 10. I couldn't get comfortable to save my life; I can't extend it or close it all the way without a lot of pain. I had the Compex on it for over an hour, and I have started icing it this morning. I'll modify my training for the next few days to hope it heals. 

Is it possible to have Golfer's AND Tennis elbow? Pain on the inside and outside of the elbow?

I wish I could find a good Chiro in my area that offers Graston and ART. I will do my own soft tissue work and compression along with ice and rest. 

I'm off to the gym. 

Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Nutrition Coaching

I'm really excited to offer something a little different than my typical month-to-month nutrition coaching. This is a 5-week program, dedicated to helping client survive the Holidays without gaining weight - and actually losing some. The Holidays are so stressful. Having someone in your corner to encourage you to make good decisions and stay accountable really is the key to success. 

I'm here to help! Comment below or email me if you're interested in signing up. It starts Monday! I only have a few spots. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Snap, Snap

I am having so much fun behind the lens of my new camera! I recently added a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8  lens to my collection, and it's made action shots a lot of fun and it's much easier to move around with. It doesn't hurt that the awesome members of CrossFit Gamma don't mind me popping in and taking photos during class!

I swear, with every photo I take, I learn something new. 

Photography is not for the faint of heart. But it's all worth it when you see the shots turn out!

Photographing CrossFit is definitely my favorite. I think being a coach and an athlete myself makes waiting for the right shot much more natural. 

And generally, everyone is happy to have their photo taken!

To me, it's all about capturing the right positions ... I don't think just any photographer could walk into a CrossFit gym and know what to look for ... 

CrossFit gainz.

I'm headed into the gym now to see if I can snag some shots during the Golden Hour. Can you believe it's 3:30 and it's already sunset?! Oh, winter. Pfffft. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Little Things

As I was perusing the blog-o-sphere tonight, I realized that I need to get a lot better about posting.

So, feeling motivated, I grabbed my iPhone and opened my Notes app, and started making a list. I love lists. I was brainstorming blog posts and prompt ideas. Somewhere after "5 Foods I Can't Live Without" and "What to Look for in a CrossFit Gym," I realized ... I don't always need a prompt to write. 

This is my blog. This is my life. While I don't do anything especially noteworthy on the daily, it doesn't mean I can't write about the everyday happenings in my little small-town world. If I'm always waiting for something "big" to write about, there won't ever be much to write about. Because life isn't about the big things - it's an accumulation of the little things. And happiness is being content with those little things. Like lazy Saturday mornings. What I trained today in the gym. A hilarious Tabata video I watched of Klovov. And sitting up in a tree stand this evening with my love. 

It's Saturday night and I have big plans. Like catching up on the latest episode of Nashville and hanging out with the Compex on my elbow. 

Because the little things are enough. They are so enough.