3 Ingredient Cookies
Craving something a little sweet, but don't want to give in to all the sugar? Here is my go-to craving buster.
1 cup quick oats (If you have old fashioned, do a quick pulse in the food processor)
Handful ofchocolate chips
1. Mash bananas with a fork or muddler.
2. Mix in oats and chocolate chips.
3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Makes about 9 cookies.
Short, simple, delicious.
Gluten-free Chocolate Muffins
These are an addictive, new favorite in our house. They don't have that dense gluten free texture, but are actually muffin texture. Soooooo yummy and kid friendly.
1 cup all natural, smooth peanut butter or almond butter
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs, room temperature, beaten
4 tbsp honey (Add one more if you have a sweet tooth)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
*Optional: 1 oz. mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with liners or oil.
2. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, bananas, eggs, and honey. Use a mixer until well-combined and smooth. Add cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix with spatula until combined, then use mixer until very well-combined. Batter should be soft, thick, and smooth.
3. Divide batter into muffin pan. Shimmy pan to even out batter. Sprinkle optional chocolate chips evenly on top.
4. Bake 22-25 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched in the center.
2 cups fine ground blanched almond flour (I used Trader Joe's)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 can full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1. In a medium bowl, whisk almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
2. In a small bowl, whisk coconut oil, honey, and vanilla.
3. Add oil mixture to flour mixture. Stir until well-blended and smooth. Spoon the dough into the center of a large piece of parchment and wax paper. Wrap into a disc shape.
CHILL in the refrigerator at least for 1 HOUR.
4. Preheat oven to 325 degree. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
5. Roll the chilled dough to 1/4-inch thickness between 2 sheets of oarchment paper. Place the rolled out dough into the freezer for 5 minutes. (Makes it easier to cut out shapes.)
6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes; transfer shapes to prepared cookie sheet. Chill the cookie shapes for 5 minutes in freezer. (It helps them hold shapes while baking.)
7. Bake 9-12 minutes, or until golden. Cool completely.
CHILL DOUGH BETWEEN BATCHES.
8. Open can of coconut milk and spoon out cream, leave the "milk". You can save it for smoothies or coffee creamer.
9. Whisk or use a mixer to add in honey until blended. Transfer to a piping bag OR a plastic ziplock bag. Chill. Cut corner of ziplock to pipe into cookies.
Original recipe from www.powerhungry.com
Harvest Chicken Skillet
This recipe has all of my favorite fall/winter flavors and it's made in one skillet. While this recipe has a little more prep work than my usual dinners, it's so worth it. My husband works most nights, so we always save this for a night that he's home. We love to cook together and with him chopping the veggies and me in charge of the skillet, it's a fun date night in activity for us. Plus, it's because of him that we added more bacon and it's delicious. 😍
4-6 slices of bacon, nitrite and nitrate free, chopped
1 lb chicken breasts, cubed
3 cups Brussel sprouts, trimmed and quartered
4 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 sweet potato, 1/2 inch cubes
2 tsp fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1. In large skillet (we used cast-iron), medium-high, cook chicken cubes for 5-8 minutes with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Remove to a plate and set aside.
2. Turn skillet down to medium-low, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper towel using a slotted spoon. I placed my paper towel on top of the chicken. Leave 1 1/2 tbsp of bacon grease in pan, remove extra.
3. Skillet goes back up to medium-high, add in brussels, sweet potato cubes, onion, and remaining 1/2 tsp of salt. Cook until onions are translucent, 10-15 minutes.
4. Stir in apple cubes, garlic, thyme, and cinnamon. Cook for 30 seconds then add 1/2 cup chicken broth. Bring to a boil and cook until absorbed. (2-5 minutes). Add chicken and the rest of the broth in and cook until it's absorbed as well. (2-5 minutes). Stir in bacon.
Little Lady #2: 18 Week Bump Update
18 WEEKS with Little Lady Eskew #2! Y'all, I have to say it... I told you it was a girl, lol! We are so blessed and feeling more excited everyday. I've always wanted to have 2 girls in the mix of children, so I'm feeling extra blessed.
I started feeling her move VERY early and now feel her on a daily basis. Tim also felt her kick this past Sunday. That's a good 4 weeks earlier in my pregnancy than with Calista. It may have something to do with Calista having an anterior placenta, aka a pillow between my hand and her. I also am showing SO MUCH FASTER. I kind of love it though and am grateful I popped right after Thanksgiving. No awkward "is that a baby bump or did you gain weight?" comments.
I now have to make modifications in my workouts. Wider feet, no full abdominal exercises, and less jumping. I couldn't jump at all with Calista, so this is a huge plus. My goal each week is to do 4-5 workouts. Generally, I do yoga, barre, weighted interval training, and walking.
We do have a name, but Tim won't let me share it on social media yet. :)
Bible Study and Book Favorites
I love to read. I still use the library to find fiction books to read for fun. I average 3 or more novels a week.... I don't really watch tv lol. As much as I love fiction, I try to read a book a month that I've deemed "smart people" books. Silly name, but that's what I call them. I used to read books on leadership, social media, business, etc, but as my faith has grown and my heart has changed, I find there is no greater leader than our God. That's not to say that books like Start by Jon Acuff, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, or Push by Chalene Johnson aren't valuable, they are. Read them if you haven't. ;) However, I'm in a season where my heart just wants Jesus. I need to be daily reminded of his love for me and that my hope is in Him, not myself.
I went through my books and bible studies and wanted to share a quick list of studies that have changed me. There are a lot of good books out there, but these are the ones that have left me seeking God and allowing Him to work in me to change my heart.
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26
As some of you know, I'm fairly new to this whole consistently reading the Bible thing. I started my first ever bible study 2 years ago. My consistency with reading, my understanding of what I was learning, that took a little time. I want to encourage you that there is no right way to read the Bible. There is no prescribed plan that works better than others. I encourage you to do just what I did and commit to showing up. Commit to opening your bible for 10 minutes. Commit to reading and praying. Your prayer can be "God, I don't understand what I'm supposed to get out of this. Please help." Seriously, it's okay to not know. Don't let that fear or insecurity keep you away from the one who can give you reassurance and security. I also encourage you to find a study or a group or a friend that you can chat with each week. I know that having mentors helped my growth immensely.
"What Love Is" by Kelly Minter. It focused on 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.
"Armor of God" by Priscilla Shirer. This study changed me immensely and focused on Ephesians.
"Seamless" by Angie Smith. 7 weeks through the entire bible! Great study for people new to the Bible so that you can see God's faithfulness and how the entire bible is about Jesus.
Hosea by Jenn Rothschild. My first time reading an Old Testament book and it focuses on God's redeeming love for all of us.
"Famous in Heaven and at Home" by Michelle Myers. Every woman needs to read this! I go back to it over and over because it's focus on God's character and calling on our lives helps keep life simple. 31 day study with space to write going through Proverbs 31.
"The Best Yes" by Lysa Terkeurst. As women we often spread ourselves to thin. Every time you say yes to something, you are also saying no to something else. This book helps us find The Best Yes.
"Fervent" by Priscilla Shirer. There is an enemy who attacks us and details us. Each chapter focuses on specific areas such as your passion, focus, identity and you craft detailed prayer strategies. This book is helping me be intentional about prayer.
I hope to add more books and bible studies to this list soon, but I hope this helps. If you have specific questions or a favorite study or book you recommend, let's hear it. Comment or send me a message.
I am absolutely loving my December: Balancing It All group. I am thrilled that I got to create the workouts for that group and gather up and doctor some delicious recipes. December is a month unique to itself because of holiday parties, travel, and family time. January on the other hand is when most people buckle down on new goals. Therefore, I'll be going back a little bit to my Beachbody roots.
Here's the real reason why: Beachbody covers all the bases and they do it with excellence. Need a different workout for everyday of the week? Covered. Need a full, detailed, specific, no questions needed meal plan? Covered. Need help balancing your blood sugar, curbing cravings, and fueling your body? Covered. Need online streaming? Covered. Need daily support, accountability, and love. I've got you covered there too. :) So you see, me pairing up with BB lets you have the details and plans AND have me investing in you daily. It lets me focus on your success and helping you anyway I can.
How do you know if this group is for you?
-Have you tried to lose weight on your own and given up after just a few weeks?
-Are you so confused by all the "rules" about what to eat and what not to eat that you don't know where to begin?
-Are you prepared to be disciplined even when you lack the motivation?
-Will you let me help you make the lifestyle changes needed for a balanced life, not just a challenge?
-Do you need someone to be your supporter and encourager? Someone who is knowledgeable, but also a loving friend?
If your answers to those questions is a resounding "yes", then let's get started.
Here is how it works:
We schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to determine your goals and talk about your specific situation. Examples of questions I will ask: What type of workouts do you like/not like? What physical or mental limitations do you have? What's worked or not worked in the past? How can I best serve you? After that, I will suggest a Beachbody program that is tailored to your goals and that I have personally tweaked to your story. Your commitment consists of purchasing a challenge pack, which will include your program, a 30 day supply of Shakeology (more on that later), a 30 day free trial to Beachbody On Demand that has access to hundreds of workouts, a full meal plan, and plenty of bonuses. Your purchase secures your spot in the group and me as your coach. I become your coach for FREE.
Extra perk: just for logging 3 workouts a week and 5 Shakeology pics, you are entered in to win your portion of a 3 million dollar BEACHBODY Health Bet pool. How fun is that? Talk about bonus!
What does me being your coach mean?
As many of my clients and now friends will say, I am your coach for life. Whether you stick with a Beachbody program, only drink your one bag of Shakeology, or stay for life, I am your biggest cheerleader. I LOVE investing in people who desire a lifestyle change. I will be there with you every step of the way. If something works and it's time for a change, we will figure it out together. If something doesn't work, I will work tirelessly alongside you until we find what does. That's for as long as you want me to be a part of your journey. However, it all starts with daily check-ins on the BB app during our 4-5 weeks together.
What does your actual commitment to this group look like day to day?
-You do your workout. Most are around 30 minutes a day.
-You drink your Shakeology EVERY day.
-You follow your meal plan as closely as you possibly can.
-You log those things on the BB app for accountability and my ability to track your progress.
-You show up to support those who are working hard alongside you.
-You tell me when something isn't going right or you tell me when something is going well.
We are on this journey together and I want you to have a rocking 2017. The group starts Monday, January 9th and ends February 5th.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to set up your free phone consultation. Slots are limited so email promptly.
Average cost for your challenge pack: $147
Normally my breakfast is pretty boring. I eat scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and drink some coffee (half-caff). ;) I was determined to find something different that would please not just my no sugar added palate, but my husband's desire for some normal food. Lol.
i actually made this 2 different ways, one with whole wheat pastry flour and one with gluten free. I also want to try it without adding the sugar, so I will update as soon as I do. I did use coconut sugar which is better on the glycemic index than cane sugar. It's also less sweet, but no one can tell.
This recipe is husband approved, regular and gluten free, and toddler approved.
1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water ("flax egg")
5 medium sized bananas, mashed (approx. 1 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup white whole wheat flour OR gluten free flour (I used Trader Joe's)
1. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. Lightly oil an 8x8 pan.
2. In a small bowl, stir flax and water. Set aside to thicken and make your "flax egg".
3. Mash bananas in a large bowl. I used a cocktail muddler, but a fork works. Add in "wet" ingredients: maple syrup, melted coconut oil, sugar, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
4. Give "flax egg" an extra stir so it's fully combined. It will still be a little grainy. Add to wet ingredients. Whisk or use an electric mixer until smooth.
5. Add oats. Stir.
6. In a small bowl, mix flour and baking soda, then add to the rest of the ingredients. Gently fold in with a spatula until combined. Let rest 1 minute.
7. Add to pan and smooth the top.
8. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. (Our magic time was 38 minutes).
The original recipe credit goes to Cesar's Kitchen.