Whole30 Day 4/30

So today has been a little better (and less of an emotional rollercoaster as yesterday!) I’ve had my cravings for sweets, but, oddly enough, they’re not as strong as they were day 1/2/3. Progress! I keep trying to stay hydrated. I carry my nalgene around the house with me so I keep drinking water. I also had physical therapy, so that always helps me drink a ton of water.

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Breakfast 9:30AM

Another smoothie. Pineapple, frozen strawberries, coconut cream, cranberry juice, chia seeds, almond milk. (Blended up chia seeds get stuck in my teeth. I’m really hot when I smile while drinking this- good thing I’m home alone!)

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Lunch 1:00PM

I made some pretty fantastic drumsticks today for lunch and I am proud- so I’m gonna share the recipe with you. It is NOT fancy, but it tasted better than lunch yesterday. Anywho…

Preheat oven to 375*F. Spray cookie pan with coconut oil spray. Set drumsticks on pan. Drizzle on EVOO. Salt, pepper and italian seasoning. In the oven for 30 minutes. Pour spaghetti sauce on top (leftover from last night). OVen for 20 more minutes. Then pop these babies into a skillet with ghee and roast until they’re nice and crispy on the outside. Boom.

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Heres how they looked and boy were they fantastic.

4:45PM I had a lemon Lara bar because I just needed something. (I don’t know why they say not to snack. Its good for your metabolism to eat every few hours….I’m all about small meals instead of large ones. I can’t eat too much in one sitting. I ALWAYS need a doggy bag when I go out to eat!)

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Dinner 6:00PM

I heated up some drumsticks and sliced a potato and baked it into ‘fries’ and put some hot sauce on top. Water with dinner.

I find myself craving food at night a lot, so lately at night I’ve been having some cinnamon apple chips by Bare or a spoonful of almond butter or some raw almonds. Again, I have to eat a little bit here and there so I don’t tip over and faint- I feel like that constantly if I don’t get some food in me every so often!

Anywho, another day down….one step closer to 30!

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana

Whole30 Day Two

I must first mention that I made a boo-boo last night. I added peas into my dinner, and peas are technically a legume and those are no no’s on Whole30. Whoops! Learned my lesson.

Anywho. Day two I awoke the way I expected. Headache. It never was too bad today, so I am grateful for that. (I get migraines so as long as my withdrawal doesn’t turn into one of those, we are golden.). I went to physical therapy and noticed I ran out of energy a lot quicker than I normally do. I made sure to eat some of my left over sinful pea/broccoli/cauliflower concoction before I left, and took two ibuprofen and drank a lot of water, and that seemed to alleviate my pain. Thank goodness! I will also mention (TMI but I don’t care) that I am having better trips to the bathroom. You know, for more than just pee. I hate to say it, but I think all of the fiber in my new diet is really helping to move things along. So, one positive that I am noticing on the second day- I’ll take it!

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Breakfast 9:00AM

1 egg scrambled and cooked in ghee, fruit salad (peaches, strawberries and raspberries) with chia seeds, and a glass of unsweetened green tea with lemon.

10am was about when my headache was at its worst, but still tolerable. I also had some cravings for sugar, so I kept drinking my water.

10:35 was my pre- physical therapy snack. Had to make sure something was in my tummy before I went and sweat.

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Lunch 1:30PM

Chicken patty (Perdue makes chicken patties that are W30 approved and I added some spices) (cooked it on my George Foreman Grill) with tomato, yellow mustard and wrapped in butter lettuce. Fried two mashed bananas in ghee with cinnamon for something sweet to help tide me over.

3:00PM I REALLY wanted a donut. Instead I ate a cherry pie Lara bar. That helped.

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Dinner 6:00PM

Chopped up a skinned sweet potato into fries and coated them with EVOO, cinnamon, S&P and my favorite italian seasonings. Baked at 375*F for 40 minutes (while moving around and flipping every 10-15 minutes). Served it with another chicken patty on top of butter lettuce with a tomato and mustard. Fried some pineapple chunks in ghee and ate those for something sweet. (Warm pineapple is AMAZING).

I will say that last night, after I posted my blog and video, I had some toasted chocolate coconut pieces to help curb my cravings for sweets. Those Bare snacks are KILLER. I love them.

So thats all I have to say! I’m trying to go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier so I can start preparing myself for potentially starting work again soon. I am anxious and excited and feel stupid because I forgot all of my passwords to everything. Oh well. Thats what I get for being out of work for 8 months.

PS. I am listening to Fuels Sunburn album. 8th-11th grade me is so excited right now. I even did a MCM for Brett Scallions on my Instagram. haha.

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana

Quick & Easy Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

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1/2 cup Trader Joes Rolled Oats (cooked following instructions on bag)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 apple diced into small chunks
Cinnamon to taste (I like a lot. I just shook some in until it tasted how I like it)
1 tbsp maple syrup, honey or agave
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 325*F
2. Put all ingredients into a bowl (except brown sugar).
3. Spoon into 2 creme brûlée ramekins.
4. Put brown sugar on top
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes
6. Turn oven to broil and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes.
7. LET COOL. (You’ll burn your mouth!)
8. I topped mine with cream, but you could put any kind of milk, coconut cream, whipped cream….whatever tickles your fancy.
9. Enjoy!!

Have a good one, y’all,
Sarah Montana

Avocado-Basil-Spinach Pesto Pasta

Today I went to the grocery store to get necessary items for the next few days. I bought a thing of Rain Lime Gatorade to have on hand for those days where I need a few electrolytes. Unfortunately, those days are often due to some migrainse I’ve been having. Well, sometime during the ride home, that darn Gatorade spilled all over the contents of the shopping bag it was in- including a brand new box of Cavatappi pasta…. So when I got home and started unloading my things, I realized that pasta had to be cooked TODAY or it would get soggy and therefore be ruined. SO, making life out of Lime Gatorade, I made some pasta. Here’s a quick recipe for y’all, however there won’t be exact measurements since I’m one of those ‘non measuring types’.

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Avocado-Basil-Spinach Pasta
1 entire box of Cavatappi pasta (or kind of your choice).

SAUCE
1 avocado
A few basil leaves (to your taste)
Olive Oil
Scallions (I added roughly 1/2 tsp chopped)
Salt & Pepper & garlic powder & italian seasoning to taste
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Handful of spinach leaves
1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cook pasta per box directions.
2. Add all other ingredients into food processor (except cheese) and pulse until smooth. You will want to add olive oil every so often to keep a sauce-like consistency. Add more or less seasonings to make it the way you taste.
3. Dump pasta water out and put in bowl and immediately dump in bag of mozzarella cheese and stir while it melts.
4. Add in your sauce and stir until evenly coated.
5. Either place in fridge for a few hours for a pasta salad type dish, or serve immediately with some chicken or whatever you’re feelin’!
6. ENJOY. Its so tasty and healthy(ish) and the green color is gorgeous!

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*All photos by the devilishly handsome Douglas Horn.

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA!

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana

3 – Ingredient Breakfast Cookies

I’m calling these breakfast cookies because I want an excuse to eat these whenever I want. Like most women, chocolate rules my life so if I can put it in something, I generally do. So lets get down to business, because it’s breakfast time somewhere!!!

3 – Ingredient Cookies
(Which are totally customizable to make them yours!!!)

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1 medium sized banana, that’s just starting to get its brown spots
1 cup quick oats
1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
(You can add anything to these, just about. Chopped nuts? Why not! A sprinkle of brown sugar! Yes!! Cut up fruit?! Why didn’t I think to put my strawberries in these?! Ugh. I fail!!)

Preheat your oven to about 325*F
Mash up the banana in a bowl. Then add the oats. You can add more or less oats as you please. Then add your extra fixins and stir up to combine. Put some parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and scoop some ‘dough’ out with your hands. I made enough for 3 good size cookies. I mashed them together a bit and shaped them into a cookie and flattened them to a good even thickness and put on the cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. I think I did 23 because I wanted some extra brown-ness on the bottom.
Remove and eat up! I melted some cookie butter to put on one of them and oh. My. God.

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Have a good one, y’all!
Sarah Montana

My new, serious relationship.

Recently, I had my first taste of Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joes. By recently, I mean last Monday.

Speculoos Cookie Butter

Speculoos Cookie Butter

 

By Friday, the jar was almost completely gone, so I went back and got more.

Might've went a little overboard.

Might’ve went a little overboard.

In any case- this stuff is amazing. It’s creamy, its smooth, it tastes like ginger snaps. WHATS NOT TO LOVE!? Ever since I took my first bite, my brain started running wild with baking ideas. Aside from smearing this all over bananas, apples, graham crackers, oreos, my finger, I was looking for fun and exciting new ways to have an excuse to eat it aside from with just a spoon.  I’ve been slowly working on compiling recipes for a cook book I would like to write, full of my favorite recipes that I have in my rotation. And then this happened….

Layers of goodness.

Layers of goodness.

I was really excited. Throwing things into this metal bowl. What else could I add to invite  flavor and texture into my mouth?! It was exhilarating!

The Mix

 

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This sight brought tears of joy and hunger into my eyes.

So after 10 minutes of adding things into this bowl, and 15 minutes in an oven….

Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

This was born…. I cannot begin to describe how fantastic this tastes. Warm, cold…it doesn’t matter. You can eat it as is, I put some whipped up coconut cream on mine, Douglas ate his with cream cheese. The options are endless.

And now, you too, can have it.

Sarah Montana’s Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

1 1/2 cup Oats

1/2 cup Almond Flakes

1/2 cup Applesauce

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

2 tbsp brown sugar (plus extra for the top!)

1 tbsp sugar

1/4 cup melted Cookie Butter  (20-30 seconds in the microwave)

1 tbsp butter (or coconut oil)

1 heaping spoonfull of chia seeds

 

Preheat your hot box to 350*F.

Put a layer of parchment paper in a 6″x9″ glass baking tin, or spray 3-4 creme brulee ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix all ingredients until combined.

Pour into your baking dish of your choice.

Sprinkle brown sugar on top until a nice, even layer is covering your oatmeal mix.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on your baking hardware.

Let cool, slightly, so you don’t burn the crap out of your mouth.

Serve & enjoy!

You can melt more Cookie Butter to drizzle on top, add a whipped topping, sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve with fruit. Whichever you choose!

Let me know if you make this, I am excited to see how yours turns out!

 

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana