Back and at ’em!

Whew! Back to school this year was a rough one. It took me almost a month to get back into the swing of things. In early August I started three huge things all at the same time: teaching, grad school, and Cross Fit.

Before I started eating Paleo (weekdays), I made the most amazing oat parfait I have ever made.

Behold, Carrot Cake Oat Partfait:

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What you’ll need:

 1/3 c Oats

1 c Water

1/4 c Shredded Carrots

1 tsp Cinnamon

2 Egg Whites

2 tsp Vanilla

1 T Chia Seeds

Stevia

1Plain Greek Yogurt

Pecans

Directions: In a pot bring water to a boil. Add oats, cinnamon, and carrots. Let cook. Once oats are cooked, removed from heat for 2 minutes. Add egg whites and return to low heat to allow egg whites to cook. Depending on how sweet you like it, add stevia to taste ( I used 5 drops), 1 tsp Vanilla, and chia seeds. For the yogurt, mix greek yogurt (I used Fage), 1 tsp Vanilla, and Stevia to taste. You may want to add more Vanilla depending on how you like it. Layer oats and yogurt in a container and let chill overnight. Top with pecans in the morning. You’re in for a treat!

It was like having cake for breakfast!

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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

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I love carrot cake but I don’t love the way I feel after I eat an entire cake, and let’s face it, if I’m let lose around one there is a high probability that that will happen. Last night I got crafty in the kitchen and made these yummy energy bites for dessert or before workouts. Usually I eat a Quest bar before I work out but for some reason I have been wanting dates lately.

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Ingredients
:

1 c of baby carrots

1 c of almond meal

15 pitted dates

2 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein (I used About Time)

2 T Chia Seeds

1 T Cinnamon

1.5 c Rolled Oats

1/4 C unsweetened, shredded coconut

Directions: Combine all ingredients into the food processor except for oats and coconut. Once well blended, it should be mushy, add oats and blend more. You may need to add more oats to thicken it up. Transfer into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll into balls and roll in coconut. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Keep these babies refrigerated throughout your week. They are perfect for dessert, to eat before you work out, or as a midday treat.

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Substitutions: If you don’t have almond meal, you can use almonds. Also, if you don’t have Chia Seeds but had ground flax, that’s a great substitution as well!