Basil Avocado Chicken Salad from Paleocupboard.com

The perfect meal for a spring or summer picnic! So refreshing and easy to throw together. This is a great, mayo-free  healthy twist on traditional chicken salad.
Ingredients:
– 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
– 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed
– 2 small or 1 large ripe avocado, pits and skin removed
– 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt (or more to taste)
– 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper (or more to taste)

Equipment:
– Food processor
– Stirring spoon
– Measuring cups and spoons
– Medium sized mixing bowl

Directions:
1. Place the cooked shredded chicken in a medium sized mixing bowl.
2. Place the basil, avocado, olive oil, sea salt and ground black pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to scrape the sides a couple times to incorporate.
3. Pour the avocado and basil mixture into the mixing bowl with the shredded chicken and toss well to coat. Taste and add additional sea salt and ground black pepper if desired. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

http://www.paleocupboard.com/basil-avocado-chicken-salad.html

Loving this cute, adjustable sandal!

I’m so excited that the weather is finally warming up. Once spring arrives, I am usually in sandals all the time, unless I’m working out. Having two young children, I always have to make sure that my sandals are comfortable, functional but also look cute. I’m always looking for the perfect sandal to go for a walk with the kids, run around at the playground, meet with clients or even go out with my friends – without looking like an old lady!

Enter the Terri adjustable thong! This sandal was love at first sight. It’s design is simple, yet stylish, and I absolutely love the leather petal details. I have a very high arch, and I love that these sandals are adjustable, so I can fit them specifically to my foot to make sure they don’t slip off when I’m running around after my kids.

I love that these cork midsoles are so lightweight, because I am on my feet all day, it’s important to make sure that my shoes aren’t weighing me down. The met bar pod in the ball-of-foot has also been a lifesaver for me because the extra cushioning has helped me avoid the sore, tired feet I get when I wear basic flip flops all day.

These Terri sandals are going to be my go-to sandals for this spring. The black is percent for every day, and I am loving the salmon for a little bit more fun and a pop of color!

You can learn more about these sandals and where to purchase them here.

 

Bacon Shrimp Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from PaleoLeap.com

Ingredients

  • 8 sweet potatoes;
  • 1 lb. large raw shrimp, deveined and tails removed, cut into thirds;
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled;
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced;
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced; (keep some of the green for garnishing)
  • 1 tbsp. paprika;
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder;
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano;
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper;
  • 6 tbsp. ghee (clarified butter);
  • Paleo cooking fat;
  • olive oil, to coat the potatoes;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;
Potatoes preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 F.
  2. Rub the potatoes with the olive oil, place them on a baking sheet and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until soft.
  3. While the potatoes are baking; over a medium high fire, melt some cooking fat and add the garlic and the green onions. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp to the green onions and garlic, cook for 2 to 3 minutes then add the paprika, chili powder, dried oregano and cayenne pepper. Stir and cook until shrimp are done, about another 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. When the potatoes are done, let them cool down and leave the oven on.
  6. Slice the potatoes in half horizontally and carefully scoop out the flesh into a big bowl, making sure to keep the skins.
  7. Mash the sweet potatoes until smooth then add the crumble bacon, the shrimp mixture, the ghee, season to taste and combine everything well.
  8. Stuff the potato skins with the filling, return to the oven and cook for another 15 minutes.
  9. When done remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining green onions.

Bacon-Shrimp Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Brownie Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls from fitfoodiefinds.com

These protein balls are delicious and a great, easy snack to grab on the go when you’re out and about.

Ingredients

For the Brownie flavor
¼ cup chocolate protein powder
½ cup oat flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
¼ cup almond milk

For the Cookie Dough
¼ cup vanilla protein powder
½ cup oat flour
½ tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons almond butter
3 tablespoons almond milk

Instructions
In a medium size bowl, mix together all ingredients for the brownie flavor. It should be the consistency of cookie dough. If it’s too dry, add a bit more almond milk.
Then, roll the dough into about ½ tablespoon balls. Set aside.
Rinse that bowl, then mix together all ingredients for the cookie dough flavor. Again, if it’s too dry, add little more almond milk.
Roll the dough into about ½ tablespoon balls.
Next, take 1 brownie ball and 1 cookie dough ball and combine them by compressing them together and rolling into a ball. Repeat!

http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2014/07/brownie-cookie-dough-swirl-protein-balls/

Getting Your Feet Ready For Sandal Season

Sandal season is upon us and if you are anything like the rest of us, your feet could use a little sprucing up. I always like for my feet to look fresh and healthy when I’m sporting my sandals, so I like to take some time to prep them for spring. Here are a few easy steps you can take to get your feet looking amazing for sandal season!

  1. Brighten/Whiten your toenails: Lemon juice is a great natural way to whiten and brighten your toenails. Before sandal season begins I always like to take a week with no nail polish on my toes to let them “breathe.” Then I buff them to remove the outermost layer of the nail and apply some lemon juice to whiten the nails.
  2. Deep clean/soak your feet: Soaking your feet in a basin of warm water with tea tree oil will help to kill any bacteria or fungi that may be present on your feet. Be sure to clean all the spaces on your feet with a washcloth, including the areas in between your toes.
  3. Exfoliate: Using a bristle brush, exfoliate your feet and ankles. Start at the ankle area and brush in a circular motion to the tips of your toes, working your way around the top and the bottom of the feet.
  4. Moisturize: Using a thick, creamy lotion or mask, coat the feet and let the moisturizer sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping off with a warm washcloth.
  5. Trim your toenails: While toenails are damp, clip them straight across. Be careful not to cut at an angle going into the corners, as this can encourage ingrown toenails.
  6. Buff: Buff your nails with a buffer to remove the rough, top layer of your toenails and create a nice smooth surface for your nail polish.
  7. Paint: After prepping your toes and feet, it’s finally time to paint your toenails! Be sure to use a polish that is free of toxins to prevent your nails from yellowing and to avoid any unnecessary toxins.
  8. Rock your sandals with pride!

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