Mini Bacon Guacamole Cups from “All Day I Dream About Food”

Great app to bring to a party – uses two of everyone’s favorite ingredients – bacon and guac! Recipe from “All Day I Dream About Food”

INGREDIENTS:

9 slices uncured bacon
1 ripe avocado
2 tbsp minced onion
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced (do half if you like it less hot)
juice of half a lime
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

For the mini bacon cups, preheat oven to 400F. Turn a mini-muffin pan upside down and place on a large rimmed baking sheet (you need something to catch all the bacon grease from dripping to the bottom of your oven. If your muffin pan is too big to fit on the sheet, make sure to put one or two baking sheet on a rack below in the oven).

Spray the tops of 12 of the over-turned muffin tins with cooking spray (I suggest coconut oil spray).
Cut 6 of the slice of bacon in half. Cut the remaining 3 slices of bacon into 4 even portions each.

Place one of the smaller portions of bacon on the top of each over-turned mini muffin cups. Take one of longer portions and wrap around the sides of the muffin cups, with as much overlap as possible between the two pieces. Secure the ends with a toothpick.

Bake about 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned but not overly crisp (they will shrink too much and be very difficult to remove from the pan).

Let cool 5 minutes, then carefully loosen the cups and let drain on a paper-towel lined plate.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mash avocado with a fork. Stir in onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, salt and pepper.

When bacon cups are cool, divide guacamole between them. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Iodine…Are You Getting Enough?

Iodine deficiency is a silent epidemic. Iodine is typically found in iodized table salt and in sea vegetables. In the American culture, we have decreased our use of table salt and eat almost no sea vegetables. As a result, there is an alarmingly high amount of Americans who unknowingly suffer from iodine deficiency.

Iodine is essential to life and especially crucial for brain development in children. It also plays a central role in healthy function of your thyroid gland.

Adding sea vegetables into your diet is a great way to boost your iodine intake without having to increase your sodium intake. In our house, I sprinkle dulse granules on many of our meals to ensure we are getting adequate iodine intake. I also use kombu when cooking beans or grains.

Paleo Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins from paleonewbie.com

These Paleo banana carrot breakfast muffins from paleonewbie.com are delicious! They are also a great way to sneak veggies into your kids’ diet without a fight!

Dry Ingredients:
    • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tbs cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp allspice
Wet Ingredients:
    • 3 eggs – whisked
    • 2 bananas – mashed
    • 1/2 cup almond butter
    • 1/3 cup raw honey
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Fold In:
    • 1 cup grated carrot
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or raisins
Yields:
  • Makes 12-14 muffins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients above
  3. In a separate medium bowl, mix together all wet ingredients above
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and mix well
  5. Next fold grated carrots and the walnuts, pecans or raisins into the batter
  6. Pour batter into lined muffin tin molds (use paper or silicone cup liners) Fill each cup about two-thirds full
  7. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
  8. Cool and enjoy!

Infuse Your Water!

In the hot summer months, it is especially important to keep your body hydrated. Many of my clients are drinking lots of soda, coffee and energy drinks when they start coaching with me. While these beverages may taste good, they offer very little hydration. In fact, they can actually add to dehydration. Most flavored “waters” like Vitamin water are filled with chemicals and food coloring, making those a less than ideal option as well. So what do I recommend for my clients who need a little flavor in their beverage without the calories and junk? Infused waters!

Infusion is a great way to add a little flavor to your water and encourage an increase in water intake. This is especially great for children who struggle with drinking water.  You can create your own flavor combos with your favorite fruits and vegetables, or find recipes to follow online. Make sure you are drinking AT LEAST 8 glasses of water a day, if not more!

Some of my favorite flavor combos are:

  • Cucumber & Mint
  • Grapefruit & Rosemary
  • Grape & Orange
  • Raspberry & Lemon
  • Grape, Strawberry & Lime

Avocado and Black Bean Salad from food.com

PERFECT SALAD FOR SUMMER!!!!

2 -3 avocados, chopped
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 ounce) package frozen white corn, cooked and drained
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
1⁄4 cup cilantro, chopped
1⁄2lime, juice of, freshly squeezed
1 dash coarse salt
1 dash olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Mix together all of the above ingredients. I’m an avocado lover, so I use three, but two is good. You can use fresh corn if you prefer and also use as much chopped onion or squeezed lime as you like. In fact, all of the ingredients are to your own liking, use as much or as little as you want. The lime juice helps to keep the avocado from turning brown. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and serve cold. Enjoy!