My New Love Affair with Almond Flour

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Back when I tried the “low carb” thing a few years ago, I heard a lot about almond flour but I’d never tried it. It’s a little on the expensive side when compared with other options and at that point it was better to distance myself from all things “bread” anyway. But since I’ve been eating clean, I’ve been broadening my horizons and reintroducing healthy carbs. And while it’s still a little more than I usually like to spend, I’ve found a way to stretch it, making it a more feasible staple.

First off, I don’t eat an abundance of baked goods anyway, so my use of flour substitutes is limited by that alone. Second, whatever the recipe calls for I’ve been subbing a mixture of half almond flour, half brown rice flour. It seems to work well and gives whatever you’re making a subtle nutty flavor and texture without changing the consistency too much (almond meal or flour is a little more coarser).

Serving for serving (1/4 cup) here’s how the two stack up (these examples are both Bob’s Red Mill brand):

Brown Rice Flour                                   Almond Flour

Calories:  140                                           Calories:  140

Fat: 1 g                                                     Fat: 14 g

Carbs:  31 g                                              Carbs:  6 g

Fiber:  2 g                                                 Fiber:  3 g

Protein:  3 g                                              Protein:  6 g

Cost: approx. $3/pound                            Cost:  approx. $10/pound

Just so you don’t have to do the math, here’s the breakdown for one serving (1/4 cup) of the hybrid:

Calories:  140

Fat: 7.5 g

Carbs:  18.5 g (wow!)

Fiber:  2.5 g

Protein:  4.5 g

Cost:  approx. $6.50/pound

I’ve used this combo in clean versions of muffins, pancakes and cookies. I’m still learning all its uses, but so far most of what I’ve attempted has turned out well. Expect to see more recipes in the upcoming posts using this mix!

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Weekend Recap

I didn’t actually do a whole lot of out-of-the-ordinary food prep this weekend, so I’ll spare you the pictures of hard-boiled eggs and cut up celery.

You’re welcome.

I did come up with a new recipe for a pretty tasty pizza though! I struggled with a name for it, but for now I’ve dubbed it the Almost Perfect Pizza. Almost because, although it’s tasty, the crust is very thin so it’s a little difficult to eat. Kind of like a healthy Sloppy Joe.  It only takes a few minutes to put together and less time than that in the oven, using things you probably already have on hand (even leftovers). So grab your bib and dig in!

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A Week in Review

I’ve been away from my computer most of the week. Between work and training and my determination to stay on track with my healthy eating, time just gets away from me. So here I am, Saturday already, and realizing I need to post my weekend food prep from last week before I head out to the farmer’s market and grocery store to stock up on this week. (This all feels strangely like deja vu)

Perhaps I should just continue to recap at the end of each week and call it giving you all ideas for your own upcoming food prep.

In case you missed the “before” pic of all the food booty, here it is again:

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I realize I probably should have taken an “after” pic once I had everything complete, but we’ll just call this a learning curve 🙂 This week, I spent more time prepping than I did actual cooking, but I still had plenty of go-to foods to snack on and throw together into recipes when I needed them throughout the week. Here’s what I ended up using all that food for:

Fruits and veggies washed, prepped and ready to use in snacks or recipes (including cutting if needed):

  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • cilantro
  • blueberries
  • apples
  • nectarines
  • mango
  • red potatoes
  • spring greens (organic pre-washed)

Snacks prepped:

  • Greek yogurt with blueberries (1/2 c plain Greek yogurt with 1/4 c blueberries in snack containers), just grab, add granola and go!
  • Low fat cottage cheese (1/2 c in individual containers)
  • 1 dozen hardboiled eggs

I also made some protein brownie bites (recipe coming soon!) and a batch of Paradise Pancakes, which are sooo yummy and went perfect with the coconut butter I’ve been wanting to try!

Well, that’s all for now. Time to head out to the store and see what I can come up with for next week! While I’m thinking of it, I love finding new ideas for healthy food prep and recipes to try. What are you’re favorite sites to find clean eating inspiration? If you have a site of your own, feel free to link in the comments as well; I’d love to hear from you!

Starting the Week Right

I can’t believe it’s already Saturday! The week slipped by before I realized I hadn’t even put up my post about the food prep I did last weekend! Before I knew it, it was already time to start planning what I would be having this coming week.

So, here it is, albeit late: my recount of my first shot at clean eating food prep. And I promise to try to show you what all I get done this weekend a little sooner! Who knows? Maybe I’ll shoot for Monday or Tuesday next week 🙂

All in all, I think my first weekend food prep went fairly well. I have some healthy eats stocked in the fridge for the upcoming work week and had a chance to try out some new recipes. Here’s a little bit of what I did this weekend:

  1. Baked chicken breasts (I’ll use these in salads and other dishes)
  2. Grilled chicken breasts (because you can never have too much chicken on hand)
  3. Grilled asparagus spears, drizzled with a little olive oil and seasoned with lemon and pepper. I also threw on a red grilled asparaguspepper that was almost past its point of use. I’m still not sure what I’ll end up using it for.
  4. Back in the kitchen, I tried a new breakfast recipe that I need to tweak a little before sharing with you.
  5. Roasted a batch of Spicy Sweet Potatoes–super easy and so good! Half of these went in the fridge and the other half became part of my dinner. 🙂
  6. Roasted Brussels sprouts with lemon and pepper
  7. Hard boiled eggs
  8. Chocolate Protein Bars from Lean Clean PB Machine
  9. Cleaned and prepped strawberries, blueberries and raspberries I’ll add to yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and salads
  10. I also found a little extra time to fiddle around with a new breakfast recipe. It still needs some tweaking before I share though 😉

What about you? Any good recipes or food prep ideas you would like to share? Please send me a comment or feel free to link to your page (if you have a post about it)

Food Prep Weekend

It’s finally the weekend and I’m so excited to try out some new recipes I’ve found online this past week! In a family of four, there are bound to be some differences in tastes. To say I’ve got a wide range in my household would be an understatement. My teenaged daughter is quasi-vegetarian, meaning the only meat she eats is poultry or seafood, my husband is the opposite, swearing off any sort of vegetable or fruit, and my youngest daughter falls somewhere in between, changing her likes and dislikes on a near weekly basis. I’m technically the only mostly “clean” eater in our house, but I’m hoping at least it’s not too late for some of my tastes to rub of on my kids! They are getting better about trying new things.

With so many varying tastebuds to please, food prep is essential and something I’ve been really trying harder to become better at. I’m pretty good when it comes to preparing my snacks and lunch the night before, but some evenings, after everyone else is taken care of, I glance at the clock only to realize that it’s after 9 pm and I haven’t even had my dinner yet!

That’s why I’m so excited to have a few extra hours this weekend to get a jump start on some real meal prep for myself and hopefully save myself some time during the week. I plan on taking plenty of pics and notes along the way so I can show you all the yummy, healthy results (and failures–but let’s hope those are few!) If you’re just starting out with clean eating, we can learn a few things together. And if you’re a pro at it, please feel free to offer me some pointers or share your favorite recipes along the way!