Just BE Kitchen

My Father was in town for a week recently and we had such an amazing time. My Dad is an old fashioned cowboy from Texas. He’s ALWAYS loved Colorado and was excited to venture out with me to all it had to offer.

Again, my Dad is old fashioned so he LOVES meat, potatoes, and all of the manly foods that come to mind.. hahaha! So when I told him I had a paleo restaurant called Just BE Kitchen I’ve been dying to go to he was a bit hesitant..

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We headed downtown on a gorgeous afternoon and met one of my lovely blogger friends Jennifer to grab some paleo eats. Upon entering we were so pleasantly greeted with their incredibly warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant is filled with lovely quotes on the wall, vintage furnitures and calming colors that remind you of early Spring.

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All of this is then backed up by the warm greetings of the employees and the amazing owner Jennifer – They were all SO sweet and SO knowledgable in all of the different food sensitivities and paleo (Of course).

I felt like a kid in a candy store.. I had SO many options and nothing to hold me back from choosing WHATEVER I wanted because it was ALL paleo!

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My Dad wasn’t so sure about the options because he’d never encountered it before but found a great sounding breakfast called the SIMPLICITY which was just a basic yet delicious sausage, egg, paleo biscuit and sweet potato hash meal. He LOVED it.

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They also had a wonderful kids menu, where we got Hudson a chicken tender and carrots meal and I’ve literally NEVER seen him eat as much food at a restaurant than he did here. It was delicious (Yes, I even had to try a nibble 😉 ) and he nearly finished it all!

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As for me.. Being paleo it’s really difficult to get a good burger because you obviously can’t have a regular bun! So when I saw they had a Bacon Cheeseburger on a PALEO bun I was ecstatic.. I had to try it. And I am not kidding when I say.. It is THE best paleo meal I’ve ever had!! The bun was PERFECT. Not the normal dryish bread you sometimes get when using paleo ingredients.. It was PERFECT. SO PERFECT, I had to order another to bring home to my Husband because he wouldn’t have believed me otherwise haha!

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The owner Jennifer was so wonderful she brought out a few things for us to try such as the chia pudding (I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it) and it was SOOO good.. Hudson DEVOURED it!! I’ll definitely have to make that sometime.. Maybe today?? And their FULFILLED Burrito which is a huge seller for them. My Husband and I make paleo tortillas all the time but this was the most normal tasting and looking tortilla I’ve ever seen made paleo. It was DIVINE. Their green chili made that meal POP even more. I’m definitely getting that next time!

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I’ve eaten at paleo restaurants before but never have I quite experienced a place like this. They did things so very differently and that absolutely makes them stand out – Such as the use of MCT oil in many of their items which are medium chain triglycerides that are saturated fatty acids that hold a TON of health benefits. I’ve never seen another restaurant use these!

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I could go on and on about our experience here. My Dad enjoyed it, my Son loved it and I’m a customer for life now. I highly recommend this place to anyone in the Denver area – I promise you wont be disappointed! ❥

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Ba-Nom-a-Nom Nice Cream Truck

Anyone else LOVE Nice Cream?! A guilt-free and delicious alternative to Ice Cream – I love it and it’s PALEO. When I was driving back from the store last month I was behind the Ba-Nom-a-Nom truck and was INSTANTLY intrigued when the back said NICE CREAM.

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That’s not something you expect to see very often with all of the unhealthy food still going around BUT in our gorgeous state of Colorado we’re doing a really wonderful job of finding healthier alternatives for ourselves and our children!

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I went to their website and found their schedule. You can catch them in Denver at the Civic Center Park most Thursdays and Pearl Street Farmer’s Market in Denver nearly every Sunday! If you’re outside of the metro area you can find them up in Fort Collins on Tuesdays and Longmont on Mondays! They’re then in random locations all throughout the week! Their wide spread stops makes it really convenient for anyone to catch them!

So we picked a time and place that worked for my family and brought them to try some! I got an amazing Peach Mango flavored nice cream with vegan organic chocolate sauce and almond granola – It was DIVINE. I’m salivating just thinking about it..

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And my Dad was in town from Texas (He’s an old cowboy kinda guy, I love him ❥) and wasn’t sure what he would think but after he saw the options he decided to get a strawberry and banana flavored nice cream with vegan organic chocolate sauce and he LOVED it. Said he couldn’t tell a difference!! (That was my win for the day 😉 )

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The owner is an amazing woman named Sarah who wanted to bring a healthy alternative to the people of Denver and it’s making a huge difference. Kids get excited about all of the different flavors and toppings and you as a parent can feel great about the food you’re allowing them to eat because it’s beneficial for them but also GOOD which is a WONDERFUL lesson to teach your kids – Healthy. Can. Be. YUMMY!

I LOVE this truck!! We’ll be back!!! ❥❥

Paleo Sweet Potato Noodles

Switching to the Paleolithic lifestyle can cause you to experience a variety of cravings for different foods that you may have been comforted with in the past. Mine was definitely pasta. Every time I went out to eat I’d usually grab some Chicken Alfredo or Shrimp Scampi, so it was hard for me to part with it.

We went a very long time without eating any sort of noodles. Usually just buying expensive freezer noodles made from almonds that only had enough to fill up one person **And we only got it for special occasions**!

Not anymore!! My Husband has officially mastered sweet potato noodles. YES, IT’S A THING. Sweet. Potato. NOODLES. For awhile it would be a 30 minute ordeal trying to spiralize just two sweet potatoes with a hand spiralizer and it was getting really frustrating for him to use.

But for Father’s Day my Husband received the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer and it’s completely changed our meals! It takes 5 minutes to make THREE sweet potatoes worth of noodles and can feed us each with seconds to spare!

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Once spiralized you heat a pan, add olive oil and toss for 5-7 minutes or until desired texture! Then that’s IT! Add whatever protein and/or sauces you desire and you’ve got yourself an amazing and filling meal!

You can also spiralize carrots, zucchini, or whatever else you can think of! It’s an INCREDIBLY versatile dish!

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Bodhi Body Progress

As y’all know, I’ve found my favorite massage studio ever and it’s only about 8 minutes away. Well, I’ve started going every two weeks to try and work some severe problems I’ve been having.

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When I was 5 years old I got incredibly sick and no one knew why until one Doctor came to the conclusion that I had bacterial spinal meningitis. I was urgently hospitalized and given a 50/50 chance to live (And if I did live was expected to have some form of disability). I lived and didn’t have any complications what-so-ever. The Doctor has since deemed me her “miracle child”. Years later, I am starting to discover that I do have a slight issue arising as I have a pinch nerve in my neck/spine that nearly disables either of my arms from use if I overexert either of them (Really tough for a parent with a toddler that loves when Mommy carries him!)

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So after going my first time to Bodhi Body I realized they were able to really work on a kink in my neck that may have a connection to the nerve problems as the more they’ve been working on it the less weak and tingly my arms feel! I never expected massage would be the answer to a medical problem like this but it’s been incredible seeing it slowly recover before my eyes. Alternative medicine/practices DO work (I’ve tried physical therapy and it never works, it actually exacerbates it!)

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Also, I’ve found a recent problem where I severely grind my teeth (Even during the day now!) and didn’t think it was something they could work on but they started rubbing my jaw and it hurt so bad I cried. It was EXCRUCIATING. But they’ve slowly been working on it every session and I’ve seen a drop in the amount I grind and just in the pain overall.

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Side Note: The wonderful owner, Stephanie, happened to hear I worked at Ibotta and she loved my CEO Bryan when she heard him speak at a conference so offered to do some free massage chairs for our whole office! So I made the arrangements and they spent the WHOLE day treating everyone to some well deserved massages! How awesome is that?! They’re the best! ❥

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I love this place and it’s benefits to my body. I’ll continue to go and continue to update on how this has been changing my life and aiding in my body’s healing. If you’re in the Denver area, check them out! You can get a free 30 minute massage using my code SIMPLY.

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Also; For Father’s Day I booked my Husband a 90 minute massage!! It’ll be a wonderful surprise for him – Dad’s work hard for our little ones so be sure to spoil him!

Home Chef

Hey y’all! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, was in Louisiana for over a week and just got back (I’ll be doing my post about our adventures tomorrow!) But I’ve GOT to say, we were so smart to think ahead and #1 have our house completely clean so we had nothing to stress about AND #2 having Home Chef already ordered for us for the next few days so we don’t have to worry about going grocery shopping or eating unhealthy food sitting in the pantry!

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Home Chef delivers perfectly portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes directly to your door, so whether you’re an amateur cook, or more seasoned in the kitchen, cooking with Home Chef is easy and enjoyable.
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Each week, you can use the personalized recipe recommendations they provide you. Or, you can pick from 11 fresh, chef-designed dinners, priced at $9.95 per serving. They change their menu weekly to give you countless new dinner options.

In about 30 minutes, using Home Chef’s simple, step-by-step recipe cards, you’ll confidently prepare meals from scratch that impress everyone at your table…including yourself! Use the promo code “FAMILY” to try out Home Chef for $30 off!

They’ve got such amazing food and again it was SO convenient for the after travel lag -_- Enjoy y’all! ❤

Paleo Phở

Yesterday, my Husband and I were craving ramen noodles. The broth, the noodles, the flavors.. We REALLY wanted it. Then we had the crazy idea of winging it and trying our own! Using ingredients we already had at home we started with the broth.

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In a bowl I poured a full container of Organic Vegetable broth and mixed it (to taste) with sea salt, cajun seasoning, cumin, white pepper, ginger and a LITTLE poultry seasoning (If using chicken as your protein). Then added coconut aminos until it tastes like ramen broth!! (Really, you’ll know! ;))

Bring to a boil. While waiting for your broth to boil, spiralize your sweet potatoes into noodles, heat a pan to medium-high with olive oil and throw in noodles. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes (Flipping gently, every minute) AND cook your protein (If wanted) at the same time.

Once done place protein and noodles in a bowl and pour boiling broth over. Allow to sit for 2 minutes to soak and ENJOY!
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Super delicious. SUPER healthy. We LOVED it! It’ll be our sickness food and our “Need a Cheat Day” cure food 😉

Enjoy y’all!

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Paleo Cuban Sandwich

If y’all remember, I recently went to Austin, TX to visit my Dad – During the visit we tried an amazing Cuban joint called Habana.. It was sooo amazing. Since then, I’ve really been craving another Cuban Sandwich.. So I looked online but didn’t see a SINGLE paleo cuban sandwich – So I called the restaurant and asked how they made their plantain bun. The woman was so sweet and incredibly helpful! So here it is – My creation of the paleo cuban sandwich recipe!! It is INCREDIBLE if I do say so myself ;)Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 3.56.58 PM.png

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There actually isn’t too much to the sandwich itself but more-so the paleo plantain (plantano) bun. Begin with a plantain by cutting it in half lengthwise and remove from peel.

In a pan heat quite a bit of oil on medium (coconut or olive are both great!) and carefully set the plantains on one side and let it sit til it’s a dark yellow then flip. Once both sides are a dark yellow and the plantain is softer move to cutting board, line the bottom of a small pan in foil and spray then squish the plantain until it’s flat-ish.

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Place back into pan and cook each side for another 2 minutes, then remove. Place on plate to allow to cool and harden. Your buns are ready!

Grab some ham, roast beef (It usually calls for pork but I didn’t have any ready! And the roast beef was really delicious!), pickles and mustard! Throw them all together and it makes a very filling and delicious sandwich!!

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Yuca Fries / Yucas Fritas

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I had no clue what a yuca root was until I ate it and I get tired of sweet potatoes frequently so it was really nice to have a little change of pace! I grabbed two, they’re HUGE and weird looking, haha.. And they are a little more time consuming but it’s well worth it!

You start with removing the skin (You definitely need to do this and ensure all of the waxy bits are shaved as yuca root skin contains linamarin that when eaten turns into cyanide in our bodies! Scary, but worth it ;)) and once done you begin to cut them into fry shapes. Once completed, throw them into a pot, add water and bring it to a boil. Once it boils leave them in there for 10 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 450* and get a large oiled pan ready for the fries. Once they have boiled for 10 minutes, strain them and run through cold water. Pour the fries into a bowl, toss in oil, salt, pepper and chili powder; Once covered throw on pan, place in the heated oven and cook for 15 minutes. Once done, remove, flip the fries and place in for another 15 minutes.

Then they’re done!! And delicious!!

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This makes me want to look at other cuban recipes to see what else I can turn paleo – Because MAN the Cubans know how to cook!! More to come, so stay tuned!