Kelp Noodles <3!!

So, as most of you know, I have been taking part in #elf4health being doing by Ella from Nutritionella and Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean.  I am still LOVING every minutes of this challenge!  It’s fantastic, and I have loved getting to know the other elves!  I can’t believe it’s still growing too!  If you stop and think about it, what am amazing thing to witness!  Two kind and motivating women, who took an idea and threw it into action! Thank you ladies for allowing us Elves to be a part of your amazing challenge!

Now to the Kelp Noodles! Yesterday’s challenge was to treat ourselves to something we have been craving. This was a weird one, but being unemployed funds have been limited, so I haven’t been able to “treat” myself to one of my favorite foods…. KELP NOODLES!  They are like $5 something at Whole Foods, and whenever I get them I try to make them into a few meals.  However, when i first tried them, I pretty much ate the whole bag in 2 servings! 😛

Have you ever heard of Kelp Noodles??

Kelp noodles are made from the sea vegetable, kelp!  It’s funny because whenever I think about Kelp I think of “Gidget” and when Sandra Lee got caught up in the kelp and Moon Doggie had to save her.  WOW, I think I just had a 30 year old moment! 🙂  The first of what I think will be many!  hehe! BUT, the noodles are made from the vegetable.  They are made from the two ingredients! Kelp and Water.  How much purer can you get??  They are fat free, gluten free, low in carbs and calories (about 5 calories per serving!)  You can eat them raw, hot, cold… anyway you want to really.  They have some nutritional value as well, with minerals including iodine! Iodine is a great mineral to have because it helps to make thyroid hormones.  Thyroid hormones help to keep the metabolic rate healthy!

I was first introduced to the noddles when I was on a trip to CA.  Being the healthy eater that I am, whenever I am on vacation with my friends they just give me the Type A planning keys and let me plan the meals.  I found this restaurant Hugo‘s online, and we went there for lunch on our first few days. Hugo’s seemed like a great place because while vegetarian they had A LOT on their menu.  We have a VAST palate, and I figured everyone could find something that was “safe” for me!

I ordered a Kelp Noodle Salad.  Well, ever since I ordered this, I had been pining over the want of the kelp noodle!  I tried a few varieties that were green but I knew the clear ones that were out there on the market somewhere! I found them about a year ago online, and then the local store I went to in NY started carrying them!  LOVE my Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles!

You can buy them online now at their site and even amazon.  They come in a green tea flavor too.  I’ve never tried that before!  If you have, please let me know what you think! 🙂

I posted the kelp noodles as my “treat” yesterday!  Now that I have a job, I felt a little more comfortable going and buying them for a lovely Tuesday indulgence!

I did have someone on my IG comment and ask how do i prepare them???

So I decided to do a little research!

When I had them at Hugos, they were prepared with Served with julienne vegetables, sprouts, snow peas, cilantro and scallions. Tossed with a mango-sesame dressing. Garnished with mixed sea vegetables, pickled ginger and toasted sesame seeds.

Sea Tangle has a few recipes, and the one that looks fab is their Stir Fry!

KELP NOODLE AND VEGETABLE STIR FRY
12 ounces Kelp Noodles
½ cup onion
½ cup bean sprouts
½ cup carrots
½ cup red bell pepper
½ cup mushrooms
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
Tamari or soy sauce, to taste
Dash of sugar or sugar alternative, to taste
Dash of salt and pepper
½ cup vegetable broth or water

Sautee the garlic in the olive oil. Add the vegetables and sautee until cooked. Add the rinsed Kelp Noodles along with the soy sauce, sugar, and broth and mix. Sautee until the noodles have softened. Add salt and pepper to taste.” ***Just be sure the Soy is gluten free!

The Greatist also has a great recipe for Kelp Noodles with Almond Dressing!?!!  YUM!!

For those craving something with some fish!  Cara’s cravings featured a recipe for shrimp and veggies with the noodles.  You really cannot go wrong with shrimp and noodles.  Heck, they are from the same body of water! They already go together!

And for those going for a little trip to FLAVOR TOWN! The Spunky Coconut did a recipe for the noodles with Thai Coconut Curry!!

I can certainly say, from experience.  Anyway you cook them, you will LOVE them.  They have this crunch about them that those who love textured foods will fall in <3!  Personally, my favorite way to cook them is to actually roast them with my veggies and my Kale chips.  I usually throw them on a pan, spray with a little oil, and then top with seasoning and nutritional yeast.  Put in the oven and roast them for 10-15 minutes.  They get a little brown and warm!  Then I throw them in a bowl with a salad or some other roasted veggies!

Have you ever tried kelp noodles?

If you have, how have you prepared them?  Or what is your favorite way to eat them?

Have you ever had something on a trip that you have thought about for months after eating it?

oxo!

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The “No Shake” Shakeology Recipes!! and Day 2 P90x

So today was Day 2 P90X, Plyometrics.  Going into any cardio program, I get nervous.  If it’s not Chalene Johnson, I get nervous.  I tried a few other programs and always ended up going back to Turbo.  Talk about a “soulmate” workout! Never want to give it up,  I feel like it’s now in my blood.

But, I bucked up and “got ‘er done”.  And it kicked my butt! I liked that it was hard, but I COULD DO IT!!  That’s a big thing with me.  If I can’t do it, I will get frustrated and give up.  I could finish, but it was still a great challenge!  Max heart rate over 180 and average was 148!  Score!! Less than an hour and 458 Calories burned!!  I was a sweaty mess.

PS, i wore my home made TurboFire DVD to show my “pride” for the program that prepared me to take on the P90X challenge for myself!

Oh and side note, that little space in front of your arm pits, YeAH SORE!!!! No more push-ups, feeling the pain from yesterday!

I also took the Fumbs for a lovely little walk this morning.  It was 40 something degrees out, so of course it was perfect Newfie Walking Weather! It was also a wonderful time to pull out my Uggs!!

He’s so cute! 🙂

Okay, back to the point of the post, my Shakeology “No Shake” Recipes!  I LOVE food, eating food.  Shakes are great, but I sometimes like to bite my food!  So I have taken the notion of using Protein powder as a “flour” and flown with iT!!  Here are a few of my favorites!! All made with Chocolate Vegan Shakeology! *Yah Gluten & Dairy Free**

Shakeology Frosting

This is super easy!  1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology and then add water or Almond Breeze Coconut/Almond Milk to desired consistency.  Add slowly!!  To this Frosting, I added 1/2 apple, 2 Tbs cranberries, and 1/2 Tbs Peanut flour.  Kind of like a cran/apple take on a Nutella and Jelly!

I have also added my Shakeology frosting to my Kabocha Squash.  Kabocha is a sweeter squash, so I gave it a shot.  I think it might be an acquired taste, but i’m willing to try things at least once!  This one stuck!

Shakeology Balls I have made these two ways!  The first try was Chalene’s REcipes that I found online!

INGREDIENTS:

 8 Tablespoons PB2 or peanut flour

3 Tablespoons Almond Butter (I make my own)

½ Cup Shakeology Protein Powder

3 Tablespoons Raw Honey

½ Cup Quick Oats

DIRECTIONS:

 Mix PB2 with water until it’s a paste like consistency. Mix all ingredients, including the PB2 mixture together in a mixing bowl. It make take some time to blend all of the ingredients together. If it’s too sticky, sprinkle in additional protein powder so that it’s a pretty dry/crumbly texture.

Roll mixture into small individual balls, I made mine as small as 1/2 a ping pong ball and place on a wax sheet. Makes about 24 balls, Put in freezer until firm. The regular recipe makes 12, but i like to have 2 instead of just 1! 🙂 Psychology! 😛

I also made these with pumpkin instead of the Almond Butter and used rice crisp cereal instead of the oats!  Still yummy!  But needed a little more peanut flour!  Change with consistency!

I took these balls and then added one of them chopped, frozen to my yogurt concoction.  They make a great cookie to put on top of stuff!!

And I saved the BEST for last!! My Shakeology WAffles! Or Pancakes!!

Super Easy!!!!  1 Scoop Shakeology, 1 Tbs Peanut flour, 1/2 banana, 1/4 egg whites, and then add water to create consistency.  Or for extra fullness add Almond/Coconut milk.  I always add a dash of oriental 5 spice, or salt if I’ve had a really intense sweat for the day.  Then bake in a waffle pan or in the skillet!

If you want a puffy/dutch baby pancake, I do the same thing but add 1 egg white beaten stiff and then fold it into the wet.  I bake it at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.  It should puff up a little to make one pancake!  All ovens are a little different, so you might have to play with this one!

Do you ever play with odd food combos??

Now that we’re in the lovely fall season, what are your favorite parts of the change of seasons??

Pinterest testing!

I’ve been a member of Pinterest for a while now!  I remember everyone saying they had to be on a waiting list!  I was so confused, I must have gotten an account early on!??

If i could make a career of pinning, I would!  I love it!! I have boards for gluten and dairy free stuff, decor, products, and crafts.  You can follow my board at Eiren !

I was a little bored yesterday afternoon, and rather than go out and spend $$, I decided to use what I have and make some things!!  No baking, still scares me!

First up was my second attempt at Laura @Sprint2theTable‘s Cauliflower Crust.  I’ve had good luck with Caralyn’s @GlutenFreeHappyTummy version.  However, when I saw that Kasey @Powercakes did one with Coconut flour, i had to test it again!  My first trial with coconut flour was a big flop!  Broke right apart.  This time, we had success!!!

If it looks green, it’s because I used green cauliflower.  My question… why is there green cauliflower?  Isn’t that the equivalent of broccoli?? Oh well, I bought it anyways!

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Loved this!! I didn’t end up using it as a pizza crust because I like to dip it like an old school breadstick!  OOOH side note: that’s the one thing I miss from college.  Not caring about what you ate at 1 am, and that included breadsticks from Dominos!!!  Dipped in anything!  Oh dear!  okay, back to healthy food that’s ALLOWED on my gluten/dairy free lifestyle!!

My second recipe attempt was also a third attempt!  Caralyn @GlutenFreeHappyTummy made Cauliflower cupcakes.  The first time I made these, they worked great, but stuck to the pan a little.  I also made them with protein powder in place of the almond meal.  Second time, I accidentally left them in the oven and then turned the broiler on. Whoops.  Just a little beyond my usual crispy likes!  This time, I decided to PAY ATTENTION and use cupcake liners.  FINALLY!!!!  I also followed the recipe and used almond flour!

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My third recipe was a new one!! I saw this yesterday morning and it looked SO good!!!  I love quinoa because it’s not a grain! xoxo!!  Heart Protein!!  And I LOVE, LOVE LOVE sweet potatoes!! I probably eat too many of them?? Oh well!!  I saw these Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes on Danielle’s Clean Food Creative Fitness Blog.  It caught my eye because she mentioned the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan.  Have you heard of Karena and Katrina?? LOVE them! So Inspiring!!  I have been using the TIU plan for the last few years.  I’ve had great success, but have slacked a little with Meal 5.  Did I say i liked sweet potato?? Well these sweet potato cakes looked yummy, and I had all the ingredients!!

I think I used a potato that was larger than normal, because I got about 8 patties.  I also have a great tip for quinoa!  Do you always burn your quinoa on the bottom of the pan??  Place 1 Part Quinoa, 2 part liquid in pan, boil for 5 minutes, turn off the burner, cover and leave there for 15 minutes! Perfectly fluffy Quinoa!

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These were delicious!!! i would recommend them to anyone!!!!  🙂  Thank you DaniellE!

My last attempt was my lunch!!  I love Kristin @Stuftmama‘s blog!  First, because she’s a mom of twins!!  And second because her recipes are amazing!!!  I have tried her “Goo” before, and LOVE IT!!!  This recipe was for her Flatout Bowl but I used a gluten free Rudi’s Tortilla!  It’s really easy!!  Cinnamon, Tortilla and oven= genius!  I added my own version of her “Goo” with Kabocha squash, SunWarrior Vegan Protein Powder, cranberries, a chopped Crimson Crisp apple, and a dash of oriental 5 spice.

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This meal was amazing!!!!  Healthy and so yummy! It was like fall in a shell!! 🙂  Plus, can I just give props to Rudis!  Finally a gluten free wrap that’s not over 150 calories!!!

Are you a Pinner??? 

Do you Pin and never make anything???

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