Fall is Coming

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This morning feels more like mid-November than September, but I’m pretty excited to throw on a sweater and booties for the first time this season. May your Friday be filled with cozy sweaters, hot coffee and good friends! Thank you for reading this week and enjoy the weekend!

Oh, and don’t forget to check and see if you won this week’s giveaway - I just announce the three lucky readers who won a variety pack of Larabar’s Renola

Paleo Maple Cinnamon Nut Butter

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 Since last week’s paleo cookie butter received such a great response, this week I decided to share another simple combination of nuts, spices and natural sweeteners that is sure to become one of your favorite nut butter flavors – Maple Cinnamon!

Using four, simple ingredients that every cave girl (and guy) has at home you can create this delicious and creamy nut butter at home! Just throw all of the ingredients in a food processor or powerful blender and blend until smooth. Don’t forget to take your time and continue to wipe down the sides of the processor or blender until everything is well combined and creamy in texture!

What flavor nut butter is your favorite? What flavor combination would you like to see next?

Paleo Roasted Asparagus

asparagus I love cooking, but when I am trying to get dinner ready after a long day at work I opt for quick and easy. Quick and easy doesn’t have to be boring. Too often veggies are steamed in the microwave or left out all together because they appear to be time consuming to prepare. Roasting veggies in the oven or on the grill is a quick and easy way to prepare delicious, fresh vegetables full of flavor! Plus, all you need are four simple ingredients you probably already have on hand!

Not sure how to cook your favorite vegetable or want to try something new? Check out my Veggie Cheat Sheet, full of tips and tricks to help you cook perfect veggies and 20 of my favorite vegetable side dishes!

Easy Roasted Asparagus
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch of asparagus
  2. 2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 4 tbsp. olive oil
  4. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Prep the asparagus by snapping off the ends
  3. Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet
  4. Drizzle with olive oil
  5. Sprinkle garlic, salt and pepper to taste
  6. Cook asparagus for about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through, or until it reaches your desired tenderness
Notes
  1. Asparagus can also be prepared on the grill, follow the directions above but instead of using a backing sheet, use tin foil to make a pouch. This will make it easy to flip half way through cooking.
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Freeze for Ease

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Who knew the freezer could do so much more than store your coconut milk ice cream!

Using the freezer to make flavored ice cubes out of your favorite iced beverages (like coffee) will keep your drinks cold without watering them down. Look for fun ice cube shapes so that you can keep you regular ice and coffee ice separate, plus heart and star shaped ice cubes are always fun!

A similar idea is to freeze a handful (or more) of white grapes to add to your next glass of white wine. Frozen grapes will keep your win cool, plus they are a delicious and refreshing treat on their own.

I love stocking up on fresh herbs, but they always seem to go bad before I can use them all. Instead of tossing them I divide them into the sections of an ice tray and cover with olive oil. Once frozen they will stay fresh and are perfectly portioned for use when cooking your next meal.

*Don’t forget to enter this week’s Renola giveaway for your chance to win a variety pack of grain-free granola! 

Renola Granola and a Giveaway

Renola Parfait

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It’s no secret that Larabar is one of my favorite paleo friendly products, especially when I am on the go. Larabar products are made with real, whole foods an their commitment to delivering delicious and satisfying  products in a whole, natural state is bar none. So when I found out that the brand was introducing a line of grain free granola, I knew I had to try it.

I was not disappointed, all three flavors (Berry, Cinnamon Nut and Cocoa Coconut) are absolutely delicious – Cinnamon Nut is my favorite! A blend of fruits, nuts, and seeds, Renola is the perfect topping for your coconut yogurt or served with almond milk.

My favorite thing about Renola is that it is individually packaged, making it easy to take on the go. And at only $2.19 per pouch, it is one of the most affordable paleo friendly granola on the market. And if you are obsessed, like me, you can purchase an extra large bag to keep in your pantry or desk!

Today I am excited to partner with Larabar to giveaway a Renola variety pack (including each of the three flavors) to three lucky readers! Enter below using the rafflecopter for your chance to win!

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*All winners please email cavegirlinthecity@gmail.com with your name and address. Thank you!

Paleo Cookie Butter

paleo cookie butter Have you guys heard of cookie butter? A few weeks ago I was picking up some last minute things at Trader Joe’s when I spotted a jar with the words “Cookie Butter” emblazoned on the label. Instinctively I grabbed the jar to check the ingredients – I mean you never know, it could have been compliant, right? Let’s just say it was less than paleo. Then a few days later I found out that Biscoff makes a spread that is 57% Biscoff cookies – that’s right 57% cookies. Remember those tasty little coffee cookies they served on Delta flights?

As a modern cave girl, I am all about balance, so I decided to try my hand at a cookie inspired paleo nut butter - oatmeal raisin to be exact. This tasty treat is easy to prepare and only uses four ingredients. It is the perfect treat with a piece of fruit or straight off the spoon! Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check and see if you won this week’s giveaway!

What a Stud

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 Birthstone Studs available at the CGC Boutique

I just couldn’t contain my excitement when these cute little studs came into the boutique this week! I have been searching high and low for simple sparkly studs and these are exactly what I was looking for – plus they are only $22! What a steal! 

All though these beauties were designed as birthstone studs, they are a far cry from the birthstone jewelry your grandmother used to give you. In fact, with studs so on trend this season, I plan to scoop up quite a few different colors (I’m coveting the garnet, crystal, opal and topaz)!

I’d love to know which are your favorite - comment below and share if your loving your birthstone or if another gem has caught your eye! Also be sure to follow my social handles (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) for a surprise social giveaway coming up!

And don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway for your chance to win a 12-count variety box of AMRAP Bars! I’ll be announcing three lucky winners tomorrow!

Quoted

life isnt perfect

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This week I needed a little reminder that its okay when things are not always perfect. It’s been a hectic few days and every time nothing seems to be working out as planned. Doesn’t that always seem to happen when things are busiest?

This is a little reminder to take a breath, grab a coffee and tackle the day because once it’s gone, you won’t have another like it.

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

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This weekend we took a trip to Ikea to pick up a few last minute necessities for the apartment. Now if you’ve ever been to target, you probably know that even when you go in for just one thing, you truly can’t leave with out spending $100. It’s similar to Target in the way. however, since we knew exactly what we were looking for (a nightstand and a rug) we by passed the showroom and headed straight for the marketplace hoping to limit temptation.

Well you put me in the kitchen section and all of a sudden I find two baking tins, three cooking utensils and five kitchen accessories that I can’t leave with out. So we ended up leaving with an end table, full cart and no rug.

When we got home I could wait to try out my new mini muffin pan. J requested chocolate chip muffins so naturally I decided to turn things up a notch with DOUBLE chocolate chip muffins. Go big or go home right?  

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
Yields 10
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cup almond flour
  2. 4 tbsp coconut flour
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 4 tbsp cacao powder
  6. 2 bananas (mashed)
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  9. 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line muffin tray with liners or grease well with coconut oil
  3. Combine all dry ingredients
  4. Stir in wet ingredients, until well combined
  5. Pour batter into muffin tray
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean
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Raise the Bar (AMRAP Bar Review and Giveaway)

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Whether I hit the gym first thing in the morning or stop by for a WOD on my way home from work, I always leave exhausted and hungry! Unfortunately there was never a compliant snack within reach and I often was left ravenous until I could cook-up a healthy meal or gave in to less than paleo options. 

A few weeks ago I sampled the AMRAP Bar in three delicious flavors: almond and honey, fig and cacao, and cashew and vanilla. Not only were all three flavors delicious (cashew and vanilla was the bomb diggity), but they were a convenient post WOD snack and held me over until I could cook a healthy meal. Traditional “power bars” don’t quite cut it for me, they are either packed with sugar (#notpaleo) or they taste like tree bark. But AMRAP Bars are free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners. After all, why would you want to fuel your body with anything other than whole, natural ingredients? 

You might recognize the company’s name “AMRAP” from Crossfit lingo – as many rounds as possible – but these bars are a quick, convenient, nutrient dense solution for all athletes! Whether you train in the gym or prefer an outdoor workout, AMRAP Bars are convenient, increase endurance and promote faster recovery! Let’s just say I now have a handful of these bars in my bag at all times.

This week I am excited to be partnering with AMRAP Nutrition to giveaway a 12-count variety box (a $48 value) to three lucky readers! If you can’t wait to get your hands on a box or AMRAP Bars, you can pre-order a box starting today. The first 2,500 customers will be entered to win up to $300 in prizes.

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*All winners please email cavegirlinthecity@gmail.com with your name and address. Thank you!