Tips for making the perfect Crepe every time
- Have the right consistency. The batter’s consistency should resemble heavy cream. If it’s thick like pancake batter you can thin it out with milk. The batter should also be smooth. If there are lumps you can strain the batter.
- Use the right pan. Go for a pan that heats evenly. I like using a non-stick anodized pan.
So you want to build muscle and burn fat. Ok, so eat less fat right? Wrong. Just like you need carbs for fuel, you need fat for energy as well. Breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day, and this is usually how I start mine along with a protein green juice on the go.
Two Medium Hashed Potatoes, Four Eggs, 1 Cup of Gluten Free Oatmeal, 1/4 Cup of Almonds, Fruit
A Skinny Person’s Lament
I’m probably about 10 lbs lighter now than I was a few years ago, and my weight took even more of a nose dive when I started eating strictly clean to the point where I had to stop working out because I was afraid I was going to look like a 12 year-old. No offense to 12 year-olds. If your goal is to lose weight, this is probably an ideal scenario for you. For me not so much. Mind you I have a pretty fast metabolism and an autoimmune disease, gaining weight, especially trying to gain muscle weight is hard when eating a clean low-fat diet all the time. Food allergies are a curse and a blessing sometimes. Sigh.
So where is all that weight going to come from to make my gains? More calories and FAT for breakfast! I make sure my fats come in the right form of course, ex: almonds, flax seeds, fish, olive oil, avocados, and eggs. Binge eating on sugary, saturated foods like junk food is never the way to go. This site goes into more detail here under Don’t Forget The Fat .
Here’s what the start of Week 2 is looking like…
Ham egg spinach and tomato frittata
I never got turned onto oatmeal as a kid. I absolutely hated the texture and the blandness. All I wanted was my sugary cereals for breakfast. Growing up does a funny thing to your taste buds though. I actually like oatmeal now. The nice thing about it is, you can add whatever you want to create a different taste. Maple syrup, cinnamon, and apples; honey and strawberries, raisins you name it. I like to skip the instant oatmeal because it normally has some other added ingredients that I find hard to pronounce so I stay away. I like to get organic rolled oats. Any brand will do. I switch between Trader Joe’s and Bob’s Red Mill.
How to cook rolled oats:
I usually fill 1/3 of my bowl with the rolled oats and pour in boiling hot water to where it just barely covers the top of the oats. DON’T pop in the microwave like you do with instant oatmeal. These oats expand and will get all over your microwave.
After the oats have cooked, remove the plate/cover and add your choice of sweetener and whatever else you want. I’m staying away from sugar during detoxing so I like to add in Stevia. For this morning’s breakfast I added ground flax seeds loaded with omega-3s and fiber to keep me full, cinnamon, cacao nibs, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries.
I love breakfast. I love food in general, but I especially love breakfast. So what’s a newly-almost-paleo-breakfast-lover to do when the café barista hands you a menu that’s not gluten or wheat-free? Or when you see those hot glazed, flaky apple tarts glistening up at you through the glass showcase saying ‘remember me, you used to think I was so tasty’? Y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶r̶y̶. No you stay strong, take a breath. You might have said farewell to your former breakfast life of café waffles and buttery croissants, but there’s a whole new breakfast world to explore.
Plan ahead. There’s a lot of great places that now cater to people with diet restrictions and to make dining out a little easier, Adam Bryan of Gluten Free Guide HQ helps you find those places with his menu guide.
If you didn’t plan ahead like I didn’t this morning, and stop by a place on the whim that doesn’t have those options, don’t be afraid to ask the staff if they can customize something for you. Most places will be happy to oblige. It’s your health, kudos for you on being proactive. Oh and that breakfast Fritata pictured above, it was bomb! Thanks Cozee Cafe <3
How to start a Detox: The Basics
Almond Milk is a great alternative to dairy if you are lactose intolerant. It is also free of gluten, soy, low in calories, and tastes great in smoothies. But why would you want to make your own almond milk if you can just buy it from the store? Sure you can forgo the hassle and pay $3 for a carton yourself, or you can get the most out of your almonds if you’re going on a detox from dairy and wheat by making your own milk and flour from the leftover pulp. It’ll also save you some money in the long run.
I recently took a trip to the grocery store and was curious to see what ingredients lay in a typical carton of almond milk. The two popular brands were Blue Diamond Almond Breeze and Silk Pure Almond. Both had nearly identical ingredients lists: Continue reading