Food, Life, Workouts

Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!!!!

April 13, 2013

It has been a busy wonderful day! After my last post, I did exactly what I said I was going to do: I danced around the kitchen to Justin Timberlake’s album and made Grain-less Granola, Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies, rinsed some grapes and chopped up a cantaloupe:

The makings of Grain-less Granola

The makings of Grain-less Granola

I basically make the recipe up every time I crave granola. Here’s what I used for today’s batch (I just use what I have on hand/need to use up before it goes bad):

Amy’s Grain-Free Granola:

3 cups of sliced almonds

2 cups of raw walnuts

1 cup of  raw cashews

1 1/2 cup of organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut

1 cup of Craisins

2 Tb. cinnamon

4-5 Tb. melted coconut oil

1/4 cup of melted honey (sometimes I add a hint more)

3 dashes of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Chop all you nuts in a food processor or Slap Chop.  You’re going to want your nut mixture on the coarse side, so don’t mix or chop too much. Mix all of you dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then, fold in your wet ingredients, spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 min or until golden brown. Let cool and store.   Ease of recipe is the name of the game–you can throw in flax seeds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, other types of dried fruit…whatever you have, works!


The “dry” ingredients



All done!


Next came the Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies! Man, these turned our FANTASTIC! The recipe came from George Bryant, the man behind He is a really nice guy who is a self-proclaimed bacon lover, a genius in the kitchen, takes beautiful pictures and has amazing vulnerability about his personal struggles and life stuff. I’m a huge fan and you should be too! Here’s the recipe on Civilized Caveman’s site: (Word of advice: make these for yourself ASAP!) Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe






Ready to be gobbled up


While cleaning the kitchen, I let some green grapes soak in an iodine solution and water. It’s the only way I clean my fruit and veggies. Here’s why…the short version:

Water is not good enough at disinfecting and I don’t want to chemically clean my produce! That’s the whole point of why I’m cleaning them in the first place– to get rid of the chemicals! There are plenty of produce sprays and soaking solutions but none of their ingredients are all that natural. I did a bunch of research on alternative cleaning methods and came across iodine. For humans, dietary iodine is essential for proper thyroid function which helps a whole slew of processes throughout the body. It has also been used for decades to clean drinking water and fruits & veggies in other countries. So, a product that cleans my produce and is actually good to my body!?! I’ll take it! I order my Lugol’s Solution 2% on Amazon.



Then, I cut up some cantaloupe.



I was ready to done in the kitchen, so lunch was quick and easy:

1 cup of baby spinach

3 oz. of shredded pork

about 1 1/2 Tb. of Organicville BBQ Sauce

3/4 cup of cantaloupe




After lunch, Mark and I had originally planned to hit up the gym, but being sunny and 75 degrees outside–we couldn’t stay inside!  We picked a Travel WOD from my PR Book and knocked it out on the neighborhood road/grassy area behind our house:


5 rounds of:

50 squats

20 lunges

35 push-ups

I injured my wrist a teensy bit while snowboarding and wasn’t able to do push-ups, so I did calf raises. After this workout, I ran 4-100 meter sprints and went for a 30 minute walk while listening to a Balanced Bites podcast. Then, I came home, showered,  sat on the couch to write this post, got a little glammed up, and headed out for a hot sushi date with Mark. I didn’t get everything done on my list, but I’m really ok with that. Today was my kind of perfection!


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