SOME PONGO FAVORITES

Sorry for being MIA my husband and I have been house hunting and this past week we found the perfect home and are now in escrow so it has been busy around here. I did want to share a few recipes that have become a staple in our house. They are delicious and healthy!

Pico de gallo: SO easy to make and soooo tasty! We have this with all mexican inspired cuisine. Last night I made carne asada tacos with guacamole, pico de gallo, and corn tortillas. We also eat it in taco salad. This recipe is good for two people and I don’t measure so I will do my best to estimate.

3 tomatoes,1.5- 2 limes, small handful of chopped cilantro, small handful of red onion. Salt to taste. You just chop the tomatoes, cilantro and onion, squeeze 1.5 limes, sprinkle sea salt on top, mix and taste. If it needs more lime add more lime and same with the salt.

Smoothies: We make really simple smoothies because they are yummy and we don’t complicate things. So we have been using unsweetened vanilla almond milk but you can use sweetened or original as well. We buy the tropical frozen fruit from Costco and it comes with pineapple, mango, strawberries and papaya. We also buy the mixed berries from Trader Joe’s. We use our magic bullet and so thats what I will use to measure.

1/2 of a magic bullet cup filled with milk, as much fruit as you would like (we usually fill it to almost the top and you can use either the tropical fruit or the berries,) 1 scoop of Arbonne Vanilla protein powder. Blend and enjoy. Real quick note on the protein powder we use. I love this protein powder and it is the only one that I will buy because it is completely vegan. It is made from pea, rice and cranberry protein and it doesn’t give the smoothies a weird texture and it tastes yummy. I get a 30% discount if you want to try it out. Be careful with the protein powder you buy because it is expensive and it is not all good for you.

Taco Salad:

I make this probably once a week!

1/2 bag of butter lettuce from TJ’s, 1 package of ground turkey, 1 packet of taco seasoning, home made guacamole, pico de gallo, Cholula, green salsa from TJ’s, 1/2 cup of mild cheddar cheese (we cheat with the cheese on this meal,). ¬†Cook the turkey with the taco seasoning and don’t drain the extra juice before adding the taco seasoning because it is not much and it helps to keep the meat from getting too dry. Mix everything in one big bowl. Lettuce, meat, guac, pico, cheese, salsa, cholula and enjoy!

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD

8:30 pm is the new midnight for me so if my thoughts are scattered please extend some graceūüôā

My world got kind of rocked this Sunday at church… the teaching was about fearing man vs fearing God. Our pastor displayed a list of ways in which we fear man. The list was taken from the book When People Are Big and God is Small, which I am now reading. I was definitely feeling convicted about the list but when he threw up the last one I was surprised because it said “diet.” Why would someone “diet” due to a fear of man??? Then things started clicking…

I am dieting because:

  • I think people want to know if I have lost the baby weight
  • losing weight will make me look more beautiful
  • I want to look good in my clothes
  • I depend on others to build up my self esteem, therefore I want their praise
  • I want my husband to think I have an irresistible figure
  • When I compare myself to other women I want to win
  • I want to live a healthy life
  • I want to be healthy so that I can take care of Levi
  • I don’t want to have diseases that come from poor nutrition

This list is difficult for me to share with you because I am completely exposing my heart but I felt that it was so important for me to recognize what motivates me because it is so wrong. I definitely think it was the Holy Spirit that revealed these insecurities to me and I am so thankful that Jesus left his Spirit to guide, comfort and refine us. I have been reading what God says is beautiful and this is what I have found: 

  • 1 Peter 3:3-4 ¬† ”¬†Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.¬†Rather, it should be that of your inner self,¬†the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God‚Äôs sight.”
  • Proverbs 31:30 ¬†“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    ¬†¬†¬†¬†but a woman who fears the¬†Lord¬†is to be praised.”
  • Proverbs 31:10 ¬† ¬†“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.”

These are just a few verses that are redirecting the motivation of my heart. I truly desire to measure my worth through God’s eyes and that is my prayer for this Paleo journey. I want to eat healthier because I am called to be a good steward of my body because it is a temple for the Lord to dwell in and I don’t just want to say this and know it in my head….I want my convictions to transform my heart. Also- for me it is dieting but for you it can be your clothes, your hair style, your makeup, tanning etc.

It feels liberating to be freed from the pressures of fearing man in this area of my life. 

Psalm 111:10

“The fear of the¬†Lord¬†is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
¬†¬†¬†¬†To him belongs eternal praise.”

DONT MOW YOUR LAWN….EAT IT!

You know when you buy herbs at the grocery store but you only need 1/2 a teaspoon and they cost you half a leg? Well have you thought about growing your own herbs? Even if you live in an apartment it is totally doable! A friend of mine told me about FREE workshops in Ventura county that teach you how to grow your own food. I wanted to share this opportunity with you so here is the link of the scheduled workshops for March and April.

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/feb/28/workshops-to-focus-on-creating-edible-landscapes/?partner=RSS

FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL

One of the most helpful tools in changing your eating habits is eliminating the tempting foods in your pantry and fridge. We literally cleared out the pop tarts, candy, cinnamon toast crunch etc. ¬†and gave it away. The next step was to stock up on paleo essentials so we went to a few different grocery stores to see where we would get the best value. If you live in Simi you probably know that they opened the Vallarta mexican market next to Golds gym…I recommend buying your nuts there. They have a wall of nuts and dried fruit where you can measure out different quantities and varieties for your trail mix. We bought banana chips, coconut shavings, cashews, dried apples and sunflower seeds. We also went to Costco where I recommend buying your meat, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, soy milk, almond milk, coconut oil, avocados, artichokes, bell peppers, spinach, and frozen fruit (those are some of my favorites but they have some other good stuff as well.) Lastly we went to Trader Joe’s and picked up almond flour, spicy chicken breakfast sausage (which was amazing,) precooked beets, coconut oil cooking spray, and almond butter. ¬†A couple of things I am doing at the beginning of the week is making trail mix, boiling 12 eggs and baking Paleo fruit muffins, these are great snacks that I can grab and go and that my husband can take to work. This week I made strawberry muffins and I will post the link to the recipe at the end of this post. This morning we had delicious banana pancakes that consisted of only 3 ingredients!! Almond butter, bananas and eggs!! I hope you are feeling inspired! I believe in you! If I can do this you can too!

BANANA PANCAKES:Image

http://thebkeepsushonest.com/2013/01/paleo-banana-pancakes-3-ingredients.html

STRAWBERRY MUFFINS:

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http://calieatshealthy.blogspot.com/2012/08/paleo-strawberry-muffins.html#

We also had yummy shish kabobs for dinner the other night!

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BRUSSEL SPROUTS MARRY BACON

I have been really sick over the last two days so I have been MIA but I wanted to share an amazing recipe that I made for dinner last night. My husband hates ¬†brussel ¬†sprouts and loves bacon so I thought maybe he would like them a little better if I married the two in a delicious recipe. I bought a package of already cut and lightly seasoned brussel sprouts at Trader Joe’s and saut√©ed them along with 3 slices of cut up bacon and 5 white cut up mushrooms. Make sure you use a pan large enough so that the ingredients don’t overlap each other. I greased the pan lightly with coconut oil but for the most part the bacon grease cooked the veggies. I cooked them on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Delicious! This was a side dish to the rib eye steaks that we bought at the new mexican market Vallarta. My husband will now eat brussel sproutsūüôāImageImage

Back to the Basics

I think us women have something in common….we all have things that we would change about our bodies and for most of us it would be our weight. Before I was pregnant I was insecure about my weight and now that I have had a baby and I’m not 15 anymore it has become an even bigger challenge. There is a fine line between obsessing over your body to the point of idolatry and being a good steward of your body and your health. Your diet is something that the scriptures show that God cares about it. You can read extensive instructions that he gave on what to eat and what not to eat. So just like everything else in life our diets are tied back to our relationships with the Lord. When I over eat or when I eat foods that are unhealthy and make me feel bloated and sick I quickly become obsessed with thoughts about how my body will be negatively affected and I beat myself up for hours or days. During this time of obsessing I am distracted from the things that are important in my life especially meeting with God and freely giving myself to my husband in physical intimacy.

Healthy changes should be welcomed with the right motivation. But why is changing our dietary lifestyle so difficult? Here are a few reasons: junk food is quick, junk food is cheap, junk food is easily accessible, we are social beings that gather around food and social pressures are sneakily powerful and last but certainly not least it tastes amazing. I have reached a point however, where the taste of the food is not worth how horrible it makes me feel both physically and mentally. So it is time for a change. It wont be easy because we are essentialy rerouting 20 plus years of eating habits but with time my family and I hope to change our lifestyle and start eating to live instead of living to eat. Matthew 4:4 comes to mind “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

After reading up on different dietary guidelines and seeking the advice of friends, family and doctors we have decided to eat a Paleo diet.¬†¬†A Paleo diet involves eating meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, little starch, some fruit and no artificial sugars. A strict Paleo diet excludes all dairy and legumes. We are going to do 30 days of strict Paleo and then plan to slowly incorporate certain dairy foods and legumes that are rinsed and slow cooked. I am going to post recipes and I will try to keep you updated on our results and thoughts as we transition into a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions or are interested in joining us feel free to message me privately. Oh and also I don’t have all the answers but we can find out together!

Today’s Menu:

Breakfast: 2 large brown eggs (scrambled). 1 large banana with a spoonful of almond butter.

Snack: 1 hard boiled egg, trail mix that we made. (The trail mix included banana chips, coconut shavings, sunflower seeds, golden raisins, chocolate bits and raw cashews….sooo yummy.)

Lunch: roasted asparagus with a little salt and pepper and uncooked garlic olive oil, salad with spinach, dried cranberries, fresh mushrooms, toasted pine nuts, cucumbers, and a light champagne vinaigrette.

For dinner we will have: grilled chicken, roasted bell peppers and egg plant and a small spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, almond slivers and a homemade balsamic.

My mother in law gave me olive oil infused with garlic and it is amazing..I roast my veggies and then sprinkle a bit of garlic olive oil on them when they are done cooking….it is game changing.

I would like your feedback because if you are interested in this topic then I will add more info like how to shop and where and how to save money while eating healthier.

Last night's dinner

Last night’s dinner

xoxo

Purposeful.

Remember when I started this blog last year? That was 2 days before I found out that I was pregnant. I spent the first 18 weeks of my pregnancy feeling nauseated and unmotivated. But guess what!? I survived the pregnancy and the delivery oh and the newborn phase and now I am feeling motivated. Originally I wanted to blog to keep in touch with all of our long distance family members but now I want to write to other wives, mothers and girl friends. My hope and prayer is that your daily lives may be enriched when you read my posts. I want to encourage you and support you because we all go through similar seasons in life and it’s comforting to know that we are not alone. Not only do we have each other but we have the creator of the universe pursuing us and desiring to be with us. It is important that you know that even if I am writing about baby boogers, coupons, or roasting a chicken, my desire is that my words will bring glory and honor to God. I am super excited to share life with you and hope that you will leave this site feeling inspired, encouraged, motivated and hopeful.