Friday tacos that turned into low-carb “Sandwich” by midnight!

So I worked on the “tortilla bread” that I tried earlier this week and this time it turned out really good. Freddie still eats the regular bread but he thought that this one I made was not to shabby…Haha

I used the traditional (at least in our house) minced beef seasoned with taco spice and I guess what ever else you prefer to fill your tortilla with is very individual 😉

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Tortilla Bread (3 breads)

2 Egg

1 cup/1.25 dl Hazelnut flour

1 cup/1.25 dl Almond flour

tablespoon Olive Oil

2 tablespoon Psyllium Husk

1cup/1.25dl Water

1 teaspoon Salt

1/2 tablespoon Cumin Seed

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How to: Mix all the ingredient in as bowl and let in swell for about 10 minutes before spreading in between two sheets of parchment paper (It is easy to make it thin this way). Place the “bread” in the over for 10 minutes at 300F/150C.

Guacamole

2 avocado

1 chopped tomato

4 tablespoon chopped red onion

1 Lime juice

Cilantro

1 Minced Clove Garlic

Salt and Pepper

Red Chili Flakes

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How to: Mash the avocado, chop the onion, dice the tomato and mix together. Add the rest of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper then refrigerate.

I actually got left and used the tortilla bread for breakfast the next morning. I added a little bit of coconut oil on top and voila I got myself a “sandwich” to go with my morning coffee 😉

 

Let’s get pumped!

Mira’s spring break started yesterday so today she had to hang with us at the warehouse and I must say after our house and the Ice rink this is her 3rd home…lol.

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After a week of legs it was so nice knowing that we were going to work on our upper body today and as soon as our warm up was done I turned my head to see what Jonathan had planned for us my hurt jumped…It looked like so much fun!

warmup  Warm up

We started out by doing sitting shoulder raise and Mira was so cute when she sat  on the bench next to me using the pink 1 pound dumbbell imitating me. The circuit was mix with up doing pulling and pushing movement so the next thing up for me was deadlift. I have never done them like this before and I had forgotten my gloves and after the first set the my hands were hurting like h**l. This is when the cold weather comes handy as I brought out my leather gloves that I had in the pockets of my jacket…lol.

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I kept on building up the weights and after three sets both my forearms and my upperarms were pumped and it is such a crazy feeling when you bend your arms. It is almost like the inside doesn’t fit in the skin…weird!

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The following circuit we kept on alternating between pushing and pulling. When I initially picked up the barbell it felt really light but coming into my last rep both my arms and back was starting to fatigue and the barbell felt like it weigh a ton! It was almost a relief when i picked up a pair of dumbbell and did reverse flies together with bicep curls, just to give my back some rest.

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When the hour was almost over I was really pumped. We had not done any “intentional” cardio but my heart rate still raised a bit during the heavy movements but not enough to count like a cardio session. So the last five minutes we finished on the big ropes.

It is now 4pm and my shoulders, my back, my arms are all aching so I pretty sure I am in for a saturday of pain 😉

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Pork medallions with chili aioli

Freddie is still out of town and to be honest I could eat a boiled egg every night because that would save me the dishes as well as the time. The thing is that I want to teach my kids to try both different and healthy type of foods which means that I try to make everything from scratch (off course we do take out once in a while). So I was browsing the internet and was inspired by the asian flavors and decided to make use a pork tenderloin that I had waiting for me in the freezer.

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Pork Medallion

500 grams/1 pounds pork tenderloin

2 tablespoons Sesame Oil

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

1 tablespoon Tamari Soy (gluten-free)

1 Minced Garlic Clove

1 tablespoon Grated fresh Ginger

Salt and Pepper

Sesame Seeds

Chili Aioli

1 Egg

1 Lime Juice

1 Minced Garlic Clove

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1/2 Vegetable Oil

Chili flakes

How to: Start with slicing the pork tenderloin into medallions season salt and pepper both sides. Mix the ingredients for the marinade and brush the marinade on both sides of the medallions and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. Roast them in the oven at 200C/400F for about 15-20 minutes till they are cooked through out. I made roasted Brussels sprouts that I tossed in sesame oil, salt and pepper.

Mix all the ingredients for the aioli except the vegetable oil, I chose to use less oil than a regular aioli as I want it to be more “sauce like” and not thick. Add the oil slowly while whisking and season with the chili flakes.

The guest of honor…Bindi!

Even though spring break has not yet officially started half of my friends has already fled the cold and headed out to somewhere warm and by now I guess they are sipping on a Margarita by the pool and sucking in every ounce of vitamin D. Now you might think I am a little bit bitter but nooooo I’m a swede, right and suppose to love the cold…*cough*

So instead of tagging along to Aruba, an Island you apparently can’t do that much, except of eating great food, drinking, swimming and hanging at the spa…we decided to look after our friends beautiful dog Bindi.

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She came last night and the kids got really excited but it threw me little off routine this morning but that was ok because after three days of working the legs I thought I give them a break from running. I was also expecting a visit to have some work done in the house so instead of going to the gym I put the old elliptical to use for 60 minute and I have to admit, it was sooo boring. I stuck with it as I was catching up on Chicago Fire and although I didn’t give it my all my legs still felt wobbly when I was done. With 50 minutes till I had to get Mira from school me and Bindi went for a long frigid walk in the sun and I have to say … Vitamin D is still Vitamin D 🙂

 

 

Chicken salad with warm cauliflower

After my  re-energized power nap yesterday I and had a ton of things to do starting with picking Knut up from school. We all went to Produce World Market, I like that store as it is not too big as well as the vegetable section is big and not too expensive but with all grocery stores they don’t have everything. The kids were really longing for the typical swedish “falukorv and macaronies” and the Bologna meat version has some resemble to it but is not for me. Instead I picked up a grilled chicken and made a quick salad before we had to shoot over to school for open day!

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Spinach

Tomatoes

Cucumber

Sliced Red Onion

Grilled Chicken Breast

Olives

Sun-dried Tomatoes

Marinated Garlic (sorry my gym friends)

Marinated Artichokes

Cauliflower

A few chopped pieces of Calabrasi salami

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Salt and pepper

How to: Take the cauliflower to pieces and toss it in olive oil then roast in the oven together with the salami till it has a nice browning to it 200C/400F. Mix the vegetables together add the chicken and top it off with the Cauliflower. Sprinkle some olive oil, Balsamic Vinegar and season with Salt and pepper.

This is a very easy and quick and warm dinner that work very well as a light lunch as well.

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My little tour guide showing me around her favorite places in school!

 

 

Let’s have a afternoon nap…

After a long good night sleep I still woke up tired but what can you do, a girl got to do what a girl got to do! So after I dropped the kids off to school I changed into my workout clothes and devoted myself to my hour of pain and yes the combination of mondays though workout and yesterdays run made my legs a bit tender.

After a quick warmup walking on the treadmill we continued with warming up the backside  focusing on  contracting the glut. I know I have mentioned this before but I can really appreciate this type of movements because even if they are easy they are really efficient. squeez squeez1

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The next circuit up we picked up 15 pounds dumbbells and did weighted single leg romanian dead-lifts, revers lunge with a high knee to standing lunge and as soon that was done we worked the core doing leg raises and plank with lifting up the leg and again squeeze the glut. At this point the hamstrings and the glut was staring to get tired but I still felt that I had some more to give. The following circuit really got the legs working with hamstrings curls, romanian dead-lift both increasing the weight every set but the fun part was the step up with a jump. We were really only supposed to do 10 on each leg but I read some where (I can’t find the link) that the harder you work the greater the calorie “afterburn” so I thought I push for 15.

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We completed the day with walking lunges down the gym back and forth with 20 pounds kettle bells, then we used the TRX doing pikes and hip abductions? and honestly at this point I pretended it was a bad dream soon to be over because my legs were capped!

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In the afternoon Mira and I was potting around in the house and I crashed, so while Mira was watching TV I nestle up next to her and took a 20 minute nap! I guess that is a sign up a good workout and hopefully a good “afterburn”!

My run took its toll on me last night!

My fridge is starting to look like a big empty hole but that is ok because that means that I am really using what’s left in there so I don’t end up throwing out food just because. So yesterday afternoon I started to plan my trip to the grocery store and I asked the kids if they had something special in mind that they might fancy to eat this weekend….TACOS was their wish!

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So when we came back from Knut’s practice around 6.30 last night I started to make a very non-snazzy dinner from some pre-chopped meat that I had in the freezer. I fried it and seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika powder and garlic but still I wanted to try to make a low-carb, dairy free tortilla bread for our Friday-Taco-Night to come, it turned out Ok but needs a little bit more work. I had a great helper as well and I really needed it because as soon as dinner was over and homework was done we all went to bed snuggling up to each other and fell asleep like as soon as our heads hit the pillow.

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Another Battle and another Victory

So last week was not so great for me regarding my running, it was actually pretty crap! So today I was nervous about going over to Lifetime Fitness to do my workout. I pulled myself together and drove the car over, I was driving not only because the wind was god awful but also because I did not want to rush to get Mira from school.

Once I was at the gym I started to stretch out the legs and trying to come up with a plan for upcoming hour. I was thinking about dividing the cardio between the stair-master, elliptical and the treadmill but at the same time I really wanted to break that mental barrier from last week when I hardly made it past 3 miles without stopping.

So instead of making a goal for the distance I made a goal for the time, which was “How far can I get in an hour” and I started to run. The fist 3 miles were easy so I decided to increase the speed every 10 minutes by 0.1 and at the 47-minute I was running at a speed of 7.4 when my calves turned into tennis balls (i have big calves… lol). I kept on convincing myself that I only had a few minutes left but wow did it hurt! I was really trying to run to the beat of the music to push through the pain. At the 55 minute I increased the speed one more time and when the hour was up the treadmill finished on 7.2 miles and once again I am back on track!

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Spice up your Breakfast egg

Have never been a breakfast gal, except for my cup of black coffee! My lack of interest in this early meal is also the reason why I never really blog about my breakfast as it’s not that exciting but today I decided I would actually change it up a bit.

I normally have 3 boiled eggs (1 yolk) depending how I feel I also might make porridge but not always. Today I decided to try to make something that is a little bit more enjoyable, as well as something that was quick and easy.

3 hard boiled Eggs (3 egg whites with 1 yolk)

1/2 avocado

1/2 tomato

chili flakes

Garlic powder

A splash of Lemon Champagne Vinegar 

salt and pepper

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I did not go out hunting because I made a 20-minutes meatloaf!

So Freddie is out of town this week but that doesn’t mean that the week still is full of activities and that we still aim to eat healthy. So last night we came home from practice late  and I was very hungry not willing to wait for to long for dinner so I swung together this very simple and delicious meatloaf in 20 minutes…

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1 pound/ 500 grams Minced Beef

1 Egg

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Fresh Thyme

1/2 tablespoon Dried Oregano

1/2 tablespoon Paprika Powder

1 minced Garlic Clove

Salt and pepper

How to: Mix everything together in a bowl and make a loaf, place it in the oven 200C/400F 20 minutes. I made roasted broccoli and asparagus to go with and…. Bang dinner was ready!