Friday, July 3, 2009

Good friends are like stars... don't always see them, but you know they're always there.

I spent today with my friend Stella and we had a fabulous time! I woke up and made a green monster along with a piece of crispy bacon for breakfast. Then we were off to Raleigh for some serious shopping. Both of us got lucky in the shoe department (two pair each!) and I got this awesome dress at Francesca's.

It's such a fun little store with such unique pieces of clothing and cute little doodads that you just have to admire--I love all the bright colors in that shop!

After the mall, we went to Trader Joe's & Whole Foods. I got lots of goodies to make my Paleo energy bars and I can't wait to whip up a fresh batch! We got sushi from the WF 'food court' for lunch.

I somehow managed to get strange multi-grain purplish rice & it really did not please me. I ate the large pieces of fish like sashimi and it was VERY good! I snacked on a fruit leather on the way back home.

Then opened up my pecan-cherry-cranberry mix for a quick pick me up before dinner.

After awhile I started to get hungry, so I heated up some of my chicken soup

And YOU!!! This may be the best chicken soup I've ever made! I can't wait to have another bowl of it tomorrow! :) Had some of my new tea after dinner, I remember my mom got this tea when I was younger & I haven't had it in years.

YUM!! It's so good! Reminds me of home :) And I just finished off a half cup of my new COCONUT MILK ICE CREAM. Oh yeah this stuff is SO DELICIOUS!!!! I can't wait to go up to WF again so I can try a new flavor!

But oh mah ceiling cat! This stuff really does rock my non-existant socks.

You can't tell me that doesn't look absolutely decadent.

Okay I'm done foaming at the mouth about my new found love of coconut ice cream.

I'm not sure what we have on tap for tomorrow, we may go up to Raleigh again for the husband to run a race, we don't know what we're doing but it should involve fireworks after dark!! Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)


Holly said...

Hi Meg!

Love the new blog. How is the Paleo diet? I am interested in seeing your energy bar recipe too....will you post it?



Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

Um... coconut ice cream is my crack. Just do yourself a favor and DONT try the cookie dough one :)

CrossFit Cape Fear said...

PALEO BARS.... hmmmmm! 8-)

Looks like you ha a grreat time and lots of fun. Say HI to Stella for me.

You rock girl - see you Tuesday!

Meggilizz said...

Here's the recipe for the Paleo Energy Bars (from Mark's Daily Apple)

Primal Energy Bar Recipe:


1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pecans **Meg subbed macadamia nuts here for John's bars
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup almond butter (although cashew, hazelnut, walnut and even pumpkin butters will work well too!)
1/4 cup coconut oil (check your local health food store)

1/4 cup almond meal (simply pulse approximately 1/4 cup of almonds until it creates a coarse flour) **Meg used hazelnut flour instead
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of raw honey (although, this is really kind of optional because the egg will help hold the mixture together)
1/2 cup unsweetened whey protein powder (or 60g)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries or blueberries **Meg used dried apples and dried pineapple/mango/papaya mixture
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut to sprinkle on top


On a cookie sheet, toast nuts and shredded coconut until golden brown. In order for them to cook evenly, you need to shake up the tray at least once during cooking…trust us!

Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground (sort of the consistency of bread crumbs).

In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 30 seconds). Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.

Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.

Fold in nut mixture, almond meal and protein powder until mixed thoroughly.

Add whole egg and mix thoroughly.

Fold in blueberries/cranberries.

Press mixture into an 8 by 8 loaf pan (a modification that we made to keep everything crisper and help the bars to hold together).

Cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, sprinkle a ¼ cup of shredded coconut on top and place under broiler until top begins to brown.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces/bars.

Enjoy or stack on wax paper/parchment and store in an airtight container.

Note: You can also add dark chocolate chips instead of the cranberries/blueberries (available at Whole Foods or health food store). If you add the chips while the mixing bowl is warm (from the coconut oil/almond butter mixture), they will melt into the mixture and you will have yourself a chocolate primal bar. Alternatively, you can just let the mix cool, then add the chips, then refrigerate the pan to get chocolate chip primal bars. The bars stick together pretty well without being cooked.

Meggilizz said...

Coconut-crack!!! Great way to describe it! :) It was awesome ice cream especially that I didn't feel the need to polish off the rest of the pint or the need to binge!!

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