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Aug 2, 2015

Amazing Low Carb Pancakes! #GlutenFree #Recipe #LowCarb


Well, hello there :) 

I know you've been searching for the perfect almond flour pancake recipe.....
and I am happy to tell you that you've found it!

They're fluffier, easy to flip and have a rich buttery flavor.  Mmmmm, delish!

(Not to mention they are gluten free and very low carb!)

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients

2 cups of almond flour
1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup of water
2tbsp of melted butter or ghee
3 eggs, beaten together before added to blender
1tbsp of aluminum free baking powder
1/2tbsp of vanilla extract

Mix ingredients together in a food processor or mixer, like the Ninja - until it's thin and easy to pour. Some almond flours are drier than others, so if your mix is too thick - add more coconut oil to thin.  



Pour into a non-stick griddle and cook on low (3-4) until bubbles pop up in the middle.  You can even sprinkle some sugar-free chocolate chips inside.


Flip and finish cooking.  Viola!  It's that easy.  This recipe makes 6-8 pancakes.  These will not stay together for leftovers.  Once cold, they crumble.  So, only make enough to serve!  If you need to double up this recipe, make it in two separate batches.

Top with butter or sugar-free syrup!




Enjoy!  xox

Robin
Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk HarmonyND
Robin is a busy Wife and Mom of 4 and owner of  Harmony Naturopathic. She considers herself a stay-at-home Mom even though she is a Photographer and Holistic Practitioner working in her community. Robin homeschools her children and leads a very natural and organic lifestyle. You might consider her the "crunchy" one of the group, as her focus will be on the natural products and services available to us and like-minded families. 

Jul 31, 2015

Holy Amazing: Pad Thai #lowcarb #glutenfree #recipe


If you are following my low-carb journey, I know you are so excited for these weekly recipes!  Here is the amazing-ness I have to share today.... Pad Thai!

It's gluten free, soy free, low-carb, sugar free and non-gmo!



Shopping List:

2 bags of NoOodles (zero carb noodles!)  This variety pack is a steal and also gives you pasta  noodles and rice for about $2 per bag!
1/4 cup of Fresh Cilantro
3 green onions
2 large eggs
3 medium sized chicken thighs, boneless/skinless
4tbsp of coconut oil
4oz of mung bean sprouts
4tbsp of peanuts, chopped up and unsalted

Sauce:
1/2 lime
1/3 lemon
1.5tbsp of ketchup
1/2tsp worcestershire sauce
3tbsp of raw coconut aminos or fish sauce
1tbsp of pepper sauce/hot sauce
1.5tsp of fresh minced garlic (powder will do)
1.5tbsp of peanut butter/almond butter/cashew butter
1tsp of white vinegar
7 drops of liquid stevia

Girl, get your apron on.... and sing your favorite song!

Drain noodles and pat them dry
Cut chicken into cubes
Cook the chicken in the coconut oil
Chop green onion and cilantro
-remove chicken from pan
Fry the noodles until brown/firm in the same pan, add more oil if needed
-reduce heat in pan
Add eggs and scramble into noodles
Add the chicken, sauce and half of the cilantro into the pan and simmer for 10 minutes
Add peanuts, cilantro and green onion to garnish.
Serve with bean sprouts.
Finally, dance around the kitchen like the goddess you are and enjoy!

xoxoxo, Robin

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk HarmonyND
Robin is a busy, home-schooling mama and holistic practitioner in Livingston County.  She reviews and features products and recipes that will fit into a natural lifestyle and loves to share what she lives and knows!

Jul 29, 2015

Meet Shaun the Sheep with Giggle Gang at Oakland Mall: TONIGHT at 5pm!


Come join us to meet Shaun the Sheep
with Giggle Gang, tonight at Oakland Mall!
MEET SHAUN THE SHEEP
Wednesday, July 29th | 5PM
Oakland Mall Center Court
Our favorite little sheep is coming to Oakland Mall to celebrate his big movie adventure. Come meet Shaun and take a photo with him. Then, go on an epic adventure with him when his movie opens in theaters on August 5th!

#Recipe: Blueberry Banana Bread! Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Allergy friendly!

My family l-o-v-e-s banana bread and I used to feel like I was offering them such a healthy snack when I whipped it up - despite the fact it had 3/4 cups of total sugar and other not-so-fantastic ingredients in it.  So, after several tried-and-thrown away attempts at the perfect new banana bread - I finally have a delicious recipe to share.



This blueberry banana bread is: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low-Carb and Sugar-Free!

Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas
3 eggs
2 tbsp oil (coconut works well!)
1.5c of room temperature water
1/2 cup of raw stevia powder
2c of almond flour
1tsp of aluminum-free baking powder
Pinch of salt
*Do not include in blender: Optional: 1/2c of blueberries or walnuts (or a mix of both)


Add all ingredients (except for optional blueberries/walnuts) to a blender and mix on low for 1-2 minutes until smooth.  Fold in walnuts/blueberries and pour into a baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition Info if prepared without blueberries/walnuts:
6g net carbs per slice (2 grams of fiber already subtracted), 6g protein and approx 150 calories (give or take depending on the oil you choose).  Add 8g carbs per loaf for the blueberries and 2g per loaf for the walnuts.  Each loaf should yield 9 slices.


Enjoy!

xoxox, Robin

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk HarmonyND
Robin is a busy Wife and Mom of 4 and owner of  Harmony Naturopathic. She considers herself a stay-at-home Mom even though she is a Photographer and Holistic Practitioner working in her community. Robin homeschools her children and leads a very natural and organic lifestyle. You might consider her the "crunchy" one of the group, as her focus will be on the natural products and services available to us and like-minded families. 

Jul 28, 2015

Buy One, Get One on a ticket to Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo From Valvoline

Valvoline Instant Oil Change has partnered with the Detroit Zoo to offer their customers a Buy One, Get One voucher for a ticket to Dinosauria.  Visitors to local Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations will receive a voucher for a Buy One, Get One on a ticket to Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo with the purchase of a regular or synthetic oil change.  This program lasts the remainder of Dinosauria which runs till September 7th.


Dinosauria offers guest the chance to walk among forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit!. 

Enter a veritable “Zoorassic Park” as you travel back in time along a lush, winding, 5-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life. Enormous primeval creatures lurk at every turn, including adult dinosaurs, youngsters and even a nest with eggs and hatchlings.

·         Dinosauria is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August). Tickets are $5 with Zoo admission for visitors ages 2 and older and are available at main admissions, or the Dinosauria ticket booth

Jul 27, 2015

Give and Get Fit Recap

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger  Theresa Walker- Beach Body Coach 
Sponsored Post: Metro Detroit Mommy was reimbursed for the Give and Get Fit event registration fee and was loaned the Fitbit Surge from Verizon in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Your experience may differ.
 
Sunday July 26th, 2015 marked the 5th Annual Give and Get Fit Health & Wellness event which took place on the scenic Detroit River Walk.  The event was created by Detroit TV and news personality Rhonda Walker through her non-profit Foundation.  
Give and Get Fit started in 2011 as a way to focus on health and wellness through exercise. The first year featured Yoga and Pilates, and in subsequent years a 5K/10K run-walk  was added.  The Rhonda Walker Foundation partners with dozens of vendors and fitness minded organizations to bring to life this health event.  

Excited for this event, I chose to participate in the Yoga, pilates and kickboxing classes, each 20 minutes long, which took place over-looking the river.  It was a beautiful and serene view on a warm sunny morning.  
There were 3 different specialized instructors who brought their expertise and taught each segment.  I really enjoyed each!  I thought it was very creative to include those in addition to the 5k/10k run/walk.  Normally I participate in a couple of runs a year so having an opportunity to do something different was exciting.  


I wore the new Fitbit Surge that I received to test out courtesy of Verizon wireless.  It was useful to have something that fit nicely on my wrist to check number of steps, heart rate and calories burned.  The heart rate lost connection a few times while doing the Yoga though.  After two weeks of wearing this device, I will do a more comprehensive review of the Fitbit Surge and share my thoughts on it. 



  
Overall my friend and I agreed that this is a great event and I'm already thinking of doing it again next year.  Everything was run smoothly and everyone was friendly.  Everyone also received a tech shirt as a part of their registration fee.  Since this was a smaller event parking was very close and easy.  And free!  What I liked most about this event other than the perfect location was that the cause the RWF supports.  Their mission is to empower inner city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful and moral future leaders.  Their motto:
R: Respect myself and others
W: Walk with confidence
F: Fearless and Faithful



You can find more information on the Rhonda Walker Foundation here: http://rhondawalkerfoundation.org/
The Give and Get Fit Event page: http://rhondawalkerfoundation.org/category/events/
Theresa Walker 
Theresa is a wife and stay at home mother of 2 energetic boys, DJ (8) and Aiden (5). She has a bachelors in Communications and prior to being a mother she worked at Better Investing magazine in advertising and as a Corporate Account Manager. These days she is fortunate enough to spend time with her boys checking out all of the local fun there is to be had. She and her family love to travel. She is also active in a large online mom's group through Facebook that she started called 
Planet Mom. She enjoys being active and one of her proudest accomplishments was running the Detroit Half Marathon as well as the Romeo to Richmond Half. In her free time you can find her running or biking through Stony Creek. Or curled up on a couch with a good book and her cat in her lap. She recently became a BeachBody Coach, so that she could share her love for health and fitness with others to help them reach their personal goals. You can find her Facebook page at Inspired Health & Fitness. She considers herself a "Fit Foodie" and loves trying new recipes, experimenting and new restaurants around town. She hopes she can share some of her tips for healthy eating and exercise for busy moms and Metro Detroit Mommy Fans.
 

Heritage Park in Canton - Splash Pad and Playground

Recently I took the girls out to Heritage Park in Canton to enjoy their beautiful playground and splash pad.  

Find over 30 more Metro Detroit Splash Pads on our Metro Detroit Michigan Outdoor Splash Pads & Parks page.



Heritage Park is located at the northwest corner of Canton Center Road S. and Summit Parkway.  The park features  athletic fields, baseball / softball diamonds, convenient parking, pavilions, picnic tables, a couple playgrounds, a pond, three restroom facilities, sand volleyball, splash playground, walking track and a woodland area.


We spend our time at the south side of the park at the Heritage Hideout and Splash Playground.   


The girls had a great time at the park.  Rosa (age 6) and Carlyn (almost 3) were able to easily navigate most of the climbing features on their own.  Carlyn needed assistance on a couple of the elements.


The Heritage Hideout is rather large, so kids can easily slip away from view, but there is only one side where the kids can leave and enter the play area, which made things much easier.  


 There were three covered pavilions nearby with picnic tables which would make this a great place for a family gathering, birthday party, mom's group meetup or just lunch or dinner at the park.



Not too far from the play area we found the restrooms and a water fountain.  Very important when you have young ones.



The splash pad opened at 11am and the girls were so excited to get into the water.  There were already a large group of children in the water when it opened.  Most of the kids didn't seem to mind, but my girls said the water was really cold, despite the weather being it the high 80's.   


There are plenty of water elements on the splash pad for the children to enjoy. There are a few benches and picnic tables about the splay pad along with a section off to the side for picnicking.  There is also plenty of green grass to spread out a blanket and enjoy a warm sunny day while the children play in the water.


The splash pad is made of cement, so I would recommend this for children that are at least walking age.


Overall the park was super clean and lots of fun.  We only explored a small portion of what this park has to offer on our visit, and the girls had a lot of fun.