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About Sandra Shields, Health Coach

Hello! I am Sandra, and I am a Health Coach. I went to school at Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Taking real food and creating delicious recipes with it is something I love to do. I get excited when I see lives changed and people feeling better than they ever have in their lives through diet and lifestyle changes. I have found that food is the ultimate medicine, and nutrient dense food can give the body the tools it needs to stay vibrant, healthy, prevent disease, and maintain great energy as well as heal. I am passionate about helping others eat delicious food through sharing my recipes and tips!

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

I am crazy about coconut flour baking! Coconut Flour is low carb, gluten free, contains protein, iron, fiber, and healthy fats, and scores low on the glycemic index. Of course all these attributes are fine, but who cares if the finished product isn’t very palatable. But coconut flour makes a fantastic muffin! Scroll down to see the photos of the one I have split open. I wish you could smell them, but you can see the texture! This particular recipe is bursting with blueberries! So, if you are a true blue classic blueberry muffin fan, this is for you!

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

Are you a ship that is staying safe in your harbor? Branch out! Take a plunge and follow a dream. Try something new you have been dying to try but aren’t sure about. Step out of your comfort zone and blossom into the greatness you deserve and are capable of!

Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with non-stick muffin papers and set aside.

Ingredients:

6 Pastured Eggs

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour (here)

2 Black Spotted Bananas

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed Lemon Juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Pint of Fresh Blueberries

Directions: In a food processor with a blade attachment, blend the eggs and banana until the banana is smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the blueberries, and blend for two minutes. Fold in the blueberries, reserving 1/4 cup for the tops. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, and sprinkle with the reserved blueberries. Let sit for 5 minutes on the counter to allow the coconut flour to soak up the liquid in your batter. Then, bake for 20 to 25 minutes in your preheated oven until the tops spring back. Remove from the oven, and cool for five minutes before removing from the pan and cooling on a wire rack. I give you permission to eat one hot! :-)))

Makes a dozen muffins

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Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins Hot From the Oven

Stay Toned in Ten Minutes a Day!

Good Morning!
Keep moving! The key to being fit and toned is consistency. Once you carve out the time and form the habit, it is much easier to fit it in to your schedule. Toning targeted body parts can be accomplished in a rotating ten minutes a day routine. Meaning for example, Monday target the arms, Tuesday target the buns, Wednesday Abs. This is very effective and gives muscles two days of rest between workouts. If you want to work out from home, there are many great ten minute workouts online that are totally free!
Here’s a few to get you started!

12 Minute Outdoor Workout to Blast Calories

Ten Minute Strapless Dress Workout

Ten Minute Booty Workout

Ten Minute Abs and Core Without Crunches

Stay fit with theses quick toning workouts!

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

Enjoy your day!

*Disclaimer – You should check with your doctor before starting any fitness routine. This is not medical advice and is for informational purposes only.

Pittaya Watermelon Smoothie Bowl!

Hey you all! Are you ready for Summer and Smoothie Bowls? I am! Recently when I was on a trip to Phoenix, I stopped at Nektar Juice Bar and had their Pitaya Smoothie Bowl. It was such a gorgeous color of pink from the Pitaya, also know as Dragon Fruit, and it was delicious. I loved it so much, I was inspired to create my own!

I wanted ingredients to promote glowing and hydrated skin.  In the Summertime, the heat requires lots of hydration for our skin to stay plump and soft. This smoothie bowl will feed your skin from the inside out, as well as give you a daily dose of Selenium to give your thyroid vital nutrients to function its best. The selenium in this recipe comes from the chopped Brazil nuts in the topping. Just two Brazil nuts a day has your RDA of selenium! Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) is a superfruit that is a rich magenta color. You can pick up frozen smoothie packs of this fruit at your local health food store or Whole Foods Market. Pitaya is high in fiber and a good source of magnesium. A cup of watermelon in the smoothie is very hydrating and contains lycopene and vitamin C. I also added frozen cherries (which have the benefit of reducing inflammation and may reduce belly fat), coconut butter for healthy fat, and coconut water (more hydrating benefits). Here’s how you make it!

Pitaya Watermelon Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

1 Package of Frozen Pitaya Fruit

1 Frozen Banana (cut into thirds)

1 Cup of Frozen Watermelon (I like to cut it into chunks and have it on hand in my freezer for smoothies)

1/2 Cup of Frozen Sweet Cherries

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Butter

1/2 Cup of Coconut Water

Directions: Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and puree. Pour into your favorite bowl, and top with blueberries, 2 chopped brazil nuts, and some coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

 

 

 

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

If you are looking for a fresh and light entree, this Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber and Plum Salsa is perfect! The salsa is delicious over fish, and with just a few ingredients.

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

I am trying to eat seafood twice a week, and I like creative ways to enjoy it. Cod is a good source of B-12, selenium, phosphorus, protein, choline, Omega 3 and more. A fruit and vegetable salsa on top of the baked cod with the tang of a splash of white balsamic makes this the perfect spring dish, and also fantastic for the waistline, being a source of lean protein, while still being very satisfying! Gotta go try on my swimsuits soon. Does anyone else dread shopping for those? I love the quote, “Unlike Swimsuits, Flip Flops Fit Year after Year!” 🙂

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

Preheat the oven to 350º degrees F.

First the Salsa:

You want your salsa to have time to sit while the fish is cooked to marry the flavors.

Ingredients:

2 Ripe Plums, washed, peeled and diced

1/2 English Cucumber, peeled and diced

1/4 Cup of Red Onion, finely diced

2 Tablespoons of White Balsamic Vinegar (my go to 12 Year Aged White Balsamic – I don’t receive commission for sharing this. If you have an oil and vinegar shop, get yours there. It is superior.)

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions for the Salsa: After you have chopped everything, toss the plums, cucumber and red onion with the white balsamic and salt, and set aside to meld the flavors. Now the fish!

Ingredients for the Cod:

4 Wild Caught Cod Filets

Zest of One Lemon

2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Pepper to Taste (don’t be stingy, the fish will thank you.)

Directions: Brush a tablespoon of olive oil on the fish, both sides. Use more if needed. Season your fish with sea salt and black pepper, and rub it with the lemon zest. In a non-stick, oven safe skillet, add the other tablespoon of olive oil, and heat to a shimmer over medium-high. Add your seasoned fish, and cook three minutes, then flip the fish gently and cook for another three minutes. Pop the fish in the oven and bake for five to seven minutes, or until the fish registers 145º degrees in the center. Be careful to check it after five minutes, because you do not want dry fish, and it cooks fast. Remove the cooked fish from the oven and drizzle the lemon juice. When serving, mound the Cucumber Plum Salsa generously on top of the fish….delightful!

 

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

 

 

Chocolate Fudge Grain Free Brownies

Brownies that are very chocolatey, fudgy and grain free is possible! I kept coming back and experimenting with this recipe over the past several months. Initially they were more cakey than fudgy, and my favorite kind of brownie is fudgy. It is finally blog worthy! Maple syrup is the perfect addition for a chocolate dessert. It compliments the chocolate and is a natural sweetener. There is also some cooled coffee in the recipe to amp it up even further. If you are a baker, you will probably know that coffee makes chocolate taste more chocolatey. Finally, for the ultimate moist fudge flavor, I added 2 ounces of an organic 85% Dark Chocolate Bar. I would very happily make these brownies for my grain loving friends and family with confidence! Aren’t they pretty?

Chocolate Fudge Grain Free Brownies

To make this batch of brownies you will use an 8″ x 8″ square pan. It makes twelve generous brownies or nine jumbo ones.

 

Chocolate Fudge Grain Free Brownies

Chocolate Fudge Grain Free Brownies

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees. Line a 8″ x 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper.

Ingredients:

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Medjool Dates (soaked in warm water for 5 minutes then pitted)

1/3 Cup of Unsweetened Applesauce

1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1/4 Cup of Raw Cacao Powder

1/4 Cup of Brewed Coffee (cold)

3 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour

2 ounces of Dark Chocolate, finely chopped (I used organic 85% Alter Eco Dark Blackout Bar here)

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

Directions: Pulse the dates and eggs in a food processor, then blend until creamy, about one minute.

Add the remaining ingredients, except the 2 oz. of chocolate bar. Blend thoroughly, scraping down the sides of the processor twice. Add the 2 ounces of chopped chocolate and pulse a few times until evenly distributed. You want little pockets of chocolate! Scrape the batter into the prepared square pan. Let sit for ten minutes. Then pop the pan into your preheated oven, and bake for 17 to 20 minutes, until just baked. When you insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies you should have moist crumbs on the toothpick. Don’t over bake.

Cool completely, then slice. Viola! Moist and Fudgy Brownies!

Chocolate Fudge Grain Free Brownies

 

Chocolate Fudge Grain Free Brownies

 

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