Monthly Archives: December 2015

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

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THESE.  COOKIES.

I only have a couple of more days to enjoy sweets before I say goodbye for a month!  We are making it a tradition to do No Sweets and No Shopping for the month of January to kick off the new year by saving money and saving calories!!  I end up with a little more moolah and a little bit healthier at the end of the month.  Wanna join?  Come on!

But in the meantime…  I will enjoy a little more chocolate, and what better way to enjoy chocolate other than CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES??!!  There is nothing better.  I’ve decided my heaven will be full of dogs and chocolate.  Can’t get better than that.

I found the original recipe on Bakerita, and made a few changes to it.  I’m pretty sure if you gave someone this cookie – they would not know it was gluten free, and would never guess it was paleo.  Go ahead and try it.  I dare you.  These taste like the REAL DEAL.  I wanted a tall, cold glass of milk to go with these little guys.  (I only have vanilla almond milk and coconut creamer in my fridge, so it was a no-go).  But go ahead and try these out.  You’ll want to eat 10 just like normal chocolate chip cookies, but at least with these, you may feel a little less guilty.  🙂

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup oats (gluten free preferably)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat or food process the coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the almond flour, oats, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.  For best results – cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (can prepare up to 48 hours ahead of time.
  4. After refrigerating, use a cookie scoop to form cookies and press down slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.

 

 

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2015 Client Collage!

FINALCLIENT

Wow. Goals crushed. Half marathons run. Miles hiked. Babies had. Weddings happened. PRs. Lbs lost. Muscle gained. Bodies rehabbed. Cancer GONE. Sweat dripped. Strength found. Friendships forged. I HAVE THE BEST CLIENTS.

I had SO much fun putting this together and looking back on this amazing year and seeing what YOU accomplished. Thank you to everyone who has walked into my studio or let me be a part of you reaching a goal – it is MY blessing to watch you SHINE. As we wrap up this year – we look towards new goals to reach for… I can’t wait to see what each of your’s is. Here’s to the BEST YEAR YET where we will all GROW and BE BETTER! 

If you’re interested in joining as one of my personal training clients – shoot me an email at meganconner@gmail.com – I have a few slots available as of now.  Happy Almost 2016!!

Client Spotlight – Lizzy Teitzel and Her FIRST Half Marathon Experience!!

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Lizzy is one of those people you meet who is just BEAUTIFUL!  Her soul, her smile – everything!  She’s just a kind, sweet gal, and when I heard the words out of her mouth “I want to do a half marathon” – I was SO excited!!!!!!!!

If I asked Lizzy if she LOVES to run or if she LOVED it before doing this half marathon or even now – I’m not sure the answer would be a blazing YES (which is like most SANE people), but that is what makes her story amazing…  Lizzy picked a goal that she knew was reachable but still a challenge to her and something a bit outside of her comfort zone.  I mean, if that doesn’t deserve a WOW then I don’t know what does!!!

I met Lizzy back in my BBC days, and one of her best friends – also a former client and an avid Megan Conner BBC 5:30pm class attendee when I used to teach – Mary Raines Johnson – did the half with her, and supported Lizzy all the way.  Mary Raines – also another AMAZING human being is one of those people if she says she’s gonna do it – she does it!!!  And SHE DID!!

These gals had their training plan mapped out from day 1, and they stuck by it.  Here’s a picture of the girls on an early morning Greenway run.  Look at those smiles!!

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Lizzy was a champ when it came to getting her long runs in which I stressed were THE most important of all.  After her solo 11 miler – I knew she had it in the bag!  Their run was in Carmel, CA and I was on the edge of my seat the that morning waiting for updates and pictures and to hear that they finished.  I got all of the above!  Lizzy and Mary Raines had fun, enjoyed each other’s company and accomplished a huge goal together!!

What I love most about this spotlight is Lizzy’s advice to other people out there trying to reach or even set goals.  These gals are examples of real goal getters, and I’m blessed to call both of them friends!  Thank you, Lizzy and Mary Raines for letting me be a part of your journey and goal getting!  You both are incredible women!

I asked Lizzy a few more questions about her first half marathon experience, and here’s what she had to say –

-What is the biggest thing you learned through the process?

Running is more mental than anything! I can run long distances I just have to be sure not to let my mind get to me. It also helped me realize that I am capable of setting a high physical goal and achieving it.

-How did you feel when you crossed that finish line?

Shock! It is crazy to imagine the fact I just ran 13.1 miles, but I was so proud of myself and the accomplishment. I remember crossing the finish line and thinking ‘oh my gosh, I did it! They did not pick me up or reroute me…I am getting a medal!

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-What kept you motivated?

I had a great support team! Between scheduling runs with Megan, Mary Raines, and having my boyfriend Clayton make sure I was staying on track, I was able to hold myself accountable. The weekend before I left for the race I signed up for a 10k. I had never run a 10k before, but my training program suggested I sign up for one. I set a goal of 1:30 to finish and ended up running it in 16 minutes faster than my goal. It really helped boost my confidence leading up to the race.

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-What was the most important part of your training?

The long runs for sure! And just getting the miles in. I could not run every long run all the way through but finding out the distances and pace really helped.

Also, switching it up! Barry’s was a nice break from straight running and allowed me to get the miles I needed during the week along with a side workout. Also all the runs I did with Megan really helped prove to myself I could keep running when I wanted to stop. I heard her voice the entire 13.1 miles for sure!

-What advice would you give to others who want to reach a goal like this?

If I can do it….you can do it! After running this it made me realize that I may not ever finish a race in the top of my age group or even run a 9 minute mile, but I am out there trying hard to accomplish a goal. It is also okay to walk, not all the time but little rewards will help motivate you.

Make an event out of it! We picked pebble beach because it was a fun get away and we had a lot of time to vacation and enjoy ourselves before the race.

Do it with a friend! Mary Raines was a big supporter. She pushed me and forced me to keep running when all I wanted to do was quit. I am a total mental person, so having someone to break me out of that mental block really helped me.

-What are your goals going forward?

Have fun with working out! I want to maintain the progress and endurance I have created and use it towards other workouts around town. It was a great accomplishment and I see myself training for other half marathons with friends later in life, but right now I think I will stick to running in fun runs like 5k, 10k, and maybe even try a 15k. ​

Paleo Thick Mints!

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First of all – these are MINTY goodness at it’s finest.  Second of all – I used essential oil in them!!!! So, already what’s not to like?  Third – they have the same flavor as Thin Mints (hence the name), but aren’t thin or crispy at all.  They are thick, soft,  and wonderful (depending on how long you bake them).  I tend to like to undertake a bit because things still cook when they come out of the oven.  This way you get a soft, chewy cookie!

So, basically what happened is that I found a recipe and then I messed it up, but it turned out to be a beautiful mess!  I adapted this recipe from The Healthy Maven.  Her’s are crinkle cookies, which I want to try as well because they look FABULOUS.  With a name like crinkle cookies how could they not be great?!  I just was in a rush, left out half of the almond meal because I was doing a double batch, but ended up with a little nugget that was great!

So, make these for Santa, for Christmas gifts, for yourself!  Happy holidays to everyone!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup of almond meal
  • 2 T coconut flour
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 (or more) cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 -1 tsp peppermint essential oil or extract depending on how minty you want them! *if you use the oil – you can use a little less – it’s way more potent but I LOVE the flavor it brings!

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl combine eggs, coconut oil, and pepper oil or extract .
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.
  4. Cover bowl and place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Scoop out 1 tablespoon worth of dough and roll into a ball between palms.
  7. Place balls on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit on tray for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

*I ran out of coconut sugar, but you can roll them in coconut sugar prior to baking AND/OR rush them at the end once out of the oven.  On her blog – she put the sugar in a food processor and pulsed until the sugar became fine and this gave them a snowball effect at the end.  You better believe I’m going to get more coconut sugar today!  🙂