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We love a good workout.

The kind that leaves you bent over at the waist wondering if it’s ever going to end (and yet wishing it would keep going). The kind that as soon as it’s done, the first thing we think is “hmmmm, that’s gonna be sore later”. Whether it’s running, swimming, lifting heavy stuff or perfecting the pull-up we know the importance of moving your body…

But…

Ask either of us and we’ll be the first to tell you we strongly believe that it’s the food foundation that was the main factor in our weight loss journeys and understanding how processed foods affects us both physically and emotionally. You can run a million miles but you can never out run your “diet”.

These days, it’s about convenience. Pick up the phone, go through a drive-thru, pop a frozen dinner in the microwave and Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am; You can conquer any hunger pangs. But let’s not fool ourselves; That’s not food. Yes it’s easier, yes it takes less time, yes you might get away without doing the dishes for the night, yes maybe the only thing you have to worry about is whether you’ll stop in at Ben and Jerry’s on the way back from the All-You-Can-Eat pasta bar and yes you’re inserting a substance into your mouth and swallowing to begin the process of digestion but trust us,  you could do so much better.

One of the reasons people resort to the convenience of eating out (at a restaurant or out of a bag) is the fear of being in the kitchen. Our main goal here at theHDD is to prove to you that with just a few ingredients and no fancy equipment, delicious meals can be created and be created by you.

We also want to encourage readers to think about ways of making even the most basic of kitchen staples. Take for instance Almond Flour. You want to make better choices and what better choice than to switch out that bleached wheat based flour for almond flour? You head to the store and WHOA THERE…

you want me to pay what for this?”

It’s expensive people! But what if you could make it at home for a fraction of what it cost and in about 10 minutes? Not to mention you feel pretty bad ass for making something that seems so…well fancy smancy!

Homemade Almond Flour

Ingredients: ALMONDS

(a Magic Bullet and Old Fashion Flour Sifter)

It doesn't take much to make Almond Flour1. Throw handful of almonds into magic bullet and pulse.

Oh the power of the magic bullet 2. Pour into sifter and wheeeeeeee spin until only larger pieces are left behind.

Old Fashion Sifter is a fun thing to have in the kitchen.4. Put larger chunks back into magic bullet and repeat steps 1 – 4.

Almond Flour

Now just to show you that the almond flour we make at home (in less than 15 minutes and about 1/4th the cost of store bought almond flour), is as good as the  store bought – below is the almond flour we make on the left and Bob’s Red Mill almond flour on the right. The only difference is they removed the skins and blanched the almonds. Ours are right out of the bag making it a deeper flavor.

Comparison (R) is ours (L) is store bought

Okay Tara and Meegan so now I made almond flour (and you’re right I feel pretty bad ass) what do I do with it? Well shoot, why not try your hand at Chicken Strips!

Paleo Almond Flour Chicken Strips

Ingredients;

  • Chicken breasts (we use one breast per person)
  • Egg white
  • Almond Flour
  • FoC (we use coconut oil)

There won’t be any pictures taking you step by step since we already inundated you with the almond flour pictures but it’s pretty easy (especially if you know how to make any kind of fried chicken).

  1. Set up dredging area (one bowl with egg white, one bowl with almond flour and plate for finished product).
  2. Cut chicken breasts into strips.
  3. Brush or dip strip in egg white then lightly cover with almond flour and put on plate. Repeat until all strips are done.
  4. Heat up FoC (Fat of Choice) in skillet over medium/high heat.
  5. When FoC is hot, place strips in skillet and cook approx 3-4 minutes each side until chicken is cooked thoroughly. We tend to flip our chicken strips often to make sure they brown evenly.

chicken strips

Less than an hour from making homemade almond flour to eating dinner at the table. We might have had dishes to wash but we know exactly what went into the preparation of our food. No hidden sugars or added processed ingredients. Just good food that drives our desire to make better choices both physically and emotionally.

~ Now that’s good eatin’ folks!

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