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Holy crap you guys!

It’s 2015.

Well technically it’s already the 8th day of 2015 but the feeling of “where did the time go” is still with us as we bundle down for winter and start thinking about what 2015 will look like for the Healthy Dynamic Duo…

This is the time of the year when countless people resolve to “do it right“, “finally make those changes” or make it stick for good” and if anyone knows about that feeling of a a new year, a new me being replayed over and over again each year, only to fall (very) short of those seemingly out of reach goals it’s us.

You start out, fist pumping in the air, motivation bubbling over and a sense that no one or nothing can get in the way…

Then shit gets in the way.

Life. Relationships. Getting hit by a truck.

Maybe your motivation just peters out when you don’t get the results you want or that refrigerator of yours looks damn right boring with it’s contents when your local pub serves the “OMG THE BEST FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD EVERRRRRRRRRRRRR”.

It’s hard.

Wait. Let us rephrase that: IT’S REALLY FUCKING HARD.

So this post less about “oh here’s a recipe you can just whip up” (which you can in about 10 minutes) and more about giving you the freedom to take a deep breath, air your frustration and know that if anyone understands the frustration of weight loss, taking control of your life, and more importantly taking control of your fucking boring ass fridge it’s theHDD.

Over the course of a few posts we’re going to spend a little more time talking about what exactly is in our kitchen that helps keep food under control and tasting so damn amazing. Remember, we’re not rich ass fancy chefs with expensive equipment. We’re on a budget like most people. We buy in bulk. We make our dollar count while counting calories and breaking a sweat as often as possible.

(Don’t worry there is a recipe at the bottom if you want to skip all the mumbo jumbo)

Food Scale:

food scaleThis is imperative if you want a solid understanding on what exactly a serving size looks like. We don’t spend enough time looking at that little information square on the side of a box (and if you’re eating out of boxes a lot, that might be the first thing you want to change) telling us what a serving size truly is. A serving of cereal is NOT a bowl filled to the rim. It’s usually a 1/3 – 1/2 cup…seriously, who eats just a 1/2 cup of cereal in one sitting (especially if it has those tasty little marshmallow nuggets)?

We pretty much weigh everything. Even though our diet primarily follows a Paleo foundation and one of the stronger emphasis on this foundation is to NOT count calories, we still do. It’s more about logging food rather than counting calories. Making sure we’re getting enough protein, good fats (yes you should be eating your good fats) and good carbohydrates (and YES you should be eating good carbs), only happens when we know how much of a good thing we’re eating. It helps when putting together recipes and wanting to know how many calories (and the macro break down) per serving we’re eating.

It’s not a budget buster to buy a food scale. Our’s cost $20 and we use it all the time.

Food Processor

food processorOne of the most used pieces of equipment in our kitchen is this little beauty of a food processor. It’s done wonders for helping us put that instagram hashtag #dontbeafraidofyourkitchen to good use. No lie. It can feel like a bigger purchase money wise (we spent around $200) for ours but after breaking a few lesser quality processors with our almond butter (motors couldn’t take running that long), this kitchen aid has done nothing but stepped up our game in making delicious foods. Everything from the fore-mentioned almond butter (which we use in numerous recipes) to soups to Paleo treats (like the recipe below) to sweet potato hash (a weekend staple in our house). Half of our recipes probably call for the use of a food processor. Remember your kitchen is where 80% of the battle happens. Arm yourself with only the best weapons.

Okay let’s move on to the recipe. You’ll see how both the scale and the processor aided us in making these super easy and super tasty little treats.

Cashew Date Balls

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Cashews (~510 cal)
  • 150 grams Dates (pitted) (~411 cal)
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (~100 cal)
  • 1/4c Dried Cranberries (~68 cal)
  • 1 Tbsp Honey (~64 cal)

(Get a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper)

In food processor add the first four ingredients and pulse for about sixty seconds until all ingredients are minced finely and when you press between your fingers the ingredients stick together.

Add honey and pulse for an additional 30 seconds.

We weighed out 20 gram portions for each serving and pressed into balls. Refrigerate on parchment lined cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes and then transfer to airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for easy popping access.

cashew date balls

Total servings: 20

Calories per serving: ~58

Fat (g): 2.6 Carbs (g): 8.5 Protein (g): 1.1

~Now that’s good eatin’ Folks!

 

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