Thursday, August 13, 2015

Peachy Pork Chop Salad

   This time of year local peaches are everywhere and I have to say we have some amazing peaches just a county away.  Folks setup road side stands to sell these peaches and they always sell out, they truly are that good.  I always buy a peck of peaches and wanted to be sure to use them all and not let any go to waste.  We had sliced peaches with pancakes. peaches in some gelatin, peaches in our smoothies and then we decided to try to make use peaches in our salad.

This salad and dressing are processed sugar free and full of great fat with yummy avocado oil. Of course you get some sugar from the peaches and the banana but that is natural sugar.  Yeah, yeah sugar is sugar, I agree, however if I'm going to eat sugar then I'd prefer it come from the fruit than sugar beets if I have a choice.

What I love about this salad is that you can use left over pork chops from a previous dinner and not have to heat up your kitchen during the sultry days of summer.  More love for this salad is that it's completely gluten free and primal/paleo.  I made this salad to mix things up while on the 21 Day Superhero Challenge by Emily Schromm, learn more about that here. 

4 Grilled or Baked Pork Chops (seasoned with salt and pepper)
Salad greens of choice - we love Romaine mixed with Spinach
4-5 peaches peeled and sliced
1/2 Banana
1 Large Carrot shaved 
3 T Avocado Oil
2 T Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Roasted Sliced Almonds - optional 
Serves 4 

Peachy Salad Dressing
Add one cup of sliced peaches to your Nutribullet  (affiliate link) or blender of choice, also add the Banana, Avocado Oil, and Balsamic Vinegar to the blender.  Blend the ingredients until all the fruit is completely incorporated and no lumps are visible. Add the salt and pepper to your liking.

Salad Assembly
Slice the cooked pork chops either into strips or cubes
Add two cups of clean prepared salad per each plate
Top with sliced peaches, Pork, and carrot shavings
Drizzle with Peachy Salad Dressing 
optional - sprinkle with almonds
Serve and Enjoy!!!

*Kitchen Tip:  Want to add some sweetness to a dish but don't want to send your blood sugar to the moon?  Use green tipped bananas in your recipe.  A green tipped banana is not as sweet as a ripe banana but still gives you that sweet taste you desire and doesn't affect your blood sugar as bad as normal white table sugar.*

Hope you enjoy this summertime dish and love this use of fresh peaches.  Keep eating real food.
Till next week....


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Friday, August 7, 2015

How to manage macro's on MyFitnessPal's app (Free Version)

Hey Folks, welcome back for another week at SheShe's Gluten Free.  This week I wanted to share with everyone how to manage your "Macros" using your My Fitness Pal app (free version) on your smart phone.  There is a whole community out there participating in the 21-Day Superhero Challenge and part of the challenge is to manage your diet and become a fat burner instead of a sugar burner. Once you've downloaded the free version of the My Fitness Pal app to your phone you'll be ready to go.  So below are the tips to manage your macro's (macronurtients) as you desire.  I'm not saying this is a one size fits all approach to managing your diet but it is really helpful.

Open your app "My Fitness Pal" on your smart phone.
First the app will open to your home screen, Once here click on the 3 dots in the lower right hand corner
Second click on the Goals option.

Once the Goals page is open your next selection is to open the Calorie & Macronutrient Goals option.

Now the Calories & Macros screen is open, click on any of the blue options of Carbohydrates - Protein  or Fat.  They all open the same edit screen.  Your Calorie goal can be entered here as well.

On the screen below select how you want to measure your Macros, either a percentage or by grams.  This example uses percentages. By tapping the screen with your finger under each macro you can scroll up or down to select the percentage for each macronutrient you desire, noting all three must add up to 100%.  When you are happy with your selections click the check mark in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Now your macros are set and once you start entering your meals into the My Fitness Pal app it will calculate the macros for each meal entered and will total them for the entire day assuming you entered food for the whole day.  

To view the macros you have consumed for a day again you will click on the 3 dots in the bottom right hand corner and then you will click on the Nutrition option.

In this menu option you can view your macro consumption as a pie chart, the individual nutrients consumed or the caloric equivalent of your daily consumption.  

How about that?  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.  Well sort of but at least it's not as hard as you thought it might be and best of all this is the free version.  

What else would you like a tutorial on?  I love putting this stuff together and up for the challenge.  Good luck to all the macro trackers out there.  Especially the awesome 21 Day Superhero Challenge Community.  

Till next week,