Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Anniversary Date Night

October 31st, four years ago, Zach and I made a commitment to each other to be by each other through the bad and the good for the rest of our lives. I am so thankful that we made that decision. The past 4 years we have changed for the best. 

Two years ago, we decided to try out the Paleo lifestyle. We are no where near Paleo "perfectionist" but we try our hardest to give it 90+% while letting ourselves enjoy non-paleo foods but remaining 100% gluten-free. 

Since we now have a son and our anniversary is on Halloween, we decided to celebrate our anniversary over the weekend. 

We went to a restaurant that we have been to once before... Shapley's. 

Here is my 1st ever restaurant review:

You can make reservations online which is super fast and easy. The food is delicious but a little on the pricey side. Our reservations were at 5 pm and we were seated right away. Their menu has a gluten-free section and all sides are a la carte but they are big enough to share. The food came out steaming hot and mouth watering. 

It is really dark so only two of my pictures are worth anything...
We started off with a salad and their homemade Parmesan peppercorn dressing.
Bread also comes with your meals but we politely declined it. 

One of our sides:
 Roasted asparagus with Parmesan and hollandaise sauce. 
Our other side was roasted new potatoes with fresh herbs. 
For my main course I ordered grilled marinated chicken that came with sauteed peppers and onions. 
Zach's main course was grilled filet tips with peppers, onions and mushrooms. 

The only negative thing I have on the restaurant is that it is not kid friendly. A couple walked in with two little girls, they did not have high chair or booster seats. 

After dinner, we came home to this...
Bundt Cake with ganache from my new cookbook The Paleo Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook. This was 100% paleo and worth every single calorie! 

All in all it was a wonderful night and I am so glad that we were able to celebrate our 4th anniversary. 

Food: 5 Stars
Wait time: In and out
Reservations: Preferred
Kid Friendly: Thumbs down
Gluten-Free Menu: yes

Hope you enjoyed my first review and find this helpful!

P.S. Thanks Aunt Emmie for watching Knox so that we could enjoy a little alone time.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

21-Day Sugar Detox

Do you see this beautiful bright cookbook?!?!?

I might be a huge fan of Diane Sanfilippo from Balanced Bites. Zach and I were trying to go "Paleo" a while back and somehow Zach was able to receive a free copy of her book Practical Paleo. I loved that book from the moment I laid eyes on it. I wanted to try every recipe in the book. Well, we didn't get to all the recipes but we put a big dent in them. We bought Practical Paleo for several people and we know several people who have bought the book after we talked to them about it or after they borrowed ours.

When I saw that Diane was coming out with a new book, I had to get my hands on it. Her website Balanced Bites is also known for the 21-Day Sugar Detox. Thankfully, Diane decided to make this into a book. I saw that there is a special instructions for nursing mothers. I just had a son 4 1/2 months ago and I am a very active nursing mother. 

In this book, 21-Day Sugar Detox, I love how she includes special instructions in the book for nursing mothers, people who are very active, autoimmune health conditions, a quiz to help you pick which level you need to follow, yes and no foods, and even a dining out section to help you stay on the plan while out on the town.

Diane has put in a lot of work and research into this book. The way she writes really helps you understand the science behind the foods we eat and how they affect the body. 

I have tried several recipes from the 21-Day Sugar Detox and let me just tell you.... 

They are DELICIOUS!!!! 

I posted these pictures to our Instagram and Facebook page TheCave101. 

Green Apple Breakfast Sausage

Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins 

Moo-less Chocolate Mousse 

Coco-Monkey Smoothie 

Is your mouth watering yet?!?!?  Yes, there are even "not-sweet" treats in the 21-Day Sugar Detox. She is very creative in finding ways to sweeten treats without sugar, honey, dates or anything else you might usually sweeten treats with. 

I have never done any sort of detox, mainly because I am opposed to the popular 3 or 5 day liquid detoxes. I love how this is a full 21 days of scheduled meals and teaching the body what it really needs. It takes 21 days for something to become a habit. I am starting my 21 days on November 1st. I will (try) to post daily of what I ate, how I feel, how I  am sleeping at night, etc. 

Bottom line- 
If you are tired of that sugar monster or those blood sugar dips throughout the day, pre-order your book HERE. Yes, you can get this book on Kindle but I highly recommend getting it in paperback. Her books are so in depth and just all around beautiful!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Homemade LaraBars

A little over a year ago, we were introduced to Lara Bars. Ever since the first time I tasted one, I have been hooked! They are jammed backed with fruit and nuts. Not only are they nutritionally dense but you can pronounce and know what every ingredient is.

Zach saw that Lara Bars has come out with two new flavors for the fall. We have been on a mission to find these... Snickerdoodle and Pumpkin Spice. We have been to several different Krogers around town and we have had no luck on finding them SO, we decided to make them ourselves. We totally just winged it and they turned out delicious! We wanted to share the recipes with you....

4oz of pitted Dates
4oz roasted salted almonds
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
2 tbsp of coconut milk
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

 Pumpkin Spice
4 oz of dates
4 oz of roasted salted almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1. Put all ingredients in the food processor until well blended. 
2. Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
3. Pour all ingredients in loaf pan and mash it in as tight as you can.
4. Put in fridge for several hours to let it set up.
5. Slice and enjoy!

Easy, easy, easy and SO good. 

Let us know what you think!