Gods “LOVE” never fails……..

Love

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails……”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

This is one of my favorite bible verses.   I read this and wonder how can I “LOVE” like the GOD above?  I pray that GOD continually shows me how to “Love” my children, my husband, and everyone unconditionally, even myself.  His call to us is that above all we love one another.  “And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13.

As I started this journey in my life to getting healthy and fit, both spiritually and physically I quickly realized how much of my life I spent not loving the body that God made and created for me.  I based the love for myself on what I saw in the mirror.  Through all of this God has shown me that it’s not about how you look on the outside, but what fills your heart!  When I truly accepted God’s love; my heart was filled with his spirit and everything else fell into place.  He helped me with food.  He helped me want to exercise even when the voice in the back of my head was telling me not too.   It was not until he showed me that when I made him a priority, he helped me accomplish more than I could ever imagined on my own.

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, I have to share an AMAZING Gluten-Free brownie recipe I recently made for my family!  I found these on one of my favorite websites and I have to say this is the best brownie I have made to date that follows all of my dietary needs.  Everyone loved them and I guarantee they would be a hit to show your family some homemade “LOVE” this weekend!!   Here is a picture of how they turned out!

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Love, Becca XXOO

Go to Deliciously Organic for the original recipe!.

Fudgy Brownie Recipe (Grain-Free, Paleo)

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Butter an 8-inch glass square pan. Place butter and chocolate in the bowl of a double boiler. Melt over low heat. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and whisk in sugar, sea salt, and vanilla extract. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Whisk in tapioca flour and coconut flour. Let batter sit for 5 minutes (this allows the coconut flour to absorb some of the moisture). Pour batter into the buttered baking dish and smooth into an even layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are just pulling away from the sides and middle is still just a touch moist. Cool and then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

For the “Love” of Food

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I would definitely say that I am a full fledged foodie at heart, always have and always will be. I remember 4 years ago, when I started having health issues, I thought I could never go without gluten, sugar and dairy! It’s crazy how hard it is to have to limit myself, everyone just wants what they want when they want it. I’ve been reading the book of Acts and I look at all of the pain and suffering that Paul endured to spread the good news “that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:23. Paul had one care and it was to share all that God had done, by sending his only son so we could be saved. His pain and suffering is more than I could ever imagine and definitely makes me realize that my health issues are very trivial in terms of Paul’s life and the pain Jesus endured on the cross so we could be saved.

Having said that I still had to find a healthy way to eliminate these foods from my diet and make it a lifestyle where I did not feel I was missing out all the time. I believe God uses these things in our lives to show us that through him all things are possible and through Christ who strengthens us we can do all things!!

So I quickly developed a passion for taking my favorite foods and making them fit into my new lifestyle. Every week my husband and I find new recipes to try. He is the master chef and I alter the ingredients to make them healthy for our whole family!

I’m going to start with one of my favorite foods, homemade chocolate chip cookies, in particular the “Tollhouse Recipe” on the bag!! I think we finally nailed it this past weekend. Believe it or not we only substituted 3 ingredients, sugar, white flour and chocolate chips with honey, spelt flour and “Enjoy Life” Chocolate Chips.

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I tested them out at our Bible Study this past weekend and everyone including the kids kept coming back for seconds. Check out the pictures below and the recipe! Simple, easy, and definitely a healthier, clean version of one of my favorite foods!!! Send me your favorite food and I would love to create a healthy version for you!!

Love, Becca. 🙂

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups of Spelt Flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup of honey
2 sticks of organic butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 bag of “Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips”
1 cup walnuts

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A Peek Into My Craziness:)

Since you’ve seen me in a bikini I might as well show you a peek into my craziness!  I know everyone is crazy, running faster then the speed of light with not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  I can sympathize with all of you, that is why I meet with God at 5am every morning #1 It’s quiet, #2 No distractions and the most important #3 I’m a train wreck without Him!

Something He is teaching me right now is “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Ephesians: 4 22-24  Isn’t that awesome to know that if we don’t put off our old self we will continue to be corrupted by our deceitful desires but if we put on our “new self” that we are created to be like God.  This is exactly what happens to me when I don’t have time to read my bible or just have a quiet time with God, I easily fall back to my former way of life.

After God teaches me something new and I pray for motivation to move my body I give 100% to my workout (most of the time).  For me it’s not about being the strongest or fittest but being the best I can be.  Here is a peek at our craziness at the gym!  Just jump over something, the bigger the betterSmile

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When I get home at 7am I wash the gym germs off my hands and it is breakfast for the troops and getting my husband off to work.  My breakfast has been the same for a while because I LOVE it!!!

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You can read the details here!family

Then it’s on to home schooling my crew!     It’s a long story about how I ended up home schooling but we love it!  I won’t bore you with all the details but just know it’s a little crazy!

Time for lunch!  Food is constant in my house between prepping, cooking, cleaning, and eating it’s a full time job.  So the only way we eat healthy and I don’t lose my mind is making a ton of food at once.  Monday is usually our big cooking day, this week we grilled up 4lbs of homemade turkey burgers, 5lbs of chicken, tons roasted veggies, a rice cooker full of brown rice and a couple cups of Quinoa.  It sounds like a lot, but it makes the rest of our week so much easier and it’s nice having all those healthfridgey options just waiting for us!

You’ve seen me in a bikini, now I’m showing you my fridge. Here it is, stocked up for the week, packed to the brim and in just a few days it will be close to empty. One of my favorite things to have on hand that everyone loves including Paige is our veggie filled turkey burger courtesy of my sister in California.  Paige and I eat our turkey burgers mashed up in brown rice or Quinoa with a bunch of cooked veggies thrown in, it’s a microwave meal in minutes!  My husband takes them to work and my kids love them on a bun with ketchup!

This is the recipe and on a side note when I shred my veggies I do half coarse (or larger) and half finely shredded.

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I’m tired and I only got to lunch, so later this week I’ll give you a peek at the second half of my crazinessSmile

Don’t try and be perfect just be the best you can be!

Love, Shannon