August 29, 2016

10 Minute Blueberry Pork Chops (SCD, Whole 30, AIP, GAPS, Paleo, Low FODMAP)


Note: This post was updated in August 2016. It was originally posted February 2014.

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"Are you eating blue meat?!"

That is what my mother asked me when she saw me eating these pork chops one night. And I had to say yes since the blueberries do turn the meat blue. It might look gross but trust me these taste really good! So who cares what they look like. At least I don't. And I bet your kids will actually think it's pretty fun to eat blue meat for dinner. Any way to make meal time even more enjoyable can never hurt right?


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I make these pork chops on a fairly regular basis because they are super easy, healthy, and most importantly, tasty! That's a pretty good combination if you ask me. I wish I could say I had the time to make elaborate dinners every night but during residency that is just not feasible. So these pork chops are an easy solution for nights that are rushed. These only have four ingredients and are ready in less than 10 minutes. How is that for easy and fast? And so much healthier than fast food! (Don't even get me started on that rant...)




Is anyone else sad that the Olympics are over? We have to wait another four years for the next ones! They always go by way too quickly if you ask me. I wasn't able to watch nearly as much as I usually do this go around because of all the studying I am doing. Apparently it's pretty important that I know things like what the histology of my patient's skin rash would look like under the microscope or how to draw antibody pathways of the immune system. Because clearly this knowledge will allow me to treat my patients better. Honestly, the random things they make us learn for these exams is ridiculous, and in no way representative of how good or bad of physicians we actually are! The only thing motivating me to keep studying right now is the trip to Bali I have planned as soon as the exam is over! I cannot wait to get on that plane and get to the beach! If any of you have been to Bali I would love to get your suggestions on things I must see and do while I am there. Right now nothing has been set in stone (other than my flights) so I am open to anything you suggest!







You know what else is sad besides the Olympics being over? Blueberry season is ending. My favourite food season has come and gone for another year. Hopefully you still have some blueberries in your fridge that you can use to make these pork chops though. Because they really are delicious I promise. I would never lie to you when it comes to food. And like I mentioned, they are ready in less than 10 minutes so you can get a healthy, tasty, meal on the table in no time. These 10 Minute Blueberry Pork Chops are also compatible with most special diets, including paleo, AIP, Whole 30, GAPS, SCD and low FODMAP. Because it's like I always say, healthy food doesn't have to be boring! And even though you may be eating a restricted diet doesn't mean you have to miss out on tasty meals. At least not in my world. 

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10 Minute Blueberry Pork Chops


Ingredients

5-6 ethically pork chops (buy here)
3-4 TBSP coconut oil (This is my favourite brand)
1 1/2- 2 cups Fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 tsp sea salt (or more to taste)

Directions

1. Place a large pan on the stove on medium heat.
2. Place the coconut oil, sea salt, and blueberries in the pan and allow to heat until blueberries start to break apart (a couple minutes)
3. While the oil and blueberries are heating, rinse your pork chops and pat dry
4. Add the pork chops to the pan, cooking for 3-4 minutes per side (Ensure your pan is at full heat before adding your pork chops or they won't cook nearly as quickly)
5. Remove from heat and enjoy!

NOTE: Cooking pork chops can be a challenge as it is really easy to overcook them. A good rule of thumb is that they should still be slightly soft in the middle (if they are firm all over they are overcooked) and depending on the size of your pork chops you may need to alter the cooking time slightly.

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August 15, 2016

Raspberry Coconut Popsicles (Paleo, Vegan, Whole 30, AIP, Low FODMAP, GAPS, SCD)



It's another beautiful week! And what's going to make it even better are these Raspberry Coconut Popsicles. Yes these are pretty delicious my friends. And so easy to make! Seriously just wait until you see the recipe. You will thank me I promise. 

So let's see, what's been going on in my life since my last post... 
Studying, studying, and a little more studying. Oh and throw in a little side of work too. Yep, pretty exciting my friends. Pretty darn exciting. 



But you know what is exciting? The Olympics!

Have you been watching? Oh my goodness I'm obsessed. I used to swim competitively so swimming has been my sport of choice so far. And man are those guys fast! Like so fast. Penny Oleksiak is officially my new Canadian hero. 16 years old and she has already won 4 Olympic medals! It's insane. Especially as a Canadian. As a country we aren't exactly known as a swimming powerhouse that's for sure. I really hope this gets people excited about the sport of swimming in Canada over the next little while. It would be so amazing to see more success for the sport. 

The other sport I always love watching is gymnastics. How those men and women get their bodies to do the things that they do just amazes me. Such strength, flexibility and power all rolled into one. 

Oh and diving! That's another sport I would never dare to do! Throwing yourself head first from a 10 meter platform just terrifies me. So many chances for things to go wrong! I can only imagine how many face plants and miserable training exercises go into making those dives look as good as they do. 

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The other thing I have been dealing with lately is a back injury. I wish I had some epic story to tell you about how I hurt it, but the sad truth is that I honestly don't know! It's so annoying. I just woke up one day a few months ago with pain. I assume I did something during one of my workouts but I honestly have no idea. Anyways I have been doing lots of massage, cupping, rest, ice, heat and dry needling over the last two months or so trying to get things under control. And two weeks ago I finally started seeing an osteopath. And I can honestly say that that is the first thing that really seems to be helping! You guys know me, always willing to explore all aspects of integrative and alternative medicine, and osteopathy is one form of healing that I had never experienced before. It is a very interesting form of medicine if you ask me. 




The Canadian College of Osteopathy defines osteopathy as "a natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the cause of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues...The osteopathic philosophy embraces the notion that the body is naturally capable of healing itself. The practitioner of Traditional Osteopathy works with the body to enhance this natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal."

Fingers crossed that with a couple more treatments I will finally be feeling better! I am going a little stir crazy not being able to do the workouts I normally do. That sweaty stress release is so crucial to me! 

Have any of you ever tried osteopathy? What was your experience? I would love to hear your stories. 



But let's get to why you really came here. For these Raspberry Coconut Popsicles! You guys are going to love these I promise. Unless you don't like raspberries I guess... But who doesn't like raspberries? They are honestly one of my favourite fruits. Raspberries and blueberries. I'm not sure I would be able to pick if you asked me to. 

I also can't believe this is the first popsicle recipe I have made for the blog. How I let that one slide until now I do not know. Especially when making them is so easy! Trust me, even the worst of cooks will be able to handle this one. 

This recipe is also great because it is compatible with almost every special diet there is. Paleo, vegan, Whole 30, AIP, low FODMAP, GAPS and the SCD! And yes you read that correctly, Whole 30 compatible popsicles! Just because you are avoiding sugars doesn't mean you can't enjoy dessert once in a while.

I would love to know if you make these and what you think. 

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Raspberry Coconut Popsicles Recipe 


Ingredients

12 oz fresh raspberries
1 cup full fat coconut milk (I use this brand)
2 TBSP coconut oil (this brand is my favourite
2 TBSP melted coconut manna or coconut butter (buy here
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (Omit for AIP)

Optional: 2 TBSP raw honey or maple syrup (omit for Whole 30, use maple syrup for FODMAPS and vegan, and honey for SCD) 

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients into your Vitamix or other high speed blender
2. Blend well until smooth
3. Spoon the ingredients into your popsicle molds (I used these BPA free ones
4. Place the molds in the freezer for 6-8 hours
5. Remove from the freezer and run the molds under warm water for 30-60 seconds
6. Remove the popsicles from the molds and enjoy!

Yield: 6 popsicles

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