Shrimp Cucumber Salad

I just got back from an amazing post-work run, and I have come to a solid conclusion. I will never ever be a contender to win a race, but sometimes it just feels fantastic to run! I must admit that I listened to a total of two songs for the duration of my 3.1 mile run, and I am totally okay with that. These two songs particularly pump me up and keep me going: Titanium (David Guetta), and All Over You (Live). I realize that these two songs are not all that similar, but dang, they make me run my version of fast.

So since the 21 day sugar detox, I have been so significantly better about craving sugar. I think I want something every now and again, but I don’t crave the giant bowl of sugar laden ice cream on an hourly basis like before. However, two days ago I got the most hardcore craving for M n’ M’s I think I have ever had in my life. Even pre-Paleo, I didn’t eat M n’ M’s so it was a tad bit bizarre. However, there I was sitting in my office and I would have probably tackled someone for a bag of those little sweet morsels. It is important to note that by “bag” I am actually referring to the 5 pound bag of them as opposed to the snack or even personal sized. Thankfully my craving passed and I just moved on as if it never happened.

The reason I bring up cravings is because that is precisely how this little recipe formulated in my brain. I was having a major hankering for some Old Bay shrimp. I love me some seafood, and my friend was selling shrimp as a fundraiser for a track team that he coaches. It was awesome…they even had a shrimp hotline. So I bought a pound of shrimp and made this little picturesque concoction for a party 🙂

Shrimp Cucumber Salad

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Cucumber Salad Portion:

Ingredients:

1 Cucumber
1 Lemon
1 T coarse sea salt
1 t Old Bay

(please note that the above picture was a triple amount of this recipe)

Directions

1. Use your amazing spiralizer that you got for your birthday from your awesome mother to spiral slice the cucumber. If you don’t have one…no worries at all! Just slice up a cucumber. It will taste the same, I promise!

2. Toss in a bowl along with the juice from one lemon, the salt, and the Old Bay.

Shrimp Portion:

Ingredients:

1/2 Lb Shrimp
Old Bay

Directions:

1. Steam shrimp with your desired amount of Old Bay. I typically do an extremely light dusting prior to steaming.

2. Peel shrimp. (Or display them pretty on top of your noodles, take a picture, and then peel them….whatever!)

3. Put them on top of your cucumber noodle salad and do another dusting of Old Bay if desired. It was definitely desired at this house!

So on a side note, Shep did not make it to this party with me. He was home and very sick. So being the thoughtful fiance that I am, I left him an adorable single-serving portion…because I am cheesy like that!

Shrimp heart

21DSD Cacao Smoothie

Good afternoon, my friends!

I figured since I am home sick (for the third day in a row…) I would go ahead and pretend like I am good at keeping up with my blog. Joke is on me though, because you all know how terrible I am at keeping this thing up. Regardless, I do have a delicious recipe to share with you all!

So Shep and I just finished up a 21 Day Sugar Detox (hence the 21DSD title…). It went absolutely fantastic and is wonderful. Aside from the fact that my lovely fiance and I ended up with this horrid sinus virus, I feel absolutely fantastic. Doing this detox has left me with so much more energy, better sleep patterns, and taste buds that no longer crave sugar as fervently as before. Oddly enough, we have both found ourselves enjoying the tastes of food more. We are using so many more real food options, and we are really and truly able to taste a difference. Also, when I get hungry, I tend to get mean and snappy. Since this detox, I find that when I am hungry I am no longer a jittery ball of stress about to bite the head off of any poor schmuck that happens to cross my path. I no longer have to send the following text to Shep:

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Anyway, I highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting control of their sugar cravings. There are different levels that you may choose from according to what you think you will be successful with accomplishing. Plus, Diane and her group at Balanced Bites are amazing with providing resources and support. Want to check it out? You should! Here is the information on the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

So the inspiration for this smoothie came from a random site that we found by searching for the 21DSD in google. We found a simple and easy green smoothie that we became addicted to almost immediately. I’m not about claiming credit for something that I didn’t come up with, so if you want to see the recipe for this extremely simple and delectable smoothie, check it out here: 21DSD Green Monster.

One day I went to go make my smoothie, and we were out of any kind of leafy greens. That is a very odd day for our household, but I wasn’t about to not have my “treat.” So what I did instead was make my smoothie with 100% unsweetened cacao powder, and it made my little heart happy. So, here it is!!

21DSD Cacao Smoothie

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3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 frozen banana (if you are doing the detox, make sure the banana has green on the tips still. The pre-ripe version has significantly less sugar)

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter

1 tablespoon %100 unsweetened cacao powder.

Directions:

1. Put it in a blender and mix until it is nice and smooth.

2. Drink it 😉