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Whole Life Challenge

Challenge Accepted.  The Whole Life Challenge is a 6 week program that focuses on 6 daily habits: Nutrition, Exercise, Mobiization, Sleep, Hydration, Well-Being, and Reflection.  Team Art of Strength Minnesota welcomes all to participate and potentially make a positive difference in your life.

Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies

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Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes Yield: 10 cookies Ingredients 100 g. (3/4 cup) avocado flesh (very ripe, but not brown) ½ cup (120mL) coconut sugar or substitute 2 ripe bananas (*SEE NOTES) 1 egg (FOR VEGAN VERSION SEE BELOW) ½ cup (120mL) dark cocoa powder 50 g. dark chocolate chunks (I used 85% cocoa) ½ tsp. baking soda 4 dates Instructions Preheat oven to 175°C / 350° F. In a bowl using a hand mixer, mix together avoca...
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| Categories: Dessert | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance , Vegetarian , Vegan

Butternut Squash Soup

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 3 Tablespoons clarified butter, ghee or coconut oil 1/2 cup onion 3 cups diced seeded peeled butternut squash 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 4 cups chicken broth 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Directions In a large pot, melt the cooking fat over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom of the pot. When the fat is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, ...
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| Categories: Main Dish, Soups | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance , Vegetarian , Vegan

Herb-Roasted Cashews

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Ingredients:  13 oz raw cashews 1.5 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. rosemary, chopped 1 tsp. thyme, chopped 1 tsp. kosher salt Black pepper to taste Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 F 2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl; toss well  3. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper  4. Spread cashews evenly over baking sheet  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned https://noshingwiththenolands.com/herb-roasted-cashews/  ...
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| Categories: Side Dish, Snack, Appetizers | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

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PREP TIME: 15 MINS COOK TIME: 8 HOURS TOTAL TIME: 8 HOURS 15 MINS YIELD: 10-12 INGREDIENTS 2 ¾ – 3 lb. boneless beef chuck roast 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 6-oz. can tomato paste 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 ½ Tbsp. apple cider vinegar ½ cup water 2 tsp. garlic powder 1 ½ tsp. oregano, dried 2 tsp. chili powder 2 tsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. sea salt ½ tsp. black pepper Simple Cole Slaw 1 9-ounce bag cole s...
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| Categories: Main Dish | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance , Slow Cooker
Prep Time 20 mins  Cook Time 30 mins  Total Time 0:50 Serves 22 jalapeños halves      Ingredients 11 jalapeños, cut in half, seeds removed (leave seeds if you like it spicy) 2 cups rotisserie chicken 1/3 cup mayo (make sure it is WLC compliant) 1/3 cup hot sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot Sauce) pinch of black pepper 1 pound bacon (thin cut), each piece cut in half sliced green onions flake salt, for garnish Instructions ...
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| Categories: Main Dish, Snack, Appetizers | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance

Coconut Bacon

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Prep time: 2 mins Cook time: 13 mins Total time: 15 mins   Savory, crispy coconut bacon made on 1 pan in 15 minutes! Perfect for topping salads, adding to sandwiches (hello vegan BLT), dips, and more! Author: Minimalist Baker Recipe type: Side, Snack Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 2 cups Ingredients 2 cups (160 g) large flake unsweetened coconut 1 Tbsp (15 ml) avocado or grape seed oil (or another neutral oil) 2 Tbsp (30 ml) tamari 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 Tbsp (...
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| Categories: Side Dish, Breakfast, Snack | Tags: Kickstart , Vegetarian , Vegan
Author: Demeter | Beaming Baker Recipe type: Snacks, Sweets, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Serves: 10 servings (about 2 cups) INGREDIENTS 1 ½ tablespoons coconut sugar 1 tablespoon water ¼ teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. In a large bowl, add coconut sugar and water. Whisk until sugar is almost ...
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| Categories: Side Dish, Snack, Appetizers | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Vegetarian , Vegan

Plantain Tortillas

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Ingredients Plantains (1 plantain yields 4 standard size taco shells or 1 large wrap) Instructions Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Slice the ends off of the plantains and cut into 5-6 rounds. Boil for about 15-20 minutes or until they are easily pierced with a fork. Drain. Peel the outer peel off of the plantains and toss the plantains into a blender. Blend just until they come together into a dough. Remove the dough and place in a bowl. Knead once or twice and then divi...
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| Categories: Side Dish, Main Dish, Appetizers | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance , Vegetarian , Vegan

Paleo Coffee Creamer

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Ingredients 2 13.5 oz cans full fat coconut milk 1/4 cup liquefied coconut oil 2 Organic pasture raised eggs 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract 1 tbsp almond extract 1/4 cup Honey (optional) or 1/8 cup Monk fruit sugar or Stevia (omit for Whole30) 1 tsp cinnamon (optional) Instructions Put all ingredients in a blender and mix thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container (I use a 30 oz. Ball canning jar) for up to 2 wee...
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| Categories: Breakfast | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance , Coffee

Peppermint Mocha Creamer

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Ingredients: 1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk 1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder 2 to 3 Tablespoons Monkfruit Sugar, Organic Grade B Maple Syrup or Stevia (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.) 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract (Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon) 1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla Extract Directions: Add all ingredients into your blender and blend well, about 45 to 60 seconds, stopping once to scrape the sides with a spatula...
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| Categories: Breakfast | Tags: Kickstart , Lifestyle , Performance , Coffee
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