Cauliflower Bread Sticks {GF, Grain-Free, Paleo} and a Random Running Playlist

Heeey guys! How was the weekend?!

I saw American Sniper this weekend and that was the first I’ve ever been to a movie where the entire theater remained silent as they were leaving. It was really intense but definitely a must-see.

I was happy to sit for the 2.5 hours because right before I did a 10 miler where my legs felt dead. I started doing speed work DURING my 10 miler to help entertain myself and I could feel my body running itself to an injury. I remembered this quote from Julie Isphording, “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” I immediately slowed down and decided to just enjoy the run rather than beat myself up about speed.

A certain someone got a hold of my running playlist the other day and said “Oh my gosh, what is this?”. Guilty as charged, my playlist is ALL over the place. 1) I have music ADD, 2) I run based on mood, 3) I order my songs based on tempo. I could you give a thorough, thought out explanation for all songs on this list, but I’ll spare you and just tell you I start with a slower song so that I don’t come out of the gates too quickly, I then move to a song that makes my heart smile (please tell me you also made up a dance to C’est la Vie as a kid. If anyone wants to recreate the music video, I’m totally game), and then I do a whole mix of oldies, country, rap, latino, and angry breakup music (even though I’m not going through a breakup…). Hopefully you find at least ONE new song from my randomness and add it to your playlist 🙂.

I’ve been waking up starving lately. Wake up, get vertical, and sprint to the kitchen (<– I think this counts as speed work??). I’m rungry and I cannot help it. So I decided to amp up the nutrient density in my meals, starting with breakfast. This Power Protein Oatmeal is my new go-to and it has approximately: 20 grams protein, 11 grams fiber, and 470 calories. Nutrient dense simply means more nutrients for less calories. Instead of just having rolled oats in the morning, I’ve added flaxseed meal, steel cut oats, almond butter, and a few almonds to keep me full and satiated all morning.

I apologize in advance for the horrible photography skills about to come but I had company over while serving these so I was trying to be stealthy and sneak pics. Despite the lack of good pictures, I can promise you that these were amazing and everyone asked for the recipe. Continuing with our nutrient dense theme, these are Cauliflower Bread Sticks that still give you that breadstick-y taste but with one fourth of the calories.

CAULIFLOWER BREAD STICKS {GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, PALEO}

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Italian herb seasoning
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, ground

**Optional: Use extra cheese and marinara sauce for serving!

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 and line bread-loaf pan with parchment paper. Lightly coat the parchment paper with non-stick spray.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a small pan over low-heat. Once heated, add the garlic and heat for about 1 minute (be sure not to burn the garlic!)
  3. Place your small cauliflower florets into a food processor and processor until rice-like texture. Microwave this mixture for about 8 minutes.
  4. Dry the cauliflower. You an either use a tea cloth, or if you don’t have one, feel free to use paper towels. Get as much of the moisture out as you can!
  5. Combine the cauliflower, egg, mozzarella, seasoning, garlic oil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Place this mixture into your bread-loaf pan and pat smooth.
  7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

You can move the bread sticks to a baking sheet and broil for a few extra minutes, or just serve as is. Serve with marinara sauce!

Q: Most random song on your workout playlist right now?

— Pon de Floor is my latest obsession

Q: Phone or no phone at the dinner table?

— no phone!!

Q: Favorite inspirational quote(s)?!?! I’d love to hear!

 

PS. I’ve been getting a ton of questions about my journey from making the switch from the corporate world to pursuing a career in nutrition. What pushed me to make the switch? Where the heck to even start? …and so many more! I promise I’m not ignoring you, I want to give you the best answer I can and I will do a full post on my journey soon. I’m not the best at sharing personal things but getting your emails about how my journey has inspired you REALLY  warms my heart and if sharing my journey is helpful, then I’ll do my best! 🙂 I appreciate each and every one of my readers, you all are the absolute best.

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