My First Giveaway and Six Treat Recipes to Try

Now that I’m back in Portland with access to more foods and products, along with all of my kitchen gadgets, I can’t wait try some of these tasty looking treats that I found via Pinterest. I love gathering recipes on Pinterest, even though they tend to pile up before I get around to testing any of them out. I have a feeling that’s a common dilemma for most pinners though…

Anyway, if you try any of these before I do, let me know how things turn out! Click on each picture to find the recipe.

For info about the GIVEAWAY, scroll down to the bottom. You don’t want to miss it!

Vanilla bean carmelitas from
Vanilla bean carmelitas from PaleOMG. I’ll just have to use baking soda in place of the powder and omit the chocolate chips when I make these. Since I’m still adhering to the SCD for treating my SIBO, those are both a no-go.
Summer mocktail: banana pina colada
Summer mocktail: banana pina colada from the Free People blog. Do I really need to say any more here? That’s a whole lot of yumminess in that glass. Put me on a tropical beach somewhere and I’ll be good to go!
Macaroons -- make with almond butter instead of peanut and use honey as sweetener. Omit swerve.
Macaroons from the Wheat Belly blog — make with almond butter instead of peanut and use honey as sweetener. Omit swerve. By the way, I had to Google swerve … I have never ever heard of that stuff before. Is this new to anyone else?
Raw pumpkin cheesecake
Raw pumpkin cheesecake from The Detoxinista. Funny thing is, there’s actually no pumpkin in the recipe, just the pie spices and carrot puree instead. You could totally make this with pumpkin or butternut squash puree though. This recipe makes me excited for fall!
Grain-free graham crackers
Can you believe this? Grain-free graham crackers?! Seriously. These are courtesy of Joyful Abode. When I make these, I’ll replace the baking powder with baking soda and use all honey as the sweetener — no sugar — and probably even cut down on the total amount. I’m used to things being less sweet and actually prefer it that way.
Creamy dreamy frozen custard
Creamy dreamy frozen custard from the Paleo Parents. Thank goodness I have an ice cream maker, that’s all I have to say.
Raspberries and cream cake
Raspberries and cream cake by The Urban Poser. Isn’t it beautiful? I love the idea of making these for a brunch.

Now that I’ve shared some drool-worthy recipes, it’s time for the giveaway! Yay for my first giveaway! The giveaway is for a Ozeri Epicurean digital kitchen scale (so handy, by the way), sponsored by SlimKicker. SlimKicker is a free calorie counter game that tracks your diet & fitness goals and uses a points and rewards system to do so. Points are gained by tracking healthy calories, and completing various health challenges such as quitting soda for a week. You can upload a picture of a reward such as a treat, new workout top or piece of exercise equipment, and you’ll get a reminder  to reward yourself when you reach a certain number of points. Sign up and play their calorie counter game here.

To enter to win, just leave a comment with your suggestion of a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge. Please try and keep your idea to 1-2  sentences. SlimKicker will pick their favorite idea and then I’ll announce the winner next week.

This could be yours!
This lovely digital scale could be yours. Enter to win! (Photo credit:

16 thoughts on “My First Giveaway and Six Treat Recipes to Try

  1. mrsbordeaux12 August 23, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    What yummy recipes! Right now, the biggest challenge I’m taking on is making all my meals at home. That’s a great diet challenge!

    • paleoinportland August 23, 2012 / 8:42 pm

      I know, don’t the recipes look fantastic? I can’t take credit for them though! Thanks for submitting your idea 🙂

  2. Jessica Craig August 23, 2012 / 8:21 pm

    I am excited to try that ‘pumpkin’ cheesecake recipe! My current food challenge has been replacing pre-packaged and prepared foods in my diet with things I made myself…my two favorites recently have been home-made almond milk and hummus.

    • paleoinportland August 23, 2012 / 8:41 pm

      I know, I can’t wait to try it either, Jess! Thanks for submitting your challenge idea too 🙂

  3. khaniasJournal August 24, 2012 / 9:12 am

    My challenge idea is to eat a rainbow everyday! All color fruits and veggies to go with lean protein. 😉

  4. sexyflexi August 24, 2012 / 11:11 am

    Oh man, I’ve been wanting a scale forever!
    Fitness challenge idea: try a new type of workout at least once a week: crossfit, running, kickboxing, etc. Groupon and other deals makes this so accessible!

  5. paleoinpdx August 24, 2012 / 11:26 am

    Yay, thanks for your challenge ideas @sexyflexi and @khaniasjournal!

  6. Fran August 25, 2012 / 7:01 am

    That Raspberry and Cream Cake looks incredible. My challenge idea would be to make an obstacle course in your house or backyard with things around the house, like chairs, books, even your kids toys. Maybe they’ll join in too!

    • paleoinpdx August 25, 2012 / 7:16 am

      I know, doesn’t it? I can’t wait to try it out one of these days! Thanks for your challenge idea, Fran 🙂

  7. Angela August 26, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    let’s see… a good challenge idea, for me at least would be to try a new sport or workout. For me I always end up doing the same workouts which can be boring, so a challenge is just to do something you’ve never done.. try Insanity or something.

  8. kylan August 27, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    My favorite challenge is to take my most sinfull desserts or indulgences and turn them into sinless healthy delights! Usually you can substitute the “bad” ingredients with veggie or fruit bases and still end up with a delicious treat.

  9. Pink Peppercorn and Paprika August 27, 2012 / 9:23 pm

    I am so excited about those macaroons! I have been on a coconut kick lately and am on the search for healthy recipes to incorporate it with. I also just bought a jar of coconut oil (yay for healthy fats) to use instead of butter for baking.

    As for a fun fitness challenge, I find that small steps go a long way when trying to implement healthy changes in one’s life. I used to live 30 mins walking distance from my work so it was a simple trek, but recently, the distance has become a 1 hr walk because I moved. However, I found that I enjoyed the walk to and from work (as a refreshing wake up in the AM, and a nice de-stresser in the PM) so much, I continue to do it almost everyday regardless of the extra distance. Once something becomes a habit, it is hard to break! Now, I even look forward to my time spent walking through the city.

    So for those who are lucky enough to live in an area where they can walk to work, I totally encourage it. Plus it helps with the environment (added bonus).

  10. marisquared August 28, 2012 / 8:06 am

    A fun fitness idea is to clean a local park and recruit friends as volunteers. You can help beautify the community and get a work out at the same time. Another idea is to plant an organic garden with your family, it’s a wonderful way to spend spend quality time together, plus you reap the benefits of the uncontaminated fruits and veggies at the end of the season.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  11. aubrey bach August 29, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    My husband and I got Nike+ fuel bands and compete to see who moves more every day.

  12. paleoinpdx August 31, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    FYI to everyone that submitted an idea, the winner will be announced tomorrow. I don’t normally post on weekends, but for this instance, I will be. Stay tuned!!

  13. paleoinpdx September 1, 2012 / 12:13 pm

    Winner is officially announced, ladies! Check it out and see if you’re the lucky one!

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