Easy Guacamole

  1. A grocery chain came out with bags of frozen avocado chunks recently.


I have been adding it to my smoothies to get those beneficial good fats and vitamins from the world’s most nutritious fruit.

So tonight as I fight a head cold, I thought some spicy guacamole might clean out the sinuses ūüôā

You can add fresh cilantro if you like…but it’s -15 out so I don’t have any.

Easy Guacamole

Makes about 2.5 cups 

2 cups frozen avocado, thawed.

1 small yellow onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp lemon juice

Dash of cayenne pepper, sea salt, black pepper, cumin, and crushed red chilli flakes.

Mash everything together (I put mine through the VitaMix for about 15 seconds at medium speed).

Serve with veggies or gluten-free, grain-free chips.

Turmeric Tuna Burgers

Whoa!!! It’s been a while since I posted anything on this site. ¬†Word Press had a meltdown, and GoDaddy said they couldn’t help me because it was a third-party program.

That was July 2016 and it took until today for me to sit down with my laptop and figure this s&it out.  Imagine my surprise when I actually saw my site again with all my recipes and pictures intact.  I almost cried.

I almost let the site go because I was finding it hard to have freelance work, build my small business, Khala Naturals, coach CrossFit a couple times a week, and do all the other things that we pack into our lives.

That changed yesterday when I got a note from a friend on facebook:

“Hey BJ, I have a friend that has gotten into the whole life challenge and I was telling her all about you and your sisters achievements etc.
Trying to find links to the video, the challenge and your cook books and such but having trouble finding what I am looking for…so much stuff on facebook…if you could send me some links to this I would greatly appreciate it and will share with her.
She is on a 30 day challenge now and when she finished we are both going to try the one that you sent me. Yep…new year…another attempt at a lifestyle change…her name is ***** ¬†if you wish to say hello or send her anything on this…she is very interested:)”

It’s been almost seven years since I made my big life change dropping 50 pounds and getting more active. ¬†Sometimes I forget how impressive that change was and how others look at me for inspiration. ¬†That’s not an ego trip, it’s just fact.

That has put things in a different perspective for me now. ¬†Yes, I am stupid-busy with a lot of things on the go constantly, but I have to remember the events that brought me to this point and that it’s my job to help others attain the health and happiness I have found.

So…with that said, here’s a recipe that is a go-to for me on busy days. ¬†Lots of good Omega 3s, protein, and that amazing turmeric. ¬†Be sure to add the black pepper so you get the full benefit¬†of tumeric’s antioxident properties.

Turmeric Tuna Burgers

1tsp coconut oil
1 can white tuna (in water, drained)
1 stalk celery, diced
1 green onion, diced
1 egg (optional)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
Dashes of black pepper, sea salt, basil, crushed red chilli flakes, cumin, and oregano.

Melt the coconut in a pan over medium heat.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Form into two burger patties. Cook for about seven minutes on one side. Flip and cook for another five minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with spinach salad and cucumber.
Makes 2 burgers.

Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream


Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream

2 cans full fat coconut milk (chilled)
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp raw cocoa
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp Matcha Tea powder
1–1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (your preference)
1/2 to 1 cup raw cacoa nibs (your preference)

Blend everything except the nibs together until well combined.
If using an ice cream maker, pour into the machine while running and process for 19 minutes.
Add the cacoa nibs and mix for one more minute.
Remove immediately from ice cream maker. Transfer to a freezer safe container. Continue reading “Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream”

Superfood Boosts

I know I have been less than diligent lately with posting about food and fitness…life really does just get in the way sometimes.

I am happy to see so many people in my life start changing their lives for the better though! ¬†You know who you all are and I’m really proud of your progress! ¬†Keep it up. ¬†It’s amazing how a positive attitude attracts more positivity into one’s life. ¬†It’s certainly acts like a magnet!

The biggest example I have is my husband, Mike. ¬†About two months ago, I urged him to join me on a one-time-please-because-you-love-me guilt trip to an acroyoga class. ¬†To say he took to it like a fish to water would be an understatement. ¬†HE LOVES ACROYOGA and even did a yoga challenge with me on Instagram this month. ¬†Follow our adventures on Instagram @bend_it_like_bj or search for us on YouTube using “Flexy and Bendy”. ¬†It’s totally a blast and you can come along too! ¬†Saturdays at noon at CrossFit Vortex¬†with Super Dave Ung from acroyoga360.com. ¬†$15 for 90 minutes gets you a whole lot of fun and fitness. ¬†Emphasis on the fun. ¬†Laughing is a guarantee!


My friend, Michelle, posted this recipe from foodmatters.tv recently and I thought it was a perfect addition to the snack selection at CrossFit Vortex. ¬†I made it today along with the Vortex Bars (which are in my latest book…which you can find a link to here in either hard copy or e-book form) and then I made some soap.

Yep, that’s my new thing this year. ¬†I’m creating a line of completely chemical free soaps/shampoos and will eventually branch out into moisturizers, balms and that sort of thing. ¬†I made simple and functional soaps without chemical fragrances or colours. ¬†I think it’s important to be clean on the inside and clean on the outside!!

You can follow my soap adventures on Instagram @khala_naturals until I have an actual website.


Now back to the food!

Again, this is from foodmatters.tv and it’s pretty darned delicious! ¬†One batch for me made 18 28g (1oz) balls.


Superfood Boosts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time:  30 minutes

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup Goji berries
3 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse.
Once the mixture starts to stick together, either chill for 5 minutes and then roll into balls or press into an 8″x 8″ baking pan and chill for 30 minutes. ¬†Cut into bars and serve or store in the freezer for a quick snack.



Beef & Asparagus One Pan Dinner


So many people still choose junk food over a healthy dinner because of price or convenience. I say saving a buck or two now will cost you big time later…so spend a bit on quality ingredients now instead of medications that won’t make you better or feel good later.

Tonight’s one pan dinner is easy on the wallet and easy to clean up.
1 lb ground beef
Dashes of black pepper, sea salt, smoked paprika, turmeric, and cumin.
6 asparagus spears, chopped
2 cups black kale, stem removed and chopped
2 tsp hot sauce (optional )

Brown ground beef over medium heat ( I didn’t use any oil).
Add asparagus. Mix in. Cover and cook for three minutes.
Add kale. Cover and cook for another one to two minutes.
Serve with hot sauce and a quarter cup of guacamole (this is the 12 pack organic cups from Costco).

Oven Roasted Pizza Caps


If you don’t love pizza, I don’t want to know you.

Just kidding…sorta.

I was scrolling through Instagram one day and saw someone making pizza on a portabello mushroom cap.  Perfect.

I made them for Mike last week and you might have seen the video on my facebook.com/nopainpaleo page, Instagram or Twitter (@nopainpaleo).  He was a little excited to dig in or he was just REALLY hungry.

I made them again on Tuesday night while Mike was at hockey.  I saved him two and he was pretty pleased (and surprised) about that.  I had leftover toppings so I just added them to some baby spinach for my lunch the next day.
Feel free to change up the ingredients listed to suit your tastes.  I was just using odds and ends left in the fridge.

Oven Roasted Pizza Caps
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 1-3

5 portobello mushroom caps
3 tbsp olive oil
6-7 slices nitrate and sugar-free bacon, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 head broccoli, chopped

6-8 cherry tomatoes, diced (optional)
5 mushroom stems, diced (optional)
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp basil
2 tsp red pepper chilli flakes
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 cups baby spinach
1/2 can of tomato sauce


Preheat oven to 400F.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.  If you have a wire rack that fits in snugly, use it too.

Heat a large skillet over medium high and add the bacon pieces.  Add the onion when the fat on the bacon starts to turn clear.

Fry the onion and bacon together for about three to five minutes.  Turn down the heat if the onions start to turn brown quickly.

While the bacon and onions cook, rinse the mushrooms, removing any organic material that may be on them and remove the stem.  You can add the stem to the toppings mixture if you desire.
Brush olive oil on both sides of the mushroom cap. ¬†I used my fingers if you don’t have a brush. ¬†Do not use a lot of oil. ¬†This is merely to add a bit of moisture to the mushrooms before roasting.
Place the caps gill side down on the wire rack.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

Go back to the skillet and add in the other vegetables except the spinach.  Toss in the spices and combine.  Cover and cook for five to seven minutes (check on it a few times to make sure nothing burns).
Near the end of the cooking time, add in the spinach and let it start to wilt.  Mix into the rest of the skillet contents.


Remove the mushroom caps from the oven and turn them over.
Some moisture may have formed on the caps, so carefully dab it away with a paper towel.
Spoon a tablespoon or two of tomato sauce onto the mushroom caps.
Carefully spoon the pizza toppings onto the mushroom caps.  You can pile it up pretty high if you need.
Top with another spoonful of tomato sauce.
Place the pan back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool for a couple minutes before eating.

Cranberry Apple Baked Pork Chops

This meal can be thrown together in under 45 minutes (as long as you defrosted the chops beforehand!)

You can certainly change out the veggies if you don’t like cauliflower. ¬†Try broccoli or zucchini instead. ¬†Feeding a family? ¬†Add more veggies and chops. ¬†This recipe was created with two people in mind.


1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 large pork chops
2 apples, cored and sectioned into 8 or 12 pieces each
1 onion, chopped
1 small sweet potato, chopped
2 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup chicken stock
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried thyme
dash of sea salt and black pepper

Preheat oven to 425F.
In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium/high heat.
Add the chops when the pan is hot and sear each side for 3 minutes. ¬†You want to create a light brown crust…not scorch it so adjust the temperature accordingly.
Meanwhile, chop your veggies.
In a small bowl, combine the stock, vinegar, oil and spices.
When the chops are seared on both sides, place on a cookie sheet or baking dish.  Place the vegetables around the meat and drizzle everything with the sauce.
Bake for 25 to 27 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to rest for a minute or two before serving.


Super Smoothie

Forget Gatorade and Power-Ade. ¬†There’s a much better way to get potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and electrolytes! ¬†All that and more is in coconut water. ¬†Make sure to get one that’s “not from concentrate” and has any added sugars. ¬†Blend it with some powerhouse fruits and you have a Super Smoothie!

Super Smoothie

Super Smoothie

1 frozen banana, slightly thawed
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp kale powder (available at Bulk Barn)
1 scoop (1/4 cup) protein powder
1 cup coconut water
5 ice cubes (omit if not using a VitaMix or BlendTec appliance)
1 tsp black chia seeds (optional sprinkle on top after the smoothie is made)

Blend all ingredients (except the chia seeds) until smooth.  Top with chia seeds if desired.

(Shown with a black coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil)

Protein Cookie Dough


Protein Cookie Dough

I love Googling and Pinteresting ingredients and dishes. ¬†You never know what you’ll find or from where your next inspiration will come.

Today I will be searching for a slow cooker pork chop tomato recipe and I’m sure I’ll create something awesome tonight. ¬†Luckily, my husband is always game to try my creations once. ¬†Sometimes I hit ¬†a winner like last week’s Deconstructed Turkey Tacos…and sometimes I strike out with a tortilla (I had to do it 4 times before either one of us would eat it ūüôā ).

Now back to my latest inspiration. ¬†I’m happy to make snacks for the fitness addicts at CrossFit Vortex, but I wanted to make something a little nutritionally friendly especially for after a WOD. ¬† These cookies have at least seven grams of protein per serving!

Enter this delightful cookie dough that I modified from, Big Man’s World, on Pinterest. ¬† You can make the recipe and divide into four or five big cookies for week day breakfasts or make them into about a dozen for a mid-afternoon snack when the 3 o’clock munchies threatened to ruin your otherwise healthy day.

Protein Cookie Dough

Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 1 hour chill time (optional)
Yields: 4-5 large meal cookies or 12-13 snack cookies

1 cup coconut flour
4 tbsp almond flour (also called meal)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup sugar-free protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup almond milk (cashew or coconut works fine too)
4 tbsp walnut pieces (optional)
4 tbsp non-dairy, non-soy chocolate chips (optional)
(you can also try almond slivers, cashews, or chopped pecans)

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the first six ingredients in a medium sized bowl making sure all the coconut flour has been incorporated.
Add the almond butter and blend in gently.
Pour in the almond milk a quarter cup at a time until a thick batter is created. ¬†You may not need all the almond milk, or you may need to add a tablespoon or so to get the desired thickness. ¬†This is a bulky dough so don’t water it down.
Mix in the optional add-ins.
Wet hands lightly so the dough does not stick to your hands. (You may have to do this after every cookie).
Form into a ball and flatten.
Place on the cookie sheet.  Continue until all the dough is used up.
Chill in the freezer for an hour.
Store in the fridge or freezer.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Don’t be afraid of kale! ¬†It has more calcium than milk and more vitamin C than an orange. ¬†Plus, you can find kale POWDER at Bulk Barn or other health food stores so you don’t have to keep the leafy bunches in your fridge.

1 banana
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop protein powder (your choice of flavour)
2 tbsp organic kale powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.25 to 1.5 cups non-dairy, non-soy mik

Blend until smooth.

Blueberry Cashew Smoothie

No milk?  No problem.  All you need is some cashew (or almond) butter and some water!

1 small banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop protein powder
1 tbsp cashew butter
1.25 cups of water
Blend until smooth.

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

1/2 avocado
1 small banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tsp cocoa maca powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 ice cubes (optional)
1.5 cups cashew milk

Blend until smooth.

Cherry Pear Smoothie

1 pear, quartered
1 cup frozen cherries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp kale powder
1.5 cups almond milk

Blend until smooth.

Almond Raspberry Smoothie

1/2 ripe avocado
2/3 cup frozen raspberries
1 small banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.25 cups water
1 tbsp almond butter
Blend until smooth.

Apple Avocado Smoothie

Not a banana fan?  No problem.  Get the smoothness you crave with the good fats of an avocado!

1/2 ripe avocado
2/3 cup frozen raspberries
1 apple, cored and cut into chunks
1.5 scoops vanilla protein powder (15g of protein per scoop)
1.5 cups cold water
Blend until combined and smooth.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I’m not that girl who loses her mind when fall comes around and everything needs to be pumpkin spice this…or that. ¬†When I saw that Oreo’s had jumped on the bandwagon, I seriously hoped that finally pumpkin spice had jumped the shark. ¬†This smoothie is better because it has ACTUAL PUMPKIN in it! ¬†Way better than just some spices.

1/2 banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground ginger
1 tsp pure maple syrup
1.25 cups cashew milk
1/2 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie blend)
5 ice cubes
Blend on high until smooth.

Snickerdoodle Smoothie

Thank you Pinterest for this smoothie inspiration! (You can follow my boards there too (nopainpaleo)

1 banana, sliced and chilled for 30 minutes
2 honey dates, softened in warm water
1 tbsp almond butter
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup cashew milk (or other non-dairy/non-soy)
Blend until smooth.

Veggie Smoothie

Not all smoothies are or should be sweet fruity ones.  Veggie smoothies have their place too.  Pack them full of vitamins and use liquids like coconut water or green tea.  These are better than juices because you retain all the fiber.

Veggie Smoothie
1 carrot, chopped
1 beet root, cooked and cooled
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 cup strong green tea, cooled

Blend until smooth.

Protein Chai Smoothie

Chai is super-popular right now in all the fancy coffee shops but if you want to save some cash (and calories), try making this delicious smoothie at home. ¬†The spice mix will last about a week’s worth of breakfasts.


Spice Mix
2 tsp cardamom
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp black pepper

1 ripe banana (slightly chilled)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 tsp raw maca
1/2 tsp Spice Mix (above)
1 cup cashew milk (or other non-dairy/non-soy)
Add ingredients to blender as listed.  Turn blender quickly up to high and continue until the mixture is smooth.


Kombucha (also known as fermented tea) has a legion of followers extolling the virtues or this bubbly brew.  It is said to aid in digestion and has a whole host of good bacteria to help your belly feel better.

I found this great article about the 7 Reasons to Drink Kombucha.

Some say Kombucha is nothing but expensive pop for hipsters.
That’s fine. ¬†Everyone can have one’s own opinion.

I find it helps keep my skin clear, reduces bloat, and helps keep me regular. ¬†I’m more than okay with that!

Is it difficult to brew your own? ¬†Not really. ¬†You do need to keep on a pretty consistant schedule with the brewing and carbonation cycles but missing a day won’t impact the overall product.

I started my batches with one scoby (yeast culture) and a cup of starter tea from Ginny, a newer member of CrossFit Vortex.

What you need to get started.

Organic green tea (loose leaf or in bags)
Organic cane sugar (no…cane sugar isn’t paleo, but once carbonation occurs, the sugar remaining is very minimal and yeast can’t grow without sugar).
1 large glass container with a wide opening
1 tea towel
1 heavy duty elastic band
distilled water, or boiled tap water
white vinegar for disinfecting/rinsing
flip top bottles or mason jars

The following items can be purchased at a health store or get some from a Kombucha buddy or search Kijiji for fellow bottlers in your area
1 scoby
1 cup starter tea

All set?  Here we go!

Homemade Kombucha


Start with a single batch until your scoby gets stronger and grows babies. ¬†Yes…you read that right. ¬†We will get there ūüôā

Fill a kettle with tap water and boil.
Pour seven cups into a large glass bowl or measuring cup.
Mix in 1/2 cup of cane sugar.
Add three tea bags or 1 tbsp of loose leaf green tea. ¬†(I use the bags so I don’t have to filter the tea later).

Depending how strong you want your tea, steep for at least 20 minutes or until the tea cools to room temperature.  It may take up to 3 hours to cool the tea.  Do not rush this step.  If the tea is too hot, you will kill the scoby.
Rinse the large glass jar with vinegar.  Soap residue can also kill the scoby.

When the tea has cooled, pour carefully into the large glass jar.
Add the one cup of starter tea.
Place the scoby (yeast culture) on top. ¬†If it falls to the bottom, that’s okay. ¬†It will likely rise again.
Secure the tea towel to the top of the jar with the elastic band.

Keep the jar in a dark room or cupboard that doesn’t get a cool draft. ¬†The temperature should remain room temperature or a little above constantly. ¬†I keep mine in a cupboard in the main floor laundry room.
Leave to ferment for seven to thirty days.  If you leave it long, the result will be a more vinegar-y flavour.  I let mine sit for 10-11 days.
Check on it occasionally. ¬†Make sure the scoby stays in the brew. ¬†Sometimes it likes to rise out as it’s growing. ¬†Just push it back down gently. ¬†It should smell a bit like vinegar but shouldn’t be unpleasant.

Bottling day is fun!

Sterilize your flip top bottles or mason jars well before you want to bottle. ¬†A quick run through a dishwasher is perfect. Make sure the bottles aren’t hot though.
If this is your first brew, it is best not to do any additional flavouring.
Rinse a bowl or a plate with vinegar and carefully remove the scoby from the jar. ¬†You should find another layer has grown on the “mother scoby”. ¬†The new one is called a “baby”. ¬†You can keep them together or separate to make two batches of tea.

Reserve one cup of tea for your next batch.  If you are making two with your new scoby, save two cups.
Simply strain the rest of komucha through a coffee filter or fine mesh sieve into another glass container.

Pour into the glass bottles.  You can drink the tea now in this raw state or place in a dark cupboard again for three to five days.  You must refrigerate it at this point.

Repeat the steps above to make your next batch of tea! ¬†Now you’re a brewer!

If you are on your second or third batch, now you can start playing with flavours.
My favourite is Raspberry Lemon Ginger.  In each bottle, place 10 raspberries, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and a few slices of freshly peeled ginger.  Pour your filtered tea on top.  Seal the bottles and set in a dark cupboard for 3 to 5 days.  Refrigerate at that point.  Keep the cycle going!


Other flavours I have tried:  5 cherries, 1 tbsp cherry juice and 1 tbsp lime juice

1/2 a kiwi, 1 tsp lime juice, 1 tsp honey

1 tbsp pure cranberry juice, 1 tbsp lemon juice, a few slices of ginger

1 tsp maple syrup, 10 cherries, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

If you get enough sugar into the secondary fermentation, you will end up with a pretty fizzy drink. ¬†If it’s not fizzy, you still get the probiotic benefits so don’t let that deter you.

Try experimenting with different types of tea too!  I like using organic Vanilla Chai, or  Vanilla Roobios.

Soon your brewing and bottling days will look like this!