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fluffy grain free pancakes with fresh figs and whipped cream {gluten free + paleo friendly}

Oh man! Feeling out of practice with this whole blog post writing thing. Since starting a ketosis protocol a week and a couple days ago, that has pretty much been my life. Planning, cooking, yoga, and a general turning inwards. Pretty awesome actually. I’ve also been making and shooting a fair amount of recipes, but the blog post writing (also known as the piece of this project that always takes up the largest chunk of time and energy), has not made the to do list cut. BUUUT! Fluffy grain free pancakes with fresh figs and whipped cream are just too damn good to keep from you guys any longer.

So here we go. It may be a brief post (with maybe a few too many pictures – bc who doesn’t love a generous stack of pancakes piled high with all the good things) but it’s going to be a good one.

Fluffy grain free pancakes with fresh figs and whipped cream. So fluffy, tender and crisp in all the right places - a literal grain free pancake dream come true.
 
First things first – even though I’m on the ketosis path right now, I do have a fair amount of recipes lined up for you guys that I tested and made BEFORE all this low carb/sugar business started. So no, the blog will not be turned into a total low carb fest (although you can except some amazing keto-friendly recipes coming your way!), and no I’m not cheating on my protocol with these pancakes, but YES, even though I can’t eat these pancakes right now you guys SHOULD!

Cuz they’re pretty much grain free pancake heaven.

One more note about ketosis before we get way into pancake land…

For those of you are curious, ketosis is:

… the breakdown of fat (both dietary and stored body fat) into ketone bodies to be used as fuel for the body. The preferred source of fuel for the body is typically glucose coming from carbohydrates. A ketosis diet or ketogenic diet forces the body to breakdown fat for fuel rather than glucose. – Ali Miller RD

You can read more on Ali’s definition of Ketosis HERE.

By switching your bodies primary fuel source from carbohydrates to fat, one can achieve accelerated weight loss, improved body composition, decreased insulin resistance, and reduced disease markers. I’ve long been curious about whether or not my body would respond well to this therapeutic way of eating, and so far the benefits have been somewhat mild but noticeable and increasing! Better sleep, more energy, and some steady weight loss.

All good things. I’ve got a whole 10 1/2 weeks remaining in my protocol and I promise to keep ya posted 😏

Alright I’m starting to feel a little weird about all this ketosis talk in the middle of a pancake recipe post. Let’s move on to why we’re all really here..

DELICIOUS PANCAKES! Particularly this great big fluffy grain free stack of them.

Fluffy grain free pancakes with fresh figs and whipped cream. So fluffy, tender and crisp in all the right places - a literal grain free pancake dream come true.

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creamy watermelon chia seed pudding {gluten free + vegan option}

When you’re on your tenth watermelon of the summer, you start to get reaaaally creative with different ways to use it! You’ll see a couple of watermelon recipes coming up on the blog for that very reason. The first of which, is this creamy watermelon chia seed pudding!

A simple and healthy recipe for creamy watermelon chia seed pudding made with minimal ingredients, and packed with juicy summertime flavor to keep you happy and healthy!
 
Creamy watermelon chia seed pudding? Sounds a little… strange, right? It sounded pretty strange to me at first, too. So strange that even though the recipe came out perfectly on my first round of testing, I had to make it two more times just to be sure that I wasn’t making up the fact that it was DELICIOUS.

I actually kind of had to convince myself that this was a good idea. And now, I do believe it’s my job to convince YOU that’s it a good idea, too 🙂

The base for the chia seed pudding starts by blending together fresh cut pieces of juicy watermelon, greek yogurt (Stay with me here. You can also sub in coconut yogurt for a dairy free option), lemon juice, and a little maple syrup to gently sweeten things up. The chia seeds are whisked in, and once their plumped up, the pudding is layered into little cups with fresh berries, and more juicy watermelon.

How am I doing on the convincing so far? 😉

A simple and healthy recipe for creamy watermelon chia seed pudding made with minimal ingredients, and packed with juicy summertime flavor to keep you happy and healthy!

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the essential summer salad – a guest blog post

Hey guys!! I am SUPER excited to announce that I am starting a new guest blog post series over at Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!

The first post that I’ll be sharing on their blog is a recipe for the essential summer salad.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe!


Ahhh Summer. The season of sun kissed shoulders, light that stretches late into the evening, and dining al fresco with meals where all you need is a simple main dish and a lovely salad to round everything out. And if you have a green thumb, it’s a salad that’s been made with freshly picked vegetables from the garden. Cue in the essential summer salad.

A salad that loves being paired with whatever’s on the menu, comes together in less than 10 minutes, and hosts a variety of nutritionally dense summer veggies that (if you have a garden) are probably going bonkers right now.

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