Paleo Grain Free Granola

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This granola is SO stinkin delicious! Even if you aren’t paleo or grain free you will want to give this one a try!

Paleo Grain Free Granola

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw flax seeds
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 F and line a baking sheet with parchment Combine all dry ingredients, nuts, seeds and coconut in a bowl until well tossed.

Cook honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot, stir occasionally. You will cook this for about 1 minute. Pour this sauce over the nuts and seed mixture and stir to combine. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

Enjoy on top of yogurt or all on its own for a delicious snack! We store ours in a giant mason jar and eat it throughout the week.

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My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe

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Every time I drink a green smoothie I totally feel like fist bumping myself for all the vegetables I just consumed in one meal. This specific smoothie recipe reminds me so much of our first year of marriage. We were newly weds in ministry who were trying to eat healthy on an extreme budget and these smoothies were our breakfast for close to a year. I stopped drinking them when I got pregnant with our first baby because my aversion for bananas was STRONG and once we got out of the habit I forgot about them.



A few weeks ago I tried to recall the recipe and nailed it on the head! I took one sip and was immediately brought back to our one bedroom condo off of Sea Cliff, our first tiny little home. Oh how life has changed since then. Thankfully the deliciousness of this smoothie has still remained the same.

 
 



It is made with avocado, lemon, loads of mixed greens, maca powder, banana, ice and water. The healthy fats in the avocado keep you feeling satisfied and full for longer and the maca powder is an adaptogenic herb that has endless benefits (some of the top ones being increased libido and fertility….hmmmm maybe this is why we got pregnant so quickly when we were drinking these every day??). But seriously go google maca powder and read up on those benefits! Our local Costco carries a giant bag of Organic Maca for only $8.99 but you can get it at almost any health food store or on Amazon.



Ok so are you ready for the actual recipe?



Paige’s Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe



  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado

  • 1/2 or 1 Whole Banana (I like to freeze mine to make my smoothies creamier)

  • 1/2 Peeled Lemon

  • Fill the rest of the blender with mixed greens, about 3 cups worth (I use the Power Greens mix from Costco and keep it in my freezer to keep it from going bad)

  • 1/2 TBSP Maca Powder (can also do ashwaganda powder)

  • 1 cup water

  • Additional Ice Cubes if desired

  • Bonus: add a probiotic capsule + a greens capsule. I get both of mine from Young Living



Put it all in the blender, blend it all up and give yourself a fist bump because you just consumed a TON of amazing nutrients! ENJOY!

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xoxo,
Paige HIlken


My Journey With Young Living Essential Oils

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A year and a half ago I was scrolling Facebook when I saw a friend post about a couple of oils that were supporting her son through the croup sickness he was dealing with. At the time our oldest son Peyton, who was only one at the time, was getting sick with the croup (a really bad "barking cough" and wheezy breathing) at least once a month. A lot of the nights he would get the croup we would end up in the ER because his breathing would get so bad and we had nothing to support him at home.

 

When I saw the post about these oils I knew I had nothing to lose by trying them out. I ordered my kit and the box arrived the day before we were going on a big family vacation to Cabo. I was so excited to get the oils that I brought them all on our trip with us and they ended up being a Godsend as Peyton got a croup attack the second night we were there. I put the oils to use in the diffuser, rubbed them on his chest and peace of mind rushed over us as he started to calm down and breathe a little better. I was immediately sold and knew that oils would forever be a part of our life.

 

After that trip to Cabo I started using the oils for everything! Every month I was learning something new in the oily Facebook group I was a part of and month by month I started swapping the toxic products I was using out for non-toxic ones using the Young Living Oils and their other product lines. As I got more and more educated I was continuously shocked at the harmful ingredients that were in the products I was using around my home and on my kids. I was so thankful to have a one stop shop where I could replace almost every product in our home, from my makeup, to my laundry soap to my kids toothpaste. 

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Today we use oils for everything in our home, from immune system support and wellness, to making DIY products, to first aid type things, emotional support, restful sleep and so much more. I've been blown away by the power of these little plants in a bottle and how fascinating the science behind them actually is. The oils and other products from Young Living have blessed our family so much that it's hard to believe I used to clean, parent or just straight up live without them! 

 

Over the last year and a half I have gained so much peace of mind, added the most incredible tools to my tool belt as the gatekeeper of my home and truly believe these products deserve a place in everyones home. Before I found Young Living we had no idea that there were other options for the products we were using on a day to day basis, or that the products that we were using had scary side effects that were doing more harm than good. But now we know better and when we know better, we do better. It is now one of my greatest passions to help other families know better! 

 

The way we initially got started is the way I’d recommend any family interested in embarking on their wellness journey get started: the Premium Starter Kit.

 

As a wholesale member, you also get 24% off everything, always, which is hugely beneficial when you’re like me and you want to dip your toe into slowly transforming your home little by little.

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If you are ready grab your premium starter kit and join my amazing community of oilers CLICK HERE and then follow the steps laid out in the images below. 

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Once you have ordered your kit be sure to send me a message on Facebook or Instagram to let me know so I can get you plugged into our community of resources and support! We can't wait to welcome you with open arms and walk along side of you as you make these helpful changes for your family and in your home! Getting these oils and non-toxic products into people's homes is a true passion of mine and I'm so excited to have you on this journey with me! 

xoxo Paige Hilken

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

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When Christopher and I first got married we lived in a little one bedroom condo in a community called Sea Cliff. Every Saturday Christopher would play flag football right up the street from our house and I would jog there to workout at the park. We would come back home and I would cook these banana pancakes as a fun little treat! 

If you know our story, you know that a short six months after we got married our first baby was growing inside of my tummy and I had the worst nausea/morning sickness! Unfortunately one of the most repulsive smells to me at the time was bananas so we said a temporary goodbye to our beloved pancakes. Thankfully midway through pregnancy #2 I was able to tolerate bananas again so the pancakes made a comeback. Now we love sharing these pancakes with our kiddos and they are totally obsessed! Sometimes I'll even make them in big batches so we can have some for healthy snacks throughout the week! I hope your family enjoys them as much as ours does!! 

Fun Nutrition Fact of the Day: Ripe bananas (ones with brown spots) actually have something called TNF (tumor necrosis factor), which can help destroy cancerous tumors. TNF interferes with the growth and spread of tumor cells and triggers apoptosis (cell death). The riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer qualities it has! 

 

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

(makes 9-12 pancakes)

 

Ingredients 

2.5 Cups Uncooked Oats
2 Eggs
1 Large Ripe Banana
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Cinnamon (more if desired) 
1.5 Cups water (may need to add more as you go as batter thickens when it sits)

Instructions 

  1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend together. 
  2. Heat a pan or griddle on medium/high heat and pour around 1/4 cup batter into pan. Add chocolate chips if desired. 
  3. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side. 
  4. Serve hot or they reheat great as well for a snack later in the day! 
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xoxo Paige Hilken

Spicy Korean Pork Medallions w/ Slaw

Here at She Is Claimed we believe that the body is the vehicle God has blessed us with to fulfill the purpose and vision He has for us here on earth. We choose to nourish our bodies not so we can look a certain way but instead so we can serve God and love those around us best! (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Here is a healthy recipe to enjoy so you can nourish that beautiful gift! 

 
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When Christopher and I were dating we celebrated our first Easter together (with my sister too) over a pork tenderloin and potatoes. I seasoned the meat with salt, pepper and rosemary and we dipped it in balsamic vinegar. It was delicious but when it came to pork tenderloin that was the only way I knew how to make it. One day we got a home meal delivery box on Groupon and they put a Korean spicy twist on their pork tenderloin I knew it was going to become a new staple in our house that I needed to recreate. 

 

This meal is probably a little too spicy for children (unless you substitute the sriracha) but according to my husband it was some BOMB food. I know a dish is good when he tells me it’s good without me asking him if he likes it (which I always do...gotta get that affirmation somehow haha)! 

 

Plus this dish is super healthy! Fun Nutrition fact of the day...Cabbage is a great source of manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It is also rich in various vitamins including vitamin C, B6, A, K, and E. It’s basically a superfood that you want to get in your body as much as possible! I used to actually juice cabbage for Christopher when he had stomach ulcers and it helped cure them! Powerful stuff!! 

 

So grab your apron and let’s get cooking! I can’t wait for you to enjoy this dish as much as we did! 

 

Spicy Korean Pork Medallions w/ Slaw 

Servings 2 (can be doubled for more)
Prep/Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients 

1 Pork Tenderloin
4 Tbsp Seasoned Rice Vinegar
2 Green Onions
2 Garlic Cloves (minced) 
1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Minced Ginger
2 Tbsp Sriracha
1 Red Fresno Chile (red bell pepper would work too) 
2.5 tsp Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) 
1 Tblsp Light Brown Sugar
8 oz Slaw Mix (buy the pre-made mix from the store) 
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds for Garnish 

 

Instructions

1. Chop and prepare all ingredients. Mince the garlic, stem and seed the Fresno Chile,  slice green onions and cut the pork tenderloin into medallions, 1/2-3/4” thick. 

2. Prepare the marinade by combining half of the seasoned rice vinegar (2 Tbsp), Tamari soy sauce, brown sugar, sriracha, ginger and garlic. 

3. Place the pork in the marinade and let sit for at least 10 minutes.

 
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4. While the pork marinates prepare the Slaw by mixing together the Slaw mix, the remaining rice vinegar, sesame oil, green onions and salt. Toss together and set aside.

 
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5. Heat 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add pork medallions to hot pan an cook 3-4 minutes/side. 

6. During the last minute of cooking add the remaining marinade to the pan and coat the pork with it until it becomes a sticky glaze. 

7. Plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. 

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xoxo Paige Hilken 

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread

It’s rich, it’s moist, it’s chocolatey, it's even healthy…it’s my all time favorite gluten free chocolate banana bread! It’s one of those recipes that is healthy because the ingredients are healthy but potentially unhealthy because its so dang good that you could eat the whole loaf in one sitting. I'm going to warn you now that you may want to double the recipe because if you're anything like us you will want to eat a loaf of this stuff a day! Ready.....lets bake!  

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Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

1 cup oat flour (oats blended in high speed blender)
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 large ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups mashed) 
1 egg (sub 1 tblsp flax meal with 3 tblsp water if you want vegan) 
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 by 5 loaf pan with a non stick cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine together the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt. 
  3. In a large bowl (or blender on low speed) mash the ripe bananas. Add in the egg, coconut oil, sugar and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. 
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients being careful to not overmix. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. 
  5. Pour batter into the pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top of the bread. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean besides any melted chocolate chips that may get on it. 
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and set on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Once the pan is cool you can remove the bread, slice and serve. 

 

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This bread will keep on the counter for up to 4 days and can also be frozen for up to a month but in my house it doesn’t even last a whole day because we eat it all up!!  Enjoy this melt in your mouth, delicious bread!! 

 

xoxo Paige 

Black Beans That ACTUALLY Taste Like They're From A Restaurant

 
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When I’m at any Mexican restaurant I love the black beans...when I make them at home, not so much. For a long time I thought that I could just pop open a can of black beans, add them to any Mexican dish and viola they would taste amazing but I was SO wrong. 

I just can’t get on board with the taste of plain black beans but I love them as a plant based protein source so I decided to experiment with some recipes! I definitely found a winner!! This black bean mix could be used as a topping on a burrito bowl or nachos or it could even be used as a dip with tortilla chips!! Enjoy! 

Wellness Paige Nugget: Black beans are amazing for your health because they are packed with plant based protein and fiber (around 7.5g of each/half cup serving). And as Tayna from the F-Factor (F for Fiber) says "Fiber and Protein at every meal makes losing weight no big deal." In addition to their great fiber and protein content they have lots of potassium for decreasing blood pressure, selenium for helping support the liver with detoxing and iron for maintaining healthy bone structure. Even more reason to pop open a can and try this recipe out! 

 

Black Beans 

Ingredients

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 diced onion
1 (15oz) can black beans
1/2 (10oz) can Rotel Original (5oz total)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 cup cilantro diced up
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste 


Instructions

In sauté pan heat garlic in oil on medium heat.

Add onion as oil begins to warm.

Add cumin and sauté, stirring frequently, until onions are tender, adding a few drops of water if they begin to stick.

Add the can of drained black beans and Rotel and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, to allow flavors to blend.

Add chopped cilantro and lime juice and stir. Mash the beans if that is the desired consistency. 

Serve.

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xoxo

The Wellness Paige

Healthy Beef Goulash

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Goulash? What the heck is Goulash? I'm guessing maybe thats what you're asking yourself right now. I asked the same question growing up when my mom said that Goulash was for dinner. To my surprise the Goulash was delicious and the perfect comfort food to make in bulk! According to good old google Goulash is is a stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with spices that originated in Hungary! In my definition its kind of like spaghetti with a twist!

I love making it because it provides our family meals for at least a couple days, is super quick to make and can be made really healthy! 

GOULASH RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs ground hamburger
1 large can crushed tomatoes with juice
3 - 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 large jar or can of marinara sauce (make sure there is no added sugar)
1 large diced onion
1 large diced red bell pepper
3 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste

The sauce above can be served with any type of noodles or vegetables. We do either red lentil noodles ( which has 25g protein... ummm WOW), ancient harvest gluten free elbow noodles, zoodles (spiralized zucchini) or as shown here just roasted sweet potatoes. If you are using gluten free noodles just boil a new small batch every time vs putting all of the noodles into the sauce at once to prevent the noodles from getting soggy. 

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INSTRUCTIONS

1) Dice the onion and bell pepper and saute on medium heat until carmalized
2) Brown the ground beef in a separate pan until crumbled and cooked through
3) Combine all other ingredients in a large pan and add in the onions, bell peppers and beef
4) Add in salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste
5) Serve hot with noodles or veggies

I hope this recipe fills your belly just as much as it does mine! Happy Cooking! 

xoxo  Paige

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