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Bought at a Price + Paleo Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Friday everyone! This is such a special time of year for me. I talk a lot about healthy foods and how to nourish the body with natural and whole food ingredients on this blog and on my other social media pages, but I can’t help but talk and reflect on the one thing that truly “feed’s” me and gives me life this “Good Friday”. That is Jesus Christ, God himself in the flesh that came and died for me and for you that we might have life and have life to the full (John 10:10) . The greatest love story of all time.

He is the reason I am alive and well to this day. He is the reason I am breathing and typing this blog. He is the reason I am free love, to laugh, and rest in His embracing arms freed from the guilt and darkness that once surrounded me before I knew Him.

I believe in taking care of of my body through whole foods and exercise, but I also firmly believe God can take away my good health and even the finances to be able to purchase good quality foods at any moment despite my very best efforts to remain healthy and financially stable.  He is in control. I am not. I simply am called to take care of what He has given me and that includes my body. It can be very easy to get caught up in thinking we are in control though. At least it is for me. I catch myself at times making an idol out of food and exercise and forgetting that we are to live on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). That is what is truly satisfying. That is where true life is found.

I take for granted too often the simple blessing of health. The gift God has given me to be able to run, to lift heavy weights, to go on a bike ride with my husband, to cook a meal with him, to taste and smell all the different amazing flavors and combinations of food, to hike mountains, to rock climb, to have energy. Wow. It truly is incredible and something that can easily be taken away in a second. I am grateful. This life is a gift and it is not my own to hold on to.

I am reminded this time of year to take care of my body not because it is my own, but rather because it is not my own.

“..You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I am a child of God. He created and died and rose again for this amazing body that can do all of these amazing things. A true and miraculous gift. I desire to honor that gift in how I treat it, including what I put in it, and the way I talk to it. That might actually mean talking out loud to combat any negative thoughts that flood through in times of weakness. If you struggle with negative self talk I was once told that if you say something enough it will become a truth whether that’s negative or positive. Sounds silly, but you might need to literally say things over and over until the negative is shoved out and you actually believe the positive you are speaking to yourself.
Imagine seeing yourself as Christ sees you. He sees you as a product of His divine nature, crafted and molded perfectly by His hands in your mother’s womb. He looked upon you and said you were worth dying for. Worth it enough to send His only Son to die for you. Wouldn’t that be incredible if we actually remembered and believed this every single day?

So, this time of year for me is about reflecting and remembering these things that were planned out long before I even came to be. I am humbled. I am in awe of a God that loves me so much in spite of all my imperfections and short comings. This time of year also comes with lots of fun family memories and yummy treats. So, for those of you that are wanting a healthier version of some home baked goodies I have discovered what looks like a fabulous recipe. I have not actually tried it as I literally just found it, but I will share with you the recipe and post a picture of how it turns out later. Cinnamon Rolls anyone???

My family used to make cinnamon rolls every single Sunday growing up. This recipe is Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free and reduced carb. This does not mean they are ok to eat all of the time. They are simply a healthier version of a special indulgence that has a much lower blood sugar impact than typical cinnamon rolls that are made with refined flours and sugar. They also are void of the gut-damaging gluten and inflammatory vegetable oils and trans fats. The recipe is from Diana Keuilian, author of Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals. So here you go! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Paleo Cinnamon Rolls
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Ingredients
  • For the Dough:
  • 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 eggs at room temp
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • For the Filling
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • For the Glaze
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a pan with coconut oil.
  2. Combine the dry dough ingredients in a medium bowl and mix to remove any lumps. Combine the wet dough ingredients in another medium bowl and mix well. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together and mix well.
  3. Cut two rectangular pieces of parchment paper and place the dough in between them. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough evenly into a large rectangle. Remove the top piece of parchment paper.
  4. In a small bowl combine the filing ingredients. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the flattened dough, then carefully roll it up. Use a serrated knife to cut the roll into 9 pieces. Carefully place the pieces on your prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over the cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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