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At Home, Healthy, Pumpkin Spice Coffee

So I am a basic b who LOVES fall. I love all things autumn, which of course includes the much beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Besides the hefty price tag, it comes with a whole bunch of calories and chemicals. As you can see below, there just isn’t much good…or much pumpkin, in a PSL.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)Calories 380 Calories from Fat 120% Daily Value*Total Fat 14g 22%Saturated Fat 8g 40%Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 55mg 18%Sodium 240mg 10%Total Carbohydrate 52g 17%Dietary Fiber 0g 0.png

So what to do when you want that pumpkin spice flavor but don’t want all the calories and sugars? Make your own! I skip the steamed milk and espresso and just made a delicious coffee.

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Healthy Harvest Salad Recipe with Maple Dressing!

So I love salads but wasn’t able to eat them for the last 5 years due to my lapland issues. The second I was able to start again after my sleeve surgery, I haven’t stopped. If you follow me on instagram @northshorepoor then you know I am embracing all things salad.

This is the perfect fall salad that’s great for a lunch or as a dinner side (just leave out the meat). I personally make this as an end of the week leftover salad because it involves baked sweet potatoes which I make a big batch of at the beginning of the week. Usually the chicken thighs are also leftovers from a previous nights dinner.  The dressing is fantastic and warming up the maple syrup adds a great autumn flavor.

Besides the taste, why else should you make this?

Here are just some of the benefits

Spinach: Raw spinach includes folate, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, and potassium. It’s also rich in iron. (source: Vegetarian Times)

Pecans: They contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Just one ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the Daily Recommended intake of fiber. Pecans are also rich in age defying antioxidants. (source: Shape Magazine)

Sweet Potatoes: They are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. (source: Worlds Healthiest Foods)

Ready to make it? Recipe below!
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Paleo Honey Garlic Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice

This is my spin on the ever popular cauliflower fried rice. An easy, tasty, and filling dinner you can eat alone or share with friends and family. My goal is always to make bariatric friendly, healthy, and delicious meals that anyone can eat and enjoy. This is a favorite of JoeyWaffles and I because it fills us up without giving us the bloated, too full of rice feeling.

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Recipe: Low Carb Salmon and Cauli Rice Risotto

I made this delicious meal the other night and so many people asked for the recipe, I thought I would put it up as I’m back to blogging more! This is a delicious meal you can make in about 30 minutes and tastes amazing. I love risotto but with my tiny stomach, it just isn’t the same health wise and it fills me up too fast. Enter the ever versatile cauli rice. This is a recipe everyone can enjoy. If you don’t like fish, fix your favorite protein over it instead!

Hope you love it!

The Mexican Boy-2

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Asparagus Stuffed Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

I hate cooking chicken breasts but love cooking chicken thighs. Thighs are tender, juicy, easy to get right, and inexpensive! Especially when going organic, they are a great buy for a small budget. I’ve cooked thighs a few different ways but stuffing them is definitely a first for me. I love making a beautiful dish that wows people but actually just saves me time cooking and cleaning. This meal goes great with pinot grigio or any white wine, so grab a glass and start cooking!

Asparagus Stuffed Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 3lbs or so)
  • 4-5 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 4tbsp soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp raw organic honey
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • toothpicks
  • large bunch of asparagus, 18 stalks or so for even plating


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together minced garlic, soy sauce, honey, oil, ginger, plus salt and pepper to taste
  3. Season thighs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste, set aside
  4. Trim ends off asparagus and place on a plate
  5. Microwave asparagus uncovered for 1 1/2 minutes, set aside
  6. Dip seasoned thighs completely in sauce until coated
  7. Take one thigh at a time and lay out in pan
  8. With 3 asparagus stalks, place in middle of thigh
  9. Roll chicken around asparagus into tight, stick in toothpicks to hold
  10. Repeat with all thighs
  11. Pour any remaining sauce over chicken rolls
  12. Place in over and bake for 25-30 minutes
  13. Take out of oven and let rest for a few minutes
  14. Remove toothpicks, serve and enjoy!

For the yucca fries, I followed theThe Healthy Maven’s recipe. I added garlic salt and pepper as well, omitting chili powder

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you try it and what you think!

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

November means it’s time for Peppermint Mocha Lattes and Hallmark Christmas movies (here’s the line up!) and warm socks and holiday baking! Hey, if Starbucks can release their holiday cups, seasonal drinks, and cranberry bliss bars on November 1st, I can certainly add a little peppermint to my life.

One thing I am really passionate about is my Young Living essential oils so when I can combine them with my love of food, it’s a match made in heaven. Young Living has a Vitality dietary essential oils line that I love especially for this. Plus only $10 for a 5ml as a member is a great deal since the oil is 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil. But really, it’s all about the taste and judging by how few peppermint chocolate chip cookies I have left (looking at you Joey!) something must be very right.

My recipe is listed below for but if you have your own favorite recipe, simply follow it and add 3-5 drops of Young Living Vitality peppermint essential oil.

If you want to know more about Young Living, their seed to seal process, and any other questions, check them out here. If you want to become a member, click here and earn your 24% member discount. 


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Penelope’s Pumpkin Paw Paws

Today was a huge day for Miss Penelope Autumn Garcia…she graduated her puppy class!!

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When we adopted Penny we immediately enrolled her in a puppy training class. We chose PetSmart and have been spending our Sunday mornings learning sit, stay, and other great commands. We have an excellent trainer named Tara and a great bunch of puppy friends to socialize Penny with. Penny loves the class and we’ve signed her up for intermediate classes starting next week.

Penny is getting more social, she loves learning, we get to bond even more, and she comes home all tuckered out from class! Plus, seeing her in the graduation cap was totally worth it. I HIGHLY recommend PetSmart puppy training and can’t wait to do more.

To celebrate this momentous day, I decided to make some pupcakes for the graduates. I came up with this recipe which had no name until Joey called them “Pumpkin Paw Paws”. So here is the recipe for them, enjoy!

Penelope’s Pumpkin Paw Paws (Pupcakes)




  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4-1/2 can pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp oat/oat bran


  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup  plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine flour and baking soda
  3. In mixer, beat together egg, butter, coconut oil, pumpkin, honey
  4. Add in flour
  5. Mix for a few more minutes
  6. Put in baking pan of your choice. I have silicone puppy paw molds but you can easily use a ramekin or cupcake pan. Just make sure to grease up if not coated. I like using Crisco personally and keep it on hand just for baking.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, checking with toothpick
  8. While baking, mix all frosting ingredients until thick
  9. Take out of oven and let cool
  10. Frost and let your pup enjoy!

makes 6-8 cupcakes