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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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Tell me if you try it and what you think!



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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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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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Paleo almond crusted salmon

So I love love love Parmesan crusted steak or salmon or lamb. I make it with herb garlic Kerrygold butter and cheese and it’s heavenly. It’s also not the most nutritionally conscious meal.  So when I finally realized I could use almond to create a similar taste I got hooked.

Almond makes a delicious addition to any meal and is extremely versatile. They have some great health benefits (check them out here) and are very paleo  friendly. Add them to salmon,  one of my favorite proteins, and it’s a match made in heaven!

This is an easy recipe that takes about 30 minutes to prep and cook.


  • 1lb skinless salmon fillet (wild preferred)
  • 1/2 chopped almond/almond meal
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (organic preferred)
  • 1/2 cup liquid aminos (soy sauce if not paleo)
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic (the one in a jar is fine. you can use only 1tbsp unless you’re a garlic freak like me)
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. If you have almond meal, use this because it works. If you don’t grab some sliced Almonds (I prefer Fisher Nuts) and put them in the food processor for 30 seconds or so, until they are chopped fine, similar to almond meal.
  3. Cut salmon into even portions to your liking (2-4 pieces)
  4. Use a glass baking dish/square baking pan/something with sides and spray with coconut oil (or butter or whatever you have to make it not stick), even just line parchment paper)
  5. Place fillets in dish
  6. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  7. Rub a little maple syrup on the tops of the fillets
  8. Sprinkle almonds evenly on top of each portion
  9. Mix maple syrup, liquid aminos, and the minced garlic together
  10. Pour evenly over fillets, letting extra go in the pan
  11. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes
  12. Take out and enjoy with a nice Angry Orchard or glass of wine

I’ve made this over cauliflower rice, with crispy avocado and a salad (as pictured) or with sweet potaoe fries. It is one of my favorite meals and you can use the mixture and crust over lambchops and chicken.




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Christmas Cookie Bars!

I love baking all year round but there is something special about baking around Christmastime. The music, the fact it’s cold outside but warm inside, the hot coco, it’s just magical. I love making cookies, cakes, brownies and today I am going to share one of my favorite recipes. It’s for those times you feel like something delicious and sweet but can’t decide between a cookie or brownie. This happens to me at Panera all the time, I can’t be the only one, right?

Well, sometimes you shouldn’t have to make Sophie’s Choice over dessert, just have both in one! Two desserts with the calories of one means one less trip to the gym to work off the holiday weight.

North Shore Poor’s Christmas Cookie Bars!


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (Namaste Perfect Blend is my usual go to but I ran out this week)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt (any kind is fine but I use Himalayan)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter (unsalted or salted)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup of Fisher Nut Pecans
1 cup of White Peppermint M&M’s
1 cup Chocolate Chips
15×10 pyrex baking dish

1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degree F
2. Put some holiday music on, I like 93.9FM on my kitchen radio
3. Put the 2 sticks of butter out so they start softening
3. Gather the above ingredients. Feel free to substitute the M&Ms for any flavor they have or even just white chocolate chips. Just use the same amount. It’s a personal preference. 
I like my desserts like my man, white chocolate. Ba-dum-bum chsh! 
4. Put the 2 softened sticks of butter, the vanilla, and both the sugars in the mixing bowl. 
If you’re using a mixer/kitchen-aid, I put it on the low speed to start then one higher for a few minutes
5. While that is slowly mixing, grab another bowl
6. I like using a sifter so I put that in the mixing bowl and add the flow, salt, and baking soda. Sift.
7. Are you having hot chocolate or a glass of wine? If not, grab a drink and sing along to the music.
8. Go to the bowl with the sugar and add one egg and mix.
9. Add the second egg and mix
10. Grab the flour mixture and slowly add in
11. Taste a little to make sure it’s delicious
12. So you can use the M&M’s whole but I like to crush mine up a little. So I just poured them into a bowl and used the back of the measuring cup to crush them. Not fancy but it works well and makes no mess. 
13. Add in the nuts, chocolate chips, and M&M’s
14. Beat on low for a minute or two
15. Get your baking dish out, I use a pyrex but any will do
16. Here’s the biggest secret of my baking success…Crisco! I don’t use it in my baking but I sure as hell use it to grease up my dishes and muffin pans. Take the Crisco and put all over the dish, including the sides
17. Put the dough into the pan, spread even with a spatula
18. Bake for about 20-22 minutes. The sides will be brown like a cookie and the top should be golden brown as well.
19. Cool for about 10 minutes and if you want, add an M&M to each piece you plan on cutting. 
20. Wait another 20 minutes or so and then cut!


 You can really modify this recipe which makes it really fun and a great staple for your  cooking repertoire. You can add coconut, peanut butter, different nuts, or simply add mint  chocolate chips instead. Having a nice glass of Pinot Grigio always helps as well. Plus, to keep from these all myself I plan on letting JoeyWaffles bring them to his work and share. We can keep a few at home but no need for temptation!

What are your favorite holidays treats? Do you love holiday baking or hate it?
Let me know 🙂