Day 20

Hey Guys!

So for those of you who follow the sports ball games, you might just know that tonight is Game 3 of the NBA Finals and the Cleveland Cavaliers are all in.

The game’s at home, thank god, because honestly I can’t stand looking at that sea of obnoxious golden shirts. Let’s get this W tonight boys, do it for CLE, I’m too pumped. Honestly the only thing that could get me more excited was if my favorite artist Rascal Flatts were singing the national anth- OH SHIT THERE THEY ARE. Yupp, Rascal Flatts is singing our nations most beloved tune. Oh my god, night made.

Now, when I think of watching sporting events, I automatically think of snacks. Popcorn, chips, pretzels, nachos, whatever – people like to get they munch on while they watch the big game. Unfortunately, what makes snack foods so snackable is that they are usually carbo-loaded and addictive. So, in order to appease the snack cravings and give us something to nervously munch on during those final nail-biting minutes, I kept my promise and made y’all one of my favorites: fried plantain chips!

Now if you’ve never bought a plantain before, they are most likely by the bananas or the mango-area. They are slightly bigger and probably greener, and should be under a little sign that says “plantains.”

plantain-vs-bananaYou can make sweet or spicy plantains, but both recipes are going to start out the same way. I got my recipe from Garlic My Soul.

You will need:

2 cups water
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 and a ½ cups olive oil (could also try subbing in ghee or coconut oil)
2 green plantains

What to do:

1. Put water, garlic powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2. Peel and slice plantains
3. In a large pan heat olive (I used coconut) oil (325 degrees recommended)IMG_0099 (1)
4. Add plantains to pan in a single layer. Fry for 1-1/2 minutes.
5. Flip and fry again.
6. Remove the plantains and place them on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
7. Use a flat spatula or slated wooden spoon to squash each plantain (you want to press them down to about half their width).
8. Put the plantains in the water mixture. Let sit for 1 minute.
9. Remove them and pat out extra moisture with paper towels.
10. Bring the oil back up to 325 degrees F.
11. Add plantains back in. Fry for 2-4 minutes.
12. Flip. Fry again.
13. Remove the plantains and set on another paper towel.

Next, you can either toss your plantains in paprika, salt, + pepper, or you can toss them in cinnamon + drizzle them with honey. Or both if you’re feelin’ two types of ways.

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This is what I would call paleo comfort food. They’re warm, crispy, salty, sweet, and super satisfying – you definitely wouldn’t be able to polish off a whole bag of them like most snack foods out there. These also make a great appetizer for any dinner meal, I usually don’t make more than one plantain for about 3-4 people as an app because they are filling! Hope you like!

Here’s Day 20, we’re 2/3 of the way there! Cheers!

DRINK 8 oz. of water when you wake up.

Do some pushups – 10, 20, 500, don’t care – just get your blood flowing!

Breakfast:

  • 8 oz. of water
  • Green smoothie –> mine had banana + peaches + mango + spinach + coconut milk

DRINK 16 oz. of water before lunch.

Lunch:

DRINK 8 oz. water after lunch

Dinner:

  • 8 oz. water
  • some of my fried plantains to start
  • chicken breast, butterflied (cut thinly), stuffed with spinach, rolled up, and baked in the oven
  • roasted brussels sprouts

DRINK at least 8 oz of water before bed.

Watch the Cavs win big.

-Audrey

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