Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Whew, it has been a busy past few days!! I will start where I left off- Thursday.
On Thursday we woke up and had a protein shake made with Raw whole milk for breakfast. Then we ran to the box for the noon class and did a WOD. For lunch I had leftover meatballs and Matt made this awesome concoction- he pulled apart the leftover pork chops, cooked some eggs and topped them with the pulled apart pork chops and BBQ sauce. I was impressed.
 Thursday night we had a Paleo dinner party to attend. It was a lot of fun and a friend of ours from the box put it on. This dinner party was a potluck style and I did not do a great job preparing what I was going to bring...so here I was Thursday at around 2 PM deciding what to throw together for the party. I thought to myself, "Hm. Those meatballs were pretty good..I still have carrots...and celery...and the almond meal..." SO I ran to the store and grabbed the extra ingredients I needed and made some more meatballs. Except this time I made them the size of golf balls rather than baseballs and I added a lot more garlic. They came out really tasty and people at the party seemed to like them! At the party my friend Natalie made some AWESOME guacamole, homemade plantain chips and margaritas. There were also mushroom meatballs, cauliflower rice, steak, chicken, burgers, BACON, chicken curry and lots of other wonderful Paleo treats.

It was a really great time with a lot of great people! On Friday we woke up not feeling 100%...it was probably over eating and tequila. Okay, maybe it was just the tequila... Anyways, it was a rough morning. But I woke up around 5 AM, chugged a coconut water, popped a few Aleves and woke up in 100 times better shape than my poor husband. I will say it now- the TRUE cure to a hangover is chugging as much coconut water as possible and a few Aleves. I promise- it works. When I woke up the second time around 9 I had an OhMyBar then we headed to the box for WOD #1. For lunch I grabbed some Zankou chicken- YUM- and Matt made himself some leftover meatballs. 
 (Sorry these pics are blurry- I think it is my phone case and will be fixing this problem soon, in the meantime just imagine the delicious detail my camera is unable to provide). On Friday night we hit up WOD #2 then headed home, got ready, packed a couple overnight bags and headed to Pacific Palisades with our friends Natalie and Matt. We went out Friday night to a restaurant called Wilshire in Santa Monica. I had a margarita, and a bun less burger with a salad.
It was get together for Pepperdine Alum's and a farewell party for a fellow student. It was a lot of fun!          
                           
We woke up Saturday and went to breakfast in Pacific Palisades. I got the Huevos Rancheros- with a small corn tortilla quesadilla on the bottom. I know, corn is bad, but these tasted really good! I also had a yummy latte. Matt got eggs with tomatoes and black coffee. For lunch Natalie and I shared some shrimp and a slushy margarita. And yes, we shared a churro on the Santa Monica Pier after. And it tasted really bad! I was disappointed. I cheated and the churro was stale. Oh well. 
We spent the day riding bikes along the beach, riding rides on the Santa Monica Pier and eating good food. It was a really awesome day!! 
Then for dinner Matt and I had some lettuce wrapped burgers and sweet potato fries from Tops. It was the ending to a really awesome day and the beginning to a great memorial day weekend!!!! 



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday

For breakfast I had some...guess...yes, eggs. Haha! And for lunch I had leftover BBQ chicken with a yummy salad I found at Sprouts.
And for dinner I made some Paleo meatballs...YUM. You need a crock pot. And some time to make these. 
What you need: 
-1lb ground beef 
-1lb hot or mild italian sausage 
-1/2 cup almond meal
-1 jar of marinara  
-2 carrots 
-3 celery sticks 
- 1 onion
-garlic cloves (3-5) 
-3 eggs 
-spices (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes) 

Step 1: I added the ground beef, spicy sausage, dices carrots and diced celery to a big bowl.  

                                      

Step 2: Then I added 3 eggs, almond meal (I get mine from Trader Joe's and the minced garlic to the 
bowl.
                                      

Step 4: I then mixed all the ingredients together and made baseball sized balls with the mixture. 

Step 5: I put my slow cooker on low and added all the meatballs, the onion and then added a jar of marinara. 
Step 6: Finally, I let this cook for low for 6-8 hours and served it with some spaghetti squash and an Against The Grain Roll that I cut in half, added butter, garlic salt and cheese then baked for about 10-15 minutes (until the cheese melted). 
 This was delicious!! And it went very well with a nice glass of red wine! :) 



For Brooke :)

One of my very best friends is about to welcome a sweet little baby girl into the world- and it got me thinking about babies and Paleo. Also- two of our really good friends, Shayla and Peter have the cutest 2 month old CrossFit baby that I get to play with everyday at the box, so I started thinking about CrossFit babies. I started doing some research and compiled some sites- enjoy! :)

This site seemed pretty cool with some tips on how to make your own baby food... ThePaleoMom

This site is also pretty cool its about Paleo pregnancy and growing up Paleo... GrowingUpPaleo

And here is one more that I found...PaleoBabyFood.

Here are some cute CrossFit babies..I could not resist putting these up!

Here is a site with all the funny CrossFit baby videos.. Videos




       



Tuesday

Yesterday (Tuesday) we woke up and had some eggs for breakfast. Then for lunch Matt had leftover pork chops and I had a plate of paleo. It had plantain chips and salsa, some nuts, blackberries, an apple and some dark chocolate. Then it was time for CrossFit! And at CrossFit I was introduced to something very delicious.



OH MY BARS=AWESOME.
My friend May had me taste a little of hers and before I knew it I was buying one of every flavor. Here is the website. OhMyBar.com Check them out!

Yesterday at Whole Foods I got some "Against the Grain" Rolls. We had them with dinner and could not decide if we liked them or not....They are gooey. I think dipped in marinara or spread with almond butter I would really love them. But on their own- not so much.
For dinner we had some BBQ chicken and sweet potatoes. The chicken was awesome and the sweet potatoes were very, very good. Today (Wednesday) I am attempting to make some Paleo meatballs- I will write more later!! 


Monday, May 21, 2012

Cool Article on Grains



Monday

Well it has been a crazy past few days!! This weekend I graduated from Pepperdine with my Master's and we celebrated by eating an array of non-Paleo foods...and I have been paying ever since!! Here is a little peek into my non-Paleo binge...
 It all started with a few Doritos and some Cheese Nips on the way to dinner. I was carsick and going through Malibu Canyon and this was all my parents had to offer. Okay, Okay...I lied. There was an apple in there, but I really wanted a Dorito! (the chips and guac are from Sunday night). 
And then there was dinner. Wonderful dinner. It began with some bread (by some I mean like 5 pieces, lol). And a coconut Mojito. And then a wonderful steak with mashed potatoes. And then a cheesecake that Matt and I shared. And then some bites of creme brulee. It.Was.Delicious. 
And then some beer. And then on Sunday I had some waffles. And a huge BBQ Ranch Chicken salad. Then we saw Battleship (a horrible- yet hilarious movie). And with that I had some popcorn and my first soda in ages. It was all so awesome while I was eating everything, but then I payed dearly today- I have been exhausted and feeling crappy. 
Was it worth it? I can't decide. Everything was delicious- but the way I feel today is not delicious- it's bad. BUT I guess it was worth it in the sense that I know how awesome I can feel when I eat clean- and how bad it feels when I eat gluten and tons of sugar. So it just reinforced how much I love Paleo! 

After a weekend full of cheats we decided to get serious again and we started today! I woke up and brought Chipper to the dog park and then went to the box for an awesome WOD. Today was "Rankel"- here it is in case you wanna try: 
"Rankel" 
AMRAP 
6 deadlifts (155lbs/225lbs) 
7 burpee-pull ups
10 Kettle Bell Swings (53 lbs/1.5 pood) 
200 M run 

Then I ran to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and stocked up for the week! I went to the sandwich place and had them make me a lettuce wrap with some pesto aioli, turkey, bacon, tomatoes, onions, jalepenos, onions and pepper jack. 
Then for dinner I used my Southern Comfort Paleo Cook Book and made some Apricot Pork Chops. They were good! I used my slow cooker and left it on low. 
 First I rubbed the pork chops with some salt & pepper then browned them in some Avocado oil (3 min each side) Then I placed them in the slow cooker.
 I added some butter to the pan and added onions, apricots, 1/4 c sherry, 1/4 c apple cider vinegar, 1 cup chicken stock, 1 cup cut dried apricots, some sage, a cinnamon stick and cut up an apple and put them in the slow cooker, then poured the mixture into the cooker.
Then I cooked it on high for 2 1/2 hours, switched it to low for like 3 hours because we went to the box. I came home and made some brussel sprouts real quick. When we got back the pork chops were literally falling off the bone. 
 And then we ate them! 
Honest opinion- I am not the biggest fan of meat and sweetness, but it was good. Definitely worth the time! 
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