This Week's Workout Calendar + A 30 Day Paleo Challenge?

I cannot believe there are only 2 weeks left in my Coffeyfit workout rotation. Summer flew. Though, it always does I suppose.

This week's workout calendar:



Also, I've been kicking around the idea of hosting a 30-day strict Paleo challenge for a while now. This morning I was looking at the calendar and saw that September 1st is a Monday! And of course September has exactly 30 days... Totally a sign, right?

I always recommend that people try strict Paleo for 30 days. It can work wonders. Whether you want to find out if certain foods bother you, want to give Paleo a try, or just want to try something different it can be a powerful thing.

Right now I'd like to gauge interest. If you'd be interested in joining me for a 30 day Paleo challenge in September, complete with private Facebook group for questions/support/encouragement, please comment below!

If there's enough interest I'll post the "RULES" next week.


Apple Pie a la Mode Protein Smoothie

Apple Pie a la Mode Protein Smoothie

What's your favorite kind of pie? Mine is a toss up between peach and apple. Or maybe pumpkin or rhubarb. Mmm, pie...

Since going Paleo I've been working on converting some of my decadent family recipes to being more Paleo friendly. I haven't yet perfected a Paleo apple pie recipe, but this recipe fills that void for me until I do. 

Latley I'm pretty obsessed with this smoothie; it tastes just like a piece of apple pie with a scoop of ice cream on top. Really. Try it!


Apple Pie a la Mode Protein Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze or Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Cashewmilk
1 Serving vanilla whey protein (I'm currently obsessed withSFH Vanilla

1 Cup frozen apple slices (I find frozen at my grocery store, you can also peel, slice, and freeze your own)
1/2 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg



Clean Apple Pie a la Mode Protein Shake


Directions:

Add the almond or cashewmilk, protein, and spices to your blender and blend. Next, slowly add the frozen apple slices until well blended and smooth. It should be thick. If your blender won't blend it all, add a bit more cashewmilk.


Options:

If you do not tolerate dairy, try replacing the whey protein with 3 Tablespoons collagen powder and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (also makes this paleo-friendly) OR to make it vegan use Vanilla Vega One (though the consistency will be slightly different, not as ice-creamy).


Frozen Apple Pie Smoothie

 OK, just writing this made me hungry. I'm off to make myself one...


Apple Pie a la Mode Protein Smoothie





Let me know if you try it!






This Week's Workout Calendar + A New Paleo 101 Page

I cannot believe we're almost half-way through August! Most people I know have kids starting school this week or next. Yikes. We homeschool and won't start until the first week of September, but that is quickly coming to meet us! I have much paperwork and planning to do still. 

But, I'm not yet ready to let go of summer. We may take off on a trip before school starts. We've been wanting to go see Northern California. Why "may"? I'm a huge planner, my husband is not. I would have everything planned out and he would get up on a Sunday morning and say "Pack some stuff and let's go!" It used to drive me crazy, but now I find the spontonaity fun. So, some vacations are totally planned and some, like this one, we wing it.

OK, onto this week's Coffeyfit workout calendar:



I may need to take an extra rest day this week just due to everything I need to get done this week. We'll see...

You may have noticed that I've added a new Paleo 101 page to the menu bar. I've been meaning to do it for a while. I get so many questions about all things Paleo that I wanted one place to direct people for info and recommendations. It's still a work in progress, but I'm curious what you would like to find there? What Paleo info, recommendations, resources, tips, etc would you find most helpful on a Paleo 101 page?


Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.

Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

Grilled Pineapple Burger

Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger Recipe

Ingredients


2 lbs Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef
1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Smoked Paprika (I like Simply Organic Smoked Paprika)
1 teaspoon Sea Salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt, Fine Ground)
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Whole Fresh Pineapple-peeled, cored, and sliced
1 Onion-sliced
Green Leaf Lettuce


Directions


Preheat your grill to medium-high. In a bowl combine the ground beef and seasonings well and then form into patties. Grill to desired doneness.

Grill the pineapple slices 4 to 5 minutes each side. 

Top your burgers with the pineapple and onion slices. Wrap your burgers in the leaf lettuce and enjoy!


Options


I used yellow onion here, but red onion is fabulous as well. Also, if you tolerate dairy, try gently melting some sharp cheddar on top just before removing your burgers from the grill. YUM.

Bunless Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger Recipe

Let me know if you try it!

What's your favorite non-traditional burger topping??




Does Dairy Bother Your Joints?? Plus, This Week's Workout Calendar


I've noticed lately that dairy seems to bother my joints. Now, you know I have that old hip injury from my first marathon that flares up once in a while. I'd never been able to pinpoint exactly what caused this. However, over the last few months I've wondered if it's related to my dairy consumption. Being Paleo I don't do a whole lot of dairy, but when I do seems to correlate with my hip acting up. I'm not entirely sure if it's the cause, but it's awfully suspicious.

Lately I've been feeling like I need a boost of "good bugs" and have been having quite a bit of yogurt and kefir. I also always have the occasional whey protein and half & half in my coffee. All of that on top of the organic grassfed butter I normally include in my diet (it doesn't seem to bother me at all) has added up to a whole lot of dairy in my diet. My hip had been completely perfect prior to this increase in dairy. Now? It's bothering me again. Interesting to say the least.

So... I guess I'll cut all the extra dairy and stick to the little bit of organic grassfed butter and half & half and see what happens!

Poll: Anyone else have this problem? Does dairy seem to bother your joints? 

OK, onto this week's Coffeyfit workout schedule...


I have to say that I am really enjoying this workout rotation. It's just what I needed right now. Several people have been asking how I like Kelly Coffey-Meyer's DVDs. I'll try to get some reviews up soon, but I'll say here: definitely recommend them.

How about you: tried any new workouts lately?


Green Tea and Melon Post-Workout Smoothie Recipe



As I’ve recently amped up my workout schedule I’m also paying closer attention to my nutrition, especially when it comes to properly fueling and recovering from workouts. This smoothie recipe is perfect for post-workout. It's packed with great stuff like green tea and protein. Plus, it’s delicious! Can’t beat that. I love it post-workout, but it's great anytime.

I would not call this recipe strict Paleo as it uses whey protein. I realize that some Paleo folks don’t use protein powder at all, but I do. I find it a quick and easy way to boost my protein. Plus, I just plain enjoy it in my smoothies!

When looking for a protein powder I prefer a good, clean whey protein or collagen. If you don’t tolerate dairy try substituting collagen powder for the whey I’ve used.


Ingredients
½ cup boiling water
½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1 heaping cup frozen melon balls (I use honeydew, but any will work)
1 serving vanilla whey protein powder


Directions
In a separate cup pour boiling water over the tea bag and cover with a saucer. Let steep for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool.

In your blender add the cooled tea, almond milk, and protein powder. Blend. Next, add the frozen melon balls slowly. Blend well.


Boost it!
Give this recipe a boost by adding 2 teaspoons of Kale Powder.



How do you fuel post-workout?