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Skora FORM Review #RunReal

Recently Activewear USA sent me a pair of FORM running shoes by Skora Running for review. I was excited to test out the FORM as I've been working my way down to more minimal running shoes and these seemed perfect for me. I really feel like the more minimal I go with shoes the better my hip does.

A little info on the Skora FORM from ActivewearUSA.com
1. SKORA Running Women's Shoes have Zero Drop.In order to maintain natural, bio-mechanically correct movement, the SKORA women's running shoes feature a zero-drop midsole. This means that the heel and forefoot are on the same plane.

2. Minimal Cushioning.By offering minimal cushioning, the SKORA women's running shoes allow for great ground feel while still providing appropriate protection. This allows for greater proprioception, or mind-body feedback, letting your feet do their job.

3. Asymmetric Lacing. If you haven't noticed, your feet are actually asymmetrical! Strange then that most footwear on the market ignores this. …

Easy Paleo Recipe - Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

I'm just going to say it: this recipe is the BOMB. The pics don't do it justice. I've GOT to get a better camera! We love, love, love this. My little boys even love it. Hubby requested that I make it every day. I suggested at least backing that off to every other.

Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables
3 to 4 lb whole chicken
1 large yellow onion
1 large sweet potato
2 parsnips
1 rutabaga
poultry seasoning
sea salt
black pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 375.
Remove giblets from thawed chicken. Rinse entire chicken inside and out. 
Use a cake pan or roasting pan. Chop onion and place half of it under the chicken, place chicken in pan, then put the rest of the onion around it. 
Chop root vegetables and place around the chicken in the pan.
Drizzle the chicken and the vegetables with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper. Season the chicken only with the poultry seasoning blend. (I get mine from the bulk foods section at Natural Grocers. I don't like other store blen…

100th Video Celebration!

I'm celebrating my 100th You Tube Video with a My Favorite Things Giveaway!
Check it out:

Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook
DA Active T-Shirt in color of choice
Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Set

Thank you to all of my blog readers and You Tube viewers for sticking with me and being so dang awesome! And a huge thank you to DA Active and Gaiam for sponsoring giveaway items to help me celebrate. 

Here's to a 100 more!

Comments on this blog post do not count as entries. You must comment on You Tube in the comments section of the video above to enter. Full rules, entry deadlines, and entry options are in the information box of the above video.
Disclaimer: DA Active T-Shirt provided by DA Active. Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Set provided by Gaiam. I receive no compensation for this giveaway.

Paleo Recipe - Slow Cooker Beef With Broccoli

Since today is our first day back to homeschool I thought it appropriate to share a slow cooker recipe! When our homeschool year starts up my slow cooker becomes my best friend. Things get busy busy around here and dinner being done and ready at dinner time is an amazing thing. 

I try not to do the same recipes over and over. Boredom is definitely the enemy of eating healthy. This is a recipe that I came up with recently that is definitely a new favorite.



Slow Cooker Beef With Broccoli
2 lbs stew meat
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1 cup less sodium beef stock
2 heads fresh broccoli
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Add all ingredients except the broccoli to your slow cooker and cook on low for about 6 hours. Slow cookers can vary greatly, so you may have to play with times and liquid amounts.
Break the broccoli into florets and add on top. Cook an addition 1 to 2 hours on low.

I like to double this recipe so…

#FitFunFamCO -- Get Thee to the Zoo!

OK, I know it's supposed to be fit, fun, family Colorado Friday, but I couldn't wait! The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo had a baby gorilla and it's just about the cutest thing ever:


It’s a boy…Or a girl?
-Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomes baby gorilla-
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is happy to announce the addition of a baby western lowland gorilla to its troop.  The baby, whose gender has yet to be determined, was born to mom Asha (19 years old) and dad Rafiki (28 years old) early Tuesday morning.  Both mom and baby are doing well, says Animal Care Manager Dina Bredahl.  The baby is Asha’s second offspring, and will be a little brother or sister for Tumani, who is five years old.  This will be an excellent opportunity for Tumani to learn mothering skills from Asha, who is a great mom, says Bredahl.  Cheyenne Mountain Zoo policy dictates that primate babies would not be removed from their mothers unless a serious medical condition demanded it, so no neo-natal veterinary exam will be conducted a…

Keto Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.




Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Ingredients
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)





Directions
Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

30 Days to a Faster 5k

One of my life goals is to always be in the shape to run a 5k. I want to always be able to just jump into a race, or at least run the distance, at any time. You know, until I get old...like 100.

One of my 2012 goals was to run a sub 30 minute 5k. While I'd like to say I've been working hard towards that, the fact is I haven't. In fact, I haven't focused much on my running at all.


Time to change that.
While I may not be able to get that sub 30 this year, I can still improve. My fastest ever 5k was in 2010 at 32:50. The last 5k I ran was last fall at 38:24. Yikes!

I'm running a 5k September 15th. I want to KILL it.
My goal is to obliterate last year's time for the same 5k which was the 38:24. I'd like to come as close to my fastest time as possible. With only 30 days to prepare, how close can I come? We'll see!

Lately I've been running 3 to 4 miles, so a 5k is not a stretch by any means. Running it faster however will take some work. Here's my plan:

Hill…

Paleo Energy Bar Recipe

Paleo Energy BarsIngredients1 cup Whole Natural Almonds
12 to 14 Organic Medjool Dates, de-pitted
1/2 of a Alter Eco Chocolate Dark Blackout 85%
1/4 cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds

DirectionsPulse the almonds in food processor until you get small bits, but not paste. Empty into mixing bowl.



Do the same with the dark chocolate.



Process the dates in the food processor until smooth. They will tend to come together in a ball. Add to nut/chocolate mixture. Add the pumpkin seeds whole.



Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Mix the ingredients in the bowl. I usually just smoosh all of the ingredients together well with my hands. Then smoosh the mixture firmly into the pan. 



Cut into bars.




Not going to lie, these are fantastic! My kids love them. Plus, they're so simple to make.


Just a note for my fellow paleo runners: This makes great natural run fuel! If I train for a distance race again, a half marathon or marathon, I will do these (or similar recipes) and coconut water for fueling instea…

Back to Basics Paleo

I need a re-set.

The last month and a half more and more non-paleo things have been sneaking into my face. A little more whey protein than usual. A little fake sugar here and there. Some raw cheese. More Starbucks indulgences than usual. Oh yes, and there was ice cream. Funny how that happens when we're not paying attention.

Easy Gluten Free, Grain Free Lasagna Recipe

Around here we have mad love for the Hasta La Vista Pasta Lasagna recipe from the Everyday Paleo cookbook. It's a family favorite. Every once in a while however it's nice to have something a little more pasta-ish. Especially if we're having guests over or taking a dish somewhere. 

I was delighted to find Cappello's!
Cappello's is a local Colorado company that makes gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and soy free pasta. They make: Lasagna Sheets, Gnocchi, and Fettuccine. You can find Cappello's on their site, twitter, and facebook.

Hype or Help Genetix HD - Final Results and Review

Genetix HD at GNC.com
Wow, that month really flew by! I can't believe I'm down to my final Genetix HD review already. 

First, I'll get right to the numbers...