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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

I'm always playing around with easy snack recipes for my paleo kiddos. This Paleo Energy Bar Recipe in many incarnations is our go-to! It takes no time at all to whip a batch up and the kids love them. They're not only paleo, but also vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. Plus, I mean... there's chocolate. ;)
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 fir…

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...

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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the keto lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.





I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It…

What is 75 Hard #75Hard: Documenting My Experience With The 75 Hard Challenge

January 1, I embarked on an interesting journey; I decided to start the 75 Hard Challenge (scroll to the bottom of the post for my updated journal on my progress. I've gotten a lot of questions on this program and what it is exactly, what the rules are, etc. So...


What is 75 Hard? It's a mental toughness skills development challenge started by Andy Frisella. His premise is that mental toughness is a skill and therefore can be learned, practiced, and honed. Andy designed this challenge to cultivate: confidence, self-belief, self-esteem, self-worth, endurance, fortitude, grit, perseverance, self-discipline, endurance, resilience... and all of the skills inside the scope of mental toughness.  Check out the podcast that started it all for all the info from Andy himself: https://andyfrisella.com/blogs/mfceo-project-podcast/75hard-a-75-day-tactical-guide-to-winning-the-war-with-yourself-with-andy-frisella-mfceo291 Note that if f-bombs are going to offend you this is not for you. 

So, w…

Cinnamon Vanilla KETO Coffee Creamer Recipe

There are tons of keto coffee creamer products flooding the market right now. Some are fantastic options. Some chock full of nasty ingredients. But most of them are on the pricey side.

I decided to work on some clean, more budget-friendly, keto coffee creamer recipes we can easily make at home! (Check out my Keto Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer too.)⠀

This dairy-free Cinnamon Vanilla Keto Coffee Creamer is definitely one of my favorites. I just love cinnamon coffees. They're delicious. Plus, cinnamon is supposed to be good for blood sugar control. Win-win.


Keto Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer ⠀⠀☕☕☕ ⠀

INGREDIENTS⠀⠀1 can (13.66 oz) Canned Coconut Cream
2 teaspoons Organic Saigon Cinnamon⠀
2 teaspoons Organic Pure Vanilla⠀⠀
Low Carb Sweetener to taste, generally 5 to 10 packets OR 5 to 15 drops monk fruit (optional)⠀ ⠀
DIRECTIONS⠀⠀Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend, just until combined. About 30 seconds, scraping the sides if you need to. ⠀
Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 d…

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! 

paleo, grilled pineapple burger, smoky grilled pineapple burger,…

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:


Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

This list of 30 Whole30 Lunch Reci…

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...



Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:


What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.


The BodyShred Workouts

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…

Vanilla Maple Iced Coffee

It's no secret that I'm madly in love with coffee. Hot coffee, iced coffee, plain coffee, flavored coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino... you name it I want to marinate in it.

People often ask me if coffee is Paleo. My answer: maybe not strict Paleo, but I. Don't. Care. Cavemen did NOT drink coffee some declare. To this I reply: I am convinced that cavepeople of my ancestral line were roasting beans, crushing them, and pouring hot water over them thousands of years ahead of their time. 

OK, but seriously, I am Paleo because of the benefits I have seen eating this way. My food choices are more about how a food affects me than whether or not a caveman consumed it. Also, generally speaking, I think most people drink coffee on Paleo.

Whether or not coffee itself is Paleo, the things we add to it can be absolutely NOT Paleo. I am definitely known to splurge on a (non-Paleo) Starbucks now and then, but most of the time I prefer to keep my coffee concoctions Paleo. 


This iced-coffee …

The Killer Jillian 30-Day Workout Rotation #killerjillian

If you've visited FitViews before you have probably noticed I'm rather fond of Jillian Michaels at-home workouts. I own virtually all she has and have reviewed many on this blog. They're just good, solid workouts that give me great results. 
I'm particularly fond of Jillian programs, calendars, and challenges. I've blogged through Body Revolution and BodyShred. I vlogged through the 30 Day Shred. Pretty much every Jillian challenge set forth I've delightedly owned.
But I'm feeling a bit "been there done that" lately. I want a new Jillian challenge. Something fresh, something challenging, something different. Something new to motivate me and push me. So, I decided to come up with my own! I'm calling it the #KillerJillian Challenge.


The #KillerJillianBefore I launch into the calendar, a little disclaimer: This challenge is in no way endorsed by Jillian Michaels. It's just a for-fun workout calendar I came up with. Also, I'm not a trainer, d…