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Paleo Recipe - Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

There is just nothing like a good hearty stew. Growing up it was a staple in our household during the fall and winter months. There was nothing better than coming in from a long day of sledding and frolicking in the snow to a hot bowl of stew.

Since going paleo I've had to tweak my old standby recipes a bit, but it was well worth it. 

Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Stew
2 lbs stew meat
1 1/2 cups lower sodium beef stock
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 large sweet potatoes, diced
1 teaspoon marjoram
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (read labels, there's hfcs in many brands)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 can diced tomatoes (don't drain)

Add the stew meat, beef broth, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings to your slow cooker and cook on low for about 4 or 5 hours. Add the vegetables on top and cook an additional 1 to 2 hours.

Depending on your slow cooker you may need to adjust liquid amounts and c…

Paleo Recipe - Italian Style Meatloaf

I love meatloaf. So does my husband. I think the kids mostly just tolerate it, but it winds up on the menu about every other week around here. Especially in the fall and winter. 
I try to change my recipe up often so it doesn't get boring. This is my latest re-invention of the meatloaf.

Italian-Style Meatloaf
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 - 6 oz can tomato paste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1 - 8 oz package mushrooms
1/2 bunch Italian parsley
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon sea salt 
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon basil

Preheat oven to 350.
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to small skillet and heat to medium. Add onions and saute. When onions begin to become translucent add garlic. Saute a few minutes longer, until garlic is soft. Put mixture into mixing bowl to cool.

Add other tablespoon of olive oil to same skillet and cook mushrooms 7 to 9 minutes until soft (I usually break them up into smaller pieces). 

Add to mixing bowl to cool a bit (a…

Paleo Recipe - Chicken Ratatouille

This recipe is one of hubby's all-time favorite things that I make. He says it ranks right behind my paleo cake. Considering his, ahem, reformed sweet tooth I take that as quite the compliment!
Chicken Ratatouille
2 lbs chicken breast
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 eggplant, diced
2 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans stewed tomatoes (read your labels!)

Boil or bake chicken breast until done. I often do this ahead on Sunday to make this recipe a snap for weeknight dinners. Cut up.
Heat skillet with olive oil and saute the onion and garlic. 
Add eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash along with the seasonings. Cook until soft. Add cooked chicken breast.
Add stewed tomatoes at the very end and cook until just heated. (You can also add the stewed tomatoes with the squash, but I prefer them not cooked to mush.)

This recipe serves my family of 5 with l…

A Guest Post and a Paleo Twitter Chat

Hey everyone! I guest posted over at Your Inner Skinny today. I'm sharing about my paleo 'story' and my reasons for going Paleo.
 I'd love for you to go check that out.
Also, #paleochat is tonight! (Wednesday, September 5th 9 PM Eastern). We'll be sharing our favorite Paleo/Primal resources. Hope you can join us!

Monthly Fitness Favorites -- July and August

I'm still in shock that it's September already. Wow, where did the summer go?!

Today, I have my favorite health, fitness, running, food, apps, gear, and more list for July and August:

Food Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos
Artisana Raw Organic Cashew Butter
Alter Eco Dark Blackout 85% Chocolate
Organic Medjool Dates
Apps Map My Run
Gear GymBoss Timer and Arm Band
Books/Magazines Paleo Magazine
Make it Paleo

How about you? What are you loving lately?

 P.S. Don't forget to enter my 100th video giveaway, you could win a complete Body Revolution set, a DA Active running top, or the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook! Enter until 9/7/12.
Reminder: #paleochat is this Wednesday September 5th at 9 PM Eastern. Join us!
Disclaimer: the Gym Boss was sent to me for review. All other things mentioned were purchased on my own. I receive no compensation for this post (and might I add would never take compensation for this particular post. It's a genuine list of things I love. Period.)

Paleo Recipe - Chicken Sausage & Kale Stew

Chicken Sausage and Kale Stew
2 packages chicken sausage - I've used all kinds for this recipe: breakfast sausage, Italian turkey sausage, and this time I used a spicy chicken sausage I found on sale. Whatever you prefer, as always read your labels.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1 can stewed tomatoes
1/2 a bunch of kale, torn into small pieces (I usually remove the stems)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
4 cups low sodium chicken broth

Add coconut oil to skillet heated over medium heat and cook chicken sausage until done. 
Transfer to a stew pot and add chicken broth and all ingredients except the stewed tomatoes. Cook until kale etc is soft.
Add the stewed tomatoes at the end and cook just until heated. This makes plenty for my family of 5 with leftovers. I find that making leftovers on purpose is really helpful when eating paleo. Lunch the next day (or even breakfast) is done!

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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…

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…

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: Note that if f-bombs are going to offend you this is not for you. 

So, w…

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,…

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
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)

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

A Day In The Life: My Fitness, Food, and Supplement Routine

A group of my fitness blogger friends decided to do Day in the Life posts today. I get a lot of questions about my routine. My Paleo eats, how much I work out, what supplements I take, how I fit in my blogging/freelance/work...stuff like that. I thought joining and doing a day in my life post would be fun and a great way to answer all of those questions at once!

This was yesterday (Tuesday 1/20). It was a pretty average day for me.

4:30 AM My alarm on my phone goes off. I get up, get dressed in my workout clothes, and take my pre-workout (it says to take it 30-60 minutes before your workout, I shoot for 30). This is a new supp for me and I'm still just taking 1 to see how it goes. I also take my Acetyl L-Carnitine because the bottle says to take it on an empty stomach. 
Sometimes I hit snooze until 5, but I'm trying hard not to do that. A lot of people say to sleep in your workout clothes to save time, but that doesn't work for me. What does work for me is to have my workout …

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
     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

New Science To Help Us Age Healthier? Yes, Please. #MitoQ

If we're friends on Facebook you know that I just turned 39 last month. I embrace that. I look forward to making my last year in the 30's amazing and cruising into my 40's in style. I firmly believe in embracing our years. Our age. I believe in being the most amazing, healthy, fabulous US we can be at every age! I have no desire to be (or even look) 25 again.

But, I'm not going to lie. I feel it. I see it. I look in the mirror and notice those little lines. Spots. Hrmmm. So, when I was offered the opportunity to try out MitoQ supplements and skin cream I paused... I researched... I was intrigued!

I love this brand. I love their focus on healthy aging. Yes. THAT.
A Little Info on MitoQ

MitoQ is a brand new type of antioxidant called a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant. MitoQ is a revolutionary new form of CoQ10 that targets mitochondria, your cellular batteries - it is scientifically proven to be 847 times more effective than CoQ10! This exciting new supplement was developed…

A Month of Whole30 Dinner Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love!

If you're doing a Whole30 chances are your whole family isn't doing it with you. In the past I've found that this can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to food prep. Making every meal completely separate is just a lot to do. One solution I have found is to make family-friendly Whole30 dinner recipes. That way, at least for one meal, I was just making one meal that everyone would eat. 

I thought I'd share some of the great Whole 30 dinner recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and my own recipes are in there too!). 30 Whole30 dinner recipes to be exact! This list should help you cruise through an entire month of Whole30 with great family friendly dinners.

One Month of Whole30 Dinner Recipes
Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili from Cotter Crunch
Ancho Beef Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins from Cotter Crunch
Easy Paleo Tuna Green Chile Zoodle Casserole from Cotter Crunch
Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas from Physical Kitchness
Burrito Bowl Stuffed Peppers from At…

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, 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…