Saturday, January 30, 2010

Paleo Fudge Babies!

check out this great recipe for a little treat. (Just because there is no added sugar doesn't mean you should eat 30 fudge babies in one sitting!)

1 1/3 cup Dates
1 cup Walnuts
4 Tbs Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Vanilla

Dump into a food processor, hit the big button that say ON. Process the food...roll with fingers into little "balls" also known as Fudge Babies...chill and serve.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Almond Butter on the Cheap

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If you've ever been 5 years old, (and I bet you have) you've probably had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As benign as you may have thought it, the classic PB&J could possibly symbolize everything that is wrong with Conventional Wisdom.

what CW saysthe reality
bread"grains are the base of the food pyramid, therefore they are good. Whole grains are even better!"Grains are gut irritants and cause an insulin response promoting fat storage, no matter how "whole" they are.
jelly"made from all natural fruit. Fruit is good for you. Therefore jelly is good for you."One word: sugar.
peanut butter"Smooth or chunky, it's a great source of protein and vitamins."Peanuts are not actually nuts, they are legumes. Legumes are gut irritants and can literally cause small perforations where bad stuff can leak into your system, aka leaky gut.
If you would like more in-depth posts on any of the above topics, post it in comments

So while you can pretty much rule out bread and jelly, there ARE great substitutes for peanut butter, namely, nut butters. Almond butter, walnut butter, pecan butter, macadamia nut butter...the list goes on. Loaded with good fats, they are not ideal for someone looking to lean out, but a great portable way to get some fat in. But if you've ever looked in the store, nut butters can either be too expensive, or not even available! So what is a CrossFitter/Paleo/Primal eater to do??

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Don't Mess with Breakfast

this post was inspired by Meighan, who was wondering today what the heck to eat for breakfast
K-Ditty may or may not have this T-shirt.

What are the first things that come to mind when you hear "breakfast"? If it is cereal, pancakes, or waffles, you are not alone. This is how we grew up and this is what we know for breakfast. We're always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (those who IF - intermittent fasting - may have a different viewpoint), but if we are learning about Paleo/Primal/Zone, how are we supposed to implement these ideas into our breakfast? We're told we can't eat grains or sugar, so what are we supposed to do with that pancake mix, boxes of cereal, and frozen waffles?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Post Workout Nutrition

So you're hooked. "Tabata," "AMRAP" and "Fran" all mean something to you and you can thank (or blame) it on CrossFit. You live for refreshing your internet browser at 10pm just so you can see the WOD for the next day. You are a CrossFit addict. Hopefully a CrossFit KoP addict.
So how do you make the most of your time and energy so you can PR like crazy (as a newbie) or reach a new plateau (as a veteran)?  One of the many (overlooked) ways is paying attention to post workout nutrition.


This video is just wild! The precision needed to maneuver like that and the speed are just incredible. (found on Crossfit Endurance)
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