So I love protein shakes because they are an easy meal replacement while on the go, and they give you much needed nutrients after a hardcore workout. But finding paleo worthy protein shakes was becoming frustrating. But thankfully Julian’s Bakery came out with Paleo Protein™. It has 1 carb and is made from egg whites. They have a chocolate and vanilla version and you can purchase them through this link http://www.julianbakery.com/vitamins-and-supplements/low-carb-protein-powders/.
As far as taste goes for the chocolate version of Paleo Protein™ I was not initially impressed. It did have a weird after taste. So I was determined to make this product worthy of a sweet lovers taste palate because I loved the concept. I came up with a recipe that not only tastes good but satisfied my hunger and sweet tooth 😉
The Paleo Pin-up Chocolate and Berry Smoothie
In a blender add
10oz of purified water
1 scoop of Chocolate Paleo Protein™
Paleo Protein Chocolate (Egg Whites) 1.75lbs
1 cup of frozen organic berry mix/medley or strawberries
1 tbsp of organic almond butter
1 tbsp of coconut crystals
Blend till smooth. Can add more or less water depending on desired thickness. Put in a large insolated cup and hit the road or just lounge and sip..
So, welcome to my blog! This is my first attempt at anything like this so bear with me. Over the last year I have started to eat more paleo approved meals and dabble in a little crossfit here and there and find myself constantly explaining the purpose of a paleo lifestyle to people all the time. So I figured why not share what I learn as I go along, and give people a place were I can explain everything without having to constantly repeat myself 🙂
Anyone who knows me knows I love food. Especially anything with gravy, cream sauce or chocolate. And when I started eating paleo I feared those delicious comfort foods I adored would be long gone 😦 and to make matters worse I am like the laziest person ever so finding quick and easy paleo meals has become sort of a hobby. So I will share my favorite “close to the original” recipes and tricks with you all as I discover them.
Now when I first started crossfit a year ago and eating paleo I noticed a dramatic increase in my energy levels and weight loss. Within 3 months I had lost 15 lbs and was toning up quite nicely. But like I said before I am lazy and I quit doing the crossfit but kept eating paleo as often as I could because I love the way it makes me feel, healthy. I am once again rejoining the crossfit community and will be sharing my fitness progress with you as well. Maybe seeing my progress will inspire others to take the steps needed to become better versions of themselves.
Crossfit is not easy but it is the workout I recommend. You are pushed to excel, and people support you which helps me work out how I should. My lazy butt would not workout that way at the gym by myself and I definitely would not get the same results taking a leisurely stroll on a treadmill 5 days a week. If you are interested in joining a crossfit gym near you I suggest looking for introductory deals on GROUPON or LIVING SOCIAL first. That’s how I found and joined my local crossfit. You can even “like” your local crossfit on FACEBOOK (if they have a page) and keep an eye out for introductory offers and class time postings.
This week I am going to share the recipe that inspired me to start this blog and yes it has gravy!!
All the recipes I post will be rated according to the following:
Paleo Pin-up approved: means I, the one who loves delicious gourmet meals has enjoyed making and eating this meal.
Semi-paleo gidget approved: means my daughter, a 13 year old picky eater and know it all also enjoyed it.
Non-caveman approved: means the man of the house who prefers canned chili and spam over a healthy paleo meal enjoyed it (surprisingly)
The original recipe can be found at http://nomnompaleo.com/post/4807547385/slow-cooker-roast-chicken-and-gravy
I basically followed the original recipe but made a few minor changes… Enjoy
Crockpot chicken and gravy
•4-5 pound all natural chicken
•2 tablespoons of duck fat ( you can also use Ghee or lard )
•1 small onion, coarsely chopped
•1 leek, coarsely chopped, white parts only
•6 cloves of garlic ( smash and peel )
•1 tablespoon tomato paste
•1/2 cup organic chicken stock
•1 tablespoon of dry poultry seasoning
•Kosher salt and Black pepper to taste
1. Gather and chop up your veggies…
2. Melt the duck fat or fat of choice in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion, leek and garlic till fragrant.
3. Add the tomato paste.
4. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Deglaze the pan with chicken stock, and transfer everything to your slow cooker. Dry off the bird and season it well — inside and out — with salt, pepper, and your favorite poultry seasoning.
6. Place the chicken breast side down in the slow cooker, put on the cover, and set it to cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or low for 4-6 hours
7. When the chicken’s done, I like mine falling off the bone, take it out of the slow cooker and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
8. Remove any unwanted fat and bone from the sauce mixture in the crockpot, check for seasoning, and blend it with an immersion blender to make the gravy, yum
Serve with a garlic cauliflower mash and side of veggies
Don’t forget to save any left over gravy for other meals as well.
This meal has been Paleo Pin-up, Semi-paleo gidget and non-caveman approved.