Strawberry-Chocolate Paleo Protein Shake

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Gone are the days of the traditional post-workout drinks. We said goodbye to soy a long time ago, along with the other artificial-ingredient packed protein shakes on the market. I also avoid dairy, so whey protein is not really an option either, though if you do decide to stick with whey, there are some excellent grass-fed whey proteins on the market. But better yet is egg-white protein powder (not that the yolk is bad!) and collagen protein powder. Both make equally good substitutes to the more traditional soy and whey options and, when mixed into a Shake like in this recipe, it would be hard-pressed to tell the difference…

INGREDIENTS

4 ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 scoop (20-30 grams) protein powder (I like MRM All Natural Egg-White Protein and Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides)
1/4 cup strawberries
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon honey or raw agave nectar

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients into a blender or food processor.

Strawberry Chocolate Paleo Protein Shake Process
Blend for about 1 minute.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy while cool.

Strawberries provide an immune boost, cacao powder delivers antioxidants, protein powder helps your muscles heal and grow and baking soda balances out the acidity in your body.

Here’s to you, your health and your workout!

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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Fired Up Chicken Fajitas

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I’ve been on a lean meat kick lately. I figure if I’m going to train my butt off for Tough Mudder I might as well go all the way and get a six pack. This basically means being extra strict! I wanted to turned something I already loved (and was pretty healthy) into something even more healthy and lean. I wanted fajitas that could fuel my body through an intense workout regimen. This is fajitas done Paleo with enough nutrients to fill you up and keep you going.

INGREDIENTS

1 chicken breast (I would cook roughly .5-1 chicken breast per person)
salt & pepper (for seasoning)
Iceberg lettuce (I find iceberg provides the best lettuce cups but please feel free to use whatever it is you like best)
broccoli slaw
avocado slices(or guacamole; here’s our expert guacamole recipe)
salsa (here’s a fantastic Mango Pineapple Salsa recipe from ThePaleoMom.com)

RECIPE

Heat grill to high heat.
Sprinkle chicken breast with salt & pepper for seasoning.
Place chicken on grill and cook for roughly 15 minutes (or until chicken is cooked thoroughly). Remove chicken from grill and slice into thin slices.
While chicken is cooking, slice iceberg lettuce in half. Remove and discard top lettuce leaf. Carefully remove remaining lettuce leafs which you will use as lettuce cups for your fajitas.
To assemble, place chicken in lettuce cups and top with broccoli slaw, avocado slices and salsa.
This meal is packed full of nutrients and is totally customizable based on your taste buds.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@mvandover | melissavandover.com

The Workout Salad

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For those of you who may not know, Camilla and I are in the middle of training for Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder is a half marathon, obstacle course and ohh yeah…it’s probably the toughest event on the planet. To help keep myself energized for my pre-mudder training I wanted to find a healthy alternative to the traditional carb based meal. This is an easy and quick salad, that is packed with nutrients, healthy fats and has great flavor.

INGREDIENTS

your choice of salad (I use a mixed green)
1/4 pound of turkey sandwich meat (you’ll want to make sure you select one that is Paleo, so no nitrates or preservatives)
1/2 tomato
1/2 avocado
1/2 lime
1/4 teaspoon salt

RECIPE

Place a bed of washed salad on a plate.
Dice your tomato, avocado and turkey; then place on top of salad.
Squeeze half a lime over salad and top with salt.

It’s that easy and it will keep you fueled during your workouts. Here’s to getting fit!

Melissa Van Dover

@mvandover | melissavandover.com