Workout of the Day:
Five rounds for time of:
5 x Pendlay Row
5 x Deadlift
5 x Hang Power Clean
5 x Thruster
Rest 1 minute between rounds.
Loading – Men = 95-135 lbs., Women = 45-95 lbs.
Written by Sarah “The Human” Murray
As a recent Paleo convert, I appreciate how much better I feel since I gave up grains and dairy (okay, most dairy—sometimes a girl just has to have a little bit of parmesan in her frittata!) And for the most part, it really hasn’t been that hard. I don’t miss bread like I thought I would, and a little cheat each Saturday (read “spicy dark chocolate gelato”—sinfully delicious!) helps me overcome any weekday cravings for something not-so-Paleo-friendly. That being said, those of you who know me know I love to cook, and I especially love to bake, which means the initial thought of someone taking away my flour, sugar, and butter was comparable to someone telling Picasso he had to give up his paintbrush. What is a girl to do?
The answer is twofold, and simple. First, don’t look at Paleo as limiting what you put in your body or cutting out all those foods you love. Instead, learn to see it as an opportunity to find some truly amazing foods that taste delicious because they are pure and fresh as opposed to processed and genetically, chemically, or otherwise altered. Second (and very closely tied to the first) is experiment. Finding those new amazing foods comes about when you let yourself go a little crazy in the kitchen. Over the past several months, poor George has been the subject of many Paleo inventions gone awry, including a cherry-peach cobbler that was better-suited for the compost pile than it was for human consumption, and an Indian eggplant dish so spicy it could be marketed in aerosol form as bear repellant. Last weekend, however, one such experiment resulted in what can only be described as a miracle. While I cannot claim to be the sole proprietary agent of the following, I will claim as much responsibility as possible (I did, after all, change some of the variables to make it my own.) I couldn’t keep this to myself—anyone who doubts the true delectableness of a Paleo diet needs to try this recipe! I do caution you on one thing, however, results have demonstrated some addictive properties in the product of this experiment, so be forewarned—it will not last long!
- 5 cups nuts and seeds (I used slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, pecans, and sunflower seeds; you can use whatever you want, but make sure you use at least 2 – 3 cups slivered almonds, as these take the place of what is normally oats)
- 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup or any other Paleo-approved sweetener)
- 1/3 cup Paleo-friendly oil (I used coconut and highly recommend it)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Mix honey, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove. Let it cool. Spread the nuts and seeds out on a greased baking sheet and pour the cooled honey mixture over the top. Mix it around to get everything covered, and bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Allow the pan to cool slightly and then put the mixture into a bowl. Mix in raisins and coconut, and enjoy!
Your biggest key to success with this (and really any) recipe is to go a little crazy. Add your own twist to it or branch off in another crazy direction. The granola you see in the picture, for example, was mixed with almond butter, pressed into a brownie pan, and is now chilling in the freezer to make granola bars.