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A Paleo Thanksgiving

This Thursday is Thanksgiving and to prepare our Paleo Challengers for a holiday that they can be thankful for and not regret the day or two after, here are some Paleo-friendly Thanksgiving recipes.

Breadless Cauliflower and Mushroom Stuffing from Marks Daily Apple

Other Paleo Stuffing Options

Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce Paleo Style from Whole 9

Roasted Root Vegetables from Scott Hagnas at Catalyst Athletics another great recipe resource

This is a great blog on a Paleo Thanksgiving and has a tasty sweet potato recipe that is supper easy.

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Another Paleo Pumpkin Pie Recipe This one is from a new favorite website of mine The Food Lover’s Primal Palate Check out their cranberry sauce too.

Here is a good paleo pie crust recipe that was taken from cheesecake recipe. Since cheese isn’t paleo but the crust looked good I wanted to post it. Use with pumpkin or apple pie:

•1+ cup of almond flour
•3 Tbsp organic butter or Coconut oil
•1 teaspoon cinnamon
1.Melt the butter or coconut oil in a large bowl.
2.Add cinnamon
3.Add almond flour and mix until you get a good crumbly consistency
4.Press very thinly into your pie pan

Most of all be thankful for friends, family and good health! Enjoy and post your recipes to comments!

Paleo Breakfast Pizza

This is a great anytime paleo pizza recipe that comes to you from Sarah Fragoso, a crossfit trainer at NorCal Strength and Conditioning, a mother of three and creator of the website  She has had amazing results from going Paleo. Check her site out, read her story and find all kinds of tasty recipes there. Here is her how to video/cooking demo for you:

Breakfast Paleo Pizza Recipe

Paleo Candied Pecans

This recipe comes from the Paleo Mama website that has awesome Paleo recipes.  Check them out at

“With holidays around the corner, I decided to update this non-paleo treat from my childhood to a sometimes paleo treat.  It contains honey, so this is definitely not an every day snacking thing, but it can be nice for a special occasion.”


1 lb or roughly 4 cups of pecan halves

1 egg white

1 tbs water

2/3 cup honey

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 250.

2.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

3.  In a large bowl, put in egg white and water.  Using a fork or whisk, beat together until it is frothy.

4.  Dump in pecans and stir until they are completely coated.

5.  In a measuring cup, combine honey, salt, and cinnamon and carefully stir to combine.

6.  Pour honey mixture over nuts and stir to combine completely.

7.  Dump contents of bowl onto cookie sheet and using a rubber spatula, press into a single layer.

8.  Bake for about an hour to an hour and a half, stirring every 15 minutes.

9.  Pull nuts out of oven, and put them onto a glass baking dish to cool (if they cool on the parchment, they will stick).

10.  Once cool, break up and store in zip top bags at room temperature.

Paleo Recipes, Sample Day & A Surprise Twist!

Okay so if you have been following along we want to get you completely prepared for the Paleo Challenge that starts on Saturday.  So here are some tips and tools to do just that!

Tip #1:  Clean out all non-paleo foods from the house.  Your family doesn’t need them either and they will survive just fine without them. Check out this blog Paleo is Possible

Tip #2: Go grocery store shopping.  Use your shopping list in the back of your success journal.  Get meats and veggies, nuts & seeds, oils, and some fruit.  Get enough to start you on Saturday (see sample day and/or recipes)

Sample Paleo Day 1: (Practically Paleo)

Breakfast: 3-5 scrambled eggs, 1 cup strawberries and 1-2tbsp almond butter
Lunch: Grilled chicken, avocado and shredded carrots wrapped in lettuce (3-4), some almonds
Snack: Lara Bar & 2 pieces of Trader Joe’s Beef Jerky
Dinner: Grilled Steak, steamed broccoli with olive oil and avocado
Dessert: 1/2 apple with 1tbsp almond butter

Sample Paleo Day 2:

Breakfast: Turkey burger, avocado and 1/2 apple
Snack: Egg protein smoothie with almond milk or water
Lunch: Burger wrapped in lettuce with tomato, avocado or guacamole, salsa, with carrots or a salad
Snack: cucumbers and almond butter or almonds
Dinner:  Shrimp cooked in olive oil and garlic with roasted asparagus in olive oil
Dessert: Coconut milk ice cream (1 can coconut milk, frozen fruit, a touch of honey-blend and freeze for 1 hour)

Here are 2 recipes from The Paleo Cookbook which you can order here and has over 310 paleo recipes that you can download and get right away.

Boiled Eggs with Asparagus and Thinly sliced Iceburg Lettuce & Flaked Salmon with Char-Grilled Greens

There is a great Paleo dessert cookbook there too!

Other links and recipes:  Paleo Pancakes
Paleo Banana Bread or Muffins
Skip’s Crustless Quiche  (make these in a muffin tin for a portable quick breakfast)
Ground Beef & Lettuce Wrap

Get cleaned out, shop, prep and be ready for Saturday!  Go Primal!

THE TWIST:  Paleo Challengers will get ONE FREE day on the challenge.  This means ONE day that points don’t matter and you can relax.  You will also get ONE FREE Class the last week of the challenge.  Now just DO IT!

Skip's Birthday Paleo Breakfast & WOD

Celebrations can be Paleo too…

Here is a Paleo Pancake Recipe from one of our students:

GOOD MORNING – Perfect Pancakes

3 whole eggs

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 cup apple sauce or 2 bananas
2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Coconut oil or EVO for cooking (go light on the oil, you just want a non-stick surface)

If you like fruit like I do, I recommend:

1 cup blueberries
1 apple, cored and chopped or
2 bananas sliced or
1 peach, pitted and chopped (this is my favorite!)

Whisk or blend all ingredients until smooth (except blueberries or added chunky fruit). Fold in fruit. Cook in lightly oiled sauté pan or on griddle. ~2-3 min on each side or until bubbles are popped in the center of pancake.

*Keep them thin for a more pancake like texture.
**There are eggs in there, so you want them cooked thoroughly, but eggs make flipping these little suckers a bit tougher if you don’t have a good non-stick surface

For a tropical fruit syrup we took frozen pineapple, mango, and 3 tbsp coconut milk and cooked it in a sauce pan on low until it is mushy. The same can be done with frozen berries just leave out the coconut milk.

Eggs, Bacon, Fruit, Avocado & Paleo Pancakes

Skips Swimming WOD:

Swim the length of the pool and back
34 Squats (in or out of the water)
34 leg kicks in the water

3 Rounds for Time

Happy Birthday Skip!

~Coach Tiffany

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