Tough Mudder Buffalo – Team DeVAtion from the Mean Monster Truck

A victory for twentysomethings everywhere! Particularly twentysomethings who emerge from stagnant sedentary lifestyles on couches with Kraft Easy Mac and Gummy Fruit Snacks and soar with full force towards Paleo (it’s a life style not a diet) and physical activity! Not only have I survived the Tough Mudder but I. Kicked. Ass.
Without going into too much detail, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. I climbed, and swung, I got shocked, I ran (a lot), I slid (a lot) and I got really really really dirty. I mean, the dirtiest I think I’ve every been in my life. (And the Minimus sneakers not only prevailed but survived the mud and still keep me running to this day).

This is one small step for personal fitness, and one billion steps for wounded warrior project.

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Asian Chicken Stirfry (100 cal/serving)

Keep it Simple September – Meal Prep Sautee – 4 servings

Sometimes you just want a meal that has two ingredients: chicken and broccoli. Boom. But then you think that it’s so boring you couldn’t possibly eat JUST chicken and broccoli two days in a row so you add a little asian twist.

2 chicken breasts
2 cups frozen broccoli
3 tbsp Aminos (soy sauce substitute)
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
5 garlic cloves, chopped
½ yellow onion, chopped

Sautee onion, and garlic in frying pan on medium heat.
Add chicken and sautee until chicken in halfway cooked through.
Add balsamic and aminos and continue to cook until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Add broccoli, stir, lower heat, cover and let cook for an additional 5 minutes.

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Cucumber, Tomato and Grilled Chicken Summer Salad (120 cal/serving)

Keep it Simple September – Meal Prep Cold Salad – 4 servings

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Starting realllllllly simple: a monkey could make this exquisitely fresh meal-prep lunch. It’s a manefestation of Farmers Market HEAVEN. One particular amish farm stand has the most amazing yellow cherry tomatoes I’ve ever had in my life – which deserve a spotlight in this dish.

2 chicken breasts
4 cucumber
2 cups cherry tomatoes (the more color variation the better!)
salt pepper garlic powder and fresh chopped basil to taste

Grill or cook chicken (I cooked in pan and then chopped)
Chop cucumber and halve cherry tomatoes.
Mix all ingredients and package up into four containters

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Farmers Market Mecca and Keep It Simple September

I hope that all twentysomethings in the country (and the world – if cultural norm allows) have access to the best, locally grown, organic produce and grass-fed farm raised meat in one easily accessible place. AKA a farmers market. I hope you all have amazing farmers markets. Our farmers market blows my mind. I am an AVID early morning marketer. Of course there are the strange trucks that come from somewhere in New Jersey that have bananas and mangos and avocados (excuse me sirs and maams… but that did not come from your farm) BUT there’s also the most gorgeous plants and flowers, HUGE abnormally sized and shaped produce (you KNOW that’s real) AND it CHANGES based on what’s growing. It’s like the most fun paleo/clean eating game since “what can we make in a slow cooker”.

I suggest making meal prep, farmers market in-season produce, and clean eating a science.

And so, to assist in this (just kidding, i’m walking down this new path with you side-by-side twentysomethings) this month will brand the theme: Keep it Simple September.

Easy recipes. Simple (fresh!) ingredients. Less involved cooking procedures. Minimized servings.

Here’s some farmers market fun!

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Twentysomething Bulletproof Coffee : Trial and Failure

From August 12 – 23 I gave bullet proof coffee a try. I dipped my toes in the bullet proof trendy pool, but most of the rave –reviews I’ve read seemed a little hoaky to my surprise. For example – the way they conveyed “Paleo and Bulletproof helped me get pregnant!” was WAY off base. However, I’ve tumbled over a few blogs that gave the coffee a shot and the BCAA nutritional math added up, I had already been doing intermittant fasting for two months, and I gave it a go. HOWEVER, I did NOT do it as prescribed (only using coconut oil without grass fed butter and much less of the recommended dose of oil too). The rational behind this was (I won’t lie) fear of gaining too much weight, interrupting the fasting technique, difficulty in obtaining grass fed butter cheaply, and the overwhelming richness of the coffee.

Twentysomething Bulletproof Coffee:

1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1-2 cups brewed coffee (I used folgers)
Screw-cap waterbottle (for shaking)

Brew coffee and add coconut oil in “shaker” – shake vigerously for as long as you can take it (usually 3 minutes considering it’s first thing in the morning, and I haven’t had coffee yet)

Was it delicious? Yes! Did it help my intermittent fasting? No. Did curb my hunger? No – it made it worse actually. Did it improve my enegery during workouts? Nope. Did it improve my daily energy. No.

And so the bullet proof coffee myth – at least the twentysomething and paleo version of bullet proof coffee – has beeen debunked and I am VERY happy to currently drink normal black paleo-friendly coffee WITH a light paleo breakfast during a typical american eating cycle.

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Spicy Cocoa Rubbed Venison Steak Lettuce Wraps

In honor of the hottest week I think central New York has ever experienced, twentysomething and paleo presents a deliciously paleo and cold dinner fit for any active and sweaty young adult – and the best part is: before it wound up in my freezer, it was romping around in the wild and eating naturally germinated plants. Thank you again to Coach Craig, Crossfit Partner-in-Crime Maria’s hunter and my new running group leader! Where he finds time to catch wild game between triathlons, training, and listening to maria gush about crossfit I just don’t know…

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Spicy Cocoa Rubbed Venison Steak Lettuce Wraps:

Venison Steak (or any steak of your choosing)
5 tbsp baking cocoa
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp coconut/olive oil
Iceberg lettuce
Tomato, Avocado, and any other fixins you may want

Pound thawed steak to tenderize.

Mix 4 tbsp cocoa, chili, cayenne, and black pepper.

Rub steak in oil, followed by the pepper-cocoa mix.

Cover in plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for at least an hour, no more than 4 hours.

In a skillet, heat another tbsp oil and sauté steak over medium heat for about 2-2.5 minutes (to get the perfect medium rare… mmm)

Set steak to the side to rest (don’t cut! Don’t cut! Don’t cut! Those juices are like gold…)

Slice steak or cut into portions for the week and slice into smaller pieces the day you wrap.

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Addressing Dressing: The Fundamental American Favs Ranch, Italian, Caesar

I was so surprised about how many Paleo salad dressing recipes I’ve pinned that use olive oil and vinegar. Totally not PC (paleo-conscious). So here’s an attempt at full-paleo dressings:

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To make it twentysomething friendly, I recommend putting half of each batch in recycled salad dressing bottles in the fridge and freezing the other half in ice cube trays. When you bring a salad to work, pop one or two frozen dressing-cubes in your Tupperware and by lunch it should be thawed!Then, when you don’t have ice trays and the dollar store doesn’t either, recycle an empty egg carton and line with aluminum foil.

Barely any cooking is involved with dressings, just a lot of blending/food processing.
General Rule of Thumb: they keep for a month in the fridge and a month and a half in the freezer.
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Caesar: (12 servings @ 23 cal ea. – whole 280)
1 cooked whiting fillet
4 egg yolks (save the whites!)
1 tsp salt and pepper
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 garlic cloves
2 tbsp brown mustard

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Italian: (12 servings @ 18 cal ea. – whole 221)
½ cup lemon juice (5 lemons)
1/2 avacado
3 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp onion powder
3 tsp basil
2 tsp oregano
3 tsp salt and pepper
3 tbsp brown mustard

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Ranch: (12 servings @ 20 ea. – whole 241)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 avacado
¼ cup lemon juice (4 lemons)
1 tbsp brown mustard
2 tsp Dill
2 tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Parsley
1 tsp salt and pepper