Mealmade’s Spicy Cranberry Salsa

Mealmade's Spicy Cranberry Salsa (paleo, vegan, raw) |

It's 7:40pm in San Francisco, CA. It's been dark for hours, and the wind has picked up in the South of Market district, where I'm racking my bar and weights after a CrossFit session—deadlifts tonight, plus my 20-rep back squat extra credit—and dreading 1) the solitary walk to the grocery store, 2) the effort of selecting ingredients, and 3) the time spent prepping and cooking before I'll finally have a warm, healthy meal to enjoy. But then the skies clear (figuratively) and my dinner plans are all sunshine again, because there's still time to order a chef-made gourmet paleo meal from Mealmade! Mealmade is the newest face on the meal-delivery scene in San Francisco, and they've made a splash by offering inventive real-food fare that takes the hassle and guess-work out of a healthy ...

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll N’Oatmeal

This easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll N'Oatmeal makes a delicious holiday alternative to oatmeal for breakfast, snack, or treat. :)

Fact: cereal is my favorite unhealthy temptation. Do you remember the hullabaloo last month over the news that a surprising number of drunk vegetarians eat meat? Well, if I'm going to indulge after a night of fun... it'll be cereal. So when I saw Recipes to Nourish's Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal, I couldn't wait to give it a happy holidays, grain-free spin. My pumpkin cinnamon roll n'oatmeal is a very pared-down version, and while I had more developed plans for the white drizzle, when it came down it? I decided in favor of simple coconut milk. And it didn't suffer at all! This tastes sweet and festive enough with the banana and pumpkin in the n'oatmeal (plus the coconut sugar in the cinnamon swirl) without doing anything complicated.     Let me tell you: I didn't intend to eat a bite of ...

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Pumpkin Swirl Cashew “Cheesecake” Bites

Pumpkin Swirl Cashew Cheesecake Bites (dairy-free, vegan option, paleo, naturally sweetened) |

Attention friends and pumpkin enthusiasts: few times have I been more excited to share a recipe with you than I am today. If you're looking to make a flock of festive little treats that tip their caps to the season while pleasing touchy tummies, these babies are for you.  These wee beauties begin with a real food crust that's just fruit, nuts, coconut oil and some spice to liven it up! That’s all you need. Whirl in your food processor and set aside. Next up, the dreamy creamy 5-ingredient filling: soaked cashews, coconut milk, coconut oil, lemon juice and honey. Somehow this odd little combo of ingredients combines to make something more than the sum of its parts, and that I couldn't resist spooning a bit of straight from the blender into my mouth. :)  Pack the crust into a ...

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Green Pork Sliders + My 1st CrossFit Competition

Green Pork Sliders + My 1st CrossFit Competition! |

Before we get to the lusciousness that is the Green Pork Sliders, may I say that earlier this month I competed in my first CrossFit competition ever! What an utter blast. Hosted by Alameda Crossfit just across the water from San Francisco, the day dawned crisp and sunny and I got there bright and early to warm up and get situated before the competition began.  Shout-out to the pureWOD guys, who kept me hydrated/fed/caffeinated throughout the morning with batches of frosty goodness (ingredients: pureWOD BUILD protein, banana, coffee, almond milk and almond butter). I snapped a pic of them, which ended up on the pureWOD Instagram page...    Thumbs up for @alamedacrossfit Battle on the Bay comp athletes today! Come say hi and grab a free BUILD shake if you're around. Remember to hit ...

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Spicy Spaghetti Squash Beef Bowl: pastured ground beef mixed with veggies and spices packed into a squash for a healthy, seasonal presentation.

Spicy Spaghetti Squash Beef Bowl

One of the most difficult aspects of a healthy lifestyle is the cost of nutritious ingredients, and the hassle of cooking. However, there are plenty of “hacks” that help when time and funds are both nowhere to be found. One of my favorite strategies that’s an utter no-brainer (although it does take a conscious effort) is buying…

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