Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My favorite Paleo dressing

As I've said before, salads can be hard to eat consistently. I find this to be true for many people. I often see coworkers at the salad bar attempting to "be good" by choosing the salad route instead of a burger or pizza. However, at the end, so many load up on ranch or ceasar dressing and the oils and vinegars go unused. This act of dousing your greens in creamy goodness almost entirely counteracts those attempts to eat well.

 I admit that I've had a hard time giving up my favorite, french dressing. However, I've found quite a few delicious, simple and easy dressings. Below is my favorite:

Tahini Lemon Dressing

  • Equal parts tahini and water
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Fresh garlic/garlic powder
  • Cracked pepper, to taste
You can also chop up parsley or other fresh herbs. I sometimes spice it up with some cayenne or paprika.

I love using tahini because it is a natural source of calcium and it creates a creamy texture. My husband and I make multiple servings at once so we can dress up our salads throughout the week with minimal effort.

What's your favorite dressing?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Paleo Meatloaf

Excuse the phone photo!  
Dr. Loren Cordain has published a number of Paleo Diet books, all of which have quite a few recipes. I've experimented with many of them and one of my favorites is the Paleo Meatloaf. Ever since switching to the Paleo Diet, I crave meat and veg instead of breads and sweets. Nothing is more satisfying to me than a hunk of meat!

This Sunday I prepared, among other things, meatloaf to get us through the week. I modified Dr. Cordain's recipe slightly:

Paleo Correct Meatloaf
1lb Ground Turkey
1lb Ground Beef
2 finely grated carrots (water squeezed out)
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 onions, finely chopped
1/2c chopped parsley
1/2c chopped cilantro
3 eggs, beaten (omega 3)
Homemade Taco Seasoning

If you don't squeeze the excess water from the veggies, your meatloaf will fall apart. It'll still be yummy, but hard to eat with a fork! Sometimes we make meatballs with the same recipe, but meatloaf is much less work.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Assisted Pushups

I have been working towards several things in my quest for better fitness:
  • 1 true pullup
  • 1 true pushup
  • 1 full squat
In the video below I show how I am able to prepare for the pushup motion by using elastic bands and a dip station. I love using multiple methods of progression so my muscles are always guessing. As I improve, I will reduce the band size. I do knee pushups as well, but I am still having issues with the correct arm angle. I have the BEST personal trainer: my husband! 

Later I will post a video of me learning how to do squats and pullups as well. Progressions and assistance are the key to success!!