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Jacked Jerky: Product Review

Paleo and meat go hand in hand, especially when it’s hand-crafted jerky that radiates with flavors and spices. I’m proud to introduce the new line of “natty jerky” called Jacked Jerky….it’s obviously the jerky for you if you want to get jacked.

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I know a very intelligent man who is constantly creating new products and establishing businesses because he’s a born entrepreneur. This genius friend of mine decided that there needs to be a bodybuilding jerky on the market, one that could easily help people reach their goals naturally….and so Jacked Jerky was born.

I was one of the lucky few that got to sample the jerky before it was released for purchase…all for the cause of the jerky’s well-being of course, of course. It’s not because I’m a meat addict or anything.

Of course.

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The jerky is made from all-natural, protein-packed, USDA Choice Top Sirloin and then hand-trimmed, seasoned with a 12 spice blend and then smoked. Because it is created fresh and lacks the typical additives and preservatives you would find in store-bought jerky, it does not last as long and should be consumed soon after purchase or refrigerated. I really don’t think eating it quickly would be too much of a problem though, considering the amount of deliciousness contained inside.

I really love jerky but the thing that usually holds me back is how chewy and tough it can be. I know that’s typically a turn on for people but I don’t necessarily enjoy chewing on the same piece of meat for five minutes. The thing I really like about this jerky is that it’s not as tough as most and the actual process of eating it is a lot more enjoyable.

For $39.99 you can purchase a pound of their regular or cajun spice jerky….I sampled the cajun one and even though I haven’t tried the regular, I am going to advise you get the cajun. Cause it’s pretty awesome.

The price may seem a little steep but you’re definitely paying for quality since most jerky brands are loaded with artificial crap and tons of preservatives.

Be sure to click on the links below to find out more information about how to get jacked!

Jacked Jerky:
Website
Twitter
Facebook Page
Instagram

Be on the look out for giveaways on their page!! I know they have a couple going every so often.

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PaleoFX 2013 Recap

Wow. I just had an absolutely amazing weekend. In case you haven’t been keeping up with my posts on Facebook and Twitter, I just spent the past 3 days meeting some of the best and the brightest in the paleo community. I was a volunteer for the wonderful event and I was fortunate enough to be able to reap all the benefits of the events by attending lectures, watching cooking demonstrates, meeting extremely awesome vendors and of course, oogling all of my favourite paleo bloggers. If you know me, you know I love bloggers. Paleo food+ authors+bloggers+cooks+workouts+awesome people= the most perfect convention ever.

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Ummmm yes. That’s Robb Wolf and Sarah Fragoso.

305247_10200980854784596_1865714654_n  Yup. Juli Bauer from paleomg.com…..I really embarrassed myself by bombarding her right as she was signing in but I was just so EXCITED. She’s one of my top favourite bloggers and I really couldn’t believe that I got to meet her. Such an amazing woman and really down to earth.

Little did I know at the time, standing next to her was the amazing George Bryant from Civilized Caveman. I had seen his pictures a few times but I didn’t even recognize him until I stared down his name tag. I got to listen to his transformation story and watch him and Juli do a cooking demo later in the weekend. Probably my two favourite parts of PaleoFX!883394_574156929270030_833520195_o

Also Nora Gedgaudas! Another amazing woman.

And then Thursday night, I got to attend the PaleoFX Hangout dinner, where we saw…

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Some white peacocks. And ate some…image-45

CRAZY DELICIOUS FOOD. This isn’t the best picture (I blame the dim lighting) but I had grass-fed lamb, kale, sauteed broccoli, parsnips-carrots-beets-in-ginger salad and roasted sweet potatoes. Basically, Thanksgiving for the health-conscious.

Day 2 I met Nell Stephenson, also known as the Paleoista….so incredibly nice. And girl’s got some guns.

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Saturday I heard an amazing panel about transformations.

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This one was definitely my favourite. They shared their stories and talked about some of the challenges they have had to face throughout their journeys. Most people probably think they have everything altogether but they definitely had to fight through some hard times and doubts to get where they are today. I was really glad to be in that room because it really inspired me and helped me to love my body every day, no matter if I’m at 10 % body fat, 6%, 17% or whatever.  Heck these guys don’t give a crap about body fat. They care about their health on the inside as well as the outside. They are mentally healthy and have their priorities right in life. Really awesome.

I also met some other really incredible people, including Jimmy More, DH Keifer, Able James Bascom, James Fitzgerald, Dr. Lauren Noel, Amy Kubal, Todd Dosenberry, Keith and Michelle Norris, attendees, and of course the other volunteers on my team. Overall I would say it was an incredible time and I’d love to help out again next year. If you want to read up on the speakers and visit their websites, click here.

So what else have I been up to? Well, a lot of homework, cooking, eating, working out, reading, writing and researching. That’s what. I’m not with my family for Easter which is a major bummer. Holidays just aren’t the same without family:(

At least I was a little productive though. I cooked up 20 lbs of chicken, a few sweet potatoes and I’m ready to hit the week. And GAME OF THRONES is tonight!!! Happy Easter everybody!

Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs

I think I’ve decided that instead of calling my non-training days “rest days” I should call them “cooking days” because during my rest days I spend most of my time in the kitchen preparing dishes I’ve been wanting to get to for awhile but haven’t had time. Cooking and food photography are two of my biggest passions, besides lifting weights and writing (duh), and I think it’s good to spend time doing things that are creative outlets. I make a list every week of two new dishes I want to try and this week one of them was Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs by PaleOMG. You can see the recipe here or at the bottom of this post. She’s a pretty creative paleoista.

I wish I could take credit for this dish. But I can’t…the only thing I did was take some purty pictures and stuff my face. All good fun.
turkeybasilmeatballsI did use a slightly different set of spices though, considering I’m a spice hoarder and have to use as many as I can when they’re applicable. Luckily almost everything goes well with meatballs.

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Basil garlic, Mrs. Dash Table Blend, Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder= BAM.

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The cutest little raw meatballs. Not really… they look pretty narsty and I reeked of onions. But it was sooo worth it.

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Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs (paleo; egg & nut free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of artichoke hearts, diced
  • ¼ yellow onion, diced
  • 4 T fresh basil, finely chopped
  • A few dashes of Mrs. Dash Table Blend OR 1 tsp dried parsley
  • Garlic Powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • (I also used Basil Garlic Seasoning just for an extra dose of…basil and garlic)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute the diced onions and artichoke hearts over medium heat in olive oil. Once they’re done cooking (onions are translucent), combine them in a large bowl with the ground turkey and the rest of the ingredients. Mix them up with your hands and make palm-sized balls…I ended up with 14 though you can make them as small as you would like to have more. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes (since mine were bigger I ended up doing 20 minutes).

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Pair them with spaghetti squash, homemade sauce (or salsa if you’re an addicted like me) and green bell peppers. So much better than any carb-loaded, fattening Italian dish and I think it’s much more yummy too!

WIAW & Another Sweet Egg Scramble

Time to talk about food and my Wednesday treats! I’ve noticed that lately I have been eating so many more greens than ever before. Since I don’t have rice and oats to fill up half my plate, I focus more on my protein as well as lots of veggies and of course complex carbs/healthy fats.

Meal one- Nectarines, cooked in coconut oil, sweet eggs (scrambled eggs with stevia and cinnamon), topped with melted blueberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. This is an AWESOME sweet egg concoction!

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Post workout- 1.5 scoop whey and small white potatoes.

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Meal 3- 5 oz chicken breast, 5 oz japanese yams and Brussels Sprouts.

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Meal 4- 1/2 cup quinoa, 4 oz chicken, 1/2 avocado and sauteed veggies.

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Meal 5- Steak salad with mixed greens, broccoli, bell peppers and cucumber.

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Meal 6- Low carb protein pancake (1 scoop whey, 1/2 cup egg whites, dash of almond milk)

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It looks pretty dry but it wasn’t with the almond milk. I topped it with a little almond butter too:)

Still think you can’t eat paleo? It’s the freaking bomb. Just saying. Delicousness all day.

What’s on your WIAW menu?? Happy hump day! 🙂

New Obsessions

I can’t get over the fact that it’s possible to combine two of my favourite things. Edward Scissorhands and clean eating.

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I laugh every time.

Today, I worked out my back and biceps, or in other words, it was a “pull day.” I think I had one of the best back pumps I’ve had in a very long time. Nothing too crazy but when you lift heavy for EVERY set and control every rep, you really feel the burn.
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And yes, I have a new food obsession. As always. If you’ve been keeping up with my instagram then you know I’ve been making sweet egg concoctions. “Sweet eggs” are just eggs seasoned with cinnamon and stevia. And then I mix it with whatever is on my mind and in my fridge. Yesterday I made fried apples (apples in the skillet with coconut oil) and mixed them with my eggs and almond butter and it was surprisingly awesome.
269246_569999206352469_275501035_nThe pictures of these meals never turn out to be the most beautiful but don’t knock it till you try it! You may surprise yourself and really love the concept of mixing eggs with…uhhh..just about…everything. Or maybe I just love it because I’m a little weird:)

Okay, that’s all for today. Tomorrow I should have a WIAW up so stay tuned!

Weekend Recap & Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Casein

MMMMM. I have a supplement crush.

There’s really no other way to put it.

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One of my favourite nightly treats is casein! Why? Yeah, I know it’s not exactly a natural food, but I do love my supplements and they really do help with muscle growth. Casein makes up 80% of the protein found in cow’s milk and it’s slowly metabolized, taking up to 6 hours to fully break down, which means it’ll be feeding your muscles throughout the night. I’ve been mixing water with casein for awhile now, and the once exciting nighttime treat has become slightly boring. So last night I mixed my banana casein with almond milk, 2 tbs PB2, 1 packet stevia and a couple drops of vanilla extract. Add extra water if you want, then stick it in the freezer for a few hours. I would dare to say it’s relatively close to the ice cream family:) You can also add chocolate chips, real peanut butter, almond slivers, cranberries or whatever else you like in your ice cream. Buy chocolate casein if you want to make more diverse treats. Not everybody likes the flavor of banana night after night (I obviously never get tired of anything banana.)

This weekend I went to my favourite restaurant for my friend’s birthday dinner. I’ve honestly been waiting to go to this place since ummmm June, before I decided to compete? That’s when you KNOW you’re a foodie!

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YAY Happy Birthday SHAR! She did my makeup for my competition- pretty sure without her I would have been completely lost.

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Why, yes I am enjoying my first legal salt-free margarita. And it was delicious!

Afterwards, we indulged in some amazing buffalo meatloaf. I’m a comfort-food lovah at heart, so the rare times I decide to allow myself to have some comfort foods you better believe it’ll be a meatloaf-mashed-potato-kind-of-meal.

Sorry, no pictures of the meatloaf. Next time!

This entire week my gym is closing for remodeling (yeah, it’s a 24 hour fitness) so I’ve got to go to my school’s gym. This is a mental obstacle for me because I don’t really feel like I’m in my element when I’m not in the gym I’m used to. It’s harder for me to get excited about going, so that’s going to be a little challenge this week. Has your gym ever closed on you for a week? How did you deal with it?

Healthy Grocery Girl Interview, Part 2

FINALLY… Part 2 of my interview with Megan Roosevelt, RD is on the blog! Read on for some amazing insight on how to be a health entrepreneur in this day & age. Click here to read Part 1 first, if you haven’t already.

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1. Did you jump right into HGG (Healthy Grocery Girl) or did you have a full time job while you were creating HGG?

I held multiple jobs while I grew HGG from conception to where it is now. For many people wanting to create a company, and a brand, it takes more energy, time and resources than you can anticipate. I decided to “bootstrap it” by funding Healthy Grocery Girl myself and was able to do this by growing at a pace that was appropriate for the season I was in, in life and business. To pay for the reality of “life” I had a day job, and to fund Healthy Grocery Girl, I grew my dream job in my “spare time”, working nights and weekends. Hard work pays off though, because now I only work for Healthy Grocery Girl. It’s a blessing everyday.

2What’s the most popular service you offer?

Nutrition coaching is the most popular Healthy Grocery Girl service. I coach clients in person (in the Portland, Oregon area) and virtually (all over the United States). Secondly, my recipe club is very popular because it is very affordable; accessible no matter where you live, and something everyone wants help with, more recipes!

3Does public speaking come easy for you or did you have to learn to overcome any fears?

Public speaking is one of the few times for me when I really feel the “flow.” There is something that happens when I speak at events or for the media, it just feels right. I definitely get nervous with excitement and anticipation before I speak because I want to do a good job. But speaking does come naturally for me because it is what I am meant to do, and I talk about what I am passionate about. If I had to do public speaking on being an astronaut or how to make the perfect Panini, I would probably pee my pants.

4What sources do you trust when it comes to nutritional information and new studies?

Today it is so easy to get information, but it is not easy to get information that is accurate, easy to understand and readily applicable. Many people want to give health and nutrition advice. As with anything in life you have to be smart about information you hear, and question, is this fact, or opinion, and naturally it will probably be a bit of both. I love naturalnews.com (although it can be a little extreme), Dr. Mercola, Kimberly Snyder, Michael Pollen, and eatright.org, and I have so many nutrition books I read and go to as resources. There is always more to know and stay current on when it comes to health and nutrition.

5Is there one health controversy that you feel firmly about and would like to share your point of view? (Ex: carbs at night, coffee, fruit sugars being good or bad, exercise)

I really try and advocate for people to get over the fear of food and the whole diet mentality. Diets are depressing. People still think that carbs will make you fat and that a fat-free sugar-free lifestyle is a healthy approach. Many times these “diets” start with good intentions, for example eating sugar-free, because yes, processed and high quantities of sugar is unhealthy. But where things go wrong is when we start to buy into the “sugar-free” craze and purchase an abundance of sugar-free products, which are often filled with artificial ingredients.

When it comes to food and achieving your health goals, it is more about eating real ingredients. Of course too many calories will make you overweight if not balanced right with an active lifestyle. But too many chemicals in your food will do more damage to your body, which is a lot harder to reverse, than weight gain. This is where meeting with a registered dietitian, such as myself, is very helpful to get the truth behind healthy living, not a fad diet, and to help you individually achieve your health goals in a sane and realistic way.

6. What future plans do you have for HGG?

Oh my, I cannot answer this in just a few sentences! My plan from the beginning was always to create a brand, and a company where I not only invest in the lives of others through my clients, workshops, and fans but the lives of my team members at Healthy Grocery Girl. I want to continue to grow Healthy Grocery Girl to become a nationally respected and loved nutrition company as well as continue to grow my personal career as a Registered Dietitian and advocate for living a real healthy lifestyle, providing nutrition education in multiple media formats. I dream of having my own television show one day, continuing to speak at events, and to become an author. I also look forward to when Healthy Grocery Girl is financially successful enough where I can invest back into the lives of others who are doing good works I support. It’s really all about being able to give, because it’s not fun to have something cool if you are all alone, but it is fun if you can share it with others. Sharing is caring as they say.

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A big thanks to Megan Roosevelt for sharing this great insight. She recently released her FIRST product, a plant protein powder and a greens powder. Be sure to check out these protein-rich, artificial-flavoring-free, vitamin-loaded products and spread the word!