Thursday, June 15, 2017

What I’m Loving Lately 87

Hi, guys! Happy FRIDAY!

What a week. It was definitely one of those “run around like a chicken with its head cut off” kind of weeks. Holy cow, I’m glad it’s behind me now – especially because there are a couple of celebrations this weekend that I’m really looking forward to. My birthday (#37!) is on Monday, so we’re having a little get-together at our house on Saturday and then Sunday is Father’s Day, so we have a lot of fun stuff on the agenda. Basically what I’m trying to say is BRING ON THE WEEKEND! 🙂 But, first, let me tell you about What I’m Loving Lately!

Adding collagen and Natural Calm to my seltzer water – There’s just something about summer that means flavored seltzer water! I drink quite a bit more in the warmer months, so I’ve started to add both collagen and Natural calm for an extra boost of protein and magnesium – plus a little hint of raspberry-lemon flavor.

seltzer collagen natural calm

Celebrating Murphy 8th birthday – Our little puglet is growing up!

How to Train with Intention (from Ben Bergeron’s podcast “Chasing Excellence”) – He talks about the difference between practice, training, and competition, and why you should go into every gym session/class knowing which mode you’re in. I also love this quote from the episode: “The goal is to push off the nursing home as long as possible.” Right on.


Play-Doh 3-in-1 Town Center + plastic “splat” mat – Qman loves Play-Doh, but we don’t love the tiny pieces of it all over the house and stuck in the carpet. So, we pulled out his old highchair “splat” mat to keep his play space clean, and it’s the best thing ever – super easy clean up and now we don’t worry about having Play-Doh everywhere!

play doh town is awesome

Which meal plan is right for you? – If you’re curious about Designed to Fit Nutrition, this blog post is for you! 🙂

Get Out – Oh my gosh, this movie… I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Seriously, my hands were sweating! Haha! It’s a creepy psychological thriller and, whoa, you just need to watch it. Highly recommended.

get out movie

The myth of self-control – A lot of people think healthy eating is all about will-power and self-control, but it really comes down to (meal) planning/prepping/setting yourself up for success and making consistent habits work for you! I really loved this article and definitely had a few “lightbulb” moments while reading it – just had to share!

Upgrading all of our expired and chemical laden sunblock – Guys, I’m telling ya… this whole Beautycounter thing has been life-changing for me. I can’t stop reading/researching about all of the different chemicals that we put on and into our bodies. It freaks me out! And, of course, this immediately translated to our sweet boy and what his little body is exposed to. Long story short, I got rid of almost all of our sunblock from last summer and purchased a whole bunch from Beautycounter + a few baby/kid products. Now that I know what I know, I can’t help but look at sunscreen (and other beauty products) differently.

boo scary sunscreen

New IBD Medication Guide – Just had to share this awesome IBD resource! Patients can now find information on their specific Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis medication with ease by visiting this guide – everything from common side effects and videos that explain how various medications work to help improve symptoms and inflammation.

Tank top of the summer – I know that I already mentioned this tank top, but just had to mention it again because I am obsessed – and some colors are on sale right now! 🙂


Question of the Day

What’s your favorite brand of sunscreen?

When you were a kid, what age did you consider “old?” 

I always thought 25 was old, which, looking back, I was so NOT old. Haha!

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Body-Slimming Italian Turkey Kale Soup

One of my favorite meals is soup! It’s economical, easy to pack with lots of veggies and protein, and the leftovers keep well in the fridge. This Italian Turkey Kale Soup recipe has been in heavy rotation at my house this year ever since having the baby. Not only is it super easy to make but it really helped me to shed the extra baby weight (more on this topic in a post to come!). You probably already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen right now too, which makes it even easier to put together on a busy weeknight. Here’s how I make it…

Get out a cutting board and dice up your veggies. I use three celery stalks, a couple carrots, and one yellow onion – but you could use other vegetables here (like zucchini, cauliflower, etc) instead if you’ve already got them on hand. You’ll also want to mince up a couple garlic cloves and set aside for later.

Swirl about a tablespoon of olive oil into a large soup pot and warm it under medium heat. Stir in the ground turkey and cook for a few minutes until it is slightly browned. Remember to only choose organic turkey to avoid meat that was raised with growth-promoting drugs like antibiotics and ractopamine.

Add your diced celery, carrots, and onion to the pot and give it a good stir. Sprinkle everything with a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, a tablespoon of italian seasoning, a few dashes of black pepper, and a couple teaspoons of salt (you can add less salt now if you prefer and then add it right before serving to taste)…

Continue cooking for about five minutes until the veggies are tender. Stir in the minced garlic and cook a couple more minutes just until fragrant… Your kitchen should smell really good about now!

Pour in a couple cups of homemade chicken broth along with two cups of filtered water. I pretty much always make my own chicken broth because most store-bought versions contain flavors, hidden MSG flavor enhancers (such as yeast extract) and added sugar – even some organic versions! You can see how I make my simple broth here

Turn up the heat and put a bay leaf in the soup. As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce the heat down to low and simmer the soup for 20 minutes…

While it’s simmering, roughly chop up a couple big handfuls of kale – about two cups worth. Five minutes before serving, take out the bay leaf and add the kale to the pot. Allow the kale to slowly wilt for a few minutes…


Enjoy this beautiful soup now or store in a glass container in the fridge for several days. It’s so filling and comforting…

Food Babe's Italian Turkey Kale Soup


Author: Food Babe

Serves: 4


  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups of kale, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the turkey and cook 3-4 minutes or until slightly browned.
  2. Add the celery, carrots, onion, red pepper, italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Increase the heat and add the chicken broth, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and add the kale 5 minutes before serving.


**Please use all organic ingredients if possible.**



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Announcing The Primal Kitchen Cookbook!

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June 15, 2017

Announcing The Primal Kitchen Cookbook!

By Mark Sisson


Inline_Primal_Kitchen_CookbookTwo years ago in 2015, I founded PRIMAL KITCHEN® because I had a vision—a vision that extended the nutrition philosophy I’d honed with the help of this blog for (then) nearly decade. I wanted to make truly healthy—Primal—eating easier and more convenient. I wanted to create the kinds of products that I wanted to use in my own kitchen—and offer them to others with the same health goals and the same love of amazing food.

Since then, I’ve introduced more than a dozen products that do just that—some of them (I’m very proud to say) award-winning. And I’ve had a tremendous team behind this vision the whole time, helping me offer the very best in taste and nutrition—and doing the work of making Primal Kitchen choices available literally nationwide. Today I get to announce a project that’s evolved within that Primal Kitchen endeavor—an incredible collaboration among my remarkable staff, long-time friends, and even my own children: The Primal Kitchen Cookbook.

In this collection, you’ll find recipes from more than 50 chefs, authors, and innovators within the Primal, paleo, and wellness communities (including a few from yours truly). It’s too many to list here, but—trust me—they’re all the best of the best, including Melissa Hartwig, Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, Sarah Fragoso, Tony Horton, Laird Hamilton, Cassy Joy Garcia, Kelly Brozyna, Mary Shenouda, and many more. I’m grateful to every one of them for offering their talent to this project.

PK_Cookbook_Scrbd-PBP-site-25In the back of the book, there’s a full biography section so you can get to know each contributor and the websites and publications where you can connect with them further. I hope the list opens new doors for you. I swear, I’ve never been so inspired by a book’s appendix….

But let’s get to real meat of the book, shall we—the 131 extraordinary recipes themselves. Here’s where it’s at, folks. I’m talking big breakfasts, Primal Kitchen Restaurant featured smoothies, nutrient-dense salads and lunches, succulent dinner entrees, rich desserts, tempting small bites, and various sauces and dressings.

I’d take up your entire day if I talked about all of the recipes and what I love about them, but let me throw just a few highlights out there….

  • Chia Vanilla Swirl Smoothie
  • Protein Pancakes
  • Fennel and Olive Omelet
  • Thin Mint Smoothie
  • Coconut-Crusted Shrimp Fresh Garden Salad
  • Prosciutto Mango Collard Wraps
  • BBQ Chicken Dip
  • Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs
  • Marinated Filet Mignons
  • Bison Chili
  • Lamb Burgers with Pistachio Pesto
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Granola
  • Cheesecake Power Bites
  • and much MORE…

Anyone ready to eat yet…?

Each recipe offers a macronutrient assessment and is labeled for specific dietary interests, including Autoimmune Protocol, dairy free, ketogentic, no sugar added, vegan and Whole30®. All are low carb, gluten free, and hand-picked from my favorites. Want motivation for your Primal eating? These recipes deliver, no matter what your dietary interest or personal taste.

Check it out….


Now for the Deal…

Per Mark’s Daily Apple tradition, I’m offering my MDA readers a special deal on The Primal Kitchen Cookbook unavailable anywhere else.

I’ve personally signed 500 books for those first 500 orders, and for all purchases, I’m throwing in a FREE box of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Coconut Cashew Bars. One deal per person.

Just use the code PKCOOKBOOK at checkout. But hurry! This deal is done June 21st at midnight PDT.


For those who would prefer to purchase on Amazon, know that the book is ready and available there, too, but the MDA deal applies to orders only. Be sure to leave a review (on either/both Amazon and if you like the book!

That’s it, folks. I’m so excited for this one—for my staff and for all the friends of MDA who contributed (as well as their fans). I love the Primal-paleo community, and this cookbook reflects the amazing spirit of collaboration and the unmatched commitment to genuine thriving that this community is built on. Thanks for reading today and for all your support over the years, everybody. Let me know what you think!


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Plant Your Bottom Down Here

Gooooood morning!! We turned yesterday’s pickings into a green smoothie for Mazen’s breakfast today. Along with some buttered toast – his favorite. I just got back from dropping him off at camp, and he has made some new friends this week. He couldn’t wait for his friend Shamage (I hope I am spelling that right) to see his Batman shoes today!

I usually get up between 6:30 and 7 and have coffee while Mazen eats breakfast. This week I’ve been dropping him off at camp and then coming home for my breakfast around 9. I kind of like spacing it out. Today I had peach and strawberries with Snowville Creamery yogurt and some chocolatey granola.

My new Pottery Barn Sunbrella cushions came in and they are LOVELY. As I mentioned in this post, the two previous versions of the PB Canvas were pretty bad, so I was able to exchange them for credit towards the expensive Sunbrella kind. Even with credit, 20% off, and a $50 rewards certificate, they were still expensive, but I am hoping they are the last outdoor cushions I ever buy!

The fabric is soooo soft, and they feel very well made. I ordered the Cast Mist color, which I actually thought was going to be gray, but I like the light blue they turned out to be just fine. The cushions came with all the back pillows too, but since my white ones are in good shape, I’m leaving those on for contrast right now.

I leave the pillows out full time, but I have been bringing the cushions in and out for parties. Like this girls’ night I had not too long ago!

Also totally loving these new Toms Wedges I bought for summery dress-up events. I am obsessed with the neon orange color, and they are super comfortable. I love that the straps keep them tight on my feet so there is minimal rubbing aka blisters. I might even wear these in the wedding! I ordered these at the same time, because I am obsessed with Chambray and because they could be a flat version of wedding shoes – and something blue!

Speaking of the wedding, I’ve been listening to this song on repeat with tears in my eyes. I am thinking it might be the perfect processional tune!

I had my ring resized this week (it was a tad too big) and while there they cleaned ‘er up and she is sparkling like brand new again. I need to be a little more careful with the spray sunscreen – that junk will dull any sparkle! Shout out to Andrew Minton Jewelers!

see ya!

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