Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Impromptu Day Date

Hi, guys!

I just landed in Austin a little while ago, but I wanted to share a quick recap of my impromptu “day date” with Mal yesterday. He had Monday off from school, but Quinn’s daycare was open, so we used it as an opportunity to hangout just the two of us. I mean, it was “free” childcare since we have to pay for it if he goes or not. And, well, childcare just gets expensive, especially when you go out for a nice meal and then need to pay a babysitter on top of that. I dunno why I’m rambling about this, but I’m envious of those of you who have family nearby to help out for free. Anyway…

Our morning started like a lot of them do: Up and at ’em before the sun, iced coffee, breakfast, pug walk, and then getting ourselves ready for the day. After dropping Quinn at school, Mal and I headed to the gym for a workout.

The workout started with box squats and then finished with a 12-minute AMRAP of Double-Unders, Wall Balls, and Ring Rows and Dips (for me). My lungs were on fire for this one!

The workout was definitely a fun one – short and sweet, but high-intensity and a great way to kick off the week!

Wearing: Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women’s Long Sleeve Top, which is a staple in my wardrobe. I love these kinds of long sleeve tops – for working out, obviously, but I wear them as part of my work-from-home attire on a regular basis. They’re just so comfy! 

After CrossFit, we swung by Coffee Shack for a couple of iced coffees.

After that, Mal headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up a few groceries while I went to CVS to get a flu shot. I was actually on the fence about getting one, but after hearing about how bad the flu has hit this year, I decided it was time. Although, the nurse told me it doesn’t kick in for about 2 weeks, so, yea… I’m still not fully protected, but better late than never, right?

After that, Mal and I headed home to shower and check a few tasks off our To Do lists. He needed to swing by Home Depot and return some tools to his friend, so I hopped on my laptop for a couple of hours before meeting up for a late lunch date. Of course, we picked Scarlet Oak Tavern! 🙂

I ordered the Cuban sandwich without a bun – basically, “meat and cheese in a bowl” as Mal pointed out – with mixed greens, pickles, and chips on the side. All of it was delicious!

Our last-minute day date was such a nice way to spend some quality time together, especially since I won’t see my family again until Friday morning.

Question of the Day

Did you get your flu shot this year? 

What’s the cost of a babysitter in your area? 

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Brad’s Morning Routine Video: Light Movement for More Energy and Better Flexibility

Brad_InlineWith two weeks of healthy eating and Primal adaptation under our belts in this post-New Year month, it’s a good week to talk fitness.

(By the way, if you need a good primer covering the basics of Primal Blueprint fitness, this is a good place to begin. The New Primal Blueprint book offers an in-depth treatment, and you can learn more as well by browsing our hundreds of free fitness articles on MDA.)

Today, my long-time friend, fellow competitor, and writing partner, Brad Kearns, is showing you his morning movement routine. And it’s different than what you’d expect, I’d venture.

This is no sweaty hour in the gym. Much of it, a series of dynamic stretches, you can do before you even get out of bed. Who’s willing to rethink their morning now?

No, this won’t count as an intense workout, but it’s part of the low-level daily movement I suggest we should all be getting more of—the fundamental base of true Primal fitness.

If you’re looking to operate from a higher baseline for a regular morning workout, or you’re looking to enhance your mobility and flexibility with a low threshold routine, I think you’ll like what Brad has to share. Enjoy!

Does this shake up your morning plan? What are you taking away from these ideas? Share your questions and thoughts, and thanks for stopping by, everybody.

Check back tomorrow for more fitness discussion—and my biggest giveaway yet this month!

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Primal Cooking Point: Game Day Eats

Inline_Food_Nutrition_Live-Awesome-645x445-01Anybody having a Super Bowl (or playoffs) party? There’s still plenty of time before the big event(s) to plan an awesome Primal spread.

I have a few suggestions from the MDA recipe archives and our Primal Kitchen® blog. By the way, if you haven’t checked that out, you’ll find lots of great recipes there (as well as other news and deals). Here are four of my favorites game day dishes….

Share your menu plans below (I’m always looking for new ideas)—and who you’re rooting for. Enjoy, everybody!

Bacon Guacamole with Cheddar Chips

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Jicama Beef Tacos

(From Roxann Lewis, author of Eat Pretty Food and a certified Primal Health Coach!)

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Ancho Chile Shredded Beef Tacos

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Stuffed Jalapeños with Bacon

(From George Bryant of Civilized Caveman Cooking)

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Canned Wine Review: The Best And Worst

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!

I got really into canned wines this summer, and it’s taken me this long to put a post together! Luckily, they are good year round! : ) Here are the reasons why I love wine in a can:

  1. It’s a single serving (most of the time). Sometimes I don’t want to open a whole bottle because a) I’m not going to drink it all and b) because I might want to drink it all and need some portion control. I learned the hard (fun) way that some of these are actually 2+ servings, though!
  2. Cans don’t shatter, so they are pool, beach, and water safe.
  3. A little can is easier to transport than a big bottle (or a box!)
  4. I know there are good wine preservation air suckers, that boxed wine is the cheapest solution, and that the little resealable mini cartons are also good options to satisfy the above, so I’ll add for #4 that the cans are just fun! : )

It seems there are more cans coming to the market, so my friend Emily helped me shop around and procure a wide variety of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines (and one sangria that I do not recommend!)

We rounded up the girls and cracked open the cans one by one on a cold Friday night. It was a blast, and there was a wide variety of opinions shared!

Everyone yelled out flavors and comments, and I jotted them down as fast as I could!

Tasting Notes

Whites

Underwood Pinot Gris // A little funky on the nose, but overall floral, stone fruits, grassy, apple, pear. Drinkable. A wee bit sweet. Would be good with funky cheeses. Anne’s favorite!

Lila Pinot Gris // Crowd pleaser. Easy to drink and good on a hot day. Drier and more citrusy than the Underwood. Erin says “Mellow yellow.”

Winner: Underwood

Sparkling

Scarpetta Frico Frizzante // Very stinky! Fizzy. Not too much flavor. (Lynsie thought it was perfectly balanced, though!) May be better with food.

Presto Sparkling Cuvée // More flavor. A little orange-y? A little sweeter. Viognier sweet.

Presto Sparkling RosĂ© // No stinky smell unlike the others. Strawberry or cranberry flavor. Berries! Love the can’s feel too.

Ruza RosĂ© // Melons. Like a wine cooler in a good way. Small bubbles. “Nano bubbles.” Like the Raspberry Lime Spindrift.

Winner: Presto Sparkling Rosé

Rosé

Underwood Rosé // Smells like a chardonnay. Chard haters gonna hate, chard lovers gonna love. 375 ml = big!

Lila RosĂ© // Strawberry. Peach. We like the can design and that it’s only 8 ounces. More like a sauv blanc. Citrusy. An everyday rosĂ©.

Alloy Everyday Rosé // Blander, lighter, flatter. Pickled jalapeño?! Like sour patch kids. Erin says like a beer.

Winner: Lila

Red

Alloy Pinot Noir // Barnyardy. Tastes rather Virginia and light. Cold, deep, dark fruit. Danielle did not care for the nose.

Westside Cabernet // SOLID. Great body. Fruity, medium bodied, well-balanced, “a classy wine.” Tastes “too good to be in a can.”

Underwood Pinot // Lighter, a little boring after the Westside. Rubber tire notes?! Good, but not great.

Winner: Westside Cab by a landslide. It actually got the most votes – 10 – and therefore won best of show!

Begonia Sangria // Tasted like Hawaiian punch. NO, THANK YOU!

So tell me: have you tried any canned wines that you loved or hated, and why!?

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Clean Eating Air Fryer Garlic Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

These Clean Eating Air Fryer Garlic Sweet Potato Fries saved me. Mini chef was home sick with the flu and it just happened to be the day I usually do my grocery shopping. The fridge was getting… Read more →



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