I bought a great paleo cookbook the other day and it totally inspired me! Sometimes that's all you need!
Unfortunately, this new-found inspiration didn't have such a positive effect on my kitchen.
First up was a pulled chicken crockpot recipe, it looks disgusting, but it's a party in my mouth!
2 chicken breasts, cut up into pieces
1 can diced tomatoes, no added salts or herbs
1 red onion diced
4 carrots, diced
2 green onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 handful mushrooms, diced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 tbsp chili powder
S & P to taste
Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook! I had it on all night and I had the weirdest meat dreams. I won't be doing that again.
I also added 2 lamb sausages in there crumbled up. Mighty tasty.
Next up, I mixed some berries, watermelon, and nuts in a bowl for an easy pre-workout snack. Or as an addition to some protein for breakfast.
Next, a super amazing salad that I ate in 2 minutes, so ignore the photos; there wasn't much left to take a picture of.
3 handfuls spinach
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cucumber, diced
1 avocado, diced
3 hardboiled eggs, diced
5 slices bacon, cooked and diced
1 large granny smith apple, sliced, skin on
1 tbsp dijon
2 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp paleo mayo
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
S&P to taste
1 stalk green onions, diced
One more thing that I made where I didn't take a picture because I ate it too fast was "Paleo Workout Pancakes":
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tbsp almond butter
1 scoop whey powder
Mix well and fry in coconut oil! So delicious. I ate these cold during my workout, and a bit after. The banana replaces your glycogen, and the whey helps prevent you from going catabolic.
Here is an excerpt from the above mentioned book:
"The food that you eat before a workout is to fuel your body for the even it's about to do. This type of fuel needs to be light, relatively quick asimilating, and produce a lower insulin response to avoid a spike in hormones and thus a crash during your workout. A meal that contains some good fat (avocado, flax oil, seeds, nuts), lean protein ( tuna, white meat chicken and turkey, tilapia) , and low glycemic carbs is best ( berries, apple, citrus). Once you have completed an athletic event, it is extremely important to refuel your body and provide it with the necessary ingredients to recover. During a long or intense workout, your body uses its glycogen storage and breaks down muscle fibers. Your job postworkout is to supply your body with the necessary building blocks to reconstruct muscle and store glycogen once again. The two food groups that are most useful at this time are protein and carbs. Additionally, it might be necessary to rehydrate and replace losts electrolytes. A meal containing a lean protein source and a higher-glycemic carb (sweet potato, apple sauce, mango, melon, grapes) is a perfect recovery meal. Fat, post-workout is not necessary and is best left for a meal two or mroe hours after the post-workout meal."