Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/31

Every Saturday we bring you a blog rendition of some of our favorite things going on this week in our own world and in the paleo world at large in a Weekend Wrap-Up. Every week we will feature our favorite paleo recipes from our archives and from other paleo bloggers that are  on our minds lately, as well as a few coupons for products we personally love, and some suggested reading for things we found interesting this week. Let’s do this thing!

Our Favorite Paleo Parents Archive Recipe of the Week:

 Creamy Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons

Did you know that TODAY (Saturday) is National Macaroon Day? What an awesome food holiday! This is an EXTREMELY POPULAR recipe of ours that is super easy to make, kid friendly, and full of healthy coconut. It super easy to whip up a batch, and the dough is just as good as the cookies. Plus, it’s EGG-FREE AND NUT-FREE – our 3 boys love this one!

The Best New Recipes in Paleo of the Week:

Just a few short years ago, paleo recipes were hard to find, but now there is such an abundance of great, real-food blogs. Here are a few new recipes that caught our eye this week:

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Best New Recipes of the Week:

BLT Breakfast Salad With Soft Boiled Eggs & Avocado by So Let’s Hang Out (our new favorite blog!)
Strawberry-Mango Mint Tea by Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers 
Sweet & Sour Meatballs by The Healthy Foodie
Pizza Chicken by Freckled Italian guest posted on Paleoparents.com 
Paleo Dark & Salty Caramel Pots by Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind
Bison Back Ribs with Sriracha Peach BBQ Sauce from Pastured Kitchen
Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made with leftover almond milk pulp from Tasty Yummies


Coupons and Special Deals!

When we find deals on things we love and use anyway, we like to take advantage. So of course we pass on these great deals to you when we find them! Every week we’ll highlight some products we think you’ll find useful, interesting, or just plain awesome! Remember, you can always see what we recommend on our sidebar! We REALLY appreciate you shopping though the links on our blog or newsletter, as it supports the costs of running the blog without resorting to advertisers of things we can’t control.

 Honeyville Farms Summer Savings! Our favorite brand of Almond Flour! 

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Need to stock up on blanched almond flour? We specifically wait for great specials like these to come around to buy our favorite brand of fine, blanched almond flour from Honeyville Farms.  It really does have a superior quality, and produces moist, flavorful baked paleo items, and because it is more finely ground than almond meal, the texture of the baked goods is awesome!

sox box coupon

You might have noticed that Stacy loves to wear High Knee Sock while she is training for StrongWoman. They protect her shins, and they are also fun because of all the cool things you can say with just your socks! Stacy loves the fun socks from thesoxbox.com and she snagged you this discount code for 5% off your order with code: “stronglikestacy” (plus 20% goes to wounded veterans!).

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LAST CHANCE FOR MAY SPECIALS! So we have reviewed lots of the different products that Primal Life Organics carries (see here and here), and the good news is that every month they choose different products to go on special. Check out all their specials and sale products using this link: http://bit.ly/PLOpaleoparents. (affiliate)

Recommended Reading

 Mark’s Daily Apple: Self Experiment, No Alcohol for 45 Days and Counting

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This past week I read this post by Mark Sisson, of Mark’s Daily Apple about his self experiment with abstaining from alcohol. I (Stacy) haven’t really been drinking any alcohol in almost 6 months because I have noticed it really does affect my Strongman training at the gym. I really liked Mark’s honest approach and self reflection on the subject, from how it has improved his digestion to his sleep. He doesn’t give it up for good really, but he just reserves it for special occasions, instead of indulging nightly in a glass of wine as a method to wind down and relieve some stress. Personally, I have switched that near-nightly glass of wine into a pretty glass cup filled with kombucha and focused on healthy choices as often as I can (instead of justifying to myself that chocolate and wine have antioxidants). I have found that when I lift heavy things, it really eases my stress levels, and motivates me to eat clean and stay away from alcohol and treats, which is really helping me heal my gut and continue to progress with alleviating my autoimmune symptoms.

Recommended Product of the Week

 Organic Kombucha SCOBY Mother + Free Organic Starter Tea Included by Get Kombucha

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We used to be in the habit of brewing our own kombucha, and we are starting up again because it is such a great way to save money! With all of the wonderful fruits that are coming in season, we can create our own flavors of kombucha with the help of an organic starter kit. This is a great kit to start with! Stacy has also found that sipping a glass of kombucha in a wine glass at night helps her unwind just the same as a glass of wine would, as it kind of simulates the ritual.

Upcoming Events!

Strongman Intro Class Event

Join Stacy and the NOVA Strength and Conditioning StrongMan family for a FREE and open to the public strongman workshop – all levels of fitness welcome, it is very scalable!

NOVA is a woman owned gym and NOVA StrongMan is led by patient, competent, skilled and strong Coaches Mike Lusby and Dustin Payne who are both going to Nationals this year! Join us as we help everyone get acclimated to the “toys” of the sport and discuss scalability for different levels of fitness, goals, etc.  If you’ve been wanting to try but nervous for ANY reason, here’s the perfect chance to join in an open, inviting environment! RSVP and get more info HERE


Stacy will be speaking twice at this year’s Ancestral Health Symposium:
August 8, 2014, 11:25 am – Ancestral Health for Women in the Modern World: the HPA Axis Meets the HPT and the HPG Axes (or why we recommend women eat carbs) with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom & with Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo on August 8, 2014, 3:15 pm – Specific Requirements and Health Benefits of Strength Training for Women

You can register for the Symposium here: http://www.ancestralhealth.org/registration

Instagram ♥

There’s also been a lot going on over on Instagram, go check it out so you don’t miss out! You can catch glimpses of our every day life, with plenty of heavy lifting, our boys being #totesadorbs and all the delicious things that Matt cooks for our family!

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