Jon Stewart Kills Big Agro and The Food Lobby

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I’m a big fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, so it’s probably no surprise that I love the below clip entitled “The Snacks of Life” where Stewart just absolutely kills the food industry:

I think my favorite part was when he skewered the food industry for turning our “foods” into an “addictive, fattening, death menu of artificial chemicals, antibiotics, and cool ranch carcinogens.”

Preach.

What are your thoughts? Did he hit the nail on the head? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Paleo Chocolate Coffee

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As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Dave Asprey and his Bulletproof Coffee.  I think it’s a great, healthy, and tasty way to start the day.

That being said, sometimes, it feels like I need to change things up a bit.  After all, drinking the same thing day after day can get kind of boring… which is what prompted me to come up with this!

Paleo Chocolate Coffee

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In case you want to take Bulletproof Coffee to the next level!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Brew the coffee and place all ingredients in a blender or Nutribullet.
  2. Let blend for at least 30 seconds, if not more.  If you under-blend, the nibs won’t fully dissolve and you’ll be chewing the last bit of your coffee (yuck!).
  3. Pour in coffee cup or mug and enjoy!

Because the Cacao Nibs are essentially as dark of chocolate as you can get, one teaspoon may make the coffee too bitter for you, so don’t be afraid to play with the amount until you get the flavor just right.  The point is to add a little something to your coffee to add a different flavor and break up the monotony of the same thing day after day.

What are your thoughts?  Would you give this a try?  How do you take your coffee in the morning?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

10 Items That Make Being Paleo Easier – Dehydrator

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This is a continuation of our 10 Items That Make Being Paleo Easier series.  Click here to check out the other posts and recommendations.

ITEM #3 – A GOOD DEHYDRATOR

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If you want something to help with making tasty Paleo snacks, this is a great gadget to have!

One of the tougher things about going Paleo is having snacks handy, especially when you’re on the go.  Sure, carrying around a bunch of nuts is great, but that gets kind of old eventually.  Plus, what do you do if you want something sweet or you want some jerky that doesn’t have soy or added sugar?

Thankfully, a good dehydrator can solve a lot of these problems.  And, like the Crock Pot, this kitchen gadget is a “set it and forget it” dream.

We did some research, and ended up setting on the Nesco Snackmaster, which was both incredibly highly rated on Amazon (4.5 out of 5 stars with over 2,200 reviews) as well as very reasonably priced at $69.99.

The first thing we did was make a batch of apple cinnamon chips and, compared to what we were able to do in the oven, we were able to make a lot more chips and, in general, they were a lot better.  (Making a lot more came in handy since all our son did for the next three days was ask us for apple chips.)

All things considered, I would probably put this toward the bottom of the list if I were ranking the top-10 in order, but if you’ve already got a lot of the other things on the list or you’re just someone who likes to have a lot of dried fruits and jerky, this is definitely something you should consider.

What’s your favorite dehydrator recipe?  Have you ever tried making your own kale chips in a dehydrator?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community.

10 Items That Make Being Paleo Easier – Crock Pot

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This is a continuation of our 10 Items That Make Being Paleo Easier series.  Click here to check out the other posts and recommendations.

ITEM #2 – A GOOD CROCK POT

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If I had to offer one thing that will make your Paleo life easier, it would be a Crock Pot.

Long before I went Paleo, I had a Crock Pot in my kitchen. That isn’t to say I used it much — if ever — but I still had one.

It wasn’t until going Paleo, though, that I fully recognized the power this inexpensive gadget (you can get a good one for between $20 and $50) had over my ability to easily make great tasting meals and help keep me on the straight and narrow.

Think about it: the whole premise of a Crock Pot is to throw in a bunch of ingredients, turn it on, and come back a few hours later to a hot and delicious meal.  Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Plus, you’re typically cooking enough that not only do you get a delicious dinner out of it, you have enough leftovers to have for lunch the following day!

During our Whole30 Challenge, my wife and I did at least half of our meals in our Crock Pot, which made meal planning and meal making much, much easier.

If for some reason you don’t have a Crock Pot or are just looking to upgrade, I recommend that you get something a little on the larger side (about 7-quarts).  This way when you do something like cook a whole chicken or just want to make a lot of broth, it’s going to be a lot easier to pull off.

Here are some great Crock Pot recipes to help you get started:

What are your favorite Crock Pot recipes?  Do you feel that using your Crock Pot made your Paleo life easier?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

Paleo (or Primal) Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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I’m not going to get into the debate as to which is better, Paleo or Primal.  Given that the focus of both is on cutting out processed junk and eating foods in their natural forms, I don’t think you can go wrong with either.

I just want to be clear that this recipe can go either way, and the tipping point is just one key ingredient.

And, no, it’s not the potatoes you see in the picture below.

Given that white potatoes are now allowed during a Whole30 Challenge, I’m of the mind that they are classified as Paleo.  So, really, what makes this recipe either Paleo or Primal is your use of bone broth vs. red wine.

Paleo (Or Primal) Beef Stew

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Depending on whether or not you add wine makes this either Paleo or Primal.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Chuck Roast
  • 3 large White Potatoes
  • 5 large Carrots
  • 1 large White Onion
  • 1 cup of either Red Wine or Beef Stock/Bone Broth

Instructions

  1. Chop up the potatoes, carrots, and onion into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Place the chuck roast at the bottom of a Crock Pot/slow cooker, cover with the veggies, and pour the wine or broth over everything.
  3. Cook on low heat for approximately 8 hours.

Do you consider yourself Paleo or Primal?  Does it really matter to you?  Are you just focused on eating good, clean foods?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!