BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I'm really excited to share this recipe and guest post from Bob, the blogger and owner of Not So Fast Food. He's got some incredible recipes, but he was generous enough to share this epic one with me. He also has a Paleo food truck, which is pretty awesome. I think I need to plan a trip down to San Diego to try it out. Anyone want to come along? Here's a little message from Bob before he shares this delicious recipe with us: Did I say Bacon, Chocolate Chip Cookies?!?!?! You betta believe it! I mean...what's not to love here? I combined two of everyone's favorites! BACON & Chocolate Chip Cookies. The craze of the past few years has been the combination of Bacon & Chocolate and I get why! It's FREAKING delicious!!!!!! One dilemma I have on my Primal lifestyle is my sweet tooth.....I absolutely love chocolate. Gummi Bears are my other kryptonite, but, I don't have them very often anymore. Chocolate though, I can't get enough of a delicious piece of dark chocolate, especially with Coconut. Better get ready for A LOT of Chocolate desserts on this Blog. The baking time for the cookies will depend on the size you make them. I aim for a good sized tablespoon of dough!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP CRANBERRY N'OATMEAL COOKIES

CHOCOLATE CHIP CRANBERRY N'OATMEAL COOKIES

Well I've been on a bit of a cookie kick lately. Probably because I've made them for my teammates a few times now and they've started to expect them when I turn up for training. I also bribe Mark Bell with them so he'll teach me how to powerlift. It seems to be working. He helped me bench press 200lbs over the weekend and made a really nice video about my deadlift. I think he referred to my form as "a dog crapping on a front lawn" you can check it out here: Fixing Ashley Beaver's Deadlift. Other then that my life has been busy with work and training. I've been training at WarriorZ CrossFit in Elk Grove on their Caffeine and Kilos NorCal Regional team. It's been an amazing experience to say the least. The athletes I've had the pleasure of working with are experienced, knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be around. We push each other, coach one anther, and hang out when we're finished. I couldn't ask for a more supportive group of friends to be training with every day. I made these cookies for a BBQ we had last weekend. Considering the fact that they were gone in 2 seconds, I'm gonna say they were liked somewhat. So you'll probably want to make them. Enjoy and happy weekend!

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BUFFINS (aka Protein Muffins)

BUFFINS (aka Protein Muffins)

My baking skills were put to the test by my amazing but skeptical teammate Drew Canavero last week after I posted a picture of myself eating mass amounts of ribs. Why my eating ribs lead to me baking muffins for my team seems a bit strange, but Drew's a bit strange, so I guess it kind of makes sense. You might also be wondering why I would call someone both strange and amazing but he did help me snatch 170lbs, so he's not so bad. Okay I'm getting off topic here. So how did these buffins come about? Well Drew blackmailed me. I can't really explain that part any further, but he wanted rib muffins so I had to make them. I acted confident in my ability to produce delicious rib muffins, but inside I was a little worried. I'd never made a protein muffin before and I had no idea how to cook with protein, but I was determined to figure it out. I also procrastinated and was short on ingredients, so after I whipped these together I didn't even have enough to try them before I fed them to my guinea pigs. I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I guess I got lucky because they were gobbled up before I knew it. I'll have to come prepared with more next time. Thank you to my Caffeine and Kilos team for being so great and supportive. Feel free to put in your requests for the next team recipe.

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SAMOA COOKIE BARS

SAMOA COOKIE BARS

There's so much I want to tell you, yet nothing seems to want to travel from my brain to the keyboard. I don't know what's happening. So this is either going to be a short post, or a ramble, but either way I won't be hurt if you jump ahead to this bomb recipe. A friend of mine from the gym found a photo on facebook of some insanley delicous looking samoa brownie cookie chocolately heavenly like bars and asked me if I could make them paleo. And since I love her, I did it. It was torture though because I wanted to eat all of them, but I couldn't because I'm doing the whole30 right now, but I'm on day 27! So that's exciting right? Not really when you have these starring you in the face, but it's all good. And I mean who does a 21 Day Sugar Detox, straight into a whole30? Crazy people thats who. And yes I know I'm slightly crazy, it's no secret. So anyway that's that. What else is happening in my life? Since you're all dying to know. We're doing the CrossFit open competition and luckily I'm competing on a very beastly team because I sprained my wrist last week and it's ruined my hopes and dreams of dominating the leaderboard. Okay, it hasn't ruined my hopes and dreams, but it does suck. We were working on a 3 rep max hang clean and on my third one my elbow collided with my knee sending 195 lbs of force onto my wrist. Yes it was devastating. I managed to tape the crap out of it and get 8 muscle ups on last weeks workout, but this week doing cleans was not fun. I did a decent amount, but I had to be extremely cautious on each one. So when you see me fall off the leaderboard you will know why, but like I said, my team kicks ass so I'm not worried. I'll be well rested by regionals and probably more fit than I would be if I hadn't sprained my wrist. Strange I know, but I'm a pretty crappy runner, and I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of running the next few weeks. So be scared, I'm coming for you.

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SPICY CHICKEN TACOS WITH COCONUT FLOUR TORTILLAS

SPICY CHICKEN TACOS WITH COCONUT FLOUR TORTILLAS

Day 7 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox baby! That's right, this is officially a PR for me, I've never made it longer than 5 days without sugar. And I've tried, several times I hate to admit. What's kept me on track? Probably the copious amounts of training I've been doing that keeps me busy at the gym and a lot of experimenting with new dishes like this one. Adding new flavors to my meals every day keeps things fun and exciting. I still have cravings though, and I'm still nervous that I could fail, but for now I will keep trucking along because I'm finally one third of the way to my goal. So that's that, now who's excited for the CrossFit open? Can you believe it's in less than 3 weeks?! I can't! I was sick this weekend so I've now had 4 days off in a row and I'm feeling extremely sluggish and crappy. I'm nervous for tomorrows workout, and I hear we're doing track work, the kind of stuff that kills me! It's gonna hurt thats for sure. Hopefully I can get my ass in good enough shape in these last few weeks though. I think the open is such a cool experience because you can literally compare yourself to every CrossFitter in the world. There aren't many opportunities to do that and I'm really excited to see how I stack up. If you're giving the competition a go, good luck and make sure you have fun while you're doing it! Also, be sure to make lots of paleo dishes to keep you fuelled and fired up.

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SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH RANCH DRESSING

SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH RANCH DRESSING

It is officially day 4 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox. Say what?! Only day 4?! Wholly crap! That's how I feel about that. I mean seriously, for the past few months I feel like my life has just been flying by and I can't slow down time, and now, well now it feels like it's at a standstill. So there you go, if you're at a point in your life where you'd just like to slow things down, do a sugar detox. The days will feel much longer than they actually are. But seriously, this is hard. But I knew they would be when I started. Day 1 was awesome, day 2 was pretty good, but last night on day 3 I just wanted to raid the fridge for anything sweet. I mean anything! Normally I'd let myself have some dark chocolate, or dried fruit, and on occasion I would bake some paleo treats, but I seriously wanted anything sweet. Like an apple with almond butter was just screaming my name. But I prevailed and had my spaghetti squash with ground turkey and tomato sauce and went to bed like a good little girl. Am I going to be able to make it the whole 21 days though? It seems like a lifetime right now! Okay it's time to stop being such a baby. I know a lot of people have done the 21 Day Sugar Detox and been successful, and I deserve to be successful as well. I am having fun trying new recipes for lunch and dinner and hope their deliciousness keeps you on track as well should you decide to embark on a similar journey. I'm pretty excited to see what happens once I get past the cravings. I didn't sleep well the first 2 nights, but I slept better last night. And I already feel incredibly less sluggish and faster at the gym. I think it still might get worse before it gets better, but I'm ready to take it head on. So if you think you're tough enough then give it a go join me so we can support one another. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day. I'm off to get a massage and bask in the sunshine, so excited it's going to be in the 70's today!

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PUMPKIN SPICED PANCAKES

PUMPKIN SPICED PANCAKES

Do you ever just get real bummed out and want to give up on something? How do you pull yourself out of a rut? I know I'm not the only one this happens to (or at least I hope I'm not!) and sometimes we just need a hug, or a pep talk, or maybe a swift kick in the ass. We all need something different I imagine. I think I needed all of the above to get me out of this one. I had my first NorCal crossfit competition this weekend, the Sactown Throwdown. It was good and bad. It was a team competition and I'm thankful to have had such supportive teammates, but I managed to get pretty bummed out with my performance. The thing is I was very capable of doing all the movements and lifting some heavy weight, but why can't I keep up with some of the other girls? Should I be training harder? Am I ever going to be as good as them? I feel like the second I get better, my competitors get 1o times better. What the hell? So there it is, I suck at life sometimes too. But you can't let it get you down. And no one is going to do the work for you. You have to take it as a lesson learned and move on. I'm also lucky to have a trainer who gave me a hug, then gave me a pep talk, then gave me a workout that kicked my ass. It reminded me I can compete with the beasts in this sport, and I'm not going to give up. I want this just as bad as they do, and I'm going to work my ass off until I get there. So if you're stuck in a rut, just remember you aren't the only one, but you are the only one who can fix it. This applies to all aspects of our lives, not just fitness and diet, it might be something at work, or in your personal life, but you have the capability to make what you want out of any situation. Hopefully you have someone to talk to, but you have to do this for yourself. So when you're finished eating these pancakes, get out there and kick ass. Because you deserve it.

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BANANA AND CHOCOLATE COOKIES

BANANA AND CHOCOLATE COOKIES

I'm back! Have you missed me? Sorry, that was a silly question. I know you have! I think I've been going through seasonal depression (caused by a year long winter) or potentially reverse culture shock after moving home from Australia. Either way I'm not sure what the heck I've been doing for the past two months, but I definitely haven't been blogging enough. I know most of you follow me on instagram though so you knew I was still alive. And if you don't follow me on instagram then I'm sure you've been extremely worried about me. Rest assured I'm okay. I wish I had more to tell you. I have been crossfitting A LOT! I'm training with the one and only Gabe Subry right now and if you know crossfit you might know him. I'm pretty sure he's determined to kill me though. My workouts are all around 3 hours at the moment, and I'll go out on a limb here and say I'm turning into a bit of a machine. Alright I have a long ways to go before I can call myself a "machine" but I'm working on it.

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APPLE PIE

APPLE PIE

Well it's stormy here, and we have a lot of home grown apples that are going to go bad. So I decided to make an apple pie for my family. And since my family isn't paleo like I am I had to make sure it was really good! And this passed the test! Hope it's sunny wherever you are, and if it is then you can be sure I'm jealous.

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COCONUT SHRIMP

COCONUT SHRIMP

If every day could be like today, I'd be in heaven...and broke. I woke up early and got in a good crossfit session, then I headed down to the beach for a cup of coffee and a little book reading. After that I came home and rang my grandparents. It was so great to catch up with them. I miss them all so much, they mean the world to me (if you're reading this hello again!). After that I got my ass to the pool...finally! I've been saying again and again I'm going to start swimming, yet the months continue to pass and I do nothing about it. And this fitness club with the pool is literally a block away from my place, I have no excuse. Although I'm proud of myself for finally making the first dive, as I suspected, I'm a horrible swimmer, so that sucked. But my flatmate says he'll join me next time, so hopefully that will motivate me to keep it up. It will probably never be a strength of mine, but hopefully I'll continue to suck less and less. Well my day continued with a sports massage, a full hour of excruciating pain, but I so needed it. After a bit of relaxing on the couch, and some shopping at the mall, I'm settled in for a movie night and some delicious coconut shrimp!

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