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Vietnamese Lettuce Cups

Posted by Melody

This winner from "Nom Nom Paleo" was the best dinner I've made in months. Even though it calls for quite a few fresh ingredients, it's incredibly easy to prep and is a very unique dish. You can also pickle the carrots and prep the minced herbs early in the day, which makes the whole meal come together very quickly when you get home from work. Honestly I didn't measure the herbs perfectly and definitely used more than called for, tossing them all into the food processor together. Do purchase high quality ground pork...the stuff at your conventional grocery store is scary to say the least. Both Whole Foods and New Leaf have some quality options. I also added some minced jalapeño into the pork mixture and then sliced some extras into a small dish. I added some of the pickling juice from the carrots to it and let it sit in this for a few hours. These were soo good sprinkled on top of the wraps. I did not get it together enough to make my own sriracha, so I picked some up at New Leaf. But Michelle Tam does include a recipe for it in "Nom Nom" which I intend to try next time, since I will definitely be making this dinner again soon!

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 small shallot, minced
kosher salt
1 pound ground pork
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp fish sauce
2 tsps fresh lime juice (I put in extra!)
ground pepper
1/2 medium golden delicious apple, diced into 1/4 inch pieces (I chopped up the entire apple and tossed it in!)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 tsp minced fresh mint
2 tbsps minced fresh basil
1 head butter lettuce
paleo sriracha
pickled carrot strings (need 3 large carrots, 1/4 cup apple juice, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar)

1) Combine the juice, salt and cider vinegar and stir till salt is dissolved. Shred the carrots with a julienne peeler and submerge the strings into the brine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30minutes, ideally for most the day.
2) Peel off the butter lettuce leaves, rinse, and set to dry.
3) Mince all of your herbs, scallions, shallot, and garlic.
4) In a large skillet or wok, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. When it's shimmering, add the shallot and a pinch of salt and sauté for about 3 minutes or until translucent. Toss in the ground pork and cook, stirring, until no longer pink.
5) Add the ginger and garlic, and stir-fry until fragrant. Season with fish sauce, lime juice and pepper.
6) Remove from heat, add the apple and minced herbs, and stir to combine.
7) Serve in individual lettuce leaves. Top with pickled carrots, sriracha and jalapeños if you like extra spicy!

Easter Bunny Gone Paleo

Posted by Melody

Just a few days till Easter! As it's my all-time favorite holiday, I'm already quite excited. This is a great time of year; everything is green and fresh, summer is just around the corner, AND the excitement of the CrossFit games is escalating as we enter Regional season. Holidays often pose danger for those trying to eat clean. Sometimes it seems that Santa and the Easter Bunny are hell-bent on making us all diabetic and obese. Well, who says the Easter Bunny can't become a bit more healthier? Our kids really don't need a basket of brightly colored corn syrup and processed sugar...and they will most likely enjoy these fun fillers even more. Here's a list of new and creative ideas for filling the Easter baskets...(just tell the kids that the Easter bunny started CrossFit this year and the baskets he delivers have changed accordingly!)

1. Jump Rope. Kid-sized! The Easter Bunny isn't the only one who should get to go hopping around this season. We have some that we use at Panthers for sale at Paradigm.

2. Bubbles. Everyone loves them.

3. Dried Fruit. Wrap dried apricots or mango in orange cellophane tied with green ribbon to look like a carrot. Or go with some of the packaged no-sugar added varieties at Whole Foods or New Leaf Market. If you are feeling up to the task, "Nom Nom Paleo" has a great recipe to make your own fruit roll-ups.

4. Paleo Desserts. Most paleo treats are quite simple to make, delicious, and much healthier than all the store bought/packaged crud. Try chocolate macaroons, date bars, brownies...wrapped up in cute easter packaging ("Everyday Paleo" and "Make it Paleo" are great books to check out). Find the recipe for chocolate macaroon nests HERE.

5. Sunglasses. For the beach days coming soon!

6. Nail polish. In fun spring colors. Check out the organic baby-approved types at Whole Foods.

7. Sidewalk Chalk. Or get crazy and make your own! Find directions HERE

8. Flower Shoes. For the little girls out there...take a pair of simple shoes or flip flops and sew or glue a spring flower to the top of each.

9. Painted Hard-boiled eggs. Great protein treat for later.

10. Paleo Cupcakes. set in a small box tied with easter ribbon. The carrot cake from "Make it Paleo" is my favorite, and comes out great in cupcakes. Or make vanilla cakes, sprinkle with some shredded coconut with green food coloring added to make it look like grass, and top with a small edible flower.

11. Flower seed or vegetable packets. Get the kids excited about growing their own produce this spring. Checkout more tips for gardening with kids HERE

12. Plastic eggs filled with small toys. Sure hits are silly putty, bouncy balls, toy cars, fun band aids, and stickers.

13. Turn the Easter Egg Hunt into a scavenger hunt with exercises to perform at each station in order to receive the next clue! (It was a huge hit a few years ago with our nephews!)

Workout for Wed, April 16, 2014

mile for time (rest 4m)
800 for time (rest 3m)
400 for time (rest 2m)
200 for time...TIME

Strength: Suitcase Carry & Pavlov Paress

OLY Class (8:30am, 5pm, 7pm)
Hang Snatch
Jerk Dip
Clean 1st Pull

Think Like Bumblebee, Train Like Racehorse

Posted by Melody

"You, as an athlete, need to have unyielding belief in yourself. Don’t let your past, your peers, your family or your competitors limit your performance. You, like the bee, can fly if you believe you can." -Ben Bergeron

"Think Like a Bumblebee, Train Like a Racehorse" is a great article from a few years back regarding our mindset and our approach to training. I firmly believe that the ones who achieve what they desire are the ones who believe it's possible and then set out to do it, putting in the necessary work and never looking back until it's completed.
What do you desire? Do you want to lose a bunch of weight? Run a marathon? Get a muscle-up? Start a business? Write a book? Pay off your debts?
The first step is always believing you can. Our faith empowers us to achieve what others might say is impossible. Don't allow your future to be a self-fulfilled prophesy based on statistics or what others say or think. Many who have achieved great things throughout history first suffered the laughs and taunts of those around them.
Second, put in the focused work. Be relentless in the way that you attack your project. We won't wake up one random morning and suddenly be more capable than we are today, nor will the proper resources simply fall from the sky; if you want it now, start putting in the hard work today.

Workout for Fri, April 11, 2014

A. 3 C&J: e2 x 20, AHAP
B. 12m Gymnastics AMRAP:
10 Hollow Rocks, 10 pushups, 10 parallette dips
C. Suicides


Posted by Melody

I'm really not a fan of goodbyes...and some suck even more than others. The Pitts family, Julie, Robert and Nolan, will be moving to San Mateo this month. We are incredibly happy for their family and the new and exciting changes this will bring for them. At the same time, we are also selfishly more than a little bummed out as they will be very missed.

Julie is an "OG" around here. Back before Paradigm existed, she was a part of our outdoor bootcamp program for years, demonstrating early on that she is freakishly consistent and dedicated - chilly 6AMs, rainy days, goose poop and all. When we transitioned into CF, Julie was one of the first to join. She trained throughout her pregnancy with Nolan, working out just two days before giving birth (and the only day she didn't train the day before is because it was a Sunday and we were closed!). This past year she seriously delved into the nutrition side of things and has taken herself to the best shape of her life. Her performance has skyrocketed and she has set PR's consistently for the past 6 months. It has been an absolute privilege to watch her progression as an athlete. This past week she has gone out with a bang, setting the top score for girls on both the Open 14.5 as well as our 5k run!

Although she has promised to come visit us from time to time, this Saturday will be Julie's last official workout at Paradigm. Come join us at the 8am class as we say farewell "CF style" - with a WOD of course!

"Julie": 21-15-9
*OHS (115/80)

Paradigm Pride!

Posted by Melody

Congrats to team "Panda Procreation" who won the 2014 Open Intramural! Nice Job coach LT, Jerry, Julie, Daniel and Danielle. The 1st place finishers on 14.5 were both from this team - way to go Jerry Brito and Julie Pitts. The dress-up points for this past week's "Paradigm Pride" went to Cheryl Blank!

14.5 Results:
1st Place- Jerry & Julie
2nd Place- LT & Reyes
3rd Place- Jerel & Mandy E.

But the game isn't over for a few of our Paradigm athletes. Jerry Brito finished 11th place in NorCal in the 40+ division and Carol Bautista came in 16th in our region for the 60+. Both of these awesome athletes will progress to the next stage of competition at the end of this month to try to secure a spot at the Games this summer. We are all rooting for you guys!

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