MODpaleo: Clean, Convenient Fuel

Remember earlier this summer when our friends from MODpaleo came out to our Grand Opening Party at MAD Charleston for a little ‘MEAT & GREET’ to let our clients taste test their delicious paleo meals? Well, we’re actually their pick up location in Mt. Pleasant, which is awesome, and since July I’ve been pumping hard (from my social media perch) to make sure that their food is in ALL of my favorite places.

fuel sweat grow: modpaleo

In addition to putting a hard push on them to bring their clean eats to Charlottesville, I somehow managed to score them as a breakfast vendor in my office in Charlotte so I’ve got some amazing healthy options when I’m there.  It’s all about convenience and quality in our industry, and when the right options are there it’s not hard to make good choices and maintain positive momentum knowing that you’ve been fueling your body to sustain an active lifestyle.  Day 8 of #23to30: quality of life comes from the quality of your surroundings -know what you need and what makes you feel whole and surround yourself with it.

Two weeks ago when I was working in Charlotte you better believe that I was in the office early on Wednesday morning to get my breakfast on with MODpaleo in our super pantry, and it was killer.  [Egg baked in a sweet potato, herbed chicken patty with fresh pesto on top.]

fuel sweat grow: MODpaleo Breakfast

This meal sold out completely by 8am, and not only tasted amazing, it kept me full well past lunch time.  In a job and world where I rarely have a down moment or a regularly scheduled anything, having MODpaleo at the office was an absolute life saver.  So, naturally, this breakfast just re-lit my hard march to get their pre-packaged meals to Charlottesville so I can spend a few less days doing meal prep and planning and just let them do it for me.  And then low and behold, I saw this on instagram:

fuel sweat grow: MODpaleo Virginia

You better believe this made my day.  Happy, clean, fresh fuel made for convenience and overall goodness – I’m in.  For everyone who has been nagging asking frequently for made to order clean meals….well here’s your best shot.  Check out their website and the weekly menu posted and get your orders in — they even have veggie options people.

Amber + Carter, sounds like it’s time to get your Cville on and get this full-blown show rolling.  We’re ready for you in MADville.  Next goal: shipping meals to me on all my trips.  Just saying…



5 Reasons to Own a Vitamix (or just a really rockin’ blender)

There are a few kitchen appliances and utensils that had gone completely undervalued early on in my life, and the blender was one of them.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t have a huge need for blending things, or maybe it’s because I didn’t know what a VitaMix was until my mid-twenties, but let me assure you, I value it now.

vitamix blends

Here are a few reasons why you should buy yourself a VitaMix for valentines day, or just rekindle your relationship with your neglected blender.

1. Juicing (fruits + vegetables) and blending shakes is super simple, and the blades crush the ice like nobody’s business.

2. You can grind your own grains, beans + nuts to create your own reserves of gluten-free flours (you might want to look into getting the dry blending blades if you want to do this on the regular).

3. Green smoothies + shakes with healthy protein powders are incredibly quick and easy breakfast and snack options.

4. Waste less food and/or have a solution for the days when you realize you don’t have enough of anything to make a normal meal (see below for my 3pm kitchen scrap-fest).

5. Shenanigans: If you decide that you hate having energy, that all of my blending options are rubbish, and you dislike putting vitamins and minerals in your body, you can just make margaritas.  It’s a worthy cause, and you can always come back to your senses the next day…or the day after.

protein blend

This week I’ve been doing some blending, some tweeting about blending, and then more blending.  This afternoon at about 3pm my energy started to fade and the afternoon hunger games kicked in.  I hadn’t had very substantial breakfast or lunch options since I taught and took Pure Barre this morning, so I was ready for something with a little more nutritional content.

When I get midday hungry and have a little time, I usually get these grand ideas of the culinary masterpiece that I am going to create, but the reality of my steadily decreasing enthusiasm and the lack of food stores in the fridge quickly changed the plan.  New plan: a shake.

Step 1: Ice + Fruit.  I put in a cup of ice, one banana (I usually like these to be frozen, but I haven’t gotten to that phase of my kitchen organization this week), and the last little handfuls of fresh blueberries and blackberries.

this isn't disney, and there are no hidden messages.
relax: this isn’t disney, and there are no hidden messages.

Step 2: Greens! I added in the last of a bag of spinach that was sitting lonely in the produce drawer.  For the non-believers on the leafy green front, you will not taste spinach once you hit blend.

leafy greens will make you hot. I promise, so eat them.
leafy greens will make you hot. I promise, so eat them.

Step 3: Protein Powder! I had not (past tense) found a protein powder that I liked, which is largely why I believe I had an estranged relationship with my blending appliances, but after 28 years of disappointment and rejecting the overly hyped and chemical laden powders of yore, I have found a winner.

fuel sweat grow protein powder SFH
stronger faster healtheir (.com) all natural, grass fed, real protein.

Dar had told me about this brand last summer, and early in the fall during a visit in to get my butt kicked at Fight Gone Mad HQ in Charlotte I saw that they were selling it.  Enter: the stronger, faster, healthier proteins into my life.  Dar and I both use the Daily Balance Whey Protein powder (vanilla), and for having such different tastes and protein needs it continuously amazes me that we both like it, but I digress.

Step 4: re-fuel.

fuel sweat grow protein shake
see, it’s purple. not green.
yes. I use big green straws. and I recommend the same to you. it's a game changer.
yes. I use big green straws. and I recommend the same to you. it’s a game changer.

And that’s the story of my midday shake, and why the VitaMix is a stellar valentine, if you keep your wits about you and don’t get too grabby with the blades.

I’ve been tweeting a bit this week about blending, the SFH proteins, and the endless combos therein.  Here are a few flavor combos that were developed and personally tested by the Fight Gone MAD co-owner/founder + MAD Scientist Himself.  And you better believe after going through the Franchising process (and BEING APPROVED this week), with a newborn at home, this kid understands energy needs.

Here are some of his MAD blends this week:

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Cliffs Notes:

Buy a VitaMix (or blender), put things in it that have grown in/out of the ground, add protein if you so desire, but know what you’re putting into your body.