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…


Chicken Vegetable Sick Day Soup + The Biggest Loser

There’s a nasty sore-throat cold circulating it’s way around Charlottesville, and is apparently in all of the places and things I touch, so I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately.   Yesterday was a long day of running around, teaching + taking Pure Barre, with a few scattered meetings around town.   When I got home the only reasonable sounding remedy was some homemade sick-day soup and the DVR’d Biggest Loser episode from the night before.

fuel sweat grow- foodblog soup

The meal started out small, and unintentionally grew a bit more abundant the further I got into it.  I started by sautéing 1/2 a white onion, 2 small zucchini, 1 yellow squash,and  about a cup of sliced bella mushrooms, with some grilled chicken I had leftover.   By the time I added the chicken broth (2 Quarts), I had decided on some broccoli and brown rice spaghetti add-ins.

fuel sweat grow - foodblog soup

While the soup was boiling up, I took the ever-so neglected sweet potatoes that have been sitting next to the avocados for the last week or so, and prepared them for their sick-day destiny.  Oven baked + broiled sweet potato fries.

fuel sweat grow - sweet potato fries

There was a tiny bit of olive oil sprinkled over the spears, with Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning, ground sea salt, and a little squeeze of lemon sprinkled on top.

I baked them at 375 for about 10 minutes until they were a little soft, and then turned on the broiler to crisp up the outsides and add a little brown.

fuel sweat grow - sick day soup & sweet potatoes

Once the spears were done, the soup was turned to low, and it was time for a little recovery time.

fuel sweat grow - sick day food blog

I’d like to say that watching Biggest Loser was a relaxing activity, but I get way too emotionally involved in the show, and typically will cry multiple times (uncontrollably) during the 2 hour episode.  In fact, two years ago my emotional investment and love for the show (along with my social media + tweeting ‘tendencies’) connected me with Olivia and Hannah, the sisters who finished 1 and 2 in Season 11.

It was Olivia and Hannah who got me to my first Soulcycle class, and consequently, how I met one of my most inspirational soul sister’s, Jenny Gaither.  Jenny is an instructor and dance-party extraordinaire at Soul Cycle, and the co-founder of the S.E.A.K. Foundation, which I’m going to make sure you all know about.  She recently shared some big news (life-wise) and is coming up on the 3rd annual Sports Bra Challenge to benefit the S.E.A.K. Foundation and City of Hope, so stay tuned because we’re going to talk more in depth about Jenny and her world-inpiring plans very soon.

Cliffs notes: I made soup. I ate soup.  And then had a borderline downward emotional spiral, but it was therapeutic and inspirational, so it’s all good.