Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (Paleo)

Well I have some exciting news to share with you all today! I am now officially the nutrition coach for the North East Grid League Springfield Musketeers! If you aren’t familiar with the Grid League, it’s basically crossfit taken to the next level. Teams are drafted and combined to showcase some of the best athletes and their respective strengths. Similar to football in many ways, it gives athletes to really capitalize on what they are good at in a competitive setting. It’s fast paced and uber fun to watch! If you don’t believe me check it out for yourself!

  
More info to come on that topic, but for now, if you are in the Weatern Mass area come down to Crossfit Swarm on Saturday, June 13th and come chat with me and try some of my delicious treats! I will have a booth at their 80’s themed competition. Should be a great day! 

In other news this will be the third week of my local farm share delivery from Forty Acres Farm in Granby, MA. I have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with some new veggies and cuts of meat! I highly reccomend investing in a local farm share. There is no better way to support local farms and receive the freshest meat and produce possible! Not to mention you can trust that you are getting a high quality product. I suggest visiting the farm and getting to know the farmer. Patrick Benson is the owner and farmer at Forty Acres Farm and be only does he do everything pretty much himself but he is super knowledgable, kind, welcoming, and hardworking. He gave me the tour of of farm even before seeds were really sprouting but was able to express his passion for organic, sustainable farming practices as well as pasture raised meats. His animals are also halal raised and humanely slaughtered. He takes great pride in his products, as he should, they have been outstanding! 

The first week we got a bunch of rhubarb, which I have surprisingly never used before! I  was eager to make various rhubarb treats but unfortunately most of them needed some tweaking to be at my standards. This jam, however, came out great! I’m thinking it will be perfect to use as a filling or spread on cupcakes, cakes, muffins or maybe even some paleo bread if you have some lying atound! 😜

ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups local rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1.5 cups organic strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 1/3 cup local raw honey 
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions:

-Combine all ingredients over medium heat in a large, thick bottomed pot

  

  
-Simmer for 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally and mashing fruit with fork until the jam starts to thicken to desired consistency

  
-Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy! 

  
Jam can be kept in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. It can also be frozen in an airtight container.

Homemade Horseradish (Paleo, AIP, LowFODMAP, 21DSD)

Today was a great day. I got to the gym early this morning to take on the Open’s workout 15.3. As usual I had an internal battle going on of whether or not I should do the RX’d version of the workout or not. The smarter side of me prevailed and I chose to go with the scaled version for several reasons. The most obvious being that my shoulder is still working its way back to 100% but is not there yet. Secondly,I don’t have muscle ups yet and attempting one for 14 minutes seemed silly to me (although I probably could have pulled one off). Finally, I really just wanted to get good a workout in! I ended up with 793 reps and a whole handful of no-rep air balls… did I mention I suck at wall balls? The thing I love about Crossfit is that there is constant room for improvement, and boy do I have a lot of improving to do!

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Post WOD floor bonding time


After working out and judging my teammates for most of the morning I went home to find that my latest lab results finally came in the mail. Side note: I don’t know why they mail them… calling and e-mailing seems to be a much more efficient option.. but thats just me! The overall results were that everything was good but my ANA (autoimmune disease) was unchanged. Bummer. After meeting with my doctor the other day though I don’t feel discouraged by this, he said that sometimes it takes up to a year to see the an ANA get back to negative. We will see what happens I guess, but the fact that I feel much better is the result that matters.

While I was chatting with my doctor we ended up talking about the supplements that I was taking and he asked me how I was handling the liquid fish oil (DHEA/EPA). The only answer I could come up with was a slightly disgusted and unimpressed kind of look. I have absolutely despised taking fish oil supplements since I was younger, the aftertaste seems to always get to me even though this new brand of fish oil is super high quality and not nearly as fishy as the ones i’ve had in the past. So he told me that he normally “chases” his fish oil with a pinch of homemade horseradish, which obviously masks the taste, while waking the sh*t out of your senses, and additionally helps cleanse the liver. So I thought what the heck, I will try anything once! Which lead me to make this super simple horseradish. Like many other condiments that come packed with preservatives, sugar, and other added junk, this is a super easy one to make at home where you can be assured that you are only consuming high quality ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup horseradish, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup coconut vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt

Instructions:

-Place the diced horseradish, coconut vinegar and salt in a food processor

-Process until you have reached your desired consistency or until smooth

-Thats it! Seriously, how much easier could it get?

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Now that I have tried the fish-oil-followed-by-hroseradish, I can see why it works well. I also suddenly have a craving for oysters… 🙂