As we get ready to officially start the challenge next week (props to everyone who’s already started tracking!), you might be wondering “what the heck am I supposed to be eating for the next 10 weeks?!” Lucky for you guys, Maria and I are cookbook hoarders and dedicated food blog followers. Today, we’re sharing just a few of our favorites to help get everyone started. If people are interested, we’ll plan on leaving some of our books at the gym for people to look through for inspiration!
Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen & PALEOMG.com
So Maria and I definitely refer to “our friend Juli” like we actually know her. We don’t. We just follow (i.e. stalk) her on all forms of social media so we feel like we know what’s going on in her life. Fun Fact: she’s actual friends with Kyra from Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego, so she comes to Portland often. Maybe one day we’ll actually be her friend….sigh….
Ok, back to business. Juli’s a crossfit coach (formerly competitive / regionals athlete) out of Denver, Colorado and has the blog PALEOMG.com. She posts recipes and her daily Crossfit workouts, and Maria and I have never made anything we didn’t like from her blog. She has over 600 recipes on there, so I promise you’ll find something that works for you.
More recently, she’s published a couple cookbooks. As you can see from all my sticky notes coming out of her books, I use them frequently. I’m by no means good at cooking, so if I can make her recipes successfully, you’ll be just fine!
Fed & Fit (fedandfit.com)
Besides the recipes, this book is just a great healthy living resource to have. The first third of the book is about finding health, wellness and balance in your life and the importance of food in addition to exercise, sleep, hydration, etc. For those of you who want to nerd out a bit, check out the beginning of this one.
After all of the health and wellness information at the beginning, the recipes section starts with a section of just basic meal components. It’s all the things that you think you should know how to do, but still google or text your Mom to confirm (like what temperature that chicken in the oven should be at-I’m definitely guilty!): a basic baked chicken breast or pan seared steak, roasted vegetables, simple hash browns, baked squashes etc. At the beginning of macro counting, sometimes it’s easier to make up a bunch of these meal components and then portion out some of each to make up your meals.
All of the recipes and meal components in the book have the nutritional information and the macro breakdown done for you, so putting these ones in MyFitnessPal will be super easy!
Real Food Real Simple (simply-taylor.com)
For those of you who don’t really like cooking or want to keep things simple, LOOK HERE! All of the recipes in this one are 5 steps or less! I’ve only tried a couple out of the book so far, but they’ve all been successful. Simple ingredients and simple steps! Taylor is a registered dietitian and has the blog simply-taylor.com. The cookbook is all paleo, but her blog is a little broader with non-paleo, but still very clean, recipes as well. For those of you who like looking at pretty food pics, follow her on Instagram too (@simplytaylorblog)!
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (lexiscleankitchen.com)
I’ve been following Lexi’s blog for a couple years, so I was excited to see her book come out a couple months ago. Similar to Fed & Fit, Lexi’s book has a ton of great resources like conversion charts and helpful cooking cheat sheets to keep on hand.
Well Fed (meljoulwan.com)
Melissa is well seasoned (pun intended) in the paleo cookbook world. This is her 3rd Well Fed cookbook, and this one’s recipes are all 45 minutes or less! I’ve made some recipes about her previous cookbooks, but this one I just got as a gift (thanks Maria!), so I don’t have too much to report yet.
Paleo Cooking with your Instant Pot (predominantlypaleo.com)
Instant Pots were apparently the cooking related gift this holiday season. My family must have missed that memo (I’m almost over it), but Maria got one and is testing it out! This cookbook shows you that you can pretty much do any and everything in a pressure cooker. If any of you have an Instant Pot / pressure cooker, let us know what you think!
OTHER BLOGS & RESOURCES
In case those books don’t have what you’re looking for, here are some other blogs and resources that might help!
That’s all we have for now! Feel free to comment below with cookbooks or blogs that you like to follow. Every week, we’re going to have a new category for our ‘Friday Favorites’, so let us know if there are any specific products or types of resources you’d like to see!
Evan & Maria