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Margarita Shrimp

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You guys know we love some shrimp skewers. Shrimps are tasty, quick cooking, and a great lean protein source! These margarita shrimp make a great topper to your lunchtime salad, pair perfectly with some cilantro rice post workout, and make for a great midday leftovers protein snack right out of the fridge. What we’re trying to say is that you need these shrimp in your life.

Margarita Shrimp

  • 1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled & deveined

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

  • 1 tsp coconut sugar

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • wedges of fresh lime

  1. Place your shrimp in a large gallon ziplock bag.

  2. In a small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, red pepper, coconut sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, & black pepper. Whisk well to combine.

  3. Pour marinade over shrimp in bag. Seal tightly and shake so shrimp are covered in spice and olive oil mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes - 2 hours.

  4. When ready, thread all your shrimp onto skewers.

  5. Heat your grill to medium high. Place shrimp kebabs on grill grates and grill for 3-4 minutes per side or until shrimps are pink and have nice grill marks on the outside. Remove your kebabs, place on a platter, and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro & a squeeze of lime.

If you want to make these shrimps challenge friendly, just leave out the coconut sugar!

Check out the whole blog post over at www.getrealrd.com/getrealblog

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Be Better Cookbook: Quinoa Rainbow Salad

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GET YOUR VEGGIES PPL!! I heard a new term the other day that I loved… plant forward eating. Claps and snaps for that one. Plant forward eating doesn’t mean plant only, it just means incorporating more veggies into your day to day eating… and srsly almost everyone could stand to do that! This Quinoa Rainbow salad is the perfect place to start your plant forward journey.

This salad could be an awesome side dish or vegetarian lunch with just the veggies, quinoa, and dressing or you could make it a little more hearty with the addition of 3-4 oz of your favorite protein! Check out my full post on The Get Real Blog.

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

  • 1/3 Carrot, thin sliced

  • 1/4 cup thin sliced Red Cabbage

  • 1/4 cup thin sliced Sugar Snap Peas

  • 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper

  • 1/3 cup cooked Quinoa

  • 1 tbsp Chopped Peanuts

  • 1/2 Green Onion (Scallion), thinly sliced

  • Peanut Sauce (recipe for my favorite healthy & easy peanut sauce here)

  • 3 oz. Protein of your choice - I’ve used chicken & shrimp (both were delicious!)

  1. If you don’t already have cooked quinoa, bring 1 cup uncooked quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil in a covered pot. Reduce to a simmer and cook until water is all absorbed. Remove from the heat, let sit for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork.

  2. Chop and slice all your veggies for your salad. Add everything (veggies, peanuts, chopped scallions, and protein) to a nice big bowl and toss with enough peanut sauce to coat (1-2 tbsps).

Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate.

**Disclaimer … most peanut sauces do include processed foods and added sugars! The one linked here has some gluten free soy sauce and honey, but by far not as much as most peanut sauce recipes. Healthy eating is all about balance, but if you need the points during challenge szn then I suggest some melted creamy peanut butter and a few splashes of white balsamic vinegar instead!

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Bone Health & CrossFit

I was sitting in my office today, reading through my Food and Nutrition Magazine, when I came across a series of articles about bone health & osteoporosis prevention. You'd think the articles would be littered with fruit & vegetable recommendations and images of milk mustaches & calcium supplements, but instead of a huge glass of milk on the page there was a picture of a kettlebell. The main takeaway of that article: Weight Bearing Exercise is Key to Building AND Maintaining Strong Bones. 

One particular piece stuck out at me: 

Like muscles, bones are living tissue, and they require stress to stimulate growth and maintain integrity. Just as consuming extra protein without exercising will not result in strong muscles, consuming calcium without exercising will not result in optimal bone mass. 

Exercise positively effects bone health in more than one way and at all ages. Weight bearing exercise stimulates mineral uptake in children and adults, which is great because although we don't usually think about fractures and thinning bones affecting us until we are well into our sixties, these conditions are directly influenced by the choices we make decades earlier. 

The article went on to recommend & categorize different kinds of exercise including high and low impact weight bearing exercises, strength building exercises, and balance/posture/functional exercises. The cool thing here is that CrossFit can fall into ALL of those categories. 

All our WODS include some sort of weight bearing exercise on most days, sprinkled with strength building exercises, and functional movements left & right! So not only are we all making muscular gainz, but we're also making bone health gainz every day. 

You can read the whole article on bone health & weight bearing exercise here.

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