Monday, July 9, 2012

Game On: Take-Along Paleo Fuel to Keep You Strong

I am so excited to be tagging along with my hubby and the WODHOPPER crew to watch the CrossFit Games in California this week. I am doubly excited because my brother-in-law Greg Major, from Bulldog Bootcamp and CrossFit, is competing in the Masters division. Woot woot! If you are going to the Games, stop by the WODHOPPER booth to say hello, do a mini WOD, and check out their awesome CrossFit affiliate management system. (Or we can just talk paleo!) 

The downside of travel is that it is often more difficult to eat clean. Today's post includes my recommendations for clean eating when you are able to pack your foods for travel. Prepping food upfront can be a lot of work, but think about the stress you can alleviate by having delicious home-made paleo foods waiting for you. You want to focus on being your very best, not on whether the meal you're grabbing at the food truck is going to upset your stomach or whether a healthy snack will be available. 

I had the honor of cooking for one of the amazing athletes in the North Central Regionals, Pete Rasmusen, from CrossFit Carbon. He and his wife Ivy asked if I could provide food for them during the competition. We decided on a some great snack items, a hearty breakfast that they could warm in their hotel, and lunches they could keep in a cooler that were tasty either cold or at room temperature. Each of the recipes is listed below.

Whether you are a competitor or simply a healthy eater, if you like to pack your own food, give these options a try! They're great make-ahead meals for wherever you are eating. And I have to mention that the breakfast casserole makes a ton is amazing any time of day!

What's your favorite home-made paleo food for on-the-go meals? I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a comment here or post on the Paleo Table Facebook page.

Have a great week!
Shopping List for This Meal Plan
Snacks had to be easily portable and quick to eat. I made a pan of protein bars and a pan of sweet potato recovery bars. The Rasmusens like their chocolate, so I added dark chocolate chips to each. The bars were supplemented with hard-boiled eggs and crispy baked bacon.

Protein Bars

Sweet Potato Recovery Bars

Baked Bacon

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Breakfast was one of my favorite new recipes, a spicy chorizo and egg breakfast casserole. The entire pan made for very hearty breakfast fare and was a power-packed way to start each day!

Chorizo and Sweet Potato Egg Casserole

Each of these lunches was eaten cold, straight from the cooler. The pork, steak, and chicken were easy to make ahead in bulk, which was important since Pete is a BIG eater! You can make your own barbecue sauce or purchase a paleo-friendly sauce to simplify your meal. I made the guac and salsa, but fresh salad bar options are usually available. Same goes for the pesto. I made my own, but you can often find paleo-friendly fresh pesto in the refrigerator section of the grocery store.

Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce and Cole Slaw

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Guacamole and Salsa

Pesto Roasted Chicken with Fresh Green Salad


  1. These all look so good! Thanks for posting.
    I'm also a Paleo advocate and has been advocating Paleo diet through my blog and social media account for a year. I aim to increase awareness on Paleo Diet as I did to my family and friends.

    1. Hi, Mahindra! I think it is so important to share as much as I can about paleo cooking in hopes that I can help someone who needs it. Glad you feel the same. Thanks for the note!