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Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

Indulge yourself in a bowl of spicy chili that is full of beef and sweet potatoes. It’s thick, rich, and slightly sweet while being grain free, sugar free and dairy free. If you’re looking for a low sugar, healthy option, you won’t be disappointed with this recipe!

We’ve done this as one of our mealfit Ready meals and got amazing reviews!

Prep Time: 13-17 min

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
• 2 lbs ground beef
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• 1 large can (29.5 oz.) tomato sauce
• 2 cups petite diced tomatoes, with juice
• 3 cups beef stock
• 3 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
• 5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ tsp. thyme
• 2 tsp. salt
• 1½ tsp. black pepper
• ½ cup chili powder
• Dash of oregano
• Dash of red pepper flakes

Instructions:
• In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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Strong Like Samson

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With anything, it is important to teach our kids tools of life and ways to live. As our kids grow up, we teach them to say their prayers at night and, many times, we will teach the classic, “Now I lay me down to sleep…”

No matter your religious affiliation, many people believe in a God. In the Christian world, prayer is important to us because this is direct communication with God. As our kids grew up, we taught them first and foremost to be thankful and to thank God for all he has blessed us with. Among the many other things we pray for, we ask God to help them to become 3 things, which I feel embody what they should strive for from a biblical perspective:

1. Strong like Samson
“Help me to be Strong like Samson.”
There is a line in a movie that says life will chew you up and spit you out if you let it. In life we have to be strong, and we have to own that strength in 3 ways:

Physically – I think we need to teach our kids to be physically strong. They have to be able to do physical things in life, like “lift this” or “move that.” For example, be able to pick up their bike when they have a wreck or to pick up their sister if mommy and daddy can’t make it there. Physical strength in life is paramount on so many levels that I could write a small book about the topic (but I will leave that for another time).

Mentally – Mental toughness is one of the top keys to being successful in life. We have to be able to handle all that life is going to throw at us. How do we respond to failure? How do we respond to success? How do we respond when things are not going as planned and we want to quit? When the going gets tough, we have to have it between the ears before we have it in our muscles.

Spiritually – Being strong in our faith and having something to rely on that is bigger than us is HUGE. There are going to be times in life when you’re not sure you can make it. If you solely trust in others, they may let you down. We have to be strong spiritually to know that God has everything in control.

Why Samson?
Samson has the reputation of being the strongest person in the Bible. The Bible says that when the child was born, “he grew and the Lord blessed him” (Judges 13:24). The Bible then goes on to tell the story of how Samson was walking through the vineyards and came upon a lion. “The spirit of the Lord came upon him and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands” (Judges 14:6). The angel of the Lord told his mother that this power would grow as the boy got older and as his hair got longer. There are numerous stories in Judges 13-16 of how Samson showed his strength, from killing 30 men to collapsing two pillars that held up an entire building.

Do I want my kids to be exactly like Samson? No, he made mistakes just like all of us do. But I do want them to embody the physical, mental, and spiritual strengths the Lord blessed him with.

2. Tough like Benaiah
There is not a ton about Benaiah in the Bible. I first learned about him from the Mark Batterson book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  Benaiah exuded toughness.

Toughness. It will get you through almost anything.

When many people think of being tough, they think of the physical aspect. But what most do not realize is the mental toughness it takes to launch headlong into whatever venture you are facing that may be physically taxing.

But why Benaiah? What makes him so tough?

He is faced with an Egyptian giant… and kills him
This is cool, but we have heard this story before (David and Goliath). This time, though, it’s HOW Benaiah did it that makes him stand out. The Egyptian had an enormous spear (weaver’s beam–sized) and Benaiah has nothing but a little club. But no big deal, Benaiah just snatches the spear from the Egyptian and kills him with that instead. That’s hardcore.

Killed a lion
Killing a lion itself is super crazy, but the Bible tells us (2 Samuel 23:20) that he went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. This is not a deal where he was in a pasture and a lion came up to him; no, out of his own free will did Benaiah go down into the pit and kill a lion. Talk about mental toughness. Lets go one more: it was snowing. I don’t even want to go get the mail when its snowing, much less go fight a lion. I want to teach my kids that toughness will get us through many things in life and how we have to be tough physically and mentally to be great.

3. Wise like Solomon
Soloman was said the be the wisest man in the world. He wrote, he sang, and he taught. But what makes him so wise? And why do I want my children to be like him? In 1 Kings Chapter 3, God comes to Soloman and asks him, “Solomon, ask for anything you
want, and I will give it to you.”

WOW.

And Soloman’s response was, “Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.”

Say what!!! That’s strong!

This is why I want my kids to be wise like Soloman. Because he had enough in him to know that if he obtained wisdom, all the other stuff would follow. He gave up the instant gratification for the delayed riches and honor. It gives me chills to think that my kids and I are praying this into their lives every day.

Prayer is communication with God. When we pour out our hearts he listens. Child-like faith is what causes God to listen. Speak life into your child on a daily basis. In all of these prayers, we explain to our kids why these people are the way they are and why they should want to mimic these traits. It is not just a rote prayer they speak daily; we discuss why they want to be like these 3 giants of faith.

I’d love to hear what you pray with and over your kids every day. Leave it in the comments below.

7 One Dish Paleo Meals

If you’re like me, you hate having so many dirty dishes after cooking a meal. How convenient does it sound to just throw everything into one dish and cook it all together? AMAZING. I’ve put together a list of 7 delicious one pot meals you’ve got to try.

Click each meal for the recipe.

1. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken by Primal Plate butter chicken

2. Skirt Steak Fajitas by Prevention  

3. Slow Cooker Chicken Stew by The Earthy Mama slow cooker chicken stew

4. Mexican Chicken Stir Fry by Sweet C’s Designs stir

5. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Skinny Taste Chicken-Enchilada-Stuffed-Zucchini Would you like to try a FREE Week of MealFit?

6. Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps by The Comfort of Cooking
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7. One Pan Crispy Chicken Legs & Brussel Sprouts by So Let’s Hang Out
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Try some of these out! Comment below and tell us your favorite, or share your best one pot dish. Enjoy!

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5 Essentials for your home GYM

With the holiday season coming around, it’s important to watch your weight. If you haven’t got time to hit the gym due to family and friends visiting over the Christmas period, then fear not. You can still work out at home! Here are five of the best home gym solutions.

1. Pull Up Bar

Imagine being able to do pull-ups from anywhere in your home. Well, with a portable pull up bar you can do just that. The versatility of these products means that you can use it in the garage until you’ve set up a dedicated room in your home for gym activities. Or, even take it outside in the warmer, summer months to keep cool while working out. Either way, this can be a much cheaper alternative to a gym membership that will keep your arms, shoulders and back looking ripped. pu

2. Rowing Machine rowing Picking up a rowing machine can be pricey, but definitely worth it. What could be better than exercising and getting toned while sat down? A quick burst on the rowing machine can work wonders. Stick it in your garage, out of sight and just hop on when you’ve got half an hour to spare. These machines work your back, shoulders, biceps and pecs. So, you’re dealing with a lot of muscle groups here. If you are looking for some rowing workouts here are some great ones:text rowing  

3. Jump Rope

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This piece of equipment is probably the cheapest most compact item you could own. Not only is it essential for your home gym but it can be a part of your travel gym as well. It’s lower impact than jogging and you don’t have to leave the room to do it! Here are other benefits of jump roping:

• Full Body workout
• Do it anywhere
• Inexpensive
• Very portable
• Rocky does it in all his movies.

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If you are looking for travel workouts, here are some that involve a Jump rope and a Wall Ball text travel   Would you like to try a FREE Week of MealFit?

4. Med Ball

This will run you about $100 but is a great workout. You can do so many things other than just Wall Balls. You can do Med ball cleans, run with it, sit ups, and I could go on an on.

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5. Dumbbells

Waiting for the dumbbells at the gym can be a nightmare. Everybody wants the same set and once you’ve nabbed them you feel pressured to rush your workout. This doesn’t have to be the case. Get yourself a set of dumbbells for the home that are adjustable.
Any exercise you can do with a kettlebell you can do with a dumbbell. IMO you can also do other things with dumbbells that are not easy with Kettlebells. Love these things.

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Ultimately, any of these home gym solutions is going to revolutionize the way you exercise…Good luck, and stay FIT!

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5 Paleo Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes

We’re all busy and we all get hungry. Sometimes we get hungry and can’t wait very long to get our dinner.

It wouldn’t be a smart idea to go get fast food through a drive through because then we’ll binge on highly refined carbs, lots of sodium, and bad fat.

Below is a list of paleo meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Try them out next time you’re in a pinch!

1. Paleo Taco Salad (minus the taco)
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2. Paleo Chicken Tenders
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3. Grilled Mustard Sliders on Top of Fritter Cups
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4. Stuffed Squash
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5. Paleo Sweet and Sour Meatballs
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Kids are a SPONGE….Whats Inside yours?

So part of the fun of what I do with MealFit is exposing my kids to a healthier way of life. Teaching them HOW to eat right, teaching them what is good and bad for us and why. Lastly, teaching them HOW to do things in the kitchen. Cooking and preparing your own food is a skill that will benefit kids the rest of their lives.

Think about it, when you go to someones house what is the event centered around……?

What are we going to eat?

I want to teach my kids how to read a recipe, what foods are fats, carbs, and proteins. If they know what foods are what then it is easier to teach them what is good and not good.

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For Example: Johnna (who you may have seen on some videos) is 5 years old. Currently I am teaching her the differences in Fats, Carbs and Protein. No, We don’t sit down at the table after dinner and drill her with Macro-nutrient Flash cards. (although, that may not be a bad idea for a school teacher)
We do however spend 3-4 min at a time when we see a new food at the grocery store and talk about what it is. Fat? Protein? Carb? If it is a carb then what kind of carb..? Good carb? Bad Carb?
They say a kids learns HALF of everything they will know by the time they are 5. That tells me I need to be filling them with stuff that will make them a healthy citizen for many years to come.

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We also play games where we are driving in the car and I will say “What kind of food is a Avocado?” and she responds with “Fat” I praise her with a fist bump or “Great Job” and then I say

“What about a Steak?” “Protein”

Every now and then I throw in “What about a Doughnut?” She will say “Carbs” and I will respond with “What Kind of Carb” and if she takes her time she will say “Bad CARBS” I will then tell her how awesome she is and we will start a game of “I SPY”

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Folks, here is the deal….Fitness Starts in the kitchen, and the fact is, if kids are learning HOW to eat and WHAT to eat they are more likely to make wise decisions about an active lifestyle. They both go hand in hand
Education is as much of our problem in this country as anything. If we can educate our kids on all of the above we can hopefully shape a generation that is in better shape than the one we have now.

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Meatball Zucchini Skillet

This took a grand total of about 20 minutes with Prep and cook time.
Kids ate it up. Loved the Veggies and the Meat.
Perfect for busy families.

Ingredients:
• Grass-fed butter
• 1/2 large yellow onion
• 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (if using lean beef you may need to add an egg to hold the meatballs together)
• 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• 2 medium zucchinis
• 2 medium tomatoes
• sea salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
1. Put your skillet on medium-high heat.
2. Then dice your onions and add them to the skillet with 1-2 tbsp of butter. Saute for around 5 minutes until translucent.
3. While the onions are cooking take your grass-fed ground beef, Salt and Pepper and roll them into small 1 1/2 inch balls .Add the meatballs to the pan and cook for around 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally, flipping them over to get even cooking, and adding any additional butter if needed to prevent sticking
4. When the beef is cooking wash and dice up the zucchini and tomatoes. Add those to the skillet next along with the seasonings.
5. Place a lid over the skillet and reduce to medium heat. Cook for around 5 minutes then remove the lid, stir and put it back on top of the skillet. We cooked the beef and vegetables for another 5 minutes or so until tender, but keep checking them to see when they are done for you.
6. Finally plate up some of the meatballs and vegetables topping with salt and pepper as desired.