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Growing the Guns

So as I mentioned in my post yesterday, Saturday is my self-control recharge day. I usually go into the gym for a nice deadlift workout before I begin my day of binging, but I just wasn’t up to it today.

Actually, I realized I need a full de-loading week. I usually try to wait till a vacation to take a week off, but with no vacations planned for the near future, I’m just going to be taking next week off from weights. It is always hard taking time off when you are still in the gym 24/7, but hey it’s necessary. (Tomorrow I will post a nice little video about foam rolling!)

Anyway, today for one of my cheat treats, I made chocolate coconut whipped cream for our coffee. Can you say DELICIOUS!?!

Chocolate Coconut Whipped Cream

Chocolate coconut whipped cream in a mug Ryan made for me with some delicious breakfast potatoes and grapefruit!

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic grass-fed heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup Trader Joe’s coconut milk

Whip cream and coconut milk together until the mixture starts to thicken. Add in cocoa powder and continue blending until the thick consistency of whipped cream (takes about 5-8 minutes depending on what level the mixer is on).

If you need a bit of sweetness, add in a tsp of powdered sugar. I don’t find it necessary but it won’t kill you either!

Our breakfast was also delicious. Occasionally, I add in potatoes on Saturday and today’s breakfast potatoes were delicious.

The Meat Lover’s Breakfast Potatoes

The Meat Lover's breakfast potatoes and half a grapefruit. YUM!

1 potato
1/2 lbs The Meat House Lamb Merguez
1/2 onion
1 tsp cumin
2 slices of nitrite free bacon
1 oz Chorizo (Nitrite-free from the Meat House!! Our latest discovery!)
1 tbsp Duck fat (courtesy of The Meat House)
Chili powder, salt and pepper to taste
3 cage-free, omega-3 eggs

Brown the bacon and onion with cumin in a skillet. Add duck fat and potatoes. Once the potatoes start to brown, add merguez and chorizo.

Once mixture is cooked, divide onto plates. Cook eggs in grass-fed butter and place over breakfast potatoes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili powder.

Since I’ve provided you with recipes to help grow the guns, I think it is now appropriate to show you some true Man Biceps!

Heather's awesome bicep! A dedicated runner who can appreciate the benefits of weight training!

A pre-birthday bicep picture from Kristen who recently started weight training!

And last but not least…an early St. Patty’s day bicep from Alyson…

Her bicep says "Lucky." 🙂 LOVE IT!

Yummy in my tummy

Cooking – whether you love it or hate it, it is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle.

And really, it doesn’t have to be painful!

So to encourage people to cook, and to prove just how easy it is to make delicious meals on Primal/Paleo, I’ve decided to start a Recipe Box section of Man Bicep!

I plan to post a recipe each week (if you have any requests, let me know!). There will be quick and easy recipes, breakfast recipes, dinner recipes and yes…even dessert recipes!

So let the chowing down begin! Here are two wonderful recipes to start you off! I actually had these yesterday on my Primal cheat day for Breakfast number 1 and 2…yes, I did in fact eat two breakfasts yesterday.

Recipe #1

The Chocolate-Coconut Protein Shake

It is a great option for a quick snack or breakfast!


1-2 scoops of Chocolate Whey Protein
1/3 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup chilled water

Add all ingredients to shaker and mix well!

For this recipe, I use Trader Joe’s light coconut milk because it has nothing added to it. I also like Optimum whey protein. I like the taste and it doesn’t have any carbs.


Recipe #2

The Lamb Merguez Egg Scramble

This is a great breakfast, or even a quick dinner, option. It takes about 15 minutes to make.


1/2 lbs Fresh Lamb Merguez (courtesy of The Meat House)
3 oz Smoked Duck Breast (again…thank you Meat House!)
5 Eggs
2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde
2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Tomatillo & Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa
Sprinkling of Trader Joe’s Grass-fed Cheddar Cheese
Tablespoon of Mitchell’s Chili con Queso (courtesy of The Meat House)

Fully cook the Lamb Merguez and then add the smoked duck, eggs and salsas. Scramble together on medium heat. Then scoop the egg scramble onto a plate. Add some extra salsa, some cheese and a dollop of queso. Serve with a side of veggies or fruit!

We use the Meat House and Trader Joe’s products because they actually are all natural. There are no vegetable oils or gluten fillers added to any of their stuff. The queso is also just salsa and full-fat cream cheese and cheddar cheese. The eggs are cage-free from Trader Joe’s as well.

This is just one of Ryan’s wonderful breakfast scrambles…more to come soon!!

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