Paleo-Friendly Meals for CrossFit Athletes

August 27, 2013 | Michelle Grant

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The Paleo Diet, with its mantra "If the cavemen didn't eat it, you shouldn't either," has become increasingly popular with CrossFit athletes. It's not hard to understand why. Both programs are about eating healthy and working out intensely. They celebrate the benefits of a diet low in sodium and carbs and high in lean protein. And with their stringent demands and devoted bands of practitioners, they appeal to athletes looking for structure and a sense of belonging to an elite group.

But the Paleo Diet can get pretty bland if you're not a creative cook—or if you're just too busy with CrossFit training to take the time to plan meals. Here are some Paleo-inspired recipes to help mix things up, courtesy of Tessemae's All Natural CEO Greg Vetter, who happens to be an avid CrossFit practitioner.

Tessemae Paleo Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 3 organic chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • 3 sliced yellow onions
  • 3 bell peppers cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp Tessemae's Mediterranean Roasted Garlic Spread
  • 3/4 cup Tessemae's Southwest Ranch
  • Tessemae's Hot Sauce
  • Organic butter-lettuce leaves

Directions:

  • In a bowl, combine chicken, onions, bell peppers, garlic spread and southwest ranch
  • Mix
  • Heat large skillet or wok on medium heat
  • Add mix and cook until chicken is done and veggies are soft
  • Use butter lettuce as wrap for fajitas and serve with hot sauce

Avocado-Bacon Omelets

Ingredients:

  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 4 eggs

Directions:

  • Cook bacon until crisp
  • While bacon is cooking, cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop the flesh into a bowl and mash it up, but not too fine—a little texture is nice
  • Add onion and cilantro to avocado
  • When the bacon is done, drain it, crumble or snip it and stir it in
  • Make your omelets one at a time, using half the avocado mix in each
  • Top with hot sauce, if desired

Grilled Salmon With Tomatoes & Basil

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a "side of salmon," about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat grill to medium
  • Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon of salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef's knife or a spoon until a paste forms
  • Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil
  • Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary
  • Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet
  • Coat the foil with cooking spray
  • Place the salmon, skin-side down, on the foil and spread the garlic mixture on the salmon
  • Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil
  • Overlap the tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 of teaspoon salt and pepper
  • Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill and grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes
  • Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the grill to a serving platter
  • Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup of basil

What's your favorite Paleo diet recipe? Submit it below!

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Topics: CROSSFIT
- Michelle Ann is a fitness enthusiast and former newspaper contributor. She is currently training for her first marathon.
- Michelle Ann is a fitness enthusiast and former newspaper contributor. She is currently training for her first marathon.
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