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Navigating the Holidays : How to Maintain your Healthy Lifestyle during the Holiday Season

Maintaining Healthy Habits during the Holidays

You work hard all year to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Morning meditations, healthy snacks, and daily movement has all become your new norm, but what happens when the holiday season rolls around? Don’t let the holidays derail your health and wellness routine this year. Instead, navigate the holidays with ease and maintain your healthy lifestyle with these five tips.


Rest Up.

The holidays can be stressful, so make sure you get plenty of rest. Ample amounts of sleep and relaxation will help keep your immune system strong. Having trouble relaxing? Try meditation, light stretching, simple yoga poses, herbal tea, or snuggle up with a good book. Take time for yourself during the holidays and don’t feel obligated to say yes to everything or everyone. Choose the activities that truly bring you joy like watching a classic Christmas movie with your family or catching up with your friends over hot cocoa.

Snack Smart.

Between holiday shopping, cocktail parties, and late night gift wrapping, it’s easy to ignore healthy meal options and order takeout, but don’t let the hustle and the bustle of the holidays keep you from properly fueling your body. Stock up on healthy snacks like apple slices and nut butter, granola, or chopped vegetables and homemade guacamole. Keep your fridge stocked or place your favorites in a small cooler in your car so you are never left empty handed and hangry.

Move It.

Skipping your daily sweat sessions at the gym can happen during the holidays, but there are other ways to work out. Take a long walk and enjoy the Christmas lights around your neighborhood, shovel snow from the driveway, or grab your pup for a game of frisbee at the local dog park. Even though the days are shorter, don’t let that stop you from moving your body and staying active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of movement every day and if you can, get outside for some fresh air, but be sure to bundle up in layers!

Indulge Mindfully.

Many of us associate the holidays with our favorite comfort foods, but unfortunately, many of these foods are packed with sugar and other processed ingredients. It’s okay to indulge in holiday treats, but remember to listen to your body and only eat and drink what you will truly enjoy. Science has proven we get the most satisfaction from the first 2-3 bites of a sweet or savory dish, so help yourself to small portions. If you get the urge to overindulge,  ask yourself if you really want seconds. If you do, go for it and enjoy every last bite guilt free, but you may be surprised how satisfied you feel with just those few first bites!

Be Present.

Many people, ourselves included, can easily get caught up in the holiday hype, but remember to take a deep breath (or two) and enjoy the present moment. The holidays only come around once a year and they are meant to be enjoyed, not spent stressed, frazzled, and counting down the days until January 2nd. Be present and embrace each and every moment of the holiday season because it truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Maintaining Healthy Habits during the Holidays

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8 Tips to Hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most delicious holidays and luckily for us, it’s right around the corner! Whether you are celebrating with family from far away or friends right next door, we are here to help you host a successful Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration!


Have a Head Count.

Whether you are hosting an intimate affair or a large elaborate celebration, make sure you have enough food and wine, especially wine, for all of your guests. Here is a handy chart to help you plan portions. *Courtesy of Whole Foods.


How to plan Thanksgiving Dinner

Delegate Dishes.

Hosting a big dinner like Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving can be a big under taking, even if you are a seasoned vet. Don’t be shy to delegate dishes to your guests. Whether it’s appetizers, side dishes, or desserts, have everyone help! Remember to be very specific when you designate dishes. No one wants three sweet potato casseroles showing up with no other side dishes. #ThanksgivingFail

Assign Seats.

You don’t need to create a seating chart, but if you feel like getting festive, create fall inspired name cards. Looking for something simple? Cover your table in brown packing paper, grab a gold marker, and write everyone’s name by their place setting. If you have extra space, add in some extra lines so your guests can write down what they are thankful for this year.

Repurpose Pumpkins.

Need decorations? No need to go overboard at a high end store. Use your leftover pumpkins and gourds from Halloween and repurpose them into a festive fall centerpiece like this. Be sure to double check all of them and make sure none of them are starting to mold!

Thanksgiving Day Decorations

Custom Cocktails.

Cheers! Create a custom cocktail for your guests to sip and savor all day long. Whether it’s hot apple cider or a hard cider sangria (yum) channel your culinary creative. Need some inspiration? Check out these 11 easy and delicious Thanksgiving cocktails from Food and Wine Magazine.

Tupperware and To-Go.

Since everyone’s eyes are bigger than their stomachs, you will most likely have leftovers. Don’t send everyone home empty handed! Stock up on tupperware and to-go containers beforehand so you can dish up to-go plates for all of your guests to enjoy the next day.

Free up the Fridge.

Speaking of leftovers, make sure you have enough room in your refrigerator to store any leftover dishes. Clear out the fridge a few days before the big day so you have an ample amount of space for any holiday leftovers.

Enjoy the moment.

Remember, Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving does not have to be perfect. There may be some hiccups along the way and that’s okay. At the end of the day, if you are surrounded by family and friends, you have a lot to be thankful for, and after all, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

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We're Rebranding!

Over here at Paleo Scavenger, we have been hard at work the past few months working on an exciting project, and we are so thrilled to finally share what we’ve been up to. Paleo Scavenger is proud to announce that we are rebranding!



Over the past three years, Paleo Scavenger has evolved, and so have we! During our personal health and wellness journey, we have come to realize that living a healthy lifestyle is more than just following a diet protocol, such as paleo. While we believe in the benefits the paleo lifestyle has to offer, this protocol can be intimidating and incredibly restrictive. We believe in living a healthy lifestyle that works for YOU and YOUR body. Not what some protocol says you can and cannot do.

Through our consumer research, we learned that many of our customers don't follow the paleo lifestyle, or even know what the word "paleo" means! That was an eye-opener for us. We learned that our customers eat our granola because it's a better snack alternative to the overly processed, sugar-filled granolas out there and because it tastes really good!

This revelation made us look within to understand if we are positioning our products in the best way possible to reach more customers like you. So, we will no longer silo our granola by defining it as "paleo." We are moving away from the name Paleo Scavenger and rebranding to Within Without.

Making healthy food choices and incorporating physical activity every day is a big part of leading a healthy lifestyle, but it is so much more than that. Leading a healthy lifestyle is physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. If you truly want to see changes in your life, you have to go within. If we don't start from within, we will go without. 


Still the Same Good for You Granola

Change can be scary for some people, even us, but we want to assure you we are still fiercely committed to delicious, better-for-you products made from premium ingredients. Our good for you granola is not going anywhere. Still the same granola, just a different name.

Our granola will still be:

  • Handcrafted
  • Delicious
  • Made from Real Food
  • Premium Good-for-You Ingredients
  • A Better-for-You Snack Option

We go within so we never go without

We want everyone to encounter the transformative experience of clean eating. We believe food should make you feel good, and that starts with listening to your body and nourishing it from the inside out. Within Without is honored to be part of your wellness journey because we think the best feeling is helping others in their pursuit to a healthy life. Look for our new packaging on store shelves later this year, and remember to take a shelfie with your bag of Within Without and tag us on social media at @withinwithoutsnacks!


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4 Fall Recipes to Fall in Love With

Fall is officially here and that means sweater weather, apple picking, and everything pumpkin. We’ve shared our favorite fall foods and today we want to share how you can make delicious, savory, and heart warming fall dishes.


Pumpkin Smoothie


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¾ cup cold brew coffee, optional
  • 2 T pumpkin puree
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Handful of ice
  • ¼ cup Paleo Scavenger Maple Pecan Granola

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with Maple Pecan granola.
  3. Drink immediately, or place in freezer for an hour for a milkshake consistency. Makes one serving.

     

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins



    Ingredients:

    • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
    • ⅓ cup maple syrup
    • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
    • 3 eggs, whisked
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • ¼ cup coconut flour
    • ½ tsp cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp nutmeg
    • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
    • ⅛ tsp powdered ginger
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
    • ¼ cup Paleo Scavenger Maple Pecan Granola

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Mix together wet ingredients in a bowl.
    3. In another bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
    4. Pour dry ingredients into wet and mix well.
    5. Fold in chocolate chips
    6. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or use a silicon muffin pan, and scoop batter into muffin pan. Makes about five muffins.
    7. Crumble Maple Pecan granola on top of muffins.
    8. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

    Recipe adapted from Paleomg Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
     


    Crockpot Chili



    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • ½ tsp paprika
    • ½ tsp ground mustard
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
    • 2 cups beef broth

    Directions:

    1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add onion and garlic. Cook until translucent. Add ground beef and cook until the meat is fully browned. Remove from heat and transfer with a slotted spoon into the crockpot.
    2. Add remaining ingredients to the crockpot. Cook for six hours on low heat.
    3. Enjoy!

    Apple Crisp



    Ingredients:

    • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
    • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or maple sugar, plus one tablespoon for the apple filling
    • 1/2 cup butter or ghee, plus two tablespoons for the apple filling
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1/4 cup coconut flour
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 T coconut sugar or maple sugar
    • ¼ cup Paleo Scavenger Original Granola


      Directions:

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
      2. Peel the apples and slice into thin pieces. Discard the cores. Place the chopped apples into a medium sized mixing bowl.
      3. Add the lemon zest and juice to the apples, stir to combine.
      4. Sprinkle 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice and 1 T of coconut sugar over the apples and stir to combine.
      5. Melt 2 T of ghee, and pour over the spiced apples. Stir to combine.
      6. Liberally grease a 9 inch pie pan, or baking dish with ghee, and pour the apples into the pan.
      7. In a food processor, add the almond flour, coconut flour, maple sugar, 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, salt, and ghee. Pulse until you create a ball of dough in the food processor.
      8. Crumble the dough over the top of the spiced apples. This dough isn't too crumbly, so you will want to place small pieces of the dough evenly over the top of the apples.
      9. Sprinkle the top of the crumble with the ¼ cup of Paleo Scavenger Original Granola.
      10. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
      11. Serve with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.
      Recipe adapted from Primal Palate Paleo Apple Crisp
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      Happy Fall!

      So long summer! Last Friday, September 22nd, we officially said goodbye to summer and hello to fall. As you may have already noticed, the sun is rising later in the morning and setting earlier. Don’t let the changing of the seasons dishearten you, your mindset, or your workouts! Instead, transition from summer to fall with ease and remember, No matter what the season, Paleo Scavenger Granola is always in season!

      Check out our suggestions below on how you can make a graceful transition from summer to fall both physically and mentally.

      Physically

      Fall WorkoutsLayer Up. Fall temperatures can dip low, especially in the early morning hours or later in the evening. Don’t let the cooler (and more welcoming) fall temperatures deceive you though. Grab an extra layer before you hit the pavement. You would rather lose a layer than wish you had one!

      Be Bright. Early morning workouts and later evening workouts mean working out in darker hours, so be smart and where light colored clothing so you can easily be seen by cars and other motorists. The brighter the better! Don’t be afraid to shine with some reflectors either.

      Enjoy the Rays. The summertime sunshine can be unbearable with the stifling heat and humidity, so take advantage of the cooler temperatures and grab some Vitamin D while you can!

      Mix It Up. Use the change of seasons for a change of workouts. Use this transition to try something new. Runner? Get your namaste on with some yoga. Gym rat? Go to a new boutique studio in your neighborhood.

      Move Indoors. Speaking of mixing up your workouts, don’t be afraid to move your workouts inside. Though fall weather is usually quite pleasant, some days can get pretty chilly. Don’t be afraid to move your workouts indoors to get your sweat on in a more enjoyable temperature.


      Mentally

      Stay Mentally Stimulated. Activities that keep us mentally stimulated bring us joy and are a great way to pass the time when the days get shorter and the temperatures drop. Take on a new hobby like reading, writing, or even rearranging your interior space. New activities will keep you mentally stimulated and actively engaged.

      Wardrobe Change. Wash all of your summer clothing and decide which pieces you want to keep for next summer and what pieces you want to donate. Then grab all of your fall clothing and do the same. Make a list of items you donate so you know what clothing you will need for the upcoming fall season.

      Find a New Routine. A new season brings with it a chance for a new routine. Make a list of what is most important to you (i.e. sleep, proper nutrition, exercise, scheduling down time, setting new goals, meditating, time with family and friends, leisure time, etc.) Then make a plan of how you can implement these items into the new season ahead.

      Wind Down. Society has trained us to constantly be in a state of doing, accomplishing, or “should-ing.” Resist the urge to always be active and follow Mother Nature’s lead by slowing down with some personal down time. Whether that means meditating, cozying up on the couch with a good book or movie, gazing at the crackling fire on the hearth, or taking a hot bath, take some time for you!

      Stock Up on Seasonal Foods. Fall means new seasonal fruits and vegetables. Revisit your meal plan and incorporate fall foods like squash, apples and root vegetables. Explore new recipes containing grounding foods and warming spices as we move into the cooler weather months. 

      Change is the only constant in life, but transitions don’t have to be painful. Transition gracefully from the free-spirited and care-free days of summer back to the structured routines of fall by embracing the seasonal change, planning accordingly, and shifting your perspective. Remember to design your new fall routine, both physically and mentally, with balance in mind. If you do this, you will set yourself up for a successful seasonal transition.

       

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      12 Fall Foods from the Farmer’s Market

      Summer is coming to a close, but the farmer’s markets are still open! As fall creeps in, you may notice less crowds at the beaches, cooler temperatures at night, and new foods at the farmer’s market. Here are the top 12 fall foods you will start seeing at your local farmer’s market as summer transitions into fall!


      Fall Foods
      Squash. Butternut Squash is the most popular variety, but look for a second kind of squash called Kabocha.
      How to Enjoy: Serve roasted as is or make a batch of spaghetti squash for an Italian themed dinner.

       

      Apples. Forget hauling heavy apples from the grocery store and instead opt for freshly picked apples straight from the farmer’s market.
      How to Enjoy: Enjoy fresh for a snack or bake them for a savory dessert. Add a dash of cinnamon and a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream for an after dinner sweet treat.

      Sweet Potatoes. Stock up on sweet potatoes for a sweet side dish. Microwaved, baked, or mashed, sweet potatoes are the perfect side for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
      How to Enjoy: Top with sage for a savory flavor or sprinkle cinnamon for an added touch of sweetness. You can even make homemade sweet potato chips!


      Acorn Squash. Acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms and peppers make for a colorful fall side dish for that weekend dinner party you are attending.
      How to Enjoy: Drizzle with your favorite topping like balsamic vinegar or honey then bake until caramelized for the perfect glaze topping.

      Pears. Pears are in their prime during the peak of fall, so grab a few to mix up your snacks for the week.
      How to Enjoy: Pears are the perfect snack or dessert. Treat them like you would apples, so eat them fresh or top with a sprinkle of crushed walnuts and bake for a festive fall dessert.

      Parsnips. Root vegetables like parsnips pair well with certain fruits, such as pears, but are also delicious on their own.
      How to Enjoy: Toss in olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite seasoning, like salt and pepper, parsley, or crushed red pepper flakes, and roast.

      Fall Foods from the Farmers Market




      Spinach and Kale. Swap your summer smoothie for a spinach and kale salad instead. Fall is no excuse to skip your greens, so get them in when you can!
      How to Enjoy: Enjoy raw in a salad or steamed for a dinner side dish. Top with fresh garlic and onion for an added touch of savory flavor.

      Cauliflower. Cauliflower is all the craze these days. Whether you enjoy steamed or mashed, cauliflower is a versatile veggie.
      How to Enjoy: Steam cauliflower then use a food processor to blend into a smooth batch of homemade cauliflower mash. Just like mashed potatoes, except healthier!

      Brussel Sprouts. Brussel sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and are great for a healthy gut. Stock up these on little guys and serve as a side dish or shredded on top of a salad.
      How to Enjoy: Slice in halves or quarters, then top with olive oil, salt and pepper, then roast until tender. They will melt in your mouth!

      Mushrooms. Mushrooms are packed full of vitamins, so don’t feel bad about splurging on an extra handful.
      How to Enjoy: Mushrooms will elevate your dish whether you are serving chicken, beef, or pork! You can even use them to create a mushroom gravy sauce.

      Celery Root. Celery can be a crunchy snack, but did you know you can also blend up the stalks and add it to dishes? Add a splash to your mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower for an added touch of subtle flavor!
      How to Enjoy: Take the traditional route and top with your favorite nut butter for a midday snack. Ants on a log anyone?

      Beets: Root vegetables like beets and parsnips are plentiful during the fall season and are easy to prepare.
      How to Enjoy: Like most veggies, you can eat them raw on a salad or roast them in the oven. However, avoid adding this vegetable to homemade broths or stews as these can create a bitter flavor.

      Remember, eating with the seasons is good for you and your health, so embrace the new produce appearing at your local farmer’s market this fall. Happy scavenging!

      Here’s how to navigate your local farmer’s market this weekend with ease.
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      10 Back to School Tips Everyone Can Use

      Back to School Tips with Paleo Scavenger GranolaWith the end of August comes the start of the back to school season.
      Whether you are a parent getting the kids ready for a new school year, a student gearing up for the fall semester, or a working professional ready to get back to a normal routine after summertime, Paleo Scavenger is here to give you our top ten tips for back to school!


      #1 Catch some zzz’s. Sleep is essential to everyone, especially children. Get your kids on a “back to school” sleep schedule two weeks before the first day of classes. Need to work on your own bedtime? Try a new nighttime routine. Turn off all screens an hour before bed and do something for yourself to relax and unwind. Whether it is curling up with a good book, meditating, or practicing a light yoga routine, pick something that you enjoy and try it out for a week or two. You may even find you sleep better.

      #2 Get Active. Parents, get your children involved in after school programs to keep them active. Whether it is football, volleyball, or a running club, get your kids moving! Make sure you get moving too. The holidays are only four short months away, so what better time to join a gym or sign up for classes at a local studio? There is still time for your New Year’s resolutions you made back in January. It’s never too late to get started.

      #3 Stock Up on Supplies. What’s the one thing children enjoy most about back to school season? Back to school shopping! Take an inventory of what supplies you already have on hand and make a list of new school supplies needed. Are you past the age where you need school supplies? Stock up on back to school supplies anyways! Whether it’s for your office or your home, take advantage of back to school deals. 5 notebooks for $2, don’t mind if we do!

      #4 Schedule Play Dates. All work and no play is not fun for anyone. Parents, make sure your kids have some fun play dates lined up for the first month of school so they have designated days with friends to look forward to. Play dates aren’t just for kids either. Plan a health and wellness date with your friend, significant other, or close family member. Stay in and cook a healthy dinner together or venture out into the community and try a new workout class at a local studio. Whether you are a kid or just a kid at heart, everything's better with friends.
      Back to School with Paleo Scavenger
      #5 Stay healthy. Cold and flu season is right around the corner. Make a conscience effort to make sure you and your family are all getting the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals. The best way to load up on those micronutrients is through real food, but you can always complement your healthy lifestyle with the addition of a multivitamin.

      #6 Plan and Prepare. Ask your children to pick out the next day’s outfit the night before to avoid the morning scramble to get out the door. Follow their lead and do the same for yourself. Whether you pack a gym bag, or lay out your office outfit, do your future self a favor and plan ahead.

      #7 Pack Lunches. Besides laying out clothes for tomorrow, pack everyone’s lunch the night before. That includes your office lunch too! Ask the children to help and make it a family affair. Be sure to stock up on healthy snack options like fresh fruit, nut butters, farmers market veggies, and chewy granola.

      #8 Wardrobe Update. As we transition from the warm summer months to the cooler months of fall, everyone can go through their current wardrobe and donate clothing items that no longer fit or are outdated. Take this opportunity to make room for new seasonal items that are in style.

      #9 Make Earth Day Everyday. Make sure everyone in your family has a reusable water bottle and glassware to use in their packed lunches. No need to bother with plastic bags, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap. Stock up and save the earth one packed lunch at a time! Just remind the kiddos to bring the glassware home and to not accidentally discard it after their lunch hour at school.

      #10 Stock up on Snacks. Hunger can strike anyone at any time and no one likes a hangry child, or adult for that matter. Stock up on healthy snacks for the house, your car, or office desk and never be left snack-less. Some of our favorites include a mix of healthy nuts like almonds and cashews, dried fruit, or homemade granola.

      Whether you are a kid heading back to the classroom, or an adult getting back into a routine, take advantage of back to school season and get back to the basics of creating a healthy lifestyle for both you and your family!

       

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      Active August

      Stay Active this August with Paleo Scavenger GranolaThe month of August is often referred to as the “dog days of summer.” The temperatures are rising, the humidity is intense, and every time you walk outside you just about melt, BUT you still want to stay active.

      Today we will be sharing with you some of our top recommendations on how you can stay cool and stay active during the dog days of summer.


      General Precautions for Outdoor Workouts in Hotter Weather:

      Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is always important, but especially during the intense heat and humidity of August.

      Less is more. We can appreciate a hard workout, but take it easy in warmer weather and build in rest breaks as needed.

      Seek Shade. We love our Vitamin D, but save the sun for when you aren’t trying to catch your breath in between burpees. Head for the shade, and hit the sun rays post-workout instead!

      Hot, hot, hot. Noon to 3pm is the hottest part of the day, so avoid outdoor workouts during those hours. Save your outdoor workouts for first thing in the morning or later in the evening. After dinner stroll anyone?

      Keep it light. Wear light colored, breathable clothing (we love wicking fabrics that dry fast to keep you cool!). Darker colors attract and absorb the sun and its heat, so stick to light colors and loose layers.

      Outdoor Summer Activities with Paleo Scavenger Granola

      Staying Active Outdoors:




      When participating in outdoor activities during the hot summer months, always be sure to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors!

      Swim. This one may seem obvious in the middle of summer, but swimming is a great way to stay cool and get in some physical activity.

      Walk. Take a walk early in the morning or later in the evening. Grab Fido or a friend and hit the nearest trail for some light cardio.

      Water Activities. If you live near a body of water (i.e. lake or ocean), see what water activities are offered like paddle boating, sailboating, or kayaking.

      Yoga. Most cities and towns offer outdoor classes like yoga or pilates. Some gym studios even move their workouts outdoors during the summer months. Check your city’s park district website and see what they offer during summer. Don’t forget to see what your local gym or fitness studio has scheduled either! 

      Bike. Take a spin on your bike under a shaded path or during a cooler time of day.


      Indoor Activities with Paleo Scavenger Granola

      Staying Active Indoors:



      If it's too hot to get outdoors, then stay active inside - there are plenty of ways if you get creative!

      Run errands.
      Grab your grocery list and your fitbit and head out for a day of errands. You will be getting your steps in, staying cool, and getting errands accomplished all at the same time. Look at you getting things done!

      Stay Home. Stay home and work out! Use a fitness app for on demand workouts (the Nike Training app is our personal fave). Use your own body weight or basic equipment like free weights and resistance bands. Don’t have any gym equipment at home? Grab some laundry detergent and start lifting! (Just make sure the cap is nice and tight.)

      Join a Gym. Most people start their gym memberships in January, but with only four short months away from the start of the holiday season, what better time to sign up for a membership package. It’s never too late to brush off those New Year’s resolutions!

      Meditate. Your body needs physical activity, but your mind needs a workout too. Find a cool spot inside and give meditation a try.

      Move. Whether you jump rope, have a dance party in the living room, or go up and down your basement stairs, there are plenty of ways to move while staying cool inside, you just have to get creative!

      How do you like stay active during the dog days of summer? Leave a comment below or tag us on social media so we can see how you stay active during the month of August!

       

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      Three Easy Breakfast Recipes for Summer

      Summer is officially here, which means the temperatures are heating up! Eating for the seasons means eating lighter foods that will not weigh you down during the hot summer months. Think fresh fruit, fresh salads, and smoothies. Yum! Today we are sharing three breakfast recipes that are perfect for the dog days of summer.

      Paleo Scavenger Granola Berry Tart RecipeBerry Tart
      Ingredients:
      1 - 1 ½ cups of your favorite Paleo Scavenger Granola (We recommend the Original)
      1 - 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
      1 cup of Greek Yogurt plain or vanilla
      1 - 2 cups of fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)


      Directions:

      1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
      2.) Place ¼ to ½ cup of Paleo Scavenger Granola into a small pan.
      3.) Add 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil then take the back of a spoon and press the Paleo Scavenger Granola into the baking dish to form a solid tart crust.
      4.) Place in the oven and bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.
      5.) Remove tart crust from oven and let cool.
      6.) Add desired amount of Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Serve immediately to avoid a soggy crust!


      Paleo Scavenger Granola Chocolate Chia Seed PuddingChocolate Chia Pudding
      Ingredients:
      2 tablespoons of chia seeds
      1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
      1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
      Pinch of sea salt
      Your favorite Paleo Scavenger Granola
      Fresh fruit - Your pick! (We recommend fresh berries from the local farmer’s market. Blueberries and raspberries are both in season!)

      Directions:
      1.) Mix the chia seeds, cocoa powder, unsweetened almond milk, and sea salt together in a bowl. Whisk until the cocoa powder has completely dissolved.
      2.) Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or until the mixture has thickened into a jelly-like texture.
      3.) Scoop into a glass and add desired layers of fresh fruit to create a colorful pattern.
      4.) Sprinkle with Paleo Scavenger Granola and top with a piece of fresh fruit for a final pop of color and flavor!

      Paleo Scavenger Granola Breakfast CookiesBreakfast Cookies

      Ingredients:
      1-2 cups of Paleo Scavenger Granola (We recommend the Original)
      ½ cup chocolate chips
      ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
      ½ teaspoon of sea salt
      2 ripe bananas, mashed
      ½ cup of nut butter (We recommend almond or cashew butter)
      ¼ cup of honey

      Directions:
      1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
      2.) In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients: Paleo Scavenger Granola, chocolate chips, cinnamon and sea salt.
      3.) In a second bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients: mashed bananas, nut butter and honey.
      4.) Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and mix thoroughly.
      5.) Spoon cookie batter onto baking sheet. Remember to spray your cookie sheet with coconut oil or line with parchment paper to avoid a kitchen disaster!
      6.) Sprinkle with shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes for an added taste of summer.
      7.) Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around the edges.
      8.) Remove from the oven. Let cool and enjoy!

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      Health and Wellness Podcasts

      Health and Wellness Podcasts
      Here at Paleo Scavenger, we believe in mindfulness. It’s all about listening to the most important voice in your life, your body’s!

      However, it doesn’t hurt to listen to other health and wellness experts throughout your own journey to health.

      Today we are sharing our favorite health and wellness podcasts to enhance your mind and accompany you on your own journey to living a healthy and happy life.


      The Well and Balanced Podcast
      The Well & Balanced Podcast
      New episodes debut every Wednesday
      The Well & Balanced Podcast is hosted by three besties, Chelsea Gross, Melanie Morton, and Brooke Perlman. Holistic practitioners and self-proclaimed wellness junkies, these three women discuss all things health and wellness. From food, fitness, lifestyle, and everything in between, nothing is off limits. These ladies believe in a holistic and balanced approach to life and understand the power of self love over dietary dogma. Join them each week as they share their insights from their own health journeys to help you live a well and balanced life of your own! Catch our founder, Brittany, on this week's episode talking all things entrepreneurship and what wellness means to her.


      Fed and Fit PodcastFed + Fit Podcast
      New episodes debut every Monday
      Join Cassy Joy Garcia, Nutrition Consultant, as she empowers healthy lifestyle transformations through clear nutrition science and delicious Paleo-friendly foods. Join her each week on her podcast, Fed + Fit, as she discusses topics ranging from bioindividuality to business to blogging. Cassy conducts interviews with some of the leading experts in the field of health and wellness, like Robb Wolf, and also hosts Q & A’s with listeners just like you! If you have ever wanted a podcast that covers mindset, meal prepping, and more, then this is the podcast for you! Cassy’s positive energy and bubbly personality are absolutely contagious you cannot help but tune in each week.
      The Balanced Blonde Soul on Fire PodcastThe Balanced Blonde - Soul on Fire Podcast
      New episodes debut every Wednesday
      Jordan Younger, commonly known as “The Balanced Blonde,” hosts her very own podcast, “Soul on Fire.” Here, Jordan discusses life as a young entrepreneur and yogi living in LA. Podcast topics include Jordan’s life as a professional blogger, wellness hacks, friendships, branding, building a business, nutrition tips, and living a life you are passionate about. Join Jordan as she interviews leaders in the health and wellness field as well as close friends and family members. Listening to an episode of the Soul on Fire Podcast is like curling up on the couch and talking to your best friend. The interviews are very conversational, casual, and most importantly fun!

      PaleOMG PodcastPaleOMG Uncensored
      New episodes debut every Saturday
      Founder of the blog, PaleOMG, Juli Bauer discusses all sorts of things: fitness, fashion, beauty, travel, and oh yeah, all things Paleo. Now don’t get us wrong, we aren’t fans of this podcast just because it has “Paleo,” in the title. No, it’s more than that! PaleOMG is all about living a well rounded, happy, and healthy life inside and out, and isn’t that what it’s all about? There is actually life outside of the gym and kitchen and we couldn’t agree more, which is why we are fans of PaleOMG. Juli’s candor and tell-it-like-it-is attitude will leave you laughing and learning all at the same time!

      The Nourished PodcastThe Nourished Podcast
      New episodes debut every Tuesday
      Best friends Shawn Mynar (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner) and Meg Doll (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) chat about real food, real health, and real happiness. Both Shawn and Meg have healed themselves from ailments including eating disorders, imbalanced hormones, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders all through their diet and they want to help others do the same. In The Nourished Podcast, these ladies cover a wide range of topics related to a Ketogenic lifestyle, self-love, balanced hormones, recipes, as well as interviews with key leaders in the health and wellness industry. Shawn and Meg go in-depth to listener questions and give detailed responses to all of your health questions. Nothing is off limits, so tune in!

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