Inspired Fitness Gear Speed Jump Rope Review

I am always trying to find the best way to workout.  It’s not because the ways I workout right now are bad, it’s just I am always looking for the most efficient and effective way to workout no matter where I am. Besides, it’s nice to change it up from time to time to make sure that all of your muscles get worked differently instead of only a handful by doing the same exercise consistently.

One thing I have wanted to add to my arsenal is jump rope, but I have a terrible time using a jump rope and could never understand why. Apparently it has to do with the type of jump rope that I was using. I have a rope type with wooden handles, which seemed like the right kind since it was so well made, but I have a terrible time because I have to double wrap the rope around my hands when I jump because of the length, plus it is heavier than I need. How did I find this out? From my new jump rope.

I got a new jump rope from Inspired Fitness Gear and it is so much better and easier. It is a wire frame with a plastic cover, and you can actually move the stopper to make it the right length for you. Plus it is super light, so I can actually jump more consistently. Below is my video review for a look at the item, but I am very happy with it and surprised at how much of a difference the right jump rope can make.


Also, as an added bonus, they have created a coupon code for my readers to get $2.50 off of the purchase of their jump rope by using the coupon code AF10YEAH when you get it on Amazon. A very good deal indeed. Let me know your thoughts on the Jump Rope, and this great deal!


**I did get this jump rope for free as a review copy, but this is my completely unbiased and truthful review of the product.

The Best Price on Paleo Jerky

Beef_jerkyI am currently looking at jerky options. One of my go-to quick lunches at work when I don’t have the time to sit down to eat, but have to work on the go, is a version of my DIY Primal Pacs that pair with nuts and dried fruit for a good, quick lunch. But I have almost run through my stash of jerky, and am trying to figure out what the best deal would be for replenishing my stockpile. I am sure that making my own would be the cheapest, and I plan to do that in the next couple of weeks, but there are those times where you know that isn’t possible and need something store bought to get you through. So I am compiling a price per ounce on jerky at some of the various jerky suppliers. Some have more of a variety of flavors, and others have just one product, but this will give you some options to look at, and this doesn’t include shipping/tax since that will vary depending on how much you get and where you live.

Primal Pacs – $36.75/15oz = $2.45/oz
Tanka Bites – $29.17/18oz = $1.62/oz
Steve’s Paleo Goods Paleo Jerky – $6.95/2.5oz = $2.78/oz
US Wellness Meats Jerky – $12.59/8oz = $1.57/oz
Caveman Fuel – $12/4oz = $3/oz
Grassfed Jerky Chews – $7/2oz = $3.50/oz
Nicks Sticks – $19.50/6oz = $3.25/oz
Paleo Ranch – $53.76/18oz = $2.99/oz
WellFood Co – $39.49/12oz = $3.29/oz
The New Primal – $7.59/2oz = $3.80/oz

Looks like to me that US Wellness Meats has really gotten their costs down to a very manageable  price for the consumer and win this battle easily.

Now, if you’re looking for good jerky that is not necessarily grassfed, but still gluten-free, here are a few that I have used before with success.

Krave Jerky – $7/3.25oz = $2.15/oz
Kirkland Signature Steak Strips – $10.58/12oz (possibly less at the actual store)= $0.88/oz
Kirkland Signature Pork Strips – $12.69/20oz = $.064/oz

Now, keep in mind that if I buy grassfed beef of something like flank steak, it is about $12/lb, so you are looking at around $.75/oz for that plus seasonings and sauces may get you to $.80/oz. But considering it would pull away all of the liquid you are probably going to be closer to $1.50/oz after the process is done. Not to mention you did it yourself, so that is definitely the most economical, and safest, way to go about it, you just have to devote the time to do so.

Are there any that I missed? Are there any good options out there that I totally skipped somehow? Let me know and I’ll try to add them to the list.

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Recipe Review

I know I mentioned before how we used to not think too much about what our children ate, as long as it wasn’t too bad for them and they were able to get full. But now that our mindset has changed, it is still hard to get the thoughts of cinnamon rolls and monkey bread out of the mind of my daughter as she still thinks about the tasty packaged food that we used to partake in multiple times a week. One thing that I hadn’t found as a good option was a good Paleo cinnamon roll recipe. There is the anti-paleo gluten free cinnamon roll recipe that I use from time to time that uses the Bob’s Red Mill Pizza Dough mix as the base, but it obviously isn’t ideal. I somehow came across a recipe for Paleo Cinnamon Rolls sometime back and decided to give them a shot. It was from an email newsletter that my dad had forwarded to me since he knew this was one recipe I had been looking for. I am very happy with the results. Unfortunately it isn’t on the site and I don’t feel comfortable posting it since it is part of an overall book, but I’ll link to the site and to the site that sent out the original newsletter in hopes you can find the recipe.


I know it isn’t perfect, but goodness they were tasty. Again, not the exact same as the cinnamon rolls we used to get, but very tasty and the kids thought they were in heaven!

The next time though, I need to remember to roll them tighter so that I don’t have them fall apart at the bottom like you can see in the pictures. Leaving room in between layers does not do well for shaping the Roll.

Paleo Cinn Rolls

Paleo Hot and Sour Soup Recipe Review

We love oriental food in our house. We love thai, japanese, chinese, we even had some korean food a few weeks ago that was very tasty. But there is something accessible and comforting about standard chinese soups. My favorite is egg drop soup, and my wife loves hot and sour or wonton soup. A few nights ago, she said, “I sure wish that we could go get chinese food, I would love some soup.” So, me being the loving husband I am, I started looking over the internet for a soup hot and sour soup recipe we could have. Mind you, this was at around 8:30pm when the kids were in bed, so this was not a planned meal in the slightest, yet somehow we had almost all of the ingredients for some Paleo Hot and Sour Soup, with a few substitutions.


I told my wife, “It will take about 30 minutes to make, or I can go get some soup which will take an equal amount of time, and we already have everything”. I was off by about 30 minutes, but i’m sure this tasted better than anything from the store.  We both really liked it. We did not have bamboo shoots, pork, sherry or red wine vinegar, so we left our the bamboo, substituted chicken strips, and used rice vinegar, and it came out fantastically. We normally make a Tom Kha soup when we do oriental because the kids like it so much, but my wife thought this was better overall. The kids and I still like the Tom Kha better, but it was a nice change of pace, and I definitely will be keeping the recipe handy for future use.

Paleo Pals Anytime Cookies Review

My daughter is almost 5 years old and for the first 4 years of her life, we allowed her to have a lot of sweets and a lot of standard fare, but this past year we have really tried to focus on nutrient density in a lot of her foods, and if the food doesn’t have a nutritional benefit, then we try to stay away from it. I know this is hard for her as she has seen both sides of the fence, so I am trying any way I can to get her to understand why we are making the choices that we are. And one of the ways I am doing this is by introduction kid oriented Paleo books, Eat like a Dinosaur and Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship.

In each book, there is a good assortment of recipes specifically for kids, where they can help with most of the steps for preparation. My daughter especially loves the Paleo Pals book because it is about super heroes and has lots of good recipes. One of the recipes is a cookie called an Anytime Cookie that is made of whole foods, and isn’t overly sweet. So it truly can be consumed anytime without fear of blood sugar drops hours later.

anytime cookies

They really didn’t take much time at all to put together since it was just a mix and cook process. I really thought they were good, and the rest of the family did too. Now, the next day they weren’t near as good because they were a little mushy from the moisture trapped in the container. Still had the same flavor, but the texture turned my kids off as it was too squishy to be a typical cookie. We actually had these and some bacon for breakfast while we ran out to yard sales.

We will definitely make these again, but I need to try and find a way to keep them crunchy, as I think this would make it an even bigger hit with the little ones.

Maple Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Review

We have a method for making brussel sprouts, but sometimes you want to see what else is out there and see if you are missing something. We love the brussel sprout recipe that we use, but wanted something new. So we came upon a Brussel Sprout recipe that uses bacon, dijon mustard, and maple syrup.

maplesproutsWe liked this recipe. I liked it more than my wife. My wife really likes the one we typically use, so it’s hard to change her mind on things like that. My daughter on the other hand said “Is there bacon in with the brussel sprouts?” as soon as she saw it and gave out an excited yell. She loves her bacon.

We added just a little bit of garlic powder to the sprouts, which we thought was a nice addition to an already tasty dish.


Paleo Toasted Ravioli with Yucca Batter Recipe Review

I remember having my dad buy huge cans of ravioli when I was younger as that was one of the few things I could fix on my own that I really liked eating. So I pretty much lived on Chef Boyardee when I got home from school. But since going Paleo, ravioli hasn’t really been on my radar. But I saw a great recipe for toasted ravioli on Predominantly Paleo that peaked my interest.

I know i’ve said it before, I am not a chef, so many times, flavor totally trumps the way a dish looks for me. This is one of those times.

toasted ravioli

Now, while they don’t look too bad, the size was our main issue. Rather than having little bite sized raviolis like the original recipe, we had palm-sized raviolis that were filled with goodness.

We really liked this recipe. Again, it didn’t turn out exactly like we wanted since our sizes were significantly more than the original, but the flavor was fantastic! Plus, dipping it in tomato sauce added a lot of flavor and juiciness that you would expect to get from an Italian dish.

And it was very interesting using Yucca batter for the first time. For those of you who don’t know, Yucca is a root, similar to potato or something else that is crazy looking and typically avoided in the produce area of your grocery store, shunned to the corner with ginger and horseradish root.

You chop and boil the yucca root, then put it in a blender to mash together with oil, and it actually turns into a type of dough. How Jennifer at Predominantly Paleo figured this out is beyond me. But it is really a great grain-free option that works very well. We plan to do a lot more with her yucca recipes as it’s a nutritious way to make dough for things like this.

A couple of things I will do differently next time are make the raviolis smaller, obviously, and in the middle of yucca root is a spine that you have to pull out after it is pulverized or boiled, and I may see if I can “core” it instead to make the whole process work a bit better, because it is a pain to remove it out of the existing batter that has small pieces that may get missed and the kids may find while eating. Not a good combination at all.

Paleo Monkey Bread Review

So, pre-Paleo, Monkey bread was a standard at our house. We would have it around once a month, and our entire family would engage in the tastiness that is Monkey Bread. Unfortunately a typical Monkey bread recipe calls for 3 cans of standard biscuits broken into pieces. Obviously that isn’t going to fly in a Paleo diet where you are trying to use real foods, plus the vast amounts of gluten would likely cause me to not feel good for a couple of weeks afterward!

So, what did I do? I combed the ‘nets to find a Paleo Monkey Bread recipe. Luckily I didn’t have to look far since Paleo Parents had one ready to go.

Monkey Bread

This was something we have done without for some time, but will now be available to us when we want it. It was really fantastic and we were really happy with the results. The kids thought it was awesome. It is not health food since it does have a combination of dates, honey, and sugar, but it is a much better option than the original version. I told my wife it was kind of like eating dark chocolate when you are used to the standard milk chocolate. It’s very tasty, and very rich, just not as mouth-puckeringly sweet.  We even did the no-egg version noted below the recipe of using coconut milk and baking soda for the fluffiness and it was fantastic!

One thing I will do differently next time is, in steps 7 and 10 call for you putting the “icing” mixture on the bottom of the pan, and then put more on top of the bread mixture. I will probably put it between the various levels of batter to give a more even taste. Otherwise you might end up with a caked mess that is of no use to you in the bottom of your bundt pan even after your bread has come out, kind of like I did.


Paleo Glazed Blueberry Biscuits Review

blueberrybiscuittrayI have said before that I am not a cook, nor do I play one on TV. But I can follow instructions and typically have things come pretty close to the recipe, even if it isn’t perfect.

blueberrybiscuitsflatThis, on the other hand, is not even close. Do you see how flat these things are? And how the color is completely off too. These are not your typical biscuits. I wanted this recipe to work so badly because these Glazed Blueberry Biscuits are a copycat recipe to emulate Bo-Berry biscuits from Bojangles, one of my favorite treat foods of all time.  Plus it only had a few ingredients in it and the picture looked really nice too. But now I think that the the picture is of someone else’s dish, and not the author’s because I was away off.  I used coconut sugar since I am Paleo, as they say in the recipe, so that is probably why the color is so brown versus more of a white. But there is no reason for them to be this flat when compared to the recipe.  I thought they tasted pretty decent, but the rest of the family couldn’t get past the presentation of the brown blobs with sugar on top.

I think I’ve determined that coconut flour bread recipes just aren’t ideal unless there is another flour in the mix as well.  So, from here forward I’ll likely look for recipes that have a mix of coconut and almond or something else to see if that makes it a little more wheat-like. I have tried banana bread with it as well, and while it works decently, it still isn’t quite as smooth as gluten-containing bread.
I definitely won’t be doing this again anytime soon, though I think if I could get them to rise a bit more and not be so spongy, it might be more likely.

Babycakes Donut maker and Cake Donuts Review

Glazed Donuts
Notice there is already one missing…

I’ve said from the beginning, we are paleo, but that doesn’t mean we don’t do things from time to time that aren’t paleo, but still gluten free.

When my family went to Orlando last year, we stopped by Downtown Disney and got a few things at Babycakes NYC. Babycakes is a vegan bakery, and the majority of their items are gluten free as well. My wife raved about the donuts, so, of course, i was on a mission to find her donuts that met the same standards. Up to this point, I have failed. But a couple of weeks ago, Walmart had their Babycakes mini donut maker for less than $10, so that was the last straw in deciding to buy the actual Babycakes Cover the Classics cookbook, that contained the recipe. They were heavenly. I made mostly vanilla glazed, but some chocolate ones too. Both glaze recipes were from the babycakes recipe book.

Chocolate DonutsThe kids thought they were awesome too and have been having them as their snacks for the past few days. We even had family over and they liked them! It is definitely a hit. And they were so easy with the little maker. Baby girl helped me mix the ingredients together, then I simply stayed in the kitchen area to drop more batter in every few minutes when a batch of donuts was finished. The easiest baking I think I’ve ever done. Even if you don’t do gluten free, you should try the recipes from this cookbook. They are great and I’m sure I will be doing more sooner than later.  Now, to find a good Paleo donut recipe to put this maker through its paces…