Paleo Emergency Kit & Steve’s Original Giveaway!

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If nothing else, Hurricane Sandy was a sobering reminder for the NomBomb clan to finally cobble together an emergency preparedness kit. I’m not proud to admit that if it weren’t for the disaster in the Northeast, I probably would’ve never gotten off my butt. A round of applause, please.

Here’s some of what I stuck in a big, sturdy plastic bin, and why:

  • Bottled water. I broke open a case from Costco, and stuck some of ‘em in our chest freezer so I’d have some ready-made, dual-purpose ice packs to keep our meat cold in the event of a power outage.
  • A case of canned beef. To be honest, I have no idea what this meat tastes like, and it’s not exactly the highest-quality stuff. But hey — the only ingredients are beef and salt; in the event of a major emergency, this stuff will suffice. You can even stock up on canned bacon if you want. Still, I kinda hope I never have to break open these cans.
  • Macadamia nuts — partly because they’re low Omega-6 nuts, but mostly because I don’t think I could live without them.
  • Coconut flakes, coconut oil, and coconut butter. I’m cuckoo for coconut.
  • Almond butter in single-serve packets. Easy, on-the-go protein is a must — especially if you find yourself on the run from zombies.
  • Canned fish (sardines, tuna, and salmon). Whether they come packed in olive oil or water, these portable, shelf-stable fishes are fantastic snacks.
  • Freeze-dried fruit. Super-light and easy to store.
  • Canned organic sweet potato purée — just don’t forget to pack a can opener, too!
  • Kale chips and SeaSnax. The world may be collapsing all around you, but face it: You’ll probably still want to munch on something crunchy. 
  • Ghee. We all love using ghee as a cooking fat, but did you know that you can also eat it straight-up with a spoon? Call me weird, but I enjoy its sweet, nutty flavor.
  • Dark chocolate. Duh.
  • Assorted jerky (beef, tuna, and chicken) and PaleoKits. Henry makes a mean jerky with a deli slicer and a food dehydrator, but when it comes to prepping for a Worst Case Scenario, we’re turning to the pros. 
Yeah, we also packed up a bunch of batteries, a first-aid kit, and a solar-powered (and hand-crank) radio+cell phone charger+flashlight thingamabobber. But this is a food blog, so I won’t bore you with details about the non-edible items in our emergency kit.
Need more tips about preparing for Mother Nature’s next smackdown? Check out these posts over yonder:

What? You need even more of an incentive? How about a discount code for purchases from Steve’s Original? Just use the coupon code nomnomgiveaway between now and November 14, 2012 for a 10% discount off your online purchase!

Yes — you read that correctly — I said “giveaway.” For you lazy sons o’ guns who don’t want to bother shopping in preparation for the apocalypse, you can enter for a chance to win a cool batch of shelf-stable goodies from Steve’s Original.

Y’all know about Steve’s Original, right? Not only does the company make some of the yummiest jerky and Paleo snacks known to humankind, it also funds Steve’s Club — a not-for-profit organization that supports inner city youth through exercise and nutrition.

And if that doesn’t convince you, let me just say this: PALEOKRUNCH.

Seriously, I love this stuff and I know you will (or already do), too!

So — what’s up for grabs?

One of my lucky readers will win a Steve’s Club Sampler which includes:

  • 1 Grassfed Small PaleoKit
  • 1 Coconut Small PaleoKit
  • 1 GF PaleoStix
  • 1 GF Just Jerky
  • 1 GF PaleoStix with Spinach
  • 1  PaleoKrunch bar
  • 1 PaleoKrunch Cereal Cinnamon
  • 1 Ginger Cilantro Dressing PaleoChef
  • 1 Maple Mustard Dressing PaleoChef
  • 1 Tomato Balsamic Dressing PaleoChef
  • 1 Mixed Berry PaleoChef
  • 1 Peach BBQ PaleoChef
  • 1 Dried Blueberries
  • 1 Dried Strawberries
Phew! That’s a lot of tasty rations, right?
**UPDATE ON 11/13/12: THE CONTEST IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO STELLAR_PUNK!**

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win this prize package:

  1. Sign up for the Steve’s Original newsletter at the bottom of the company’s homepage;
  2. Like the Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan page; and
  3. Leave just ONE comment at the end of this blog post letting me know you followed the directions by Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 9pm PST.

(Sadly, Tumblr — which hosts my site — restricts this contest to U.S. residents over the age of 18. Apologies to my super-awesome international readers!)

And don’t be selfish — hit “Share This” below and tell your friends to get in on this giveaway. Sharing is caring, right?

Remember — everyone wins because you can save 10% on all of Steve’s goodies by using the coupon code: nomnomgiveaway between now and November 14, 2012. So stock up your emergency kit NOW!

Good luck! 

Paleo Eats: 5/31/11

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Our busy 3-day weekend left me kind of discombobulated this morning. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it was actually Tuesday instead of Monday and I’ll be returning to work tomorrow night. In other words, I didn’t get my act together to pre-cook a bunch of meals for my upcoming workweek. Oh well.

For breakfast, I fried up some mini chicken apple sausages and ate them with leftover broiled asparagus and diced avocado sprinkled with Aleppo pepper and salt.

After my women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto, I ate half a baked yam and some organic roast chicken deli meat.

At lunchtime, I reheated some leftover braised Thai green curry and nuked some frozen broccoli.

I followed this up with ½ a bag of coconut flakes. No joke.

In the afternoon, the kids and I went to Fraiche yogurt and I treated myself to a full-fat plain Greek yogurt with toasted unsweetened coconut and diced strawberries.

Yes, newbies to the blog, I do eat full-fat dairy on occasion. No angry missives, please.

When we came home, there was a parcel on the doorstep from Steve’s Original.

I can’t wait to try all the goodies that came in the package!

The first thing I tasted was the PaleoKrunch cereal.

Wow! It was yummy, coconut-y, crunchy, and honey-sweetened. My kiddies LOVED it!

Yes, it has seeds in it (high omega-6 content) but we’re not going to eat it all the time.

Initially, I was a little hesitant to buy PaleoKits because they contain sunflower oil but after reading Steve Liberati’s detailed explanation on the CrossFit Discussion Board, I don’t have an issue with it. Plus, every purchase at Steve’s Originals benefits Steve’s Club National Program — which is an awesome cause.

For dinner, I roasted some broccoli in the oven and made a quick stir-fry with diced spigarello and leftover emergency protein.

Although I’m not looking forward to returning to work tomorrow night, I AM excited to drink more Phil’z coffee during my workweek. I need it. Really, I do.