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10 Aug

Contest: Primal Post-Its

The Prize:

Another pair of Vibram Fivefingers! If you’ve read Mark’s Daily Apple at all in the last few years, you probably know how much we love these things. In fact, several Daily Apple all-stars are featured in the Vibram Fivefingers fan blog. The winner will receive a choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers.

The Contest:

Originally inspired by MizFit’s execution of Operation Beauty, for today’s contest you’ll need a sharpie and some Post-its.

It’s one thing to chat in an online forum about going Primal, it’s another to spread the word to your grocer, your banker, or the guy who goes to the gym to talk on his cell phone. It’s time for you to leave a Primal message for total strangers to see…

It’s probably easier to show you what I mean than to tell you (below you’ll find some examples), but the idea is to provide a humorous, tongue-in-cheek, or poignant statement about the modern world with a simple Post-It note and a dash of wit. It’s the world seen through a Primal lens.

Email me your photos by clicking here.

I’ll accept both real photos and Photoshop images (I’ve included a few of both).

You don’t have to use a Post-It and a sharpie. Any manner of paper products and writing devices will suffice.

It probably goes without saying, but please no vandalism or law-breaking. If you pull a Tyler Durden and blaze a 40 foot Grok in torches across the side of a Ramada Inn, you definitely won’t get a pair of Vibrams.

I hope you can have fun with this contest. I know the Worker Bees and I have.

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9 Aug

Jicama, Carrots and Raspberries in a Thyme Dressing

Mark’s daily salad is so good that it’s easy to eat it every single day of the year. But it’s nice to change things up from time to time, so with the Primal Challenge in mind I wanted to share a rustic salad recipe that’s both tasty and uncomplicated. I frequently use it as an alternative to the Big Ass Salad. This salad is not “technically” a salad in the conventional way, as it contains no leafy greens, but it’s easy to put together and complements most poultry and seafood. The dish itself would also make a great midday snack.

The recipe starts with with healthy fats. Extra virgin olive oil and pine nuts are the central sources of nourishment, while fresh thyme gives the salad added flavor and aromatic oils. The raspberries, which are optional, add a delicious tartness. If you can get your hands on a fresh handful to throw in, it’ll be worth it, especially with the lime juice spritzed on top. Jicama, in all its wonderful versatility, provides crispness to the mixture that reminds me of kohlrabi or cucumber, but more satisfying.

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9 Aug

Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Bottle of Fish Oil.

The Prize:

Premium quality fish oil from a company you can trust.

The winners of today’s contest will each receive a bottle of Primal Nutrition’s Vital Omegas. One bottle contains 90 soft gel capsules each filled with 300 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in today’s blog post: Jicama, Carrots and Raspberries in a Thyme Dressing

To reiterate, comment on today’s OTHER post for a chance to win the t-shirt. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

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8 Aug

Crab Cakes

Note from Mark: You’re on board with the challenge, but what should you eat? No worries. The Worker Bees and I have you covered. Every Saturday and Sunday during the 30-day challenge we’ll be bringing you some delicious Primal recipes. (Sorry, no Weekend Link Love for the next few weeks!) Enjoy!

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There are certain foods that people have very strong opinions about. Often, these opinions are regionally based. If you’ve ever been stuck in the middle of an argument about New York vs Chicago pizza, you know how heated the debate can get. Crab cakes also elicit a strong emotional response. Some cooks swear by Old Bay Seasoning, others use paprika. Some cooks add red pepper, others think it’s sacrilegious to use anything more than diced celery. But across the board, one ingredient seems to remains the same: breadcrumbs. You have to add breadcrumbs to crab cakes to bind them together. Or do you? Questioning these sort of food fallacies is a common practice for modern day Groks. Yes, breadcrumbs hold crab cakes together, but the main reason they’re in crab cakes is to act as filler, so restaurants don’t have to put as much crab in your cake. Making a perfectly delicious crab cake bound together solely by egg yolks is easy to do.

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8 Aug

Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Shirt.

The Prize:

“Get Primal” with this 100% cotton t-shirt that lets people know you are a hardcore Grokker. This high-quality American Apparel brand t-shirt is perfect for your Primal lifestyle. Whether you’re playing, sprinting, lifting weights or just kicking back you will look good doing it in this Primal-approved apparel.

The winner of today’s contest will receive a free “Grok On!” T-shirt in their choice of size and color.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in today’s blog post: Crab Cakes

To reiterate, comment on today’s OTHER post for a chance to win the t-shirt. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

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