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June 01 2016 - - A scrumptious primal meal for every day of the week. Master your culinary skills with our easy-to-make and tasty-to-eat paleo/Primal recipes.

Where’s the Recipe?

October 27 2018 - Hey all, I know some of you are stopping in this morning wondering where the usual recipe is. Where's the beef marrow? Where's the sweet meats? Where's the roasted veggies? Fear not. The team and I...

Keto-Friendly Recipes

October 05 2017 - People assume that keto is a limiting diet. They focus so much on what they "can't" eat, they never get around to enjoying what they can. For me, there's not much difference between my keto meals and ...

Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe

August 08 2020 - We can generally get our hands on a watermelon any time of year, but these are the months when they actually taste sweet and juicy. As soon as watermelons come into season, my Summer Watermelon Salad ...

Budget Eating Recipes

July 18 2008 - Sure, you want to save money at the market, but how does that translate to the dinner table? Here are just a few options (among so many) for serving up healthy food without breaking the bank. No need ...

Snickerdoodle Latte Recipe

December 05 2020 - You can do mornings one of two ways. You can pour plain coffee into your mug with the sole purpose of jumpstarting your day. Or, you can wrap your fingers around a frothy mug of warm, sweet-spiced cof...

Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe

August 15 2020 - Raw fish, when done right, is one of the most delicious ways to get your protein. You may be more than willing to visit a sushi or poke restaurant, but the idea of making poke bowls at home can be int...

23 Fall Salad Recipes

October 09 2019 - A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today's Whole30® recipe roundup. Autumn is abundant with hearty and savory foods, but that doesn’t mean salad season has to be over. The ...

Keto Burrito Recipe

June 13 2020 - Everyone loves a good burrito. They're hearty, filling, and you can stuff them with whatever you're in the mood to eat. Wrap them up, and they make a convenient and flavorful meal on the go. Can you h...

Keto Completo Hot Dog Recipe

October 03 2020 - The sun may have set on summer, but fall grilling is just getting started. Today, we're putting a keto spin on a Chilean favorite, the Completo Hot Dog. What Is a Completo Hot Dog? What is a keto co...

Whole30® Recipe Roundup

January 08 2020 - Eating well means different things to different people, but I think we can agree that it should always taste good. The recipes that follow happen to be aligned with Whole30® eating guidelines—but m...

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Liver Appetizer Recipe

November 07 2020 - Today's recipe is courtesy of Ashleigh van Houten, nutrition journalist, public speaker, certified health coach, and self-proclaimed muscle nerd. Ashleigh recently released her new organ meats cookboo...

23 Fall Salad Recipes

October 09 2019 - A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today's Whole30® recipe roundup. Autumn is abundant with hearty and savory foods, but that doesn’t mean salad season has to be over. The ...

Summer Weekend Recipes

August 03 2007 - Here are two recipes that will treat you right this summer weekend. Enjoy a perfect, mouth-watering mix of watermelon, heirloom tomatoes and feta cheese (trust us it's delicious) while picnicking this...

21 Keto Bread Recipes

June 20 2019 - Thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's keto recipe roundup. One of the biggest challenges on the keto diet is curbing your cravings for carbs. We’re used to filling up on br...

That Tortilla Hack You Saw on TikTok (Savory and Sweet Options!)

February 22 2021 -   Sometimes, trending recipes aren't what you were expecting. Other times, they're a hit with your whole family. This is one of those times. This TikTok tortilla hack turns a plain old tortill...

Italian Chicken and Basil Kabobs Recipe, Because Everything Tastes Best on Skewers

May 29 2021 - Kabobs typically have a warm-spiced Middle-eastern or a sweet Hawaiian flair. We're changing it up and marinating our chicken kabobs in your favorite Italian flavors, like garlic, basil, lemon, and an...

Low Carb and Keto Alternatives to Mashed Potatoes

November 20 2021 - Mashed potatoes are almost expected as part of a holiday spread. In fact, I would argue that mashed potatoes appear on more holiday tables than a turkey or roast, because even vegans will serve them. ...

Learning to Love Liver (with Middle Eastern Lamb Liver and Liver Paté Recipe)

April 20 2020 - Today's guest post is written by Terry Wahls, M.D., Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa and author of The Wahls Protocol:...

17 Easy Whole30® Recipes

September 12 2019 - A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today's Whole30® recipe roundup. Trying a Whole30® can be a great way to refresh your diet or routine. If you’re already busy or overloaded...

Dear Mark: Fitness (and Keto) Benefits of Baking Soda

May 07 2018 - For this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a couple questions from the comment section of last week's Weekend Link Love. First, what's the effective dose of baking soda used in the autoimmune...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

Contest Video: Primal Blueprint Bodyweight Exercises

October 02 2009 - As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest reader Pieter submitted his interpretation of Primal Blueprint bodyweight exercises (the current theme). He is in the running for a cash a...

Contest Video: Primal Blueprint Upper Body Workout

October 09 2009 - As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest reader Albrecht submitted his interpretation of Primal Blueprint bodyweight exercises (the current theme). He is in the running for a cash...

Contest Video: Primal Blueprint Sprint Routine

November 20 2009 - As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest readers Anders, Annika and Rob submitted their interpretation of a Primal Blueprint Sprint Routine (the latest contest theme). They're in ...

Contest Video: Intense Bodyweight Workout

November 13 2009 - As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest reader Tom Greenwald submitted his interpretation of Primal Blueprint bodyweight exercises. (The new theme is Creative Sprint Routines.) H...

Contest Video: Bodyweight Basics

October 16 2009 - As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest reader Peter Nathan submitted his interpretation of Primal Blueprint bodyweight exercises (the current theme). He is in the running for a ...

Getting Primal in the Netherlands

November 27 2009 - As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest Mark's Daily Apple reader and competitive CrossFitter Blair Morrison submitted his interpretation of a Primal Blueprint Bodyweight Routine...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

May 31 2017 - At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—"41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017." The idea here...

Primal Blueprint Forest Sprinting

January 08 2010 - This inspiring Primal Blueprint Fitness Video was sent in by reader Tom Greenwald. Let Tom know what you think in the comment board. The Fitness Video contest has ended, but there are still ways to...

My Experience with Exogenous Ketones: Tale and Truth

December 27 2016 - I woke up the morning of the ceremony with butterflies in my stomach. I'd done the necessary prep. I'd abstained from carbs the past week and food the past 24 hours. I'd performed four consecutive ful...

Holiday Eating: Considerations for Keto and Primal Types

November 13 2018 - ‘Tis the season… for wondering “Seriously, what the heck am I going eat this holiday??” I’m guessing that most Mark’s Daily Apple readers can relate to the angst that comes with trying ...

Tracking Your Food: When, Why and How

November 05 2019 - There was a time when food tracking was treated like a given, a necessary tool for anyone wanting to lose weight or better their health. Thankfully, there's more nuance to that conversation now. The f...

Why We Crave Comfort Foods

May 09 2013 - We all have them - ”comfort” foods that feel like more than just food. Far beyond the random edibles of our day, these are imbued with the likes of positive memories, celebratory identities, nurtu...

Basic Cooking Skills for Rookies

December 01 2020 - It’s easy to ignore your lack of rudimentary cooking skills when you order pizza or get takeout every night. When people switch to Primal or keto diets, they usually find themselves spending conside...

Savoring the Holiday

November 26 2008 - Catalogs, store fliers, magazine articles, and recipe books presume to offer it: “All you need to make a perfect Thanksgiving!” By now most of us have the “stuff” that typically goes into Than...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

May 31 2017 - At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—"41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017." The idea here...

How to Really Bond with Your Family This Holiday Season

December 15 2020 - Let’s not beat around the holly bush: the holiday season just isn’t the same this year. You could get down in the dumps about it OR you could get creative about finding ways to celebrate with frie...

The Power of Holiday Tradition

December 24 2008 - Sure, we believe in happy, healthy holidays. Why else would we (in the good company of other blogs, magazines, and newspapers) serve up "healthy" holiday tips: recipes, activities, etc. to make your C...

Are You Ready? 8 Tools and Tips For Your Challenge Prep

June 07 2018 - How many of you will be joining us for the Challenge next week—and how many for the first time? (I'd love to see a show of hands in the comment section.) The cool thing about the Challenge each y...

50+ Primal Thoughts, Tips and Recipes for Your Thanksgiving

November 22 2017 - The team and I are hustling today, getting everything in place before the holiday weekend, and all of us are already thinking about the festivities (not to mention feasts) to come. So, you'll forgive ...

Primal Grilling Guide (+ 7 Recipes)

June 09 2019 - We'd argue that grilling is one of the best parts of summer. Over the years, Mark has served up tips for making the most of your grill cooking, including these Primal grilling tips and techniques as w...

Instant Pot Oxtail Stew

March 03 2019 - People don't talk about oxtail stew these days, but it's a true Primal-worthy classic. With an arguably richer taste than beef and more succulent feel when cooked for stew or soup, oxtail might just b...

How to Throw a Low-Carb Barbecue Party—With 20 Recipes

August 30 2018 - As we move toward September, we might be thinking of Labor Day parties or fall tailgating weekends—events perfect for a barbecue spread. But when you're eating Primal, keto or otherwise low-carb, tr...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

Why Aren’t We Talking About the Cognitive Health Crisis?

November 29 2017 - If you look at the latest stats, you might assume there's no cognitive health crisis. The overall number of dementia cases are going up, but that's because the aging population is growing. Older fo...

21 Books to Begin 2018

November 30 2017 - The book is an ancient technology whose importance has only increased in modern times. With a book, you gain access to another person's mind or life experiences. That's hard to beat. People who aren't...

Dear Mark: Gender and Retirement Mortality, Muscle-Sparing Keto, Freezing Keto Recipes, Net Carbs, and Carb Timing

November 06 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering 5 questions from readers. First, are there differential mortality effects of mortality on men and women? What role do social networks play? Second, is k...

7 High-Tech Tools for Better Primal Living

March 03 2011 - Superficial observers of the ever-growing Primal movement often assume us to be a bunch loin-clothed Luddites, but, generally speaking, we aren't paleo-romaticists eschewing all things new. In fact, m...

Introducing the Primal Cooking Series!

May 13 2019 - As I mentioned in last week's Success Story post, I'm unveiling something new today—a new cooking series I call "Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy." My co-author for the Keto Reset cookbooks and leade...

Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe

August 08 2020 - We can generally get our hands on a watermelon any time of year, but these are the months when they actually taste sweet and juicy. As soon as watermelons come into season, my Summer Watermelon Salad ...

Budget Eating Recipes

July 18 2008 - Sure, you want to save money at the market, but how does that translate to the dinner table? Here are just a few options (among so many) for serving up healthy food without breaking the bank. No need ...

Snickerdoodle Latte Recipe

December 05 2020 - You can do mornings one of two ways. You can pour plain coffee into your mug with the sole purpose of jumpstarting your day. Or, you can wrap your fingers around a frothy mug of warm, sweet-spiced cof...

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe

November 21 2020 - There's just something cozy about autumn aromas coming from the oven by day, culminating with steaming plate of home-cooked comfort food. Even if you're laying low for the holidays this year, you can...

Perfect Spatchcock Whole Chicken Roasted in the Oven

July 17 2021 - Every home cook should have a no-fail recipe for oven-roasted chicken, one you can count on to always deliver golden skin and juicy, flavorful meat. A whole chicken provides the basis for a great soup...

Gluten Free Lasagna with Celery Root (Celeriac) Noodles

January 30 2021 - We all have foods we miss when we ditch wheat, and lasagna tops the list for a lot of us. Think about it – it's the ultimate comfort food: gooey cheese, zingy sauce, meat if you like, sometimes your...

Kalbi Ribs Recipe

March 07 2020 - Rich, intensely savory, and meltingly tender, ribs are about as Primal an eating experience as we can muster these days unless we’re out in the wild hunting or fishing and cooking protein over a cam...

Pesto Egg Salad Recipe

March 14 2020 - Transform boring egg salad with Primal Kitchen®Pesto Mayo and roasted garlic. We served the egg salad in endive leaves, but you can also use celery, lettuce, or nori sheets. To avoid the garlic from ...

Whole30® Recipe Roundup

January 08 2020 - Eating well means different things to different people, but I think we can agree that it should always taste good. The recipes that follow happen to be aligned with Whole30® eating guidelines—but m...

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken “Big Ass Salad” Bowls with Quick Pickles Recipe

July 18 2020 - All raw. All cooked. A little of both. With meat, or without. Artfully arranged in a pretty plate or thrown together in a to-go container as your run out the door. There are infinite ways to assemble ...

The Missing Piece To My Puzzle (Plus a Recipe—and a Giveaway)

July 20 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Goodies Against the Grain: Sadie’s Story (and 2 Amazing Recipes) + IG Giveaway

February 13 2018 - Today's guest post is offered up by Sadie Radinsky, whom I had the pleasure of chatting with on a recent episode of her podcast, Jump For Joy. I think you're going to love her story and be inspired by...

From Adrenal Fatigue to Keto Clarity: I Now Have More Energy than I Can Handle!

December 09 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Rebel Musician Goes Primal After Years of Hard Living

May 18 2012 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Life Is Full of Adventure and Possibility

December 10 2018 - It's Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Concrete Reasons to Continue on the Primal Path

May 10 2013 - It?s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark?s Da...

Finding Balance After A Lifelong Eating Disorder

August 25 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

How Not to Train for an Endurance Event

November 14 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Paleo Bailey: I Knew This Couldn’t Be How My Life Was Meant To Be Lived

February 23 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

By Switching to Primal You Can Save on Your…

January 07 2011 - "Going Primal is so expensive!" Is it? Randy Oveson begs to differ. Randy emailed me in early December, just before a medical evaluation to determine his insurance rates. Read his story below, and kee...

Is Constant Ketosis Necessary – Or Even Desirable?

September 28 2017 - Good morning, folks. With next week's The Keto Reset Diet release, I've got keto on the mind today—unsurprisingly. I've had a lot of questions lately on duration. As I've mentioned before, a good si...

A Metabolic Paradigm Shift, or Why Fat Is the Preferred Fuel for Human Metabolism

May 19 2011 - There’s a good reason so many people (mostly the sugar-burners, whose disparate group includes fruitarians, veg*ans, HEDers, body-builders, most MDs, the USDA and virtually every RD program in the c...

Dear Mark: Glycogen

October 20 2008 - Dear Mark, I'm trying to understand how glucose that's created by proteins and fats is used and stored. Is that ~200g of glycogen stored in the muscles to be used for exercise, or is it stored in ...

What About a Zero Carb Diet?

January 13 2010 - Zero carb is getting (relatively) popular. A handful of valued MDA forum members eat little-to-no-carb, and several others probably imagine it's ideal even if they don't personally follow it. I wanted...

Monday Musings: Torcetrapib Part Deux? and Keto Diets Seize the Day

November 22 2010 - Overburdened doctors sure do love tangible targets, like lipid numbers. They’re easy to hit with drugs. There’s no guesswork – statins and the like actually do lower cholesterol (whether that’...

12 Favorite Keto Blogs

April 04 2019 - With the explosion of keto, there's an ever growing constant stream of new information about the significant benefits, supposed risks, and varying “rules” for how to adopt a keto diet. As with mos...

Tracking Your Food: When, Why and How

November 05 2019 - There was a time when food tracking was treated like a given, a necessary tool for anyone wanting to lose weight or better their health. Thankfully, there's more nuance to that conversation now. The f...

Dear Mark: Changing Trajectories, and Magic Mineral Broth

August 26 2013 - In today's edition of Dear Mark I field two Mark's Daily Apple reader questions. First up, I tackle a query from a reader who's had to make a small but significant shift to his lifestyle due to changi...

Why We Crave Comfort Foods

May 09 2013 - We all have them - ”comfort” foods that feel like more than just food. Far beyond the random edibles of our day, these are imbued with the likes of positive memories, celebratory identities, nurtu...

A New Future for Foodie Culture?

March 26 2008 - When you hear the words “foodie culture,” what comes to mind? Connoisseurs of all things delectable? Elaborate multi-course meals? Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease? Turns out an increasing num...

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