Monthly Archives : November 2012

Reminder: Thanksgiving Schedule & The Best Massaged Kale Salad

Thanksgiving Schedule

Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd – Please join us for our 8th annual Turkey Chipper at 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day led by Coach Kelly.  As always, this workout is scientifically designed to allow you to eat more pie.

Friday, November 23rd - We will have a somewhat abbreviated schedule on Friday with classes at 6 a.m., Noon, and 5:00 p.m. These workouts will be scientifically designed to burn off as much pie as possible.

Saturday, November 23rd – All classes are on as regularly scheduled.

You can check out the full schedule and register for classes HERE

 

 

 

Massaged Kale Salad, Debra Zambetti-Style

If you are seeking out Paleo-friendly, super healthy, and super tasty things to add to your Thanksgiving menu, look no further.    I have seen many kale salad recipe posted in the Paleo blogosphere but none is as good as my friend Debbie’s Massaged Kale Salad.   This recipe is a simple combination of kale, onions, avocado, almonds and a fruit of your choice.   It is not only super simple to make, it is always a crowd pleaser every time I serve it or bring it to a party.  What is more, this salad – unlike your typical green salad – actually keeps for several days in the fridge, and almost gets better with age.   This salad will be on our Thanksgiving table, courtesy of Gretchen Weber, and it will be the hit of the party.   The recipe is below and check out Debbie’s full post and other great recipes and fresh food ideas at her website Debra Zambetti Health & Nutrition Counseling

 

 

Ingredients

1 bunch kale

1 t salt

1/4 medium-small red onion, thinly sliced or diced

1/3 chopped toasted almonds or nuts of choice

1/3 C raisins, currants or dried fruit of choice

1/2 large avocado, diced

1/4 C olive oil

2 T apple cider vinegar

Soak kale in water to loosen any dirt. Wash individual leaves as you de-stem them (pull leaf away from thickest parts of stem). Shake dry. Chiffonade leaves (stack, roll and slice into thin ribbons) and put in a large bowl. Sprinkle salt over kale and, using hands, massage kale for 3-4 minutes. After about a minute you’ll notice a big difference in the leaves – they’ll start to soften and turn a dark green almost as though you were steaming them. When done, drain off any liquid that collects on bottom of bowl (may or may not happen) and set kale aside.

Heat a small sauce pan, toss in whole nuts and toast until nuts start to brown slightly. Shake pan on occasion to brown nuts evenly and to keep from burning them – which is SO easy to do. I used almonds because that’s what I had on hand. However, walnuts, pecans or even sunflower seeds would be great in this salad too. Remove nuts from pan and give them a rough chop on your cutting board. Add nuts to bowl of kale.

Add diced avocado, onions and raisins to bowl (again, raisins, currants, or your fave dried fruit cut into raisin-sized pieces will all be fine – just use whatever you have on hand). Pour olive oil and apple cider vinegar evenly over bowl of goodies, then toss the whole thing with tongs until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. (If you don’t have a set of tongs, for heaven’s sake, go get one. They are so handy in general and great for tossing salads – much easier than using salad serving utensils or a wooden spoon, in my experience).

Thank you Debbie and Enjoy!

 

Thanksgiving Schedule, Staff Updates, & New SFCF Technology

Welcome to John Post!

We are delighted to welcome our newest San Francisco Crossfit coach, John Leo Post, to the SFCF staff.   John is a recent graduate of the involved SFCF internship program and will make an excellent addition to our team.  For those of you who don’t already know John, he is best known in the CrossFit community as a competitor and member of the winning team, the Modern Gypsies, on ABC television’s adventure series Expedition Impossible.

Before coming to San Francisco CrossFit, John trained with CJ Martin of CrossFit Invictus and two time games competitor Shana Alverson of CrossFit East Decatur. John has worked with Dr. Craig N. Piso, PhD and Dr. Mark A. Lowry, Ph.D., learning the keys to understanding and practicing mental toughness and teamwork and has trained with professional adventure racers and mountaineers.

John grew up surfing on Pensacola Beach FL and fell in love with adventure sports at an early age. In 2006 while attending Florida State University he discovered CrossFit in the back room of the local climbing gym. After graduating with a degree in International Business, John spent four years living, traveling, volunteering and adventuring through over 30 countries. He was probably the first, and possibly the only, person to ever CrossFit in Cambodia. John returned to the United States to train with his team for Expedition Impossible and pursue his career as a strength and conditioning coach and athlete.

In addition to being a San Francisco CrossFit Coach, John will continue his work with the Modern Gypsies to complete philanthropic projects in developing countries.  Please officially welcome John next time you see him at class.

 

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Thanksgiving Schedule

Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd – Please join us for our 8th annual Turkey Chipper at 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day led by Coach Kelly.    As always, this workout is scientifically designed to allow you to eat more pie.

Friday, November 23rd - We will have a somewhat abbreviated schedule on Friday with classes at 6 a.m., Noon, and 5:00 p.m.   These workouts will be scientifically designed to burn off as much pie as possible.

Saturday, November 23rd - All classes are on as regularly scheduled.

You can check out the full schedule and register for classes HERE 
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 Check Out The New SFCF APP – You Can Now Register For Classes Easily On Your Mobile Phone!

We are pleased to announce that we now have an SFCF app for your smartphone.   You can now securely book and pay for services, appointments, workshops, and classes on your phone quickly and easily.    Most importantly, you can register and waitlist for classes and synch your SFCF schedule to your personal calendar.   Our complete MINDBODY schedule for classes and workshops, including time and staff information, is automatically displayed on your mobile device.  Our new app uses HTML5 technology and will work on any smart phone.   There is nothing for you to set up or install – you just simply type in www.sanfranciscocrossfit.com into the browser on your mobile phone and click on the link at the top that says “View Schedule and Book on your Mobile Device.”  Check it out!