Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Making Red Rice With Bone Broth, Turmeric, And Tons Of Grass-fed Butter

by Kristen Suzanne in grass fed butter, recipe
Nutritious rice: Red rice. Butter. Turmeric. Made w bone broth.

Nutritious rice: Red rice. Butter. Turmeric. Made w bone broth.

When I make rice (whether it’s something fancy like red rice, a lovely jasmine rice, or any rice), I make sure it’s made with homemade bone broth (instead of water). The bone broth adds flavor and nutrition. You see… Kamea isn’t keen on sipping a mug of broth, so using it to make rice (and stews and soups), I get it into her diet.

Once the rice is cooked, I add grass-fed butter. So much that at times it’s swimming in the butter. What can I say? I like butter. Besides… the healthy fats in the grass-fed butter help my body take on the carbs from the rice. And, the butter offers tooth, brain, skin, and body building fat-soluble vitamins.

Most times, I also douse it with organic turmeric powder. (Don’t forget the black pepper which helps the bioavailability of the turmeric). I like to find ways to incorporate this anti-inflammatory herb into my diet, and rice is a no brainer.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Stop Neglecting Ourselves Now To Help Our Children (As Adults) in the Future.

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, family, kamea, longevity, Meditation

 

Kamea and I having fun.

Kamea and I having fun.

I’m thinking about the strain we parents put on ourselves when we prioritize our children’s well-being so much that we neglect ourselves.

We forsake our own health. 

That doesn’t feel right to me. Isn’t that the wrong way to live?

I’m reminded of how airplane flights start with the following, “Put your mask on first so that you can better assist others.” Those seem like smart words by which to live.

However, the idea of putting children first is natural to many of us. But here’s the thing… if we neglect ourselves we can set ourselves up for illness in the future, when our kids are adults.

We harm our own health now because we “don’t have time” to care for ourselves properly, only to turn around and put the awful stress and strain on our children when they are adults and need to take care of us.

I know friends who are caring for their unwell elderly parents. It’s hard on my friends. Very hard.

It makes me wonder… if those ill parents had better managed their health (I know some didn’t know any better, but we do!), then would they be experiencing old age with more strength, and not depending on their kids to take care of them so much? Would they be less of a stress on my friends who care for them? I think so. 

This inspires me to care for myself and make it a priority. I take time to eat well, get quality rest, meditate, and exercise. It means making adjustments to my schedule so I get the needed “me time.” This will create a healthier future-me so I don’t put that stress on Kamea to care for me (when she’s an adult and I’m an old lady). I plan to live over 100 years after all. That said, when I reach 110, all bets are off. 

Plus, and this is a big plus… kids learn by example. How can I expect my daughter prioritize her own health and well being, if I’m not doing it myself?

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Scrambled Eggs On Salad. Try it. Good Food.

Salad with Scrambled Eggs on top… and Izzy Lizzy making an appearance.

Salad with Scrambled Eggs on top… and Izzy Lizzy making an appearance.

I wrote a long while ago about a salad where I made scrambled eggs and put them right on top of my salad. It’s good.

I’m doing it again today. Why? Because it’s good.

It’s kind of weird, but it works. The warm and soft eggs on top of a big salad is not only nutrient dense, but comforting. It’s not often you can claim a salad is comforting, but you can now.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

A Bulletproof Coffee Shop Trip And My Free Pavlok

by Kristen Suzanne in Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof Coffee Shop in Santa Monica, CA.  #Awesome

Bulletproof Coffee Shop in Santa Monica, CA. #Awesome

I recently hopped on a plane for a day trip to Santa Monica, CA.

 

At the airport beginning our day trip to Santa Monica with the love of my life.

At the airport beginning our day trip to Santa Monica with the love of my life.

 

Why would anyone get on a plane for a day trip? Well, it wasn’t to spend time at the beach, though I did that.

Ocean time is important.

Ocean time is important.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

My Current TOP BEAUTY PICKS. (Non-toxic and Effective)

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty
I won't be without these beauty products.

I won’t be without these beauty products.

Long ago, in a far away galaxy, in another life, I blogged about good non-toxic beauty products. There are some great brands and information in that post, and you can check it out here. So why the post today?

I want to highlight some new (since that post for me) super-stars that rank tops in a couple different categories. That said, I DO use other products and I’m not including makeup in this post.

Today, I’m showcasing some products that are my all-time favorites. Basically, I buy them routinely.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Enjoying a Cup of Bulletproof Coffee w My Daughter

Starting her morning right. #BulletproofCoffee

Starting her morning right. #BulletproofCoffee

I started enjoying coffee when I was 7 years old. I remember the first time fondly as it represented my entrance into maturity. ;) I was at my Nana’s and, well, I simply asked her if I could have some coffee. Being 100% Italian, she said, “Of course!” (She also taught me how to shave my hairy Italian legs around the same age. Gotta love Nana(s).)

I was hooked from there. The warm deliciousness that marked my initiation into something cool. The next chapter of my life. A Coffee Drinker.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

I Love These Easy Pancakes. Gluten-free. Paleo.

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut flour, eggs, ghee, gluten free
EASY gluten-free paleo pancakes.

EASY gluten-free paleo pancakes.

These gluten-free pancakes are good, and better yet, they’re easy. I’m beginning to see a pattern here with recipes I’m posting lately, because it seems that I’m dubbing everything as “easy.”

Maybe my middle name should be Easy. Wait. Bad idea.

Back to pancakes… I love being able to whip them up in a flash for a quick breakfast, quick snack, quick dinner, or a quick dessert. Basically, they’re good any time of the day. And, just look at the ingredients… basic and nutritious (<- I amp up the nutrition with spices).

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Kid-Friendly Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Herbs, and Banana

Eggs Herbs Banana. Who knew?!

Eggs Herbs Banana. Who knew?!

Eggs are a big part of our house. Big. Huge.

Why? Ummm… TASTE! No, that’s not all…

They offer quality nutrition for the brain and bodylecithin, saturated fat, cholesterol, retinol (the good form for vitamin A for immunity, beautiful skin, and healthy eyes), omega fatty acids, vitamin e, and more. We only buy pasturer-raised eggs, because those hens are treated well and their eggs are more nutritious.

I’m glad that Kamea is a fan of scrambled eggs – her growing body benefits. She especially loves them when I mix stuff into them like today.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

My First Pinterest Inspired Art Project (EASY Kid Fun)

by Kristen Suzanne in family, home school, kamea
Painting our Pinterest inspired art project.

Painting our Pinterest inspired art project.

More often than not I tune out the moms gushing about Pinterest inspiring their kiddos birthday parties, home decorations, or art projects. It’s just too much for me. I mean, who has time for that? Surfing Pinterest, getting supplies, and then making all of those projects? Good grief.

Well, there’s a first time for everything I guess.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

My Latest Obsession – Organic Freeze Dried Blueberries. Light Crunchy Nutrition.

by Kristen Suzanne in blueberries, kamea, kids
My latest love: crunchy, light, nutritious, and delicious.

My latest love: crunchy, light, nutritious, and delicious.

These little freeze-dried wild blueberries (organic) are my latest obsession.

Here’s the backstory: We’ve been dabbling in the organic freeze-dried fruit options (berries, primarily) the past month, because Kamea (my 4 year old) really loves them. I can’t find any fault with them. They’re convenient, organic, don’t require thawing, and I’m guessing pretty nutritious (I’m presuming they retain some nutritional value after undergoing the freeze-dried process. If anyone knows any better, please advise – that said, they’re still a decent little snack).

We were buying a brand sold at Whole Foods Market, Just Tomatoes, which offers many different kinds of berries.  Kamea loves the Just Tomatoes – Cherries. But, their blueberries leave a bit to be desired. In my attempt to save money, by shopping on Amazon to restock the freeze-dried goodness, I stumbled upon these Nova Scotia freeze-dried wild blueberries. They’re not necessarily cheaper but they’re tastier.

Totally love at first bite.

For starters, they actually taste like blueberries. Almost better, the texture is light, airy, and delightful. My favorite part is when I stumble on a cluster of them in the bag. Mmmmmm yum. We are raving fans of this brand for freeze-dried organic blueberries.

Kamea eats these by the handful. My favorite way is in whole-fat, organic, grass-fed yogurt, as pictured above (I add raw almonds, too). They’d also be great on ice cream. Or, toss some on top of your next salad.

Such a good kiddo (and mama-on-the-go) snack. Go get some.

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