Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Surviving the Holidays. Seriously Good Tips. Plus Recipes.

A 2014 Drambuie Christmas Toast with my husband.

Drambuie would “not” be in the healthy category (I don’t think). “BUT IT’S THE HOLIDAYS!”

 

I’m sharing with you some key holiday survival tips. What do I mean survive?

Well, basically, some tips to help feel well during the holidays by not eating too crappy. It’s easy to succumb to the excuse “It’s the holidays” and make it a free-for-all, right? (Guilty.) But when we let our hair down too many times and go crackers (that’s another way to say “cray-cray”) then, sadly, we welcome a weaker immune system and lower energy. Sigh. Am I a buzz kill already?

No! I’m not! I promise.

We still need to have fun. After all, “It’s the holidays!”

Here are few tips to help you survive.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The LAZY Food and HELPFUL Stuff I Pack For Camping (Gluten-Free Mostly Paleo)

A family who camps together stays together.

A family who camps together stays together.

We’d like to call ourselves a camping family, but I’m not quite there yet.

Greg has a history of camping since he was a kid. (He’s slept on pyramids in the jungle in Guatemala, so a Coleman tent is a bit Four Seasons to him.) I, on the other hand, only have a few trips under my belt so I’m still working on my camping legs. We’re really enjoying ourselves though, in spite of the uncomfortable sleeping, cold weather, dirty everything, yadda yadda yadda… cuz… it’s NATURE! Feels so good.

Check out our sleeping quarters in the picture below. Air mattresses supposedly make it more comfy. Our 8-person instant tent is not really instant… or for eight people. I’d like to see that happen. Wait, no I wouldn’t.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

(Recipe) XOCO Bulletproof Mocha – A Balanced Coffee Elixir

XOCO Bulletproof Mocha

XOCO Bulletproof Mocha

Some health experts talk about the importance of balancing energies in the foods and drinks we consume to receive an optimal experience – not too jittery but not falling asleep either.

Well, I’ve taken that advice and present an energy balanced mocha, Bulletproof Style (of course).

Yeah, it’s awesome.

You see, coffee (caffeine) has a stimulating energy. It could be beneficial to balance that energy by adding an herb or component that is calming, such as the medicinal mushroom reishi. For that, I jumped to Four Sigma Foods (quality) reishi in the form of their XOCO product which also has chocolate in it (they’re called chocolate shots).

Ergo, I ended up with a mocha. Cool.

In fact, those smarty-pants guys over at Four Sigma Foods even make a mushroom coffee! It’s a genius little packet of instant medicinal mushroom (lions mane + chaga or cordyceps + chaga) plus coffee – all in one. Just add water, stir and drink. (I love those – oh hey, I’ve made it Bulletproof style here.)

I’ve written about why (and how) I use Four Sigma Foods products in a detailed post here. You should read it.

I have a whole counter dedicated to my coffee and teas. (Read this post to see how my whole kitchen is organized.)

Ahhhh coffee (and tea) station.

Ahhhh coffee (and tea) station.

 

Recipe: XOCO Bulletproof Mocha

Blend everything until smooth and frothy. (I blend in a couple of raw, pasture-raised-happy egg yolks sometimes, too!)

Enjoy a day where you feel all zen and powerful at the same time.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015

(Recipe) Qi and Jing Boosting Elixir

 

Qi and Jing Elixir #TCM

Qi and Jing Elixir #TCM

If you’ve ever heard of David Wolfe, then you know his latest passion is talking about the importance of eating colorful foods and, more specifically, what those different colors (and those colors’ shapes!) can mean for your health.

For example, I recently heard an interview where he discussed how eating orange foods can offer anti-inflammatory compounds, consuming green foods can offer detoxing and liver benefits, red foods are prized for energy, blood, and qi (pronounced chee) health, and black foods are associated with adrenal/kidney health and jing.

I dig it.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Recipe: The Lazy Flax Bars

The Lazy Flax Bar - Vegetarian treat.

The Lazy Flax Bar – Vegetarian treat.

I can’t say exactly why, but I’m drawn to flax seeds lately. More specifically, ground flax.

When an article offering me 70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed arrived in my inbox, I knew it was destiny: eat some flax.

As a result, I whipped up these bars and, well, they’re awesome. They’ll satisfy any sweet tooth, as well as make any momma proud to serve these to her family (after she gobbles up a couple of them herself, of course).

Why call them The Lazy Flax Bars? 

Well. I entered the kitchen to make these with crazy ambition to make Flax Balls. But, as I mixed up the recipe and saw the amount of “dough” being created, I quickly abandoned the idea of rolling out a gazillion balls. Read: I’m lazy.

Um, I quickly pressed them into a baking dish.

Therefore, these are ridiculously easy to make. They’ll freeze well if you want to save half for another day.

The Lazy Flax Bars are full of some good ingredients, including flax seeds. <– Good for your boobs.

(Tip: Buy flax seeds “whole” and grind them before using to receive the optimal nutrition.)

I also included Brain Octane oil, which is optional. <– Good for the brain.

I added dark chocolate chips. <– Good for the brain and heart, and let’s not forget our souls.)

Oh, there’s raw honey in there. <– Magical stuff. Nuff’ said.

Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor, give her a whirl. Done.

Ridiculously easy treat made with your food processor.

Ridiculously easy treat made with your food processor.

The Lazy Flax Bars

Yield 8×8 glass dish (call it 16 + bars)

  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup dark, fair-trade chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons MCT oil, optional
  • Good pinch sea salt
  1. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until it is of a texture that holds together when you squeeze some with your fingers.
  2. Press into an 8X8 glass baking dish. Enjoy as is or with full-fat grass-fed yogurt or ice cream.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Pomegranate Black Raspberry (Nutrient) Gummies – Healthy For All Ages

Pomegranate Black Raspberry Gummy Cubes. #Fun

Pomegranate Black Raspberry Gummy Cubes. #Fun

I’m fascinated with making gummies, using my own healthy ingredients, because they’re an excellent (and fun!) vehicle for getting extra nutrition in my daughter’s body (and, really, the whole family).

Now that there is a reputable source that I trust for collagen/gelatin, I make them regularly.

Let’s talk about that source a bit…

You all know I’m a fan of Dave Asprey’s Upgraded products – I use most of them regularly in my life. Bulletproof Coffee, anyone?

He recently came out with a collagen that has gelatin in it for making gummies and other delicious foods like chocolate pudding. I’m a fan.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

3 New Things I’m Trying: New Bar, Herbal Flu Shot, Pavlok.

Snack Bar Basket is a time and sanity saver.

Snack Bar Basket is a time and sanity saver.

I’m trying three groovy new things this week:

  1. Bar (the kind you eat)
  2. Herbal Cold & Flu Shot
  3. Pavlok (zapping behavior modding device)

Let’s dive in and start with the food. Duh.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Easy Breezy 60-Second Blender Berry Ice Cream (No Sugar Added)

by Kristen Suzanne in blueberries, dessert, kamea

 

I made this ice cream in about 60-seconds.

I made this ice cream in about 60-seconds.

It’s the middle of the day and the conversation between Kamea and I just went something like this:

Kamea: Mom, can I have something to eat?

Me: Sure, what do you want?

Kamea: Well, what are my options?

Me: Hmmm… well, we have sardines, we have bell pepper, or hmmmm … how about I make you some berry ice cream?

Kamea: BERRY ICE CREAM!

I knew she loved frozen organic berries and I knew I had a bit of grass-fed organic whipping cream in the fridge. We’re at mom’s for the weekend and I remembered to pack my MCT oil, too. And, of course, being at mom’s you know I have access to an orchard of citrus, namely oranges for this recipe.

I went to work and whipped up this deliciousness in an easy breezy 1 minute. Literally.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Recipe Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-Free. Grain-Free. Almost-Paleo.)

by Kristen Suzanne in almond flour, dessert, eggs, gluten free, recipe
Organic Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free Grain-free Almost-Paleo)

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free Grain-free Almost-Paleo)

I love the holidays because they’re my time to indulge. But, if you know me at all, I never get too crazy. Instead of eating a gluten filled, extra sugary pumpkin pie, for example, I’ll make my own with ingredients that get my approval… and I’ll eat 2 slices (maybe 3… OK 4 tops!). :) That’s my kind of extra indulgence.

My family loves this pie and I’ve been making it for a few holidays now. It makes an appearance a few times each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My favorite part, other than the quality ingredients, is that it’s really easy to make. My (now) 4 year old loves helping me make it.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Recipe: Confession Granola (Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut, dessert, ghee, gluten free, recipe, travel
Confession Granola #GlutenFree

Confession Granola #GlutenFree

I have a confession. I made granola. Really good (too good, actually) granola.

Why is that a confession? It’s a confession because I don’t eat many grains (usually only in the form of white rice, if at all) and I make a pretty big stink about sticking to that. By making granola, and using (gluten-free) oats (because oats are what true granola has), and it being granola that is impossible to only eat a few bites of… well, I ate a lot of it. So there, I admit it. I’m not perfect and I ate oats. (It was really good though.)

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