Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Bulletproof-style Matcha – Perfect for Meditation, Zen Energy, Nutrition, and Yoga

 

Bulletproof-style Matcha - afternoon energy

Bulletproof -style Matcha – afternoon energy time

I know I know.

I make a lot of beverages in the style of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof goodness. Guilty. When something is good and works, why wouldn’t I? The Bulletproof -style drinks I make add more energy to my day, fuel my brain and body, are quickly made, and they get me through the early part of my morning.

See?

Today, I’m sharing an organic matcha tea that is created Bulletproof -style. Matcha tea is green tea, where the leaves are ground and consumed whole. It’s a beautiful drink, and the lush color reminds me of my recent trip to Kauai (more on that another day).

Verdant Kauai, Hawaii.

verdant Kauai, Hawaii

 Tea is liquid wisdom. 
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Matcha is the Japanese tea ceremony beverage. I’ve been drawn to organic matcha for many months now, and I did a lot of research before selecting the brand I chose. I felt the highest quality would be from Yuuki-Cha because of their standards and my ability to pinpoint from exactly what region of Japan I wanted my organic matcha. This company addressed potential issues of Fukushima Daichi radiation and shared a helpful map to assist my selection. I trust them as a result.

Helpful Japanese Tea Region Map

Helpful Japanese Tea Region Map

I selected two kinds: Organic Yame Matcha (from Fukuoka region) and Organic Kirishima Matcha (from Kagoshima) because of their harvest locations and review of tastes on Yuuki-cha’s website.

When I bought my matcha I ordered small sizes and chose two (each hailing from a different place in Japan). I opted not to get the whisk or special drinking bowl because, honestly, I didn’t know if I’d like it so why invest in all of that. Matcha has a reputation where sometimes it’s grassy in flavor, which I’m not craving.

Quality organic matcha: Yame and Kirishima

Quality organic matcha: Yame and Kirishima

 

I was elated with the result of the Organic Yame Matcha. My first sip I knew I’d be drinking matcha for the rest of my life, and I didn’t even make it the classic way with the bamboo whisk since I didn’t buy those (yet). Instead, I heated my spring water on my induction hot plate, used an instant read thermometer to achieve 175 degrees F, poured the hot water into my blender, added the Organic Yame Matcha, and blended it. I’m eager to try the whisk, being all proper about it, as I yearn to experience “the froth of green jade.”

I haven’t tried my Kirishima matcha yet, but have confidence it’ll be bliss. UPDATE: I just tried the Organic Kirishima Matcha and it’s fabulous. I heated my spring water to 175 degrees F and then blended the hot water with 1/2 teaspoon of the matcha powder. AWESOME.

I chose to start basic by drinking the matcha plain, as in hot water and matcha to see if I liked the flavor. As noted above, it was wonderful. That said, I knew there were plenty of options for making matcha tasty in the event of grassiness. For example, I knew I could soften the matcha by making it Bulletproof with grass-fed butter and Brain Octane MCT oil. I also have some wonderful stevia extract in my arsenal. And, I knew I could always add it to my green smoothie in the event that drinking it as a tea wasn’t awesome.

Oh, and drinking matcha green tea iced can help make it more refreshing and less grass-like. I simply blended my spring water (175 degrees F) with 1 teaspoon organic green matcha tea. Then, I poured it over ice.

Iced Matcha Green Tea

Iced organic matcha green tea. Feeeeeel good drink.

Iced organic matcha green tea. Feeeeeel good drink.

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Simplicity from The Tao of Daily Life Inspires Watermelon and Ginger Essential Oil Elixir

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

In my search for a more calm life, I find myself immersed in books and teachings of the Tao.

While reading this week from the book The Tao of Daily Life (<— it’s so good), I came across the story of Empress Tz’u-hsi and the teaching of simplicity.

Essentially, the story told that if Empress Tz’u-hsi wished to experience the joy of simplicity, she had to reduce complexity in her life.

I took that to heart. So often I’m making recipes and adding a little of this and a little of that… then more of something else, and more of something like that. The result can be good, but the process elaborate and time intensive. And, sometimes, the individual simple flavors cease to shine as they become muddled and mixed with everything else.

I was inspired to make a watermelon elixir where I blended watermelon with only one other ingredient: Living Libations Ginger Root Essential Oil. (<— the best essential oils)

The result was a delicious marriage where I effortlessly experienced both flavors, two of my favorites: watermelon and ginger. The drink was beautifully pink and vibrantly refreshing. It taught me that, yes, some things (probably most, in fact) are better left simpler.

I’m eager to apply this to other areas of my life outside of the kitchen. It bears repeating that The Tao of Daily Life is great. It’s one of my favorite books right now.

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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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Friday, July 24th, 2015

(Recipe) The Best Tea Ever

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty, energy, gluten free, herbs, longevity, recipe
Today's Best Tea Ever. Immunity Boosting

Today’s Best Tea Ever. Immunity Boosting Goodness.

I was inspired to make this tea last night after listening to a number of Longevity Warehouse videos featuring David Wolfe and other unique health experts.

I combined (what I think are) two great energies: astragalus root (for qi’s movement energy and healthy lungs) and Chaga (for jing’s primordial energy) along with fresh ginger and a 1/4 teaspoon of raw shilajit powder (a potent mineral supplement that I don’t use daily). (I talked about Qi and Jing in the last post.)

I made this using a delightful spring water, Castle Rock Water. I’ve been getting into spring waters lately to see if I notice any improvement in health versus my filtered tap water to which I’m so accustomed. In fact, this morning I made my Bulletproof Mocha using an alkaline water – I’ll report on another day about my spring water experiment. Oh, we drink mineral fizzy water at times, too.

I was blown away at the perfect-ness of my tea. It was just what my body desired yesterday. The concoction was rich, powerful and grounding. I felt a primal energy overcoming me (placebo? who cares?). It was awesome.

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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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Sunday, June 28th, 2015

My 1-Day Nourishing Cleanse

Nourishing Cleanse of organic green(ish) juices and bone broth.

Nourishing Cleanse of organic green(ish) juices and bone broth.

I used to juice a lot. So much that I bought a Norwalk juicer years ago. It made the best juice – cold-pressed veggie syrup is how it was. Sounds kinda gross, but it was good.

After changing my diet from militant vegan to real food omnivore (a few years ago?), I found myself drinking a lot less juice. By choice. It just didn’t feel right anymore.

As a result, I was using the Norwalk so little that I sold it. Besides, with all the great juice stores around these days it’s not a big deal that I sold it. If I get a hankering for a high quality cold-pressed green juice, I can head over to Kaleidoscope or Juice Core (my two local favorites). Selling the Norwalk gave me more counter space for like, um, my sous vide.

In fact, side note, a couple of weeks ago I didn’t have any veggies in the house (gasp!), other than raw sauerkraut, so I popped into Kaleidoscope to get an organic green juice. I figured that was a good way to get some veggies in my diet in a pinch.

No veggies in the house? Go grab a green juice.

No veggies in the house? Go grab a green juice.

 

Back to juicing and juice-fasting… I don’t feel drawn to doing it for days on end. Truthfully, I never did really. I was a louse juice faster. Once day two came along, I was dreaming of juicing Chipotle burritos (back in the day I also ate wheat without thinking twice; hence, the memory of “burrito”).

All that said, even though I’m not drinking lots of green juices anymore, I was in the mood for a bit of cleaning house for my body last week. I figured a day of green juices could be just what I needed. The more I thought about it the less I was drawn to the idea though.

That is, until I decided what would be really awesome for my body was a Nourishing Cleanse.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Today’s Bulletproof Coffee Recipe: Mushroom Coffee

Bulletproof Mushroom Coffee: Delightful Calm Energy

Bulletproof Mushroom Coffee: Delightful Calm Energy

It’s no secret that I enjoy Bulletproof Coffee® regularly. I’ve been drinking it, on and off (but mostly “on”) for a couple of years. There are times I opt for good ol’ black coffee alongside some pastured eggs and organic veggies for breakfast, but Bulletproof Coffee is damn tasty and it’s become a habit.

That said, I like to change the habit with my different variations on Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee. I’ve shared with you many options in my Coffee Shake post, and I also wrote about Golden Coffee and Bulletproof Coffee with Turmeric Essential Oil.

Today, I’m showcasing a recipe that I enjoy in the early afternoon when I want a tiny pick-me up, because I know I’ll be watching a few episodes of Game of Thrones, Outlander, or Breaking Bad after Kamea goes to sleep. It gives me that little extra boost to get through the day and delay sleeping a couple of hours at my normal bedtime.

It’s very simple. I make Bulletproof Coffee but I use Four Sigma Foods Mushroom Coffee (with Lion’s Mane) as the coffee part. (I’ve written about my excitement of Four Sigma Foods in a previous post).

It’s a small cup and just the perfect amount for my energy needs.

By the way, Four Sigma Foods Mushroom Coffee is great for travel (I carry a couple in my purse).

Bulletproof Mushroom Coffee

Blend everything in a blender (I use a Vitamix – read why here), enjoy, and look forward to some extended TV viewing that keeps you up past your bedtime.

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Look At All The Ways I Use Medicinal Mushrooms n Why – Four Sigma Foods Review

Pumpkin Chili with Four Sigma Foods Instant Medicinal Mushrooms

Pumpkin Chili with Four Sigma Foods Instant Medicinal Mushrooms added

I’m drawn to things that have been used by people for hundreds of years, and thousands in some instances. I mean, if people have been using something since time immemorial, then there must be something to it.

Enter: Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms and tonic herbs, most notably from Asia, are reputed to have healing benefits of all kinds and have been used for thousands of years for healing… some of the more common ones being ginseng, reishi, and perhaps chaga. There’s good reason, too. They can work.

I first became interested in them a few years ago. I immersed myself, as I’m well known to do, and I started buying and trying all sorts of them… too many to count and name. At the time I was interested in energy, fertility, longevity, happiness, relaxation, and immune health. Within each of those categories there were many options and I couldn’t help myself. I felt like a kid in a candy store (or a health food nut in a new health food store).

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry Banana Brain-Boosting Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Brain Boosting Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Brain-Boosting Smoothie

Enjoy this mega brain-boosting smoothie for your next breakfast or lunch. Warning: if you have a little one around, especially a little girl who loves pink, be sure to double the batch or she’ll drink all of yours.

Strawberry Banana Brain-Boosting Smoothie

Blend everything in an awesome high-speed blender. (You don’t really need a high-speed blender to make this… but life is better with one.)

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Tincture Making Basics – Part 2 – Herbs n Health Goals

Medicinal Herbs n Health Chart

Medicinal Herbs n Health Chart

In my last post I shared how you can easily make your own herbal tinctures and why you want to do that (health, vitality, immune protection, optimal performance, enhanced energy, better dreams, sublime relaxation, fertility benefits, brain and memory boosting, to name a few). Today, I share with you some popular herbs and how they might benefit you when you make your next cup of tea or herbal tincture.

With herbs, sometimes the effect is immediate and sometimes it takes a few weeks to feel the benefits. Therefore, if you’re working on your hormones for example, and you’re a woman, you might notice improvements over the following 2 to 3 menstrual cycles if you’re using herbs (teas, tinctures, capsules, etc) on a pretty regular basis. If you’re looking for some relaxation because you’re stressed out or have a headache, then a single cup of (strong) herbal tea or a few squirts of tincture throughout the day can do the trick.

I’m having a blast making my own herbal tinctures and part of the fun comes from mixing up various herbs based on my own health goals. In order to do that I read books, articles, and blogs to determine which organic herbs to buy when making my herbal tinctures (and drinking as teas or taking in the form of syrups). I consider myself a bit of an herb collector now, and I even bought a special herb bookshelf to store my herbs (pictured below). These herbs are used in various ways, especially in my home pharmacy and travel pharmacy first aid (I’ll share that with you in the future).

It took a lot of time to compile my list, which by the way is always changing as I learn more. I decided to share my labor of love. I have not tried every herb listed, and there are many great herbs that are not on here simply because I selected ones that made sense for my family. Some I put on the list because I want to research them more before trying.

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