Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

My Post-Barre Class Ginger Green Smoothie

Ginger Green Smoothie for after Barre Class.

Ginger Green Smoothie for after Barre Class.

This smoothie was so tasty that I wanted to share the recipe with you.

I enjoyed all four cups of it after my first barre class. Holy smokes was that class tough. Have you ever done a barre class? My hips, thighs, calves, and butt were on fiyaaaa! It’s all good though. I’m interested in shapely legs and a strong core. This class should do the trick.

And, let’s be honest. If you want to look good naked (in the light, let’s say), then you have to exercise (at least when you’re in your 30s and up), especially if you’ve birthed babies. Sure, a great diet can make you look good in clothes, but exercise is essential to looking really good sans clothing.

Anyway, let’s not waste any more time. Here’s a great smoothie that takes barely a minute to make.

Ginger Green Smoothie

Yield 1 quart

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 hefty knob ginger
  • pinch sea salt
Blend. Enjoy or pack it in a sassy cooler bag and take it with you to go. (I just love that bag. It’s the perfect size to fill with a big lunch or food for both Kamea and me.)

 

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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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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, June 15th, 2015

Recipe: Apple Avocado Smoothie For Lunch

Apple Avocado Smoothie and a princess bank compliments of Kamea.

Apple Avocado Smoothie (and a princess bank compliments of Kamea).

Now that it’s getting warmer (much warmer in AZ), I’ve been making smoothies for lunch more often than not. They’re refreshing and they help keep my body cool.

Today’s smoothie recipe is a favorite of mine for a few reasons.

  • The flavor is light and has the perfect level of sweetness.
  • It’s satiating and creamy.
  • It has avocado and cucumber, which are beauty foods to me.
  • It’s easy, as most smoothie recipes are.

Recipe: Apple Avocado Smoothie

Yield 1 to 2 servings

  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 8 ounces (cold) filtered water or coconut water
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • squeeze of fresh lime

Blend the ingredients and enjoy.

PS Here are a couple of other great recipes for the warm weather: Beauty Soup and Spring Power Applesauce.

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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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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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Sunday, April 12th, 2015

DAMN GOOD GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS. Made These 4X In 1 Week.

Damn good chocolate gluten-free muffins.

Damn good chocolate gluten-free muffins.

Yummy gluten-free chocolate muffins and friends are two awesome things.

Over the years I’ve become friends with various women around the world via the internet. It’s a great way to find like-minded people when you struggle with finding them in your local community. Enter: The Nourished Village.

The Nourished Village was created by my sweet friend, Joanna, to bring (and support) like-minded moms together in a virtual community. It’s just lovely. It’s filled with friendly people, recipes, empowering ideas, and caring support as we mamas navigate parenthood (asking questions in the Facebook Group like… Are you getting dental X-rays on your little one? What supplements do you give your kids? What are the best foods for growing bodies? How can we mom’s deal with motherhood in style and with grace? What schools are you thinking about for your child? That’s also where I heard about this Chocolate Gluten-free Muffin recipe.)

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Don’t Be Afraid of the Brine. Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce Recipe.

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, pastured chicken, recipe
Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce and green cauliflower

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce and green(!) cauliflower

My husband really loves chicken and we have it on the menu about once a week for dinner. I generally make it, whole, in a slow cooker (as a soup) or something else easy (roasted in a dutch oven).

On occasion for our chicken meal, I make some killer chicken breasts. These require a bit more work, but day-uummm they are good.

However(!), I have three requirements.

  1. The chicken breasts must have the skin on.
  2. The chicken breasts must have the bone in.
  3. And, most importantly, the chicken breasts must come from a pasture-raised organic bird… or I won’t even bother.

Once those criteria are met, I get to making pan-roasted chicken breasts with an easy pan sauce and my family is extra happy.

Brining Alert! The recipe includes brining the chicken breasts which is actually easy and only takes about 30 minutes. I’ll admit, I’ve always been intimidated by the whole brining thing, but turns out, it’s easy. I learned about it from America’s Test Kitchen, cuz they brine their breasts, and I trust their recommendations.

Know this: The brine keeps the breasts juicy and flavorful. Totally recommend.

Know this, too: Don’t be afraid of the brine.

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

I Used My Soup-Making Genes From Dad For This Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, gluten free, recipe, soup
Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup - Soooo good.

Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup – Soooo good.

My dad is a chef and my mom is no stranger to the kitchen either. I’m pretty sure I get my comfort in the kitchen because of my genes. Ok, so maybe there’s some nurture going on, too, since I practice. A lot.

Back to my dad. He owned a popular restaurant in Michigan with my uncle until only a few years ago when they retired. Dad was the chef. Uncle was front of the house. Both perfectly suited to their jobs. (Mom was famous for her cheesecake and her table-side cooking, which I will share a funny story of that in the future.)

One of the things for which my dad was known was his soup making abilities. People still talk about it.

The other night I wanted to make a homemade soup with the cauliflower I had. I don’t usually relish the thought of making cauliflower to eat (roasted or steamed) but I do enjoy it in a soup. I also had some carrots and onion and homemade bone broth (i.e., stock). I teach you how to make your own bone broth easily here.

I was feeling soulful and decided that I would activate my dad’s soup-making genes in me to enhance my soup. It totally worked.

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