Grass-fed Kefir, an easy healthy drink to make.
Back a few years ago when we left our vegan ways, I started with a paleo approach, and it felt so good. So right for my family.
To everything there is a season, eh?
Slowly, as I learned more, I decided to add some dairy to our lives… IF(!) the dairy was whole-fat, grass-fed, organic (yada yada yada). As a result, we added raw cheese and (non-raw) yogurts. So far so good. Then, we added some grass-fed ice creams… although not often, the treat proved to be fine for us.
Now, for some reason I’m drawn to whole-fat, grass-fed dairy kefir, a probiotic beverage. Perhaps it’s because I want to try have foods as a steady probiotic source instead of taking probiotic capsules where I’m always wondering… “Are these active and helpful?”
Sadly, though, kefir (like I require: whole-fat, grass-fed and plain), is not something easily found in the health food store.
Kefir is similar to yogurt, but in a drinkable form and has some different nutritious elements than yogurt, i.e., kefir’s beneficial probiotics and yeasts. I learned about it here. Interestingly, kefir actually colonizes the intestine, whereas yogurt is transient, passing through to feed the good bacteria. Kefir is even known as milk champagne (um… OK!), which I find appropriate… a milk with a bit of effervescence.
Thus, both yogurt and kefir have a role.
I decided to try my hand at making it since I couldn’t find it.
The results? SUCCESS! It’s creamy, healthy, and delicious. Oh, it’s crazy easy, too.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Cabbage n Eggs n Black Coffee. Mmm mmm mmm.
I find there are days where it seems the only veggies getting served are at dinner.
That’s not cool.
In my attempt to get more veggies in our bellies, I have started adding them more often in breakfast meals. Today, I hit it out of the park with an easy, nutritious, one-skillet breakfast. My whole family was thrilled. I was thrilled. Everything in the world was good.
And… I decided that it’d make a super easy dinner the next time I need a nutritious meal on the table in under 15 minutes.
You know you want some. Trust me, it’s easy n delish.
Recipe: Cabbage n Eggs
Yield 2 good-sized servings
- grass-fed ghee or grass-fed butter
- less than 1/4 head of green cabbage, thinly sliced and chopped
- sea salt
- 4 organic, pasture-RAISED eggs
- Optional toppings: fresh herbs, grass-fed full-fat yogurt, organic salsa
- Heat some ghee or butter in a skillet. Add the green cabbage, and season with salt. Stir it a bit while it cooks.
- Once the cabbage is cooked to your liking, crack in the eggs.
- Stir the mixture to “scramble” the eggs and let it cook until it reaches your desired doneness.
- Portion into bowls. Top with fresh herbs, yogurt, and salsa, if desired.
Kamea likes yogurt. :)
You could swap out the cabbage with onions, kale, shredded carrots, or Brussels sprouts. Just use whatever you have on hand.
Monday, February 15th, 2016
Kristen Suzanne in Bulletproof Coffee
, coconut oil
, gluten free
, ice cream
, MCT oil
, raw eggs
Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream – Start your day with this and have the best day ever.
It’s no secret that I love matcha green tea powder. I’ve been diving deeply into the green goodness for little while, and I love it.
You can read here on the many ways I use matcha green tea powder as an energy giving beverage that keeps me calm and feeling a-mazing.
UPDATE APRIL 18, 2016 –
I now have a Kindle ebook featuring over 50 matcha recipes, Matcha Hacks…
it’s filled with fun matcha recipes. Get your copy here today!
Today, I’m sharing a recipe I whipped up, after being inspired by Dave Asprey’s “Get Some” Ice Cream.
My recipe for Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream is low-carb and great for the brain and body. It has Brain Octane MCT oil in it for energy boosting brain power… plus grass-fed butter for brain, skin, and gut health, and coconut oil which also benefits brain and body in many ways.
And… of course, it has matcha green tea powder in it which is so ridiculously fabulous for our health, too. So good. So good. So good.
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Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Beef Heart Goulash (gluten-free, grass-fed) for Valentine’s Day. I promise it’s delicious.
I present the most perfect Valentine’s Dish ever… Goulash made with beef heart.
Good for your heart, beef heart.
What could be better for your sweetheart than to eat some beef heart (grass-fed that is)?
With this recipe, you’ll boost your lover’s heart health with healthy ingredients from the cocoa to the turmeric to the cinnamon to the beef heart and more.
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Monday, December 14th, 2015
Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte – GOOD!
Tis the season to enjoy some fabulous holiday drinks and food. :) Mmmmmm yummmm.
I started my season a bit early … before Thanksgiving because I like it to last as long as possible. (We also had our tree up the week before Thanksgiving.) So, when I saw pumpkin pie pumpkins at Whole Foods early in the season I had to buy.
I’ve been making pumpkin by cooking it myself now that I’m a pro at using a slow cooker (you all know I have them coming out the wazoo). I used homemade pumpkin in my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and I’m using it again here in my Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte.
It’s really easy to do.
Basically, you pierce the pumpkin a few times, put it in the slow cooker, cook on High for up to 6 hours depending on the size of the pumpkin, scoop out the flesh and do something else with the seeds (if desired), and voila… pumpkin puree!
Or, scoop it out of a can or box. I’ve done both but there’s something about making it myself that makes it taste better to me.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte
Yield 1 to 2 servings (let’s be honest, I make this as one serving)
- 2 cups freshly brewed hot coffee
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup canned or freshly cooked pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pumpkin spice powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
- 2 raw pasture-raised egg yolks
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 3 to 5 drops liquid vanilla stevia (or sweetener of choice)
Blend everything together until creamy. Enjoy.
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Prevent or fight the flu with this crazy drink. Vitamin C for the win!
I have been drawn to vitamin c a lot over the past couple of years for fighting pretty much any and all viruses. The sh*t is good and effective. Load up on it for great health.
So it’s no surprise that I concocted a weird mix of ingredients to make a powerfully protective drink to guzzle through the flu season. I find myself drinking this at least once a day, and if I don’t get all fancy with the recipe below, at a minimum I use spring water, lemon juice, cayenne, and vitamin c powders.
And, I’m ridiculously infatuated with everything Dr. Schulze – his products are truly thoughtful and of the highest quality. I love his videos and blog and his seriously high standards for products. I imagine harps are being played while he creates them, they’re that special. (I’ll do another post later on all of the stuff I use of his.)
BEAUTY BONUS: my skin looks extra amazing lately –
either from all of this vitamin c or from the Living Libations products I drench my skin in – most likely BOTH!
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Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Turmeric Almond Milk – Anti-inflammatory goodness
I recently shared a popular almond milk I made using lavender and rose. Check it out.
I was inspired to take my raw almond milk in another direction…
Turmeric Almond Milk.
Turmeric has some amazing health benefits from being anti-inflammatory to boosting your overall health. (My husband has an injured shoulder and I’ve been giving him a decently high dosage of curcumin (in supplement form), plus all the turmeric I douse our food with… and it’s helping immensely.)
Turmeric Almond Milk is easy to make and delicious. I like to drink it by the glass usually, but I also use it in soups, smoothies, and chia pudding (see picture below for that recipe).
And, let’s be real… I make fresh homemade almond milk because it doesn’t have any of the risky preservatives or emulsifiers. (<– yuck.) So, remember, natural almond milk will separate and you need to simply give it a shake before using.
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Lavender Rose Almond Milk
I was inspired to make this beautiful floral almond milk.
It was so simple… I had some almonds soaking to make a raw vegan almond milk. I grabbed my jars of organic dried lavender and rose petals. (I bought the lavender and rose from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
It was really easy.
I soaked the raw organic almonds overnight, and then let them sprout a bit the next day.
A lovely, calming almond milk.
I put them in my Vita-Mix high-speed blender with a bunch of my favorite spring water, Castle Rock Water. It was my first time using spring water in my nut milk. I also added a pinch of sea salt.
At this point I added a couple hefty 3-finger pinches of the lavender and then of the rose petals.
I blended this beautiful concoction for about a minute.
I strained out the milk.
Now… I’m enjoying it.
Where’s my coffee and gluten free granola?
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Kristen Suzanne in avocado
, gluten free
, Green smoothie
, raw recipes
A “healthy” green smoothie.
This delightfully fatty and low carb smoothie is a regular in my life. Who would’ve guessed that people would start going all gaga over fat?
The day has come. Fat is a star (healthy fats, of course).
You should make this smoothie.
It’s amped with nutrition… check it out.
- Broccoli sprouts. Those are powerful.
- Ginger —> anti-inflammatory.
- Avocado is fiber, fat, nutrients, and helps us absorb the other nutrients in the smoothie.
- Spring water is a no-brainer for me these days. I finally bought into that whole thing. Literally. I ordered a pallet of it.
- Cucumber is hydrating and good for the skin.
- Celery is tasty and has potassium and folate.
- Lime is fun. (vitamin c, bioflavonoids, etc)
Go make one!
Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie
- 1 to 1/2 cups spring water (I like Castle Rock)
- Fresh ginger
- Sea salt
- Lime (peel and all)
- Avocado (no peel… or pit)
- Broccoli Sprouts!
Blend it up in a Vita-mix (<– A Vita-mix is worth the hefty price tag – I’ve had mine forever).
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Kristen Suzanne in cookies
, gluten free
, macadamia nuts
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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