Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Kristen Suzanne in antioxidants
, Bulletproof Coffee
, gluten free
, grass fed butter
, MCT oil
, pastured eggs
, raw eggs
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.
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.
Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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.
Bulletproof Coffee with Turmeric Essential Oil
Today, I made an exceptionally wonderful mug of coffee, using Dave Asprey’s base recipe of Bulletproof Coffee® to start. I added anti-inflammatory magic from turmeric essential oil. I also added collagen protein to keep me satisfied all morning.
You might remember I wrote about making my Golden Coffee where I added turmeric powder. I’m a fan of turmeric for its health promoting properties and I’m always looking to upgrade my nutrition, especially when it’s easy to do.
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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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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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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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My Blu Burger Grille Mod
Here’s another quick mod to a restaurant menu I do when we eat at Blu Burger. (Here is my Chipotle Mod. Here is my True Food Kitchen Mod.)
Why do I modify my foods at restaurants? Probably because I won’t truly enjoy my meal if I don’t. Simply put: most restaurants aren’t cooking with ingredients or methods that optimize health (i.e., burgers on grills or health destroying oils like canola oil). I know you might think I’m a bit … errrr … extreme. Hello, my name is Kristen, have you met me?
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Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Chef Pascal and me. He’s funny and French.
I’ve mentioned a few times that I recently took a 6-month course at a local cooking school to increase my skills in the kitchen. When I went from vegan to omni, I was feeling out of sorts in the kitchen. I ruined too many grass-fed steaks and wild-caught fish.
So, I talked mom into taking this course at Classic Cooking Academy.
It was amazing, fun, and worth every penny especially since I learned to shuck oysters! I don’t know about you, but watching that on YouTube is not as good as practicing in a class with a professional to guide you.
Learning to shuck oysters makes you a total bad-ass.
And, we learned to make things like this…
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Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Golden Coffee – brain boosting and anti-inflammatory. YES!
I’ve been drinking a coffee shake type drink (or Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee®) for the past couple of years. I make it most mornings. Lately, I’m adding a new twist to it.
I was hesitant because I didn’t think it’d taste very good, but I tried it, and ya know what? It’s just fine! I don’t even know it’s in there (and neither does Greg – hehe). Now, I’m hooked because it’s an easy way to get some of this anti-inflammatory and brain-boosting herb/spice into my diet – daily. And, if I have a decaf bulletproof coffee at night, which I’m known to do because it’s satisfying like a dessert even though there is no sugar in it, then I’ll get a double serving of turmeric. <– Bring it!
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip SLOW COOKER Granola. YES!
Remember that EASY slow cooker recipe I shared for making granola? It was good, wasn’t it? Easy, too, right?
Well, I decided to make another batch with a bit of a twist.
I’m not going to bore you with anything else… here’s the recipe.
Wait, you know what? I will mention one thing. This stuff makes a great gift. Make a batch and divide it into pint-sized glass mason jars. Maybe put a cute label on it or a ribbon if you’re that kind of person. Give these away to family, friends, teachers, etc. It’s so good – you really should share it.
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