Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Recipe: Reishi Nighttime Mocha – Relaxing and Delicious

Reishi Nighttime Mocha - relax yourself with each sip

Reishi Nighttime Mocha – relax yourself with each sip

I’ve been a fan of adding chinese medicine herbs (tonic herbs) into my drinks and foods for years. You can see it evident in the multiple recipes on my blog that use them.

I use them a lot here.

Here’s a Bulletproof -style mocha with tonic herbs.

Mushroom Coffee

Damn Good Gluten Free Muffins with tonic herbs.

My Big-Ass Brisket uses tonic herbs.

Souped Up Soup uses them to add nutrition to boxed soup.

See? I use tonic herbs in my life a lot.

So, the other night, I made a delicious decaf coffee elixir utilizing some powerfully relaxing reishi, and it was so effective that I had to share it.

Reishi: A powerful herb for the immune system and longevity

Reishi: A powerful herb for the immune system and longevity

For those of you who don’t know, reishi is basically a potent mushroom tonic herb with many potential health benefits, including some mega relaxation. There’s even a legend that women who consume reishi while pregnant end up having calm babies, known as “reishi babies.” It also has a long history of use as an immune health builder, cancer fighter, and overall longevity supporter. It’s known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” which pretty much says it all.

Um, yeah okay, I’ll take some of all of that.

Reishi Nighttime Mocha Recipe

Blend it all together in a high-speed blender and sip your way to relaxation and a happy heart.

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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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Sunday, August 9th, 2015

(Recipe) Simple Salmon Baby Bok Choy Recipe – Delicious and Healthy!

Delicious Wild-Caught King Salmon and Bok Choy

Delicious Wild-Caught King Salmon and Baby Bok Choy

I made this super easy and healthy dinner the other night: a bowl of baby bok choy with some wild-caught king salmon on top.

If you don’t count the time the salmon bakes in the oven (which is 20 to 30 minutes), this meal took literally 10 minutes to prepare, and it’s not food from a box. It’s healthy, wholesome, and will make you proud.

It was so good.

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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

(Recipe) Chocolate Coconut Cookies (almost paleo, gluten-free, oat-free)

Chocolate Protein Cookies (almost paleo)

Chocolate Protein Cookies (almost paleo)

One of my favorite cookies from childhood is a no-bake cookie. Over the years I’ve tried to make a Kristen-approved version that I can enjoy without a second thought, but honestly… I always fail.

Sure my cookies meet my high health standards, but do they remotely resemble no-bake cookies? Nope. I don’t even try anymore. They really need peanut butter to make that ol’ no-bake cookie flavor, but I can’t bring myself to buy peanut butter.

That said, my Chocolate Coconut Cookies are so good(!) and they don’t need to be baked. They have vitamin E rich sunflower seeds, they’re full of texture and flavor, and they have ample protein and fat. They’re pretty much paleo if you don’t mind a bit of butter (you could substitute some delicious grass-fed ghee if you wanted, or coconut oil).

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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, 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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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip SLOW COOKER GRANOLA

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip SLOW COOKER Granola. YES!

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.

Chocolate Chips.

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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Friday, February 6th, 2015

My Big-Ass Brisket Makes Two(!) 4-Person Meals – Go Big or Go Home

by Kristen Suzanne in grass fed beef, omnivore, recipe
My Big-Ass Brisket - go big or go home.

My Big-Ass Brisket with Mashed Potatoes – go big or go home.

My Big-Ass Brisket recipe serves four people. Twice. That’s like eight servings I’m talking about. So, for my family of 2.5, I’m getting around three dinners from this meal (you gotta make the vegetable side dish though).

It’s seriously delicious and mega healthy comfort food. You just want to put your head in the bowl (provided you serve it with seriously buttered and fluffy mashed potatoes, as seen above), and take a nap in it.

I like naps.

That’s the kind of meal I like to make in 2015 since I’m taking it easy this year. It was easy to put together and it fed my family for three nights. Wow. Imagine everything you can do with the free time because your dinner is basically already made for three dinners! I’m thinking reading a book, taking a nap (did I mention I like naps? When will Kamea like naps?), watching an episode of Suits. Oh the options are endless.

Brisket and purple cabbage - mmmmmm is all I can say.

Brisket and purple cabbage (from day 2) – mmmmmm is all I can say.

You need to make this.

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