Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
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The Lazy Flax Bar – Vegetarian treat.
I can’t say exactly why, but I’m drawn to flax seeds lately. More specifically, ground flax.
When an article offering me 70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed arrived in my inbox, I knew it was destiny: eat some flax.
As a result, I whipped up these bars and, well, they’re awesome. They’ll satisfy any sweet tooth, as well as make any momma proud to serve these to her family (after she gobbles up a couple of them herself, of course).
Why call them The Lazy Flax Bars?
Well. I entered the kitchen to make these with crazy ambition to make Flax Balls. But, as I mixed up the recipe and saw the amount of “dough” being created, I quickly abandoned the idea of rolling out a gazillion balls. Read: I’m lazy.
Um, I quickly pressed them into a baking dish.
Therefore, these are ridiculously easy to make. They’ll freeze well if you want to save half for another day.
The Lazy Flax Bars are full of some good ingredients, including flax seeds. <– Good for your boobs.
(Tip: Buy flax seeds “whole” and grind them before using to receive the optimal nutrition.)
I also included Brain Octane oil, which is optional. <– Good for the brain.
I added dark chocolate chips. <– Good for the brain and heart, and let’s not forget our souls.)
Oh, there’s raw honey in there. <– Magical stuff. Nuff’ said.
Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor, give her a whirl. Done.
Ridiculously easy treat made with your food processor.
The Lazy Flax Bars
Yield 8×8 glass dish (call it 16 + bars)
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
- 1 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup dark, fair-trade chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup raw almond butter
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 tablespoons MCT oil, optional
- Good pinch sea salt
- Put all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until it is of a texture that holds together when you squeeze some with your fingers.
- Press into an 8X8 glass baking dish. Enjoy as is or with full-fat grass-fed yogurt or ice cream.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
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
. 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.)
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
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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.
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.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Broccoli Salad That Doesn’t Suck (with raw broccoli)
I prefer my broccoli cooked most of the time, because I think it’s healthy that way. However, I do find value in some raw broccoli on occasion. Raw broccoli offers nutrition that could be best taken in the raw state.
But, let’s be honest.
Raw broccoli kind of sucks.
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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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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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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.
- The chicken breasts must have the skin on.
- The chicken breasts must have the bone in.
- 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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