Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Recipe: No-Mayo Deviled Eggs.

by Kristen Suzanne in eggs, gluten free, herbs, omnivore, pastured eggs, recipe
No-Mayo Deviled Eggs. Mmm so good.

No-Mayo Deviled Eggs. Mmm so good.

I love Deviled Eggs, but they weren’t something I was making since my beloved eggs came back into my life … because, well, they’re usually made with mayonnaise.

We don’t eat mayonnaise. Why don’t we eat mayo? Because it usually has vegetable oil in it, which we don’t eat. Ever, if I can help it. (Oh, and it’s not something I want to make myself even if I do use a quality oil.)

But.

One day I had a spoonful of Straus Whole-Fat Greek Yogurt and my life changed. It was thick, creamy, and a bit tangy. It reminded me of eating cream cheese actually and who doesn’t like cream cheese? Anyway, I knew that I had to create a Deviled Egg recipe using this fantastic Greek yogurt in place of the usual mayo.

I haven’t tried other Greek yogurts because I can’t find any that are grass-fed. We do the grass-fed thing in our house. It’s the only kind of animal products I’ll buy.

So, here’s how I make my No-Mayo Deviled Eggs that my family devours in an instant. Sadly, Deviled Eggs are a bit of a pain in the ass to make, eh? Hard boil the eggs, peel ‘em (I actually like that part if there are only about six eggs, because I get zen and mindful while doing it), take out the soft-ish-hard boiled yolks, make the filling, fill the whites. Phew.

All that just to have them devoured in the blink of an eye. Ah well… I’d say they’re worth the trouble, because seeing my family snack on something so healthy makes my heart sing.

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

I’m Now Making Kefir. Didn’t Expect That.

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, kefir, Kristen Suzanne
Grass-fed Kefir, an easy healthy drink to make.

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-fatgrass-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

Recipe: A Real-Food Nutritious Breakfast in Our Home: Cabbage n Eggs

Cabbage n Eggs n Black Coffee. Mmm mmm mmm.

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.

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
  1. Heat some ghee or butter in a skillet. Add the green cabbage, and season with salt. Stir it a bit while it cooks.
  2. Once the cabbage is cooked to your liking, crack in the eggs.
  3. Stir the mixture to “scramble” the eggs and let it cook until it reaches your desired doneness.
  4. Portion into bowls. Top with fresh herbs, yogurt, and salsa, if desired.
Kamea likes yogurt. :)

Kamea likes yogurt. :)

You could swap out the cabbage with onions, kale, shredded carrots, or Brussels sprouts. Just use whatever you have on hand.

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Monday, February 15th, 2016

Recipe: Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream (Low-Carb)

Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream - Start your day with this.

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

Recipe: 1-Pot Beef Heart Goulash (Gluten-free). Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Beef Heart Goulash (gluten-free, grass-fed) for Valentine's Day.

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.

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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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

A Day in Our Homeschooling Life

by Kristen Suzanne in home school, kamea
A day with my kiddo. Homeschooling with unschooling.

A day with my kiddo. Homeschooling with unschooling.

My daughter is five years old, and on this day of homeschooling, we did mostly “unschooling” (basically teaching through life experiences instead of having a set curriculum).
Here is a list of things we did in one day:
  • Electric cars – we talked about electric cars as we walked by them at Whole Foods in the parking lot. The discussion was why they can be important, how they work, and benefits to drivers of electric cars.
  • Barrett Jackson Auto Show – this is an annual event in Scottsdale and when it’s here we frequently drive by it, which brought it up for discussion. On this day we discussed what it was, why, and antique cars.
  • Colony Collapse Disorder – After seeing a bumble bee on a  reusable shopping bag we discussed colony collapse disorder which involved what it is, theories about why it’s happening, and what we might do to help.
  • Reading – She read words on signs at Whole Foods.
  • Omega Fatty Acids –  I’ve been diving deep into learning about omega fatty acids. While reading about them, Kamea asked me to tell her about them. So, we talked about the differences in them (n-6 vs n-3), their importance and health implications, and what foods have which.
  • Physical movement – We climbed our stairs for 15 minutes, up and down.
  • Rebounding – (more physical movement) rebounding on the Bellicon rebounder is a daily event when the TV is on. Bellicon is the BEST. (We get a lot of movement daily since we threw our couch away)
  • Reading – She read a beginner book to me and did a math worksheet (we wouldn’t usually use a math worksheet with unschooling, but on occasion I like to check in with what she knows.
  • Games (to learn math) – We played Yahtzee Jr, Monopoly Jr., and Play Nine where she practiced math without realizing it. Now, that’s unschooling.
  • Art – She did a lot of art (that’s daily). She loves painting, drawing, stamps, and this DohVinci is a new fascination.
  • Dolls – She played dolls with Greg, where used the opportunity to teach while playing.
That’s not all we did but that’s off the top of my head.
Oh: Here’s a great buy: I recently bought these refrigerator magnets to make reading and sentence formation way more fun than worksheets.
Refrigerator magnets for homeschooling.

Refrigerator magnets for homeschooling.

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Monday, December 21st, 2015

9 Tips to Hack Stress. Instantly.

Feeling gratitude for my husband, Greg.

Feeling gratitude for my husband, Greg.

It’s been a couple of years now that I’ve had a focus in my life on meditation so that I could calm my mind, body, and soul.

In fact, two years ago it was the only goal I set for 2014 because it was THAT important.

I even felt it was probably more important than my healthy eating habits or exercise, because stress wreaks havoc on a body.

I figured if I could reduce stress and just go with the flow more and chill the f#*k out, that I would probably increase my longevity … more than all the best eating or exercising I could ever do.

That said, I knew a combo of:

  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise
  • Living a calm life …

THAT would be the ultimate.

Well, I pretty much dialed in the healthy eating bit, eh? And exercise and moving? Heck, we got rid of our dining table and couch -> embracing the “furniture free” movement. Check!

Next, I needed to focus on calming my sh*t down.

I’m proud to say that I’ve come a loooong way and I’ve learned a lot the past few years including this post detailing how and why my family meditates, including our daughter (she’s 5 now).

Meditation has changed my life for sure. It’s helped me react less to stressful times. But, I found ways to cope when those stressful times still reared their ugly heads.

That’s what this post is about! I came up with nine ways to instantly chill out. Seriously, they work.

Oh.. And. This past year I found Taoism – WHOA – but that’s for another post.

In the rush of the *sometimes stressful* holidays, these are extra important. Warning: my mouth runs a bit foul in this post. 

Here are my top 9 ways to immediately hack your stress and get calm. 

The next time your feathers get ruffled, try one of these ideas and see how it instantly calms you. Over time, the more you do this, the more natural it becomes and the more calm you feel ongoing.

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Monday, December 14th, 2015

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte – This is Fun!

Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte - GOOD!

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.

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Monday, December 7th, 2015

Recipe: My Crazy Weird Spicy Vitamin C “Protection” Drink

Prevent or fight the flu with this crazy drink. Vitamin C for the win!

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 30th, 2015

Me, Hot Yoga, and My Favorite Hot Yoga Mat (Yoga Design Lab)

by Kristen Suzanne in review, yoga
Stunning" Yoga Design Lab" hot yoga mat.

Stunning “Yoga Design Lab” hot yoga mat.

I’ve been dabbling in yoga over the past year.

I say dabble because although there are times I practice twice a week or more, there are times where I go weeks without it. Sigh.

I love it though.

The times I don’t get to practice are because life gets in the way, which isn’t a good excuse, except for me –> I like to practice my yoga in a class instead of alone at home. And getting to a class can be difficult sometimes. (Though I’m open to trying yoga at home in the future so I can take my mat on the road with me when we travel.)

As of a couple of months ago, I consider myself still a bit of a newbie at yoga, but since I knew most of the moves, I decided to try adding heated yoga into my practice. I went to Village Health Club and Spa, where we belong (and LOVE), and had my first heated class a few months ago. They have the best classes and teachers for all their other classes so I felt confident trying my hand at a heated yoga class in spite of feeling intimidated by the class.

Kamea at Village Health Club (Scottsdale, DC location)

Kamea at Village Health Club (Scottsdale, DC location)

Um.

OMG.

Awesome.

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