Thursday, June 25th, 2015
My awesome four year old girl.
I was at mom’s the other night with my daughter and it was time for dinner. I didn’t have too much planned, but I did want Kamea to have sardines (we try to eat them once a week, along with a meal or two of wild-caught salmon roe and a meal of wild-caught salmon).
She likes sardines enough, but it’s not like she loves them. I can’t blame her though I’ve come a long way in
loving appreciating them. I will say this… she likes pulling out the little spine of each one and munching on that separately. #Calcium. :)
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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
Kristen Suzanne in avocado
, easy raw vegan recipe
, gluten free
, MAC knife
, raw recipes
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.
Moldy: a documentary everyone should see.
Wow, I just watched the new documentary MOLDY from Bulletproof Founder, Dave Asprey… and, it freaked me out a bit.
MOLDY brings together the country’s top medical experts and mold survivors to pull back the curtain on a silent epidemic affecting 45 million households in the U.S. alone.
Toxic mold causes devastating illness as it hides in plain sight inside our food supply and nearly one out of every three buildings.
This gripping and insightful documentary will teach you how to recognize the conditions necessary for mold to thrive, and how to navigate the murky waters of recovery of both home and health.
I have always known that mold could be an issue for my family because my mom is allergic to penicillin. That said, I didn’t think much beyond the drug as to possible problems with mold.
After watching the documentary, MOLDY, I’m thinking again. People can be really sick from all kinds of mold, not just the kind in penicillin (or peanuts, for that matter).
Specifically, I’m thinking of the intense (and too frequent for my liking) sinus headaches I get, and the rain that gets in my bedroom balcony door, wetting the carpet! For years! Could there be a connection?
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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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Monday, May 25th, 2015
Kristen Suzanne in beauty
, grass fed beef
, MCT oil
Snack Bar Basket is a time and sanity saver.
I’m trying three groovy new things this week:
- Bar (the kind you eat)
- Herbal Cold & Flu Shot
- Pavlok (zapping behavior modding device)
Let’s dive in and start with the food. Duh.
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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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Kamea and I having fun.
I’m thinking about the strain we parents put on ourselves when we prioritize our children’s well-being so much that we neglect ourselves.
We forsake our own health.
That doesn’t feel right to me. Isn’t that the wrong way to live?
I’m reminded of how airplane flights start with the following, “Put your mask on first so that you can better assist others.” Those seem like smart words by which to live.
However, the idea of putting children first is natural to many of us. But here’s the thing… if we neglect ourselves we can set ourselves up for illness in the future, when our kids are adults.
We harm our own health now because we “don’t have time” to care for ourselves properly, only to turn around and put the awful stress and strain on our children when they are adults and need to take care of us.
I know friends who are caring for their unwell elderly parents. It’s hard on my friends. Very hard.
It makes me wonder… if those ill parents had better managed their health (I know some didn’t know any better, but we do!), then would they be experiencing old age with more strength, and not depending on their kids to take care of them so much? Would they be less of a stress on my friends who care for them? I think so.
This inspires me to care for myself and make it a priority. I take time to eat well, get quality rest, meditate, and exercise. It means making adjustments to my schedule so I get the needed “me time.” This will create a healthier future-me so I don’t put that stress on Kamea to care for me (when she’s an adult and I’m an old lady). I plan to live over 100 years after all. That said, when I reach 110, all bets are off.
Plus, and this is a big plus… kids learn by example. How can I expect my daughter prioritize her own health and well being, if I’m not doing it myself?