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.)
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.
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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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
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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.
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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