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Smoothie and salads for the brain

If there is one thing people who know me well know, it’s that I’m a thorough investigator with things that I am deeply interested in. I think has something to do with my father being a former investigator. Runs in the family. Ha!

When I first came across Bulletproof, the company completely intrigued me. First I tried their coffee, which is amazing and one that we always have in our home. Then, I moved on to the brain octane oil.  It’s a reliable and quick source of energy from fat, not sugar. It also helps your body burn fat. The best part, because I’m an overtired parent, it helps with mental clarity. Yes, please!

We’ve been using it for quite a while now, and I wanted to share a couple of different ways we incorporate into our lifestyle.

Smoothies, who doesn’t like a good smoothie. We make them often. Here is what we add…

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1 cup organic spinach

1 Tablespoon hemp hearts

1 Tablespoon brain octane oil

1 scoop Bulletproof collagen protein powder

1 cup of filtered water or more or less depending on what consistency you like. You can also add almond milk.

Blend it up and enjoy!

The other easy option for adding this amazing brain boost in, is salads.  We eat our fair share of salads around here, so this is an easy one for us too. Here is a simple recipe for a yummy dinner salad…you can add your own measurements depending on how much you are making.

1 cup arugula

1/2-1 avocado

chopped up cilantro

1/2 of a chopped up red onion

1 Persian cucumber

sun dried tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

For the dressing…

1-2 tablespoons brain octane oil

1 fresh squeezed lemon

Himalayan pink salt

sprinkle of pepper and I sometimes will add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.

That’s it!! Super easy and full of great fats.

I can’t wait to hear if you try the oil, it really is amazing for your body. Also, I would love to hear if you already use it and the ways that you incorporate into your life.

Stay healthy, friends!!

 

 

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superfood Smoothie and more

Hello!!!

I’ve been pretty quiet around here lately. Life is so busy, truth be told, I’m having a hard time keeping up with this space. We’ve gone through some changes all around in the last 6 months, and I’m trying to just stay afloat. All is good and will eventually get better down the road, but for now I’ve really had to keep my focus on Love Threads, as that is our main income.

I will however try to keep up more consistently on here. As some of you know I love anything health. After battling a few less healthy lifestyles in the past, this is something that I care deeply about. I’m hoping to share yummy, healthy recipes and anything else that may come to mind.

If you’re still hanging around, thanks for your patience. Life has a funny way of pulling you in different directions when you least expect it.

Love to you all!

This is my current addiction…

Cauliflower blueberry reishi smoothie

1/2 bag of Trader Joes’s frozen organic riced cauliflower

1 scoop Pescience peanut butter cookie protein powder

1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries

1 heaping teaspoon Sun Potion reishi (benefits of this adaptogen below)

1/2 – 1 cup filtered water

Blend together and enjoy! Add the water slowly so you get the consistency that you like for your smoothies. I like mine thick!

Ok, reishi!! First off, it’s amazing! Reishi is an adaptogen, which means it adapts to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.

Reishi is known as the “queen healer mushroom”. This potent herb is capable of helping the body to overcome any health challenges it may encounter, while improving its ability to resist stress.  Promoting calmness, balance and inner strength. I love adding it to smoothies or making a tea.

I use Sun Potions reishi. I love their herbs and stand fully behind them. I also love that they are a local company in Santa Barbara.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Rigoni di asiago

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This family business is one that you will for sure want to add to your pantry.  Everything we tried from them was AMAZING!!  All of their products are clean, organic and GMO free. It’s always nice to find a sweet treat that is still very clean. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I had no problem trying each and every one of Rigoni’s spreads.  Of course, my favorite was the hazelnut spread with cocoa and milk. OMG!! An easy and great replacement for you Nutella lovers.  Also, their sweetner is so yummy in hot tea. It’s a low glycemic sweetner from apples. Win win!!

We are all about healthy living over here, and this company hits all of the marks.  Go try their products, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Chosen Foods

 

 

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We are continuing our healthy eating/cooking segment over here, and we have found a new favorite! Chosen Foods, they make a wide variety of cooking essentials.  We do a lot of cooking in our home. Matter of fact, we cook almost every night.

When cooking with different temperatures it’s important that you use the right oils. Chosen Foods makes that easy for you. They have their avocado oil spray, which is for higher temps, and their olive oil spray for lower temps. Both are sprays, which seriously makes life so much easier. Especially when you are roasting veggies all of the time, like we are.

They also make an amazing sesame drizzle oil, that we tried. This is the prefect oil to drizzle over your meal right before eating. It goes amazing with stir-fry. we also tried their quinoa and chia seeds, which you can never go wrong with using.

There are so many “healthy” choices out there these days, it’s important to know which companies are “truly” healthy. We love Chosen Foods, and believe the company is doing a superior job to make sure your health is number one!

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The Perfect snack bar

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Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We did a lot of r&r around here. I have been doing a high intensity workout since April, and I have to say it’s been challenging, but good.  I have been fortunate or not fortunate, however you want to look at it, to not have to work out my whole life, until now.  I’m 39, and let’s just say my body doesn’t just drop weight like it use to.

All of that being said, I have recently started counting my macros. This has worked really well for me. Remember, everyone’s body is different, what works for one person may not work for another. This is what I needed. My personality is the type that one isn’t enough and ten isn’t enough either, so I wanted to find a balance. This also keeps me accountable, which is what I need.

I’m always searching for the best products for myself. Easy meals, on the go snacks, etc…When I came across Square Organics they sounded like the perfect snack bar. All organic and super clean ingredients, just what I like. I don’t have one favorite flavor, they are all amazing! The whole family actually liked them, even Eleanor. The macros fit right into my food diary for an easy snack, or even a meal if I’m really on the go.  Most of the time, they are a snack for me.

Head over to their site and check some out for yourself.  They were generous enough to offer our readers 20% off. Please use the code goodnewssantabarbara. There is no limit, so try them all!!!

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Big Sur/San Francisco Trip

 

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Helloooo!!

I know it’s been forever since I have been in this space. Feels good to be back posting, even if it’s just for a minute. I have been so busy with Love Threads, that I have abandoned this space a little bit. Opps!

We decided last month that we needed a little getaway. We usually go to Sayulita, Mexico around this time, but we decided, with how busy the store was, we better stay somewhat close, and make it a quick trip.

We drove to Big Sur for a few nights, and stayed at Glen Oaks.  I highly recommend it.  Everyone was super nice and the rooms were very clean and comfortable.  We had the most amazing food while we were in Big Sur. Everything we ate seemed so fresh and healthy. We had brunch at Deetjen’s, lunch at Nepenthe , and dinner at Big Sur River Inn, which was perfect with Eleanor. On another day, we visited the most amazing bakery, Big Sur Bakery. So so tasty!! We also did the iconic hike to McWay Falls. Absolutely breathtaking! Big Sur is a sleepy town, with what felt like a lot of good, mellow energy. Exactly what we needed.

We drove up the coast to San Francisco next, and pretty much ate our way through the city. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, but, I did noticed this time that it was a little more difficult with Eleanor. Now I know why people in NYC, and other big cities are always at the parks. Eleanor isn’t use to being in the car so much, but overall she did well. We did fall upon this amazing park, Dolores Park. We let her run and play for a good couple of hours, to get out some much needed energy.

I had to hit up the famous Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, for their cruffin. They make 150 a day, you’re only allowed two per person, and they go fast! I stood in line, while Dave sat in the car with Eleanor, and I hit the jackpot! Made the cut-off, barely. Totally worth the wait, do it!!!

I hope to be back in this space more, it’s just hard with being a mommy and running a business. Regardless, I will always pop back to share anything fun and exciting!!

Love you all!

xo

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Turmeric Breakfast Muffins

 

 

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The other day I was cruising through Instagram, while nursing, and found this amazing recipe, that I had to share.  I’m always looking for that perfect, healthy, muffin recipe. Here is what I have come to understand, about 1 in every 5 healthy recipes, that I try, turn out to be keepers. So, after trying this one, we all agreed it was a good one!

I found it on the amazing IG account, @gkstories. If you’d like different alternatives for some of the ingredients, he does list them on his site.

Here is the recipe I followed…

Turmeric & Blueberry Breakfast Muffins with a Granola Topping
Makes 12 large or 15 smaller

This makes a rather large batch for our small family, so we usually freeze half of them.

Dry ingredients
100 g / 1 cup walnuts
85 g /1 cup rolled oats, use gluten free if intolerant
90 g / 2/3 cup buckwheat flour + 2 tbsp arrowroot (or potato starch)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp turmeric (use a little less if you are not used to the flavor)
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
½ tsp sea salt
a pinch black pepper

Wet ingredients
160 ml / 2/3 cup buttermilk or plant yogurt
80 ml / 1/3 cup olive oil or butter
2 ripe bananas, mashed
5 fresh dates, mashed
3 large eggs (or 3 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 9 tbsp water)

A large handful blueberries, frozen or fresh

Granola topping
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp olive oil/coconut oil
1 tbsp runny honey

Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease the pan with oil or butter. Add walnuts and rolled oats to a food processor or blender (or mortle) and mix quickly into a coarse flour. Transfer to a large mixing bowl together with the rest of the dry ingredients. Add buttermilk, oil, bananas and dates to the food processor or blender and mix until smooth, then transfer to the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and beat them for about a minute before adding them as well. Use a spatula to carefully fold everything until combined. Divide the batter into the muffin tins, drop a bunch of blueberries on top of each muffin and gently push them down a bit. Mix together the granola crumble in a small bowl and add it on top of the muffins. Bake for about 18-20 minutes. Best enjoyed still warm from the oven.

Recipe is adapted from here.

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Holiday Baking

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The baking continues over in our household. I came across this amazing vegan sugar cookie recipe (yes, it’s amazing), and wanted to share it with you.

I hope everyone is enjoying this season as much as I am. Having a little one, really makes it that much more special.

Also, I made a promise to myself, that I am hitting the gym after the holidays. UGH! I have never liked the gym, like not even a little bit. Send some good gym juju my way, please. Ha!

On that note, here is the amazing vegan sugar recipe…

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup soft but not melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, soymilk, or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut, soy, or almond milk
  • sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, coconut oil, 1/4 cup coconut milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed to combine. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and cream of tartar until blended. If dough is too crumbly, add a little more milk until it comes together. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with cooking spray. Divide dough in half. Roll each dough half to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface cut out with cookie cutters. Dough may need to warm up a little before it’s easy to roll out. Place shapes on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake 7-8 minutes until edges just begin to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. To make icing, place powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Spread on cooled cookies or use a piping bag to make designs. Use sprinkles or sanding sugar to decorate. adapted from Betty Crocker

Yield: 12 cookies depending on size 
Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook time: 8 mins.
Total time: 18 mins.

Recipe from here.

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Terra’s Kitchen // home delivery

terras kitchen10 new - CopyIf you have followed us for a while, then you know we are huge health fans, we cook at home a lot, and we like anything that is farm to table. When we were approached by Terra’s Kitchen to try their home delivery meals, we were super excited!

I have to be honest with you, I love cooking and even grocery shopping (I know, weird), but lately with the store being so busy, and the hubby working long hours (hospitality business), it sure is nice to have your meals planned out and your ingredients delivered.

However, that being said, we still want to keep our meals as clean as possible. So, when I did a little research on Terra’s Kitchen, I loved the fact that they are farm to table. Keeping all of their ingredients clean, all-natural, hormone free and no antibiotics.

Because it’s been so hot here in California, we stuck with a couple of grilling options. Tonight we had, grilled ny strip steak, with tomatoes, zucchini and basil chimichurri.  Super easy, and super good! That’s another bonus, EASY!

Head on over to our Instagram page, where we are hosting an awesome giveaway, with Terra’s Kitchen, that you won’t want to miss!

Also, we’d love for you to try Terra’s Kitchen. So, for our readers and first time users, please use the code GoodNews at checkout and receive $50 off $100 or more.

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Go Raw

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A while back we finished up our healthy, snacking series.  We loved being able to introduce some healthy snacks for the on-the-go person.  Keeping up with the healthy snacks, we found Go Raw. Go Raw uses all fresh, organic products to make their snacks. All of their products are fresh, living products, created with a gentle dehydration process. This all means you don’t have to feel guilty eating these yummy snacks.

We love raw snacks because of the increased energy, mental clarity, and of course, no preservatives. Our family thrives on healthy eating. We have completely cut out refined sugar, which I can tell you has made a huge difference. Try it for just a week, I promise your body will love it, and your sleep will be so much better.

Living healthy is a way of life for our family, we strive to eat as clean as possible. Our bodies feel so good, and knock on wood, we haven’t been sick in years.

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