Matcha Mocktail

 I recommend  Vital Protein's Matcha Collagen . You get all of the benefits of the collagen with the antioxidants of the Matcha, and they even have a peach flavored option!
I recommend Vital Protein’s Matcha Collagen . You get all of the benefits of the collagen with the antioxidants of the Matcha, and they even have a peach flavored option!

Matcha Mocktail (by Vital Proteins)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce ginger simple syrup

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 scoop Matcha Collagen (buy it here) or just use regular ol’ matcha!

  • 4-8 ounces freshly boiled water

  • 1 t lemon juice

  • Honey, for drizzling

Ginger simple syrup:

  • ½ C coconut sugar

  • ½ C water

  • 1 large ginger root knob, peeled and sliced

Instructions:

  • 1. To make the ginger simple syrup: combine coconut sugar, water and peeled ginger in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15-20 minutes until sugar is dissolved and syrup is fragrant (makes about a half cup). Strain and discard reserved ginger and set aside syrup.

  • 2. Place egg white in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form, about 5-6 minutes.

  • 3. Brew Matcha Collagen in cup of choice with freshly boiled water. Add in lemon juice and one-half to one ounce of ginger simple syrup and stir.

  • 4. Top with egg whites and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle matcha powder on top for added flair.

  • 5. Serve immediately.

 

 

Gelatin Gummies

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INGREDIENTS:

1 CUP HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM (I USED ORGANIC VALLEY CHERRY CIDER)

2 CUPS 100% FRUIT JUICE OF CHOICE (I USED R.W. KNUDSEN’S CHERRY CIDER)

2 TABLESPOONS GRASS FED GELATIN (VITAL PROTEINS: FIND IT HERE OR GREAT LAKES: FIND IT HERE)

OPTIONAL:

1 TABLESPOONS MAPLE SYRUP

2 TABLESPOONS CHIA SEEDS

1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT

 

In a saucepan, warm up the whipping cream and fruit juice. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add in any extra sweeteners or optional ingredients that you would like. Pour the mixture into molds of your choosing, or into a flat pan. Chill in the fridge for at least in hour. Pop them out and enjoy! Or if they are in a pan, cut them into small squares, or use fun cookie cutters!

Store extra in an air tight container in the refrigerator. DO NOT FREEZE WHILE SETTING. They will melt into goo.

Why gelatin?

Gelatin aids the body in:

  • Digestion/gut health
  • Joint health
  • Supports sleep and mood
  • Satiety (feeling full)
  • Skin health
  • Mental functions
  • Strong bones

Quality matters.

Make sure whatever you buy is grass-fed, to be sure that you are getting all of the nutrients possible, without any added toxins such as hormones or antibiotics. I recommend Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin.

 

 

 

 Find  Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen here .
Find Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen here .

 

UNCOMFORTABLE

So last night, we spent Saturday night on a mountain in Idaho. Unprepared for what I was getting myself into, I followed 4 other people up a vertical trail. Mind you, my sore legs have only ever known the Midwest, the very flat Midwest. About half way up, snow appeared, turning into about a foot of frozen snow. We reached the top at sunset, which was stunning, but it also meant that the entire hike back down would now be in the dark. I was only wearing my mesh Vivobarefoot shoes, which are great for hikes, but not snowy ones. My toes and fingers went numb early on.

With just a couple headlamps and one flashlight, we hiked back down in the dark, slipping on ice and avoiding holes made from elk tracks. The worst part was when you would finally find some dirt to walk on for traction, just to find that it was just disguised ice. I fell at least a dozen times. I did not have a light of my own, so I was dependent on a headlight behind me and a flashlight in front. Occasionally, the light would go away as the guys would scan the treeline for bears or mountain lions. Once we made it past the snow, it was just a vertical jog down the remainder of the mountain. Although it was a relief not being on ice, it was just as hard on my tired body, as we basically had to run down steep inclines. I went down once again on the dirt and rocks, ripping my jeans. Four hours later, we were back at the truck.

This morning, my knee joints were extremely sore from all of the jarring jumping around going down, and I have a nasty knot and cut on my shin from the dirt fall. The multiple falls on the ice messed up my hands from catching myself over and over, strangely, the back of my hands, as if I had pinched the blood vessels. Any time my hands are lowered, they begin to throb, and the vessels are all swollen.

I saw all of this, not to complain, or even brag, but to just say how grateful I am for all of these new adventures. Sometimes you can get so caught up in eating right, taking supplements, going to the gym, that you never really just go out and let your body experience something uncomfortable and unnerving and tiring. Yes, I am sore, and yes, I may have complained a lot while we were out there, but I loved every second of it. Our bodies are capable of amazing things, and as important as it is to take care of them in the kitchen and gym, we have to let our bodies experience and do.

We could have just gone out to eat, and sat on the couch watching a movie, but somehow we ended up on a cold, dark mountain. That’s what life is about, experiences, memories, and being uncomfortable sometimes. We just get so used to being comfortable, with our heaters, A/C, and cars. But toughing out a situation every once in a while is good for the body and good for soul, resilience, and your mental wellness.

I am sure anyone that has done this particular hike is laughing at me right now for being so dramatic, but like I said, I am from Iowa/Oklahoma, where we have hills. And just hills. I am very inexperienced. Also, I went in very unprepared. This was not meant to be a mesh shoes kind of hike! That said, I am looking forward to many more of these kinds of Saturday nights. Go out and have your own adventure!

 The view about a quarter of the way up Canfield Mountain. The view about a quarter of the way up Canfield Mountain.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut the bacon slices in half and set aside.
  3. Slice a lengthwise slit in one side of each date.
  4. Smear a bit of goat cheese into the dates, and squeeze shut.
  5. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon, with the ends meeting on the bottom. To secure, pierce through with a toothpick.
  6. Arrange on the baking sheet, being careful not to overcrowd. Bake for 8 minutes.
  7. Flip each date, and bake until crispy, about another 8-10 minutes. If they need more time, let them bake for another minute or so. Just watch to make sure they don’t burn.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

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Bacon Every Day

Just wanted to do a quick blog about my breakfast. I eat bacon and eggs with salt every morning. I know, right? The FDA would hate me, which is why I do it. Americans have been following the FDA’s guidance since 1906, and we are sicker, fatter, and dying of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes at an alarming rate. Not very convincing if you ask me. Which is why I decided to learn for myself how the body works, how nutrients are used, and what causes dysfunction. What I found contradicted most everything I was taught growing up.

1. FAT IS NECESSARY.

Quality fat is needed for healthy cell wall formation, stellar brain functions, production of hormones, and as a slow-burning source of energy. However, quality is key with fat. Fats can go rancid if not taken good care of, or if they are from poor sources. This is especially true in meat, as the fat holds any toxins that were present in the animal. Therefore, be very picky about what you buy. Organic, pasture-based meats will be free of antibiotics and hormones, and also offer high nutrient levels, as they animals are allowed to eat what they are meant to eat, instead of grain and soy that most conventional farms feed the animals.

Fat is also a key player in weight loss. Don’t let the name fool you, eating fat does not result in fat accumulation in the body. Stored fat generally comes from excess glucose in the blood stream, which comes from sugars and extra carbohydrates. Someone that is avoiding fat naturally consumes more carbohydrates, which flood the body with more glucose than is need. In turn, that glucose is stored as fat for later use. Also, glucose provides quick energy, which you burn through quicker, and become hungry sooner. Fat provides sustaining energy that you can use over a longer period of time, which leads to eating less and eating less often.

2. CHOLESTEROL IS NOT THE VILLAIN.

Eggs are great sources of cholesterol, and this scares many people because their doctors have told them to be scared of it. Cholesterol is found in clogged arteries, so it takes the blame for heart disease. However, which some simple anatomy and physiology knowledge, you learn that cholesterol is like the firefighters responding to a fire. It is sent to where there is damage or inflammation, and once there, it patches up that damage. You wouldn’t blame the first responders for starting a fire they have come to put out, would you?

Cholesterol is a building block of hormones, brain function, and, as stated above, for regulation inflammation in the body. Inflammation and damage in the body comes from a number of other factors, whether that be excess glucose, leaky gut, or external toxins. If one was to halt the production of cholesterol with medication, or avoid eating it all together, the original root problems still run rampant, but now with nothing to hold them back. Many other issues ensue from this, as the lack of cholesterol halts the hormone production and brain functions as well.

So, bottom line, eat the eggs, yolk and all.

3. DO NOT DEMONIZE SALT.

Most people have begun to avoid salt because they are told to avoid too much sodium. I would like to state first that the excess of sodium that is causing most of today’s issues comes from processed, boxed, shelf-stable food. It is used for preservation, and therefore it is found in very large amounts in things such as canned soups, boxed meals, or basically anything that will not spoil if left out. Hundreds of milligrams of sodium sitting in a small can is a big difference from adding some natural sea salt to a meal. Natural, unadulterated sea salt is a fantastic source of so many different trace minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and of course, sodium. You need healthy levels of sodium and potassium to manage the flow of nutrients and water in and out of every single cell in your body. They are the gate keepers of the cells.

Basic table salt is processed beyond belief, therefore I recommend you get true sea salt, with no other added ingredients. I also use organic black pepper because it provides the nutrient bioperine, which aids the body in absorbing needed nutrients from whatever you are eating, making them bio-available. Also, salt and pepper just make anything taste good!

Obviously, there are days when we wake up and decide to make pancakes instead, but those are more like a treat now. I try to avoid anything that will spike my blood sugar first thing in the morning. This comes from sugary, sweet breakfast items like pancakes, bagels, cereal, juice, yogurt, oatmeal, pastries, etc. If your blood sugar spikes early, it will crash early. It’s simple roller coaster science. Start steady, stay steady. I honestly don’t crash in the afternoon like I used to, and I stay satisfied until I get around to lunchtime.

I do like to include a small fruit, such as a tangerine or banana, and sometimes I even wait an hour or two after my eggs and bacon. This is a good way to incorporate something raw and get the benefits from the life-giving fruit. Lastly, a nice big glass of water. My personal favorite way to drink water lately has been Ozark Springs carbonated water, especially the lemon-lime flavor. This way, it makes it more exciting to drink, but you also are getting good clean water, but still guaranteed the mineral content that is missing from many filtered waters.

There you have it, my mornings in a nutshell. Enjoy!