DIY Dinosaur Eggs

So, I have been bribing my kid with these for two days now and have zero intentions of stopping. They are so easy and cheap to make and so fun watching my son think it’s magic!

I put one out a day, he woke up this morning asking for “dino egg” and I explained to him the Mama Dinosaur won’t come and leave eggs if he is acting fresh or crying (so far so good). So, I run out and put one in a bush or next to a plant and we go “hunting” he yells for the egg and crouches down while looking and its so damn cute.

He has a plastic hammer and when we find one it hits it until a dino “hatches,” he picks a name and we go give him a bath to clean him up. Honestly, the joy in his eyes when he sees what’s inside is so fun and I am going to keep making these until he tells me to stop!

 

RECIPE:

  • baking soda
  • water
  • coffee grinds or food coloring

That’s literally it.

Depending on how many you are making will depend on how much of each ingredient you will need (obviously).

-Dump some baking soda in a bowl and just add water until you have a mold-able consistency. I add a scoop of coffee to make it a dark color and more “egg-like.” You can also add food coloring (maybe dark green). **Don’t worry, if you had too much of one thing, just balance it out with the other ingredient.

-Mold the mixed ingredients around your figurine. We have only used dinosaurs but will probably start using other animal figurines in the future.

– dry for 12-24 hours (or more) in a dry area and THAT’S IT!

Super easy and super fun for everyone.

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Family-Friendly Turkey Muffins (because calling it a loaf of meat sounds disgusting).

I am not a huge meat-eater so the thought of shaping meat into a loaf just doesn’t sit well with me so I put them in muffin tins instead and somehow it makes it okay but you can shape it any way you desire for this recipe. As a bonus my toddler prefers picking things up rather than using a fork (how wonderful, I know) so this meal goes over well all around. I substitute quinoa for the normal bread crumb version to make it lighter and pair it with cauliflower mash or potato and a vegetable.

I am terrible at recipes because I taste as I go and add things here and there so I encourage you do to the same. Personally, if I see a recipe calling for one clove of garlic, in my world that means ten. So personalize it for you and your family and make it your own.

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TURKEY MUFFINS (the health(ier) version)

  • 1 package of ground turkey
  • 1/4 (or so) C Quinoa
  • Garlic (as much or as little as you like, I used several cloves)
  • 1 Tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Dash of Worcestershire
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive or Avocado oil
  • Italian seasoning (you can use your favorite spice mix)
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Brown sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook the quinoa according to package and set aside to cool
  3. Heat olive oil and add onions and cook until they smell delicious an are translucent
  4. Add garlic and let brown
  5. Set onions and garlic aside and let cool
  6. Add all remaining ingredients (except for brown sugar) and stir until everything is mixed together
  7. Line muffin pan with paper (if you would like, I rock with just greased pans and skip the muffin liners)
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes (turkey is supposed to be 160 degrees

OPTIONAL

Mix about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, a dash of worshichire and a tablespoon of water to make a glaze and spread on top of the meat loaf (or muffins) before baking. You can also use ketchup or your favorite sauce for dipping afterwards.

If you’re feeling a little extra make a funny face using your veggies to convince your kid to actually eat it!

The Easiest Salmon Dinner

Hey guys! I have been trying to eat cleannnn during the week and my husband just randomly got a new work schedule so the less prep/clean-up time the better ! As always substitute you favorite veggies/sides and make it your own!

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30 Minute Salmon Dinner for 2 (in a half) 

  • 1 lb Wild Salmon (cut in half or your desired sizes)
  • 1 TBSP Bragg Aminos (or Soy sauce)
  • 1 TBSP Rice vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Sesame seed oil
  • 1 Big squeeze of honey
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • Toasted sesame seeds (garnish/optional)
  • Shishito peppers (Trader Joes always has them near me)
  • Veggies of choice (I used carrots, brussels and purple potatoes)
  • Favorite dipping sauce (I used a “healthy” premade sweet and sour from Trader Joes)

Ok, here we go.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Take enough tin foil to make a “boat” for your salmon, just simply roll up the sides enough to hold liquid and place your filet inside the foil
  • Mix aminos, rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, honey and pour over the salmon
  • Place one lemon slice on each filet and wrap the entire salmon up in the foil
  • Cook for 35 minutes
  • Open up foil
  • Broil salmon to get crispy (about 2 min)
  • Finish with a little sprinkle of sesame seed and plate with the veg, viola!

I used a Gowise Air Fryer to make alllll my veggies super crispy, no oil just air, pretty amazing. If you don’t have an air fryer just toss all veggies with a little olive oil and Italian seasoning and throw them on a baking sheet and put it in the oven with the salmon. 

While the salmon/veggies are cooking get the Shishito peppers going

Throw the shishitos in a pan with the heat on medium with a little EVOO and some aminos (or soy sauce) and keep them moving. Let them blister (about 5 min) and you’re done! Finish them with some coarse ground salt and you have a quick and easy appetizer!

Is Jack Fruit..Magic?!?

Ok, so I am sure many of you heard of Jack Fruit, its the biggest fruit in the world and can be found in a few different parts of the world (and your local Whole foods and canned at Trader Joes!) Check it out below (not my photos).

So back to why you care. Apparently you can use this magical fruit in place of meat! Tonight I did it “pulled pork style” and my Husband AKA the biggest meat eater that I have met, ever literally said “Not only does this look like pulled pork but it tastes like it too, you seriously would never know!”

I am telling you try this recipe, whether you are trying to cut the meat, be healthier, try something new, curious or whatevs, it is nuts that a fruit could act as a protein and be a fulfilling meal!

MOCK PULLED PORK NACHOS aka Jack Fruit Sweet Potato Nachos:

“Chips”

  • 1 Can of Jack Fruit from Trader Joes (rinsed and dried)
  • 1/2 C (plus) of your favorite homemade or store bought BBQ sauce
  • 2-3 Large sweet potatoes (sliced on a mandolin or cut super thin (chip like)
  • 1 Can Corn (I used organic from Trader Joes  (TJs)
  • 1 Can Black Bean (again organic from TJs)
  • 1 Can Garbonzo Beans (you know it, organic from TJs)
  • 1 TBSP – Cumin
  • 1 TBSP – Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP – Paprika
  • 1 TBSP – Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Oregano
  • Desired amount of cheese (or omit if you don’t like cheese)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

NOTE: Omit any seasonings you don’t like or make it less spicy by leaving out the cayenne. You can also get away with just using your favorite BBQ sauce on the Jack Fruit and not adding any additional spice.

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Mix all the seasonings together then split in half
  • Mix half with a little coconut oil or EVOO and put in a large zip-lock with cut sweet potatoes to coat
  • Spread out potatoes on a baking sheet and put in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, flipping half way through (keep a close eye and don’t let them burn)

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While the potatoes are cooking

  • Take rinse/dried jack fruit and cut off the hard ends and shred as much as possible
  • Mix together the canned items (corn, black beans and garbanzo beans) in a colander and rinse
  • Take other half of spice mixture and add with your BBQ sauce and toss with jack fruit
  • Start cooking the jack fruit on the stove in a pan for about ten minutes; you want to brown it, it should start looking like meat (especially with the marinade)

Put it all together

  • Sprinkle cheese over potatoes (if you are using cheese)
  • Add cooked jack fruit
  • Add desired amount of corn/bean mixture (I kept the leftovers for salads/bowls throughout the week)
  • Pop it back in the oven for 5 minutes to get everything warm and melty

Optional but obviously recommended

  • Guacamole (or just sliced avocado)
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Favorite hot sauce
  • Salsa (or just diced tomatoes)
  • Sour Cream or your favorite substitution
  • Cold beer

Guys, this recipe was super easy and as always able to be customized. Just add anything you would normally add to your nachos. It will for sure curve your “bar food craving” and make you feel like you are cheating when in reality you are eating FRUIT on a SUPER FOOD topped with some more super food. It’s bizarre but in a good way!

BONUS/FRUGAL TIP:

Keep any and all leftovers. I am going to scramble up some eggs tomorrow morning and add the leftovers for a weird and delicious version of a breakfast burrito!

Let me know if you do it and what you think but seriously MAKE IT!

Cheers!

Why I am mildly obsessed with Golden Mylk.

I am sure by now you have heard about allllll the benefits of turmeric, the list is endless. I never doubted it but I haven’t jumped on the band wagon until recently. I mean, there must be a reason its been around for 4,000 years (literally) and so many cultures incorporate it in their medicines, foods and drinks.

Benefits:

  • Improves liver function
  • Helps with your memory
  • Cancer prevention
  • Helps controls more than 160 different physiological pathways
  • Reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Reduces symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (and other joint related diseases)
  • Supports healthy cholesterol
  • Antioxidant
  • Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
  • Anti-Inflammatory

The list just goes on and on and when paired with other compounds it is even more powerful.

I have started incorporating herbs, collagen peptides, healthy fats, etc. into my daily diet. Initially I began doing it for some gut issues and to overall to get healthy. I just turned 32 so I was trying something new that I figured would last a few days but the new lifestyle has been so interesting (and actually really fun for me) that I am now always looking for new things to try and THIS drink will be a staple in my rotation. Its packed with alllll the goods and tastes awesome.

Below is the recipe I used to suite my needs/taste buds but you can switch and add stuff for what your body needs and what flavors you prefer.

RECIPE for 2:

  • 2 C -Coconut milk (I make my own but you can use any kind of milk or nut milk you prefer)
  • 2 TBSP – Coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP (heaping) – Ground turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp – Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp – Ground ginger

OPTIONAL (but totally beneficial)

Put your milk of choice and coconut oil on the stove over very low heat (just to get warm). While its warming measure all other ingredients and put them in your blender/mixer. Add your warm milk and blend until all mixed and a little frothy (25 seconds). Pour into two cups, sprinkle with cinnamon and turmeric, enjoy!

NOTE: I am sure you have some if not all of these spices already  but try to upgrade to the good stuff (and organic) when/if you can.

Let me know how you like it!

Cheers!

 

 

Five Days with Charcoal

Apparently activated charcoal is all the hype right now and can be used in several different ways. I am going to pick a handful of ways to try it out and hopefully it will be more informative than entertaining but either way, here we go!

DAY 1: TEETH WHITENING 

Guys, black is the new white and teeth whitening strips are out and brushing your teeth with activated charcoal is in and rumor it that it works really well. Make sure you buy one that is intended for this use. I used this one.

Why it works and the perks:

  • It’s a purifying agent that absorbs impurities
  • Brushing with it removes surface stains caused by coffee, tea, or red wine without bleach or abrasives
  • It’s all natural
  • You can use it instead of fluoride, since long-term fluoride ingestion can actually have harmful effects on your body
  • It has zero taste

My takeaways:

  • It’s actually not that bad at all since there is zero taste
  • I did it outside because I was scared to get jet-black charcoal everywhere
  • I purchased a new toothbrush that will be designated just for charcoal
  • Make sure you buy all-natural/organic activated charcoal
  • I had a water bottle right next to me to rinse quickly
  • I put my hair up and brought a towel for easy clean-up

Overall, day one went well! I wasn’t totally disgusted, my teeth feel good and it wasn’t as messy as I thought. I am going to keep going for the week and take daily photos to see if its actually making a difference.

DAY 2: ACTIVATED CHARCOAL AND CLAY FACE MASK

Well, today’s experiment with activated charcoal was a face mask using Indian healing clay. The clay is made of 100% natural calcium bentonite clay, works as a deep pore cleaner and doesn’t contain any additives, animals products or fragrance. 

Here are the deets and RECIPE.

  • 1 TBSP Activated Charcoal 
  • 2 TBSP 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay
  • Water
    • Mix all ingredients with all non-metal materials (you don’t want to activate and take away properties of the clay). I used a wooden spoon and small mason jar
    • Apply all over your clean face and let it dry for about 5-7 minutes
    • Gently wash off and pat dry
    • Immediately moisturize (I used pure coconut oil right after because I figured it would immediately absorb and feel awesome (I was right).

What the point?:

  • Unclogs blocked pores
  • Fights acne
  • Firms and tones skin
  • Reduces pimples
  • Promotes softer skin
  • Helps with damaged skin
  • Draws out toxins
  • Gently exfoliates
  • Balances oily skin

So basically it does everything? Umm, neat.

My takeaways (after one use):

  • It was super easy to make
  • It dried super quick and I was into only having to “wear” it for about 5 minutes
  • It got super hard, which was weird but not too awful
  • Quick and easy to remove off with warm water
  • My face was sooooo soft afterwards
  • When I put the coconut oil on afterwards it only intensified how soft/smooth my skin was
    • SIDE NOTE: I don’t have oily skin and overall I don’t have any issues with blemishes, dryness, sensitivity etc.  From what I read though, this SHOULD be the result regardless of your skin type
  • You can customize the mask in so many ways using the activated charcoal as your base (ex. mix in egg whites, rose water, add tea tree or essential oils, the list is endless).

VERDICT: 

I like it! I am not one who does masks and a lot of self care but I would totally do this again. I read that it is not necessary or recommended to do it excessively and once a week would be ideal.

DAY 3: ACTIVATED CHARCOAL LEMONADE

Well, this magical all- natural substance is supposed to help with digestion issues, which I have been suffering from since my second baby. Although its not a cure to anything, it is supposed to be used for some relief from time to time.

I know, this does not look even a little appetizing but keep in mind that activated charcoal has zero taste, so even though the look is not ideal, there is zero taste associated with the actual charcoal.

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Alright round three, here we go with the recipes and results.

RECIPE:

I just put all the ingredients in a glass with ice and mixed it well. You could easily just use a premade lemonade (my favorite is the one from Costco) or drink of your choice.

THE PURPOSE OF DRINKING ACTIVATED CHARCOAL:

  • Drugs and toxins can bind to it
  • Helps rid the body of unwanted substance (used in the hospital for overdoses)
  • Used to treat poisons such as strong acids or bases
  • Prevents gas
  • Prevents hangovers

WARNING WARNING WARNING:

Activated charcoal is a BINDING AGENT. If you are on certain medications or take certain vitamins, the activated charcoal will also bind to them. You should be taking the charcoal on a empty stomach and not eat for several hours afterwards. If you are on medications, I would not ingest it at all before speaking with your doctor. 

MY PERSONAL TAKEAWAY:

  • It did help with my achy stomach but I have no idea if it was a coincidence or I mentally convinced myself that it did
  • It is NOT a cure to anything and shouldn’t be used on the regular so I am not sure how practical it is
  • Since I put it in lemonade, I couldn’t even tell the difference (other than the color of the drink) that I was drinking anything else
  • I have seen it made into a latte, which I think I may try later in the week

VERDICT:

It will not be something I do all the time BUT I would totally try it if I had a few drinks during a night out for a hangover, food poisoning or use it periodically to “detox”. I have also read some pretty neat things it does for hives and a few other ailments that if I ran into, I would give it a go.

DAY 4: ACTIVATED CHARCOAL T-ZONE PEEL-OFF MASK

Ok, honestly, I am over trying something new with charcoal everyday but this one was super easy.

As always the details and recipe are right below!

RECIPE

  • 1 TSP – Unflavored gelatin ( You can find this in the baking aisle for super cheap. I had some left over from making marshmallows at Christmas time)
  • 2 TSP – Activated Charcoal
  • 3 TSP – Water

Just mix it all together and throw it in the microwave until the gelatin melts (about 20-40 seconds). It should be a little thick and gooey.

  • Apply to your t-zone, make sure you wash and dry your face first.
  • Let it try (about 5 minutes)
  • GENTLY peel off

WHY?

  • Removes blackheads
  • Pulls nasty toxins from your skin
  • It’s fun?

MY TAKEAWAYS:

  • It was super easy to make since I had everything
  • I don’t usually do things like this so it was kind of fun
  • My skin is overly pretty good so I didn’t see any difference, I am fortunate and don’t get many blemishes so the mask in general didn’t improve my “t-zone” noticeable.
  • I heated the mixture too much in the beginning so keep an eye on it so it doesn’t explode everywhere
  • If you are going to buy the masks, this is absolutely the more economic way to go since you can use charcoal for so many different things

VERDICT:

I probably wouldn’t do this one again. It did make my skin soft but if I was going to take the time to do a mask I would do the one with clay that I did on Day Two. That one made all my skin really soft. My husband did this one with me and does have oily skin and noticed a little different but nothing too major.

Day 5: ACTIVATED CHARCOAL WITH INSECT BITES

Last but not least charcoal is great to have around in case of a bad spider bite or any bad insect bite. You would simply put any desired ointment on a ban-aid with some activated charcoal and put it over the bite.

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Why?

  • Draws out toxins
  • Reduces the itch
  • reduces inflammation

OVERALL VERDICTS:

I would totally get some and keep it on hand! My husband I’s teeth are definitely whiter. I am not sure I would say a whole shade of white but it helped and its only been FIVE DAY!

I think it would be great for any kind of bites if I needed it for my kid or God forbid they ingested any chemicals I would have them drink it right after I call poison control.

Lastly, I am alllllll about the charcoal and clay face mask. I swear my skin is still super smooth from it. TRY IT!

The other uses, I probably wouldn’t do again or regularly but to each their own and it was for sure useful and mostly fun trying them all out!

 

 

Cheers,

Geneva 

 

Baby (and toddler) products that I wouldn’t want to live without.

Hey guys!

I have an active 2.5 year old son and a (almost) 3 month old daughter and I am learning the ropes of handling two. Here are some of my go-to products right now. Check it outtttt.

ERGOBABY CARRIER

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Ok, starting with the basics. A MUST! I have the original version AND the All Position 360 version (the one you wear on your back as the babes get older). I am HUGE into baby-wearing and wore my first born constantly to resume all normal activities after he was born but it comes even more in handy when you are adding babies to your crew. Its great to multitask, on walks, grocery shopping, when you need to play with your toddler but have a baby that needs mom. I keep telling my husband I will sell the original version since the 360 can be used both ways but I have zero desire to part with either one (you never know).  Seriously, I am not sure what I would do without it.

DOCKaTOT BABY PILLOW

 

This was a new purchase for me with my second kid. I will preface that we are crazy paranoid about sleeping conditions so we don’t use it in the bassinet or crib so I can’t review it in that aspect (although have heard great things) BUT we use it as a lounger and a device she naps in during the day when we are watching her. The suggested use IS for co-sleeping, in the crib, etc. we just use it differently but regardless still a clutch purchase. It is great for when I am cooking, need to put her down somewhere quick or for daytime naps. We primarily use ours on our couch but will be great down on a rug or in the middle of a bed (under supervision, duh). They offer an original and then a “Grand” for larger babies.

BOPPY PILLOW

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An oldie but a goodie and another item that I used religiously with my first and now with my second. I bought some trendy covers off Etsy and use constantly. If I am nursing at home,  I am using it. It offers great support (for mom and baby) and helps hold the baby up in between switching sides. It is also great to help others comfortably hold the babes and now my little guy knows he must have the Boppy on his lap to hold his baby sister (again, yes, supervised).

BABY BLING BOWS

 

We got two from a friend as a gift and we are hooked. They have a ton of options, colors and patterns and are super soft and NEVER leave a mark. Get one, they ship fast and are adorable.

DWELL + SLUMBER DRESS

 

::MOM ITEM:: Guys, I don’t buy clothes that cost more that $30, its actually like a rule I have unless its a special occasion. These AMAZING dresses are about $60 bucks and worth every damn penny. Its like a modern housecoat that feels like butter and is totally acceptable to wear out. They have two styles, I only have one (with the zipper and short sleeves) and its seriously amazing. They only come in one size and they have tons of patterns. It is baby bump friendly AND nursing friendly. You can be pregnant, skinny, fat, or somewhere in between and this dress will flatter your body type. You are able to knot it at the bottom and make it more “hip” or dress it up or down. My favorite part about it is that it flows and super easy to nurse in. BONUS: it has pockets (think cell phone, pacifiers, etc.) and spit up or whatever other gross substance you get on you throughout the day, wipes off easily. Ok, I will stop now but buy one, you won’t regret it.

ANTI-LOST WRIST LEASH

 

Yes, it’s a leash….for my kid. If you are judging me, you obviously don’t have a toddler or have some sort of breed of toddler I am not familiar with. My guy RUNS, no matter what. We can yell, bribe, threaten, beg, sweet talk and there will still be several times each outing he runs away. Having a newborn in a stroller or strapped to you, limits your stealth-like movements so this LEASH is a lifesaver. We use it at Farmer’s Markets, walks around the lake, Disney, Seaworld, etc. and we love it. We sometimes strap it to the stroller and other times just to our own wrist. It eliminates so much stress and anxiety when places are crowded and you can buy it from Amazon.

BINXY BABY SHOPPING CART HAMMOCK

 

Another super handy product, especially if you have two kids. Its a cart hammock. It seems super comfortable and groceries fit right under the babes. I put my little guy in front sitting area and then she just hangs (get it) in the cart.

MILK SNOB MULTIFUNCTIONAL COVER

 

This is a Shark Tank product, so just that makes me into it but really, I use it constantly. It’s the perfect nursing cover, it’s breathable and covers it all. I don’t have to worry about wearing a tank top OR nursing bra and they come in a ton of pattern options. It’s also a three for one. You can use it as a car seat cover (perfectly placed “peep hole” AND shopping cart cover and its affordable at $36 bucks!

 

Okay, I will wrap this one up for now but I could easily keep going.  I will do another one as I collect more favorites and learn about new products. Let me know if you have any favorites that I should try!

Cheers, Geneva

Bulletproof Coffee, hype or hoax?

COFFEE WITH A SCOOP OF FATTY BUTTER….?

So, sounds disgusting right, I am right there with you. I first heard about it about four years ago. I was stationed at Naval Special Warfare and worked alongside Navy SEALS (sweet gig, I know). Obviously these guys are some of the most fit men in the world. They are part of an elite team and work out constantly when they aren’t deployed. So when they came into work before their morning workout/swim and threw some BUTTER in their coffee, I was super confused. Turns out, its a thing people do all over the world. It is actually a recipe that makes total sense when you break it down. A bonus is that if you are hooked to sugars and creams in your coffee, this will eliminate the need for it.

Brief Background:

The recipe for bulletproof coffee is credited to Dave Asprey, who pairs it with his bulletproof diet. I am not going to get into all that, I  am just here to talk about the coffee but this guy is making bank now with his books and swag all based off the simple idea of coffee and butter!

Coffee:

To begin with, coffee alone is good for you. There has been countless research done to show coffee prevents some major diseases, great for brain function, loaded with antioxidants, burns fat and is good for your liver. So lets step it up a notch and talk “bulletproof.”

What’s the point of Bulletproof Coffee:

SUPRESSES HUNGER

– The Octane Oil balances your hunger hormones and will keep you full UNTIL LUNCH!

 

BOOSTS ENERGY LEVELS

-The saturated fat that comes from the tablespoon of grass-fed butter will naturally slow down the absorption of the caffeine. Meaning your energy levels will last several hours instead of that immediate punch of energy that runs out quickly, forcing you to drink another cup (or ten). Bonus, no jitters!

INCREASES BRAIN FUNCTION/HEALTH

-The MCT oil converts to ketones, which in layman’s terms is a molecule that your brain uses better than carbs or sugar. Sooooo, pair ketones with the slow release of caffeine and your brain turns “on” and functions better.

WEIGHT LOSS

– Ketones also boost your metabolic rate, decrease the amount of fat you store, and burn the fat you already have.

Still into it right, so lets break it down a bit further.

The Butter:

So lets talk facts about this fatty butter. Our whole lives we are told low fat, low carb, fat free, sugar free. I have done multiple diets and I am sure if you are reading this you have as well. They are basically BS though, as far as keeping you healthy.

SIDE NOTE: I am not a nutritionist and far from fit. I am 10 weeks post partum with my second baby and am just beginning my journey back to healthy. I need to drop the baby weight and am battling some minor health issues of my own and I am attempting to combat it as naturally as possible. I have been doing my research and dappling into some “hippie” health hacks and am sharing with you the facts that I have gathered. If you do a quick google search you will find out the same stuff. If its sugar free, fat-free, man-made and tastes good, what the hell is it? It’s a good question right? I mean whats in it!? The best thing I have learned on my very short health journey so far is, LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS.  The fewer ingredients the better. Can you pronounce them? Do you know what they are? Does the first ingredient relate to what you are THINK you are eating?

Ok, back to the butta.

Guys, turns out butter is not PC and all butter is not created equal.

What is grass-fed butter?  JUST THAT, its literally butter made from the milk of cows that graze on grass. Simple concept, right? The alternative? Butter that comes from cows who feed on things like soy grains and corn.

Grass-fed butter is higher in essential nutrients. Let me break it down. Your body naturally craves that goooood fat for things like hormonal balance and overall good brain health. A few other things fatty, delicious butter contains is omega 3 fatty acids, beta, carotene, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and antioxidants.

Another perk is that grass fed butter is high in something call butyrate which from my brief research is short-chain fatty acid (huh) that can both prevent AND decrease inflammation. As I am sure many of you already know inflammation is the cause for so many problems for so many people it has been linked to everything from cancer to depression. Cut out the inflammation, feel better. Simple. It overall makes your gut work right and is important for people with diseases from autoimmunity to obesity to colon cancer.

Let’s Wrap It Up:

If you read about bulletproof coffee the claims are unreal. It has been found to prevent the brain from Alzheimer’s disease (something close to my heart and a large fear for not only myself but loved ones), prevention of Parkinson’s disease and helps prevent diabetes (another disease I am passionate about and want nothing to do with).

So give it a try, seriously what the worst thing that could happen, you don’t like it? I bet you have all the ingredients on hand, just do it!

Recipe:

2 Cups Coffee (I would recommend good quality, organic coffee but whatever you have on hand will work)

2 Tablespoons unsalted grass-fed butter (I use Kerrygold)

1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (or MCT Oil to do it right)

Put your warm coffee in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and throw all the goods in and run it for a few seconds until it’s frothy.

That’s it.

Kick It Up A Notch:

Feeling really fancy and want the ultimate cup of joe to start the day?

Add a scoop of Collagen Peptides (everyone I follow recommends Vital Proteins) and if you’re into all those potions throw in a teaspoon of your favorite Sun Potion.

*** I will do a separate post about being a newbie in that whole new world soon!

This is super basic guys, its like a latte (but with a ton of health benefits) and you can get as decadent as you want. Add in nut milk, vanilla, cinnamon or matcha. Start with the plain jane recipe and experiment as you go!

Cheers,

Geneva

 

 

Is this even working?

Well, here we go, I am giving this whole blogging thing a try. I have been talking about it for years and I am finally putting in the time and taking the plunge. I am not sure how to begin, I guess I should start by telling you who I am…? My name is Geneva, I am married with two kids that I am totally obsessed with and hover over 24/7. I dabble in being a “crunchy mom” but not totally committing and still loving junk food and giving my kid peanut butter and jelly and a tablet when I want an easy way out. I love to cook, travel, craft, stalk lifestyle Instagram pages, find local gems and take an absurd amount of photos. I obviously have not figured out this whole blog thing yet but my goal is to post my recipes, Pinterest recreations and fails, foodie pics, things that have worked with my kids, things I am obsessing over at the moment, really good beer, products I discover and fall in love with and all around just a quick glimpse into my chaotic, non-stop life. Here’s hoping you find my blog mildly interesting and I am not just wasting hours of my time (like with my 73 other hobbies). Cheers!