KeVita Giveaway Winner and my luscious fatty green smoothie

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                                                                 Congrats Kelli! You scored a KeVita coupon. Email me at: optimisticjessica@gmail.com with your address and I’ll get it mailed on out. Can’t wait to hear about which flavor your chose. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up, my luscious fatty green smoothie:

This was an indulgently delicious and SATISFYING breakfast to help me fuel up for the day. For so long, I have believed the hype on butter being bad (something that good couldn’t be good for you, am I right?) But since incorporating lots of healthy fat (grass-fed butter, ghee, and coconut oil) I have felt butter, better than ever!

Here is some info on the benefits of butter:

Why Butter is Better

  • Vitamins …

    Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A, needed for a wide range of functions, from maintaining good vision to keeping the endocrine system in top shape.

    Butter also contains all the other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K2), which are often lacking in the modern industrial diet.

  • Minerals …

    Butter is rich in important trace minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium (a powerful antioxidant). Butter provides more selenium per gram than wheat germ or herring. Butter is also an excellent source of iodine.

  • Fatty Acids …

    Butter provides appreciable amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties; that is, they fight against pathogenic microorganisms in the intestinal tract.

    Butter also provides the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Arachidonic acid in butter is important for brain function, skin health and prostaglandin balance.

  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) … 

    When butter comes from cows eating green grass, it contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that gives excellent protection against cancer and also helps your body build muscle rather than store fat.

  • Glycospingolipids …

    These are a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young and the elderly. Children given reduced-fat milks have higher rates of diarrhea than those who drink whole milk.

  • Cholesterol …

    Despite all of the misinformation you may have heard, cholesterol is needed to maintain intestinal health and for brain and nervous system development in the young.

  • Wulzen Factor … 

    A hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in your body is put into your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization.

  • Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/07/why-is-butter-better.aspx
  • More information: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/why-butter-is-better
  • http://www.naturalnews.com/025564_butter_health_healthy.html

Now for the recipe (sorry no pic I drank it up!)

  • 1 raw egg
  • 1/4c greek probiotic yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp grassfed butter (Like Kerrygold)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter (Marantha)- Trust me, THIS ADDS depth to the smoothie
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or more depending on desired consistency of smoothie
  • As many handfuls of spinach as you like
  • Few drops of stevia to sweeten. I added chocolate stevia. Yum

Over indulgence and gelatin

—Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—

 

Yesterday was busy. It was a loooong day at practicum 7:45-5. I found out I will be presenting in court on Thursday after I have a school evaluation. SWEET. (imagine a snarky tone there) Had class 6:30-8:45 but the bright side was ending my night having dinner with my friends Liz, Maylin, and Jeanette at Red Robin. Ohhhhhh the carbs I ingested.. Half a BLTA (avocado) croissant and french fries, 2 vodka tonics with lemon and lime… and then came dessert.. some huge mud pie concoction with an oreo crust. And the best part about it.. I’m not beating myself up! Normally I’d sulk and feel like poo for having over indulged but I woke up with no tummy ache (which I thought I would) and have gotten right back on track. In fact I have not felt hungry today so I have yet to eat something solid but I’ve been back to experimenting with smoothies/drinks.

 
Here’s the lineup:
 
Breakfast: My super beauty tonic (see previous post for recipe) tweaked a bit. I excluded the spinach and vitamin c packet and went for almond milk, strawberries with green tops,  couple drops of vanilla stevia and bee pollen and maca powder
 
 
Lunch: Still not hungry, decided to do a salt water flush. I know it wasn’t the ideal time, (early morning supposed to be best) but it felt right. 1 qt warm water with 2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt and 1 tsp Ginger powder.
 
Snack: Tea: Strawberry-chocolate rooibos tea blended (in the baby bullet) with coconut milk, coconut oil, chocolate stevia and…. GELATIN! Wowser, it was a delicious drink. Next time I will add a pinch of cinnamon. 
 
Dinner: Will be a large salad with a baked sweet potato with ghee
 
Here is an article that piqued my interest in this product:
 
 
And this recipe in particular grabbed my attention. I want to make these for the kiddos: This picture is from the Wellness Mama site. Click the picture to go to her page: 
Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks Recipe Homemade Fruit Snacks
 
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