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

Super duper pre-workout smoothie

–Originally posted in Blogger in August 2013–

Holy smokes, 2 posts in 1 day? Yup I am on vacation. Cheers. 
I really needed to get back into the workout frame of mind, I always feel so much more balanced and happy. So here goes.

Here is a Super Duper Pre-Workout Smoothie (Think Mint Chocolate milk)

I completed 45 minutes of Fitness Blender Workout #40. And the post work out, munched on some green tea jello. Oh vacation, how I love thee. 

 

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Another pound bites the dust and my egg smoothie

—Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—

I’m for sure on a smoothie kick. I’m not even sure how many days I’ve been Paleo now I’m thinking about 10-12 minus the 2 “bad” days I had. But I’m down to 126#. And feeling super fantastic. I don’t think my skin has ever looked this good. Seriously, this has been a life-long struggle for me. Even when I went vegan, giving up dairy HELPED tremendously but I still suffered here and there.

I’m not eating copious amounts of meat, maybe 1 meal a day and the rest consists of vegetables, a little fruit, and tons of good fat sources.

For instance today’s menu:

Breakfast: I did a salt water flush with Pink himalayan salt, lemon juice, and aloe vera. Plus about 50 oz of water. I didn’t feel hungry this morning and felt in need of some cleansing.

Snack: Cup of green tea with coconut oil, 1/2 clementine orange

Lunch: About 3 organic pastured eggs cooked in organic pasture butter with 1.5 organic chicken sausage ( I took the casing off) and swiss chard. Oliver and Connor loved this meal too.

Snack: My egg-licous smoothie. I know it sounds weird but it was really good and satisfying.

Dinner: not sure yet I’m not hungry at all after that smoothie. Probably a huge salad with chopped veggies and/or a small baked sweet potato with ghee

Here is some information about raw eggs written by Ramiel Nagel from NaturalNews:

NaturalNews) Raw fats from organic vegetables and healthy animals are an ideal way for many to build up health and vitality. Raw, unheated, uncooked organic eggs from a clean source are an excellent health tonic. Regularly consuming raw eggs will benefit your health as the raw egg yolk and white helps your body eliminate stored toxins. Body builder’s have long known that a great way to build healthy muscle without the extra fat is to eat raw eggs regularly.

When you cook animal proteins, eggs, milk, meat, and so on, it changes the structure of the proteins. This is not to say that all cooked animal proteins are unhealthy, but that when we do not cook the animal proteins, they many times are even healthier. Consuming eggs raw means that vital enzymes and nutrients are left intact.

Eating too many egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency. Eating the yolks only, or the biotin rich yolks with the whites will prevent this problem.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022607_raw_foods_eggs.html#ixzz2bbmb3bu2

 

Loving my fats

—-Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—-

HA! The fats I’m consuming, that is.

Oh I dream of a beautiful Vitamix or Blendtec but my hard working, but not very effective, Proctor Silex will have to keep chugging on… I have been putting it to use.. several times a day. Loving my fat filled smoothies.

I forgot to mention that  I did add about 1 tbsp of coconut oil too. It is an uber filling smoothie, I drank about 3/4.. it made roughly 16 oz and I’m STUFFED. So this was the first one I didn’t add greens too, but I was going for a dessert type drink and this really did the trick, albeit I feel a tad guilty without my handfuls of spinach added. Hmm maybe next time.