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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Water Kefir and Vacation

—Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—-

So. Boy. I wasn’t sure what to write today but I should post about my water kefir experiment. I bought my water kefir grains here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051WV5K6/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And I followed the recipe minus the  spring water, I used tap. I fervently hope I did not damage the grains but I was too lazy to go to the store.

So what do I think? Well…. I haven’t ever tried water kefir before, I’ve had kombucha and KeVita probiotic drink so I have no basis for comparison. This recipe called for molasses which ended up with a darker looking drink and a slight molasses flavor. Its only mildly carbonated and I’m not sure I enjoy it like Kombucha, but everything I have read says to add fruit juice to flavor. I’m going to add some stevia and ginger powder and see how that goes.

Here is a wonderful article about water kefir: http://www.crunchybetty.com/water-kefir

I have my 2nd batch ready to be strained tonight and I omitted the molasses so we’ll see

This tasty tasty beverage has:

  • Reverse Osmosis water
  • Organic KeVita Probiotic Culture
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic cold pressed lemon whole plant extract
  • Ocean water (Blue Ocean minerals)
  • organic cayenne extract
  • organic maple extract
  • organic stevia
  • organic milk thistle extract
It’s really a super wonder drink conveniently ready but however, the price is a bit limiting, about 3 bucks a bottle. I want to check into bulk buying. I would be overwhelmingly ecstatic to have one of these every day. It has 2 carbs for the whole bottle and a whopping 10 calories. SO perfect. I’m craving one right now. 
 
Hmmm what else what else. I have fallen off the workout bandwagon although I did complete the Zombie Run this last Saturday (3.1 miles). Super fun. I didn’t survive the Zombie Apocalypse. 
 
I need to pop on Fitness Blender workout #39 and sweat. Yeah I’m getting off my booty now to do it! Here goes!!!!!!!!!!
 
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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.

Well I did it.. a ghee smoothie!

—-Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—–

I got majorly off track the last few days, I even ate pizza the other night with the boys. My tummy hated me. It was the start to my girly time and yeah yeah yeah, I was crabby and irritable. There were some other things going on, so it was def emotional eating between health concerns for family and the fact that someone TRIED TO SUE ME, I was a bit of a grump.

But moving on.. I was out of ghee for a few days and began to dance a jig when I saw the FedEx dude. I’m back on track today, although I did go over  my sugar intake as I drank a whole young coconut +flesh all by myself. So damn tasty.

After work out #1 I was majorly craving ghee and somehow got this idea to put it into a smoothie. Here’s the recipe:

-Fresh blueberries
-Spinach
-MSM powder
-Maca
-Bee pollen
-Vanilla stevia
-Almond Milk
-Coconut oil
-Ghee 
 
 
So what do I think? Very yum at first, but you have to drink it quick or it turns into this jelly like drink. It was uber satisfying but I would tone down the fat next time and omit the coconut oil. 
 
Thats it for now. I have school work, housework and mommy work to tackle. 

Rocking the Rocking Wellness

The summer is chugging along, and its a mighty hot one (for the PNW).

I recently purchased Rocking Wellness and I’m hooked from the very first sip I took. I have two shakes already today and I feel fabulous.

Here’s a blurb from their website:

RW Info

Rockin’ Wellness total body nutrition shake is about supporting the body systems as a whole. Ingredients Cacao, Goji, Maca, Hulled Hemp Seed, Chia, Flaxseed, Lecithin, Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Vegan Probiotics with small amounts of Brown Rice Protein, Stevia, Guar Bean, Banana, (less than 2 grams) organic sugar cane. In a easy and affordable mix sourced from the best places in the world to bring you “live” nutrition.
nonGMO, Organic, Raw Superfoods and Omegas, NonIrradiated
Goji, Cacao, Maca, Hulled Hemp, Lecithin, Flax, Chia, Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Vegan Probitioics… Best things on the planet!
Fresh on the Market. Made daily/weekly and does not sit around. Shipped Direct Below Standard National Prices.

Anyone else have experience rocking this shake? Delish.

On the family front: