Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bulletproof Iced Butternut Latte + Protein Smoothie

Good morning and a very happy Friday to you!

If you’re sick of the same old Pumpkin Spice Latte, boyyyyy, do I have a special (and nutritious) treat for you: Bulletproof Iced Butternut Latte. Oooh, yes. It’s a new favorite in our house. And there’s a protein smoothie version of it, which is truly the perfect way to start the day. Just keep reading for the recipe! 🙂

Bulletproof Butternut Latte

This nice folks from Bulletproof recently sent me some of their products to try out, including their well-known Bulletproof Coffee, which definitely lives up to its reputation (omgggg, it’s incredible – full-bodied, strong, but smooth) as well as their Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil, Grass-Fed Ghee, some fun “coffee upgrades,” and Bulletproof: The Cookbook. (FYI: Bulletproof actually has a lot of cool products on their website from collagen protein and supplements to Performance and Coffee Starter Kits, so be sure to definitely check it out!) The cookbook, in particular, caught my attention.

Bulletproof: The Cookbook contains 125 recipes that are delicious, real food meals that align with the Bulletproof diet. While I’m not a follower to the Bulletproof lifestyle, I immediately liked its famous butter-laden Bulletproof Coffee, so, not surprisingly, many of the coffee recipes piqued my interest.

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The Bulletproof Butternut Latte sounded particularly appealing, especially as an alternative to the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte. While I love a good PSL, after drinking a few, the novelty kind of wears off and I’m ready for something different, which is why I was immediately drawn to the Bulletproof Butternut Latte. And, of course, I love my coffee iced, so I created my own recipe inspired by it and, guys, it’s a GOOD ONE for sure. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups iced Bulletproof Coffee (brew normally and chill overnight in the refrigerator)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil)
  • 2-3 tbsp cream
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash cubes
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • sweetener of your choice (optional)

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Directions: In a blender, combine iced coffee, coconut oil, cream, butternut squash, and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until there’s a thick layer of foam on top, like a latte. If desired, sweeten to taste. Makes 2 iced lattes (or one really big one).

Protein smoothie option: Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder (~30g) and a handful of ice to the above ingredients. Combine in blender until smooth. Makes 2 smoothies.



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How to Transform Summer Tomatoes into Comforting Fall Soups

The humidity has finally lifted and there’s a brisk chill in the air, but that’s not the only good news we’re celebrating: Late-summer produce like tomatoes, zucchini and corn is still abundant at the farmers markets. From a culinary standpoint, this is what makes September so precious. For the next few weeks, we’ll be able to meld the light and delicate flavors of summer with the comforting style of autumnal cooking, which we generally see reserved for hearty root vegetables. And what better application for all of our perfectly ripened tomatoes than warm, freshly blended tomato soup? Whether you’re serving it as a smooth transition between the appetizers and the entree at an elegant dinner party or spooning it from a thermos after your first hike of the season, tomato soup is the most-logical solution to our current tomato surplus. So put gazpacho on the back burner (not literally), and reacquaint yourself with fall cooking via these versatile tomato soup recipes.

The Classic
Now that it’s finally cool enough to turn on your oven, get back into the rhythm of roasting with Melissa d’Arabian’s Rich Roasted Tomato Soup. This classic tomato recipe calls for little more than Roma tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. The rustic tastes of sauteed garlic and herbes de Provence are an excellent match for the tangy, caramelized Romas.

After-School Snack
With its tender pastina and comforting tomato broth, it’s easy to see why this high-fiber soup appeals to even the pickiest eaters. The trick to making this Quick-and-Spicy Tomato Soup effortless is to either buy your favorite store-bought marinara sauce or make your own and use the leftovers for the soup broth.

Ultra-Savory Twist
Peanuts and curry powder may not be ingredients you typically use to make tomato soup, but once you try Food Network Magazine’s savory Tomato-Peanut Soup, you may never go back to regular tomato soup again.

Elevated Appetizer
Hosting a fall soiree? Serve this sophisticated take on the after-school classic. A blend of ripe tomatoes and whole basil leaves rejuvenates day-old Italian bread in Anne Burrell’s satisfying Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup.

Fall Forward Chili
This isn’t technically a soup recipe, but we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to mention this hearty Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili loaded with plum tomatoes that enhance its color, texture and vitamin content. Make this recipe during the few precious weeks in late September when tomatoes and butternut squash overlap.

Usher in fall with more warming soup recipes from our friends:

The Lemon Bowl: Slow Cooker Chicken Pho
A Mind “Full” Mom: Healing Chicken Soup
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut & Lime
Foodtastic Mom: Slow-Cooker Squash Soup
Hey Grill Hey: Smoke Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Cream
Devour: 4 One-Pot Soups, Because Who Has Time to Do the Dishes?
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Sweet Corn Soup
Creative Culinary: Roasted Poblano Pepper and Corn Soup
The Mom 100: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
The Fed Up Foodie: Mom’s Chicken Gumbo Soup
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Italian Chickpea Stew with Swiss Chard
Taste with the Eyes: Michel Richard’s Asian Bistro Soup with Shrimp
FN Dish: The Very First Soup Recipes You Should Be Making This Fall



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How to Accept Your Body After Significant Weight Loss

How to Accept Your Body After Weight Loss in lineThere are many meaningful reasons people go Primal: they want to improve their fitness, increase their longevity, feel younger, reverse lifestyle conditions, heal hormonal imbalances, enhance fertility, get off prescription medications, and lose fat. With regard to losing fat, some want to lose a good deal of itto significantly alter their body composition. This goal, while it has the power to shift one’s entire health trajectory (not to mention life experience) may also be the most likely to come with unforeseen, even undesired results. I’m talking particularly about those who undergo dramatic transformations—the kind that can leave them feeling incredible, enjoying vitality, and (in particular) looking substantially different.

To be sure, there is much to celebrate when we meet body transformation goals: the impressive discipline, the new strength, the renewed health, the added energy, and so on. But for some people there can also be an uncomfortable gap between how they saw themselves before and how they have yet to see themselves post-goal. Once the major push to the objective is done and they relax into a new normal, the striking incongruence can bring up surprisingly ambivalent or even critical feelings. How can such extraordinary success become a Pandora’s box?

I’ve heard people describe this post-goal experience in terms of everything from emotional struggle to serious letdown, from identity crisis to reality check. Some people may feel unsettled by not fully recognizing the person in the mirror anymore, especially if they’ve not been close to their new body composition in a number of decades. Others may suddenly feel they’ve exchanged body image issues, losing the fat but now noticing stretch marks or loose skin.

Some people’s stress revolves more around the social response to their transformation. Being the topic of conversation or recipient of new attention and compliments can leave them feeling uncomfortably vulnerable. Still others may struggle with an unrelenting anxiety over regaining the weight or a self-conscious, even compulsive perfectionism around body image that drains the joy out of their success.

If we take the Primal call to thrive seriously, we likely want better than this for ourselves. But what can we do when major transformation leaves us anxious or ill-content? How can we move into acceptance when “after-effects” hit? What perspectives can help us counterbalance normal struggles so we can enjoy our achievements and the possibilities they open up in our lives?

Here are a few tips.

Recalibrate your expectations (after the fact).

Some of us go into major fat/weight loss anticipating it will be the panacea to all negative thoughts and patterns in our lives. We’ll finally like ourselves once we change our bodies. We’ll be better partners or feel more effective at work once we have our energy back. We’ll be grateful for our lives once the image in the mirror reflects what we want it to.

Physical transformation delivers many results, but it doesn’t deliver self-respect you never had. It doesn’t deliver a better marriage, particularly once the novelty of your change wears off. It doesn’t rewrite your job description or your work habits.

And it doesn’t guarantee physical perfection. You came into this world with a physical template based on a genetic formula. There’s a lot of flexibility in the end result, but most of us in our “best” condition will never and should never match what you’d find in a magazine.

To boot, we may forever live with the effects of our previous girth in the look of our skin, and there’s nothing wrong or abnormal about it. The most powerful objective, if we’re honest, was never about having the ideal body as much as it was about having a better life.

What are we going to do about that now?

If we attached unreasonable promises to body change, it might be time to change our attitude. While the choice and discipline we harness for physical transformation can open us to deeper mental shifts, what’s inner work is still inner work. Accept that maybe the outer change is just the first step in a bigger movement in your life—a journey toward greater well-being and deeper self-acceptance that you were able to conceptualize at the outset.

Understand that change always leaves us feeling displaced for a while.

The more we feel like things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be, the more discomfort we’ll feel. If we can accept the unsettledness for a while, we’ll eventually relax into the new conditions. Life will continually change us over the years—our identities and our bodies. There isn’t a time when we won’t be expected to shift, grow, and adapt. This experience now is simply one version of that call to adaptability, a Primal principle if there ever was one.

Find other people who get what you’re going through. Process it, but put it in perspective. Others have come to feel at home in themselves after transforming their bodies, and so will you with time.

Let go of what others think of you.

This truth goes for all of us at any time. The fact is, we’d all be more peaceful, grounded people if we gave up our careers in mind-reading and extracted our self-image from others’ perceptions.

This goes double, like it or not, when we’re feeling vulnerable or pressured by others’ commentary. Sure, it might not seem fair to have to be the ones to change more when the problem is other people, or so we think. The point isn’t who’s to “blame,” but what we want to feel. Do we want to feel good about our transformation rather than feel targeted by it? Then the onus is on us to detach.

Who we are has nothing to do with what others think. We can give away our self-identity to the social consensus if we really want to, but that’s a choice—and not a healthy one.

Practice feeling solid in yourself with some kind of meditative method that fits you. (And, yes, it is a practice that takes root over time rather than an intellectual realization that solves everything in the moment.) Harness the physical strength and resilience you’ve experienced in your fitness endeavors and imagine transferring them to emotional fortitude.

Love the person you were.

This might sound more sentimental than my usual commentary, but it’s worth saying. In fact, I wish it were said more often.

After a major body transformation, we may find ourselves liking our reflections more, fitting into clothes we never hoped to wear, enjoying compliments left and right, garnering attention from people who may have ignored us before. We suddenly have options, energy, cache we may not have felt (or embraced at least) when we were heavier. As a result, we might get the sense that Self 1.0 is something to disown, to forget, to hide even.

We put the old photos away, not wanting people to see them or not wanting the reminder ourselves. We eventually may not want to talk about the change at all, preferring to see ourselves solely as we are now. But that kind of renouncing doesn’t bode well for intact emotional well-being.

Ultimately, full spectrum acceptance may not be about leaving photos up of yourself at previous sizes, but it is about reflecting on your motivations when you take them down. It may not involve sharing your story, but it is about being forever proud of it. Others cared about you then. Others supported you in your process. You can likewise value yourself at all stages of life and health. You can value your story and find meaning in it. How we adjust to the hurdles of physical change and embrace the whole of our experience is without a doubt part of the Primal approach to living well.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Have you felt unexpected “kick-back” emotions following a significant transformation? What perspectives and actions made a difference for you? Share your experience, and have a great end to the week, everyone.

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A Year Older, Still Younger

This post is sponsored by Haven Life

Friends

I have a little over a month until I turn 34. My 30s are nearly halfway over!

A year ago I’m not sure I could have pictured where I’d be today. When I imagined turning 34, the word divorce wasn’t something I would have ever predicted. But I don’t look at it with a negative connotation either. Life is always full of twists and turns, and instead of viewing the end of a relationship as returning to the start, or a U-turn, I see it more as a fork in the road.

When I think about the future, I have to think about what decisions will be best for me and for Mazen. The time we spend together, the trips we take, the friends we make, the activities we do. I have to ask: “What is most important to me?” 

Head over to Haven’s blog to see the bucket list I created for the second half of my thirties!

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“Ask Amy The RD”: Are Those Spuds For You?? The “Paleoness” of Potatoes

Clean Eating Thursday Recipe Linkup – Best Fall Casseroles

Clean Eating Thursday Recipe Linkup - Best Fall Casseroles

I know I love a good casserole, especially on a chilly night when the air is crisp and the blankets are warm and snuggly on the couch. Add a little evening rain and, oh my goodness! Heaven! And did… Read more →



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