Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Friday 5

Hi friends,

I know things are crazy in the world right now, and I hope you are hanging in there. It’s a stressful and anxious time, so first and foremost, I want to validate and acknowledge your fears and concerns with everything that’s going on right now. It’s scary for me too, but we’ll get through it together. I’m doing my best to stay positive and count my blessings, and I hope you are too.

In today’s episode of the Friday 5, I’m sharing 5 happier things unrelated to the craziness going on in our world. I’m trying to carry on as “normal” as possible, if you know what I mean. And, if you’re looking for tips and advice for staying healthy, be sure to head over to Instagram and follow my content there. I’ve been sharing a lot of workouts and motivation!

1. Beautycounter 10% Off Sale

Beautycounter is offering 10% off sitewide through the end of the month (including all regimens, collections, and bundles). Beautycounter does not offer sitewide sales often, but they wanted to do something to help both clients and consultants (those of us who survive off our small businesses). We all need shampoo, body wash, and the like, so if you’re needing to stock up – shop the sale here.

2. Basement Facelift

It feels so good to finally have our basement project complete! There’s nothing like freshening up a space in your house, right? We painted, took down the ugly cabinets and counter, and got a new weight rack just in time for testing workouts for #STRONGMADESIMPLE. The rack was only $69 and the dumbbells were also super affordable from Amazon Basics (now’s a better time than ever to create a simple home workout space).

BEFORE

…AND AFTER! Simple updates can make a huge difference!

Weight rack was only $69

3. Exploding Kittens Card Game

Since we’re hunkering down at home, we’ve been playing a few more games than normal. Exploding Kittens card game so fun to play with Quinn, and it’s hilarious! Quinn seriously cracks up the entire time when we play. It’s like UNO, except there are goats, magical enchiladas and kittens that can kill you. It’s ridiculous and fun for parents too! 🙂

4. Birkenstock Mayari Sandals

I treated myself to a new pair of Birkenstocks in anticipation of Spring! The Mayari style is so cute, and they’re really comfortable! You can wear them with jeans, shorts, leggings, summer dresses, you name it! More often than not, I buy my shoes from Zappos because you can’t beat the free shipping & returns!

5. Teeccino

I’m not drinking iced coffee these days – only once in a while for a fun occasion – but I’ve been loving my coffee replacement, Teeccino! I love the vanilla nut flavor! It’s definitely a great option if you’re trying to cut back on caffeine and/or coffee. Tip: The grinds taste so much better than the tea bags – much stronger and more flavor. Just brew the grinds like you would coffee in your coffee pot, but just use fewer grinds.

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Soothing Soup, Bone Broth, and Tea Recipes

low-carb chicken noodle soupWhen viruses and bacterial infections swirl around us, and especially during the winter and early spring months when the weather can seesaw between sunny and pleasant, and thundering and soggy, warm soups, bone broths, and teas can fortify and evoke warm fuzzy feelings (even if they’re fleeting until the next bowl or mug). These soup, bone broth, and tea recipes can help soothe when you’re feeling worn out or ill, and warm you up when the weather won’t.

Bone Broth Recipes

Chicken Bone Broth Four Ways

spicy chicken bone broth

Learn how to make basic chicken bone broth, plus four ways to accessorize it. Great for sipping, but also for use in other recipes, the Thai chicken bone broth enhances stir-fry and Asian dishes, and the spicy chicken broth adds a kicky Tex-Mex appeal to sauces.

Beef Bone Broth Variations

beef bone broth

A deeply savory way to drink in the nourishing benefits of gelatin, beef bone broth can be dressed up several eclectic ways to tickle your palate. Reduce the butter and leek beef bone broth to a thin glaze and drizzle over steamed or roasted vegetables for transformative taste.

Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth

turkey bone broth

If you haven’t tried turkey bone broth yet, you’re in for a pleasing surprise. A touch more gamey and intense than chicken bone broth, turkey bone broth can add savory and meaty flavor to veggie mashes, cauliflower rice, pan sauces, and more.

Instant Pot Chicken Bone Broth & Chicken Bone Broth Latte

instant pot chicken bone broth

This is a classic chicken bone broth recipe with a couple of modern embellishments: a few glugs of apple cider vinegar, and chucking all ingredients into an Instant Pot. Scroll through the recipe to the bottom for a keto snack: a chicken bone broth latte.

Soup Recipes

19 Keto Soups

beef stroganoff soup

From Fat-Bomb Hamburger Soup to Greek Lemon Chicken Soup, there’s something for every Primal-keto taste in this soup roundup.

Gut Repair Sweet Potato Soup

gut repair sweet potato soup

Made with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and three scoops of collagen peptides, this soup can help soothe a disgruntled stomach. We figure you won’t give the side eye to a suggested meat garnish; the caramelized bits of ground turkey sprinkled on top of this pumpkin-hued pureed soup provides nice chewy contrast.

Turmeric and Kale Soup with Ground Lamb

turmeric and kale soup with ground lamb

This soup is loaded with ingredients that can potentially ease the symptoms of the common cold, or give your immune system a little boost during cold and flu season. The healing properties from this sharp, slightly spicy broth come from ginger, garlic, turmeric, lemon, and bone broth.

Instant Pot Chicken “Noodle” Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Grandma’s and mother’s remedy for what ails, chicken noodle soup can be Primal when made with golden chicken broth from skin-on chicken thighs, aromatic vegetables, and shiritaki angel hair noodles.

Slow Simmered Cabbage Soup with Sausage

cabbage soup with sausage

Although buttery, slow-simmered cabbage can be a dish in itself, add broth and sausage and you’ll get a very simple soup with incredibly rich, comforting flavor. Choose the best-quality butter you can afford to add plenty of unctuousness to this basic soup.

Garlic Soup with Mushrooms and Chive Oil

Garlic Soup with Mushrooms and Chive Oil

Redolent of the infamous 40 garlic clove chicken dish, this garlic soup uses 15 cloves of garlic. Don’t fret; your significant other and even furry friend won’t stay away forever if you eat this. The soup calls for roasted garlic, which mellows and smooths out the sharp pungency of the bulb.

Ginger Soup with Scallops and Shrimp

Ginger Soup with Scallops and Shrimp

Ginger has long been thought to be a natural immune booster. Ginger adds an intensity of flavor to stock that is both soothing and invigorating. It awakens your senses and warms you right to your core. Just-cooked scallops and shrimp add substance to this spicy broth.

Green Tea Chicken Soup

Green Tea Chicken Soup

A touch bitter, this chicken soup adds interest through steeping green tea bags or leaves in the broth. This seven-ingredient soup comes together in just 25 minutes.

Tea Recipes

Creamy Turmeric Tea

creamy turmeric tea

Turmeric tea will perk you up in the morning, calm you down at night and soothe sniffles and sore throats. It’s also a really pleasant way to end a meal.

3 Collagen Tea Latte Recipes

Vanilla Rooibos Collagen Tea Latte

More delicate than coffee lattes with the potential to be every bit as craveable, tea lattes have expanded beyond the boxes of chai and matcha and into under-explored and exotic territories. Soothe an upset stomach with a Collagen Mint Tea Latte; switch up your normal chai to a citrusy Lemon Cardamom Collagen Latte; and instead of a pumpkin spice latte, try a Roobios Vanilla Spice Collagen Tea Latte.

Read More: Benefits of Bone Broth & Tea, and Immune-Boosting Tips

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Our Favorite Baby Care Products

You know what personal care products I love, but what about the kiddos? Here are some brands and products we love using on the boys.

Our Favorite Baby Care Products

Boogie Wipes

I LOVE Boogie Wipes for crusty noses. They work so much better than a regular baby wipe to remove the junk as quickly as possible, which is what we all want when we have a wiggling toddler. I love the fresh scent smell, but they also come in unscented.

Vitamin D

This might be more of a medicine than personal care, but since I keep our vitamin D on the changing table I lumped it into this post. I like these drops, and Birch now can say “DEEEE” when I give him some!

Beautycounter Baby Care

I use these three on Birch and love them all: Baby Wash, Diaper Cream, Baby Balm. The baby wash is unscented and very gentle. I use it from head to toe. The balm is great for cheeks and chin while his drool is making him chapped. We slather it on thick every night after bath. Luckily we haven’t had much diaper rash, so the diaper cream is only a little bit used! I wish I had known about it when we had some rash problems when Birch was a tiny newborn.

Beautycounter Kids

And for Mazen we use the kids shampoo and body wash! Big fan all around! (Smells good too.)

Sunscreen

We also use the Beautycounter suncreens on the kids – the face stick on their faces and the lotion on their bodies.

Hello Bello: Diapers, Body Wash + Gummies

I LOVE using Hello Bello! It’s Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s brand, and they have really cute and awesome products. The diapers are what drew me in because they are so cute, but I also really like the bubble bath, hand sanitizer, and the kids gummies. I’m trying the laundry detergent too. A handful of the products are EWG Verified. I have a subscription for diapers and wipes, but you can find them a la cart too – check out the Squeaky Kid Kit and Diapers on Amazon. (I think Wal-mart has them too). Here’s a code for $15 off.

How cute are these patterns?!

Teeth

We love the Toms of Maine Silly Strawberry toothpaste. In fact, if Mazen has mint toothpaste he acts like it’s poisoning him (even a kids kind!) So we still to fruit 🙂 We also use these little flosser that are great for kids. Our dentist told us to rinse and reuse them a few times to create less waste.

Band-aids

Shout out to these Nurse Sloth band-aids my mom found on Amazon. Nurse Sloth is English and she requests that her patients to move VERY SLOWLY while she applies her band-aids :mrgreen: We have turned these into an act when the boys need a band-aid and it makes the hurt go away a liiiiiittle faster.

Vitamins

I love both the Olly Kids with Probiotic and Hello Bello’s Omega-3 and Immunity gummies (for adultts too). I tend to mix and match depending on when we need to re-stock. Mazen loves them.

What are your favorite baby care products?

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Sick Day Soup Recipe

Sick day soup is exactly what it says it is. A great soup to have on hand when you’re feeling less than your best.

Feeling under the weather?

With everything going on in the world right now, feel better food is going to be in high demand in the coming months. Add to that the fact that we are still in the middle of our regular cold and flu season, and it’s pretty obvious that soups and stews are going to be in high demand over the next month or two.

A black and red bowl sits filled with this Sick Day Soup Recipe

It never hurts to have some good soup, or at the very least, some good broth, stocked in your freezer. Nobody wants to cook when they don’t feel good. But if you make some ahead of time to keep in the freezer, you’re far more likely to eat something that will actually benefit your body when it’s feeling at its worst.

If you’ve got a sicky at home, or if you’re under the weather yourself, this soup is the perfect quick fix for a sick day meal.

If you intend on making this ahead of time and storing it in the freezer, just be aware that you want to freeze the soup separately from the grains or pasta. While they will certainly freeze, it’s been my experience that this freezes better when the two are separated. The choice if yours, of course, but that’s the way I do it in my kitchen. Plus, it never hurts to have a good broth in the freezer for multiple reasons. And if you need to, simply freeze in single portion sizes so you can just add some grains or pasta, one serving at a time.

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SICK DAY SOUP RECIPE:

Sick Day Soup

Course: Soup

Cuisine: American, German

Yield: 10 servings

Calories: 89 kcal

Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chicken broth (no sugar added, low sodium is best)
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked pasta or rice work too)

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, combine your broth, celery seed and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.

  2. When you are ready to turn the heat off, whisk in your eggs quickly and remove the pot from the heat.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts

Sick Day Soup

Amount Per Serving (1 cup)

Calories 89 Calories from Fat 27

% Daily Value*

Fat 3g5%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Cholesterol 84mg28%

Sodium 723mg31%

Potassium 251mg7%

Carbohydrates 9g3%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 122IU2%

Vitamin C 13mg16%

Calcium 34mg3%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe from the ®Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 11/23/10.


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