Today’s topic is almost as interesting as the season premier of Grey’s Anatomy! Except that we are also realists! We live for the present moment. At this specific moment, it’s Fall outside the doors.
So, here is a recipe for a golden concoction that we like to call the “Coco-Turmeric Latte.” My husband and I like to add our own personal twists to almost anything we put our hands on. Let me know if you have any other interesting ideas for this drink!
2 cups coconut/almond milk
1 tea bag of your choice (matcha powder works great too!)
2 tbsp coconut oil (grassfed butter optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 scoops of collagen powder
Sweetener: 1 tsp honey, maple syrup or stevia
Make your choice of tea. Boil coconut milk. Pour the hot liquids into blender and stir in all the ingredients. Blend for 10-15 seconds. This will create a perfectly creamy and delicious consistency and of course, that coffee shop froth that we all love! Enjoy!
Hey, it's getting hot out here!
Here are two ways to SURVIVE the hot summer: by consuming refreshing smoothies and by diving into cool water.
This summer heat even gets us Minnesotans gasping for a break in the weather!
Summer is shorter than you think. So, chase the sun! Since you'll be staying around during the tanning season, I want to share a recipe of my go-to tropical smoothie. Whether you're relaxing at the poolside or running late to work, this beautiful creation stays convenient. Whether your goal is to please your taste buds or to save you time, this smoothie will be rockin your world!
We want to show you two versions of our smoothie. The party version (Julie's) and the healthier version (Teddy's).
Here is what I include in my smoothie:
-mango or peach slices
-1 tablespoon of honey
-2 tablespoon of collagen
-2 tablespoon of hemp seeds
-half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
-optional: sprinkle coconut flakes on top
* * * 'Teddy gets the mic'
Hey guys, here is the smoothie recipe that I make (almost) every morning. Fair warning - the goal of this smoothie is to optimize function and performance, not excite your taste buds.
The "healthier" version:
-coconut/almond milk (unsweetened)
-collagen protein powder
-coconut oil/MCT oil (cold-pressed)
-optional: go for the "chocolate version" and add unsweetened cacao powder & cacao nibs for crunch factor.
This recipe is the great way to start your morning off on a good note. I start it with unsweetened coconut/almond milk from Trader Joe's because their product is carrageenan-free (a toxin). When it comes to the berries, I opt for mixed berries from Target. Berries are super low on sugar, which helps keep this delicious recipe low-carb.
Collagen is the source of protein that I prefer to consume. Not only does collagen provide your body with the necessary building blocks for muscle, but it has tremendous benefits for skin, nail, and hair health. Make sure that your collagen protein comes from a grass-fed cow. The brand I use is called Zint and you can find it on Amazon. I like it because its non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, and is neutral in flavor.
Hemp seeds are considered a superfood - they are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and even help fight cancer! Hemp seeds are packed with protein as well - so, we are creating an amino acid rave party! Along with the chia seeds, the total amount of protein for this recipe is right around 20g.
Last but not least, coconut oil is the ingredient that will keep you going until lunchtime! Coconut oil has a ton of health benefits, but the main reason we want to eat it first thing in the morning is the healthy FATS. When we drink a high-fat, low-carb smoothie first thing in the morning, this does wonders to our hormones! It puts our body into a fat-burning state so that we can stay lean.
"health yes," I want to look good!
Did you ever think to yourself that you are a healthy eater?
I used to think to myself that I am making a difference in my body and in my life by not drinking soda to avoid sugar, by having less fats, and by not eating after 6p.m. I believed going to bed on an empty stomach makes me feel 10x lighter and somehow, this long gap between meals will help me stay fit.
All of these attempts to live healthy are actually accurate and they work. You will see good results. But to receive even better results, you have to hear out Teddy.
According to Teddy, this diet will not only help you lose weight, but it also helps your digestion work like a well-oiled factory, makes your immune system bulletproof, and helps you feel like yourself again, in general.
“Eliminate Dairy and gluten. And only have carbs on occasion…” That means no cheese and no wheat bread.
I remember one of my very first texts went something like this: “I’d choose wheat bread over white any day, because I like eating healthy.” Teddy’s response was, “Julie!!! You’re killing me.’’
LOL… from that day, I was informed on how to eat correctly. I couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to my Monterrey Jack cheese or my avocado sandwiches which were made with wheat bread. But since I liked this guy very much, I even taught myself to sacrifice.
I wasn’t fully giving up on my dairy or gluten. I was cheating on my diet and I felt guilty, which then had to follow with a confession text. Just so you know, Teddy didn’t force me to do anything. Instead, he advised and I followed. Later, I even got my entire family hooked on coconut milk, on dairy free mayo, and gluten free cereal.
Here are some helpful substituting hacks:
-Substitute dairy with coconut, almond, or cashew milk. The majority of conventional dairy in our country comes from sick cows that are essentially on their deathbeds. It’s heavily processed, inflammatory and void of probiotics.
-Substitute corn or vegetable oil with avocado oil or coconut oil. Vegetable oils are very high in Omega 6 fatty acids, which seriously raises inflammation in the body.
-Substitute sugar with honey. Honey is a natural sweetener that also has antibacterial properties.
-Substitute carbs with healthy fats. 70% of our brains is fat, Vitamins A, D, E, K are fat-soluble, and every hormone in the body is made from fats! Eating healthy fats will also help with weight-loss.
-Substitute processed foods with whole foods. The less ingredients, the better. Anything that comes from a box, can, or package is off-limits.