I made the brilliant decision of buying 1/8 of a grassfed cow this winter. AKA: I have a tremendous amount of frozen, quality, happy beef at my finger-tips. LOVE IT. But why was this grassy, bovine acquisition so important to me??? Lately, I’ve become really fascinated with “food energetics,” or rather, what energy the food that you consume creates when inside your body. When people ask me why I eat grassfed meat over feedlot meat one of my main answers is because it makes me feel better. Sure, it I think it tastes yummier. It is going to have a more healthful fat composition. It will be free of antibiotics and other questionable substances. All phenomenal things, but when push comes to shove, I simply feel better being fueled by the energy of an animal that lived well. Continue reading
1) Hot Date: Solution: wow said hottie with your instantaneous baking skills. “Oh what, I just whipped you up a cake in 90 seconds. NBD.” Good things are sure to follow said feat. Just sayin’.
2) “F*ck Guys tonight. I just want to dance…or eat whole cake by myself.” That can be arranged, and you won’t even spiral into cake-guilt afterwards. Continue reading
Sometimes a lady just needs a freaking cracker. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some crunchy F&V as vehicles for most things most times. Carrots, cucumbers, apples: phenomenal. But some days when someone tells me to put whatever delicious thing I’m eating a piece of cucumber instead of a cracker because it “tastes the same” I want to punch them in the face. Truth. It’s like when you’re single and your not-single friend tells you it’s better to be single, and that having a boyfriend and a cracker is totally overrated. And then you literally have to swallow the urge to react with your fists of fury (probably fueled by the gluten-black out that occurred because you did in fact eat the aforementioned cracker…) Yes, its like that.
I was lying in bed the other night trying to decide how I was going to eat my delicious can of sardines the next day. Note: no one is more surprised than I that I actually like sardines, let alone think about them late at night…And I decided that crackers must be made. Meaty, crunchy, grain-free crackers that is. I always assumed crackers were super hard to make. False. They are so easy and totally worth it!
Warning: these little puppies are a tad more nutrient-dense than your average wheat-based cracker. The plus side: these are filled with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants. The minus side: you will be full for the next 8 years if you hoover the same number of these as you would their wheaty counterpart. I only speak from experience, and yes, I am still full.
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I want to take a sec to recognize the awesomeness of the two star players in these crackers: sunflower seeds & rosemary.
Sunflower Seeds: I don’t know where these little nutritional nuggets of joy have been all my life, but geeze, all of a sudden I love me some sunflower seeds. They add such a beautifully savory, yet subtly sweet flavor to any dish, and are packed full of nutrients, including: vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, vitamin B1, B5 & B6, phosphorous, copper, iron, & folic acid. They are also high in monounsaturated fat, which is a wonderfully heart healthy fat. Between the combo of vitamin E & selenium, these little seeds provide a 1 – 2 antioxidant punch. Sprinkle them on salads, stir-fries, baked winter squash, & pretty much anything else for a great little vitamin/mineral boost.
Rosemary: Rosemary, part of the Lamiaceae (Mint Family), has a history steeped in food, culture, & tradition. Native to the Mediterranean, but now grown throughout temperate regions, rosemary is associated with enhancing memory, circulation, digestion, and the immune system. Students in Ancient Greece used to don a sprig behind their ear in order to bolster their memory as they studied for their exams. In olde England rosemary was a symbol of fidelity & loyalty, becoming a fixture within wedding ceremonies. It was also laid upon graves in remembrance. Rosemary’s scent can also be used as an insect repellent and a purifier. It of course has a rich tradition of flavor, and can be added to soups, stews, as a seasoning on meat, and steeped in hot water & lemon for a refreshing tea. Rosemary also helps with the digestion of fats & starches and has antioxidant properties via beta-carotene & vitamin C. (I love to have a sprig of fresh rosemary in hot water with lemon in the morning. Awesome and it can be a digestive aid pre-breakfast.)
Ingredients: (Yield: ~ 30 crackers)
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
- ½ cup tapioca flour (AKA: tapioca starch)
- 1 egg
- 2 T EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
- 2-3 T fresh rosemary
- ¼ t sea salt
- lots o’ fresh ground pepper
- dash of cayenne
How it’s Done:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, place the almond flour, tapioca flour, sunflower seeds, rosemary & other spices. Pulse until everything is combined and the rosemary is in slightly smaller pieces. Don’t go too crazy.
Add the egg & EVOO to the rosemary/flour mixture and pulse until combined.
Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a piece of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is ¼ inch – 1/8 inch thick (depending on how thick you would like your crackers. I personally like them pretty substantial…)
Using a heftier knife than seems necessary (I used my chef knife) so all you have to do is just to press down (vs. attempt to slice in a straight line) cut your dough into about square inch pieces and transfer the soon-to-be crackers to parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can pack the crackers in pretty tight because they won’t expand when baking.
Bake for 10-12 minutes (closer to 10 if you have rolled them out thinner.)
Let cool and then allow them to be a vehicle for all sorts of goodies or nom them down as is!
- iplant app, Birgitte Mars
- The World’s Healthiest Foods: http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=75
- Murray, Michael. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Atria Books: New York.
I think bananas are gross. Super handy, yes, but also gross. I mean those puppies come in their own zip lock baggie of containment. But, unless baked in bread, smothered unrecognizably in nut butter, or fried in coconut oil: gross. Luckily, this recipe falls under one of those said categories. Continue reading
Gone are the days of my grabbing a non-fat yogurt and a granola bar and heading out the door to take on my insulin resistant life. Breakfast has become a whole new animal for this lady. But breakfast can be a tricky switch for many of us (myself included as I ate either yogurt or oatmeal every day for years.) Eggs are usually the answer to many a breakfast woe, and yet those perfect little packages of nourishment don’t cook themselves! That business takes time. Enter: the egg muffin. Continue reading
Gross. But seriously offal meats are often uttered in hushed words amongst friends – “do I reeeeally need to eat that???” No. Or let’s go with: not yet. Eating Paleo is like your boyfriend’s desperate attempt to understand you: it must come in layers and battles must be chosen wisely. When I first started eating Paleo, cutting out my bi-weekly Gatorade during spin class was huge, and now I’ve moved onto to even including whole foods in my skin care, and dare I say, I’m even trying this odd, Paleo concept called, “life balance.” Jigga what. AKA: sleep, recovery, stress management, light, joy just to name a few things involved…I’ll keep you updated. Continue reading
We are constantly adapting. We exist in a little mini-Darwinian world that is our life. Which characteristics will survive and flourish and which ones will be deemed superfluous or even detrimental to our survival? Our ability to make this decision, or more aptly, to adapt depends greatly on acting under stimulus. Or rather by changing our stimulus. Comfort does not breed change. Adaptation demands discomfort. It demands stress, action, even suffering. Well f*ck that. We always hear that “change is never easy.” Usually I want to punch whomever happens to be saying that to me in the face (how does that change feel?!) But alas, just like when people in relationships tell you that in order to find one yourself you need to stop looking, those bastards are totally right…change is hard as sh*t. Continue reading
Nourishment. I’ve been drawn to this word a lot of late. I love how encompassing, how complete it is in its implication. Being nourished does not simply mean to eat clean or to work out 6 x / week. Those elements can be pieces of it for sure, but focusing solely on diet or exercise limits us. I am healthy because the food on my plate says so. Or, I’m healthy because my workout log says I am. However, being healthy & fit are not the same as being nourished. Rather, they are merely components of a larger and so much greater whole Continue reading
AKA: amazeballs. But really, I’m pretty psyched about these little nuggets of happiness. The holidays can be a tricky time in anyone’s life, but especially if you aren’t nomming up all the normal treats with reckless abandon. No one wants to be that kid at the Christmas party who “can’t eat that.” But here’s the thing, the holidays are what you make them, and you can’t be that kid at the party unless you allow it to be so. A love this time of year, not just because it has my all-time favorite alcoholic beverage: egg nog, duh, but because it is filled with so much light and joy. It’s not just about eating your Grandma’s killer pie, it’s about eating that pie surrounded by your loved ones. Context. That’s what’s really important about the holidays. Continue reading
Strong is the new skinny. That sentence is no longer shocking or revolutionary. Of course strong is the new skinny. Duh. However, just because that statement is no longer shocking, doesn’t mean that it isn’t charged. That statement is strewn across social media, and more often then not it is tacked onto some airbrushed, perfectly toned goddess. Is that really how we view strength? There’s no denying that that woman is sexy, or rather that her image has been made sexual, but is she strong? In that case, strong doesn’t mean that strength is the new skinny. It means that perfectly toned is the new skinny. In pursuing the aesthetic image of strength over thinness have we merely created another untouchable ideal? Have we simply replaced one disordered self-image with another? Continue reading