Tasty Tuesday: Tea Time!

I LOVE TEA!

My 3 favorite tea “concoctions” I create:

COCONUT CREAM DELIGHT:

1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup of water
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp vanilla
pinch of cayenne 
***mix all together in a small pot, bring to a low boil, simmer. Stir one more time if need be.  This allows all the spices to really blend well together.
**optional:  if you need a bit more sweetness than a tsp of honey does the trick for me.  If a person uses stevia the best thing to use is full leaf or to use an organic drop.  But I have found that honey or even some pure maple keeps to the fullness of the flavor.  Stevia sometimes gives it a harsh aftertaste.
BULLET PROOF CHAI CHICORY:

1 bag of your favorite chai tea  
or
mix together some of your own spices…the ones above with some nutmeg are a great chia blend for me.
1 bag of a great chicory root tea (Teecino, Carmel Nut is the only one I get from them because it has no barley thus  it has no gluten)
or
get some of your own chicory root from a whole foods/natural grocers store and put about a teaspoon in a tea bag or tea ball.
1 tsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of ghee butter
**Optional: coconut milk and honey (use these together or separate just depending if you want a bit of sweet and or creamy)
What to do:
I boil my water in my tea pot.  Then I have my chai tea or mix, and my chicory root in the cup, pour boiling water over it, let it sit for about 2-5 minutes.  I pull out all the tea bags, or tea strainer, then mix in the coconut oil and ghee butter.  I stir it pretty vigorously with a fork to get it looking kind of frothy on the top not just oily.
Then sip and enjoy…and feel the amazing energy you will receive from this!
1+1=YUM!

1 bag of a green tea
1 bag of ANY TEA!
***steep together, pull the green tea bag out within 2 minutes, let the other tea bag still steep for another 2-3, for a total of 5 minutes.
Sip and enjoy all the great antioxidants and health benefits of combining green with spices.
Some of my favorite combos are:
GREEN TEA with:  chia, licorice, peppermint, ginger lemon.
The reasons I have gone more to tea rather than coffee are….

I love coffee but it has not been lovin’ me more and more this last couple of years.  And after last year of knocking on adrenal fatigues door….well coffee and me just are not the greatest of mix.  I have coffee from time to time, but I really monitor how much I drink and what might be going on in my schedule ensure I don’t have too many “stressors” to add to my adrenal system.
But back to tea!
I have been experimenting with tea even more so for about 2-3 years now.  I have become in love with this amazing beverage that I have taken to mixing bags together to see what flavors might compliment another. 
 Or how can I receive the amazing health benefits of green tea without tasting the bitter taste (one huge tip: don’t oversteep!)?  Tea has (herbal or traditional leaves: black, green, white) has some amazing properties that each can have some great benefits for a persons body.  So click on all the highlighted words to find some of the links that I have found helpful in learning how amazing herbs and teas are for our systems.  
What I have been learning recently though is not all tea companies are treated the same.  Not all are as dedicated in making sure we receive quality products.  If our tea bag is coated with gunk, our herbs are sprayed with chemicals, then how on earth is our body going to reap the benefits of the tea and herbs so definitely check out FOOD BABES info that I linked here!
And remember….this is all my opinion….my thoughts….my journey….so please please please consult a doctor if you have any medical stuff that should be addressed….I am here to share my life, to spread great ripples of love and life giving thoughts….not to create havoc! 🙂
blessings and hugs always,
~K 🙂

Paleo: Protein, Power, Peace

I have been wanting to post about some of my favorite sites I go to to continually learn and grow through this amazing lifestyle I have embarked upon for over 3 years now.

It started out as a spiritual journey….that has turned into the most amazing life changing experience for my mind, my body and my soul!

But with this posting I promise to not get drawn out….I will just give all of you my favorite spots I go to for resources: recipes, Q&A, support, etc.  And I will give a summary of why I go to that particular site!

I have two main sites I go to:

balancedbites.com  and everydaypaleo.com

BALANCED BITES:

Understanding the science of food….how it hurts or heals us.
Sugar Detox recipes
Game planning for a sugar detox
excellent podcasts

EVERYDAY PALEO:

Fitness tips
great support as you read about her journey
recipes
mental support
family support

Now I am going to just list all the sites I read and then put them into categories :)….

Elana’s Pantry

Excellent source for recipes!!!

Mark’s Daily Apple

Excellent source for fitness and the science behind the food.

Food Babe:

Understanding the science about the chemicals in our foods.

Paleo Hacks:

Support forum with other Paleo’s
recipes
podcast

Whole 9:

I first learned about this site because of their book “It Starts with Food”

It is truly about getting back to basics…REAL FOOD!  Challenging yourself for 30 days to eat nothing but real food….
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As far as categories are concerned these are how I look for something in each of these categories.  Listed in the order of how I go to them :)….

RECIPES:
Elana’s Pantry
BALANCED BITES
EVERYDAY PALEO   ***ironically….I think Sarah Fragosa has amazing recipes…but I have all 3 of her cook books so I go to my hard copies more than the blog site…:)…

WELLNESS OF MIND HEALTH:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES

SCIENCE:
BALANCED BITES
Food Babe
Mark’s Daily Apple

FITNESS:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Mark’s Daily Apple

GREAT SPOT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PALEO AND SUPPORT:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Mark’s Daily Apple
Paleo Hacks
Whole 9

MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Elana’s Pantry

EXCELLENT PODCASTS TO LEARN MORE AND GREAT GUESTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR SITES AND HOW THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PALEO/REAL FOOD COMMUNITY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Paleo Hacks

***I am going to finally mention one I haven’t really had the chance to delve into the site as much as I would like to yet….but I really enjoyed hearing her interview on Paleo Hacks podcast….Primal Kitchen.

And it was with that podcast and interview that I learned about Eat to Perform.

I don’t know much about those last two yet….but I look forward to reading and learning more!

Finally MOVEMENT…..my favorite spot to just watch/read/hear about quick ways to keep my body mobile and intune with how it is suppose to function and work is:  Aligned and Well.  Katy gives great sound science on how our bodies need to be respected.

SUMMING IT UP….

If I absolutely had to choose….

It would go back to the beginning of this post….BALANCED BITES and EVERYDAY PALEO.

And if you still pushed me…

I guess EVERYDAY PALEO would win because it is geared around family….they are both parents they understand the ins and outs of parenthood.

BUT….BALANCED BITES reminds me to be real…and it gives me a feeling of Gilmore Girls…lol….

So….

Those are my top spots for now….

I am continually learning….thus….

The list is continually growing…

I will add as I come across more or as I think of ones I may have forgotten!

Until then….

Many blessings to all of you…

Have a blessed week full of “P” POWER! :)….

~K 🙂


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