The idea that fat makes us fat is completely unscientific and quite honestly, a myth.
Our brains are 60% fat!
We need fat for healthy brain and body function.
EVERY cell requires high-quality fat!
Fat is vital to create healthy cell membranes... unfortunately we've been duped to think that high-processed vegetable oils are healthier alternatives.
This couldn't be further from the truth.
My goal here is to convince you that:
Not only how to source but how to cook a fat is also important.
Fats have a "smoke point".
The smoking point is the temperature at which the fat or oil begins to smoke.
Smoking is evidence of the fat's breakdown due to heat and can create a very off-putting smell and flavor.
This means that at a certain temperature the fat oxidizes and goes bad. We don't want oxidized fat for fuel. We want fats that...
Did you know that buckwheat isn’t wheat… it’s a seed.
So crazy, I know :)
This naturally gluten-free seed is nutrient-dense and is high both in protein and fiber. #boom
Buckwheat seeds, also called “groats” are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and are often referred to as a “superfood”.
They are also a high source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals all with relatively few calories.
What else do you need in life?!
This high fiber and easily digestible food can be made into a yummy porridge to mix up your breakfast.
I always recommend mixing up what you eat!
Just like I do in my oatmeal, I always add an egg, or two, to this porridge a few minutes before it's done.
The egg(s) make it fluffy and adds protein! Our bodies love and need protein and adding healthy protein will keep you satiated longer!
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BUT FIRST! SOAK YOUR BUCKWHEAT!!
Oh and always source organic...
One thing I love about marinara & meatballs… is that the WHOLE family enjoys it.
It's an easy dish to batch cook, make in large quantities, to feed us a couple of meals. This is my top tip to eating healthy.
When you are making a healthy meal, make more of it to bless your future self with leftovers.
Kids tend to take time trying new foods., at least mine do… especially those with LOTS of veggies!
I make this to accompany a yummy clean pasta, grilled sourdough bread, spiralized zucchini noodles, or top on the top of steamed veggies!
I always douse it with tons of high-quality parmesan cheese too! Yummy!
I add lots of veggies! You can pick and choose what you like, but garlic, onions, and peppers are never optional in my mind :)
A little tip I love to share too is that you can blend, using a blender or immersion blender, up to 1/2 of the mixture so a thicker texture.
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What I've learned about fueling the body with whole, real, clean food is that you can eat all the things you love, all you have to do is elevate and upgrade the ingredients!
This is a dish the whole family loves! When I'm not on a cleanse, I'll put the beef into Siete brand tortillas or taco shells. On cleanse, I just put it all in a bowl and go to town!
I was born in, and currently live in New Mexico where these dishes are staples in our weekly menu. The question is always, red or green chile?
Whether you like spicy food or not, you can modify this dish the way you like it! I give you three beautiful parts to this dish and you can modify as you see fit!
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Meat Base Ingredients:
Once you make this, I guarantee it will become a staple in your home... cashews are full of healthy fats, rich in minerals, antioxidants, and taste delicious.
It's so simple to make homemade nut butters and there are many ways to consume them!
Here are some of my favorite ways I use cashew butter:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment...
This is one of the simplest Fall squash recipes ever!
Acorn squash is vibrant in color and packed with nutrients. This is just one of the MANY plants Mother Nature has blessed us with that not only tastes divine, but is SO good for us!
The bright orange flesh is full of vitamins C, A, and B... it has minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese, which are ALL critical for health!
It's also ample with antioxidants that protect cellular health.
Acorn squash is also a great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diet!
Fiber feeds our good gut bugs, and if you are in my 14-Day Gut Reset Program, this recipe is for you (just skip the maple syrup!).
This recipe is almost like dessert!
It's sweet, savory, and easy to pair with a clean meat!
I could eat it all day long. It's also a perfect and versatile carb that can take place of other starchy veggies, and is perfect in both sweet and savory recipes.
Okay enough of it's magnificence, let's do...
This is a simple salad that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. It's so good for digestion and giving us the fiber we need for a healthy gut!
Kale has so many health benefits! It promotes detoxification, skin health, has tons of antioxidants, and has ample fiber... which we all need more of in our diets! Pair kale with lemon juice, also super detoxifying, onion, which our gut bugs love to eat, and extra virgin olive oil, the healthy fat... you have magic!
The nuts add more healthy fat to help you absorb all of those amazing fat-soluble vitamins!
The trick to making curly kale easier to eat, massage it with oil! It breaks down the hard fibers! Sautéing kale is also one of my favorite side dishes... I'll post that recipe soon too.
Okay enough chit-chat... let's do this:
The liver is the most important detoxification organ in our body! It works DAY and NIGHT to take care of us, so it’s paramount we take care of it!
This salad is created with nourishing plants that support the liver and other organs that work in tandem with it. The star ingredient in this salad is beets and beet greens. High in betalains, beets helps reduce inflammation, protect against oxidative stress and can help reduce risk of liver damage. They are also a wonderful source of fiber and vitamin C, which naturally cleanse the digestive system.
Also, I love using cold pressed flaxseed oil as it is high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids (essential to life), can help help improve gut and skin health. I add it to all my homemade salad dressings and smoothies!
Okay let’s do this!
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