Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Paleo Strawberry Banana "Oatmeal"

 If you're missing your morning bowl of oats, then I highly suggest you try this easy recipe. It only takes a few minutes to make, and best of all it uses ingredients you probably have in the house right now! I've posted a recipe for paleo oatmeal on this blog before, this recipe is a little different. The first paleo oat meal I wrote about tastes a lot more like fresh oatmeal, where as this recipe is a little bit more like instant oatmeal. It's smooth, rich, and sweet, making it perfect for those who love fruit or for the kids. This recipe makes one bowl, you can always double the recipe for two.

 Here's What You'll Need:

- 1 Banana
- 5-8 Fresh Strawberries
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Coconut Milk
- 1 Dash Cinnamon
- 1 Dash Vanilla Extract
- Unsalted Butter

How To Put It Together: 

- Put your eggs, banana, strawberries, coconut milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Mash them all together. You could also use a food processor.
- Use the butter to grease the bottom of a frying pan
- Heat the pan at a little higher than medium and pour your mixture into the pan
- Stir the mixture around in the pan continuously until it becomes thick and oatmeal like. Make sure to stir the mixture constantly without rest so that it doesn't burn or over cook in any one area.
- Pour the now cooked "oatmeal" into a bowl, top with fresh strawberries, and enjoy!

- Tim

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How To Make Bone Broth, And Why You Should!

 In the upcoming months you're going to be hearing more and more about bone broth. You know ... the stuff your grandmother made for soups with the left over bones from your chicken dinners! Bone broth isn't anything new, in fact it's a very old concept. The reason you'll be hearing more and more about it on blogs, websites, and in the news is because of it's outstanding nutritional benefits.

 Bone broth is made by slowly boiling the bones of animals over a period of hours in order to extract not only their flavour, but also the nutrients from the bones, cartilage, and fats. By making and drinking bone broth you'll be taking in a ton of great vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for just pennies. In fact, it would be pretty expensive to buy everything that you got from drinking bone broth in supplement form. Plus, drinking a cup of delicious and warm bone broth is a lot more enjoyable than taking some pills! Bone broth provides a large array of amino acids (Arginine, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline) essential for immune function, recovery, gut health, and healthy joints to name a few. Bone broth also gives your body easy access to magnesium, gelatin, calcium, collagen in a form it can digest without issue.

 Magnesium is very important for recovery for anyone who lives an active lifestyle or trains hard regularly. Most people are lacking in magnesium and could use a little more.
 Gelatin helps with joint health and pain while also provides bone building minerals. Gelatin also helps the body absorb protein and can help with the symptoms of leaky gut.
 Calcium is important for the health and density of your bones. For those who are dairy sensitive, bone broth provides a great option for taking in calcium.
 Collagen is excellent for improving skin health and the appearance of healthy skin. Collagen can also help people suffering from bowel disorders (IBS, crones) and other digestive issues.

 Making bone broth is simple and doesn't even require you to be kitchen savvy! The only thing it takes is patience. Making bone broth can take around 20-24 hours! Trust me, it's worth the wait.

 Here's what you'll need ... 

- 4-6 large beef soup bones raw
- 2-4 pork short ribs or neck bones (optional)
- 2-3 carrots chopped in big chunks
- 2 large onions chopped in half
- 6-7 garlic cloves cut in half
- Salt & pepper

How To Put It Together ... 

- Place your chopped veggies in the bottom of a large pot or slow cooker
- Take your bones and place them on top of the veggies in the pot
- Fill the pot or slow cooker with water until full and the water covers everything
- Heat on low until the water begins to rumble
- Remove any scum that rises to the top with a spoon, these are impurities you don't want
- Leave it to simmer for 20-24 hours on low
- Once the 20-24 hours is up, scoop out all the solids with a spoon and filter the broth strainer
- Salt and pepper to taste
- When the broth has cooled enough, place the pot into the fridge and allow it to fully cool off
- A hard layer of fat will form on the top of the broth, remove the fat and throw it out
- You'll now be left with a big pot of "jello like" broth, that's what you want! Warm up a cup in a pot      and enjoy!
- You can keep it in the fridge for up to 7 days
- You can also freeze it in individual servings to keep it for up to 6 months

 There you have it, simple and easy to make bone broth! In a few hours you can be enjoying a nice cup of your own and being doing something your body will love.