Blueberry Bites

So yesterday I was craving something sweet. I knew cutting out sugar was going to be the hardest part for me.  Well I woke up his morning still craving sugar, so I worked out and had tea and flavored water with fresh fruit.  Nope still needed something else.  So I decided to adjust a recipe I have for blueberry muffins for bites.  They taste great and was exactly what I needed this morning!  Granted while making the second batch, my toddle some strolled out to our living room and needed me so I totally burned the second batch.  But hey it happens, at least once a week in my house.  


 Blueberry Bites
1 1/2 cups of almond flour

1/2 cup of coconut flour

1/2 a tablespoon of baking powder

1/2 a teaspoon of salt

1 medium lemon seeded and juiced

1/3 cup of ghee

1/3 cup of honey

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 cup of warm water

2 large eggs

Mix these ingredients very well and then add in 1/2 a cup of blueberries, some peaople use a blender to really mix up the flours but I like the texture.  But always an option for smoother batter. 

Preheat oven to 350°F, place a casserole dish with water on the bottom rack, this will help the almond flour not brown out and give the moisture for the bites to rise.

I use a donuts hole pan.

Grease pan then fill each hole by spooning in batter.

Place on center rack and bake for 10-13 minutes 

Remove and let them rest on a wire rack. These will last a week in the fridge and can be frozen as well.

This will make approx 32 bites

*Make sure there isn't too many blueberries in one pan or else they will fall apart.
Enjoy! 

Kombucha 

So I was talking with a client earlier this week about my stomach issues over the years and what had just happened most recently and she recommended Kombucha.  Well she actually had me go to her fridge and take a bottle right then and there.  We both shared about our leaky guts. Hers sadly came from cancer, chemo, radiation, and steroids.  She expressed how drinking Kombucha everyday has saved her. Below is the brand she gave me, Health-Ade.


Then I messaged another friend of mine today because I know she has a blog about being on a Paleo diet, http://www.nograinsonlyzuul.com

I was shocked to find out she was just diagnosed with leaky gut as well. She hadn’t stayed true to the paleo lifestyle, I hate calling it a diet, so it caused issues within her gut.  We both have issues with stress management so I know that was an issue as well. Anyways she actually makes her own Kombucha, something I will eventually try.


I tried Kombucha for the first time maybe 10 years ago while living in New York. I swore that crap off.  It tasted horrible, I was given no warning, AND I shook the damn bottle (never shake Kombucha, I’ll explain later). Well now I’m in love. I’ve tried several brands already, in just a few days.

So some of you may be wondering, what the hell is Kombucha? You can google it for a super detailed definition. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” or SCOBY for short. It has live bacteria in it and a small trace of alcohol, very small. Also it’s naturally carbonated so you gently mix the bottle before opening or else it will explode, yes that is exactly what happened to me.

I loved the Health-Ade but the are $5 a bottle on average so I wanted to see what other brands were available and their costs. Heath-Ade was low in calories and very very low in sugars. Flavors range from strong to flavorful, if that helps at all considering I only tried a few.

Bucha- So this one wasn’t my favorite. It’s slightly higher in calories and much higher in sugar, in comparison to other brands.  To me it was indeed much sweeter, which may entice someone to come over to the Kombucha side.  It’s also organic. Costs around $4

Kevita- They have three different types of drinks that they make and I tried 2 out of the 3.

I tried the cleansing probiotic first,  this would have to be my favorite so far, second would be the health-ade. They both soothed my stomach right away.  But with this one it helped me have a movement, and by movement I mean bowel movement.  Which when you’ve struggle with IBS-C for over 10 years you want to dance. This was low in sugar low in calories and had a full ounce of apple Cider vinegar in it. I found these had a good bite and cost were around $2.99

So then I tried the sparkling probiotic, these flavors are much more subtle in comparison to its brother/sister.  They were on sale at my local smart and final for $2.50 so I grabbed all of the flavors.  I’ll be honest I thought the mojito would be my least favorite, but it was the tangerine, followed by the berry one. Sorry I wrote this on a whim it was never suppose to be a review so excuse my not so exactness.  I alway like anything with ginger and Cayanne, I love spicy.

The last one I had was Kombucha Chai.  I like Kombucha and I love chai so why the hell not. Nope.  Won’t ever drink that brand again.  It was on sale at sprouts for $1.99, I now know why. Just tasted bad. Think bubbly dirt but even less pleasant.

As I try more I will update for sure as I find that the probiotic uses in this awesome drink is so much easer to take than 3-4 pills.
Cheers

  

Been too long

When I first started this, I had just been laid off work, moved back to California and thought I’d start a blog.  Within another month I got another job, thank god.  Within 3 more months we moved again, this time not as far, and we found out we were pregnant.  My son is now 21 months old.  About a year ago my body started acting up a little.  Looking back I thought I somehow had gotten glutened.

After going to a couple of doctors and several visits to each of them, they figured out what was wrong with me.  It really started with being bloated, and then my stomach getting hard on me. After losing the baby weight I had gained back 15 pounds. They checked my thyroid and it came back okay. They ended up telling me I could not process processed foods and that I had a leaky gut.

So not only can I not have anything with gluten in it, but I can’t have ANY grain what so ever. That means no quinoa, no rice, and no corn. I also can’t have dairy, sugar and alcohol (at least end until the gut is healed then it’s in moderation).

So what is leaky gut?  Well leaky gut to some people means there is another issue and they can’t quite figure it out. But more recently more doctors have connected leaky gut to several other diseases, like celiac or other food allergies. Someone else described it as food getting past the intestinal lining that normally wouldn’t pass through. So gluten can pass through or bad bacteria which can leak from the intestinal wall and get into your blood stream.

For me I think the triggers were stress and a not so great diet.  I’d been so busy and so stressed I was eating protein bars, I thought they were okay, and they were hurting me. I started on a new probiotic right away and I started drinking kombucha.  I’m in the process of taking everything out of my diet, I gave myself 3 weeks to do so, and found that the hardest is my sweet tooth, sugar.

I’ve read a dozen different blogs and articles online, I’ve read 3 books so far, and this is going to be easier than I thought.  So I’m 2 weeks into this new life style, because we can’t say diet because diets are fads.  I’ve learned that eating a paleo diet is what I now have to do.  I have an amazingly supportive husband and a toddler that doesn’t know any better yet so I know we will be good. I still need to finish kicking ALL GRAINS, I’ve still have rice and quinoa and yes I noticed I didn’t feel great afterwards. Next I need to kick sugar.  I went and bought honey for our house I figured if I got an urge for something I could have a spoon full,of honey, so far it’s helped.  And this happens, my sugar urges, because I’m a poor planner for meals.

So in my new journey into the paleo lifestyle we will work together, meal plan and prep, and find great new recipes. so on my to do list is to eat prep this weekend, so stay tuned to an update real soon.