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Chai Spice Paleo Fudge

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Have you tried paleo fudge? You have to! It’s just three ingredients, 10 minutes hands-on time, a couple of hours to set, and a week’s worth of healthy, sustained energy in a smooth chocolate delivery system. What could be better?

I’ll tell you what could be better:

Chai Spice Paleo Fudge

I started with a recipe from the Paleo Hacks web site and adapted it to make it spicy. I subbed maple syrup for honey because that’s what I had, and, voila! I’ve got fudge.

You will need:

1 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup Grade B maple syrup (or raw honey)
a pinch of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
a pinch of cardamom
a pinch of ginger

Supplies:

a small sauce pan; a large mixing bowl; wire whisk; scraping spatula; an 8 x 8 baking dish, foil to cover

How to do it:

Melt coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Prepare your baking dish by oiling with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Combine the remaining 1 cup oil with cacao/cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl. Add maple syrup (or honey) and all spices. Mix with a whisk until everything is smooth, then scrape into your prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and cool in the refrigerator 1-2 hours, until hard. Cut into chunks to serve.

If you try this let me know how you like it. I’m having some with a strong cup of ginger tea as I write. It is so good.

Banana Coconut Flour Muffins

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What’s not to love about muffins? These ones are pretty-nearly foolproof, and I’m by no means an expert baker. So I make a batch of these nearly every week. They are  full of protein and fiber, and their only sugar comes from bananas and raisins. My kids eat them for breakfast and dessert, the adults have them as snacks, and I serve them when people come ’round for tea. I hope you like them.
Coconut Flour Banana Raisin Muffins (grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and no added sugar)

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 4-6 large organic eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3  cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  •  a few dashes of ground cinnamon
  • a handful of raisins, optional

Make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using 2 standard muffin tins line 18 cups with paper cupcake liners. (I’m partial to cheetah print lately.)
  3. Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan on the stove, over low-med heat.
  4. Mash bananas and eggs using a hand mixer. Add vanilla, coconut oil and mix.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  6. Add raisins and mix in a with a spoon.
  7. Scoop batter into 18 muffin cups and cook 25 minutes or so, until toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow muffins to cool before removing from the pan.
  9. Refrigerate in an airtight container for about a week. Freeze in a ziplock bag for longer.

I do some variation on these frequently. Berries, nuts, chocolate chips are all really good in these instead of raisins.

 

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Detox is for anyone who wants their body to feel and look its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching  for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

Thrilled to be featured on Thriving Family Academy

Last week I was quoted with a number of other really smart,   insightful coaches over at Thriving Family Academy. We were sharing strategies for staying sane as mothers, specifically about how to quit snapping and criticizing our kids. Some of the advice was really terrific and timely. You can read the article here.

How do you stay sane amid the chaos of life, and kids if you have them?

~Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Detox is for anyone who wants their body to feel and look its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching  for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

Scenes from Our Winter Holidays 2014

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We started the month out with a fun Advent calendar filled with simple activities we would be doing anyway, like putting out birdseed and baking cookies.

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Some of those cookies, plus a Racer 5 for Santa.

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We got a tour of the fire engine after we dropped off some Toys for Tots at the fire station.

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We made organic elderberry syrup for gifts this year.

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There was lots of play with baby cousins.

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Amazing Buche de Noel from Feel Good Bakery.

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There was a matching jammy jig after Santa came.

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Some lovely shaving stuff for the mister.

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And my happiest  New Year wishes to you!

For a sweet way to start 2015, join me for a nourishing, free 30-day Self-care Jump Start. Rather than making a bunch of resolutions based on rigid self-improvement goals, why not treat yourself right where you are:  to more sleep, more love, more beauty, more fun?  The Self-care Jump Start is FREE and delivered daily straight to your in-box starting January 1.  Send me a note to sign up. I look forward to seeing you there.

Happy New Year!

Kirsten

Bulletproof Coffee – What Is It and Should You Drink It?

thanks to Flickr user Pseph for this source image, which I've amended.

thanks to Flickr user Pseph for this source image, which I’ve amendended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I found myself having three different conversations about the Bulletproof Diet this past week I knew I needed to write to you all about my take.

The diet is an interesting one with lots of great arguments on both sides. It is essentially a Paleo diet that is built on lots of healthy protein and organic produce, plus high saturated fat. Dave Asprey, the author of the book, also talks a lot about keeping the diet free of toxins, which as you know I am all about, and “intermittent fasting,” which basically means adherents eat only during a certain number of hours a day– say 2pm-8pm, and then fast the rest.

A major part of the diet is Bulletproof Coffee, a blend of Bulletproof author-approved special coffee plus coconut oil and pastured butter, all blended together into a creamy drink that tastes like a latte made with totally unhealthy non-dairy creamer. Seriously, it is so good!

Bulletproof Coffee offers lots of good saturated fats that are used to keep drinkers full and satisfied during fasting times. (The author also has a line of products he sells, including an organic, toxin-free coffee, his own coconut oil blend, and some other things.)The Bulletproof Diet promises a pound a week weight loss and tremendous energy. My own experience as a coach, an eater, and a reader of research bears out that a high fat low carb diet can indeed result in better energy and nice weight loss, for a time. There are some huge caveats, though. For one, it is not sustainable for most people. It is definitely not for nursing mothers, pregnant women, or women who want to become pregnant. Or for anyone with any hormonal issues to navigate. So it turns out that intermittent fasting is NOT a good solution for women. It can result in low energy, anxiety, wrecked metabolism and hormonal issues. For these reasons, I can’t broadly recommend the diet to you. Nor can I recommend unfettered coffee consumption because I would hate to see you burn your adrenals out completely, subsisting on coffee all day.

But I can offer you a great recipe that gives you the saturated fat benefits of Bulletproof Coffee with an extra bit of collagen protein and without the jitters and shakes.  Make it with coffee and my additions (make sure to add the cardamom that mitigates the caffeine effects of coffee, according to Ayurvedic theory and corroborated by my Ayurvedic doc), or make it like this for a healthy alternative that tastes delicious:

Dandy Bulletproof, serves 1

1/2- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (I use this one. )
1/2 -1 Tablespoon Pastured Butter (I use Kerrygold, unsalted, from Trader Joe’s)

1 Tablespoon high quality Gelatin Powder   (I use this one.)

Add ingredients to 8 ounces of almost-boiling water. Add to a blender or use an immersion blender. Blend everything (adding taste variations like a shot of vanilla extract, a drop or two of stevia, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, etc. as you like them) and mix until it’s frothy.This drink is so delicious, and the dandelion is fantastic liver detoxifying support. The gelatin gives you a good collagen boost for healthy digestion, smooth skin and strong hair. The butter gives you fat-soluble Vitamin A and D, and the coconut oil gives, among other benefits, boosted immunity and sustained energy.

You can work your way up to higher amounts of coconut oil and butter as time goes on, up to 2 tablespoons each. But be careful– coconut oil can have a laxative effect if you’re not used to it in high doses like this. So start slow. And enjoy it with some protein and veg for breakfast, not instead of breakfast.

~ Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Reboot is for anyone who wants a happier brain and a body that feels and looks its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching  for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.