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Recipe: How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

Have you heard of this? Bulletproof coffee is becoming increasingly more prevalent–as it should. Without diving-head-first into the boat loads of science behind these ingredients and the synergy that exists between them, I’ll give you the…

Semi-basic run down for why bulletproof coffee can take your coffee routine to the next level & a few tips on making your own:

  • Improves your mental clarity
  • Slows the assimilation of caffeine and fats in your body, making them more filling & giving you sustained energy versus just a quick boost.
  • Coupling the coffee with fats like grass fed butter, MCT oil (you can also use palm oil or coconut oil) improves the satiating effect of the drink and the natural caffeine content of the coffee bean helps make the fatty acids more readily available for absorption and energy use in the body.
  • Laird describes this robust drink as one that will give you “a whole new focus.”
  • The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in the butter and oils help reduce inflammation in the body by decreasing triglyceride levels.
  • Make sure to choose a coffee blend that is organic (preferably a dark or espresso roast, as those often contain less acid.
  • You can make this completely vegan and dairy free just by using the MCT oil, coconut oil and/or palm oil.

My interest in bulletproof coffee has existed for a while now–initially prompted by this video by one of my main professional-athlete-inspirers (surfing legend, fitness & nutrition guru), Laird Hamilton.

 

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My Recipe for Bulletproof Coffee:

(created with inspiration from many!)

No exact measuring here! Everything is approximate.

Instructions here are minimal:

  • Simply combine all ingredients (sans coffee) in your coffee cup.
  • Brew your coffee as usual, separately.
  • When finished, pour the hot coffee into your cup to combine all of the ingredients.
  • The heat from the coffee will liquify the oils and help everything to combine.
  • Stir & ENJOY!

I’ve loaded up that list with the links to all of the products that I used.

Also, it’s just worth mentioning that I drink this is the morning in place of a breakfast. Lately, I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting (only liquids until 11amish, then eating from about 11am-7pm) paired with a ketogenic approach to eating. I’m not counting macros right now, but I mindfully to good sources of fat for energy and then an adequate (filling) amount of protein.

Have you ever made your own bulletproof coffee? I’d love to hear about it. Happy Brewing!

GoGo Quinoa Review

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GoGo Quinoa

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About GoGo Quinoa:

We started our operations in 2004 with the arrival of a first container of quinoa pasta. Our ambition was to create an ethical business dedicated to the promotion of organic food and fair trade practices. Six years later the GoGo Quinoa™ products line includes over 30 gluten-free, vegan and organic products made from quinoa and amaranth and distributed across Canada.

GoGo Quinoa is a manufacturer specialized in ancient grains and quinoa products. The purpose of GoGo Quinoa has been to provide healthy gluten – free products not only to those with celiac disease, wheat allergies, gluten intolerance or on wheat free diet, but also organic, vegan and delicious tasting products that the whole family will enjoy.

All our products such as our gluten-free cookies chocolate chips, gluten-free pasta with quinoa or amaranth grains, Granissimo blends and Ready to cook Paella, Pilaf, Burger Mix, Pancake mix, Hot cereal mix and many others are made with only highest quality ingredients.

We are headquartered in a twenty thousand square feet facility in Ville St-Laurent, in Montreal and continue to grow our line by developing and manufacturing products that incorporate local ingredients and fulfill our customers tastes and needs.”

Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

About:

“Moist and chocolatey, the cake mix is garnished with dark chocolate chips. Only a few minutes are required to prepare the batter.

Ingredients: 
Organic flour mix (brown rice, kaniwa), organic sugar, evaporated organic cane juice, organic tapioca starch, organic cocoa powder, organic chocolate chips, baking powder (alum free), organic flakes (amaranth, quinoa), baking soda, organic buckwheat porridge, guar gum, pink salt, organic chia seeds.”

Quinoa Crunchies

About:

“Gluten free and organic cinnamon sweet chip like snack.

Ingredients: 
Organic rice flour, organic quinoa flour, unrefined cane sugar and cinnamon. 

Allergy and intolerance information: 
Free of: Sesame seeds, Wheat, Kamut, Spelt or Triticale, Eggs, Milk and Soybeans.”

Vegetarian Paella

About:

“Ready to cook paëlla mix. Very easy and very quick to prepare. A good source of iron and protein.

 Ingredients: 

Organic white rice, organic black and red quinoa royal, red beans and/or pinto beans, tomato powder, organic paprika, carrots, green beans and/or green peas, organic onion, red pepper, salt, organic garlic, and organic turmeric.”

Quinoa Burger

About:

Ingredients: 
Pre-cooked organic quinoa, organic quinoa flakes, organic amaranth flakes, organic quinoa flour, organic quinoa grains, salt, spices (cumin, black pepper, garlic, turmeric, parsley, tomato, onion, green pepper).”

Quinoa Cookies

About:

“Ingredients:

Organic royal quinoa flour, tapioca flour, rice flour, kaniwa (baby quinoa) flour, non-hydrogenated palm fruit oil*, evaporated cane juice, dark chocolate chips (pure dark chocolate also called chocolate liquor, cane juice, natural vanilla essence), brown sugar, quinoa puffed grains, chia seeds, sodium bicarbonate, natural vanilla extract. * From sustainable harvesting.”

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My Thoughts:

I am fascinated by brands that take one healthy food and generate a plethora of products with it as its foundation. GoGo Quinoa makes quinoa-packed goodies that range from vegetarian paella to cake mix.

If you have read any of my prior blog posts, you are aware that ingredients are of the utmost importance to me, regardless of taste. After reading GoGo Quinoa’s ingredient lists, mission, and method behind farming, I feel great about this brand. The ingredient list is chock full of organic ingredients, and their products also boast an Eco Cert Label. This means, from the Eco Cert website:

“Ecocert inspects products on the basis of this specification, and issues organic certification. The products in question must bear the wording ‘Ecocert-certified’. This is the only labeling guaranteeing organic certification for the consumer. The product can consequently be marketed being described as ‘organic.'”

So, in other words, a brand with this certification has been deemed organic, meaning:

“grown avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers or synthetic products, in ground fertilized with organic fertilizers and natural minerals favorable to life within the soil, application of the precautionary principle.”

In regards to taste, these products are very enjoyable. Sometimes, you try a cake mix that contains more healthful ingredients and it just does not taste good. In this case, all of these GoGo Quinoa products are very tasty. You can tell that there is a little something different about them, but it’s not a bad thing. If anything, the use of quinoa and the other grains like amaranth add some earthiness to the dishes.

It’s worth mentioning that I typically avoid grains. I don’t consume them on a regular basis. There are many differing opinions and thoughts on quinoa, but I consider it to be a complete protein and a seed. A few of these products contain rice flour–which I would typically stray from. I try to get my carbohydrate intake from mainly fruit. With all of that rambling, I simply am meaning to say that these products are not a gigantic part of my diet. They are a way to splurge healthfully, sans gluten.

The cookies and the cake were my favorites (can you say sweet tooth?). I could have eaten the whole box of cookies in one sitting. The paella and quinoa burgers are great because they can serve as a delicious alternative for those that do not eat meat. I do consume meat, myself, but I realize that there are many of you out there that are perhaps looking for vegetarian alternatives. Meat eater or not, though, I would recommend GoGo Quinoa products to all of you. Great quality, great flavors and an all around great brand with a thoughtful mission and outlook on producing food.

Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils Review: Fire & Ice, Vertigo, Dragon’s Breath

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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils

This is a review of Nature’ Fusions essential oils.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Nature’s Fusions:

The Highest Quality in the World, Guaranteed.

We have worked for years with the best international suppliers, chemists, and laboratories around the world to get the highest quality certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the world. All of our oils are certified to be 100% pure and free of pesticides or other chemical residues. They have undergone rigorous testing to insure they meet or exceed all international standards on Purity and Safety. All of our oils have been cross tested using mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch. Would you like to see the data charts from the tests?  Just ask! We understand that these graphs and charts may be difficult to read or understand and would be happy to discuss the scientific details with you if you’re so inclined.

Ultimately, unless you can read somewhat complicated data charts, are familiar with current medical research, and can determine the impact of hundreds of individual components in essential oils, knowing which oils are not only ‘pure’ but also good enough to be ‘therapeutic’ is a question of trust.

Here at Nature’s Fusions, we value your trust more than anything else – we have put in the time, effort and money to bring you the best essential oils in the world, just as you would expect a doctor would do with a prescribed medication – and this is shown by our 100% satisfaction guarantee and our commitment to honesty in communication. Essential oils are awesome for the uses in which they work. But there are plenty of times they don’t – and while there are plenty of articles that claim essential oils will cure every malady known to man, here we try to cut through the misinformation and pseudo-science that surrounds the essential oil field.  For that reason, we are an ‘open book’ – ask us anything and we’ll be happy to answer.

So give it a try. Try us out, and we guarantee that you will be impressed – not only with the quality and utility of our products, but with our prices, our honesty, and our dedication to you as a person.

If you are currently using an essential company that tries to hide information or won’t divulge their secrets and ‘proprietary’ items, then I wouldn’t trust them.  This is your health – what is there to hide?  Would you trust a doctor that wouldn’t tell you what was in the medicine he/she prescribed?”

Dragon's Breath

Dragon’s Breath Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Protective Blend

Cinnamon, lemon, clove, eucalyptus – the ancient code for powerful strength.

Diffuse, use to clean surfaces, or apply very sparingly – it’s strong.”

Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Muscles and Massage

Peppermint, wintergreen, lavender, marjoram, clary sage, basil, roman chamomile, and helichrysum combine in this fusion for muscles and massage.

Dilute 5-10 drops of Fire & Ice in 5ml (1 tsp) carrier oil for massage.”

Vertigo

Vertigo Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Grounding

Peppermint, coriander, and ginger blend in Vertigo to promote grounding and mental health.

Apply 1-3 drops to the hands and breathe deeply.”

My Thoughts and Description

In recent years I have been intrigued by essential oils. They smell incredibly fragrant, are known for their healing ability and are convenient for making homemade concoctions.

These three blends are neat in that they target specific things. They can be used three ways: ingested, applied topically, or used in a diffuser.

I got married in September and in the week prior to the wedding, I started feeling sick (sore throat, lost voice, runny nose). Right after feeling these symptoms, I put several drops of each blend into my humidifier to try and kick the symptoms from the get-go. I didn’t feel better instantly, but over several hours, I felt considerably better after using the humidifier.

Many brands and essential oil specialists will recommend that if these oils are ingested, they should be used with caution, as they are very potent. I understand the caution to an extent, but I can’t help but shake my head when thinking that so many prescription medications are not offered up with such a dramatic caution. Here we have plant based healers and we are being told to pump the breaks–in my opinion, the measures of precaution aren’t focused in the right place. But, that’s a whole other issue for whole other post. 🙂

Simply put, I like to use the Dragon’s Breath blend for cold symptoms, the Fire & Ice blend for making my Homemade “Icy-Hot”, and the Vertigo blend for times when I am feeling overworked, stressed, and/or dizzy. They all work very well for their suggested uses. I’d recommend these for anyone interested in the healing powers of essential oils, as Nature’s Fusions has a lot of blends that seem to be unique to this brand.

In regards to these essential oils and the word “organic,” I’ll share this that I learned from the very helpful Co-Founder of Nature’s Fusions, David:

“We don’t intend to seek organic certification. We do testing on our oils to ensure that they have no harmful ingredients and to ensure that they have all the proper chemical constituents to be effective. Organic is usually a proxy for wanting to ensure quality, along with a desire to improve growing conditions. Some of our oils are organic, some are wildcrafted, but in every case testing shows that they don’t have any residuals.”

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.