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    Nutrient Dense Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe

    Healthy Nutrient Dense Bone Broth Instant Pot & Slow Cooker #instantpot #slowcooker #nutritious # healthy #broth
    What is bone broth? Whether you call it bone broth or stock. You’ll definitely want to add this nutritious, traditional food to your routine. Bone broth is so awesome because it’s rich in collagen and certain amino acids that play a role in good gut health.

    My Love of Bone Broth

    Many years ago I heard about bone broth. I read about how healthy it is for your overall body such as; gut health, bone health, and even skin. This idea of cooking bones seemed super weird to me. I never even heard of it so decided to make it since it is packed with lots of nutrients. I do love me some chicken broth too. 3 years ago I was on a mission to balance my female hormones so this seemed like the right kind of food that I need have to help support my hormone journey.

     

    Off to the store I went in search of chicken bones, feet, and necks. Buying these awkward chicken body parts are good for the broth because over time (the cooking process) sucks out all the collagen from the bones, especially from the knuckles and joints. My first attempt to make my bone broth is made from old a  school pressure cooker I bought at the store .

     

    I was super scared because I also read horror stories about stove top pressure cookers exploding. I could have tried making my bone broth in a slow cooker but that would require a whole day of cooking it in my slow cooker. Pressure cooker just seemed faster. My first attempt is a success but I felt like I had to watch it. I  just couldn’t leave it and go on with my day.  I was scared it would explode!

    Healthy Nutrient Dense Bone Broth Instant Pot & Slow Cooker #instantpot #slowcooker #nutritious # healthy #broth

     

    Instant Pot Bone Broth

    Making my bone broth a few times in my old school pressure cooker did the job. Then, I came across the wonderful paleo friendly cookbook called “Nom Nom Paleo: Food for humans”. 

    This book was one of my first paleo cookbooks I bought,  so I enjoyed cooking from it and still do cook from this book. The Autor recently just released a new book so I highly suggest you check it out click here

    I love cooking with my instant pot so making this bone broth recipe was super easy, and the best thing is that it make it worry free too. I place all my ingredients in the stainless steel bowl. Press my function, select my minutes, and close the lid. 2 HOURS later I have perfect collagen rich bone broth.  It’s quite remarkable how pressure cooking can transform meaty, collagen-filled meats and bones in to bone broth. Even tough meats can be transformed into perfectly shred-able meats in less time.

    Making bone broth in my instant pot took the intimidation out of cooking this long slow broth and it made fast, super easy, and, totally do able. Even for the average cook. I use my bone broth in so many dishes, such as these…

    • Stews
    • Soup
    • Rice
    • Beans

    Basically anything that would require water or broth. You can replace with good old healthy, nutrient dense, collagen rich bone broth 

    • Treat leaky gut syndrome
    • Overcome food intolerance and allergies
    • Improve joint health
    • Reduce cellulite
    • Boost immune system
    • maintain healthy skin
    • supports immune system
    • boost detoxification

     

    Read more in dept info from a trusted source and well know doctor click here

    My favorite way to enjoy bone broth is simply to drink it in a coffee mug. Sipping on this wonderful delicious broth on a cool morning, or even at night while binge watch Netflix is a great way to have this cup of broth. I give bone broth to my kids too, especially when they are sick. This cup of bone broth gives them all the nutrients they need to heal from that bad cold/flu bug they may be trying to fight off.

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    Instant Pot Copy Cat Chipotle Barbacoa

    4 Instant Pot Freezer Meals | Paleo | Keto | Clean Eating #Instantpot #keto #slowcooker #Mealprep #Paleo #Barbacoa #Chipotle

    Every Friday night my family and I eat outside the home for dinner.  My husband and I decided this at early stage in our relationship that every Friday of the week I got to get a night off of cooking! This is tradition I kept from my family, so I figured ” hey this sounds like a good idea” to pass along in my family and keep.

    My husband agreed so now after 7 years of marriage we do enjoy a night out to eat with the kids every Friday!

    Can you guess where we eat at almost every Friday night?

    Chipotle restaurant!

    We eat at Chipotle almost everyday night, its sort of a tradition now and everyone loves what they eat. The servers all know us and we always get a happy greeting of familiar faces every time we walk in. My daughter Leila is gluten intolerant so we find that it is easy to accommodate her when we eat at Chipotle. Plus, as a mom I love that most of their ingredients are healthier then most sit down restaurants.

     

    Instant Pot Copy Cat Chipotle Barbacoa

     

    4 Instant Pot Freezer Meals | Paleo | Keto | Clean Eating #Instantpot #keto #slowcooker #Mealprep #Paleo #Barbacoa #Chiptole

     

    Since we have all love Chipotle Restaurants barbacoa I decide to recreate this delicious recipe. I decided to browse around on Pinterest so I stumbled upon this recipe click here . A few years ago I used to manage a freezer meal cooking club, I organized it for two years and truly loved it. I stopped oragnaizing the cooking club because life just too busy but I truly did miss it.

    Recently a friend and I decided to get together once a week and prep freezers meals for our Instant Pots. I knew I had to convert this recipe from a slow cooker recipe to a instant pot recipe. I was up for the challenge. So I adapted the recipe a bit to make it freezer and Instant Pot ready.

    Not only was this recipe super simple to assemble but it was super easy to throw in all the ingredients in the instant pot. I simply dumped all the ingredients in my freezer friendly Ziploc bag, sealed it tight, and stored it in the freezer.

    A few days later I thawed it out in my stainless steal Instant Pot bowl for a bit. Once semi thawed I dumped the bag out into the instant pot, closed the lid and set up my Instant Pot on the manual function for 120 min  1 hour 20 min) and whola it was done

    Shredded and delicious!

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    Matcha Green Tea Latte | Bullet Proof

    Bullet Proof Green Tea Matcha Latte

    Have you ever heard of Matcha tea? I came across this type of green tea a few years ago. I  enjoy on occasion so recently I started to enjoy matcha tea a lot more because of the the health and antioxidants. Turning this tea into this delicious latte makes the green tea even more tasty!

    Matcha Tea is a lot like green tea. I like to think of it as green teas ultimate cousin. You know the cousin who is good at everything lol!

     

    Benefits of Matcha Tea

    Bullet Proof Green Tea Matcha Latte

    Matcha tea is a lot like green tea only it is mostly found in a powder form and way more expensive then its cousin the green tea leaves. Matcha tea has way more antioxidants including the amazing and powerful antioxidant ECG. This antioxidant compound can help with and prevent premature aging and chronic disease. Which are two issues that we all face but I would like to prevent premature aging and disease as much as I can while I am still young. I would like to Shen gracefully so matcha tea can defiantly help me with that.

     

    Here are a few other things Matcha Tea can help prevent.

    • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
    • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
    • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
    • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
    • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
    • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
    • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
    • Prevents disease
    • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

    CANCER is on the rise!

    If you know of anyone, or are battling this horrible illness then this tea is great!

    So many of the ECG (antioxidants) benefits have been found to help fight cancer by helping to dump out the free radicals in thee body. Drinking one cup of matcha Tea can help restore and preserve the body’s integral well-being and balance.

    Read more by clicking here to read more info on matcha tea and all it’s powerhouse benefits.

     

    Bullet Proof Matcha Tea

    Bullet Proof Green Tea Matcha Latte

     

    I am a huge coffee fan. I make my coffee bullet proof daily. Sometime I like to mix things up so I decided to try and make my beloved matcha tea in the bullet proof way. Trading out coffee grounds for matcha powder.

     

    Haven’t heard of BULLET PROOF before? You can check out my blog post and video tutorial by clicking here to learn more about why I make my coffee bullet proof, as well as why using healthy fats in my coffee  such as; grass fed butter and MCT oil/coconut oil are beneficial to you!

    I also love all the added health benefits that come with making my tea this way “the bullet proof way”. By using healthy fats and oils, along with my secret hormone balancing ingredient MACA powder. Which makes this one cup of tea so nutrient dense and full of vitamin, mineral, antioxidants, and also keeps me full for awhile.

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    Bulletproof Coffee Recipe Effortless & Tasty Recipe

    BULLETPROOF COFFEE RECIPE! EFFORTLESS & TASTY RECIPE #BULLETPROOFCOFFEE #KETO #COFFEE

    Butter in your coffee.. what what?? YUP you heard me right! this coffee is the best way to enjoy your morning cup. I have been drink Bulletproof coffee for over 2 years and I absolutely enjoy making it this way. Creamy flavor is just like any latte or cappuccino you would find at Starbucks or your locally fancy coffee spot.

    I have been drinking it this way for so long that I totally forgot how I stumbled on it. I am women who is always looking into the latest health stuff. Usually I partake in the trend before it even becomes a trend. So I remember telling my friends and family about new love of making coffee this way. They would look at me like some foodie healthy weirdo lol!! Which I kind of am.

    However once I break out my blender and blend away my recipe for them so they can taste coffee made the BULLETPROOF way they usually like it and are totally surprised by this coffee mixology.

    So why should start to make my coffee the “Bulletproof way”?

    BULLETPROOF COFFEE RECIPE! EFFORTLESS & TASTY RECIPE #BULLETPROOFCOFFEE #KETO #COFFEE

     

    First will start off with the fat loss benefits. If your looking to lose fat then this cup of bulletproof coffee will be your friend. You can replace this with your morning breakfast and your body will remain full till lunch time! I am sure you are thinking, “well if I want to lose fat why would I drink fat”? First thing in the morning your body is coming out of fasted state with low blood sugar, so if you feed your body carbs for breakfast then your going to spike your insulin aka blood sugar, therefore your body will use the carbs you just ate for fuel and not tap into you fat stores.

     

    When you eat something with fat first thing in the morning your body never receives that spike of insulin and your blood sugar never rises so the only option your body has is to start to tap into the fat stores that you have in your body!! Now combine this with fasting and your metabolism is a roaring machine, but more on fasting later.

     

    Moreover, lets talk about the types of fat you are using. You are not using bad fats. Grass fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil are healthy sources of fat for your body.

    Now lets dive into some fat ingredients knowledge.

    Grass Fed Butter Benefits!

    Grass fed butter comes from grass fed cows and grass fed cows are roaming around grazing the grass lands being happy cows. Happy cows equals healthy out puts of vitamins and nutrients in whatever it be, such as meat, milk, butter, cream, cheese, etc…

    Butter from grass-fed happy cows gives a super healthy and balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Which is way better and more nutrient dense then what comes from conventionally raised-non grass eating cows.  It is the same Omega 3 that you would get from fatty fish like tuna. In addition to great amounts of omega 3 you also get some vitamin K2, CLA, and a whole host of fat soluble vitamins, and over 400 other fatty acids.

    check out more info by clicking here

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    Easy and Delicious Vegan Protein Pancakes

    Vegan Protein Pancakes, easy, delicous, healthy and Gluten Free | Vegan | Clean Eating

    Vegan Protein Pancakes are truly one of my favorite breakfast pancakes to enjoy. I like that they are super easy, fast , healthy, and, delicious. I am currently on a vegan challenge. My first meal I wanted to replace was the non-vegan pancakes I was enjoying for breakfast a few times a week. I was using a pre made mix before that I absolutely love but it wasn’t compliant with my Vegan challenge.

    Getting Protein In As Vegan

    Vegan Protein Pancakes, easy, delicous, healthy and Gluten Free | Vegan | Clean Eating

    I found this recipe one morning while I was watching YouTube. The challenge for me while living the Vegan life was protein intake.  Since I am no longer having meat in my meals. I figured I needed to work protein in each of my meals throughout the day. Especially since I participate in cross-fit a few days a week, as well as strength training.

     

    This little mamma didn’t want all her hard work to go away, so as fate would have it, I found my answer while watching a YouTube vegan tutorial on vegan foods. I had all the ingredients in my pantry, yes even the vegan protein too. My husband is having gut issues so I switched him to a plant based pea protein (click here  to see which one we use) and he his tolerating it really well.

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    Kombucha & 10 reasons Why You need To Drink This Healthy Green Tea!

    Drinking healthy Kombucha has so many health benefits such as; helping with nutrition, detoxing and boosting you Immune system! Read my 10 reasons on why you should drink this everyday!

    My Adventure with Kombucha!

    Its been over 4 years that I have been making/fermenting kombucha in my kitchen. I discovered kombucha because I was I wanted to rid myself of the diet 7up habit I had been drinking nightly. I knew diet drinks are bad, plus I had just found out I had women hormone issues and was given a diagnoses of PCOS , making me to be considered infertile according to my doctor (which is a whole other blog post).

    One night I was on Etsy (of all places) and I came across this item for sale calling it Kombucha. This Etsy ad was saying how kombucha is a great replacement for soda.

    All you need to is order a kit from the Etsy shop. So curiosity got the best of me. I clicked over and read what it was about. From the description it seemed like it was a perfect fit and the answer to replacing my nightly diet soda habit.

    Healthy Elixir Kombucha Soda!

    Yup that is what caught my eye 4 years ago. The Etsy add that promised a fizz like carbonated drink, along with healthy natural probiotic fermentation!

     

    Fermentation??

    I had no clue what that meant but I was intrigued, so I ordered the kit. In the meantime of my anticipation for the kit to arrive I did some googling on what Kombucha was. I was researching all the benefits, as well as recipes. Kombucha 4 years ago was not on the radar at all. No grocery stores sold it, no one locally had starters, and It was its own little world of at home fermentors.

    As I learned more and more about Kombucha I learned that it replicates itself, and people called self replication a baby aka Scoby

     

    What is a Scoby aka Kombucha baby?

    A SCOBY (for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) is a syntrophic mixed culture, generally associated with kombucha fermentation (by yeast), anaerobic organic acid fermentation (by bacteria), and aerobic ethanol oxidation to acetate (by bacteria) all take place together.  A  Scoby is gelatinous, cellulose-based biofilm. Basically it looks like one big BlOB!

     

    It’s usually unpasteurized (if made from home, however store bought is pasteurized).  Kombucha can be used similarly to Mother of vinegar to begin fermentation in pasteurized sweet tea. You can read more by click here .

    Let the Kombucha Adventure Begin.

    My Kombucha kit arrived and I was ready delve into the fermentation world. I had read all the risk that can happen with home brewing but for some reason I wasn’t scared of it. I simply followed the directions given to me, sourced organic ingredients such as

    • Organic Green Tea
    • Organic Raw Turbinado sugar
    • Clean glass jar
    • 1 paper towel
    • Rubber band

    Yup that is all you need!

    Happy Fermentation!

    I have never tasted Kombucha so I had no clue what the end result would be like. All I knew about the taste is from what I read, which said it should have a slightly sour taste. Kind of like apple cider but should also be sweet. Since this was 4 years ago and stores didn’t sell it I had to just go off my very own first batch and use this my first ever taste of KOMBUCHA

     

    I made my first batch and let it ferment for 11 days. Man was I so excited, it seemed like forever. I would open my cabinet (needs to be stored in a dark cool place while fermenting) and just stare at it. I wanted to make sure it was ok. By day 7 I can see it had already produced a baby Kombucha. Boy was I excited because that was a sign I was doing the fermentation process right.

    Excitement I wanted to spread!

    I remember I was in a local Moms Club at the time. I went to a play date that day and shared my kitchen experiment with all my Moms Club friends. They thought I was some crazy hippie lady.  Talking about babies, and, blobs regrowing themselves, and how good it is for your health lol! I was already pawning off my future Kombucha babies to my friends.

     

    Now that I look back I think it’s funny and I did seem over the top weird about it.  I was so intrigued by it, and at the same time on a quest for better health. Little did I know I was at beginning of this crazy trend that is super popular now.

    Side note: so glad I learned about Kombucha and how to make, there is no way I can spend $5 bottle for a bottle of good Kombucha! CRAZY!! It cost less then that to make more then a dozen bottles.

     

    Drinking healthy Kombucha has so many health benefits such as; helping with nutrition, detoxing and boosting you Immune system! Read my 10 reasons on why you should drink this everyday!

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    Father’s Day Gift Guide and DIY Crafts To Make For Father’s Day!

    10 perfect Father's Day Gifts Guide

    Father’s Day is around the corner!

     

    I love celebrating the wonderful fathers in my life. I have a great dad who is the trunk of our family. Luckily I  also have a amazing husband who is a amazing Father to our children. You know how they say daughters find men like their dads. Well I SURE DID!

    Both my father and husband are hard workers, put family first, loyal, and love to BBQ! They both can be stubborn too lol! I love both these men with all my heart so I am very lucky to have great men in my life that love me and my kids a lot. My dad and husband aren’t too much into gifts but we do like to give them thoughtful gift that we know they’ll love.

     

    We often make my husband a homemade Father’s Day gift that  he usually loves, because its something the kids and I make together. Over the years we have collected/made meaningful Father’s day craft gifts and he will proudly display them around the house or at his work office. This genuinely makes me and my kids happy to see their father get so sentimental and excited over our homemade gift.

     

    Our Previous DIY Father’s Day Craft Gifts

     

    Father's Day DIY Craft Idea

     

    This was a craft I made when our last baby was born. I got some fun scrap book tiles to spell “DADA”, this is what our middle child calls my husband, so I thought by spelling it that way would make it seem extra special to him and now her sister (the one who I used to make the foot prints calls him that now too). Here, I simply rubbed some paint on her feet and pressed it against some good quality craft paper. I am 100% sure I copied this off of Pinterest.

    This little frame now has a home next to our at home office computer desk, and he enjoys catching glimpses of her little baby feet! Plus this was his first fathers day where our family was officially complete!

     

     

    Father's Day DIY Craft Idea

     

     

    Here is another Father’s Day craft Idea I made with the kids. By this time my youngest daughter was old enough for me to capture her hand print so I decided to update a craft I made two years ago. I made one like this before for my husband but we had another child so I needed to add her to the tree.

    I bought a canvas painting board, painted all the kids hands, and found these cute little wood crafts to symbolize each child of ours.

    There is only 3 sets of hand prints and that is because one child passed away as a infant so to incorporate my daughter Hailey I always add a butterfly. That is why in the previous foot print project there is foot print shaped like a butterfly. So in this craft we have a wooden butterfly craft to symbolize Hailey.

    This lives in the loft aka “kids living room/hangout area”. Its proudly displayed above our couches and is the first thing you see once you walk up the stairs and turn into the loft. He sees it every day and everyone enjoys its home on the wall.

     


     

    10 Father’s Day Gifts You Can Get On Amazon Prime

     

    Below are 10 fun affordable Amazon Father’s Day gifts that I found for all different types of dad there are. Such as; the sporty dad, the science loving dad, the dad who who loves his beer, The BBQ-ing dad, and the golfing dad.

     

    10 Perfect Father's Day Gift Guide

     

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