Almond butter slathered on top of crisp apple slices or a little peanut butter swirled into my hot morning oatmeal are some of my favorite things to eat. Nut butters are everywhere these days and have been clearly growing in popularity within the food world. You’ve got peanut, almond, sunflower, cashew, and even brazil nut and hazelnut butter. Pretty much put any nut/seed into a food processor and you’ve got butter. Since the most relevant and well-known right now are almond, sunflower and peanut, I’m going to break them down for those who want to know more about their basic nutrition and how exactly you are feeding your body next time you eat one of them below. Honestly I was really curious because I’d never known the real difference either, so here we are haha.
All of these guys, especially sunflower seed butter, contain good, monounsaturated fats. These are great for lowering bad cholesterol while raising the good, and they are amazing for overall brain + cognitive function since our brain is mostly made up of fats. In regards to which one is the best for you overall health-wise, I’d say it just depends. All of them have healthy amounts of protein, fat and carbs, along with other things such as Vitamin E and selenium, just different amounts depending on the butter. Personally, I believe Almond butter to be overall #1 because of it’s percentages of magnesium, calcium, and iron, while also maintaining the pretty similar levels of fat and calories with the other two. Taste-wise, the winner hands down goes to sunflower seed butter.
Remember:When you buy your next nut/seed butter make sure to buy it in it’s most pure form. Aka: little to no additives. Those tend to sneak in there among certain brands and it just adds to the calorie/sugar intake that you didn’t ask for!
This stuff is like crack. One of my absolute favorite hearty meals that’s perfect for winter and comes together super quickly. It’s another home recipe, but I mean those are always the best anyways, right? THANKS MOM. Let’s dive right in to it!:
What you’ll need:
Not pictured above: Avocado oil, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 4 packs of ground turkey (we bought from Costco)
Drizzle some oil into LARGE soup pot so that it thinly covers the bottom of the pot. Place heat on low.
Add the diced: 1 bunch cilantro(not 2) + jalapeno + onions + cumin + salt & pepper + garlic. Let simmer until onions are translucent and the smell is pretty fragrant (about 5-7 minutes).
Next mix in all of the ground turkey. Let cook until turkey is brown/tender.
OPTIONAL: Carefully drain the liquid from the turkey (fat). Or not, for more flavor 😉
Next, add both boxes of the broth into the mix and let cook on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.
Lastly, add all 6 cans of white kidney beans. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, then you’re ready to serve!
We ate this for dinner on Monday night and laid out some optional toppings for everyone to pick and choose from. Here’s what we did:
I came back from Mammoth on Sunday and woke up Monday with a hor.ri.ble cold, so I was trying to figure out something that was both warming and anti-inflammatory that I could eat for breakfast. First thing that came to mind was of course oatmeal, and then regarding something with inflammatory-fighting powers I thought duh, turmeric. At first it sounded super weird to me but then I thought about how good I could make this with some added honey and other spices to tone down the intensity of the turmeric.
I ended up adding some adaptogens to manage any unwanted stress, as well as chia seeds, bee pollen, and almond butter for some protein. ANYWAYS, it turned out being SO bombbb and I highly recommend trying it out especially for those colder days!
Sprinkle of Black Pepper (helps the absorption of the Turmeric by about 200% !)
Drizzle of Honey
SO thick and good and filling and tasty. Ugh. That is all.
Does it puzzle anyone else why people still choose to drink diet drinks?? (Not to mention normal soda, too) Like it genuinely baffles me! Even after all of the research that is put out there and the studies that have shown us that the term “diet” in front of any food or drink, is straight up foolingyou.
If you’re looking to sweeten a drink, it’s always better to go the natural route. Your body will recognize it more than these artificial chemicals that it doesn’t know how to process! Anything sweet in general should always be taken in moderation of course. If you’re ever confused about what to use, just ask yourself which one is the most nature-derived. The more closely a product is sourced from nature/plants/the earth the better it will be for you and easier for your body to process. Plus some even have health benefits such as honey and it’s inflammatory-fighting powers for example.
Just like last week’s turkey recipe, this is so simple it’s almost funny for me to post it. BUT, since literally everyone I’ve made it for asks “what’s in this dressing?!”, I feel like it’s my duty to finally get you in on the secret that was passed down to me from my mom! It’s so good and healthy that people (even the not so health conscious people) will enjoy it without a doubt. PLUS, I hope this helps others understand that making at-home dressings is so much more fun and super super easy!
What you need:
Just blend together and enjoy!
The best part about these dressings is that you can tweak them to be however you’d like. For example, I made an impromptu caesar dressing the other night by substituting the basil with feta cheese and going lighter on the lemon/honey, then I just added some fish sauce since I didn’t have sardines on hand. It turned out really really good, I was super happy with myself hahaha.
The best part about these Wednesday Wellness posts for me is that I get to learn so.much. just by putting together these mini FAQ’s for you guys. This one was super fascinating for me and I seriously learned so much with all the research I did haha.
So, my dad and mom are big fans, and have been using colloidal silver ever since I can remember. Dad would always say, “just put some colloidal silver on it” whenever I had a scrape or infection or something along those lines and I was like ehhh hell no. Silver?! BUT as you’ll see below, this stuff is legit. It’s been used around the world for centuries and of course, the U.S. is the last to adopt a tried and tested medicine alternative…
I decided to really look into it recently and wanted to get the word out since I think people shouldn’t continue to be afraid of the stuff! Read read read!:
If you haven’t heard of adaptogens don’t worry, they haven’t become suuuper super mainstream yet, but I think their time is coming any minute now. They’ve been around for a while within the Ayurvedic world and Chinese medicine has been using them for centuries. But as of recently, research has proven them to have huge benefits in the world natural medicine for both short and long-term use! This is amazing especially in regards to the sense that we are steering further away from having to rely on nasty pharmaceuticals.
If you want the low down on adaptogens in further detail, this girl is a guru on the topic and wrote an awesome article about them!
Alright so, they say once you hit 25, hangovers get really real. Which means i’ve got about 3 years left of these “mild” hangovers. Not that I drink a ton anyways, but I’m all about that non-hangover life as much as possible so I felt like I should, mostly for myself and anyone else curious out there, come up with a list of the best hangover supplements that can help you recover the next day. In no way am I a supplement expert but I did a lot of research on this so I believe these are honestly the best options. PLUS, I already take NAC/minerals/vitamin C and can say those truly work wonders.
Bottom line before reading: When you drink alcohol, your body turns it into acetaldehyde, a highly-reactive compound that is actually much more toxic to your brain than alcohol itself.* Hangovers are basically caused by your body’s enzymes and antioxidants trying to get rid of acetaldehyde and detoxify your system. The list below are all extremely good for replenishing those systems and compounds that have been depleted from drinking.
Tip: Try to find a supplement or powder that is highly absorbable or has high “bioavailability” in order for the body’s digestive system to not simply break it down without entering the blood system and work properly.