Category Archives: Beverage

Bulletproof Coffee

Dave Asprey came across the healing power of fats combined with caffeine on his 18K climb of a mountain in Tibet. This lifesaving drink re-energized him so he could go further to conquer the mountain. On his return home, his inquisitive mind began to intensely research what cause his sudden recovery and miraculous burst of energy. His findings have led to a phenomenon. I can’t afford his coffee and additives so I have my own recipe that I have tweaked.

I am addicted to this golden deliciousness! Here is my basic recipe and included are a few toppings/variations to take it to the next level!! Watch my YouTube video on this topic here.

Here are additional tips on how to make this coffee.

Secondly, I want to acknowledge that this recipe is from the brilliant mind of Dave Asprey, please stop by his page, The Bulletproof Executive, for more of his research and findings.

I am addicted to this golden deliciousness! Here is my basic recipe and included are a few toppings/variations to take it to the next level!!

INGREDIENTS
Here is how you make the basic coffee. I use 8 cups boiling water, that is cooled for a minute and add 1/2-1 tablespoons of organic mountain grown coffee for each cup of water. It all depends on how jolted you want to be for the day and how strong you like your coffee.
2 tablespoons Kerrygold Butter
I know in the video I said Kerryman (local Chicago bar that my friend DJs at) instead of the butter. I like both, so no judgement.
1 tablespoon MCT oil
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
2-4 tablespoons equivalence of sugar substitute (I love stevia)

DIRECTIONS
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until frothy.

VARIATIONS/FLAVORS
Add 2-4 tablespoons of any unsweetened syrups such as raspberry, caramel, hazelnut (I recommend the Davanci all natural series or you can find anything on Amazon) I sometimes add fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

Aztec Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Pinch of chili pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 apple, peeled

Chocolate Shake Coffee
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Shake Coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 scoops vanilla protein powder

Coconut Creme Coffee
1/4 cup coconut cream (this is condensed coconut milk, no sugar added)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mochachino Coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup heavy cream

Chocolate Mint Coffee
2 tablespoons mint extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Almond Joy Coffee
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut cream (this is condensed coconut milk, no sugar added)

Fourth of July

I love everything that Independence Day stands for: reaffirming your commitment to freedom, Fourth of Julyliberty and the freedom of choice. What a beautiful concept.

As I celebrate everything else in life, I celebrate this wonderful holiday with the fs: food, friends and family.

I have compiled together all of my favorite recipes to make your Independence Day gathering that much easier. You can find all of my recipes on Pinterest.

What about decorating? I like to keep it very simple when it comes to cookout decorations. Leave out huge bowls filled with raspberries, blueberries and whipped cream. This will run the center of the table and place the desserts and appetizers at the center on top of cake stands of varying sizes. This keeps the gathering communal because it forces everyone towards the food, then they can sit down and make some new friends. Also, this makes cleanup so easy because you don’t have to worry about pulling up the decorations and putting them away. I am a huge fan of simplistic beauty.

Regardless of what you make, who you spend the day with or what you do; please remember one thing. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we have so many rights that have been fought for and preserved by countless men and women. Remember to thank a veteran for their service. Happy Independence Day!

 

Father’s Day Brunch Ideas

Best Dad!Father’s day is right around the corner! Are you excited?? I always say that everyone goes all out for Mother’s Day but what about our dad’s? They deserve as much love and attention, so let’s try to make this Father’s Day the best yet!

Brunch out at a nice restaurant is always nice but I find that on holidays like this, everything is booked, solid. Also, do you really want to fight the crowds (love the traffic) to wait in line for 30-60 minutes for a reservation you made for sub-par food? On crazy days like this, restaurants are trying to push out orders so fast that sometimes the quality of food isn’t as great. Not only that, but you are stuck listening to kids cry, it is so loud you can’t hear yourself think and you feel rushed so the next person can be seated for their reservation. YIKES!

Why not avoid this all together and take dad and mom out the night before and then spend Sunday at home? Plan a great family brunch/bbq and serve dad his favorite foods. Lucky for you, I have compiled together a list of my favorite dishes for dad! Visit my Pinterest Page to see all of the recipes that I have compiled for this special day!

Now that the meal is planned, what about dad’s gift? If you still haven’t found dad the perfect gift, no worries! I done the leg work for you already and compiled together a list of great gift ideas any dad would love.

Cooking 101: The Perfect Cup of Coffee

Cooking 101: CoffeeI am a coffee addict. This just happened recently and I wanted to share how to brew a perfect cup of coffee. I know that it sounds simple: add the coffee grounds, boiling water and tada, you have coffee.

No, there is actually way more to it than that!

1.) I can’t emphasize enough the importance of buying well sourced beans and whenever possible, organic coffee, it really makes a huge difference in the taste.

2.) Buy fresh beans and grind them yourself. I know that sounds like a lot of work but it is so worth it, the flavor just bursts open!

3.) Never buy from the bulk bin, light and air changes the flavor of the coffee. You might as well just drink mud.

4.) Storage is so important, keep them in an air-tight container that is away from light and moisture. I store them in my cupboard.

5.) 100 percent means 100 percent. Never buy blends, you don’t know what is in there. They usually substitute cheaper beans to balance the price. Buy 100% and I prefer something that is mountain grown, less chance for mold.

6.) Clearly we have done a lot before this step, do not use tap water. You have worked too hard to ensure a great result, use filtered water.

7.) Watch the temperature, when you boil the water, let it cool for a minute or two. This will ensure that your the water is hot enough to get the most out of the beans without giving you that burnt taste. They say that the best temp is between 195 and 200 degrees, I don’t take the temp every time and prefer my easy tip.

8.) To press or not to press? I prefer a coffee press, it is the purest form. Coffee filters tend to get an odd taste after a while and when using filters, it add the bleaching chemicals to your coffee, not really a flavor I am looking for.

9.) Clean, clean and clean. Keep your press, coffee maker and everything else included in the process clean. If you don’t, you will get added flavor that you never intended for.

10.) For every 20 ounces of coffee, use 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds for strong coffee (I use 2 tablespoons because I value my ability to sleep at night.) Play with it until you find what truly works for you.

 

 

Coffee Liquor

I love coffee liquor but it is hard to find one that is low-carb so I make my own! I also like to give this out as a present for my friends and family during the holiday season.

Coffee LiquorIngredients
2 cups ground coffee
2 cups Grain Alcohol, 190 proof alcohol or 151 proof (You can also use run for a deeper caramel flavor)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons stevia or the equivalence of 1/4 cup of sugar substitute or sugar. Brown sugar tastes amazing in this!

Directions

Place the ground coffee and alcohol in a bottle and set aside in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Strain the ground coffee out and add the stevia and vanilla extract.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

I can guarantee that this is the best strawberry banana smoothie that you will ever taste. How? I use hidden ingredients like dried Strawberry Banana Smoothiecoconut  and oats to add flavor and to fill you up.

Ingredients
1 ¼ cup frozen strawberries
2 ripe bananas
1 cup milk, cream soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk
2 tablespoons dried coconut, unsweetened
1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder (you can omit this if you want but I like the extra protein in the morning)
2 tablespoons oats (feel free to omit this if you are living a low-carb or Paleo lifestyle)
1 tablespoon sweetener (I prefer stevia but honey works just as well)

Tip
By freezing the yogurt in an ice cube tray over night, you are not diluting the the drink. This is a great trick to keep your drink cold and thick.

Directions
Combine the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth.

This serves 2 or 1 very hungry person.

 

 

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

IngredientsDouble Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
1 cup coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, cream or plain milk
1-2 scoops of high quality, cold-pressed chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
2-4 tablespoons peanut butter or any nut butter you like (depends on how much you want, I like a LOT in mine)
1 tablespoon sweetener (I use stevia but this is not necessary)
1 banana (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Tip
By freezing the yogurt in an ice cube tray over night, you are not diluting the the drink. This is a great trick to keep your drink cold and thick.

Directions
Combine the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth.

This serves 2 or 1 very hungry person.