Hello from the road! We are still traveling and climbing this week (hopefully for the rest of the month!) and are getting used to life in the van.
This week for my Monday Musings I wanted to share a couple things that I’m way into for this week (and last week oops 🤭).
1. Dulse Flakes
These are seriously the cats meow. Dulse is a form of seaweed that provides iodine in the diet. Since it’s from the sea it has a salty flavor but is technically salt-free. Now, I absolutely love sea salt and adding it to my food but sometimes I wonder if maybe I’m adding too much and these flakes add a fantastic salty flavor without adding more sodium.
Also being high in iodine really helps promote healthy thyroid function. Over 72% of Americans are deficient in this trace mineral. Iodine helps to regulate the metabolic activities of cells and maintain optimal energy levels in individuals.
Some signs you might be deficient include: headaches, menstrual problems, sensitivity to cold, brain fog and impaired thyroid function. The RDA guideline for iodine intake per day is 150 mcg for adults over 14 years of age. Just another reason to love sea salt! It contains iodine naturally (along with 60+ other trace minerals) unlike table salt which has been iodized to add back in nutrients after being stripped and processed.
As always, consult with your doctor before self-administering any supplements.
2. Zevia Ginger Soda
I absolutely LOVE this stevia-sweetened “soda.” It tastes just like conventionally sweetened ginger ale and is so refreshing at the end of the day!
Stevia is a naturally sweet plant that is calorie free and contains no actual sugar. It has been used for thousands of years in places like South America and Japan as a natural sweetener and is about 30-40x sweeter than sugar. A little goes a long way here!
Zevia soda comes in many flavor such as Cola, Lemon-Lime, Root Beer and Orange but my ultimate favorite is the Ginger. Try them for yourself for a healthier alternative to regular soda!
3. Chameleon Cold Brew
This stuff has been a lifesaver on the road so far! We love the Mocha Concentrate and water it down a bit with coconut milk, heat it up and add ghee, vanilla powder and cinnamon for an amazing bulletproof-style coffee drink in the morning!
A full bottle lasts two of us about 4 days and though it is about $10 a bottle it works out to about $1.25 a serving and is way worth the money considering I don’t have to make my own cold brew and deal with the waste and storage space in the van!
I have found Chameleon Cold Brew at Safeway, Fred-Meyers, Whole Foods, Rosauers and almost all natural foods stores. They are based out of Austin, Tx and make an exceptionally smooth product. Highly recommended!
4. Quick One-Pan Dinners
I’ve been having a blast challenging myself to creating healthy meals while we are traveling. We have two coolers and a non-perishable bin for dry goods.
My basic meal template always involves protein + starch (carbohydrate) + veggies. For me, I cook everything in either ghee or olive oil s o I’m not worried as much about adding additional fat to my meals.
Pictures below are some meals I have come up with this week so far. Meals look pretty similar to when we are at home! Though on the road I cook the protein in the pan first and then add the veggies after a few minutes to make sure everything is cooked through with only one burner.
5. Four Sigmatic Reishi Mushroom Mix
I have been LOVING using mushrooms as supplements lately. Along with immunity boosting benefits, mushrooms also have anti-cancer properties and are incredibly anti-inflammatory.
Basically mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses. They contain Vitamins B and D, and minerals like: copper, selenium, potassium and phosphorus.
Different types of mushrooms also can produce significantly different effects on the body. Reishi mushrooms are used to help with anxiety and create calm in the brain. Reishi mushrooms are perfect at nighttime when the brain needs to transition into a more restful state.
Cordyceps are used to help increase stamina and ability and are therefore used as a boost of energy. Lion’s Mane is also used to increase focus, creative and concentration. It’s great to use in the mornings and early afternoons.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless more varieties of mushrooms that are great for different purposes. I bought mine from here. The Four Sigmatic website is full of information and brilliant products to support wellness at any stage!
6. Connecting with Nature
From trail running to climbing and camping, it’s been a really nice transitional time period to get more connected to nature and be more intuitive about my decisions and listening to my body.
When I spend more time in nature I can feel myself getting more in touch with my circadian rhythm and am able to sleep better along with going to bed earlier when the sun goes down. I also like being able to eat a bigger variety of foods because I know I am burning off most excess (if any) caloric intake by being active most of the day.
Two- ingredient Banana Ice Cream
(PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, WHOLE30 option, GRAIN FREE, VEGAN)
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES COOL TIME: 4 HOURS
3 ripe bananas, sliced into 1″ coins
½ c. coconut milk, canned or from a carton
1 tbs. cocoa powder
2 tbs. peanut or any nut butter
¼ c. collagen protein or vanilla protein powder of your choice
¼ c. chia seeds
toppings (optional): unsweetened coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, more chia seeds, gluten-free granola, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, or any chopped nuts.
- Place banana slices in freezer for at least 4 hours or until frozen through.
- Once bananas are frozen place in a blender with coconut milk and any additional ingredients you wish to use.
- Blend until it reaches a very smooth consistency, you may need to add more coconut milk to achieve a thicker texture
- Top with desired toppings and enjoy after a workout, for breakfast or at anytime!