Monday Musings 1.28.19

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Hey there from the road! We are currently driving through North Dakota and working our way towards Spokane, WA! Slowly but surely we will make it there.

I am excited to announce I have a new job that combines both my passion for health and wellness and education as a health coach. I will be the manager of the supplements and vitamins at Natural Grocers (check out their philosophy here) in Spokane and I am really excited to start this journey!

I will be receiving training and education each month on different products and supplements and I am pretty dang excited to learn more about how we can use supplements and vitamins to help benefit us in our daily lives.

I am still planning on blogging my 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and creating as much new content as I can! I am also working on another eBook since my first was such a success. Keep tuned for those details 🙂

In the meantime here is what I’m into this week:

#1 Date Syrup

I have been looking for this for forever and am so happy to have finally tracked some down! Made entirely out of dates (single ingredient FTW) it adds sweetness along with micronutrients like magnesium (see #4) and potassium. Win!

So far I have used it in my matcha and really like the flavor it adds. It’s almost maple-y! Dates are higher in sugar but since they are a fruit I am pretty okay with using it occasionally.

I am excited to try some dessert recipes with this sauce and will absolutely share them if they are successful!

#2 Spirit Creek Farm Purple Sauerkraut

If you haven’t figured out by now that I am pretty obsessed with gut health and probiotic foods then where have you been?! Kidding. But kind of not because I really do love probiotic foods!

Probiotic foods feed our guts with good bacteria which can help with things like digestion, bloating and elimination. Basically it’s like giving our bodies an edge with a boost of good bacteria!

Normally I like green cabbage sauerkraut but this purple cabbage was just calling my name! 💜 I love mixing it up so my gut can experience all sorts of different cultures of bacteria and diversify my gut microbiome. Curious about the gut microbiome? Head here for more info!

#3 Terra Foods Cassava Chips

Yuuuuum. So very into these chips. Salty, crunchy and grain-free! What more could I ask for in a chip? Oh, they are also made with coconut oil instead of junky canola or vegetable oils. All-around winner in my book.

I snagged these at Whole Foods but sadly haven’t seen them elsewhere, not even on the interwebs! So worth trying if you can find them though. They also have other cassava flavors like: Black Garlic and Peruvian Queso! How fun!

#4 Caim and Able Magnesium Oil Spray

I wrote about how much I love magnesium way back in this post and have now found a different way to love it! Magnesium oil spray is so dang effective (I linked a similar one)

Magnesium is absorbed through the skin much like any lotion or other things you would apply. For me, it almost seems *more effective* than taking it orally! Crazy.

Some benefits of magnesium include: helps promote sleep, calming effect, reduces cramping (including menstrual), great for muscles and bone strength. Most Americans are deficient in magnesium so it’s certainly something to pay attention to and make sure you are getting an adequate dose.

I have been loving this about an hour before bedtime, simply apply spray, wait 20 minutes and wipe off! Simple as that. Sometimes I even like to throw in a bath or shower after the spray for even more relaxation effects. Ahhhhh.

#5 Meal Prepping for Road Trips

This one isn’t a new find but rather something I am excited about! I am pretty proud of myself for exerting a little extra energy to make healthy travel friendly food that keeps me full and satisfied! Well worth the effort.

When traveling there aren’t always the best food options available. Sure you can always stop at a grocery store or a restaurant but I just love the idea of having quality food already in the cooler!

I like to keep it pretty simple when I prep for a road trip. Think simple proteins like ground beef or shredded chicken. I also chop veggies or roast whatever I have on hand. My go-to choices are usually sweet potatoes, carrots or broccoli! These hold up well in the cooler and I don’t mind eating them with my fingers straight out of the container!

I always make hard boiled eggs too! Such a simple source of fat and protein and keeps me satiated for hours. I especially love having food already in the car for us when traveling in the winter because you never know what might happen! Weather can be unpredictable and the last thing I want is to be stranded (especially not with any food!).

When we get the chance we stop at co-ops along the way or if we can’t find one we stop at a grocery store! I love to pair my prepped foods with fun things I find at the grocery store. I made these awesome little roll-ups and combined what I brought – lemony kale and mayo with what I found – mustard and turkey!

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