Monday Musings 2.18.19

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Welcome to the start of a new week! Monday is here and I hope you are having a great one so far. It’s time to make this a better week than last week and keep chasing after those goals. Can you tell I’m always exceptionally motivated on Mondays? I am excited to share my newest finds with you this week!

#1 Fatworks Ghee

For those of you who don’t know me – ghee (clarified butter) is probably one of my top 10 favorite foods. Yes, butter. And yes, it’s so dang delicious. I shared a while back my favorite way to make ghee at home here but sometimes it’s just so much easier to buy it at the store when time is running low.

I am really impressed at the quality of this ghee and have been using it in my matcha in the mornings, to cook my eggs in and for air frying potatoes! Fat is so essential to our health (hence why Keto is so popular right now!) and is also essential in making food taste awesome. Ghee is full of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which can be effective for weight loss, cancer prevention and reducing inflammation.

Ghee also has a very high smoke point which helps to keep the phytonutrients intact and help to keep the fat from oxidizing and creating harmful free radicals. Not to mention that ghee also contains vitamins A, E and K to help keep bones strong and skin glowing.

Have you tried ghee yet? If not, I highly recommend that you pick up a jar and watch how the deep nutty smell and taste will win you over! It is my all-time favorite fat to cook with and I have even been known to eat spoonfuls out of the jar… oops don’t tell!

#2 Kicao Bar

These Kicao bars are crazy good!! I am so glad that I am finally able to try them! These bars are shredded coconut covered in 100% dark chocolate and it tastes so sweet without any sweetener! Super big fan.

I have been loving these as a post dinner treat and they don’t make me crave more sugar after the fact. And since they have coconut flakes, the saturated fat helps to make me feel satiated and full longer. The only downside is that I haven’t been able to find these bars at any other place besides Natural Grocers, where I work. If you happen to have one close to you, run don’t walk, to get yourself one of these bars! They also come in a plain coconut variety – no peanuts and an almond flavor. My favorites are the peanut and coconut varieties. YUM!

#3 Primal Kitchen Golden BBQ Sauce

Guys, there is finally a sugar free BBQ sauce that actually tastes GOOD! I am so happy! And made even better by the fact that I LOVE PRIMAL KITCHEN PRODUCTS. Yay!

If you haven’t tried their products before I recommend starting with their mayo and vanilla collagen – they are both kick ass and free of junky oils and refined sugars. I used the Golden BBQ Sauce on some roasted veggies this last weekend and can’t wait to make some ribs or pulled pork with it next!

#4 Forager Cashewgurt (Cashew Yogurt)

Dairy-free yogurt never tasted so good! Especially with my new grain free granola recipe!! Since going dairy-free waaaay back when (circa 2012) I have happily passed up cheese, milk and other dairy products. The only thing I have really missed being dairy-free is a good yogurt!

And since yogurt is filled with yummy probiotics, I feel pretty dang good knowing I’m feeding all my good gut bacteria. This cashew-based yogurt is squeaky clean and has no added sugars, win! It tastes sweet enough as is and I love how it only has a few ingredients on the label. Just how it should be.

I have been having fun using this yogurt as a base for granola, berries, plain with some honey and even adding in some collagen for an added protein boost! Can’t go wrong with that. And if you are in the market for a new grain-free granola recipe I’ve got you covered! I created this super delish recipe on the fly last week and it turned out great. Easy to digest and even easier to make!

And as always, one of the best parts is that this recipe is really easy to customize. Don’t love cashews? (WHATTT!) Okay, sub in another nut. Or use all seeds! You can even add raisins or chocolate chips after the granola is done cooking and cooled. The world is your oyster!

Grain-Free Cashew Cluster Granola

(PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, NUT-FREE, LOW SUGAR)
SERVES 4
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES (+ up to 2 days for soaking/dehydrating)            COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

Ingredients:

½ c. cashews

½ c. sunflower seeds (soaked and dehydrated if you prefer)

1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tbs. ground flax

1 tbs. chia seeds

¼ c. coconut nectar, maple syrup or date syrup (any liquid sweetener will work here)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Method:

  1. If soaking and dehydrating, prepare at least a day in advance, find more information and how to here.
  2. Preheat oven to 300° and line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix until it comes together.
  4. Spread out as flat as possible on baking sheet and bake 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  5. For crunchy clusters of granola: don’t touch or stir after baking until completely cooled!! This allows the granola to clump together and not just break apart.
  6. Enjoy with your choice of (dairy-free if you want) milk or yogurt in the morning as a fun breakfast or as a midday snack! You can even add a scoop of collagen for a boost of protein.


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