Monday Musings 3.18.19

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Happiest of Mondays! Hopefully there is some semblance of spring happening wherever you are in the world. Here in Spokane, WA it has been gorgeously sunny and as warm as 60 the last few days which is a big change from the 20 and 30 degree weather we had been having!

Now that spring has sprung it’s time to start thinking about all my climbing goals that I have in mind! Well, I have been thinking about them almost every day but now is the time to actively working towards them. I am pretty excited to see what my dedicated winter full of training my weaknesses will bring.

Here are some of the things I have been loving lately:

#1 Primal Kitchen Chocolate Coconut Collagen Fuel

If you don’t know, now you do! I haven’t tried one single Primal Kitchen product that I don’t absolutely love. They have all been so amazing!

I just recently have been using this Collagen Fuel in either my mid-morning tea or a post-workout smoothie and I am loooooving it! The only ingredients are collagen, cocoa powder, coconut milk powder and a tiny bit of monk fruit for a sweetener. I am into it!

Not sure of the benefits of collagen? Besides giving you amazing hair, skin, nails and joints it can also help to repair the gut lining and much, much more! Head to this post I wrote all about the benefits of collagen.

You could totally use this collagen as a healthy replacement for hot chocolate! Just pick your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk, heat and blend. Yum. Primal Kitchen also makes a Vanilla Collagen Fuel flavor but I always choose chocolate over vanilla. Always.

#2 Vitanica Cramp Bark Extra

This stuff is pure magic. Magic in a very large but very effective capsule. If you can’t tell by the name, this supplement is superb for cramps during the menstrual cycle. This is my first time trying a supplement specifically aimed at cramps and I am really happy I did.

While I am always working for reduce stress in my life, sometimes life just happens and creates more stress in our lives. While these instances can’t be helped, I am always looking for natural ways to balance my hormones and create healthy and positive cycles every month.

Periods don’t have to suck and they can be an excellent health market if you know what to look for! If you want more on how to balance hormones and use natural remedies for a healthier cycle head here for tips for a pain-free period!

As I’ve stated before, I am all about finding natural products to help improve my life and get me feeling awesome. I love that this product has a blend of vitamins and other herbs to help reduce pain and really leave you feeling awesome!

Magnesium, ginger and black cohosh root can all be excellent for pain relief and are even better when combined. It took a little bit of time for these pills to kick in but once they did I felt great!

#3 Dehydrating Herbs

This has been something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now! I have loved using my dehydrator for fruits and vegetables and it was only a matter of time until I wanted to move on to dehydrating my own herbs!

I bought a bunch of oregano the other day at work and couldn’t use it all at once and needed to do something with it before it went bad. Dehydrating seemed like a great option! And boy I’m glad I did!

Freshly dried oregano has an amazing smell that store bought just can’t compete with. There is no comparison between the diy version and mass produced. I simply took the oregano, left the leaves on the stems and dehydrated them for 48 hours.

After 48 hours, I simply tore the leaves off the stems and used a coffee grinder to get the right consistency and popped it into a spice jar. So simple! I am super excited to use this extra potent oregano soon on something special!

I have this dehydrator and I really love it, it’s not super loud, dries evenly and requires very little supervision. Highly recommended!

#4 Keto Blueberry Muffins via Christina Curp of Castaway Kitchen

I don’t make many Keto baked goods because I typically don’t love the ingredients they are made out of. I typically follow a whole food approach to eating and non-caloric sweeteners (like erythritol, Swerve and monk fruit) that tend to be in most Keto baked goods.

This recipe, however, uses totally real, whole food ingredients!! I was happy to find Christina’s work as few months back and have been loving her approach to food and cooking. After I saw the ingredient list I knew I had to make these muffins!

Her newest book Made Whole focuses on using real food to help heal and manage autoimmune disease and promote healing from the inside out. Absolutely go check out Christina’s work and her website here. She is a talented lady, using her skills as a former chef to help progress the world of healthy eating! We need more Christinas in the world.

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