Gone to Heaven Chia Pudding

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Gone to Heaven! 

We’ve made it to the other side of the holiday!  This is a moment to take notice and celebrate survival!!  Not stock mind you, but progress and survival (I’ll leave that stock taking up to the piles of junk emails and sponsored Face Book posts clogging up many other areas of my computer to guide me on those resolutions over the weeks ahead!)  And I don’t know about you, but I had every opportunity to eat every super fun holiday foods, gifty chocolatey, gooey thingy and every other food I don’t normally eat, or even allow in my house for that matter; foods that are not on my high-performance road map. I value my successes in life; my brain health, physical health, waist line, mitochondria and Bulletproof lifestyle, and it turns out I still value some of my old family holiday traditions just a little bit more.

Some of those tasty morsels sure were yummy going down and not only did they send my taste buds into over drive, but they also seemed to have deep and meaningful ties to representing the holidays in ways that profoundly resonate with me and my fond memories from days long gone.  For example, now that my mother has passed on, making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, classic Christmas Cookie and other recipes that she made, bind me even more powerfully than ever to her and the traditions of my family.  As I reconstruct my life around more family of choice these traditions mean more and more.

So yes!! Let’s celebrate life on the other side of the holiday!  For me it was a long, fun and profoundly moving series of events that I’ve now tucked back into their corresponding boxes and put back up on the attic shelves for safe keeping until next year.

Now comes the reconstruction and renovation act of the new year ahead, of 2018!  To kick things off here is an amazing chia pudding recipe to try. I’m already on my second batch! I don’t usually eat much dairy when in my most high-performance state but in this case, I’ve made an exception.  That long trifecta of holidays beginning back in November with Thanksgiving and ending after that last gooey chocolate finally disappeared just the other day, has been that much easier to navigate with this pudding as a staple for now.  I have found that this recipe is making the readjustment back to my low carb, high fat normal of eating just that little bit easier to return to.  Enjoy!

 

Gone to Heaven Chia Pudding

Add almond milk, coconut milk, cinnamon, and almond butter to blender and gently whirr to blend.  Add sour cream or crème fraiche with a tad more gentle whirring and then add chia seeds.  These seeds do not need to be macerated by the blender, just generally incorporated, so you may conversely do this by hand right in the container you will use for the pudding to set in.

Put the pudding in your dish and put it in the fridge.  I used an 8’x10’ glass Pyrex baking dish

It’s a good idea to come back to the pudding a few hours into it’s setting up in the fridge and re-mix a bit as the seeds may settle to the bottom and deviously alter the consistency you desire throughout.

Toppings

  • Mulled Wine Berry Jam recipe follows
  • Berries such as Strawberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries
  • A sprinkle of chopped walnuts or almonds

Mulled Wine Berry Jam

  • 1 ½ cups dry red wine
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • whole cloves
  • whole allspice
  • 2 whole cardamom pods
  • star anise
  • cinnamon stick
  • vanilla bean, split
  • 2 slices ginger – a big-hearted dose!
  • peel (a generous tsp) from ½ organic orange, lemon, grapefruit or clementine.
  • ⅓ cup granulated Erythritol or low glycemic sweetener of your choice
  • 4 cups frozen berries I used a combination of left over Christmas Strawberries and some frozen summer blueberries I found in the back of the freezer!
  • ¼ cup chia seeds

This part is super easy.  Add the wine plus all the spices to a small pot and bring to a mull on the stove top.  Let this yummy concoction cook off the alcohol from the wine and then have a chance to marinate around in those spices for as long as you can stand it because here is where you will add the real depth to this recipe.  Once you’ve let this mixture both cook a bit, marry a bit and your patience has run out, off the heat, strain out and thank those amazing spices for their service and toss them out.  Add the chia seeds and pour into a container so it can set.  Here I used a Ball Jar with a lid and set it on the counter until I placed it carefully in the fridge.

Once the scrumptious pudding was ready and the jam cooled somewhat, I scooped out a loving portion of both and just about died and went to heaven!

Sally’s Slow Down Cafe, January 12, 2018

Bulletproof Coffee

I love Bulletproof Coffee!

A couple of years ago I heard about a new food trend: adding butter to your coffee. I was struck by how good this sounded!  Wait! What?!!  Butter in my coffee?  I’d always been a staunch, drink it black like my Grandmother kind of girl, until this moment. On rare occasions over other years I’d try to add something in to the already flawless, inky black swirling steaming little morning cauldron of perfection, and I would always regret it.

Making sure I had the ingredients on hand, coconut oil and unsalted butter, I gave it a try.  Never one to follow recipes too closely, I plunked the fats in the blender, added some coffee, whirred it up and moderately enjoyed my first almost Bulletproof Coffee.   Not fully understanding the effects, nor the ramifications of what I’d done, I set off to enjoy the rest of that day and week.  It was another week or so before I tried the coffee again.  Thinking that adding that kind of fat to my food would be reserved for a treat day.  After another try or two more of this new adjustment to the time honored sacred ritual called morning coffee, I began to discover why Bulletproof Coffee is so amazing.

Clarity, Creativity & Memory Gets Better

I noticed an upward tick in the clarity of my thinking, memory, creativity, and stamina.  My overall general attitude improved.  I began to experience more joy.

All that from a cup of coffee you say?!!  Hell yes@!!  All that from a cup of coffee; a cup of coffee with butter in it.

I use Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil, a liquid medium chain coconut oil, for maximum brain boosting benefit. I also use Ghee as a butter substitute as I notice I have a slight sensitivity to casein, a protein found in butter.

Each morning I enjoy my Bulletproof Coffee.  It’s one of the best things of every day.  I mean it!  I go to bed knowing that I’m just a few short sleeping hours away from next cup of Bulletproof Coffee.

Sally Bickford

November 4, 2017

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Ketogenic – Paleo – Bulletproof Diet

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What being on a Ketogenic – Paleo – Bulletproof Diet means to me:

For starters, Ketogenic, Paleo and Bulletproof Diet all share their attention to the carbohydrate to protein to fat ratios of the foods we eat.  While they differ in those ratios, suggestions about fasting and where we source foods, in some combination of the three together, they inform me as I listen more and more carefully to what my body needs and to what exactly I need from those ratios in any given day.  If this is all sounding a bit overwhelming already, hang on because it absolutely does get better and, at least for me personally, the pay off for even taking a stab at any one of them has been immense.

Personally, I hang out in the Bulletproof lifestyle more than any other for reasons I’ll get into as my blog develops.

For my history, I’m deeply steeped in and come from a culture where being thin and thinner has ruled much of my life.  My history orients me around learning to cook professionally, obsessing about food, building my own food business, while at the same time vehemently pursuing whatever the latest ‘diet’ craze had to offer.  Finally I’ve landed on truly understanding the role of carbohydrates to my health has my overall health and wellbeing has now greatly improved.

Today I’m so much less concerned with how much I weigh because I feel so much better eating a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet.  What a relief!  Building up my lifestyle to accommodate the support I need to stay on tract, eat what works for me and love my life is what’s paramount to me these days.  And surprise, surprise, I drop weight as I want to.

This is the ultimate pay off; being in control of my own biology; the foundation of my neatly fitting into the culture of biohacking.  Stay tuned for more about my amazing journey through food, stress, age, and grace and follow the easy steps you could take to join me.

Sally Bickford

Check this out:

Biohacking Made Simple:  31 Small Steps to Becoming Bulletproof

 

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