HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Cheesy {Almond Flour} Biscuits 


We are all about full fat foods in our diet. So delicious and it’s amazing how you stay satiated so much longer when you’re not going for the “fat-free”/”low-fat” junk that is typically full of fillers and extra sugar to make up for the fat. 

You might want to double the recipe and put 1/2 in the recipe! They are seriously that good!

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease with butter or olive oil. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice (we love pepper jack)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half & half
  • 3 Tbsp diced cold butter
  • 1 egg

Mix all ingredients well. Take heaping Tbsps of dough and form into a ball or just dallop onto cookie sheet. 

Bake 12 minutes or until just starting to turn golden. 

Makes about 6, depending on size you choose to make them. 

ENJOY!! ☀️

Spinach, Ricotta & Bacon Filled Peppers 


I LOVE finding savory, filling, yummy, but HEALTHY recipes! This one was a big hit. It could easily be done with mini peppers but I love using regular sized bell peppers and just cutting them up so they’re like little boats. Easier to fill too! Make sure to watch your cook time if you like your peppers more on the crunchy side, like us!

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 bell peppers, cut in fourths and seeded
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled 
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS 

Preheat oven to 350. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray, set aside.

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Spoon mixture into prepared peppers. Place peppers on baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes. Peppers are ready when they are barely soft and filling is nice and hot! 

Cool for a few minutes and enjoy! 

PALEO Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer Recipe

I have a very strong attachment to my coffee creamer. I look forward to my hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning with just the right amount of creamer.  It is an integral part of my morning ritual! 

I love playing with different ideas and recipes for creamers. My hubby and I started doing bulletproof coffee several months back and that’s one that he does on a fairly regular basis. Truth be told…it doesn’t take long for me to start missing my creamer! 

Inspired by my coffee creamer addiction and a rainy day…here’s my latest recipe try…I’m a HUGE salted caramel fan and I thought this turned out pretty awesome!


INGREDIENTS 

  • 4 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk


DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring coconut sugar and water to simmer in medium sauce pan. Stir continuously to avoid burning. Once mixture thickens a bit to a syrupy consistency, REMOVE FROM HEAT.
  2. Add vanilla, sea salt and about 1/3 of the coconut milk. Stir well and let mixture cool for several minutes. 
  3. Combine Caramel mixture with remaining coconut milk in a large jar. Mix well. Make sure all the coconut milk is melted into the mixture…since it is a full-fat coconut milk you might have to heat it up just enough that it will mix in well and not result in a lumpy creamer!
  4. Store in fridge in sealed jar up to 1 week. Shake or stir before using as the coconut milk will separate. 
  5. Enjoy!! 

Brewin’ Kombucha

So I remember when kombucha was just starting to become a trend in the mainstream health and wellness world. I was SO not interested. It looked disgusting and its description sounded disgusting. Nope. Not for me.

However, I am like that kid at the dinner table that, if you introduce to a veggie that they despise enough times, they’ll eventually try it. Kombucha is suddenly all over the place (heck, lots of tap rooms offer this stuff in their own growlers!) and as it has made its mark, I somehow got sucked into the idea that I wanted to give it a fair try. Low and behold…I love it! 

Not only am I seriously a fan of the taste (really enjoying all the different types and flavors available EVERYWHERE) but I am super impressed with its benefits! That just makes it taste even better to me somehow. 

Here are just a few of the touted benes:

Improved Digestion

Weight Loss

Increased Energy

Cleansing and Detoxification

Immune Support

Reduced Joint Pain

Cancer Prevention

All I can say is that I love that I am ingesting a probiotic and that it offers a more natural energy source (I am not a stranger to energy drinks so this is awesome). I just feel GOOD drinking it. 

This stuff is not cheap, however. I’d say $3 a bottle is a good average for 12-16oz. Nope…not cheap. But amazing. So, what’s a girl to do?? Make my own of course! 

I won’t lie, I tried this once before and it didn’t work. I didn’t get enough of the right info and I didn’t talk to anyone in depth about how they personally made it. I got this fly verbal tutorial from the lady I bought my original scoby from and I tried to marry that info with stuff I found online and it just. didn’t. work. I felt way confused and it ended up growing mold. Oops. That happens.

Since then I got some great advice from a friend who has been making it since long before it was ever popular. She also sent me a link to some directions that she trusted. I appreciate that because I need stuff written down and in front of me!! 

So…Kombucha: take 2

I did some Christmas shopping on Groupon and stumbled across a Groupon for a Kombucha kit! Hello! Had to get it. Merry Christmas to me. It was only $15 and I got a scoby, 3 dark bottles for my finished product, 2 different types of tea and some evaporated cane sugar. Not bad! My hubby had bought me a really cute jar for my original batch. So, I was set!


What to do:

Find some scoby. What the heck is scoby?? It’s essentially the starter. Just like sourdough bread. It has all the awesome cultures you need. It looks gross, but that little guy is what holds all the good stuff you need for it to be so stinking great for you. 

Here’s the place I got mine from through Groupon: Kombucha Brooklyn brewing supplies

They have great products and great costumer service. However, they are in NY, and there are lots of local places to get your supplies from. In fact, if you don’t know someone who makes their own who can give you your own scoby, people sell it on Craigslist and Amazon. 

Once I got my stuff, I heeded the advice of my friend and followed the directions she sent me the link to: Oregon Kombucha

One major thing I had overlooked was temperature. I didn’t make sure that mine was staying at the optimum temp. I also let it brew too long. 

What you need to start:

A large jar or glass/ceramic container: gallon size 

Black or green tea

Sugar 

Scoby

A plan to keep your Kombucha at the right temp

When you follow the directions you will learn that Kombucha brews best between 75-90 degrees. Yup. Missed that part the first time around. 

Our solution, since we don’t have a nice safe spot in our place that is a consistent temp, was to put it in a cooler. We have a large glass measuring cup full of hot water that we change out 2-3 times a day to keep it toasty in there. Found that idea online and it seems to be working! 


So there you have it. I am not going to go into detail with the directions, as I gave the link to the ones I used and they are great!

Would love to hear about your adventures with Kombucha making!! We’re on Day 3 of this batch so I will be sure to update! We will start checking on Day 7 to see how it’s doing…just a taste test. You let it go longer if you want a stronger, more tart taste. That is what we want!

Stay tuned!

xoxo, Jess 

Homemade Sports (electrolyte) Drink

Something we all are aware of is that during exercise our bodies lose electrolytes along with water through sweat. Often times people will pick up a sports drink, such as Gatorade, to remedy the problem. The unfortunate thing is that most sports drinks contain a crazy amount of sugar and artificial ingredients.
When electrolytes become off balance we can experience:
Dizziness

Fatigue

Nausea

Trembling

Dry mouth

Muscle weakness

Stiff or aching joints

And more…

Electrolytes include calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium and sodium. Maintaining a good balance results from the particular foods and drinks we consume combined with our activity level, weather and any illness we might be fighting. You can also throw off your electrolyte balance by drinking TOO MUCH water believe it or not.

Here is a natural electrolyte recipe that you can use and allows you to choose just how you want yours to taste!


Ingredients:

1 quart liquid (water, coconut water, green tea, etc.)

1/8-1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt (this kind includes particular trace minerals but regular table salt will work)

1/4-1/2 tsp crushed calcium magnesium tablets or powder*

1/4 cup natural fruit juice (lemon, lime, pineapple, Apple, etc)

1-2 Tbsp sweetener* (honey, stevia)

*these ingredients are optional

Directions:

Slightly warm your base liquid in order for other ingredients to dissolve well

Add all remaining ingredients and mix or shake very well

Store in fridge until needed

I made mine using a mixture of lemon and lime juice and honey for the sweetener. I also added the calcium magnesium powder as magnesium is something I personally don’t get enough of (calcium is needed for magesium absorption). I also garnished it with a mint leaf.

I had mine after a hard 5 mile run and felt like it really helped me bounce back quicker. I’ll be using this more for sure!

Here’s to happier, healthier ways to do things!

xoxo, Jess

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