Featured Product: Bullet Proof MCT Oil

About Bulletproof the Company:

 

Bulletproof is the industry leader in coffee, nutrition, supplements and technology. Our mission is to help people perform better, think faster, and live better using a proven blend of ancient knowledge and brand new technologies, tempered by research, science, and measured results from our customers, top athletes, and medical professionals. Our customers know that our supplements, foods, and technologies are the purest you can get anywhere, and you can expect to feel a difference in how you perform the first time you experience them.

Environmentally conscious and ethically sourced products build a sustainable foundation for future generations to thrive. Welcome to being Bulletproof, the state of high performance where your body, mind, and nervous system work together effortlessly to help you perform at levels beyond what you’d expect.

Dave Asprey, Founder and CEO spent 20 years to hack his own biology, ‘biohacking’ and upgraded his brain, he lost over 100 pounds and maximized his performance. The proprietary Bulletproof process optimizes every step of coffee production for performance by minimizing the opportunity for performance-robbing mold toxins that can contribute to chronic health issues.

 

Bulletproof Coffee Beans are meticulously grown at high altitude on single estates in Guatemala, are hand-harvested, carefully processed and roasted to maintain maximum integrity and flavor. The final roast undergoes proprietary lab testing to verify that the coffee meets the Bulletproof quality control and purity standards. Bulletproof coffee beans are grown, harvested & roasted to minimize the opportunity of mold toxins and undergo third-party lab-testing for 27 types of the most common mold toxins. Beans are medium roasted in small batches to enhance the naturally occurring antioxidant capacity and flavor, supporting energy, mental focus and performance.

 

Bulletproof’s Brain Octane is 100% Caprylic Acid, the most ketogenic MCT from the most precious part of the coconut. Brain Octane is the shortest of the MCTs and is 18-times more concentrated in Caprylic Acid than regular coconut oil. Supporting cognitive function, it is processed rapidly and easily digested, being quickly and easily absorbed by the brain & body and is not stored as fat. It converts the most ketogenic MCT into energy and is used by the brain faster than other fats or oils. It is metabolized differently than other types of fat and does not increase cholesterol, making it the top choice for reaching peak brain performance all day. It is odorless, flavorless and liquid at room temperature and can be substituted for other edible oils to support more intense mental activity.

 

MCT Oil isn’t just for coffee!  You can make all kinds of tasty treats with it – check this recipe out:

Recipe & Content provided by Jordan Pie

This is a delicious keto chocolate shake with minimal ingredients that takes less than 2 minutes to make. It’s low-carb, contains quality fats and protein, and is full of energy. The cinnamon and vanilla both add depth to the flavor to this shake and the added coconut milk makes it smooth and creamy. I also love adding in a pinch of quality salt when I make any type of chocolate recipe because it enhances and balances out the chocolate flavor.

Keto Chocolate Shake With Coconut Milk

Makes 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of grass-fed collagen powder
  • 1 – 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Mitosweet or low-carb sweetener of choice, to taste
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of filtered water
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Brain Octane Oil or MCT oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a high powered blender and blitz until everything is well combined.
  2. Adjust the sweetness if needed.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy.

Nutrition Information per serving:

  • Calories: 390
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Total Sugar: 4.3g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sodium: 153mg

 

Find many more super yummy recipes on the Bullet Proof website.

Sinfully Delicious Coconut Whipped Cream … Times Two

Coconut whipped cream offers all the health benefits of coconut oil (MCT’s, Lauric Acid, etc.) while providing you a novel and tasty way to enjoy these benefits.  Why not try a recipe for your Valentine’s Day desert?  Coconut whipped cream is great with heart shaped (gluten-free) brownies, organic fruit, or even chocolate almond pudding.  Honestly, I eat it a bit too often!!!
You can make two types of whipped cream – a soft whip, or a firm whip.  Here’s how to make each version:
Makes 2-3 cups whipped cream
Ingredients
  • Firmer Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cans (15.33 ounces each) organic coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 2 Tablespoons Grade A organic maple syrup or local honey
  • 1 Teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • Softer Whipped Cream:
  • 1 tetra pak of coconut cream, refrigerated over night
  • 2 Tablespoons Grade A organic maple syrup or local honey
  • 1 Teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. For the firmer whipped cream: scoop off the solid coconut cream from off the top, leaving the liquid behind for another use (add it to your smoothie).
    Place the coconut cream, maple syrup or honey, and the vanilla in a mixer and beat on high for 10 minutes until the whipped cream is fluffy.
  2. For the softer whipped cream: pour the entire tetra pak of coconut cream into a mixer bowl and add the maple syrup or honey and the vanilla. Beat the mixture on high for 15 minutes until the cream is light, fluffy, and holds a very soft peak.
  3. Serve both types of whipped cream as soon as possible for best results.
    The softer whipped cream will usually hold in the refrigerator up to 2 days without separating.
    The firmer version usually starts to separate in a day.
  4. TIP:  Keep all your tools ice cold (put your mixing blades and bowl in the freezer for a while before starting this recipe)

We found these tips on: Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream – Food | GI 365 http://gi365.co/food/homemade-coconut-whipped-cream/#ixzz3xkpUAiOp

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RECIPE – High Protein Smoothie with PGX Fiber

High Protein Smoothie

Smoothies are a great addition to your breakfast options. They are delicious and nutritious, and if packed with protein and fibre, it can help control your hunger all day.

Smoothies are so versatile. Whatever your personal preferences, dietary restrictions, and ingredients you’ve got in the fridge or cupboard, you can create a straw-sipping or spoon scooping meal or snack.

Just a few helpful tips. Don’t go overboard with the fruit.  Too much sweet can overpower the palate. If you’re adding ice, put it in last, as you don’t want to over blend until it just melts into water. Don’t be afraid to experiment though.  It’s also easy to get into a smoothie rut, so switch up the ingredients every so often.

Ingredients

A protein powder: whey, soy, or a mixed vegan source

A fat source: one tbsp of coconut oil, chopped nuts, natural nut butter (almond or peanut), sunflower butter or hemp seeds

A fiber: 2.5-5 grams PGX or one tbsp chia seeds or ground flaxseed

A lower glycemic fruit: 1/3 to 1/2 banana or/and 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh fruit (berries, kiwi, peaches, etc.)

A liquid: water, skim or 1% milk or even non-fat or Greek yogurt (source of protein), unsweetened almond milk (very low protein)

Directions

  1. Try adding one of these to change up your daily smoothie and for added benefits: ½-1 cup vegetables (carrots, kale etc…), scoop greens powder, sprinkle of cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder, ½-1 tbsp honey or maple syrup, lemon juice.
  2. How to freeze bananas: Using frozen bananas rather than fresh will do two things: it will keep your smoothie nice and cold and it will give your smoothie a thicker consistency. To freeze bananas, peel them, cut them in half, and place them (not touching) flat on a cookie sheet. Place in freezer until completely frozen, and then transfer frozen banana halves to airtight container for easy access.

All Natural Skin Care Routine

Maintaining the health of our skin is essential and takes a holistic approach, which promotes radiance from the inside, out. “As a working mom I know it can be hard to find the time to read up on all the latest beauty products, pour through labels and go through a complicated skin care regime every night,” says Holistic Nutritionist, Michelle W. Book. “But you still want to make the right choices for healthy skin.” This month, we bring you Michelle’s simple, natural 3-step skin care routine, which works great for all skin types.

Step 1: Cleanse

Did you know that many soaps can actually dry out and irritate your skin? Watch the video to discover some natural alternatives that you can find at your CHFA health food store or even in your own pantry.

Step 2: Nourish

Our internal health plays just as important a role in our skin health as what we put on the surface. This is because skin grows really, really fast. This growth and re-growth puts a huge demand on the body. A balanced diet, consisting of certain key nutrients, is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Here are Michelle’s tips for nourishing your skin from the inside.

Step 3: Moisturize
Natural oils give our skin a radiant glow and supple appearance. Complementing our body’s natural protection with oils like coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil, argan oil, and foods rich in omega-3s, can help protect our skin from drying out, and provide additional benefits. Watch the video to learn the specific benefits of each of these healthy oils.

 

NEW PRODUCT – South of France Luxury Soaps

Besides smelling and feeling amazing there are a lot of reasons to love our new South of France line of bar and liquid soaps.

South of France triple-milled process results in a longer-lasting and moisturizing bar that enhances the transformational and luxurious experience of bathing with scent. Never tested on animals, their natural Bar and Liquid Hand Soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.

Non-GMO Project Verified for All 12 Bar Soaps

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South of France was awarded Non-GMO certification recently for all 12 bar soaps. The verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance, helping you make informed shopping decisions. To find out more, visit http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/understanding-our-seal/.

Sustainable Palm Oil

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South of France products have also been certified by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. The RSPO was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through the use of a global standard that we and our suppliers fully support. For more information, please visit www.rspo.org.

Gluten Free

Celiac Sprue Association

The appearance of this seal on the South of France bar soap cartons and hand wash certifies the following:

That South of France Natural Body Care Bar Soaps adhere to the Celiac Sprue Association – CSA standards. Their bar soap is free of wheat, barley, rye, and common oats, their crosses and derivatives and products, processing and packaging; or that innovative products have been crafted to remove the gluten from the finished product. Verification testing must confirm no detectable gluten using the most appropriate analysis for the product. Visit CSA at www.csaceliacs.org or call toll-free 877 CSA-4-CSA.

Leaping Bunny

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All products have been certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program. No animal testing is used in any phase of product development by South of France Natural Body Care, its laboratories or suppliers. For more information, please visit www.leapingbunny.org.

Recycle

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The South of France packaging is fully recyclable. Their bottles are manufactured from a minimum of 30% post consumer waste and their cartons are Forest Stewardship Council certified. For more information on recycling symbols, please visit www.recyclenow.com. To learn more about the Forest Stewardship Council, please visit us.fsc.org.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bites

A twist on a popular recipe from November, the Crunchy Coconut Blossom Chocolates. How do you make chocolate even better? Adding peanut butter usually does the trick. We have not yet tried making these with a peanut free option, but an almond or cashew butter should work, you may need to tweak the recipe a bit.

These really are a treat. Share wisely.

Ingredients
Chocolate mixture
  • Crunchy Coconut Blossom Chocolate recipe

Peanut Butter Cream

  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
  • 4 tsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. DME™ Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Make the chocolate mixture. Fill an ice cube tray a little less than half way with mixture. Place in the freezer to cool for 15 minutes. Be sure to stir the remaining chocolate mixture every couple of minutes to keep it smooth.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter cream ingredients until smooth. Place in the fridge until you remove the ice cube tray.
  3. Remove the ice cube tray. Place a small spoonful of the peanut butter cream on each chocolate cube.
  4. Give the remaining chocolate mixture a good stir and pour over the peanut butter until covered.
  5. Place tray back in the freezer for another 15 minutes, or until completely solid.

Makes about 8-10 Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites.

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