Hot Fat Cacao & Coffee

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I love reading about nutrition and how certain foods or recipes help or hurt our body. It can be overwhelming, so I have to admit that sometimes I kind of freeze up and revert back to “easy” habits. The goal, ultimately, is to create second-nature habits that are also good for me!

Recently I came across a recipe for a drink that is good for you and yummy (woot! woot!). The best part is, I was already used to making coffee or hot tea several times a day. This would naturally fit right in with what I am already used.

I have been making these drinks for a couple months now and have to say I’m hooked! Since I first heard about these healthy fat hot beverages, I have noticed several nutritional coaches recommending them. I wouldn’t say it is mainstream yet, but the fact that it is included in the regime of multiple nutritionists gives it credibility (in my mind).

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My favorite is the Hot Fat Cacao. I have decided to replace my evening dessert with this healthy drink. Soooooo creamy, smooth and rich with healthy fats. My sweet tooth hasn’t missed a thing.

I’ve experimented with this drink and altered the recipe until it was perfect for me. Do the same for yourself. The main thing is that you want a healthy fat in the drink and minimal sweetener.  **As always, I am horrible at measuring ingredients, so

**As always, I am terrible at measuring ingredients, so all measurements listed are approximate.**

Try it and enjoy!

  • 1 cup hot liquid: I use almond milk and filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon-ish of organic cacao (NOT cocoa. There’s a difference. I use the Dagoba brand).
  • A drizzle of honey or maple syrup. (You want to keep the sugar content as low as possible). Stay away from refined sugar or brown sugar.
  • 2 Tbl grass fed butter. I use Kerry Gold. (Yep. You read that right. You can also use 1 Tbl butter and 1 Tbl coconut oil, or MCT oil).
  • A splash of real vanilla

Warm the almond milk on low heat. In a separate kettle, bring water to a boil. Using a blender that has a steam valve for hot liquids, combine all ingredients and blend for 20-30 seconds.

The result is a frothy, creamy, smooth, delicacy!

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When you are brewing your morning coffee, why not turn it into a healthy fat drink that will give you energy for the morning?

Simply add a bit of grass fed butter or coconut oil to your coffee, and you’re set! (Remember, no sugar. Use a small amount of honey if you need to).

Tip:  Combine the coffee and butter in a blender versus stirring for the best texture.

Drink up, my friends!

No-Egg “Leftover” Breakfast Tacos

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I have this knack of creating something when there is virtually nothing left in our cupboards. I suppose it comes easy…but it is still a lot of effort. So when I sauntered into the kitchen this morning and our fridge was nearly empty, I have to admit I let out a groan.

There were no eggs, no bacon or sausage. 😱 Nothing “breakfasty” at all. I don’t mind cereal, but the only thing in the cupboard was plain Cheerios, and even with no other choices, that wasn’t appealing at all.

No fresh berries, no bread. Nada.

I sulked out of the kitchen, I suppose, in hopes that my hubby would suggest we go out for breakfast, but he wasn’t in the mood. So I wandered back in and thought, “Laura, you do this when creating dishes for events, you can do this.”

I snagged whatever I could:

  • 2 wrinkly bell peppers (VERY wrinkly)
  • A small piece of leftover ham buried in the back of the freezer
  • Green onions
  • Sweet potato
  • 1/4 of an avocado wrapped in foil
  • A couple pieces of leftover provolone cheese
  • Package of small tortillas.

I also had some sour cream and found a package of roasted hatch chiles in the bottom of the freezer. (When I say our food situation was low….it was SLIM PICKINGS).

When I looked at everything, individually, sitting on the shelf in the fridge, all I saw at first were bits and pieces of items that probably I would have thrown out if there were other choices. But this was a good reminder that those little bits of leftover food really do add up sometimes!

So with my leftovers, this is what I came up with!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 🙌

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RECIPE: “LEFTOVER” BREAKFAST TACOS

Here’s what I did:

Sliced part of the sweet potato into skinny “fries” and sauteed them in olive oil over medium heat. It only took about 2-3 minutes to cook.

I removed them for a moment (because they cooked faster than I expected) and sauteed the leftover ham, I chopped up the good parts of the bell peppers and added that to the pan as well. Then I chopped the green onions and added the white parts. In addition, I grated the frozen hatch chiles over everything and cooked a few minutes (I still like my veggies crunchy).

A dash of basil and pink salt was the only seasoning. Then, as it was about finished cooking, I re-added the sweet potato and the tops of the green onions. I removed this from the heat after a few seconds and added a piece of cheese to the top of the warm mixture while I heated up the corn tortillas.

Reusing the same pan, I turned the heat up to med-hi and cooked the tortillas in the pan for a couple minutes on each side until toasty.

Once the tortillas were warm and soft, I combined everything and topped with sour cream and the leftover avocado.

Wow, it was good.

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You can easily do this with any leftovers in your fridge: chicken, polish kielbasa, pork, asparagus, potatoes, mushrooms…you get the idea.

No eggs necessary for this breakfast.

Let me know if you try it. What a great way to use up leftover vegetables instead of throwing them away!

TIP: Chop up bell peppers and put in the freezer. An easy item to pull out and add to numerous recipes.