I’m so pleased to introduce you all to a friend of mine from over at Love What You Eat.ca. Ashley Srokosz is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Her approach with clients is easy and natural. If you ever thought that following a whole foods lifestyle (and not blowing the bank) was out of your reach, this gal can show you how easy the whole thang can be. Today she is sharing her #1 secret weapon in the kitchen (one I happen to LOVE) and 3 killer kitchen sanity tips with the community of Beyond The Peel.
So where should I start? Delicious Peanut Butter Bars or my Costco shopping cart/ confession?
Let’s start with my Costco shopping cart and my embarrassing confession. I like getting the bad stuff out of the way first.
I, France Jeanne D’Arc Morissette, creep on other peoples grocery carts.
I know, I know! So bad but it’s true.
why am I telling you this?
It’s true. I do the grocery cart creep.
Smoothies are a big part of my day since moving out to the bush. Without access to farm fresh eggs, I have decided that smoothies are my go to breakfast these days. Sure there are alternatives, like toast, granola, fruit crumbles even, but those all require time in advance. Not that I don’t bake bread, but I definitely don’t want to eat it everyday, same with granola. The only exception is that I do think I could probably eat fruit crumble (the whole food version) everyday, but I don’t find them very filling. Besides it’s a little harder to sneak veggies into a crumble than into a smoothie.
So, I decided to go on a search for delicious smoothies.
AND I wanted a variety.
Today I might have blueberries, but tomorrow I may not. I may have used up all my spinach and need other vegetable options. Essentially I just need options for a variety of veggies and fruit, since my grocery deliveries are only every 3 weeks. A girl runs out of stuff. Usually the good stuff first…like cherries and spinach.
Raw honey? What the heck is raw honey?
With the word “raw” floating out there in the blogosphere, you might be wondering what everyone is talking about.
Raw milk. Raw cacao. Raw honey. What does it all mean. I know I was not thinking in those terms 5 years ago. I would have heard that and thought it was some hippy lingo for over priced food.
But there is something to it. There are benefits of raw honey and reasons that it’s more expensive and harder to find. Let’s just say it’s kind of a premium product.
Raw essentially means that the product in question is not heated past the point of killing any of the nutrients and enzymes – the part that makes that food so good for us. The problems with that is that heat also kills all the unwanted stuff too. Germs, bugs and bacteria are killed off at high temperatures. So the only way to have a raw product is to start with a very healthy natural product, including good handling of said product, from start to finish. That’s why it’s more expensive. There’s no cutting corners. I’ll go into details about the benefits of raw unfiltered honey in the video.
Ok. First with the news. Big. News.
I’m going on an adventure!
I’m going to work in the middle of nowhere.
I’m going to live in a 400 square foot cabin in the middle of nowhere.
This is going to be exciting!