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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

I have a video I made of crock-pot chicken broth online (before I ditched my crock-pot for my vita-clay) and I omitted using the apple cider vinegar in my recipe. A commenter called me out and mentioned that I left out the most important part! The Apple cider vinegar! Oops! That comment was a great lesson for me, as I prize gelatin in my broth so dearly, I forget to even appreciate the minerals that broth contains. The cider vinegar is added to broth to help extract the minerals from the bones into the broth. I rarely miss this step now and have used coconut vinegar in the past as well but my kitchen is always stocked with apple cider vinegar as it is wonderful for so many things.

 

When buying apple cider vinegar, buy unpasteurized (raw vinegar).  Vinegar that is sold with the “mother”  is alive and will continue to ferment. Towards that end be prepared to see some long strands or increasing amount of sediment chilling in your vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a traditional farm house food that is important to our agriculturally minded ancestors, transforming quick to spoil apple cider into vinegar that can be useful for months to come in many ways. Not everyone loves the taste of apple cider vinegar as I do, however even for those who are not in love, even a good splash added to your pot of broth will not be detectable as far as flavor is concerned.

 

6 Amazing ways of using of Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Drink a tablespoon of cider vinegar in water for a hydrating, detoxifying, blood sugar balancing, refreshing, drink.

2. I also use apple cider vinegar as a rinse for my hair, post shampoo- and it is the only thing thats ever help with my dry itchy scalp.

3. Save a pump top spray bottle and fill with apple cider vinegar to use as a toner post sun exposure to reduce the chance of peeling skin.

4. Make healthy killer salad dressing with apple cider vinegar.

5. Use apple cider vinegar as the base for amazing marinades.

6. Two cups of apple cider vinegar added to a bath is very detoxifying.

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Kombucha jello is a very  nutritious, probiotic and just about pure protein.  That’s an amazing combo for a yummy snack! Kombucha jello is a good pre or post workout snack.  It’s also super easy to make and you only need two ingredients, Kombucha and gelatin. You will also need a mixing bowl, a whisk, and some form of jello mold to put it in. You also want to make sure you use a good quality gelatin, we love Great Lakes Gelatin. there are other brands out there, but you want to be sure to get gelatin that comes from happy, grass fed, cows.

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Again super easy!!! Put one tablespoon of gelatin per two pints of liquid in a mixing bowl, then stir it up (with Bob Marley’s song in your head…little darling.) It may fizz up a bit when you stir it, that’s just the probiotic in the kombucha, it will simmer down in a minute.

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Once the gelatin is dissolved, pour the solution into fun jello molds, or a shallow pyrex dish, and put in the refrigerator to set. Sometimes you may have to heat the solution to get the gelatin to dissolve, but we prefer not to heat the kombucha, as it may kill some of the live probiotic. The setting time varies, but  should take a few hours or so. Then voilla!! You’ve got yourself some beautiful, yummy, jello!! If the jello does not pop out of the mold or pyrex dish, just dip it in some hot water for a few seconds and then they should slide right out.

Kombucha Jello. Probiotic, Fermented! Traditional Foods, Paleo, GAPS, AIP, & Ketogenic diet approved.

 

A very fun and easy way to get kids to enjoy these too is to add a couple table spoons of raw honey, this will sweeten the deal for the kidos!

Kombucha Jello

1 tbls Great Lakes Gelatin

2 pints Kombucha

Optional: 2 tbls raw honey

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Savory Pancake

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The first time I read the GAPS Diet Book by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride her recipe for pancakes made from pureed zucchini/squash with nut butter & eggs, then pan fried, blew my mind with there simplistic awesomeness. However, I never was able to find a precise recipe for these savory pancakes so I Googled and adapted and have made these pancakes from my own trial and error.

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A few things to note. These guys can be very finicky: a blender to puree doesn’t seem to work but a food processor will, a non-teflon non-stick pan is a must (be it a miraculously non-stick cast iron or a ceramic lined nonstick pan in mint condition) and while oil is very important, too much oil in the pan ends up in pancakes with a crackly lacy effect that I don’t appreciate. Controlling your heat as you fry these guys is also critical as I have burned more than my fair share of these guys.

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Sadly my first crack at these savory pancakes left me frustrated and less than thrilled with the bland result. My husband and the client I made them for loved them. Whatevs. I like to add a little cinnamon to the batter base for simple pancakes, but for me, I want more flavor so I have adapted the recipe into one I love love love with the addition of spring onion and chili flakes for an exotic pancake that is the perfect vehicle to top with cold chicken and some fish sauce at lunchtime or dip into a kombu-shiitake broth. Yum.

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Savory Pancake

4 small zucchini or yellow squash, peeled and de-seeded (I peel with veggie peeler, slice down the middle lengthwise and scrape the seeds out with a spoon.)

1 Cup nut-butter (I use organic almond butter, because it’s cooked. I save the raw nut butters for the spoon.)

4 large pasture raised eggs

1 T chili flakes

2-3 spring onions

Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend well. Mixture will look like a thin batter. Using a small nonstick frying pan (think something you’d fry an egg in) heat the pan over med heat. Add just enough ghee, coconut oil or lard to the pan to thinly coat the bottom. Ladle a small amount of batter into the center of the pan and allow to cook until the top is densely dotted with bubbles. Using your thinnest yet largest spatula scrape the little guy up and flip. Cook until just set about 90 seconds. Repeat, replenishing oil to pan as needed.

I fry these pancakes up as I need, preferably when I am not in a hurry and in the kind of mood that accepts the fact that I may burn one or two. But these guys are worth it. Bright flavor and craving-busting texture.

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Beef Bone Broth

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Beef Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth

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The idea behind the beef broth is to extract the marrow, collagen and minerals from the bones & joints. A good broth is the base of many delicious meals. By consuming bone broth regularly, your health will improve as your digestion is aided by all the nourishing liquid. Aches & pains will be reduced and a new level of beauty, inside and out, can be attained. Read all about the benefits of bone broth here.

Start with some nice, quality, grass-fed beef, knuckle bones, marrow bones, and beef shank. You can either make the broth from uncooked bones.

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Or, for a richer more flavorful broth, brown the meat and roast bones in a 425 degree oven for around 45 minutes to an hour. You can also drizzle with olive oil and and sea salt before roasting.

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If roasting bones, deglaze roasting pan with filtered water to scrape up any tasty bits left in the pan and put over medium heat right on the stove. Presto!  

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Then add the deglazed bits of yummy and water to the pot you’re cooking the broth in, add sea salt and splash in that apple cider vinegar!

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Now you’ll want to cook the bones for about 20 minutes or so. You will begin to see scummy bits that float to the top. This is just coagulated blood. You will want to skim this stuff out of the pot.

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Feel free too add some carrots, celery, and onion to the pot for extra flavor. But you can also just cook plain old bones, it still has a yummy flavor.

_B6A1103 copyCooking times will vary on what method you use to make your bone broth(see our post on broth gear here.) Stove top can take 12-24 hours. Vita Clay or Crock pot can take 5-6 hours. The quickest, and in my option the most efficient, is the pressure cooker that takes about an hour or 90 minutes.

Once the broth is finished you’s want to place it in a glass container and let it cool down before putting it in the refrigerator. After it’s been refrigerated the fat and broth will separate, the top layer is the fat, you will want to reserve that for later recipes to come…

 

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Beef Broth

2 large pieces of beef shank

2 knuckle bones

2 marrow bones

splash of cider vinegar, sea salt, filtered water

Cover bones with water, add a splash of vinegar and a spoonful of sea salt. For a super clear broth bring up to a boil and skim the scummy bits that float to the top and discard. If cooking in a crock pot or not really worried about it you can totally skip this step and your broth may be a bit cloudy, but still nourishing & tasty. If you skimmed now is the time to add any veggies or seasonings that may have be removed as you skimmed. At a low simmer in a big pot you can cook your broth up to 24 hours but I do it in 90 minutes in a pressure cooker for large batches and in my vita-clay (like a crock-pot) 8-12 hours and often ladle off finished broth and top off with new bones and fresh water (and start a new batch re-cooking the first batch of bones to extract all the nutrients out.) Octavia has a killer little dual pressure cooker and slow cooker in one by Breville, that I would say should be the investment if you are buying broth gear for the first time. Check out our post on broth gear here.

Tip: To make a perfectly good basic bone broth a few things are important: high quality joints and bones, pure clean water, sea salt, apple cider vinegar and a pot to put it all in. 

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Revivalist Smoothies

Revivalist Smoothies

So many delicious smoothies to be made and all you need, besides the ingredients, is a blender. Ninja, Vita-Mix, or whatever you got works. If you’re making the investment in a blender I recommend going with as much firepower as you can afford, like a Vita-Mix, as the texture of foods can vary considerably depending on the quality of the machine.

Like many of the Revivalist Recipes I have some things I consider when making a smoothie: fat, protein, flavor, vitamins/minerals, texture, temperature & supplements/probiotics.

For example: raw whole milk kefir (fat, protein & probiotic), spoonful of coconut oil (fat, texture) blended with some frozen blueberries (flavor, vitamins, temperature), frozen spinach (vitamins, temperature) and a spoonful of maple syrup (flavor, minerals) for an easy breakfast smoothie that is cool, tasty, tangy, probiotic and filled with enough calories to get you through from breakfast to lunch.

When you’re dieting, the sweeter smoothies can satisfy the dark night of your souls cravings that sometimes need to be indulged, but they are a lot more helpful and way less guilty than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s kind of way. Less sweet smoothies are perfect your post workout sources of needed calories and electrolytes. Smoothies are also a great vehicle to get the good stuff in you: be it the client’s whose son enjoyed all the smoothies I made him laced with vitamins he wouldn’t take otherwise, or someone who doesn’t love the taste of fermented beverages or for people like me: who just need to STOP saying “I am too busy to eat”. Next time you feel hungry, bust out that blender and give a smoothie a try.

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Blueberry-Spinach with Cashew Milk

Revivalist Smoothies! Delicious post workout meals, packed with super foods and nutrients! Click through to read recipes!
2/3 C Spinach

1/2 C Blueberries

3-4 Ice Cubes

1 T Lucuma Powder

1 T Gelatin (Great Lakes

1 C Cashew or Almond Milk

1 T Coconut Oil

Revivalist Smoothies! Delicious post workout meals, packed with super foods and nutrients! Click through to read recipes!

Combine all ingredients in blender. Lucoma powder is a low-glycemic vitamin & mineral rich sweeter much prized by the ancient Incas. This smoothie is a cooling fruity treat, perfect to be enjoyed on a mid day break or anytime you need a pick me up!.

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Cacao-Avocado with Almond Butter & Aloe

Revivalist Smoothies! Delicious post workout meals, packed with super foods and nutrients! Click through to read recipes!
1/2 C 100% Pure Aloe Vera Juice
1 T Almond Butter
1/2 Small Avocado
2 T Raw Honey
1 T Cacao Powder
1 T Maca Powder
3-4 Ice Cubes

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Combine all ingredients in a blender. This smoothie packs some serious energy with the nutrient dense avocado & almond butter. Aloe Vera juice is a great aid to elimination, while antioxidant cacao powder provides muscle nourishing magnesium and maca powder (another Peruvian ingredient, but this one is believed to boost your libido.) This smoothie will nourish your zest for life and is a perfect breakfast on the go.


 

Banana Coconut 

Revivalist Smoothies! Delicious post workout meals, packed with super foods and nutrients! Click through to read recipes!
1/2 Ripe Banana
1 C Coconut Water
1/2 Coconut Kefir
1/2 C Coconut Butter
3-4 Ice Cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This is great for your post workout smoothie, filled with electrolytes from the coconut water and with the probiotic boost of coconut kefir. The coconut butter adds fat & calories, along with the banana imparting energy, sweetness, vitamins & minerals. Mild in flavor, this smoothie loves to be jazzed up with spices like cinnamon or powdered vanilla bean.

Revivalist Smoothies! Delicious post workout meals, packed with super foods and nutrients! Click through to read recipes!

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