November 24, 2014

Slow Cooker - is it worthy?

Hi guys, I have for you today Slow Cooker oriented post...

Slow Cookers become popular few years ago. Usually for busy women who need to fed their families. Another big boom started with Paleo diet. Since this is great tool for Paleo eaters, I would like to cover frequently asked questions here.




Source: amazon.com

 
How it works?
Slow Cooker is electronical pot with thermostat, which cooks on lower temperatures in the 79–93 °C (175–200 °F) range, but much longer time period then traditional cooking methods. Usually from 8-16 hours. Food is simmered all the time. This can prevent overcooking and also safe vitamins.

Which type of Slow Cooker I should buy?
There are plenty of types now. You can choose size and functions.
I had one “standard” size few years ago. (No other sizes exist that time). Its same size like this one you can check on official site today (click here). For 2 people it’s quite big. You get about 6 -8 portions from one batch. Well I prefer smaller version now – since we are still only two at home. So now I have this one (click here). It’s only 12.99 $ now (at the time I write this post).
I also have version without timer and without “keep warm” function. And I have no issue with it. I buy simple mechanical timer from IKEA (about 2$) and it works well.

Where to buy?
Check official site for great deals (click here), or you can find them on Amazon as well (click here).

How to use it?
Using is very simple. Put your food inside, add water and turn on. Done. Everything else is on Slow Cooker. No need to stir (actually you should NOT open it at all during the cooking process). No need to check it. You can even leave your home during cooking process.

Is it worthy?
Yes! Definitely! You save your time – since it’s not necessary to check your meal every x minutes… you even can be out (at work for example) and your meal is safety prepared. When you arrive home, your dinner is ready to serve!
Also you will safe your money! You can buy cheaper cuts of meat now, because cheaper cuts of meat with connective tissue and lean muscle fibre are suitable for stewing, and tastier than stews using expensive cuts, as long slow cooking will soften the connective tissue without toughening the muscle. Slow cooking leaves the gelatinized tissue in the meat, so that it may be advantageous to start with a richer liquid.

I think its great tool and you need it in your life. You can buy them really cheap in those days, so why to wait? :-)

If you have any other questions, please let me know in the comments section below.

November 9, 2014

MHP - Paleo Protein review

Hi guys, I have to share with you my favorite protein powder, which I love right now.

When I start eating Paleo, all my protein powders go off the game in a minute. All of them was from soy, diary or any kind of shity ingredients. Full of crap. I start to looking for another one.... paleo friendly.

And I find this one. No, I'm not protein powder eater anymore -of course I prefer real food. But sometimes you need to have some fast and easy option with you.. you know... And this is where this baby comes to the stage.


It's from Beef and Egg Whites... and they have two flawors. Triple chocolate and Almond Vanilla. I didn't try Vanilla yet, but Chocolate one it great! If you are choloholic like I am... you would love it.

I use it for shakes of course, but also for pancakes or any kind of baking stuff. It's great amazing taste without any wierd undertaste... , perfect for baking as well.

You can buy them online on: http://themhpstore.com/paleo_protein.html for 54,99$ and it's 2lbs. (921g)

This is not sponsorred reveiw - I just want to share with you my personal experience. I really love it and I hope this will be good for you as well.

Please share in comments bellow your favorite paleo friendly proteins.. I'm open to try another one by your recommendation....

Have a great day, guys!

November 4, 2014

Perfect Health Diet - book review

This book simply find me. I was not searching for new book about new lifestyle.... I follow +Barbora Soukupov√° (Barborka On The Run) and her Instagram account and she post info about this book and also info, that it's in the sale... what else? :-)

I bought it in a minute - on Amazon as a Kindle version since I love my ebook reader (Kindle). Then I completely forgot it. Couple months later I finish another book /some basic romance book - you know, for relax reading :-))/ and check my Kindle which books are ready now... 'Cause I have many new books in Kindle prepared all the time... and I find this one on that list.



I jump in and this change my life again. First lifestyle change was addopting Paleo, which was huge change for me... and of course great experience (in positive way of course). But Perfect Health Diet go way further.... This book is completely different.

In this book you can read how it works in our bodies from science point of view. Every step is followed by detailed analysis why it's good for us. I love this book! This really give me full perspective - finally.

I learn a lot about basic things - sugar, proteins, fat. I start incorporate this diet to my Paleo diet and it works! It works absolutely amazing! Also Intermittent Fasting is another great technique I learn thanks this book. And there is much more. All amazingly inspired stories from real people...

If you are serious about your body, your lifestyle, this book is MUST HAVE for you.

Do you have any reccomendation for me? Any great book, which should be in my Kindle? Let me know in comment section bellow.... :-)

October 17, 2014

No Bun Hamburger? Problem solved!

Are you Paleo eater? And do you love burgers? I love burgers so much! Ok - how to solve problem with a bun?

Sure - you can bake some special paleo version /I'm currently making some ideas for you guys, but it's still in progress/ or you can use any type of veggie like Eggplant:


Today I experiment with Eggplant. Slice them - about 0,5 inch each slice and then grill them on coconut oil - 2-3 minutes every side.

Don't forgot to salt them and let them set - about 20 minutes on paper towel - before you grill them. This helps eggplant to remove all water and they will not be bitter after grilling.

I enjoy them a lot - definetely great to pair with chedar /not Paleo I know/ and chilli sauce. Yummy!

What is your favorite combo?

October 10, 2014

Matcha Tea - finely milled organic green tea - review


Hi guys, I have for you something little bit different today :-) It's smal review for product I just discovered.

First of all - I'm huge fan of Green tea - I drink at least one cup of green tea every day. I use only leafy tea. Usually I go for Japaniese green tea from Spring season. Highest quality as possible (by cost of course).

I didn't drink Chinesse tea at all. Because they contains pesticides and usually companies from Japan process tea gently with high level of security check.

So few weeks ago I found Matcha tea... and I fall in love immediately! It's basically finely milled green tea from Japan.


You can prepare this tea with cold water - you get refreshing Ice Tea! Or with warm /NOT HOT/ water to get warmer variant.

For example my hubby love it with milk /coconut milk/ as a Ice Tea - milky drink.

I order mine on matcha-tea.cz but I'm pretty sure that you can find many more companies. Just be sure to get some which is in organic quality and from Japan if it's possible.

This one is packed in portions in bags, which I love so much! You can bring just one bag with you to make great tea almoust anywhere! No measuring... :)



I love their cute shaker too. 'Cause shaker is the best way how to prepare you icetea from Matcha tea! It's same like your protein powder - you have to mix it very well with liquid to get great drink and shaker is the easiest way. Also you can bring your shaker with you if you travel (you cannot bring witht you your fancy food processor - you know... )

On matcha-tea.cz you can find some great value package. For example two boxes of tea (30 portions each) with shaker for free - which I order immediately :)

As you can see it's very fine powder:


And...... you can use it for baking too. For example to pancakes!!!! Or to ice cream /my favorite way/.

There are many health benefits as well:

One glass of matcha is equivalent of 10 glasses of standart green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. In reality, the only way to truly take advantage of green teas full potential is to consume the entire leaf. The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.
Matcha also contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which are not found in other foods. Since over 60% of the catechins in matcha are actually EGCg, a daily matcha regimen can help restore and preserve the bodys integral well-being and balance. The catechin EGCg (Epigallocatechin-3-Gallo) provides fight against HIV, cancer and many other disorders and diseases.
Matcha provides you powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can. Matcha contains more antioxidants than blueberries, wolfberries, pomegranates, orange juice and spinach.
Matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants according to the latest innovation in antioxidant research. Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses many times more ORAC so than pomegranates or blueberries. Matchas ORAC rating is a mighty 1300 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 91 units. Human body needs about 3600-4800 ORAC units per day.
Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation, wellbeing and increase a brains functioning. L-Theanine is common in every teas, matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas. L-Theanine may help to increase memory functioning, learning and ability without any possible side-effects from caffeine, which is a natural component of green tea. Therefore, bowl of matcha promotes concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee.
Matcha is ideal for diabetics, because it prevents the formation of glucose in blood. Catechins, which Matcha tea contains can block enzymes, that break up complex compounds into sugars.
Matcha supports your body's ability to burn food 4 times faster than normal. According to a study in the American magazine Clinical Nutrition, regular consumption of Matcha tea can improve the combustion process, also known as thermogenesis from normal 8-10% to a 35-43%.
According to the magazine Muscle and Fitness, Matcha helps to burn body fat and it is recomendet to consume it after sport activities.
The tea leaves are grown in the shade and that is the reason for their greener color and therefor Matcha tea contains more chlorophyll than ordinary green tea.
Matcha has strong detoxifying effects resulting from the amount of chlorophyll, which eliminates heavy metals and chemical compounds in body.
Matcha helps reduce cholesterol and sugar in blood. Matcha contains no sugar. It means, that on glycemic index it reaches zero. One tea cup of Matcha contains about 3 grams of fiber.
To increase the potential of antioxidants, which Matcha tea contains, you can try to mix it with a dash of lemon or lime juice. You can prepare for example, refreshing iced Matcha tea.
(info from page: http://matcha-tea.cz/clanek/benefits-of-matcha-tea)

May 13, 2014

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Pumpkin Seeds Oil



Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Serves
1 min 35 min 36 min 3


Ingredients: 

3 cups of Cauliflower - chopped
2 cups of water
1 tea spoon of Madras sauce
3 tea spoons of Pumpkin Seeds Oil
Bacon - by your taste :-) (optional)
salt & peppers




Instruction:


  1. Place Cauliflower to the pan (I used baking paper under), springle with olive oil and  Madras sauc. Bake for about 35 minutes - until  Cauliflower is sligthy brown.
  2. Put Cauliflower and water to the food processor and process untill you are happy with texture.  
  3. Serve with one tea spoon of Pumpkin oil and baked Bacon (optional)






This soup is super easy, fast to prepare, healthy and light. It's also Paleo friendly, Gluten free diet friendly and diary free. Keep you full for long time with minimum of calories. 

Definetely try it....

March 27, 2014

Tomato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas



Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Serves
1 min 10 min 11 min 3


Ingredients: 

2 cups of Tomatoes - chopped
1 cup of Coconut cream
1 tea spoon of Madras sauce
salt & peppers




Instruction:


  1. Place tomatoes to the saucepan, add 2 cups of water, Madras sauce and bring to the boil. 
  2. Add Coconut cream and let boil again. Then let boil for about 10 minutes in medium heat.
  3. If you want you can use food processor to get extra smooth version. I love my "country style" so I don't use food processor  - ususally...
For Roasted Chickpeas recipe follow this link to my previous post.



I love avocados as you know.. so I add 1/4 of avocado to the top... :-)