Category Archives: Clean eating

Bulletproof…ish Matcha

14th January 2018

Quitting Coffee

I’ve had coffee everyday since sophomore year of high school. Often, it would be 2-3 cups per day. I loved the smell and the taste, but I was also obviously very addicted. I would get intense headaches when I didn’t have enough coffee. But it never bothered me too much to make a change.

When I discovered matcha, I absolutely loved it, but I never thought it would replace coffee for me. But when I was doing Clean Program last June, it said “no coffee.” Clearly, that wasn’t going to happen for me, so I compromised and had 1 cup of coffee in the AM and 1 cup of matcha in the PM. This was HUGE for me.

Then one morning, randomly, I woke up, and I just couldn’t even stomach the thought of having anymore coffee. After 10 years of having a coffee daily, I just couldn’t do it anymore! Since then I’ve switched completely over to just matcha (or tea, when there’s no matcha available).

Bulletproof Coffee, Then

I remember back in 2015, bulletproof coffee or butter coffee was becoming super popular. I was working full-time, working out, and studying for my LSATs at the same time, which meant my days ran from about 6:30 am to 10 pm regularly. I was really into anything that would help me concentrate and stay focused and alert.

Bulletproof Coffee. Photocredit: IG @bulletproof & @primal_gourmet

Bulletproof coffee has grass-fed butter or ghee in it, along with brain octane oil. The fat in the butter slows the absorption of the caffeine, so you don’t have jitters or a crash. Instead, you have a much steadier amount of energy for a long time. (Source).

I would buy bulletproof coffee regularly, and I LOVED it. Way better than nootropics, which I thought never worked too well for me. But when I tried making it by myself at home, IT WAS SO DISGUSTING. I literally gagged and had to throw out the whole cup. I guess my proportions were completely off.

Bulletproof Matcha, Now

Currently, I’m a JD/MBA student, and I’ve been taking my MBA courses at night. Unfortunately, I am not a night owl. I struggle to pay attention in class sometimes because it’s so late. This semester my courses are very quantitative heavy, and my Wednesday classes are from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm…

So, I decided I would try bulletproof again. But I needed to make it for matcha, not for coffee.

After extensive Googling (aka a quick search and hitting the first 5 or so links that popped up lol), I found some recipes were using coconut butter instead of grass-fed butter or ghee. So, thinking because I love coconut, I should try that, here’s what I came up with:

  • 12 oz water
  • 1 serving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (because who doesn’t love strong nails and hair)
  • 1.5 tsp of ceremonial matcha (I used Aiya Matcha)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain octane (MCT oil)

I chose to use water, not unsweetened nut milk, because I normally drink my matcha just mixed with water. I don’t like matcha lattes or my matcha sweetened at all.

Guys… this was so… D I S G U S T I N G !!! 

I had even video-ed the whole process, so I could upload it onto Instagram stories. But after tasting it, I couldn’t fake that I liked it, so I didn’t want to lie and say I did. It tasted so creamy, but coconut-y and left a horrible feeling and taste in my mouth. So i just threw it out…

However, DISCLAIMER: I HATE LATTES. So, if you do like lattes, I would recommend the following recipe, and to use ghee or grass-fed butter instead of coconut butter, unless you’re strictly dairy-free.

Bulletproof Matcha recipe from Rachael’s Good Eats

Rachel’s Good Eats

  • 2 cups water or unsweetened nut milk
  • 1 serving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp high-quality matcha green tea powder (I like Chalait)
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain octane (MCT oil)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cacao butter

Any way, after tossing my original drink, I finally figured out what I like… So if you hate lattes / creaminess and hate your matcha sweetened…  This might work for you:

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz water
  • 1 serving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (because who doesn’t love strong nails and hair)
  • 1.5 tsp of ceremonial matcha (I used Aiya Matcha)
  • 1/2 tbsp Bulletproof Brain octane (MCT oil)

Instructions:

  1. Take a blender and put in matcha, Brain octane, collagen, and close to boiling water.
  2. Blend. Ta-da! That’s it.
  3. If I want it cold and iced, I just shake it all up in a cocktail shaker or blender bottle with ice (and cold water, not hot water).

Yes, I know this isn’t completely “bulletproof,” but this is what I like.

Testing out Bulletproof matcha recipes.

Do I feel the difference with the Brain Octane yet? No, I’ve taken it like 2x. But I plan on drinking this daily, and I will report back to you.

Are you a coffee or matcha drinker? Have you tried Bulletproof drinks or the diet? Let me know in the comments!

-Grace

Recipe: Paleo Korean Turkey Bowl

20th June 2017

Our friend Food Wonted sent us an amazing Paleo Korean Beef Bowl recipe from Fake Ginger last week. We modified it to make it Clean Program-complaint and paleo by substituting the beef for ground turkey and adding some extra veggies.

Paleo Korean Turkey Bowl
Recipe modified from Fake Ginger
Clean Program-compliant

Ingredients
1/3 cup coconut aminos
2 1/2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 bunch scallions, chopped, white and green parts separated
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 1/2 pounds organic ground turkey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
3 cups cauliflower rice
1 pound broccoli florets, steamed
Any other vegetables of your choice

Instructions
1. In a small bowl,  stir together the coconut aminos, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, white scallion parts, pepper, and chili paste.
2. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the cooking oil. Brown the meat for 5 to 8 minute, break it up with a spatula as it cooks. Continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Add the sauce to the skillet, bringing it to a quick boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 4 minutes.
3. Serve warm, sprinkle with the green scallion tops and sesame seeds over the cauliflower rice with steamed broccoli on the side.
4. Add any other vegetables! We added snow peas and baby zucchini.

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Recipe: SaladPower Popsicles

29th May 2017

How is it almost June already?! Although we’re sad that 2017 halfway over, we’re excited for the warm weather, pool parties, and BBQs. We don’t have anything exciting planned for Memorial Day weekend, but we plan on lounging by the pool and cooling off with these homemade SaladPower popsicles and several glasses of rosé.

SaladPower is juice that’s low in sugar and full of vitamins. It’s loaded with superfood vegetables  and 100% juice, natural, and non-gmo. We’re both crazy about green juice so we were excited to discover a healthier juice.

If you saw our Instagram, you know the first batch didn’t turn out well. Turns out you have to freeze popsicles for a very long time. Be patient!

SaladPower Popsicle
Ingredients:
4 cups fruit of your choice (we used strawberries, cherries, and cantaloupes)
1/2 cup SaladPower juice of your choice (we used Just Veggies)
1/4 cup almond milk

Instructions:
1. Blend fruits, SaladPower juice, and almond milk until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds.
3. Freeze overnight.
4. Enjoy!