post run maple greens + fire egg

The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. 

1 Corinthians 6 (Message Paraphrase)


Y'all. Post pregnancy round two is HARD. I am pretty convinced mothers of 3 or more children have some black market superhero dust I have yet to get my hands on. 

I have had working out on my mind for months (hey-oh bedrest!), and was finally given the green light to lace up the sneaks. An embarrassing (but accomplished) trial 1.76 mile run later and I had that good pink cheeked glow.

What a gift that we are able to move and push and stretch our bodies in a way that pulls us closer to the Lord and strengthens our ability to live in health and vitality so that the Gospel can sing it's salvific song in power. 

Work, nourish, work, nourish. The two go hand in hand. Here's to all the mommas out there working their bodies in a way that brings God honor, and continuing on to find nourishment in the physical ingredients He gave us to fill our tables with.


Post-Run Maple Greens + Fire Egg

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All the yummy, all the fuel you need when you've worked hard. Made in 5 minutes. Winning.

Ingredients:

Greens

  1. 3/4 Tbsp grass-fed, salted butter
  2. 1 small garlic clove
  3. about 12 medium sized leafy greens (I used kale, and two types of chard)
  4. 1.5 tsp maple syrup
  5. pinch of salt
  6. pinch of pepper
  7. 1 tbsp raw, shelled, hemp seeds

Egg

  1. remaining 1/4 tbsp grass-fed, salted butter
  2. 1 organic egg
  3. pinch of salt
  4. pinch of pepper
  5. dash of turmeric

Assembly:

Greens

  1. melt 3/4 butter on medium-low heat in medium/large skillet
  2. chop (or press) garlic into tiny bits
  3. add to melted butter
  4. once fragrant and lightly browned, add in chopped greens (I remove the stalks)
  5. toss greens until JUST coated with butter (about 15 seconds) and remove from heat
  6. add maple syrup and hemp seeds, then toss
  7. salt and pepper to taste

Egg

  1. melt 1/4 tbsp butter on medium low heat in small skillet
  2. add egg, top with salt, pepper, and turmeric in desired amounts (sidetone: the turmeric will turn a brilliant fire red, hence the name)
  3. cover egg with lid until yolk is cooked to desired texture (butttttt, the runnier the better, am I right?)
  4. top greens with egg and voila!

A few of the benefits:

turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, helps liver function, is a digestive aid

raw seeded hemp seeds are Excellent 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health. High in GLA, an essential omega-6 fatty acid that's been proven to naturally balance hormones. High in protein

maple syrup has various antioxidant properties that are essential for healthy living. Contain zinc whose consumption may protect and prevent against various cardiovascular disorders. It is also a good source of not just zinc, but also manganese, which both play a key role in strengthening the immune system.

swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, vitamin E and iron. It is a very good source of dietary fibercholine, vitamin B2, calcium, vitamin B6, phosphorus and protein. All of which are key in workout recovery.

 

 

 

 

detox shmeetox

When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.

Matthew 6:16-18 Message Paraphrase


I'm a sucker for a good detox trend. Green juices, apple cider and cayenne infused waters, processed sugar elimination, you name it, I'll try it...or at least read 200 articles about it because nerd alert.

I lost myself in a Pinterest spiral a few nights back, reading up on fat blasting, milk saving detoxes and cleanses that are safe for nursing moms and their milk supplies. Right there in the middle of the "how to's for lactation cookie bakes" and "protein/juice day fasts," I felt the Holy Spirit speak in that good, soul convicting, loving rebuke.

In a culture so Goop-ed up (guilty! - sidetone: nothing wrong with Goop.com, just using it for reference here), ready to hit hard the next fad diet, the next fitness phenom, and the like, we have lost sight of the holy basics. We have taken the simplicity of God given organic, body saving lifestyles, and turned them into a production line of quick turn over and fleeting popularity.

What I mean is, it is easy to take a dip in the "what's trending today, drop it tomorrow" waters of eating and exercise, and neglect the holy call to eat and fast and work our bodies in the method and regularity that we are called to.

Scripture lays out a resource of inward cleansing spelled out in fasting, it lays out a God of provision whose initial creation WAS organic, free-range, etc., etc, it lays out a calling to work (I'll jump on that tangent train another time) in physical movement and hours of daylight. And it lays it all out in a lifestyle reference. Not a casual, once a year when my church fasts, or I decide I want to lose weight, empty mindset.

So I'll say it again, detox shmeetox. Let's be women who fill, withhold, and move our bodies in a way that aligns with scripture. Let's beat culture's frame, and establish again what health looks like from Heaven's perspective. Let's be champions of strength in sisterhood, and ditch the need to "be as thin, or as dewy skinned as her." Let's return to the beauty and soul care rooted in the hardworking of fasting, and let's do so in all measures into our life's flow, if only because we know it will bring us closer to God's heart. I'm not calling guilt into the occasional brownie (because chocolate am I right?), or shame into a healthy desire to be toned and thin. I am instead calling us as women to rise up from a state of holy health. One whose guidelines are written from the breath of God, and one whose mindset is well versed in scripture's defining. It is in these parameters we will find TRUE health tapped from a love and lifestyle steady for all eternity.


Pinks + Greens Toast

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ingredients:

  1. 1 bunch of chard
  2. 2 honeycrisp apples
  3. 10 red radishes
  4. 1 pomegranate
  5. 2 TBSP olive oil based mayo
  6. 3 TBSP feta cheese
  7. turmeric
  8. 1 TBSP olive oil
  9. 2 pinches of sea salt
  10. really yummy bread (we opt for rosemary sourdough - Whole Foods bakery)

Assembly:

  1. heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium low heat and drop in chard/pinch of sea salt until just wilting, and remove from heat (about 30-40 seconds)
  2. thinly slice (use mandolin if you have) radishes and drop in warmed chard, add second pinch of salt
  3. thinly slice two apples, drop in skillet with chard and radishes
  4. in a small sauce pan warm mayonnaise and feta cheese on medium low heat until cheese is melty and remove
  5. seed pomegranate if whole (easiest done in a bowl of water)
  6. toast bread (should be able to get 6 hearty pieces)
  7. spread mayo/cheese combo on toast once ready, top with greens/apple/radish mixture, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, and top off with a dusting of turmeric powder
  8. best paired with a gooey, buttery, over easy egg. 
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Just a few of the benefits:

Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse -- an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.

pomegranate seeds are low in calories, high in fiber, high in vitamins and high in phytochemicals that may promote heart health and help to prevent cancer.

Sourdough bread contains the bacteria Lactobacillus in a higher proportion to yeast than do other breads. More Lactobacillus means higher production of lactic acid, which means less of the potentially dangerous phytic acid. And what does that mean? More mineral availability (particularly k, p, Mg, Zn) and easier digestion!

  • Turmeric aids in fighting inflammation, is a rich antioxidant, protects the heart, is helpful for arthritis, is brain boosting, and may be helpful for fighting diabetes and cancer.

 

an ode to fall salad + gratitude for the table

Settling a bit deeper into the simple ordinary of sharing a seat at the dinner table with my family. In light of all the is happening in our world, the broadcasted violence and natural disasters that seem to be fresh every week, there is something about the act of gathering that feels more sacred than ever before.  I have always felt a holy draw to the gathering of my people, the long, lingering as meals are shared and the wine is passed around, literal sustenance taken in between the sentences of intimate conversations and lightheartedness. 

Moments of profound measure: the last supper, wedding feasts, birthday's gathered around tables, candles, and cake, generations spooning plates full of sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie during the holidays. The people that matter and a certain liveliness that can only be but a small mimic of things to come.

Thank you God for the gift of the table.


And because a table is best when covered in something that pulls locally and sources seasonally:

Ode to Fall Salad

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Ingredients:

  1. pumpkin seeds
  2. feta cheese
  3. bee pollen (locally sourced)
  4. greens of choice (I tend to pick more mild greens when feta or other strong cheeses are involved, think baby spinach or romaine lettuce)
  5. pears
  6. fig balsamic (or any basic/flavored balsamic you like)
  7. chicken (cooked and seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, basil)

Assembly:

  1. this part is good because you can choose your portions based on taste
  2. we eyeball pretty much everything we cook, but loosely we used:
    • 1/4 cup austrian pumpkin seeds
    • 1/4 cup fresh, crumbled feta
    • 2 tbsp bee pollen
    • 2 cups spring mix greens
    • 3 ripe bartlett pears
    • drizzle of fig balsamic (we tend to use less dressing with the aim of amping up our salad toppings)
    • 5 chicken tenders cooked and chopped

*One great tip I read a few years ago when making salads as a complete meal, was to think of the toppings as the base and the greens as the topping. This way you have a much higher protein, vitamin, mineral consumption than if the salad were primarily leaves.

Also...just a few of the perks for my fellow nutrition nerds:

Pears: contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2B3, and B6. For expecting or nursing moms, they also contain folate. Pears aren't too shabby in the mineral department either, containing calciummagnesiumpotassium, copper, and manganese.

Austrian pumpkin seeds: (1/4 cup) contain 9 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, which means they'll do a great job filling you up and satisfying your appetite. They're a rich source of B-vitamins and also contain many different vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and K, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, and copper.  

Bee pollen: is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteinslipids and fatty acidsenzymescarotenoids and bioflavonoids. It has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that strengthen the capillaries, reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system and lower cholesterol levels naturally.

 

 

 

spirulina + pb + cherry yogurt bowl

We spent the morning grabbing french pastries and coffee with friends and then into the mountains with just the four of us to skip rocks and listen to river water instead of sound systems. We found the teeniest little white weed flowers and I'm pressing one now because for some reason when I saw them I just thought of how sweet it will be when I finally get to hold our Margaret Shepherd in our arms, and I don't ever want to forget that wonder. We came home, Evan filled up on leftover beef stew and I licked a PB cherry yogurt bowl clean. One of those good, simple, breathing in mountain air thankful type days. And anything to interrupt the bedrest is so welcomed. Also, I smelled fall today, I promise it.


PB Cherry Yogurt Bowl

When you're all about that good morning wake up, and fueling up with energy sources the good Lord gave us.

This little guy has become my new go-to morning concoction. It gives me energy and a full stomach without feeling heavy or weighed down (all my preggy friends said amen).

a few of the health benefits from this combo include:

  • digestion aid
  • oral health aid
  • high is protein
  • high in antioxidants (help fight disease, help protect cells against free radical damage)
  • detoxifying agent
  • energy boosting

sold yet?

ingredients

  1. spirulina powder
  2. your favorite nut butter (we do peanut butter)
  3. cherries (your favorite kind)
  4. fine sea salt
  5. 1 container forager, vanilla bean cashew yogurt

assembly

  • 1-2 TBSP melted nut butter in the bottom of your bowl
  • dump yogurt on top
  • swirl in 1/8 tsp spirulina powder until spotty throughout
  • top with roasted cherries
    • roasted cherries: (preheat oven to 450, once heated, sprinkle desired amount of cherries with sea salt and bake for 10 minutes, or until they burst)

Easy peasy and so tasty.

olive oil bedtime cookies

Ever since I gave birth to our first baby, I have had a love affair with Karlie's Kookies. My love affair turned sour after I realized keeping our pantry stocked was no friend to my wallet. I have been looking at copy cat recipes for a few months (why are so many copy cat recipes SO bad!?), and have finally come up with one that works much better for me. Mix and bake any day over checking for the mailman every ten minutes, ya feel me?

These cookies aren't exactly Karlie's Kookies, but they hit the craving AND bonus, have no raw eggs making all the pregnant cookie dough munching a no brainer for me and our two year old.

From my kitchen to yours, these bad boys are best late at night, baby (or task list) down, feet up, with a nice tall glass of your favorite drink. Not to mention, they are packed with healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants. Winning.

olive oil bedtime cookies

ingredients:

  • 2 c almond flour (I use Bob's Redmill fine almond flour)
  • 1 c GF quick oats
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 c lightly toasted almond slivers
  • 3/4 c dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c raw agave
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 325F
  2. combine all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl and stir until evenly mixed
  3. add in wet ingredients
  4. scoop mix 2 (heaping) Tbsp at a time
  5. Shape by flattening in palms, and drop onto a non-stick (or parchment papered) baking sheet, smooth sides once placed on baking sheet
  6. Bake for 12 minutes, or until outside edges and bottoms have browned
  7. let cool for at least 20 minutes (for real...they will retain their shape if you let them cool completely), or crumble into bits and sprinkle over yogurt or ice cream
  8. dream all the good cookie dreams
SHAPED

SHAPED

BAKED

BAKED

This recipe should make 9 medium-large cookies, but yeah right because I always eat at least one cookie worth in mix so there's that. Happy eating!

summer fruit cobbler

There is a unique window where berry, peach, and cherry season all come to an end or begin alongside one another in Colorado. There is something about eating seasonally that seems to connect you back into the original plan of health and vitality from plants and animals sans man-made additives and the likes.

And this cobbler y'all. Tart, sweet, zingy, oat-y, buttery, maple-y. Just yes.

It is my hope that you will bake this little recipe and feed the mouths of those in your home and community. With some startling reports from Mosul this week with the 'lack of' the basic provision of feed, coinciding with America's celebration of July 4th, I hope that each bite brings you and your people a bit closer, a bit more thankful, and a bit more reverent in fight and prayer for those whose lives look so different even in this very moment.

summer fruit cobbler

Ingredients

  • 2 c chopped cherries
  • 2 c strawberries
  • 1/4 c jam (unsweetened/flavor of choice) *I use fresh peach jam
  • 1/3 raw agave
  • 1 TBSP flaxseeds
  • 6 TBSP salted (grass fed preferred) butter
  • 1/2 c finely, rough chopped almonds

Directions

  1. preheat oven to 375 F
  2. pull out butter to soften
  3. chop fresh cherries and strawberries
  4. mix cherries, strawberries, and jam in a 7 x 11 baking dish
  5. combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, making sure the butter is just about fully mixed in (a few clumps here and there won't hurt)
  6. crumble topping over fruit with your hands
  7. bake for 20 minutes, until topping is golden brown
  8. remove and let rest until cooled. (so hard, but so worth it as the fruit and jam will settle nicely with a bit of cooling time)

tart chia fruit spread

Baby hands can steal as much of this yummy as they'd like. Okay, okay, maybe just enough for me to still have at least half...or 2/3...all the yums!

All the yummy benefits of chia seeds, kumquats, and raspberries mixed together with a smooth peach finish. Great to top off oatmeal, pancakes, toast, or just to dunk a big spoon right in (currently guilty).

I love these fruit spreads because you really can add in any berry, or seedy fruit that is juuuust about to go bad and voila, you've got an extended shelf life. And an excuse to make pancakes. Just saying.

Ingredients:

  1. jarred peach jam (any brand that adds no additional sugar to the fruit's natural composition)
  2. 5 small, ripe kumquats, quartered
  3. 10-15 very ripe raspberries
  4. 1/4 c chia seeds
  5. water

Instructions:

  1. Set your stovetop burner to medium high heat.
  2. Add raspberries and kumquats to a small saucepan and fill with water 1/4 full. Fruit should be WELL covered.
  3. Once the water starts to boil, kick heat down to a simmer and plop in 4 *generous* spoonfuls (think 1.5 Tablespoons each) of peach jam.
  4. Simmer for at least an hour, stirring every 5 minutes simultaneously smashing down the raspberries, and adding in 1/2 cups of water as necessary. *You will know it is necessary when the mixture starts to stick to sides of the pan.
  5. once the mixture has simmered and the consistency is similar to a loose jam, dump in 1/4 c chia seeds and let cool completely. Refrigerate overnight for a thicker consistency.

Honestly, this recipe is pretty fail proof. The only way to mess it up is to keep too much water in when cooling down. Keep in mind the fruit and chia seeds will thicken up a bit as cooled and as the jam's structure comes back together, but not by too much.

morning songs

The morning song. It's a beautiful thing. I have heard it said by morning people and non-morning people alike, there is something magical in the lines of her golden shadows—a holy splendor of sorts. Boiling water, coffee beans zooming and grinding to dust against themselves. The soundtrack is epic. Maybe it's the blurred vision and foggy mind that makes it all so wonderful, but the reason behind the magic is irrelevant, as is with any great magic trick. 

My home holds it's established routine. 7:30 wake up, open Bible, yoga stretches once my feet hit the floor, and the grand finale and final bow, the kitchen. We have found a correlation between the ticking dawn and our family's health + wellness. It is lot easier to finish well when we have started well. Once ahead, we stay there.

I get questions often on the simplicity of our kitchen cabinets and the seemingly unnecessarily large amounts of leafs and colorful shapes that set up temporary camp in our refrigerator. We aim for local + organic, it's simple really, we aim for real food. We aim to take His gifted temples as a treasure, not overlooking the weight of what rests inside. The intricacies of the human body, His Spirit, holy and alive. A stop, pause, in wonder whisper "woah," when you really think about it system of blood and bone, cell and skin. We aim to set the grounds for nourishment, to allow the room for health, energy, and ability to thrive. Sometimes this means avocado on sprouted bread, sometimes this means chocolate chip pancakes and real maple syrup, because balance yo.

Regardless, these glinted hours set the tone for our day and carry us through. Nestled snug into routine and the sand man's exit, they unfold with food of Holy text and forkfuls of nourishment. And don't fret, even in there amidst babies, and a hungry husband, and a dog that needs to be let outside, these grounds can be made available for God's spirit to be the grounding force you need to take on the day. Sometimes the peace comes in the loudest spaces. Here's to making room for the Holy from our first stir.


World's Best Avo Toasts

I have met two sides of the avocado toast spectrum. The first half doesn't know how to pick a ripe avocado from the rock solids, the second half swears by avocado on toast, in face-masks, covering burgers, you get it.

Lucky for you my little tribe falls somewhere in between but has managed to create THE world's best (or so we think) avocado toast. No restaurant required. Easy assembly. Baby approved. 

  1. Find the best sourdough (think bakery, not bread aisle here) you can get your hands on.
  2. Cut 1 ripe avocado in half (should be slightly smooshy to the touch, think the same tenderness of a ripe peach).
  3. Toast bread, spread (yes spread, don't slice) half cut avocado from above over bread. 
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and a drizzle of Mike's hot honey.
  5. Crunch.

*sidenote, keep other half of avocado (pit in) wrapped in foil and in the refrigerator overnight. Repeat the next day.