Bulletproof Coffee Experiment

New Experiment With Bulletproof Coffee

I just read the Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey  and learned a ton about nutrition and some of the food myths that we have been told for years. Basically this diet is about eating lots of good fat which used to be thought of as bad fats, add in some protein and a few carbs. You get to eat butter, red meat, lots of veggies and of course coffee. This is a variation of the Paleo Diet.

The drink that Dave Asprey developed is called Bulletproof Coffee and is a combination of coffee, butter from grass-fed cows and either coconut oil or a coconut extract called MCT which stands for medium-chain triglycerides.

This bulletproof coffee isn’t any ordinary coffee. Much of the big commercial coffee has mold and toxins in it and this can cause a drop in energy and mental clarity after the initial caffeine boost. Bulletproof coffee is a high quality lab-tested product that has no mold and therefore is not inflammatory and doesn’t give you that crash feeling after a couple of hours.

I have never been a fan of cream in my coffee but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this combination of coffee, grass-fed butter and coconut oil tasted really good. I end up adding some cocoa powder to my drink because I like the chocolate flavor.

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Eat Your Fat

I have been told for years by all the nutrition experts that I should limit my intake of fats, especially saturated fats like the ones found in butter if I want to be healthy. Saturated fats are supposed to be a key factor in causing heart disease so you can imagine my surprise when I read this book and was told that the main ingredient in the Bulletproof diet is saturated fat.

It turns out that saturated fat is a necessary element in producing hormones, stimulating the production of bile and building your cell walls. Seems like a pretty important part of a diet to me.

The Joys of Butter

I have always liked the taste of butter but I now know that all butter is not the same. Just like any animal product, the quality of butter depends on the health and wellness of the cow that it comes from. It seems obvious that if you eat butter from a sick cow the butter will have elements of the illness in it. This is why you should only eat butter and any animal product from healthy animals.

Cows only eat grass. If they eat anything else like grains or gummy bears they get sick. Grains and gummy bears are cheaper feed for the cattle and get them nice and fat so that has become the industry standard for cattle feed. Cattle ranchers will give the sick cattle antibiotics to keep them alive and of course the antibiotics are passed into the milk and respectively into the yummy dairy products like cream, butter and yogurt. This is why it is important to only consume grass-fed cow products.

Toxins in Our Food

One of the main concepts of this bulletproof coffee diet is that many of the foods that are commercially available today have molds and toxins in them. These toxins cause inflammation in our bodies which make our immune systems overworked and keep us tired and ineffective. The toxins also get into our brains and slow down the brain functions so you get a foggy feeling.

When you clear your diet of moldy and toxin filled foods you get a huge boost of energy and mental clarity as well as a boost in fat burning. This is the main reason that I am experimenting with the Bulletproof Diet. I would love to feel clear and have more energy every day.

There is much more to this diet than I can cover in a single article and the book has a lot of great information on the science of food and the way your body reacts to what is put in it.

I would love to hear what you think about the Bulletproof Diet and will keep you up to date on my progress.

VonShef Ice Cream Maker Review

Our New Ice Cream Maker

We recently purchased a VonShef ice cream maker model #13/049. I have wanted an ice cream maker for quite a while and had been doing research on them.

I was given an Amazon gift card in the amount of $25.00 for some project I had completed at my job so I was trying to stay within that low price range. I know you get what you pay for and was worried about the quality of buying an ice cream maker for less than $50 but I have been extremely happy with this little machine!

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It is a cinch to put together, take apart and clean with only 4 parts to deal with! This little machine is also just that… little. I was reluctant to purchase any of the bigger machines because I don’t have room for another big appliance. I do keep the machine out on my counter now and it takes up less space than a blender.

It comes with an easy to understand owners manual that gives great hints and some very good basic recipes to get you started. You can make ice cream with any type of milk or cream, frozen yogurt, gelato or sorbet.

Here are some pictures of a mixed berry coconut milk ice cream I made that was divine.

We use our machine at least 2 times a week now and I am pretty sure that the newness won’t wear off soon!

Pros

  • Removable double isolation bowl
  • 1.25 Quart capacity
  • Extra Large Ingredient Funnel
  • Detachable accessories for easy cleaning
  • Anti skid rubber on bottom of the unit
  • Motor with left and right motion
  • Reversible thermostat built in the unit

Cons

  • Small
  • Not great for parties

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Warning: One thing that I overlooked was the warning about not using a metal utensil to get the ice cream out. You will scrape it up if you use a metal spoon or scoop!


 

I love controlling what I put in my body. The ability to make treats that are healthy and gourmet sold me on this little VonShef ice cream maker!  If you are looking for a good quality inexpensive ice cream maker that is small this one is great!

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Spiral Slicer Review

Our Spiral Slicer Review

I have been getting more and more into raw foods so I am buying new tools that help in that endeavor. One of these tools is a spiral slicer. The first one I got was not very good, it fell apart the first time I used it so it went back to the store the next day. I traded it in and paid the extra $20 for the better one. So here is my Spiral Slicer Review.

The one I got is the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer. Now this one works great! We made some spiral raw zucchini noodles with a great sauce made with cashews, tarragon, olive oil and green onions. This was a free recipe that we got from the Raw Chef. You can get it here.

The recipe calls for a mandoline slicer to make the noodles with but we wanted to do some spiral noodles so we got the spiral slicer.

Let me tell you about it.

Paderno Spiral Slicer Review Features

  • Easy to use
  • Comes  with 3 stainless steel blades:
    • Shredder: creates long, spaghetti-like spiral strands
    • Chipper: creates long, thick spiral strands
    • Straight: creates long, ribbon-like strands
  • Can be used with a variety of fruits and vegetables including apples, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, zucchini and more
  • Impact-resistant, BPA-free ABS plastic frame and blade plate construction
  • The integrated storage compartment holds extra blades
  • Powerful suction feet for stability with easy release tabs
  • Hand operated–no batteries or AC outlet necessary
  • Backed by a 1-year warranty
  • Available on Amazon through this link

 

Pros:

  1. This slicer is very easy to use. The Paderno is easy to assemble, just slide in the blade that you want to use. To start you need to attach the slicer to a surface. There are suction cups on each corner and they work OK but not great. Next you put the food that you want sliced in between the crank and the blade and with a little pressure applied to the side handle, turn the crank and you get spirals!
  2. I like that I don’t need to find an outlet for this slicer, it is all manual and the design makes in simple to use.
  3. Extra blades are included so you can make three different types of slices. These all make long strands so if you want shorter pieces you can make a cut in the produce that you are slicing and it will shorten the length.
  4. Easy storage for the extra blades. They fit right into the base of the slicer.
  5. The warranty is a good sign when buying an appliance like this. If it is less than a year then it probably won’t last too long. The Paderno has a 1 year warranty and feels sturdy.

Cons:

  1. The suction cups are designed well but I couldn’t get them to work easily. I’m sure there is a good technique to make them work but they didn’t work well for me.
  2. I’m not a huge fan a plastic appliances but this one is made from good quality BPA plastic so it is safe for your food.

See what others are saying about the Paderno Slicer.

Joyce B. says:

This is a must-have kitchen item for anyone who loves pasta and wishes to keep off extra weight while still enjoying all they want of it. As so many others have stated, this unit is more than sturdy enough to handle the job it was designed to do, my favorite being to make spaghetti out of zucchini.

My sister would not even try my zucchini pasta with marinara sauce the night I made it. It took me 10 minutes to convince her that it was all RAW zucchini, just warmed up by tossing it with hot spaghetti sauce! She was ready to concede that the strands with green skin on them were zucchini, but it was almost impossible to get her to believe that the pale strands from the center were not made from semolina wheat.

This unit rinses off very easily after using. It takes me less than 5 minutes to wash a couple large zucchinis, cut them into 2″ pieces, and run them through the spiral slicer.

Don’t hesitate to buy and try it. It’s actually FUN to use. It’s like I’m a kid playing with my Play-Doh machine again, only what comes out is very healthy to eat!

Review paraphrased for length see the full review here.

Robbie says:

I wanted a spiral slicer for raw foods, but I didn’t want to spend the money for the expensive Japanese ones, since I am just starting with raw foods. I thought it would be like the crappy one Walmart sells, but was I surprised. It is solidly built for being plastic, the 3 different blades are easy to switch out, and it works great on all the raw food I put through it. It does leave a small core from where the food spins on the blades, but I just take the core and put it in with the sliced veggies. I love how zucchini strands come out for raw pasta and how I can get creative and have fun with the three different blades. I paid about $40 for this and worth every penny, oh yea, also very easy to clean.

Review paraphrased for length see the full review here.

Clarita says:

I use this to make zucchini pasta and it works very well. This slicer is easy and quick to use and clean. I tried others and didn’t like them.

The Paderno comes with three different blade assemblies that slide into the vertical slot. They are stored in the slots under the machine. The blade assemblies make it simple to switch blades, you never touch a blade, just slip the assembly into place. With other slicers, you need to unscrew and screw in the bare blade you want to use, which is more complicated and risky. The Benriner and Saladaccos are also harder to clean.

My single complaint is that after 2 years the rubber suction feet hardened and are useless, so there’s no more suction to keep it in place. I solve this by propping one end under the counter for leverage, but it’s a little awkward. I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because the feet wore out.

Review paraphrased for length see the full review here.

 Conclusion:

Overall I like the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer. It is built well and easy to use. I agree that the suction cup feet are not the best design but other people have no issues with them. This spiral slicer is a great tool to add to your raw food kitchen. I hope this Spiral Slicer Review helps you decide.

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Happy Healthy Eating!!

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