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Three Must-Try Healthy Ingredients

We are thrilled to introduce local blogger Marisa Griggs of Bringoutyourbliss.com. Marisa will be regularly contributing her expertise in health & fitness to the GR Healthy Living blog. She’s passionate about inspiring others to live their best life by sharing nutritious, plant based recipes & maintaining an active lifestyle. Continue reading for an introduction to a few of her favorite nutritional products. Also, be sure to check out her blog or follow her on IG: bring_out_your_bliss. 

I absolutely love being in the kitchen creating delicious and healthy recipes. It is my greatest stress reliever and also serves as my creative outlet. I also love incorporating new ingredients into my meals. It’s so fun to explore different herbs, spices, flours, sweeteners, oils and so on to switch things up and try something new! Currently, I have been cooking and baking like crazy with maca powder, brain octane oil, and nutritional yeast. All three are so different, but even still, I find myself using them together. Below I explain what they are, why I love them, what they taste like, and how I use them!

MACA POWDER

What is It? It is a root vegetable found in the Peruvian Andes. While a root, maca is most often consumed in powdered form. 

Why Do I Love It? Maca is a treasure trove of health benefits! It is considered an adaptogen, meaning it is a natural substance which helps the body “adapt” to stress. Maca has been proven to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also increases mental clarity, stamina, and energy (without caffeine!). Moreover, maca is considered a very female-centric herb because of its ability to aid in hormonal balance (e.g., gets you in a good mood!), metabolic regulation and improve sexual health. Finally, Maca is rich in Vitamins B1, B2, C and E, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and amino acids.

What does It Taste Like? Maca has a malty, almost chocolate taste with nutty undertones. It is great in smoothies, sweets, desserts, coffee and goes great with chocolate.

How Do I Use It? I put a little bit of Maca (1 tsp. to ½ Tbsp.) in my morning coffee every day. I also love to bake with it. Try my “Magical Maca” cookies and you’ll know why!

BRAIN OCTANE OIL

What is It? Brain Octane Oil is a supplement created by Bulletproof, a lifestyle company founded by Dave Asprey. Brain Octane is naturally found in coconut oil in small quantities, however, Bulletproof carefully extracts the oil from 100% pure coconut oil and concentrates it in order for consumers to receive the purest energy source possible.

Why Do I Love It? brain Octane Oil is 18X stronger than coconut oil! Plus, without getting too scientific, it is made with only C8 MCTs, which means your body won’t store it as fat and it will deliver energy to your brain faster than coconut oil or MCT oil. Remember, our brains need fat to fuel their cells, so it’s crucial to eat ample amounts of healthy fats, especially in the morning

What does It Taste Like? Undetectable!

How Do I Use It? The options are endless and I add it to almost everything. Smoothies, salads, roasted and steamed vegetables, over meat, in desserts and in any food and drink for an amazing boost. When it comes to drinks, I use it daily in my morning mug of Bulletproof coffee. I can’t go a morning without it because I feel a difference cognitively! It is a staple in my morning routine, and it will be in yours too once you try it and feel the difference. My blog post shares the many ways I like to make Bulletproof coffee, including with maca powder.

NUTRITIONAL YEAST

Image result for nutritional yeastWhat is It? Nutritional yeast, also known as savory yeast, is an inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. It is yellow in color and is bought in flakes, granules, or a powder-like form.

Why Do I Love It? Let me count the ways! One, it tastes amazing (see below). And two, it’s packed with vitamins and nutrition due to its abundance of B-vitamins, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, selenium, zin. Also, it is a source of a complete protein.

What does It Taste Like? It has a nutty, cheesy flavor and is often used to emulate cheese in sauces, dressings, dips and even bread, crusts, and biscuits.

How Do I Use It? In everything! Sprinkled over veggies, eggs, salads, poultry dishes and more. I absolutely love it in my cheesy almond flour pizza crust and it is fantastic in my tried and true fan favorite, spicy jalapeno cashew cheese dip.

Jalapeno Cashew Cheese Dip

Cheesy Almond Flour Pizza Crust

Bullet Proof Coffee

All three of these ingredients are staples in my pantry and I use them pretty much daily. They make me feel amazing and enhance the taste of my food, which is key to sticking to a long-term healthy lifestyle. I encourage you to try at least one of these ingredients in your kitchen repertoire in the next week; I guarantee you will love them!

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