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Sunday, December 22, 2013

PaleoJay's Smoothie Cafe podcast #62 - Add some Resistant Starch to your Paleo Smoothie, and It’s almost Christmas- Make Yourself a Paleo Tom and Jerry hot drink!


Welcome to PaleoJay’s Smoothie Cafe, by your own... Paleo Santa!

OK, finally my weekly podcast has surpassed my own rather lofty age- we are now on PaleoJay’s Smoothie Cafe #62- and your own PJ is only 61 & 1/2!  This podcast is keeping my young... well, I guess it helps to connect with you weekly, but it is really ny ancestral diet and exercise regimen that keeps me... well, REALLY healthy!

I am at an age when most of my peers are really slowing down.  Many have nagging disorders and diseases; heck, many of their children have disorders and diseases that are completely preventable, and even REVERSIBLE (Like type 2 Diabetes!), but either through ignorance or unwillingness to change continue on their unhealthy, downward course.  Don’t you be one of them!

Make yourself a daily Paleo smoothie, son!  Fire up your Vitamix, add in your green or white tea, coconut milk, iodine drops, Vitamin D drops, kelp powder, spirulina, ginger, turmeric, kefir, raw pastured eggs, pastured butter like Kerrygold or Organic Valley, avocado,fresh and/or frozen berries and veggies... and you are golden, my friend!

THERE IS NOTHING ANY HEALTHIER FOR YOU THAN THIS NECTAR!

NOTHING!!

I am always looking to improve on the best thing going, in this case nutritionally.  Recently, I began adding an avocado to most of my smoothies, since it is such a great source of good, satiating fat... then, I started adding a tsp. or so of Great Lakes brand gelatin, since it is such a good source of collagen- the same thing in bone broth, but sometimes you just don’t HAVE bone broth readily available, especially in Summer.

And now I beginning to add in a Tablespoon or so of Potato Starch, since it is a resistant starch, or RS.  Chris Kresser originally brought this to my attention, mentioning the work of Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal blog.

Here is an excellent Primer for Resistant Starches link:
 http://freetheanimal.com/2013/12/resistant-primer-newbies.html

Anyhow; to sum up:  Resistant Starch, the best, most convenient, and a really inexpensive source of which is Bob’s Potato Starch, readily available in many stores nationwide, and also online.  Get a bag, and start adding some to your smoothies!  Start with 1 Tablespoon; work up to four per smoothie...the thing is, although it is a starch, it does NOT raise your blood glucose level!  What it DOES do is FEED all the microorganisms in your gut- it is a wonderful prebiotic, or a “fertilizer” of sorts for your gut microbes, which we are discovering more and more a crucial for both physical and mental health!  And so, HAVE SOME RS, FOR CHRISTMAS!!

I do hope that you all have a wonderful, relaxing Christmas holiday with your “tribe” of family and friends!  I already received my cool present of a cigar box amplifier, which I will demonstrate here:


Paleo Santa, indeed!

Also, I want to give YOU a present or two- a couple of recent recipes that are perfect for the holidays:

Paleo Tom and Jerry mix for a wonderful, hot, healthy, yuletide adult beverage!  AND,

A recipe for a very paleoesque Hollandaise sauce!!

First, Tom and Jerry, a traditional Wisconsin tipple-

Use one egg per serving, so you can adjust accordingly. Separate the eggs. Beat egg whites until firm peaks begin to form. Beat the yolks until they are very thin. Fold whites into the yolks. Add one teaspoon to one tablespoon of sugar (according to taste and consistency) for each egg. Add a touch of cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves. This is now your batter.

Preheat your mugs with hot water. Put one tablespoon of the batter, 1 oz. Brandy, 1 oz. Rum into the mug. Fill to top with very hot milk or boiling water, stirring gently. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

After trying this recipe, which was great as it is, I tried more of the egg batter this morning in my coffee... I always dissolve about a T of coconut oil in my coffee, and today I topped it with the batter and some spices- very, very good!  Later today, I will try it again as a Tom and Jerry, along with the brandy, hot water, the mix; and importantly, a type of dark rum called Black Label rum from Bermuda- really a great, full-flavored rum, AND whipped cream!!  Always improving things, that’s what we do here at the North Pole Cafe...


Next, for Christmas Morning, a Hollandaise sauce recipe!  If you are not aware, hollandaise sauce is a wonderful Paleo type of sauce, consisting of egg yolks, lemon juice, sea salt, and pastured butter, all made in your Vitamix blender!  This sauce makes anything taste absolutely wonderful; I have already introduced it as the perfect way to camouflage  the taste of liver!!     Here is the recipe:

Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
Yield: Makes about 1 cup of sauce, good for about 4-6 servings.
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INGREDIENTS
3 egg yolks (see how to separate eggs)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter (if using salted butter, skip the added salt)
METHOD
1 Melt the butter slowly in a small pot. Try not to let it boil – you want the moisture in the butter to remain there and not steam away.
2 Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne (if using) into your blender. Blend the egg yolk mixture at a medium to medium high speed until it lightens in color, about 20-30 seconds. The friction generated by the blender blades will heat the yolks a bit. The blending action will also introduce a little air into them, making your hollandaise a bit lighter.
3 Once the yolks have lightened in color, turn the blender down to its lowest setting (if you only have one speed on your blender it will still work), and drizzle in the melted butter slowly, while the blender is going. Continue to buzz for another couple seconds after the butter is all incorporated.
4 Turn off the blender and taste the sauce. It should be buttery, lemony and just lightly salty. If it is not salty or lemony enough, you can add a little lemon juice or salt to taste. If you want a thinner consistency, add a little warm water. Pulse briefly to incorporate the ingredients one more time.
Store until needed in a warm spot, like on or next to the stovetop. Use within an hour or so.

I must give credit to Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes for this recipe!

Use it also on vegetables, eggs, bacon, (asparagus is especially good!)- use your imagination!  Great on BEEF as well!!

And so, there you have it, Yuletide Paleo Tribal Members!  Have a very Merry Christmas, and be sure to enjoy the many tribal connections that are part and parcel of the Holiday!

God Bless us, EVERY ONE!!

J