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The Friday Five: Fall Favorites

How are you all doing?

This week I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things for fall as we shift into the season .. for reals.

Summer is officially over now so bring on the gourds.

No offense, I am not into the pumpkin spiced lattés, but you do you if you are.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Bone Broth

As the season shifts EVERYONE has been getting sick. Jax was sniffling after his first week back in school!

Bone broth to the rescue.

Bone broth is one of the most nourishing foods on the planet. Not only is it loaded with nutrition, the nutrients it contains are readily and easily absorbed. You see, we are only as healthy as the nutrients we absorb and assimilate … which is why consuming traditional broth daily is a great habit to include in a healthy lifestyle.

  • Properly prepared meat stocks contain the minerals of bone, marrow, cartilage and vegetables as electrolytes, which is a form that is easy for our bodies to assimilate.
  • The act of preparing stock with vinegar (the traditional way) will help to draw out the calcium, magnesium and potassium into the broth.
  • The hydrophilic nature of the gelatin in homemade meat broths attracts digestive juices to itself for rapid and effective digestion.
  • Gelatin acts first and foremost to aid in digestion, and has been used to successfully treat colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease.
  • Gelatin helps your body to utilize the complete proteins that you consume. If you are unable to afford eating a lot of pasture-raised meats regularly consuming gelatin-rich bone broths is crucial.

Check out my extensive instructions for stove top broth here and instant pot broth here!

I wasn’t as diligent about drinking broth every day as the winter went on last year, and I got sick more than I would have liked (Jax’s first year in school). I am committing right here, right now to making it happen this year.

(also see: instant pot chicken soup + stove top chicken soup)

2. Red Kuri Squash

This is my most FAVORITE fall gourd … more than pumpkin even!

Red kuri squash kind of looks like a pumpkin, but it’s not! It has SUCH an amazing flavor that the whole family will love.

Winter squash is on the Organic Consumers Association’s list of produce with the highest pesticide levels, so buy organic.

You CAN eat the skin of red kuri squash (and it is almost impossible to get off), so this is something to be mindful of.

My recipe for red kuru squash is here. You can make it sweet or savory! If you make it, comment on my Instagram post or here and let me know!

 

3. Paleo Pumpkin Muffins (Two Ways)

These grain-free, no-sugar OR sweetener-added pumpkin muffins are everything.

They are a staple in my freezer this fall, and the kids LOVE them! You can always add about a touch of maple syrup if you like (1/4 cup) … I bring out the flavor by adding grass-fed butter + cinnamon or cardamom coco-ghee to a warm muffin! Get the recipe here.

Here’s ANOTHER version made with apples and almond butter pre-Jaxon’s allergy.

4. Red Wine Season

Healthy living for me includes wine.

I put away the rosé and am now loving back on my favorite reds for the fall/winter. Here is a list of my 5 top favorites:

What are your favorite red wines for fall/winter??

 

5. Shameless Self Promotion

Have you listened yet???

Fall is about new habits, and a fresh start! For me it is beginning this venture with my two favorite blunt yogis.

If you aren’t into podcasts yet, they are so much fun and a great way to make the workout go faster or your morning commute become a little more entertaining!

If you have been listening … let me know what topics you want to hear us discuss!

If not … what are you waiting for 😉

We are having so much fun with the Podcast, and really hope you all are enjoying it! We had 100 downloads the first day our last episode went live. It is SO exciting and I am humbled my mom and our husbands aren’t the only ones listening!

Each episode begins with a “bitch of the week” because, as Kristin would say, “you gotta feel your feelings.” We finish it off with something we are grateful for because after you feel your feelings, don’t get stuck on them, move on, and focus on your gratitude.

Sometimes it is silly stuff … like shower curtains and roller blades.

Okay, most of the time it is silly.

PLEASE send in your bitches or questions for us! We would LOVE to bring it up on the show!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Mo

    Love Apothic Red Blend and almost all red blends, but Apothic is my fave. Good remainder to push the bone broth this winter 👍🏻👍🏻

    September 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm
    • Reply lauryraiken@gmail.com

      I agree, Mo! It is definitely my top favorite! I used to favor Freak Show …. but I discovered Apothic and love! Plus half the price!

      September 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm

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