You Won’t Even Miss the Booze

Well, that’s a lie. But we had to rope you in with something. In all honesty, when you’re on Whole 30, Paleo, or whatever kind of healthy living journey you may be on, finding something refreshing and tasty that will make you forget that glass of wine or summer evening cocktail isn’t easy. But that’s where LaCroix is going to rock your world.

LaCroix sparkling water comes in approximately one thousand flavors. It’s bubbly, refreshing, affordable, and had been known to kick the worst cravings for a pina colada. Wait, does anyone else get those? The best news is that it’s totally Whole 30 compliant! Oh, and it’s made in the USA, so it’s kind of the patriotic thing to do.

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The packaging is super colorful and kind of screams 90s to me, which makes it even more fun. My favorite flavors thus far are coconut and grapefruit. The coconut tastes rich and creamy even though it’s just water. And I’m crazy about anything grapefruity. So, if you’re looking for something different to drink that isn’t the hard stuff or fulls of lots of sugar, pick up a case of LaCroix. It’s sold at most chain grocery stores. You can make a mean mocktail or just drink it on it’s own. But, LaCroix also makes a great tastes great in a real cocktail, too…for those of you interested in that kind of thing. Just sayin’. Enjoy!

*LaCroix didn’t ask us to write this post. We did it out of the kindness of our own hearts.

Nothing Beats a Cold Brew (coffee)

For a fair share of us, coffee is the life blood. It’s a vital part of a workday if you want to communicate like a sane person and no weekend brunch is complete without at least four beverages, coffee included. When it gets a little warmer out, there’s nothing like a refreshing iced coffee. I’m not talking about any run of the mill iced coffee. I mean the cold brew varietal.

It’s so easy to make at home. And budget-friendly since you’re not forking over $4,000 each day for one cup of coffee. Here’s a quick recipe from our friends at Whole Foods Market (well, we would like to be their friends…):

Ingredients: 3/4 cup medium-roast coffee beans, coarsely ground (or finely ground, we aren’t picky); Coffee filter and/or large (34-ounce) French press

How It’s Done: Scoop the coffee into a large bowl or a French Press. Pour in three cups of room temp water. Let is perolate for 10 minutes. Stir. Then cover that bad boy for about 12 hours or overnight. Line a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter. Slowly pour coffee through strainer/filter combo into a pitcher. If you’re using a French Press, you know what to do. You can serve it immediately or keep it in the fridge for up to three days. For each cup, pour one part coffee and one part water or milk over ice. Just remember that sugar won’t really disolve into this. So, either use simple syrup or just try it black – you’d be surprised at how good coffee can taste sans milk or sugar!

Now, if you don’t have time to make it at home. (No judgement here!) Starbucks has a pretty tasty cold brew coffee right now. It’s mellow and not bitter or reminiscent of battery acid like the other iced coffee they serve. Sometimes you can’t beat convenience. Plus, it’s Corgi approved.

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Thanks, Mister Walter Bates!

The Tale of the Easiest Whole30 Meal Ever

If you’ve ever done Whole30 or tried your hand at clean eating for an extended amount of time, you know that it involves tons of cooking. The dishes start to pile up and sometimes it’s hard to find the sink, a clean pan, or the motivation to fire up the stove. If you didn’t know that, you just learned something free of charge. You’re welcome.

When you feel like cooking is torture and you can only find one clean pan, no fear. That’s where the easiest Whole30 meal ever comes into play, and it’s so delicious.

Aidell's

Here’s the lineup:

1 package Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage

1 medium/large sweet potato

1 medium yellow onion

1 apple (pick your favorite, but Granny Smiths add some nice tartness!)

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

Salt/Pepper

Chop everything up. Throw the coconut oil into a large skillet on medium/high heat. Toss in the ingredients. Cook everything for about 10 minutes or until done. It can vary, but when everything is soft, it’s done. Season with salt and pepper.

It’s so easy! The hard part is trying not to eat the entire dish in one sitting. If you need some more veggies in the mix, roast some broccoli florets. A little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on a baking sheet at 450 degrees for about 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you like it.

Enjoy!

-bb 

P.S. Aidell’s doesn’t pay me to hawk their products, I just like them more than anything else out there. But if they wanted to do so, I wouldn’t say no…