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Hot Buttered Rum with Cider

Hot Buttered Rum with just three ingredients! Made paleo-friendly, this is a unique spin on the classic and is a warm and inviting cocktail, perfect for holiday season! The refined sugar-free hot buttered rum code has been broken! Can you guess  the key? Spoiler alert: apple cider’s the answer!   Let’s just address the most …

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Keto Hot Chocolate (With a Paleo Option)

Keto Hot Chocolate Recipe with a paleo option. This dairy-free, vegan, sugar-free, low-carb hot cocoa is a healthier alternative to the classic recipe.

Rich and creamy, you can play with non-dairy milks and refined sugar-free sweeteners to find your own version of hot chocolate perfection!

This post includes three different recipes for hot cocoa – keto hot chocolate, bulletproof hot chocolate, and paleo hot chocolate. 

One of my fondest memories from childhood was waking up to my dad’s homemade cocoa. He had a very specific way of making hot cocoa and the ritual was so special for me that I carried it into adulthood.

After I stopped drinking cow’s milk and consuming refined sugar, I continued making dairy-free hot chocolate that was either paleo or keto.

I’ve tried just about every iteration of sweetener and non-dairy milk and after much experimentation I can safely say light canned coconut milk and pure maple syrup make my favorite homemade healthier hot chocolate recipe. 

Serve it up with homemade coconut milk whipped cream and you’re in for a decadent treat!

There is so much room for variation when making healthier hot chocolate.

Let’s talk details!

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Keto Eggnog (Dairy-Free)

Keto Eggnog recipe made dairy-free using coconut milk. Rich, creamy, warmly spiced with nutmeg and inviting! This sugar-free eggnog recipe is flavorful, festive and cozy on a chilly evening!

The day I learned eggnog has actual egg yolks in it was the same day I decided it’s okay to ignore certain facts in order to continue loving something.

Having a selective understanding about food can certainly benefit our adventurous side. Alligator tastes like chicken, monkfish liver is an absolute delicacy, SPAM musubi is absolutely worth the gut bomb backlash, durian fruit can go back to the fiery hole from which it crawled, and egg yolks a fabulous eggnog make. 

The facts of life, foodie edition.

Having learned the truth about eggnog at the tender age of four, I was shocked when my uncle, who was visiting for the holidays, added egg yolk after egg yolk to his batch of cheer, but because it was made out of sugar and a bright future, I determined I could hang.

Dairy-Free Keto Eggnog made with coconut milk and sugar-free sweetener for a low-carb eggnog recipe

I did post an absolutely delicious Vegan Eggnog Recipe last year that was eggless and absolutely delicious, so I can’t say I have a strong opinion one way or another as to whether or not yolks should be mandatory.

But I will say, this Keto Eggnog recipe with yolks is pretty yum!

Recipe Highlights:

Because I can’t do fresh dairy like milk or cream, I made this Keto Eggnog recipe dairy-free using canned coconut milk. I also haven’t been consuming much sugar (natural or otherwise), so I opted for a sugar-free eggnog using sugar-free granulated sweetener. 

All things considered, this is a dairy-free low-carb eggnog recipe, marvelous for those who want to get their yolk on without excess sugar.

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Vejo Review – a Portable Pod-Based Blender

My Vejo Review, the world’s first pod-based blender!! My Vejo review includes the full rundown the features, of how Vejo operates, who would love it, how I use it, and more!

This post is sponsored by Vejo.

Have you heard of Vejo? It’s the latest and greatest portable pod-based blender. If you’re anything like me and you love your beverages and have a busy lifestyle, you are going to LOVE this blender!

Before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk details.

What is Vejo?

Vejo is a pod-based portable blender that you can bring with you and make delicious beverages on the go! It comes in nine gorgeous colors (as you can see, mine is orange!) and many, many flavors of blends! You can check out their starter kits and all of the flavors HERE!

Vejo Review - a portable pod-based blender for chilled smoothies and beverages

NOTE: If you purchase a Vejo Starter Kit now, you can get a FREE 8 pack of pods by using the coupon code: TRR8PACK 

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Lacto Fermented Probiotic Lemonade

Lacto Fermented Probiotic Lemonade is a probiotic-rich refreshing beverage that is lower in sugar than regular lemonade! This creamy, delicious drink is fermented using whey (hence, “lacto fermented”), and is a fun and tasty project! You’ll love this recipe whether you’re seasoned at pickling, fermenting or brewing things at home, OR if you’re new to …

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Instant Pot Chicken Bone Broth

How to Make Chicken Bone Broth in the Instant Pot – pressure cooker bone broth only requires 2 hours and results in the best tasting, quality bone broth! PLUS, it’s far less expensive to make than buying store-bought bone broth.

If you’re a regular consumer of bone broth, try making it at home in your pressure cooker! It’s basically free when you use chicken bones from a whole chicken you have already prepared, and it only requires 2 hours of time!

Making bone broth on the stove top takes upwards of 24 hours. Taking the Instant Pot approach removes all the guesswork and takes so little time or effort, there’s really no reason not to do it!

As a follow-up to the Instant Pot Turmeric Rotisserie Chicken recipe I posted last week, I figured you could use a tutorial on how to make bone broth using the bones from the carcass in the Instant Pot.

After Thanksgiving, I showed you How To Make Turkey Bone Broth. Truthfully, the methodology is the same across the board, but why not remind you of this wonderful health elixir since you have a fresh carcass on your hands?

How Many Bones Do I Need To Make Chicken Bone Broth?:

I typically wait until I have two to three chicken carcasses to make bone broth – I simply store them in a zip lock bag in the freezer and keep them until I’m ready to broth it up.

You can certainly make broth using one carcass, but just note you’ll end up with less broth and/or a less flavorful broth.

Making bone broth in a pressure cooker requires four easy steps:

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Earl Grey Bulletproof Matcha Latte

Earl Grey Matcha Latte recipe with collagen, gelatin, flax oil and cinnamon. This creamy, frothy beverage contains amazing gut health benefits and is a fabulous way to start the day.

Welcome to my morning obsession.

Confession of a former coffee addict: Coffee used to control my life. 

I suppose that is a bold statement, but the truth is, I’d throw an internal fit unless I consumed at least 20 ounces of battery acid strong bulletproof coffee first thing in the morning before anything else occurred. 

Not a big deal for most people, right? 

But I noticed my coffee habit was getting in the way of my health. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (you’re supposed to avoid large amounts of caffeine to reduce hypothryoid symptoms) and have had chronic gut issues for the last 8+ years. 

I had a sneaking suspicion that I could level up in my hormonal and gut health if I cut down on coffee. So I came up with a plan. Rather than eliminating and being miserable, replace my much coveted morning beverage with an equally satisfying, yet better-for-me option.

Enter: Earl Grey Matcha Latte.

For years, I have quit coffee for a week or so at a time and replaced it with matcha lattes, but I always found matcha alone to be a bit underwhelming. I’ve always loved Earl Grey Tea and feel I do need caffeine to get things moving in the morning (girl’s gotta poop!), so I combined forces, made it bulletproof, and lo and behold my new morning addiction is this very latte.

I read this article a few months ago suggesting Black Tea is great for your gut microbiome. It not only increases the diversity of your good gut bacteria, but it also feeds the bacteria for many hours after consumption. 

If you’re familiar with probiotics, you may already know that most probiotics only survive in your system for 20 minutes after you consume them, which is why it is brilliant to consume foods and drink that help the survival of your beneficial bacteria.

Studies have shown both black and green tea are great for repairing your stomach and intestinal lining, which is fabulous for those who suffer from any sort of GI symptoms, especially leaky gut.

Sure, both black and green tea contain caffeine, but the caffeine isn’t a huge concern of mine, so much as the way it is metabolised. I definitely have more sustained energy throughout the day and find my anxiety is much, much lower when I drink an Earl Grey Matcha Latte as opposed to coffee.

In fact, since I’ve been on this kick for a few months now, I have come to drink coffee less and less (I was doing 2 cups per week and now, I’m closer to 1 cup every week or two) because I simply feel better when I don’t drink it.

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How to Make Probiotic Ginger Beer

How to Make Probiotic Ginger Beer – a naturally fermented probiotic drink that is packed with health benefits. This article includes a photo tutorial, information on secondary fermentation, flavoring your ginger beer, and troubleshooting when the process goes awry. Disclaimer: brewing probiotic beverages at home can be risky. When fermenting probiotc food and beverages, use …

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Turmeric Kiwi Protein Smoothie

Sweet and refreshing protein smoothie with turmeric, kiwi, banana, and yogurt. This delicious shake is a marvelous meal-on-the-go.

This post is sponsored by Svelte.

Turmeric Kiwi Protein Smoothie | TheRoastedRoot.net

My mealtimes all revolve around protein. If you follow me on Instagram, I probably sound like a broken record, as I have mentioned many times in the past, I take a but first, protein approach to food. I make sure I get at least 20 grams of protein at every meal, and in the event that I snack between meals, I make sure my snacks are protein-centric as well.

In addition to making sure I get adequate protein throughout the day, I also tend to drink a smoothie for either breakfast or lunch. That may seem like a pretty light meal, but my smoothies are typically on the higher calorie end in the way of smoothies, and have a pretty decent macro profile.

I’ve found that having one liquid meal per day also helps with digestion – simply put, liquid is far easier for your body to process than solid food. In this sense, protein smoothies are currently a big deal in my life, as I usually drink them after I workout to replenish muscle glycogen and feed my broken down muscle fibers with protein.

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