Blog Feature: WithBritt

Today I want to introduce you to my new friend, Brittney. Britt is married to Bill of Bread of Stone (easily my new favorite band that Willet is touring with for the next few months) and she just radiates the light of Jesus and an evident love of life. She also is one of the best hair braiders I have ever met! I was very excited when she told me that she wrote a food and hair-do blog, and even more pumped when I started reading it!

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WithBritt features tons of yummy healthy recipes, many of which centered around Britt’s passion for raw food- and not just boring raw food, but amazing, decadent, gourmet raw food- like cakes, gelatos, smoothies, and even entire raw entrees. Yes, I did say raw CAKES! Her recipes are so inspiring, I cannot wait to get home and try them. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I have!

Here is a fun and easy recipe from her site– enjoy!

BRITT’S RAW CHOCOLATE GELATO

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RAW Chocolate GELATO?! What?! Just let the thought sink in for just a moment!

Okay! So, it’s true! You can enjoy creamy, luscious, sweetness of the Italian goodness and still be electrifying your pores, immune system, and skin! I have been playing around with this recipe for many months now and I think I have finally nailed down the perfect combination that would tickle even an Italian’s tongue!

Ingredients
-3 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
-6 tablespoons of Agave Nectar
-1/4 cup cacao powder
-1/4 cup hazelnuts (if desired)

Instructions
-Place the frozen bananas and agave nectar in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. This may take a while, so be patient! I usually use my spatula to help break up the bananas apart after a few minutes of processing! When the bananas have turned creamy, add the cacao and continue mixing! If you are nutty, like myself, go ahead and add in the hazelnuts (or your favorite nut) and mix until the nuts are as small or big as you like!

-Enjoy immediately! The gelato is at it’s best creaminess when it is freshly blended but you can also pour into a container and it will last for weeks for you to enjoy! But if your family is like mine, this RAW Chocolate Gelato does not last very long!! Which is the best form of a compliment!!!

Have you tried any new recipes lately? Have any blogs you follow religiously? Leave them in the comments! Have a great day!

Staying Healthy on the Road: Tips for Traveling and Eating Well

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part of our travel route home tonight

Two weeks ago, I embarked on a two week journey with my husband and our close friends a the band, Willet, toured around the Midwestern US. At first, this was a difficult transition for me- I love to cook, and really value being in control of my diet and activity level. Being limited with food options, prearranged lodging, and long days got to me, but I quickly realized that I needed to let go of my control and embrace the opportunity. I could still be in control of my body, I just needed to be intentional and careful! So, with that in mind, I want to share some of my lessons learned from my first two weeks on tour:

-It is easy to eat mindlessly, and calories add up faster than you think. While, on the whole, I think that counting calories is a bad idea, I do think that having an idea of what your body needs and being mindful of what you are putting into your body is necessary for everyone. A few days into the trip a few of us downloaded a calorie counting app to aid in that process, which was eye-opening for everyone. We have to think about what our body needs, and what it doesn’t need, and eat accordingly. Which brings me to my next point…

-It is really important to stay true to a whole foods diet as much as possible. Traveling make us especially susceptible to fatigue, illness, adrenal exhaustion, among other things. Processed foods and increased caffeine intake can completely wipe out our immune system, while whole foods can make it stronger and better able to face the challenges of travel.

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we we thankful for a green room with a fruit platter

-Hydration is key, even if it means that you stop to pee more often. Drinking water helps the body naturally detoxify, and the more often you are doing that, the better. Hydrating also makes sure that basic body processes are functioning at optimum level, and maintains an even energy level. Not drinking water just isn’t a good idea.

-Fast food will always be terrible, but anywhere you go, there are at least a few good options, like salads or yogurt parfaits. My personal favorite is Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad-the half portion makes a great meal by itself. Gas stations almost always have a healthy food selection of granola, trail mix, protein bars, fruit, or yogurt. It’s all about willpower.

-You have to be prepared. I hardly ever take conventional medicine, but I use medicinal teas and essential oils frequently. Before leaving, I packed a small bag with a few of my most common remedies, and I was able to continue to avoid conventional meds because I was prepared when I needed something. Sleepless nights were taken care of with lavender oil and chamomile tea, sinuses with eucalyptus, anxiety with kava root tea, and cramps with raspberry leaf tea. There’s something for everything, if you are willing to try!

-Exercise can make or break a trip. I started focusing on doing daily cardio about halfway through my trip and I noticed a by difference in my mood and energy level because of it. I aimed for 30-45min of cardio, and 10-15min of concentrated strength sequences per day. It’s fun to mix it up, too- running in new places, swimming laps at a pool, trying a new class at a gym.

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a pretty stop: st louis, mo

Next week we begin the first leg of a two month tour- and I am sure there will be more lessons to learn! What are your favorite ways to stay healthy when traveling? <