Monday Morsels 1/20/14

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Welcome to another edition of Monday Morsels. Hope you’re in for a tasty treat! I’m so corny it hurts, I know.

Nutrition

Liz Wolfe of CaveGirlEats made a scrumdiddlyumptious (technical term) looking barbacoa beef with plantain tortillas.

Are you reading this? Plantain. Tortillas. Let all the paleos rejoice.

This brings me to my obsession with plantains as of late.  A few Sundays ago, I pan fried a ripe plantain in coconut oil, salt, and pepper and served it as a side to go with pastured eggs, bacon, and steamed kale. Delicious. Plantains bring me back to a trip I took with my cousins to Puerto Rico where we ate a lot of mashed plantains aka Mofongo.

And don’t get me started on plantain chips. I know packaged plantain chips aren’t a “health food” per say, but they are a better-for-you-than-most treat to be enjoyed in moderation. Plus, the Inka brand I purchased at my local Whole Foods contains palm oil, which is much better for you than, say, canola or sunflower oil because it’s a more stable fat that can withstand high temperatures without becoming damaged.

Have I talked about plantains long enough? Moving on..

The Balanced Bites Podcast featured Jonathan Bailor, author of “The Calorie Myth”.

This book will cause paradigm shifts in the way people view food.  Jonathan’s message is pure and simple: the quality of the food you’re eating matters. It addresses America’s fixation over calories in vs. calories out and why this way of thinking is not effective or sustainable for long-term health.

Clean Beauty

Johnson & Johnson is taking its first step in removing toxic chemicals from their products.

What’s formaldehyde doing in baby shampoo in the first place? “No more tears”?  How ’bout no more carcinogens, please? I’m glad J&J is taking action to fix this though. It gives me hope that people are catching on and are demanding more from companies as large and as ubiquitous as Johnson & Johnson.

photo credit: kjaerweis.com

photo credit: kjaerweis.com

Britanie Faith of beautybybritanie loves the new Kjaer Weis foundation.

This foundation has been on my radar for a few months now. It’s got clean ingredients and it’s luxurious. Word on the (green beauty) street is it’s got an amazing finish. It’s been highly anticipated in the green beauty community and so far, it seems like it has lived up to its hype. Thinking of purchasing it? You can find it here and here.

Until next time, my wellness friends,

vm

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