What I'm Reading Around the Web 5-2-14

This week has been……yeah.

Katie caught a cold, and it kind of zapped most of our plans. Lots of nose blowing and nary a babysitter in sight.

Not good for a working mama.

So, this week I made brownies and had a glass of wine at 2 pm. In my yoga pants. Trying to ignore my unfolded laundry and dirty dishes.

The results of that little experiment is that wine still turns me into a puffer fish, and these brownies are my new best friend. Hubby didn’t even notice the dirty dishes.

Score.

Here’s what caught my attention around the web –

  • Did you know that you can make brownies with plantains? No flour needed. This is the recipe that shamelessly pursuing me on social media and made my week.

Gina from So, Let’s Hang Out! now has my undying love and I told her that.      It’s not weird or anything.

I easily subbed the eggs with gelatin (2 teaspoons gelatin +10 t hot water) and       omitted the caramel glaze.

Ermahgerd. I can’t believe I just had brownies.

  • Chris Kresser confirms my practice of getting most of your nutrients through food with his take on selenium supplementation. Don’t supplement unless you’re sure you can’t get enough of a nutrient from food.

Since they need to work synergistically with other nutrients (co-factors), it’s uber important to not supplement single nutrients unless you really know what you’re doing or are working with a practitioner who does.

  • I also ordered some matcha tea this week. For the fun of it and because I always love a good tea ceremony, I also ordered the ‘proper’ matcha spoon and whisk to go with it. (affiliate links)

 Who said adults can’t have toys?

 To figure out why it’s such a buzzword in the superfood community these days, I  found this link from Dr. Axe and this link intriguing.

[...] it has been shown to reverse cellular damage caused by oxidative-nitrosative stress. Oxidative-nitrosative stress is just a fancy term for the internal imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, which is an imbalance that ultimately destroys cells, prevents their repair, and causes disease. (source)

Green tea contains a compound called tannin. Tannin slows down the absorption of caffeine into the blood. This means that the caffeine from green tea is gradually released over the course of 6-8 hours, unlike the short burst from coffee. (source)

  • I’m super intrigued with this post from Sylvie at Hollywood Homestead. H. Pylori is one of the hardest microbiota infections to get rid of, but, drink a little tea and bing bang boom, it’s gone.

 I must know more…

 She also has a new book called The Gelatin Secret that I just started reading.  It’s a great, great in-depth primer on the benefits of gelatin and collagen for  bone, joint, brain, skin and beauty, dental, and gut health along with weight loss  with recipes.

 I was actually taken aback by how thorough it is, but I’m really impressed. Sorry,  Sylvie. :ahem: Definitely a good book for those wondering about or getting into  healing with foods.

  • Gardening season is upon us here in the north, and I really want to expand my herb garden this year. I found this herb gardening for beginners post from Intoxicated on Life full of helpful information.

Now it’s your turn. What awesomeness did you find on the web this week? Share a link in the comments!

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