#NOD’s: @MatthewCStamp

#NOD’s: @MatthewCStamp

Welcome back to Nuggets of Deliciousness!  This is my third installment of #NOD’s, which is pretty much the coolest blog feature ever. Just Tweet a question at me (@ElivenGuy) and your question, along with your Twitter account could be featured in the next NOD. Enjoy!

@MatthewCStamp asked a question I know I can identify with:

I have never enjoyed the taste of black coffee.  I have never been a coffee drinker and that is primarily because I like my cream and sugar with a splash of coffee.  Drinking your coffee this way sort of negates all the wonderful benefits that coffee can have on your health.

DID YOU KNOW?  There has been a bevy of recent studies revealing that around 3-5 cups of black coffee per day can help to keep your pipes unclogged (aka – lessen the risk of calcium deposits in your arteries). But beware of partial information!  If you think that any one food or drink item is the answer to a healthy lifestyle then you and I need to have a chat; a sort of “come to cheeses” if you will. Coffee, black coffee, has also been shown to increase your LDL (aka – The Scary Cholesterol) and temporarily increase your blood pressure, but when properly prepared, coffee, black coffee, is beneficial to your health.  Here’s the thing though: for anything you consume to have it’s true health benefits unlocked requires balanced health and nutrition. This means bio-available vitamins and minerals, and exercise.  Want to get a little more in depth on the nutritional science of coffee?  Well then friggin google it for crying out loud! 🙂 Just kidding, you can start here:  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6242467/ns/health-heart_health/t/coffee-cholesterol/

I like to joke that it took me about 36 years to figure out why I hadn’t lived up to societies expectations of me….it was COFFEE!! I drink coffee and I just want to get shit done!  No wonder I am broke and living with my parents at 37, I never drank coffee! All I ever drank was soda. FYI – Soda is death juice. But only the most treacherous carbonated beverages can provide you with the energy that the sweet java bean can give you and those carbonated beverages will put your body chemistry into a world of hurt (IE – Energy drinks, Mountain Dew, Coke, etc.). Oh and please don’t drink Four Lokos unless you want this to happen to your internal organs and this to your brain chemistry.  So when it comes to keeping up in this “gotta go” world you either develop a cocaine habit and inevitably descend into depravity and lawlessness or you brew yourself a nice pot of java in the morning.  They’re both addictions but one actually has an upside.

Okay okay I know, I’m getting all preachy, so let’s just get down to the #NOD shall we:

A Loaded Weapon

So let’s talk Bulletproofing.  No I’m not going to ask you to wear Kevlar or replace  your car with a Pope-Mobile; I’m talking about a rising trend in the world of nutrition that stems from a book by Dave Asprey called “The Bulletproof Diet”.  I myself think that “diet” is a four-letter word and that any “program” or “eating guideline” with those four dangerous letters needs to be seriously evaluated.  Although some of their marketing schemes do resemble those of the countless, profit-driven diet scams that have been perpetrated on the western world, the science behind Bulletproof is solid.  The tagline on the bottom of the homepage of their website does a great disservice to the concepts behind Bulletproof by insinuating that you can be healthy without exercising.  Weight loss and healthy living are not the same thing!  But on a positive note: Bulletproof stresses the importance of eliminating mold toxins from your coffee, which is not exactly easy and toxins in general are something to focus on removing throughout your entire diet.  Most of the mass-produced food that we consume in this country contains some sort of toxin;  some a great many. But for this #NOD we are focused on providing @MatthewCStamp with a healthy alternative to masking the coffee flavor of your coffee with cream and sugar so let’s just get right to the video. Mr Asprey himself can explain his coffee to you much easier than I:


Okay so first things first; I do not expect you to go out and buy all that guys stuff but his coffee recipe not only produces a delicious “Science-Latte”, it is literally brainfood and it encourages the construction of a powerhouse metabolism.  With that in mind I would like you to keep these two things in mind:

1. Toxin’s are a big problem in modern agriculture…

…yada yada yada…Monstano….yada yada. I urge you to consider the idea that all the toxins that we have unwittingly bombarded our bodies with over the years are actually at the core of many health issues we face today.  Since the 1970’s, when Big-Agra and convenience culture began to permeate our lives and leach the nutrition from our food, we have been strangling our bodies true ability to carry us through our lives.  Ironically, were we not so nutritionally deficient as a culture we probably wouldn’t need to drink so much coffee.

2. Grass fed butter is different from cream…

…and fat is not the enemy.  In fact healthy fats are essential to so many critical and high-level bodily functions that I just want to find the people that pushed their “low-fat” ways upon our world and punch them in the face.  You want to have your mind blown?  Try this on for size: Low-fat diet trends made everyone fat! (Seriously, look it up! It might not be the sole contributor but it threw our metabolic lives asunder.)

So while I would encourage you to follow the Bulletproof Coffee recipe to Mr Asprey’s exact specifications I understand that not everyone can afford to support the Bulletproof Executive and his capitalization on healthy living, so here are two Enliven Guy recipes for you to play around with:

Recipe #1 | “Bullet Resistant Coffee” 

Brewing Up Trouble

STEP ONE: Get rid of your Keurig! (If you own one do me, you, and the whole world a favor and scrap your convenience machine.  Not only are they a bane on our planet but they are, along with most all drip-machines, a veritable playground for mold toxins.)

STEP TWO: Use a paper filter.  I’m not sure why but Dave Asprey doesn’t address the cholesterol issue with unfiltered coffee.  Paper filters have shown a much lower instance of raised LDL and they are fully compostable.  More on that here.

I would say the ideal way to prepare your coffee is using the slow-drip method demonstrated in the video just with a paper filter instead of a metal one.


  • Organic Coffee Beans (Free Trade Please)
  • Unsalted Grass-fed Butter (Kerrygold is good!)
  • Coconut Oil (Free Trade)
  • Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Free Trade…slavery is bad mmmkay)
  • Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Orgain – beware of casein)

Whip It Good

I grind to order.  The coffee is much fresher that way.  However you do it go ahead and prepare your coffee now, then plop 1tbsp butter, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1tsp Cocoa Powder, and a half to full serving of protein powder into your blender.  Pour 1 – 2 cups hot coffee over the top of the stuff you plopped and blend it…blend it good. When a problem comes along you can blend it and drink it and BOOM goes the dynamite! This is a powerful way to start the day and it curbs hunger too.

Recipe #2 | “Power In Coffee”

How about some dessert to start the day?

The Goodness

  • 4 Cups Cold Coffee (I brew extra in the morning and save it in the fridge)
  • 2 tablespoons organic, unsalted peanut butter.
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Servings (4 Scoops) Orgain Protein Powder (substitute if you must)
  • 1 Cup frozen mixed berries
  • 3 tablespoons Flax Meal (Bob’s!)
  • 3 tablespoons Hemp Seed (Du-u-ude)
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds (Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia!)
  • 1 Cup Milk (I try to use rice milk or some sort of nut milk but if you really want to start the day off with some decadence then you can sneak in some creamy cows milk and/or some yogurt.)

The Big Mix Up

Blend it all up proper and let that sweet delicious flavor cool your throat and light those sweet sensors afire! This recipe makes about 6 cups of coffee infused goodness with roughly 20 grams of protein per serving and the only added sugar would come from your milk.  It’s so delicious I can’t even type right now…mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Before we shut this mother down I’d like to take a moment to hit you with some truth: We American’s tend to be mindless consumer machines and we forget that a great many people toil and even suffer and die to bring us things like the the nearly 3 billion ounces of coffee we consume every day in America.  Please take a moment to read this article and keep in mind that we can be unwittingly supporting great suffering simply by stopping at the grocery store and picking up a few things.  Stay informed and let’s make this whole world healthy!

Alright then, we’re done here.  You’ve got some coffee experiments to conduct.  Remember that both the amazing, free, genius recipes that have been bestowed upon you this fine day are fully dynamic.  By that I mean that you can play with the ingredients as much as you want.  Brew your coffee with cinnamon in the grounds.  Use vanilla extract, leave out the protein powder, do whatever the hell you want I don’t care – oh, wait, I do care.  I want you all to be well.  I want you all to be vibrant, healthy, loving beings because that is when the light of our lives shines the brightest!  Ready. Set. GO!


#NOD’s: @HeatherBrewerMA

#NOD’s: @HeatherBrewerMA

Welcome back to Nuggets of Deliciousness!  This is my second installment of #NOD’s, which is pretty much the coolest blog feature ever. Just Tweet a question at me (@ElivenGuy) and your question, along with your Twitter account could be featured in the next NOD. Enjoy!

@HeatherBrewerMA posed an excellent question:

First of all, thank you Heather, for the Tweet.  For those of you who don’t know, Heather Brewer is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a Master of Arts in Somatic Psychotherapy.  She does amazing work and if you would like to know more about how she can help you on your path to well being please visit her website: heatherbrewermft.com

As my brain was storming on what dish I would offer up for Heather’s #NOD, this song popped into my head (don’t go getting into a YouTube spiral now, you need to read the rest of this blog post).  For those of you who know Heather, or if you are a “free-associater” like me,  you know why that little ear-worm is friggin hilarious.  But the hilarity does not stop there, instead of the actual words to that song my crazy brain somehow automatically created my own Enliven Guy/Weird Al version. The lyrics are as follows:

Let’s talk about health, baby.

Let’s talk about rice and beans.

Let’s talk about all the good food and the bad food, that we eat.

Let’s talk about health. Let’s talk about health.

What does that have to do with today’s NOD?  Absolutely nothing but it made you laugh didn’t it?  I hope so.  If it did that will be $92 for this week’s prescribed laughter, which we all know is the best medicine.  Be careful though because we also all know what happens when ya can’t stop laugh’n:

But I digress. Heather asked for a seasonal, cleansing and healing dish and a seasonal, cleansing and healing dish she shall receive. But first, kindly allow me to drop some knowledge:

DID YOU KNOW?  Watercress is one of the newest “trends” in healthy eating.  I personally think that the word “trend” has no place in a sentence with healthy eating but the fact remains that Watercress has more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and it equals oranges in the vitamin C department. This is not to mention the bevy of additional healing properties packed into this precious little perennial. Check out this fabulous article to learn a little more about Watercress and other exciting things like the power of the Kiwi! https://www.caring.com/articles/12-foods-super-healing

And now, without further adieu, I give you the #NOD:

Salad Words

When it comes to cleansing food you typically want alkalizing ingredients.  Many people’s bodies are sitting at a slightly too acidic level due to the consumption of coffee, soda and traditionally processed red meats, poultry and dairy (more on that here).  So in order to combat that I have designed a nice lite meal that is strong enough for a man but P.h. balanced for a woman…just kidding it’s P.h. balanced for everyone.

The Recipe | The Buttercress Baby” 

Served with White Balsamic Vinaigrette along with  a cleansing & invigorating Cranberry Green Tea Refresher.

The Gear

  • A Knife
  • A Bowl
  • A Blender
  • A 1 – 2 Gallon Pitcher
  • A Fork (for eating things)

The Food Stuff

  • 2 Cups Butter Lettuce (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Watercress (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup Kale (Chopped)
  • 1 Pink Lady Apple (Julienned)
  • Almond Slices (Toasted)
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Gorgonzola (Crumbled)

The Dressing Stuff

  • 1/2 Cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Shallots (About 4 or 5)
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Basil (About 5 fresh leaves or 2 Tbsp dried)
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt-N-Pepa (Get it!? It’s like full circle man!) (1 tsp each)

The Drink Stuff

  • Water (1 Gallon Filtered)
  • Green Tea Bags (Like a bunch of em)
  • Yerba Mate Bags (Like a few of em)
  • Cranberry Juice (Preferably the unfiltered raw kind)
  • Lemon Juice (Squeeze it, squeeze it real good)
  • Sweetener if desired (Preferably honey or stevia)

What’s Cookin Good Lookin?

Well actually nothing is cooking in this dish which is part of what makes it such a power-packed recipe (alright so the almonds are a little toasted but that’s okay, I get a little toasted sometimes too).  For the most part, raw food is really the way to go.  It’s not always fun and some people may just want to burn some flesh from time to time but ultimately, if you want your diet to have healing and restorative powers you need to focus on the rawness.  Do it!

All Dressed Up

Personally I like my dressing chilled so if you are like me then you may want to make the dressing ahead of time and toss it in the fridge but it is certainly not necessary.

To make the dressing put everything in the blender except for the oil and get your motor running. Then just drizzle in the oil nice and slow like, while the blender is running.  Not only will you have achieved an emulsion but you will have one of the best vinaigrettes you’ve ever tasted!

It’s A Toss Up

The assembly of this salad is quite difficult so brace yourselves.  Put everything in a bowl and toss it in the dressing.  Voila!  You’ve got yourself an incredibly cleansing and healing meal and there is even some built in protein.

Now if you want to get fancy with the plating then you need some height.  Pile up that lettuce, sprinkle on the almonds, cranberries and gorg. Then stack those julienned apples as high as you can and drizzle the dressing over top.  If you do that you might end up with something similar to this:

Image: Buttercress Baby
The Buttercress Baby

This recipe yields about 3 dinner size servings of nutritional power but if you wanted to serve it along side a piece of protein (fish or chicken) then it’s easily more like 6 servings.

The dressing recipe yields about 4 cups of dressing as is but if you like your dressing with a little more punch then back off on the oil a bit. If you don’t like the taste of vinegars then what the heck are you doing following this recipe!  🙂  Just kidding, simply up your oil to give it a milder flavor. Actually the standard ratio for a vinaigrette is 3-1, oil to acid (aka – vinegar, citrus, etc), but you know what they say: ratios are made to be broken (wait, that doesn’t sound right).

But hold on there!  You need something to drink don’t you?

Pink Drank

The Cranberry Green Tea Refresher is pretty fool proof (take it from a fool).  Bring the water to just before boiling, pour it in your pitcher, toss in about 6-8 green tea bags, about 2-4 Yerba Mate tea bags and steep away.  The longer you steep the more nutrients you get but your tea can get bitter and biting if you steep too long. I’d say no more than 10 minutes.  Then add your juices and sweetener to taste and chill it or ice it.

Shall we sum up the awesome nutritional power of this meal?  Yes?  Okay. The primary cleansing ingredients include the apple cider vinegar, the dried cranberries, the cranberry juice, the green tea, and the Yerba Mate tea but the nutrition in the salad helps your body do it’s thing so, really, the whole dish is cleansing.

Alkalizing ingredients include pretty much everything else.  You would think that things like lemon juice and apple cider vinegar would be acidic but they are actually alkalizing foods.  Check out this neat little chart for a pretty good list of acid-alkaline foods.  You will notice that aside from the Gorgonzola and the cranberry everything in this meal is either neutral or alkaline and if you maintain a diet like this you will notice the effects on your health in no time flat.

I hope you all have enjoyed today’s #NOD.  If so please subscribe, follow, comment, like or share. All the cool kids are doing it! Thanks for reading.