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CBD Bulletproof Coffee

Sooooo how’s your pandemic been so far?

I still have thoughts and feelings every day about how much life has changed in the past month. And some of the scariest are around the things I have no control over: like how long it’s going to last, or when life will get back to normal. If life ever gets back to normal.

My brain doesn’t work in the same way. I’m distracted all the time, I’m finding it harder to focus and be productive for long periods of time, and I’m distracted more easily. Tasks that I used to be able to do quickly and effortlessly now seem to take a lot more time.

CBD Bulletproof Coffee

On Thursday, I lost an entire day’s work because I had to go grocery shopping. This is not something that would have happened before.

It’s really normal for anxiety to be higher during times when we feel like we have less control, and if ever there was a time when we felt like we had less control… yeah, that’s now.

Lots of people are joking about becoming alcoholics, both in an effort to deal with the anxiety, and also out of sheer boredom. I actually cut way back on alcohol at the beginning of the year, and I’ve been trying to maintain a 2-drinks-per-week maximum.

I’m trying to do other things for my mental health; like getting outside and going for a daily walk in the sunshine, which gives me both vitamin D and also exercise. I’m trying to keep my schedule fairly normal, getting loads of probiotics, and I’m connecting with my friends and family on a regular basis.

CBD is something that has been suggested to me to help with things like sleeping (my sleep is the first thing to go when I’m even a tiny bit stressed) or dealing with anxiety.

Now, I’ve never been much of a weed person. Honestly, it gives me a hangover, so it’s not really something I’m into. Additionally, I don’t smoke. At all. In fact, I hate it. But I was curious about CBD, as it has no psychotropic ingredients, and has been purported to have certain health benefits.

First of all, what is CBD?  

CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It comes from a mix of the cannabis plant (yes, where weed comes from) and hemp, which is a cousin. However, CBD doesn’t contain any THC, which is the psychotropic substance that gets you high.

What are some health benefits of CBD?  

Decreasing anxiety. Remember Tryptophan? It’s that thing that makes you sleep after a huge turkey dinner? It turns out CBD can increase our levels of tryptophan and therefore serotonin, helping us feel less anxious, and happier.

Pain relief: CBD somehow reacts with pain receptors, and many people with chronic back pain or arthritis say that it makes a difference. It’s also been shown to be fairly effective for people with IBS or leaky gut issues.

I’m still learning so much about all this! And obviously I’m just a food blogger, not a doctor or a scientist, so…

Miss Envy CBD Chocolate

How much CBD should I take? 

So, this is where it gets complicated real quick. First of all, I’m not a smoker, so that’s not an option for me. There certainly are lots of different ways to consume it. Most people take it as an oil, but there are lots of other ways of ingesting it, like in a chocolate bar, or even in pill format. One of the things I was excited to try was CBD-infused Coconut Oil. More about that in a sec.

Basically, from everything I’ve read, the way to approach is is slowly. Go slow, start slow, build up slowly. Here’s a good article for beginners.

Now, to our recipe! This is a simple and delicious coffee you can make for an afternoon pick-me-up. Please note: coconut oil is solid at room temp. It melts at around the same temp as our body heat. You don’t really need to heat the coconut oil before adding it to the recipe, as the heat of the coffee and warm milk and the whizzing of the blender will likely do the job. If you want to add melted coconut oil, be sure to melt it gently. The CBD will lose its efficiency if it is heated to over 350 degrees.

Curious and wanna try for yourself? Get 10% off your Miss Envy purchase when you use the coupon code “Rebecca” at checkout.

CBD Bulletproof Coffee

Ingredients: 

  • Freshly brewed hot coffee (espresso is best if you have it)
  • warm/hot milk of your choice (regular or plant based)
  • 1 tbsp CBD Infused Coconut Oil
  • optional: I topped mine with a dollop of cloud coffee

Method: 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour into a glass or mug and enjoy your CBD Bulletproof Coffee!

This blog post is a partnership with Miss Envy. They sent me some products to try, but the opinions expressed are my own. 

 

 

Sourdough Focaccia

When the going gets tough… the tough head to the kitchen.

Cooking and writing have always been my best therapy. But there’s a bonus to being able to cook and bake, and that’s being able to take care of other people.

Sourdough Focaccia

A few nights ago, I made this tray of Sourdough Focaccia. I love making sourdough bread, but I’m moving beyond it (I’m still making loads of bread) to other kinds of baked goods using sourdough. Like Focaccia. I was so happy with it, it turned out so well.

And I was able to leave some for my neighbour.

And I walked a few blocks and left some on the doorstep of my friend Lori’s apartment, and then backed away and then texted her. We had a 6-foot-distant conversation, and she placed a container of freshly made banana bread on the sidewalk in front of me.

This is love. This is the new love. Checking in, connecting, still feeding each other, even during a global pandemic when we can’t go within 6 feet of each other.

Focaccia Sourdough

Sourdough Focaccia

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour (I used 1 cup WW and 3 cups AP)

To top:

  • olive oil
  • course sea salt
  • rosemary (dried or fresh, whole)
  • cloves of roasted garlic (optional)

Method:

  1. In the workbowl of your mixer, place the sourdough starter, the water, olive oil and salt. Mix well together.
  2. Slowly add in the flour, using the doughhook attachment. (you can do all of this by hand as well, it just takes more time).
  3. Once all the flour is incorporated, continue to knead for another 5 minutes or so, until smooth and elastic.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and drizzle over some olive oil. Cover the whole dough ball with a thin layer of olive oil. Place back into the bowl, cover, and allow to rise. You could also do a slow rise in the fridge over night. I let mine rise about 6 hours. It should be doubled in size.
  5. Drizzle a sheet pan with olive oil and brush it all over. Place the dough on the sheet pan and use your fingers to spread it out.
  6. Set aside for 30 minutes in a warm place, while your oven preheats.
  7. Turn the oven on to 450 degrees and allow it to preheat.
  8. Before putting the Focaccia in the oven, “dimple” it with your fingers, then drizzle over more olive oil and sprinkle with course salt. Sprinkle with rosemary and roasted garlic as well, if you like.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden on top. Eat while still warm. I like to dip mine in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
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