GAINS for Your Brain

We all know the importance of exercise and keeping our body in OPTIMUM health, but what about our brains? Exercising your brain is just as important as a good sweat session in the gym. Today is National Train Your Brain Day, and there are many ways to train your mind and imprüv your cognitive SKILLZ. Whether you are a left and right brainer, it’s time to get to those lobes flexing with a few daily activities!

 

UPGRADE your Language

Words stimulates your brain, and we knew that. But switching things up stretches your brain out of its comfort zone. So instead of scrolling social media feed in the morning, go old school and read the newspaper! Read topics outside of your normal interest. The difference of structure and topic will not only introduce new ideas and words, it forces your brain to focus and understand this new idea! Take it one step further and start learning new words in another language! Not only will your brain thank you, you’ll have a new skill. Double win!

 

Test your Tastebuds

Try new cuisines! This can be at a new restaurant with a dish you would normally not choose. Your sensory system can distinguish MILLIONS of scents by activating receptors in your nose, which can evoke feelings + memories since there is a direct link to the emotional center of your brain. You can also stimulate your brain in your kitchen with a throwdown of new ingredients. Putting your brain outside of its comfort zone of using familiar ingredients will have your brain HUSTLING HARD to come up with new ways flavor combinations and meal ideas.

 

The Ole Switcheroo

When routines become automatic, our brains are less engaged when performing those tasks. So switch things up! Take a new route to work, add a new activity, or do something out of the ordinary. For example, activate the other side of your brain by brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand! Using the opposite side of your brain can result in a substantial expansion in the parts of the cortex that control and process tactile information from the hand. Make sure to open the tube and apply toothpaste in reverse, too! New tasks exercise large areas of the cortex, increasing brain activity!

 

The key to a BETTER brain is consistency. Engage your brain EVERY DAY and see how much you GROW.

 

Prüvit’s Pumpkin Roll

We’re Pumpkin Rolling into your meal plan this week! This is the BEST keto apprüved dessert and sure to impress EVERYONE you serve it to! Easily adaptable to other flavor combinations, this is a WIN!

 

Pumpkin Roll

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour
3 tbsp coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
4 large eggs, separated
1 cup granulated Swerve Sweetener, divided
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Powered swerve for dusting

 

Cream Cheese Filling

Ingredients:

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. Stevia

Cream Cheese Filling Instructions:

1. Add cream cheese to mixing bowl and mix on medium until creamy.
2. Add remaining ingredients and combine until smooth.

 

Pumpkin Roll Instructions:

1. Add almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, cinnamon, ginger, and salt to bowl and stir to mix.
2. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup of granulated swerve on high until thickened.
3. Stir in pumpkin purée and vanilla.
4. In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high until soft peaks form.
5. Add remaining granulated swerve and beat until stiff peaks form.
6. Fold egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture.
7. Gently fold almond flour mixture into egg mixture.
8. Line a jelly pan roll with parchment paper. Spread mixture evenly on parchment paper.
9. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350F.
10. Remove the cake from the pan as soon as it comes out of the oven.
11. Turn it out (carefully) onto a clean tea towel dusted with powdered swerve.
12. Starting at the short end of the towel, tightly roll the cake and towel together.
13. Place the rolled cake in refrigerator for 30 minutes, until completely cooled.
14. Carefully unroll the cake from the towel and add cream cheese filling.
15. Roll cake and tightly wrap in plastic wrap.
16. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days or freeze for up to one month.
17. Enjoy!

Pumpkin spice + cream cheese filling- name a more iconic duo, we’ll wait 😉 How do you make pumpkin spice the star of your kitchen in autumn? Send us your favorite recipes to YUM@pruvithq.com and we’ll feature them on our blog!

 

Soup, Spice, and Everything Nice!

Who else is a BIG fan of warm, creamy soups on a cold Autumn day?! Not only will this Butternut Squash Soup warm your soul, this is the PERFECT recipe to make leading into the Keto Reboot!

 

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1” cubes
4 tbsp of butter, melted
3 cups chicken bone broth
1 package BETTER//BROTH™ Keto Thyme
1 tsp. Rosemary
1/2 cup heavy cream
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Instructions:

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add squash, sauté for 20 minutes.
3. Add chicken broth and rosemary
4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream and BETTER//BROTH™ Keto Thyme
5. Place squash mixture in a blender and blend until smooth.
7. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
6. Drizzle in more heavy cream and top with pumpkin spiced roasted nuts.

 

Pumpkin Spiced Roasted Pecans

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Grape seed oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 c pecans, chopped

Instructions:

1. Combine all spices
2. Place nuts in mixing bowl
3. Drizzle with grape seed oil and spice mixture
5. Mix to ensure even coating of oil and spices
6. Spread evenly on parchment lined baking sheet
7. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until nuts are darkened in color
8. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks

 

Soup is a quint essential part of a cold autumn evening, what is your favorite soup recipe?! Email us the recipe to YUM@pruvithq.com and we’ll feature it on our blog! Make sure to share your creations of this recipe to Instagram and tag us @justpruvit #ketocooking so we can see!

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING is a sure-fire way to give you ALL the 🍂fall feels🍁 and our donut holes are no exception! These make the perfect breakfast or fill a basket up with these to give as a gift! Sharing donuts = sharing LOVE 🧡

 

Pumpkin Spiced Donut Holes

Ingredients:

2 cups Almond flour
1/3 cup Erythritol
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Cloves
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1/4 cup Unsweetened almond milk
2 large Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

 

Cinnamon Sugar Coating Ingredients:

6 tbsp unsalted melted butter
1/2 c granulated swerve
1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Powered swerve for dusting

 

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, erythritol, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and sea salt.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the 1/4 c melted butter, almond milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.
3. Add wet mixture into the dry mixture. Stir to combine.
4. Form dough into 1” balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake at 350F degrees for 11-13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the donut hole comes out clean.
6. Let cool for five minutes.
7. Add the melted butter to a small bowl.
8. Add the cinnamon and sugar substitute to a separate bowl and mix together well.
9. Take each donut hole and dunk it into the melted butter, making sure it is fully coated.
10. Then dip it into the cinnamon and sugar substitute mixture, making sure to coat well.
11. Dust with powered swerve.

 

If we’re being honest, the donut hole is the BEST part of the donut. Like little pops of happiness 🤗 What is your go-to keto donut recipe?! Email us your favorite recipe to YUM@pruvithq.com and we’ll feature it on our blog!

Not Your Basic Fat Bomb

We’re full-fledged OBSESSED with Autumn at Prüvit HQ. So, we created the BEST of both worlds: Pumpkin. Spice. Fat Bombs. Be still my beating heart!

 

Pumpkin Spice Fat Bomb

Ingredients:

4oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c pureed pumpkin
2 tbsp of swerve
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

 

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
2. Spoon mixture onto parchment paper lined muffin tin or baking sheet
3. Freeze until set, about 20 minutes.
4. Store in freezer.

 

What is your go-to fat bomb? Email us your recipe to YUM@pruvithq.com and we’ll feature it on our blog! Make a batch of these fat bombs and post a picture to Instagram and tag us @justpruvit #ketocooking so we can see!!

Cinnamon Roll Frappeketo™

Do you LOVE cinnamon rolls as much as we do?! It’s still feelin’ like summer here at Prüvit HQ, so we took this warm treat and frapped it! Introducing to you, our Cinnamon Roll Frappeketo™! Enjoy 😘

 

 

Cinnamon Roll Frappeketo™

Ingredients:

1 package KETO//KREME® Sweet Kreme
1 c Almond milk
2 tbsp cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1-2 cups crushed ice

 

Instructions:

1. Place all ingredients in blender
2. Blend until smooth
3. Pop a straw in and sip!

 

What other delicious keto desserts have you turned into a frozen Frappeketo™? Email us your favorite recipe to YUM@pruvithq.com and we’ll feature it on our blog! Share this recipe to your Pinterest so everyone can enjoy!

Do Something Nice Day

One of the BEST feelings in the world is doing something nice for somebody else. For many people, it’s an instinct that comes natural and we do it without thinking. But on a day like today- National Do Something Nice Day- we make sure to take it up a notch!

 

Today is as a reminder to us all to make our communities a BETTER place. Doing something nice is more than just the action, it’s an opportunity to change someone’s life. These Intentional Acts of Kindness do not have to be larger than life, even a small gesture can make a BIG impact.

 

5 Ways to Do Something Nice

 

Snail Mail for Fun. Make someone a homemade greeting card (kids LOVE to do this) or send that silly ‘dog grilling burgers’ card you saw at the store the other day! A hand written, heartfelt note letting a friend know how much you appreciate them can brighten their day!

 

The Reverse Cut. Let someone who is behind you in line cut in front of you. That 1-2 minute time saver could be EXACTLY what their day needed, and inspire them to #PruvitForward to someone else!

 

The Drive Thru Guru. When you arrive at a drive-thru window to pay for your order, tell the cashier that you’d like to pay for the order behind you as well. You can use this trick at fast food restaurants, coffee shops, and any other franchise that offers a drive-through option. What might not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, can be the best part of someone else’s day!

 

Less Work, MORE Love. Help someone who has a lot on their plate! Some days life is busier than others, and a helping hand that comes from an observant is low-key like an angel ascending to save the day. ho has extra work throughout the day work a little less by showing them a little extra love.

 

Say CHEESE! We’re not talking about one of the best parts of the Keto Lifestyle (bacon + avocado are great too 😉), we’re talking about SMILING. Smiling can actually make you feel BETTER and imprüv your mood! Smiling is also contagious; the more you smile at people on the street, the BETTER they will feel and continue to share the smiles! That’s pretty amazing for such a small act.

 

Kindness has a ripple effect, so toss it around like glitter! Share how you are doing something nice today on Instagram, and tag us @justpruvit so we can see!

 

Let’s TACO ’bout good food!

Tacos are a way of life. Being small vessels for BIG flavor on a one-way path to meal time satisfaction, we find ourselves wanting to celebrating National Taco Day EVERYDAY.

 

Chorizo Tacos

Ingredients:

1 lb. Chorizo, cooked
8 Fried eggs
Avocado, sliced
Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Tomato, diced
Green onion, chopped
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

 

Cheese Shells Instructions:

1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place 1/3 cup piles of cheese on the parchment paper and spread out to form a circle.
3. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees until edges are brown.
4. Let cool 2 minutes then remove from parchment paper.
5. Place over a large wooden spoon handle to form shell and let cool completely.

 

Chorizo Taco Instructions:

1. Fill cheese shells with chorizo.
2. Top with fried egg, avocado, cilantro, tomato, and green onions.
3. Enjoy

 

 

 

BBQ Brisket Tacos

Ingredients:

Sliced Beef Brisket
Keto BBQ Sauce
Broccoli Slaw
Lettuce leaves shells

 

Beef Brisket Ingredients:

2 pound beef brisket
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp liquid smoke flavoring

 

Instructions:

1. Place brisket in crockpot fat side down.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread on top of brisket.
3. Turn over brisket in crockpot so that it sits fat side up.
4. Cover with water.
5. Cook on low 10-12 hours, or on high 6-8 hours.
6. Remove brisket from crockpot and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
7. Slice against the grain
8. Add desired amount of Keto BBQ Sauce.

 

Keto BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

¼ cup sugar substitute
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup white vinegar
½ cup water
2 Tbsp butter
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp liquid smoke
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp cumin

 

Instructions:

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add sugar substitute, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, water, butter, and tomato paste
2. Bring to simmer
3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

 

Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients:

1 tbsp MCT//143™️
⅓ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp granulated sugar substitute
1 tsp celery seeds
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
4 cups bagged broccoli slaw mix
½ cup almond slivers

 

Instructions:

1. Combine MCT//143™️, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar ,mustard, and sugar substitute and mix well.
2. Add celery seeds, salt and pepper.
3. Pour mixture over broccoli slaw mix and stir to coat.
4. Top with almond slivers.
5. Best served chilled.

 

Brisket Taco Instructions:

1. Add sliced brisket to lettuce shell
2. Top with Keto BBQ sauce and broccoli slaw
3. ENJOY!

 

Think you can whip up these tacos? Post a picture of your final master piece to Instagram, tag us @justpruvit #ketocooking so we can see your SKILLZ! What is your favorite go-to Keto Taco? Email us your recipe to YUM@pruvithq.comand we’ll feature it on our blog!

Prüvit’s Homemade Cookies

Hands up if you knew today was Homemade Cookie Day 🙌🏼 We think this day is EPIK, so we took it up a notch and made TWO of our favorite cookies- Sugar Cookies + Maple Cream Cookies! You’re going to want to make a few extra batches, you know – to share!

 

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 c almond flour
1/2 c coconut flour
1/3 c Erythritol
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

 

Instructions:

1. In mixing bowl blend Erythritol and butter for 1 minute.
2. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.
3. In a separate bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to mixing bowl until dough forms.
5. Let dough sit for 10 minutes to allow coconut flour to absorb moisture.
6. Form dough into a ball and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
7. Roll out chilled dough and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
8. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
9. Bake at 350 for 10-12 min.
10. Let cool completely.

Maple Cream Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups almond flour
2 tbsp of coconut flour
½ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
6 tbsp butter softened
½ cup Swerve
1 large egg
1 tsp maple extract

 

Instructions:

1. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, xanthin gum, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together butter and swerve until smooth.
3. Add egg and maple extract.
4. While mixing on low, add dry ingredients and mix until dough forms.
5. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to about 1/8”
thickness.
6. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
7. Use a maple leaf cutter (or your favorite shape) to cut out shapes.
8. Place cut out dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
9. Bake 15-18 at 300 degrees until lightly brown.
10. Let cool completely.

 

Maple Cream Cookie Filling

Ingredients:

1 c Confectioners Swerve
1/2 c of butter, softened
1 tsp maple extract
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

 

Instructions:

1. Beat powdered sweetener and softened butter together until smooth.
2. Add maple extract and heavy whipping cream to achieve a spreadable consistency.
3. To assemble, spread about 1 teaspoon of the filling on the backside of one cookie then top with another cookie, backside towards the filling.
4. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

 

Get your kids in the kitchen and whip these cookies up! Post a picture to Instagram, tag us @justpruvit #ketocooking so we can see! What are your favorite Keto Apprüved cookies?! Email us your go-to recipe to YUM@pruvithq.com and we’ll feature it on our blog!

 

Swiss Cacao Iced Espresso

If you’re like us, the options for iced coffee are ENDLESS. We’re mixing in our KETO//OS® Max Swiss Cacao for a morning boost of yum and Pure Therapeutic Ketones! But morning isn’t the only time for this treat, use decaf coffee and top with whipped cream and you’ve got a great evening treat 😋

 

Swiss Cacao Iced Espresso

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup chilled espresso
1 package KETO//OS® Max Swiss Cacao
1 cup ice

 

Instructions:

1. Mix together whipping cream and KETO//® Max Swiss Cacao
2. Pour espresso over ice
3. Top with KETO//OS® MAX Swiss Cacao + heavy cream
4. Pop a straw in and enjoy!

 

How do you incorporate KETO//OS® Max Swiss Cacao into your day to day? Email us your favorite recipe to YUM@pruvithq.com and we’ll feature it on our blog sometimes.

 

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