Gấc Fruit Is The New Açaí

 

Have you guys heard of gac fruit?! Well, it's about time you did because it is AMAZING! It has sooo many health benefits; it's absolutely packed with nutrients. Plus, they're really cool looking. It's like a dragonfruit and a horned melon had a baby. Gac fruit can only be found in Southeast Asian regions, and it's harvested only 2-3 months a year!


GacLife is the worlds first direct-to-consumer gac super fruit infused beverage brand. They just announced the release of Gc Sport. Gc Sport offers the highest amount of all-natural antioxidant carotenoids and electrolytes. No added sugar, free from preservatives and unwanted chemicals, and weighs in at less than 10 calories per can. For athletes, Gac Sport provides powerful protection for the muscle, vision, and lung functions, leading to improvements in overall stamina, performance, and hand-eye coordination. When coupled with vitamins A, E, and C, such as those found in gac, carotenoids delay onset muscle soreness helping to heal faster, and grow stronger! One can of 12oz Gac Sport includes 20mg of carotenoids, which is equal to consuming 1 head of cabbage, 5 large tomatoes, 15 large carrots, and 30 bunches of spinach! My favorite part.. It also protects against UV rays! (You guys know how much I love anti-aging!) Carotenoids and vitamins A, E, and C, can help collagen, the strengthening protein in the skin that keeps it firm and youthful looking, from being broken down over time. Gac fruit is also low in sugar, which has been associated with acne breakouts and skin aging.
There has been research that shows extracts of Gac helped to restrict the blood vessels feeding tumors, starving the cancer and killing it. The high amounts of Lycopene and Lutein in Gac may help stop tumors from growing in the colon, the breasts, and skin. Polyphenols also do their part, preventing normal cells from being damaged and turning into tumors, while also attacking cancerous cells and forcing them to self-destruct. (source)
Lastly, the added electrolytes also help rehydrate you after a workout.. or a night out of drinking. Which I think can come in pretty handy for most of us. These days I can get hungover from just having a glass of wine with dinner. Thank you 30's. You guys feel my pain? Give me all the GacLife!





Another thing that is really cool about GacLife, is when you order online, they will gift a 6 pack to a friend! All you have to do is fill in your friends shipping info at the final order confirmation page. How nice is that?!

Now for the taste.. I tried the GacSport which is lemon and electrolytes. It has a very subtle flavor. It is light and refreshing. You can feel it rehydrating and restoring your body as you drink it.
Also, I added some GacLife Sport to my smoothie after Orange Theory the other day and it was reaaaal tasty! I highly recommend it. Maybe I should do a recipe post? What do you guys think?


               









Special thanks to GacLife for sponsoring this post!

Photography by Stephanie Ann Photography




Chrissy Teigen's Mac And Cheese With Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs



INGREDIENTS

Mac And Cheese
Kosher salt
1 pound pasta shells
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the baking dish
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups whole milk
3 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 cups grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese
3/4 pound orange American cheese (about 16 slices)

Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs
8 slices white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
6 cloves garlic
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
5 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

DIRECTIONS

Mac And Cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta a minute less than called for on the package. Drain, rinse, and toss with the oil to prevent sticking.
2. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with a little butter.
3. In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat the 1 stick butter over medium-high heat until melted but not browning. Add the flour and cook, constantly whisking, until it turns a light and toasty brown color, 5 to 6 minutes. Gradually add the milk while whisking, then increase the heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, whisking, until it thickens, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cheeses, a few handfuls/slices at a time, reserving a handful of the cheese, and whisk the sauce until smooth. Whisk in 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 black pepper, and the cayenne.
4. Stir in the cooked pasta, season to taste with more salt and pepper and cook until the pasta is hot again.
5. Pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and spread the bread crumbs evenly over the top. Bake until the topping is browned and crisp, about 8 minutes.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs
1. In a food processor, process the bread until it forms fine crumbs (you should have about 4 cups crumbs). Transfer the crumbs to a bowl. Add the garlic to the processor and process until finely minced (or do it by hand).
2. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-low heat. When it foams, add the garlic and cook, stirring until the garlic smells great but hasn't browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the bread crumbs, increase heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently until toasty and browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in the salt and pepper, remove from the heat, and transfer to a large plate to cool for 5 minutes. Toss in the Parm.












Mustard Dill Potatoes With Colman's Mustard



This is the perfect side dish for a holiday party or get together. I used Colman's mustard to give the potatoes a little spicy kick. I think the mustard and the dill compliment each other really well. I add the potatoes to the rest of the ingredients fresh out of the oven and toss everything together so the heat from the potatoes softens the arugula perfectly. 
This is the perfect side dish to pair with chicken, steak, or fish. So whatever you're cooking this holiday season, you can't go wrong with these mustard dill potatoes!



INGREDIENTS

1 pound fingerling potatoes, or the smallest potatoes you can find
Pink Hymalayan salt
1 tablespoons Coleman's Dry Mustard Powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon pickle juice
1 dill pickle, chopped
Fresh dill
Black pepper
2 cups arugula
Extra virgin olive oil


DIRECTIONS

1. Cut potatoes in quarters. Place in a pot with cold water and let sit for 30 minutes. Add salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes or until fork tender. Lay potatoes on a towel to dry.
2. In a large bowl, mix together mustard, apple cider vinegar, pickle juice, chopped pickle,  arugula, a sprig of dill, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well and place in fridge until potatoes are done.
3. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with EVOO, place potatoes on sheet and mix to coat in oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Remove potatoes from oven and mix together with the bowl of ingredients until all potatoes are evenly coated. Serve immediately.






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