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Ben Greenfield's discoveries, from the latest news on the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking, and anti-aging research. I also recap my upcoming events and special announcements so you can keep up with giveaways, discounts, and more!
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Have Your (Pumpkin Spice) Cake And Eat It, Too (Complete With Creamy Colostrum Frosting!)
There's nothing quite like a slice of pumpkin spice cake on a crisp fall day. But like most pumpkin spice treats this time of year, the average pumpkin-packed baked goodies, cake, cookie or other treat is often also packed with sugar and lacking in nutrition. So, I decided to take a fall classic and amp up the nutrition—and this recipe definitely doesn't sacrifice flavor or texture. Heck, it's actually good for gut-nourishing, muscle-building, appetite-satiation and much more.
The cake itself contains healthy ingredients such as pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and cardamom, along with two scoops of the new Kion Clean Protein—premium, grass-fed, whey protein isolate powder for building muscle, enhanced recovery, and weight management. The secret ingredient and true nutrition powerhouse in the frosting is rich, creamy, gut-nourishing Kion Colostrum.
This recipe makes about one 8″ or 9″ cake. To make a layered cake, double pumpkin spice cake and frosting recipes. I wound up refrigerating for about 4 hours to get it to set to a nice texture, and then I also froze some pieces, cut them up, and sprinkled them on smoothies!
Pumpkin Spice Cake Ingredients:
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
- 3 eggs (room temperature)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. cardamom
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 scoops Kion Vanilla Whey Protein
- 2 cups almond flour (or coconut flour, which is what I used)
- 1/2 cup arrowroot flour
Pumpkin Spice Cake Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8″ or 9×9″ pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt. Mix until smooth.
- Whisk almond flour, arrowroot, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Spoon dry into wet ingredients until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish and level.
- Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature (use code BEN to save 15% from US Wellness Meats)*
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature*
- 1/2 cup Kion Colostrum
- 2 cups tapioca powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Stevia to taste
*Note: to go dairy-free, I used coconut cream instead of butter and cream cheese
- Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
- Add tapioca, vanilla, and stevia to the desired level of sweetness.
- Beat until creamy.
Get Calm AF On Demand
A big perk of my career as a biohacker is that I often get to try cool new products before they hit the shelves (or virtual shelves).
Last month, I was sent the new troche from Troscriptions, but I've had to wait until now to tell you about it because it only just became available this week.
The troche is called TroCalm, and it's precision dosed, pharmaceutical grade, and physician formulated to relieve stress, tension, the feeling of overwhelm, and anxiety.
So what the heck is a troche, anyway?
Well, a troche (pronounced troh-key) is a small, precision-dosed, lozenge designed to dissolve between your upper cheek and gums. After 15 to 30 minutes, the main ingredients of the troche go directly into your bloodstream, bypassing first pass metabolism.
TroCalm quiets your mind, chills you out, and boosts your performance with the following active ingredients:
- 100 mg of Piper Methysticum (Kava Kava)
- 50 mg of N-Nicotinoyl GABA
- 12 mg of Hemp Extract (CBD 10 mg, CBG 2 mg)
All you do is slip it under your tongue and wait for your mind to quiet. Speaking of tongues, TroCalm will turn your tongue orange—kind of like what happens with methylene blue, though not entirely as shocking—but hey, it's a good conversation starter, right?
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Product Of The Week
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Introducing My New Training Program!
This week, I announced I will be launching my new training program, Boundless, exclusively on the Ladder app. With my program, I will provide you with my own personal training plan every week, including 5 Tabata/bodyweight sessions, 1 active recovery session, and 1 day dedicated to “biohacking.”
This is the next best thing to training with me in person and at an incredible rate. In addition to programming, you’ll get access to a community of individuals who will also help hold you accountable.
So no more guessing. No more planning. No more excuses. Boundless will take care of all of that for you. We begin training together as a team on Monday, September 20th. To secure your spot, join my waitlist and you’ll get your first week of training FREE.
I Want To Know What You've Got Cooking
I'm so stoked about the positive feedback I've been getting about my new Boundless Cookbook. The cookbook was a labor of love, but I'm really proud of the end result (especially considering I'm definitely not a trained chef).
Now that the Boundless Cookbook is available on Amazon, I have a favor to ask…
If you have the cookbook and you love it, can you hop on over to Amazon and leave a review? Amazon reviews—as I bet you know—are super important. I want your honest feedback and I'll be reading them to hear what you think.
You can leave your review on Amazon right here (and if you don't have a cookbook yet, and you're an Amazon Prime member, you could have your copy at your doorstep as early as tomorrow).
Kion Product Of The Week: Muscle-Building, Energy-Producing, Kion Aminos
50%. That’s the amount of amino acids you actually absorb from food.
No matter how much protein you eat, you’ll still likely only be able to tap into half of the amino acids you consume, and amino acids are pretty important. They’re the building blocks of protein in the body, and they help you build new muscle, support energy production, and keep the systems in your body running smoothly.
Kion Aminos is a pure, plant-based essential amino acid formula. You just add the powder to ice-cold water and enjoy a refreshing, energizing drink for staying energized, boosting athletic recovery, and supporting lean muscle mass.
Whether you use the aminos powder or tablets, you can be sure that it's giving your body the essential components it needs to carry out your day-to-day routine.
*The FDA hasn't evaluated these statements. Kion products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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