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BACK THAT KICKSTARTER UP

We like to look at Kickstarter to see what people are out there thinking up. They are geniuses. They are the people that think stuff up. There is a team of guys sitting around somewhere right now just thinking stuff up, and somebody backing them up.

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First, protein bars made from cricket flour. That’s right, ground up bugs. Crickets are the real protein superfood. Locally made in Austin, and it looks like you still have time to fund them.

Second, we have fermentation made easy in mason jars. Mason jars are super in right now, and fermentation is more underground popular, so it helps to combine the two for balance. We love to ferment things over here, but we’ve been using plain, ordinary mason jars.

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Next is the “I trust my phone more than I trust myself” category. There is a sensor that tracks your sun exposure, measures your optimal vitamin D generation, and then send the info to an app. After that sun exposure, you might need some water. There is a water bottle sensor to track your water intake and optimal hydration, and then has your phone tell you to drink some water.

Our phones are definitely smarter than us, so its time we start relying more on apps for basic health needs. If I actually listened to my body, I would be eating an endless amount of tacos and milkshakes, and staying outside until I’m burned and eaten by mosquitoes. It doesn’t know what its talking about.

PURSLANE AT THE DRIVEWAY MARKET

Happy Friday, farmer friends! Have we got a treat for you today. A super healthy treat.

America’s hottest superfood is purslane. Like the hipster it is, this weed is invading a farmers market near you. This plant has EVERYTHING- more omega-3 fatty acids than any other veggie, the eicosapentaenoic acid of a fishy, all the vitamins, minerals, and a bunch of antioxidants to keep your body running errands around town in workout clothes. And if that isn’t enough for you, its also classified as a noxious weed.

We had to get our hands on this stuff, so we took 3 steps out our front door, and turned towards the closest market. Only the most fresh and local for us.

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Thank goodness we remembered our reusable bags. We chose to proclaim our Austin-ness with the free SXSW tote bag. We keep it weird by sporting a bag that 50,000 other people also have.

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After a short walk, we arrived at the Driveway Market, which is even closer than the Garden Market. We chose the freshest bunch of purslane we could find that wasn’t flattened by tire tracks, so we could be sure to reap all those good health benefits.

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We filled up our reusable tote with superfood, and headed home.

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Now comes the part of consuming vegetables without juicing them. Enjoy purslane: in a salad with flax chive dressing, with salsa verde and tortillas (everything tastes better with tortillas), in tomato and cucumber salad, and mushed up in pesto.

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Doesn’t get more local than that. Enjoy your super weeds.