See that soapbox right over there? Yeah, that one, with the word exercise emblazoned all over it. Pull it over here a minute, would ya? I need to step up on it for a while. Oh boy, I see you rolling your eyes, thinking I am going to get all lecture-y about physical activity. And I am. But this is a blog and you are free to let your eyes glaze over and skip to the recipe and ignore every word I say. Still, I rather suggest you don’t. I am not lecturing you for the good of my own health, my friends. I am lecturing you for the good of YOUR health.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, chances are your health is important to you. After all, you’ve taken the time to search out low carb, gluten-free recipes, so you must have a reason. Whether that reason is weight loss, blood sugar control or just a general sense that all those carbs and sugars aren’t very good for you, you’ve been thinking about it. And that’s great. That’s more than great, actually. It may have taken you decades to get here, to the point where you take your health seriously enough to consider every bite you put into your mouth. So I am very, very proud of you. But if you aren’t getting out there and moving around, getting your heart rate up at least a few times a week, you aren’t doing yourself any favours.
Healthy eating is only one pillar of good health; exercise is another critical pillar. There’s a third pillar that encompasses rest and relaxation, but that’s a soapbox lecture for another day. Without all three pillars holding up your house, you really don’t have a very strong foundation. Reducing your sugars and carbs and getting more vegetables and nutrients is really an amazing and productive step toward a healthier existence. But our bodies were designed to move about frequently and sometimes intensely. They get stronger and stronger the more we move, our muscles get bigger, our bones stronger, our hearts more efficient at pumping blood. Everything gets healthier from all that movement, from our skin to our hair to our emotional well-being. It’s truly remarkable. And it’s something you don’t want to miss out on.
When I applied to join the Cabot Fit Team, I said I would do my best to encourage my readers to embrace not only healthy eating, but exercise too. I know many of you are already very physically active. I know that some of you have health constraints that keep you from being as active as you would like to be. I urge those of you that are able-bodied but think you simply don’t have the time to think again. Short bursts of intense exercise are just as good, and possibly better, than long stretches of moderate activity, so even 10 to 20 minutes a day can help.
And I am delighted that a company (or rather a co-op) such as Cabot Creamery is interested in inspiring its consumers to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle. That is, after all, the purpose of the Cabot Fit Team. As low carbers, we already know that full fat cheese and dairy is part of a healthy lifestyle, but I am sure Cabot has an uphill battle sometimes with the Low Fat crowd. Still, they have a huge supporter in me and always have. It’s rare that I don’t have some Cabot products in my fridge, because living in New England, they are everywhere. And they are delicious.
This is my family’s favourite biscuit recipe. I’ve been experimenting for a while with low carb drop biscuits, and I’ve found that a mixture of both coconut flour and almond flour works best. And sour cream gives them a great consistency and moisture content. And then cheese…lots and lots of good sharp Cheddar cheese. I love to use the Cabot Private Stock Cheddar, but it’s also good with some of the flavoured Cheddars like Horseradish or Chipotle. You can also add some fresh chopped herbs for your own flavour additions. These are quick and easy, and they make great breakfast biscuits and sandwiches.