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Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie with Vital Proteins Collagen

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If you have followed me for a while… or even for just a few weeks… you’ll know that I. LOVE. SMOOTHIES. All of my smoothies are different, too! I use a creative mix of fats, proteins, and veggies to make my delicious masterpieces. Well there is ONE thing my smoothies have in common… I use Vital Proteins Collagen as my protein source! The vanilla coconut is my go-to when I want a little vanilla, but when I want classic I love using the marine collagen! Check out the making of this bad boy on my Instagram! Full recipe below…

Vital Proteins

What You Will Need:
1-1.5 Cup Unsweetened Nut Milk
1 Serving Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
2T Almond Butter
1 T Chia Seeds
Handful of Spinach
1/4 Cup Raspberries

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a nutribullet or Vitamix, starting with your liquid base. Blend on high until thoroughly mixed. (Add ice if you want a colder, thicker smoother). Serve and enjoy!

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More on “Why I Take Vital Proteins Religiously” 

 

 

Hot Chocolate Made with Vital Proteins Mocha Creamer

I talk all the time about my obsession with Vital Proteins (blog, here!), and if you follow me on Instagram, then you will see Vital Proteins on my stories pretty much daily! I’ll save you my speech on why VP and collagen are a necessary part of one’s diet (hair and nail growth, heal leaky gut syndrome, clears skin) and instead, I will talk about their NEWEST addition, Mocha Creamer! For the coffee drinkers out there, this is TOTALLY for you! And if you don’t drink coffee like myself, then this creamer is MEANT for your hot chocolate!

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What You Will Need:
1.5 C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 T Maple Syrup
2 T Cacao Powder
1 Serving Vital Proteins Mocha Collagen Creamer
Pinch of salt
Gluten-free, dairy-free mini marshmallows
What You Will Do:
Boil unsweetened coconut milk and add to Vitamix.
Add maple syrup, cacao powder, salt, and collagen peptides.
Blend on high until fully mixed!
 Serve and top with mini chocolate chips and marshmallows!

Enjoy!!!

BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™

Summer recipes are my absolute favorite. Grilled seafood and vegetables, avocado on everything, and that good ‘ol margarita that makes the meal complete. Well, there is one summer dish that is often overlooked, and today I’m bringing this delicious side recipe to center stage. BEANS! BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™ to be exact.

BUSH’S® Black Beans are naturally gluten-free, only 120 calories per half cup serving, and have 7 grams of protein per serving! Oh, and the beans have just the right amount of spice!

Today I am making my classic summer lunch dish, and packing on a little bit of heat thanks to BUSH’s® Beans.

What You Will Need:
3-4 oz Wild Shrimp
1 Can BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™
½ Avocado
Handful of Tortilla Chips
1/2T Avocado oil

What You Will Do:

Remove the BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™ from the can and heat for 1-2 minutes in a microwave safe dish.
While your beans are baking, sauté 3-4oz defrosted or fresh Wild Shrimp in 1/2T avocado oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook your shrimp for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
Plate your shrimp, along with the tortilla chips and mashed avocado.
Scoop about 1/3 can of BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™ onto the plate, too!

Serve and enjoy!

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Let’s talk about Turmeric. You’ve seen it in your lattes, you’ve seen it in your food, and you’ve heard everyone rave about its beneficial properties. Turmeric fights inflammation, it is a powerful antioxidant, is brain boosting, and protects your heart! For a few months now, I’ve been adding turmeric to anything and everything, but with its strong taste, I’ve had to learn how to add it to my food without making my meals too bitter. One of my favorite foods to add turmeric to is cauliflower! I was inspired by a meal I had in NYC at ABCV, and ever since then I’ve been dying to recreate the masterpiece.

Well, it’s taken a little time and experimentation, but I’ve developed a recipe that is just. right. Introducing my Turmeric Cauliflower Rice- it takes just minutes to prepare and only a few ingredients! I hope you enjoy!

What You Will Need:
2C Cauliflower Rice
1tsp Tumeric
Dash of Nutmeg
Dash of Salt + Pepper
3/4T Garlic Powder
1T Avocado Oil
Handful of Sliced Almonds and Goji Berries

What You Will Do:
Heat up 1T of Avocado Oil on a skillet.
Add your cauliflower rice to the skillet, and sauté it in the avocado oil.
Add your turmeric, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic powder.
Stir cauliflower rice into the spices until fully incorporated… and YELLOW.
*If you want to add almonds and goji berries, do so here!
Cook cauliflower rice for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
Serve! If vegan, add avocado. If not vegan, add wild salmon or eggs!

Vegan Smoothies Made with Califia Farms

I asked a few friends this weekend, “When you think of my brand, what do you think of?” The answer was unanimous. SMOOTHIES! I start every morning with a smoothie, and often have them for dinner or lunch, too! And no it doesn’t get boring! With so many inclusions available and varieties of proteins, fats, greens etc, no two smoothies are the same. Well, one thing is the same. Each smoothie incorporates one of Califia Farm’s nut milks!

The plant-based brand is not only vegan but GMO-free, and all ingredients are sustainably sourced. I’m kind of obsessed with the Toasted Coconut AlmondMilk, and other favorites include the Chocolate Coconut AlmondMilk and Vanilla AlmondMilk. Califia also has the BEST creamers for your coffee’s and latte’s, and their on-the-go AlmondMilk Matcha’s are my life.

BLUEBERRY VANILLA:
1.5 Cups Califia Farms Toasted Coconut AlmondMilk
3/4 Cup Blueberries
1 Scoop Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder
½ Banana
1T Coconut Butter
1T Chia Seeds
1C Frozen Cauliflower
TOPPINGS: Blueberries, Straberries, Raspberries, Blackberries

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER:
1.5 Cups Califia Farms Chocolate Coconut AlmondMilk
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 Banana
1T Peanut Butter
1T Chia Seeds
1/2 Frozen Zucchini
TOPPINGS: Cacao Nibs, Coconut Shavings, granola

MATCHACADO BANANA:
2 Cups Califia Farms Toasted Coconut AlmondMilk
2 tsp Matcha
1 Scoop Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 Avocado
½ Frozen Banana
1T Chia Seeds
1C Spinach
Toppings: Avocado, Coconut Butter, Banana

MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

New smoothie alert!! Last year when I did the keto diet, I always struggled with the concept of having a bulletproof matcha for breakfast (as many mathca-drinkers do on the diet).

When it comes to breakfast, I need something a bit more filling (aka my smoothie)! But we all know how much I love my matcha. So I decided there must be a way to incorporate the two!! Introducing my MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
.5-1T Chia Seeds
1/2 Avocado
1 Scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
1C Spinach
1/2 Frozen Banana

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a Vitamin or NutriBullet, starting with the nut milk.
Blend on high until fully incorporated.
Pour into a bowl, and top with toppings of your choice. I topped mine with the other half of  my banana and coconut flakes!

Enjoy!

Why I Drink Bone Broth. Every. Day

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It’s here, it’s here! My long anticipated and very hyped up blog post on BONE BROTH!

For those of you who watch my Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I’ve ranted for the past month about my new bone broth obsession, but I haven’t wanted to get into specifics until I gave the BB life it’s fair shot. (It’s easy to be excited about a new diet or wellness find, only to discover you don’t love it thatttt much a week or two later). Well it’s been a month now, and I am excited to answer ALL of your questions, and tell you how bone broth changed my health… and life (cue dramatic music).

Why I Started Drinking Bone Broth:

For week’s, something in my digestion/body was OFF. My IBS was terrible (prepare for SOME TMI…) aka I was either backed up or super loose, I had major indigestion, cramping, anxiety, and BLOAT. All signs of an upset gut! I’ve been intrigued by bone broth and its gut healing properties for quite some time, but never indulged as I tend to stay away from meat and poultry (I’m not vegan… I love wild salmon and eggs), but I was feeling SO bad that I decided it was time to throw my rules out the window and give Bone Broth a go.

Why Bone Broth? The Benefits!

  1. Heal and Seal Your Leaky Gut- Simply adding one cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome, and keeps already-healthy guts strong!
    • It contains GELATIN- According to Dr. Axe, Gelatin is “beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.” Gelatin is incredibly powerful in sealing your leaky gut, which is the cause of so many autoimmune and digestive disorders!
  2. It is nutrient DENSE-
    • Bone broth is one of world’s best sources of natural collagen, which is my jam for keeping my hair and bones strong, skin clear, and metabolism boosted. It also contains phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, and more! Every time you sip on bone broth, you are sipping on these incredible nutrients!
  3. Food Intolerance and Allergies- Intolerances and allergies are faced by everyone, whether they realize them or not! According to Dr. Axe, “Gelatin helps people with food allergies and sensitivities tolerate those foods.” Repairing your gut helps heal sensitivities!
  4. Boosts Immune System

According to Kettle and Fire, “Simmering bones and connective tissue into a broth for 10 to 16 hours enhances the digestibility of these powerful nutrients, and makes them incredibly easy for our body to digest, absorb, and assimilate. The easy digestibility of bone broth is why it’s one of the top recommended foods for those with weakened or compromised digestive systems, and others who may have trouble properly absorbing a nutritional supplement.”

How could I tell Bone Broth was having a positive and immideate impact on my health? 

To begin my Bone Broth ‘cleanse’ (I hate the word ‘cleanse’ but it’s the best I could do here…) I found an amazing Bone Broth protocol on Kettle & Fire’s website! Their ‘treatment’ essentially involved eating paleo and incorporating two cups of bone broth into your day (at two different times). It sounded easy enough, so I gave it a try! (note: their protocol also included 2 days a week of bone broth fasting, which I didn’t do, but would love to try).

I read Kettle’s blog post and went straight to Erewhon to purchase all of the broth’s I could find. After just ONE day of adding two cups of bone broth to my diet, my backed-up days were no more. It was honestly like MAGIC!

IMPORTANT. Whenever I start a new protocol that alters or effects my gut, I experience a MEGA detox reaction. I like to call it “the pain that feels so good.” Essentially you feel worse before you feel better, as all of the bad bacteria is being flushed and forced out of your body, and it is replaced with good bacteria and nutrients! Days 3 & 4 I experienced the Bone Broth “die-off” SO badly. I had no energy, I went from not going to the bathroom to going to the bathroom TOO much, I was achy, and I had a headache like no other. But I didn’t mind it at all! I knew exactly what was going on, and I knew powering through a few days of feeling flu-like was what needed to happen in order to continue healing my gut. If you experience a strong detox reaction, I recommend cutting back on the broth to just one cup for a few days, taking epsom salt baths, hitting an infrared sauna, and drinking A TON OF WATER!

After just ONE week of adding bone broth to my diet, I felt completely de-bloated and less anxious, and my gut was seriously feeling awesome. You can have bone broth many ways- I typically have it as a soup and fill it with my favorite veggies (steamed zucchini, squash, and carrots) OR one cup twice a day as a snack. I’ve recently started boiling my rice in it too, and it is my new favorite dinner addiction!

I have yet to make bone broth myself, but given how costly bone broth is I really want to start! So stay tuned here 🙂

Where Do I Find Bone Broth?!
(Note: These are just places I’ve been to and frequent, I’m sure there are many more and I would love to hear where YOU have had bone broth!)

LA:
Erewhon– The first place I tried Bone Broth in LA! They have a whole refrigerated WALL of bone broth’s and soup’s at the West Hollywood location. They have all of the best bone broth brands, in addition to their own creations! My addiction is their chicken bone broth with butternut squash puree, and their beef bone broth with dandelion and other herbs!


Belcampo– I felt the impacts of Belcampo’s Bone Broth after just one cup! They have 24x the collagen as their competitors (reviewed in a Stanford Lab!) and make their broth in their farm kitchen by simmering organic beef and pork bones for 24 hours to extract maximum nutrients. If you’re not a fan of pork and beef, they have poultry broth and lamb broth, as well! YOU CAN PURCHASE THEIR BROTH ONLINE!


Kreation- My go-to healthy eatery in LA! They offer BISON and chicken bone broth on their menu and to take home in their kafe’s!


The District By Hannah An- The District has been one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles ever since I moved here two years ago! I always order the Filet Mignon and Chicken PHO! (Chicken or filet, rice noodles, onion, scallion, and bean sprouts).
*** Thanks to The District, whenever I see Pho on a menu, I order it! Pho isn’t necessarily BONE broth. The Pho at The District is made from the whole animal, bones AND flesh!

NYC:
Springbone– You must order the Liquid Gold! It is made with chicken broth, organic coconut milk & turmeric, and they also offer a veggie broth! You can add a variety of toppings to your broth to make it a filling meal!
Brodo– The OG spot for Bone Broth! Four styles of broth and a variety of flavorful add-ins, as well as chef-designed combos. 100% grass-fed beef, organic poultry, and whole fresh organic vegetables.Originally, Brodo opened as a window in the East Village, and they have since spread to multiple locations! YOU CAN PURCHASE THEIR BROTH ONLINE!

SF:
Saiwalks- Located in The Marina, this Vietnamese hotspot in my favorite place to go in SF. Homemade, slow-cooked (10-hour!) bone broth served steamy hot in a big bowl with rice noodle, cilantro, basil, onions, lemon wedges, and bean sprout. GLUTEN FREE AND NO MSG!

Favorite Brands of Bone Broth:
Belcampo
Erewhon
Kettle & Fire
Broth Masters
Bonafide- my friends love it, I have yet to try it!
Dr. Axe Bone Broth PROTEIN POWDERS– I am a self-proclaimed smoothie-addict, and using these powders in my smoothies has been amazing! Protein packed and equipped with good fats, using the powders enables me to have my two favorite foods (smoothies and bone broth) in one!
Probiotic Boost

FAQ:
Q: When I see soup on a menu, is it bone broth?
A: Not necessarily! There is a difference between broth and stock, and it mainly has to do with what part of the animal the broth is made from (bones versus flesh) and cooking time. Bone Broth is technically a stock, as according to Kettle & Fire, “A stock is made by simmering bones, ligaments and connective tissue in boiling water for roughly 3-4 hours.” However, Bone Broth is cooked for 10+ hours! For more details and the nitty gritty, check out Kettle & Fire’s blog, here!

Q: Does vegan bone broth exist?
A: Sort of! One of the first bone broth’s I ever tried was the Vegan, mushroom-based bone broth from Erewhon. There are no bones used, but mineral rich vegan soups are said to do the trick!

Q: The bone broth I just bought/made looks “jiggly”… is it supposed to!?
A: Jiggly is great! That’s the gelatin.

Q: How long can you refrigerate bone broth for before you have to freeze it? How long can it stay frozen?
A: The general rule of thumb seems to be, “refrigerate for up to a week, and then freeze for up to a year.”

Q: I have IBS, and so many bone broth’s have onion and garlic in them. Are there any without?!
A: YES! I feel you all on this one, as I have mild IBS, too. I live for Belcampo Bone Broth because their broth is made from a combination of different animal bones (so the flavor isn’t overly powerful/strong from just one animal), and the only added ingredient is Apple Cider Vinegar, which makes every broth better!

Sources I used in writing this article and in embarking on my own Bone Broth journey!

https://www.kettleandfire.com/pages/the-bone-broth-diet

https://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/

 

 

Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

What makes a good smoothie? Well this answer will be different for everyone! For me, a good smoothie is a smoothie that is creamy AF. It makes me feel fuller, and when you’re having a liquid as a meal, it can be tough to feel full after! My new Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie, which is a take of my Vanilla Avocado Smoothie, is my creamiest smoothie yet thanks to a special ingredient: cauliflower!

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Nut Milk
1/2 Avocado
1 Scoop Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder (the top two photos here use chocolate protein, the last photo uses vanilla)
1/4 Cup Blueberries
1T Chia or Flax Seeds
1/2-1Cup steamed then frozen Cauliflower (the more cauliflower florets the creamier)

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a blender starting with the nut milk and ending with the frozen cauliflower.
Blend in a Vitamin or NutriBullet on high for 40-50 seconds.
Finish with toppings of your choice and serve!

Adding frozen cauliflower FLORETS, not cauliflower RICE, to this smoothie is the key to making it creamy AF. Next up I will be trying frozen zucchini… stay tuned!

Unicorn Smoothie

You’ll notice that most of my smoothie recipes are fruit-free. That is because I tend to avoid fruits that are high in sugar! But I also recognize that most people love bananas in their smoothies… I mean, bananas are the ultimate way to make a nice, creamy smoothie. And hey, I’m not a robot! Every once in a while it’s nice to have a banana smoothie! Recently my friends at Pearl Butter sent me their multi-color coconut butters (the colors are thanks to different adaptogens and superfoods used in each), and I decided the butters would be AMAZING in a smoothie. Both visually and taste-wise! And I was RIGHT! Introducing my Unicorn Smoothie…

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Original Coconut Milk
1-2T Beauty Butter (I got it from Pearl Butter, and the pink is thanks to Pitaya!)
1 Scoop Vanilla Coconut Collagen (Primal Kitchen Brand or Vital Proteins)
*Sub vegan vanilla protein for vegan smoothie
1T Chia Seeds
1 Banana
1/2T Brain Octane or MCT Oil (Optional)

What You Will Do:
Add all items to a Vitamix, starting with the nut milk. Blend on high for 40-50 seconds.
Pour into a jar or glass, and add your toppings! I added Adaptogenic Butters from Pearl Butter (yellow is turmeric and blue is spirulina). Enjoy!!

Chocolate Coconut Cauliflower Smoothie

Cauliflower in your smoothie?? YES. Recently I’ve become obsessed with making my smoothies as thick and creamy as possible. I don’t like to put fruit in my smoothies, as much as I love the creaminess you get when you add a banana into the mix, so I’ve been on the hunt for creamy, veggie alternatives! I was skeptical about adding cauliflower and worried it would throw off the taste, but with just one cup of steamed, then frozen, cauliflower, taste isn’t sacrificed at all!!


What You Will Need:
1.5C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein (I use Aloha or Tone It Up)
1 T Chia Seeds
.5 T Brain Octane (optional)
1 T Coconut Oil
1 Cup Steamed and then frozen/refrigerated Cauliflower

What You Will Do:
First things first. Steam and then freeze or refrigerate your cauliflower! Before you freeze/refrigerate, make sure you squeeze ALL the water out of the steamed cauli!
Add all of your ingredients to the blender, starting first with the Coconut Milk.
Once all of your ingredients are in your Vitamix/blender, blend away!
Pour into a cup or bowl and top with toppings of your choosing. I added Eating Evolved Midnight Dark Chocolate and blueberries!

Vanilla Avocado Smoothie

Recently I’ve become addicted to smoothies. So much that I will have a smoothie for Breakfast AND for dinner. What I love most about smoothies is the customization. Ultimately, each of my smoothies embody the Fab 4, a diet introduced to me by my nutritionist, Kelly Leveque. The fab 4 includes protein, fat, fiber, and greens. Recently, my morning smoothie has been a variation of this Vanilla Avocado Smoothie. It’s so creamy and SO filling!!

What You Will Need:
1.5C Unsweetened Vanilla Macadamia Nut Milk (you can sub nut milk varieties!)
.5T Bulletproof Brain Octane
1/4-1/2 Avocado
1T Chia Seeds
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 C Spinach

What You Will Do:
Pour all ingredients into a Vitamix, starting with your nut milk, and blend until smooth! (45-60 seconds). I also add ice to make it extra cool and feel like a true smoothie.

This smoothie fills my tall smoothie glass one and a half times! It is SO creamy and SO filling thanks to all the healthy fats and protein! I typically have my first smoothie at 7am and I’m not hungry again until 1pm. Most importantly… the avocado mixed with vanilla protein and vanilla nut milk has such a nice flavor! I literally crave my smoothie every day throughout the day. To change up this recipe, switch up the nut milk (unsweetened almond, coconut, or cashew) and the flavor/type of protein powder! Enjoy!

Vegan Protein Banana Bread made with Aloha Banana Protein

Okay, who here has tried (and is totally in love with) my Classic Gluten-Free Banana Bread recipe? And who here, after reading last week’s post on Aloha, has gone out and purchased all of their products? Well if you haven’t done either, this post will quickly change that.

As we discussed last week, Aloha is a plant-based company featuring lines of protein powders, protein bars, greens, and teas that are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan.

Aloha protein powders keep you full and feeling your best thanks to 18g of plant-based protein, omega-3s, magnesium, and other key nutrients! The protein powders come in Banana, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Mixed Berry. This week I decided to experiment with the Banana Protein Powder. It’s tasty on it’s own, but I figured it would be even more amazing when combined with my favorite banana bread recipe! And my banana bread recipes could totally use a little protein kick!

Introducing… Vegan Protein Banana Bread!

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 C Coconut Flour
1/4 C Buckwheat Flour
2 T Hazelnut Flour
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
2 RIPE Bananas
2 Chia ‘Eggs’
¼ tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1tsp Vanilla
4T Coconut Oil
1 Scoop Aloha Banana Protein Powder
Optional: GF/DF choc chips!

What You Will Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine gluten-free flours, baking soda, coconut sugar, Aloha Protein Powder, and salt.
In a second small bowl, mash 2 bananas.
In a third small bowl, create your chia eggs and place in the refrigerator for 5 mins or so! (1T Crushed Chia: 3T water)
Combine bananas and Chia Eggs in a (fourth) large bowl and mix until smooth.
Add coconut oil and vanilla to this bowl.

Pour dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and combine until smooth!
If you want to make chocolate chip banana bread, now’s the time to add your vegan chocolate chips!
Pour batter into a 9.5 in x 5.5 in bread pan.


Place in the oven for ~35 minutes, or until the top of your bread is nice and brown. If you stick a toothpick or knife into the bread, it should come out nice and clean! Otherwise, let it cook a bit longer!
Let bread cool for ~15 minutes.
Slice and serve!

The bread came out SO amazing! Light yet filling, and in-line with Aloha’s beliefs, this bread is made with all good-for-you ingredients. The protein powder is not only delicious in banana bread, but also in morning smoothies, banana pancakes, cookies, and more!

To get your hands on Aloha Protein Powder, click here!