Simple Green Smoothie

Smoothies are usually the last thing I recommend in the winter - they’re cooling and typically the ingredients are not in season this time of year. But for some reason this simple smoothie is really working for me for breakfast right now. So I’m GOING WITH IT! And loving every sweet sip.

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SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen

  • Large handful of baby spinach

  • 1 tsp spirulina powder

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla (into this alcohol free vanilla right now)

  • Dash cinnamon

  • 1 small piece of dulse (optional, great for detoxing)

  • 1- 2 cups filtered water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds (until smooth and creamy). Use 1 cup water for a thicker smoothie (more like banana nice cream) or 2 cups for a more sipable smoothie.

  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Do you love your smoothies for breakfast? I go through phases with em!

Cacao Tea Latte

I’ve been experimenting with different morning drinks and right now I’m super into Crio Bru cacao tea.

Crio Bru is made of ground and roasted cacao nibs - it’s virtually caffeine free and less acidic than coffee or cacao powder (since you steep it like a loose leaf tea). I love that Crio Bru comes in a handful of different roasts similar to coffee. I like them all, but the Limited Edition Tanzania blend is my current favorite.

I reguarly drink Crio Bru as I would loose leaf tea: simply steep, strain and drink. But if you’re looking for a creamier, richer cup, this is the way to go. When blended up with superfoods and adaptogenic herbs the cacao tea turns into a powerful potion that gives me a natural boost of energy and none of the tummy troubles I often experience with coffee.

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Cacao Tea Latte

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Brew your Crio Bru tea according to the package instructions (you can use a French press or loose leaf tea strainer).

  2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds (until frothy).

  3. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

This post was generously sponsored by Crio Bru. Thank you Crio Bru for supporting my continued explorations in healthy eating and living!

Gut Healing Ginger Latte

This "latte" is unlike anything you'd find at Starbucks - it's dairy, coffee AND sugar free, and actually packed with superfoods that help heal your gut. I also happen to think it's completely delicious and energizing in it's own right, no caffeine required!

Before I jump into the recipe, I want to highlight a few of the awesome ingredients in here:

Collagen - Collagen is pure protein and it helps heal the lining of your gut. It's also great for your hair, skin and nails. Plain collagen powder is completely flavorless, so you can add it to just about anything - I love it in my latte drinks and this addictive Almond Butter Fudge, but you can also simply stir into tea, coffee, smoothies or oatmeal. Think of it like a tasteless clean protein powder.

Ginger - Ginger has been used for centuries as both a powerful anti-inflammatory and stomach-calming remedy. Plus, it gives this latte a great flavor without sugar or fake ingredients.

Ashwaganda - Ashwaganda is an adaptogen which means it helps your body respond to stress in a healthy way. From my experience, so many gut issues (indigestion, bloating, constipation, gas, etc) originate not from food, but from stress. In fact, your body cannot properly digest food if it's stressed out and in that "fight or flight" mode. The more you are able to chill out around meal time, the better able you'll be able to drop into your "rest and digest" mode, leading to fewer uncomfortable digestive issues.

Gut Healing Ginger Latte / dairy free, gluten free, paleo, caffeine free

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (I like Vital Proteins)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Small knob of peeled fresh ginger (about 1/2 - 1 inch)
  • Generous dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder (omit if drinking this at night)
  • 1/4 tsp ashwaganda powder
  • 2 cups hot water
  • A few drops of stevia or raw honey, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Boil your water.
  2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until frothy and delicious.

I've enjoyed this spicy latte both in the morning and at night. If you do choose to drink this at night, I suggest omitting the maca as it has quite an energizing effect on the body.

Electrolyte Lemonade

First, THANK YOU so much for your emails, messages and texts in response to last week's post. This was something I was nervous to share, and the positive and supportive response has been amazing.

On a lighter note, today I'm popping in with a quick, super refreshing summer drink recipe. I've talked about the importance of staying hydrated before and now that the sticky summer weather is upon us (at least for my US friends!) getting plenty of water and electrolytes in is even more crucial.

Oh yeah, electrolytes! What are those little guys anyways? An electrolyte is a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water. Sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate are examples of electrolytes. Electrolytes play a role in some key bodily functions including:

  • help keep blood pressure levels stable

  • assist with nerve signaling

  • reduce anxiety

  • support muscle contractions and proper heart rhythm

  • bone building and strength

  • and MORE!

That all being said, it's important that we've got the proper balance of electrolytes in our bods. The main way you loose electrolytes is through sweating, which most of us do more of in the summer.

Now you DON'T need to go out and buy a bunch of Gatorade (it's packed with mostly sugar anyways!) - there are plenty of natural ways to replenish your body's electrolytes.

Here are a few natural ways to replenish lost electrolytes, naturally:

  1. Eat a potassium rich banana

  2. Drink some delicious coconut water

  3. Add a dash of quality sea salt to your water

  4. Take a magnesium supplement


You can also make yourself this delicious electrolyte lemonade! I've been making this drink a lot the past few days and I've noticed that not only am I less hungry, my sugar cravings have gone WAY down and I'm sleeping so much better. Now that's COOL!

Electrolyte Lemonade


Ingredients:

  • Filtered water

  • Juice of 1 lemon (or lime or 1/2 of a grapefruit)

  • Generous pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

  • A few drops liquid stevia or 1 tsp raw honey

Instructions:

  1. Fill a large mason jar (32oz) or water bottle with filtered water.

  2. Add freshly squeezed citrus juice, sea salt and stevia (if using). Taste and add more juice or stevia if desired. Note: if you use honey, you'll want to dissolve it in a little bit of hot water first.

  3. Drink up!

 

 

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Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water

Wake your body up with this delicious spa water. Cucumber is hydrating and a natural diuretic (which means it helps flush toxins out of your system). Mint is calming and cooling, and the scent alone will boost your energy levels. Sea salt helps replenish electrolytes which are essential for proper muscle recovery.

Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water // vegan, gluten free, raw

Ingredients:

- 24 oz water

- 1 Persian cucumber, washed and sliced

- 5 mint leaves

- Dash high quality sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to a large mason jar or water bottle. This is best if you let it sit for a while - I love to make a big jar of this at night and keep it in the fridge to enjoy right when I wake up in the morning.