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!

Paleo Cookie Dough Bites

TRUE FACT: I actually don't love cookies.

I know, who am I??? But seriously, I'd pick a bowl of soft serve ice cream or a gooey brownie over a cookie ANY day.

I've posted recipes for healthy, mostly raw "cookies" before. None of these taste like the traditional, baked variety, but personally I love that about them. This variation doesn't include any oats making it perfect for my paleo friends. I especially love the addition of roasted hazelnuts - it gives these cookies an interesting flavor... plus, almonds are SO 2017 ;).

Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie Dough Bites vegan / gluten free / paleo

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except cacao nibs to your food processor (or Vitamix) and pulse until "dough" starts to come together.
  2. Add cacao nibs and pulse a few times more to incorporate.
  3. Form into balls with your hands. You can also use a melon scooper for more uniform bites. Arrange on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, or until firm.
  4. Enjoy immediately, or store in the freezer to eat later.

If you make this recipe, I'd love it if you would snap a photo and post to social media - make sure to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I can see it.

 

 

Happy happy holidays friends!

Superfood Chocolate

You guys. Happy Valentine's day! Do yourself [or your someone special] a favor and make this super easy homemade chocolate fudge today! It's packed with good for you ingredients like coconut oil and raw cacao, so you can indulge totally guilt-free.

Superfood Chocolate // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

*Note: Virgin (or Extra Virgin) Coconut Oil will have a slight coconut flavor/aroma while Refined Coconut Oil will not.

Instructions:

  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper OR grab some silicone candy molds (fancy!). Note: You can also use a plastic tupperware container, in which case you do not need to use parchment paper as the chocolate will pop out of the plastic easily.
  2. Add all ingredients (except toppings) to your high speed blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
  3. Pour chocolate into dish or molds, and sprinkle with toppings (if desired). Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate mixture has set. If you don’t use molds, you’ll want to cut the chocolate at this point into bite-sized squares.
  4. Store in the freezer for optimal freshness. ENJOY!
 
Did you make this recipe? 
Tag me @EmilyNachazel so I can be sure to see it!! <3
 

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Because it's that time of year when it's WAY to hot to turn on the oven (especially if you live in a studio apartment, like me!).

I made these easy "cookies" for my 4th of July BBQ and they were a huge hit! Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and packed with nutrient dense foods like almonds, oats, and coconut oil, these are a treat you can feel good sharing. Not to say there is anything wrong with saving them all for yourself... ;)

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, no bake

inspired by this Minimalist Baker recipe

Ingredients:

    •    1/2 cup coconut sugar (I used Sweet Revenge coconut sugar)
    •    2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
    •    3 tbsp melted coconut oil
    •    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    •    1/2 cup natural almond butter
    •    2 tbsp coconut flour
    •    1/4 cup slivered almonds
    •    1 cup gluten free rolled oats
    •    Pinch sea salt
    •    1/4 cup raw cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional, but SO delicious)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together coconut sugar, almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, almond butter, and coconut flour (you can use a food processor or blender, or mix by hand). The mixture will be VERY sticky, like caramel.
  2. Add in and mix by hand slivered almonds, oats, sea salt and cacao nibs.
  3. Scoop by tablespoon with cookie scoop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge or freezer to firm up (about 20 minutes). Enjoy!

 

Have you been baking, and cooking, less now that it's hot out? What have been your go-to meals, snacks, and treats these days? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

Crunchy Romaine Salad with Nori and Avocado

As the weather has started to warm up (sort of!), I've found myself craving salads, which is totally natural. Our bodies want more raw, water-rich, light foods in the spring and summer.

This particular salad has been my go-to this month - it takes literally 5 minutes to pull together, no advance prep or fancy kitchen gadgets needed.

Nutritional yeast is what makes this salad soooooo tasty. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, most often found as yellow flakes or powder. It has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy (which is why it's super popular with vegans and those who don't eat dairy). Not only does it taste good, but it's packed with vitamins and minerals, and is a significant source of B-complex vitamins, which help support a healthy metabolism. 

For years I've sprinkled nutritional yeast (or nooch, as its affectionately called) on roasted veggies, or blended into dips and sauces. But more recently I've been absolutely loving it on salads (thank you, Robyn Youkilis), and this is my most favorite combination.

Crunchy Romaine Salad with Nori and Avocado // vegan, gluten free, paleo, raw

Ingredients:
-1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
-3-5 nori sheets, torn into small pieces
-1 avocado, diced
-2-3 tbsp oil of choice: olive, avocado, or flaxseed
-1/4 cup nutritional yeast
-sea salt and pepper
-a few large forkfuls of sauerkraut

Instructions:
1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. I like to mix this really well so the lettuce almost starts to wilt, and everything is coated with nutritional yeast. Taste and add more nutritional yeast or S&P as desired.

2. To make this a full meal, top with protein of choice - cooked quinoa, hard boiled egg, seared tempeh, etc - and enjoy! This makes about 2 servings.

 

I've been eating this salad a couple times a week - I hope you will love it just as much as I do!

Have you noticed your taste buds changing as the seasons shift? Let me know in the comments below!