Go Green Protein Bites

Organic Greens have only 4 ingredients and very little flavor, perfect nutritious punch of the spirulina without the typical overpowering flavor

Organic Greens have only 4 ingredients and very little flavor, perfect nutritious punch of the spirulina without the typical overpowering flavor

Go Green Protein Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon The Natural Citizen Organic Greens
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 scoop plant based protein (like Garden of Life or The Natural Citizen)

Method:

Mash banana with a fork, stir in oats and mix well. Add protein and Organic Greens and stir well. It will become thick and that is okay. Roll into 1 inch balls. Refrigerate for up to a week.


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Thank you guys for continually supporting me and cheering me on, and let me know if you make some Go Green Protein Bites!

Organic Greens are also perfect to add into a smoothie in place of (or in addition to) kale or baby spinach as the Vitamin A and Iron content is so high!

Organic Greens are also perfect to add into a smoothie in place of (or in addition to) kale or baby spinach as the Vitamin A and Iron content is so high!

Acai Maqui Bowl

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Who doesn't love a creamy cold smoothie bowl? A perfect way to kick start the spring season! Spoiler alert: I never had an acai bowl before. I tried out the Sunfood Acai Maqui Bowl Mix and it was heavenly!

What are the benefits? ALLLL the vitamins! It's basically like a superfood vitamin in icecream form. WAY better than Flintstone's vitamins, and that is a tall order!

  • Vitamin A which may contribute to healthy immunity, vision, bone health and cell integrity
  • Vitamin C which may function as an antioxidant as well as contribute to healthy immunity and bone health
  • Vitamin B1 which may contribute to mental function and metabolism
  • Vitamin B3 which may help regulate metabolism and support normal cell growth
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids which may contribute to mental function and hearth health
  • Calcium which may assist in supporting strong bones
  • Potassium which may help maintain healthy blood pressure in combination with a low sodium diet
  • Magnesium which may contribute to normal bone health and immunity
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Acai Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Sunfood Acai Maqui Bowl Mix
  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk

Method:

Combine in the blender or food processor until creamy. Toppings are the best part, go crazy! Delicious and nutritious, just how I like it.

Kelly's Blue Spirulina N'icecream

@_takingmylifeback

@_takingmylifeback

Meet my friend, Kelly. I found her through Instagram (you can find her too @_takingmylifeback) I sort of joke with her and tell her she is my life goals, but, kind of not joking. She is a fierce feminist warrior who is out to make this world a more magical place. She encouraged my gratitude practice (you can find my write up on that under the blog tab!) to be what it is today and I have much thanks to give to her for cheering me on through my journey to a better me. I asked Kelly to share her creamy dreamy signature blue n'icecream recipe with us so that we could whip up this healthy and beautiful concoction in our own kitchens. Scroll to the bottom of this post for more on Kelly as I wanted her to talk to you about her own story, I know many of you will relate!


Spirulina  is a type of  blue -green algae that grows in both salty and fresh water. It may be the single most nutrient-dense food on earth.

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salty and fresh water. It may be the single most nutrient-dense food on earth.

  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • ½ - 1 c frozen pineapple
  • ⅛ - ½ tsp Blue Spirulina (more for a darker color of blue)
  • 1-3 Tbs coconut butter
  • 1-2 scoops plain protein powder (white if possible)

Process all of this together in your food processor or blender until creamy! Scoop into a bowl or cup or if you want a more smoothie-like consistency, add liquid of your choice and blend further. 

Garnish with white chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, almond slivers, blueberries, GoRaw cookies, Larabar Cashew Cookie or anything else you love. 

It really depends on how big you want it to be. I range between sizes. (I think there's a 'that's what she said' joke in here somewhere, Kelly ;P)


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"Hi! I’m Kel. I am a chick who’s all about girl power, mother earth, and nurturing my mind and body inside and out. My health journey began a few years ago when I found the shining light of positivity that is FullyRawKristina and became a member of her organic food co-op in Houston, TX. She introduced me to juicing and the raw vegan lifestyle. I began dabbling in juices and smoothies while still remaining physically stagnant and filling the other 75% of my food time with pizza, oreos, nachos, and burgers. Not only did the scale continue to rise, so did my blood pressure,  cholesterol, blood sugar, and inflammation markers. Stress was ruling my life. Then I remembered, I control me. I can take my life back: back from stress; back from bad eating habits; back from a couch potato stagnant lifestyle that I had led for so long. So, I sold my favorite designer bracelet and used the money to buy a bicycle, dusted off my juicer and Vitamix, and got to work. 3 years later, I’m healthier than I have ever been. The scale is lower and more importantly, all of my internal health markers are better than they were even in my 20s. Always a student of nutrition and health as a hobby, I’m constantly researching new tonics and tinctures and superfoods that are delicious and nourishing. I have learned that eating mindfully is the only true way to success for me. I know what makes my body and soul feel good and choosing those things over the ingrained “easy” choice makes me feel more alive than any fitness program, pill, or fad diet I have ever tried. And I have tried them ALL. There is no magic formula and no quick fix. Learning to love yourself and put your well being first is the true key to success. I am not vegan or even 100% vegetarian, but I eat 85-90% plant based and my body feels better for it.  When I slide into old habits, I feel the difference. My skin immediately shows a difference and my energy levels dip drastically. So, I try to be mindful of how I will feel later with every food choice I make. Juice and smoothies make me feel alive.

I am also very passionate about our planet and how we treat our environment. I’m a reduce, reuse, recycle kind of soul. I support companies who believe in those principles. I believe in doing what we can to reduce our footprint on this planet and not mindlessly consume and waste and repeat.

I live each day with intention. Every moment is about a choice. I have lived my entire life with calculation and decision. My choices are mine. Good and bad. I view every choice is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Life is good. I am literally living my dream. I am healthy. I have a job that I love and a life partner who I love from the bottom of my soul who mirrors that love to me. We support one another 100% and even after 26 years, our love grows each day.

In my free time, I like to make pretty food and take food pics, spend time in nature, relax with my 3 kitties, read books that speak to my soul, travel to tropical locations, and spend time with those I love. I love scuba diving and have a fascination with sharks that dates back to 5 years old. That’s a long time ago, Y’all. I love love love juicing. It’s such a zen activity for me. I love cracking wise with my friends and watching obscenely funny TV, movies, and theater. But one of my favorite pastimes is spreading sunshine. If I can smile at a stranger and connect for even one brief moment in time getting a smile in return, my day is made. Sometimes it’s a literal smile to a stranger on the street and sometimes it’s a virtual smile in the form of a like or comment on social media. We all matter. I like to give little reminders of that.

Kaitlyn asked me to share some things about myself and I didn’t really know where to begin. These things are me, but only a small part of who I am. We are all so many things. But most of all, we are love."

Overnight Oats

Chocolate Oaties

Chocolate Oaties

If you have followed me for any length of time on Instagram, you know that my faaavorite food is oatmeal. I have oatmeal every single day, in some way. Usually in the form of overnight oats. It's so versatile and easy to change up the flavors. Below you will find my base recipe for the infamous oaties that stole my heart.

Overnight Oatmeal Base Recipe:

1/3 cup rolled oatmeal

2 tablespoon chia seeds (I use Salba brand)

1 teaspoon hemp seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

dash black pepper (to help the body absorb turmeric)

1 serving protein powder (this can be one or two scoops depending on the brand you use)

Stir and cover with non-dairy milk of choice. Keep in mind that it will thicken up, so add enough milk so that it is a little more liquid than you would typically enjoy. Once stirred, refrigerate overnight (up to 5 days)

It really is that simple! You can do MANY variations such as adding cinnamon or cacao powder. You can add in shredded zucchini or pumpkin puree for more volume and more nutritional value.

Topping choices are endless. I usually top with fresh fruit of some kind, nuts and/or nut butter and raw pumpkin seeds. Don't add your toppings until the morning of or they will get soggy!

Apple Cinnamon Oaties

Apple Cinnamon Oaties

Kale Banana Smoothie Bowl

Topped with Good Mix Superfoods Blend 11, Dang Foods coconut chips, One Degree sprouted granola and fresh blackberries

Topped with Good Mix Superfoods Blend 11, Dang Foods coconut chips, One Degree sprouted granola and fresh blackberries

It has been unseasonably warm this winter so far (NO complaints here) and i woke up this morning craving a smoothie bowl (sorry oatmeal, we aren't breaking up, I just needed some space). 

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas *

A few cubes of ice

Hand full of kale or other dark green

1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk of choice

! tablespoon blackstrap molasses 

Dash of turmeric

Dash of black pepper

Toppings: I listed the toppings that I used under the photo but you can use anything that you think is delicious. Go crazy!

I always blend my greens with my nondairy milk FIRST and get it to a green milk consistency, otherwise you will have pieces of kale that don't get blended up. I use my Magic Bullet for this.

The reason I use black pepper is because your body better absorbs turmeric this way. Just trust me, you can't taste it. Put all of your ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor, blend, scrape down and blend again. It will come out to be a really nice thick icecream-like texture which is how i prefer my smoothie bowls. Throw your toppings on and ENJOY.

**you totally do not have to use frozen bananas, it just makes for a more icecream texture which is what i prefer. 

 

K8's Go-To Oaties

Vegan oatmeal for the win!

Vegan oatmeal for the win!

Oatmeal is arguably my favorite food. Versatile, healthy, cheap, nutritious, cozy. It is probably the only food that I could (and do) eat every day and not grow tired of it. Below you will find my favorite recipe, it’s easy, quick and many of the ingredients are able to be eliminated or swapped out based on preference and what you have on hand.


Ingredients:

1/3 cup rolled oatmeal

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup shredded zucchini

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Splash of non-dairy milk of choice

1 tablespoon black strap molasses

½ banana

¼ cup fresh berries

½ tablespoon pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon nut butter

 

I always just cook my oatmeal in water according to the directions on the package. It’s usually 1:1 so if you do 1/3 cup of oatmeal you will also do 1/3 cup of water.

Bring the water to a boil, pour in your oatmeal and your chia seeds and stir.

Continue to cook covered on low while you shred your zucchini and get your pumpkin puree ready. I squeeze my shredded zucchini a few times to get out the excess water. Stir those into your oatmeal along with the cinnamon and the protein powder. I typically use Sprout Living or Garden of Life but whatever you like will work just fine. This will thicken up the oatmeal a lot so I usually stir in a little unsweetened cashew milk or almond milk, whatever I happen to have in the fridge at the time. This will make it creamier, but feel free to use water.

I also stir in a tablespoon of black strap molasses, more for nutritional value than for taste. I let this cook a little longer on low as I prepare my toppings. This is where you can get creative. I like to have fun in the kitchen so this is the best part for me. Cut your banana up in a fun way, use a fruit you wouldn’t normally think of, try new nut butters. Put your oaties in a bowl and top with any nuts, fruit, seeds or granola that you wish. The zucchini and pumpkin will have added SO much volume to your oatmeal. These oats are so satisfying yet so easy to make.

Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

This is by far my favorite bowl and it was a gift from a wonderful friend.

This is by far my favorite bowl and it was a gift from a wonderful friend.