California Date Shake (Plant-Based)

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PSA: this is not a smoothie.

As a California-girl, I’m unsure how I had never heard of a Date Shake until a visit to Frankie & Jo’s in Seattle. The plant-based ice cream shop serves up on ode to the real-deal Palm Springs date shake in a dairy-free, vegan and paleo revival that tastes exactly like its dairy version.

Since my last trip to Seattle, I've been dreaming of Date Shakes, and quite frankly, dreaming of Coachella. In years past, it was right about now that my group of friends would start getting excited, making final prepping for the fun-filled Music and Arts Festival down in the Coachella Valley. It was also the unofficial start of warm weather season.

Date shakes are a well-known Coachella Valley desert. Although I've been to Palm Springs numerous times, I’ve never (officially) tasted these legendary shakes been to Palm Springs. (At least not that I'm aware of!) I heard about their deliciousness from friends, from strangers, from the Insta and Pinterest world. Dates blended into a milkshake? Sounds like absolute perfection. I knew right away that I needed to recreate the date shake at home.

You're going to love this thick and creamy plant-based California Date Shake made with dates, walnuts, and frozen bananas instead of ice cream. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and plant-based/vegan.

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California Date Shake (Plant-Based)

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Plant-Based

Recipe makes 2 servings

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What You'll Need

1/4 cup raw walnuts soaked for 2-4 hours

1/4 cup cashews soaked for 2-4 hours

6 Medjool dates pitted and soaked for 10 minutes

1 banana sliced and frozen

3/4-1 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

A pinch sea salt

5-7 ice cubes

Tools: High-Speed Blender (I used this brand)

What You'll Need To Know

Once the cashews, walnuts and dates have been soaked, drain and add them to a high-speed blender drained add them to a high-powered blender.

Add in the cashew milk, vanilla, ground cinnamon, salt, and ice cubes and blend on high until thick and creamy, about 60-90 seconds.

Pour and enjoy!

Lucuma Matcha Latte

I want to share my current warm-tonic-matcha-addiction with you. This Lucama Matcha Latter is so frothy, creamy and delicious. 

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There is something so delicious about Matcha, combined with lucama, collagen and a good source of fat that helps give me sustainable energy, optimal brain function, and focus. So much so, it'll make you not miss coffee.

You'll love that lucuma powder delivers plenty of health benefits when added to your favorite food or beverage, and has a slightly sweet taste to it. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system.

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LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE

Makes 1 serving

What You'll Need

1 tsp Matcha (high-quality, I used Tea Bar brand)
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder (I used MRM brand*)
1 scoop vanilla collagen peptides (I used Vital Proteins brand)
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
1 cup warm cashew milk
1/2 cup hot water (not boiling)
1/4 tsp Ashwagandha (I used SunPotions brand)
1 tbsp Honey or 2-3 drops Stevia
1 pinch of sea salt

* Use promo code 'valerie' on MRM for 40% off your order.

What You'll Need To Know

1. Add the Matcha powder and hot water to a high-speed blender. Secure the top of your blender and blend for 30 sec.

2. Then add the Lucuma, collagen, coconut oil and ashwagandha, sweetner, sea salt and blend again.

3. In a small pot warm up the cashew milk and then add it to the blender as well. If you are using a VitaMix, skip this step and blend for 3 minutes until warm.

4. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

What's your favorite way to enjoy matcha?

Let me know in the comments on Instagram!

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How To Tea Time Right

I love tea.

This might be a shocking revelation to my closest circle of friends and Instagram followers because everyone knows how much I live for a good cup of coffee. But, truth be told, I start my morning by seeping my own ginger-lemon tea and end my days with a peppermint tea before bed.

Two rituals I never really considered to be a part of well, my morning or bedtime ritual, since the American way of preparing is totally wrong compared to proper English teatime.

But what about teatime?

Ever wondered what it is exactly?

Keep reading!

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Before you start seeping your English tea, you must understand where this tradition came from.

One afternoon in the 1840s, Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, complained of that “sinking feeling” in her stomach.  She was brought a pot of tea and light snack in her boudoir to relieve her hunger pangs. The Lady loved her little snack so much that she began inviting her friends to join her and Anna must have been one popular gal, because before long, this pause for tea became a seriously fashionable social event.

Nowadays, we may not be not putting on our white gloves, heavy corsets to sip some tea at 4pm, but the tradition with some minor modern improvements still remains very relevant – especially when the late afternoon lethargy sinks in. Here are some Teatime tips on how to create that perfect afternoon tea service, and the best part of sitting down for teatime.

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Start with a loose leaf tea.

All teas come from the camellia sinesis plant of which there are two varieties—the small leaf China plant and the large leaf assam plant. Teas derived from the small China plant have a more refined, distinct flavor—but you should really choose a tea to your own personal preference—whether that be the traditional English Breakfast or a lighter white tea.

Water temperature matters.

Have you ever had a cup of tea that leaves your mouth overly dry? That’s because the water was too hot. Water should never, ever be at a rolling boil. For green teas, water temperature should be around 175 degrees and for black teas, water should be just below a boiling temperature.

Steep your tea carefully.

It’s crucial to properly steep your tea, or you won’t get the best possible taste. For green tea, steep for 2-3 minutes; black tea should be left for 4-5. If you are a fan of stronger tea, don’t steep your tea for longer—instead, add more tea leaves.

Bring out the tiered platter.

What sets a traditional British afternoon tea apart is the well-known tiered cake stand with scones, tea sandwiches, and small pastries. Scones should be served with clotted cream and raspberry jam; tea sandwiches should be thinly sliced with the crusts cut off. Typical sandwich fillings include cream cheese and cucumber, smoked salmon, and egg with mayonnaise.

Pay attention to your tea and food pairing.

Just like wine and food pairings, it’s important to pair the right tea with whatever you’re eating. When you choose a pairing, you want something that will highlight both the tea and the food. If you’re eating something pungent, like a smoked salmon tea sandwich, you’ll need a strong tea, like an oolong to stand up to it. English breakfast tea pairs well with the flavor of raspberry—so drink it with your scones and jam. Green tea goes well with chocolate because it’s grassy enough to match the slight bitterness of chocolate, but it also benefits from the sweetness of the chocolate.

Take your time.

Really, the best part about an afternoon tea service is the pace. We all lead such busy lives and we’re so used to just grabbing our food and going, but this is completely the opposite of that. Sit down, relax, and really enjoy your tea.


What's your favorite tea blend?

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Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Adaptogen Mylkshake

Having grown up in California, I thought I knew all there was to know about avocados and the various ways to enjoy them. 

Mash them up with salt, lime juice, roasted serrano peppers, and cilantro, and you have guacamole. Sliced or mashed up on a piece of toast and you've got avocado toast. Wrap them up into a cylinder of rice with crabmeat, and you have a California roll. Slice them on a sandwich with bacon, lettuce, and tomato and you have an elevated BLT.  

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake

How about in a milkshake?

Before you click out and away, hear me out for a sec!

Avocados are great main ingredients in making decadent desserts and shakes that are much healthier.

These creamy fruits are nutritionally packed, rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, and potassium. Add to that their high levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to lower cholesterol, and you have a treat that just might leave you better off than it found you. 

So this MYLKSHAKE is pretty darn delicious. I made unintentionally, but sometimes those unintended creations are the best! This Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake has so many good-for-you ingredients: collagen peptides, greens, healthy fats from avocado and coconut, cashew milk, and adaptogens. 

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake

What You'll Need

1 small avocado (about 100g)
1 handful baby spinach
2 tbsp coconut shavings, unsweetened
1/4 tsp Mucuna Pruriens (I used this brand)
1 tsp Ashwagandha (I used this brand)
1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
1/2 cup fresh water
2-3 drops stevia
1 scoop Dark Chocolate Blackberry Collagen Peptides  from Vital Proteins
5 ice cubes

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender

Blend for 60-75 seconds or until everything is smooth.

Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Recipe makes 1 serving.


Avocado-Coconut Cauliflower Smoothie

I'm currently loving Avocado-Coconut Smoothie. It’s packed with so many good-for-you ingredients and is super refreshing! The avocado provides good-for-you fats that will help keep you satiated a bit longer. 

Avocado-Coconut Smoothie

What You'll Need

Smoothie Base:
1/4 avocado, frozen
30g coconut meat, frozen
1/2 cup cauliflower rice, frozen
3/4 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup baby spinach
2 drops stevia or 2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp maca powder
2 scoops collagen proteins
1/2 lime, peeled

Toppings: 
1 tsp coconut shavings
1/4 tsp bee pollen

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 45-60 seconds.

Top with coconut shavings and bee pollen.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

 

Stress Fighting Smoothie

Here's to a tasty travel day and the start of this work-cation!! First stop.. North Carolina. It's a quick stop to say "hi" to the in-laws and drop off our fur babes. This smoothie is perfect for a day f travel because it's loaded with so much nutrients, yet light enough to not give you an upset tummy.

This smoothie includes Sacha inchi, which is rich in protein, omega-3, -6, and -9, alpha-tocopherol, vitamin E, and carotenoids (Vitamin A), and fiber. Its unique collection of nutrients provides notable benefits for the body, like helping with overall immune system support and fights stress. As for the taste, it has a mild nutty, almost peanut taste to it, makig it a perfect swap for nut butter!

Stress Fighting Smoothie

What You'll Need

1 handful baby spinach
1/2 small avocado
2 tbsp coconut shavings
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 tbsp MRM Sacha Inchi powder
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup cashew nut milk
1/2 cup mint tea, brewed and chilled
1/2 tsp Matcha powder (I used this brand) 
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides
4 drops Stevia

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blended up for 90 seconds, or until smooth.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

 

 

* Delicious discounts 👉🏼 MRM use promo code 'valerie' for 40% off!


Happy Blue Coconut Elixir

Happiness in a glass. That's exactly what this is. 

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And, it's not just because it's blue, creamy, and delicious but because it's got Mucuna Pruriens. It's basically happy powder. This extract powder contains 15% L-DOPA, a precursor to Dopamine. Consuming Mucuna Pruriens may enhance brain function, elevate mood, soothe the nervous system and overall well-being. 

If you are wondering what the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream are, let me explain. The main difference is that coconut milk [in a can] will have the layer of thick coconut cream as well as the watery coconut milk underneath, but coconut cream is only made of that thick, spoonable cream. If I need it for smoothies, I'll leave the coconut milk can in the refrigerator overnight, flip it over and open up. Whats left on top is a thick layer of coconut cream.

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What You'll Need

½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/2 scoop E3Live blue majik blue-green algae
1/2 tsp Sunpostion Mucuna Pruriens
Topping: bee pollen
 

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the powders have fully dissolved.

Serve immediately. Pour into a 12oz glass and top with bee pollen.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

Coco-Lime Smoothie

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Favorite smoothie recipe of all time?

Probably this one.

I tend to make a variation of the smoothie all the time, but this time I added a few different ingredients and let me just tell you... it turned out pretty darn delicious! And, because I always make similer smoothies to this, I'm always stumped on names. Coco-Lime? Sure, that will do!

You'll love that it has Sacha Inchi, which is a great source of a plant-based complete protein. Mixed with healthy fats from avocado and coconut, this smoothie will keep you satiated!
 

What You'll Need

1 handful baby spinach
1/2 small avocado
2 tbsp coconut shavings
1/2 lime, peeled
1 tbsp MRM sacha inchi powder*
1/4 cup harmless harvest coconut water
1/4 cup hazelnut nut milk (I used this brand)
1/2 cup mint tea, brewed and chilled
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides

Optional: 3-4 drops stevia**

Optional: 1 tsp Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Nut Butter

What You'll Need To Know

In a high-speed blender, add all ingredients and blend for 60-90 seconds or until smooth.

Pour and enjoy!

 

 

Recipe makes 1 serving.

* Use promo code 'valerie' at checkout on MRM and get 40% off your order!

** I added 3-4 drops stevia to make it a tad sweet, but you can leave it out if you wish.

Blueberry Power Smoothie

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Nothing can compare to the pure awesomeness and nutrient punch from a cold-pressed juice, but smoothies have their place too! I love vegetable-forward smoothies. It's a great way to add veggies to your diet while enjoying a tasty, frozen treat.

While you're chopping and prepping your cauliflower for the week, set some aside to freeze for your smoothies. Yes, I'm serious! It's flavorless. Kind of like how adding kale, spinach, zucchini and even beans into your smoothies doesn't alter the taste (but ups the nutrients), cauliflower makes a fabulous base for a smoothie and will take on the flavor of whatever else you add, like cinnamon, berries, coconut, and other fruit!

Here's a smoothie I've been loving:

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What You'll Need

1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1/4 frozen avocado
1/4 cup coconut meat
1 Tbsp cashew butter
2 cups frozen organic cauliflower
3/4 cup my homemade almond milk
1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
1/4 tsp organic cardamom
1 tsp maca (I used this brand)
1 tsp Ashwagandha (I used this brand
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen peptides

Toppings: 1 tsp Coconut flakes and 1 tsp bee pollen

What You'll Need To Know

Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth, about 40-60 seconds.

Top with bee pollen and coconut flakes and enjoy!

Recipe makes one 24oz serving or two 12oz servings.

 

Blue Majik Almond Milk / Homemade Almond Milk

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If you follow health food trends, you might have noticed that in the last year or so, Blue Majik is popping up in just about everything. This magical-sounding ingredient has made its way into cold-pressed juices, protein powders, smoothies, nut mylks and even lattes that I'm sure flood your Instagram feed. And, it's made its way into my account and blog as well!

When mixed into drinks, the effect is a little like a blue raspberry slushie, but the nutritional structure of Blue Majik couldn't be more different from the sugar-laden frozen treat.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS BLUE MAJIK?

It's a blue-green algae that's derived from Spirulina, Blue Majik is a proprietary extract of the blue-green algae Arthrospira platensis. 

On the superfoods ranking list, Blue Majik powder would rank pretty high. Just like green spirulina, Blue Majik is praised for being nutrient dense. It's packed with vitamins like especially B12, iron, calcium, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants. 

It gets its bright blue hue from C-phycocyanin, a type of storage protein rich in amino acids. C-phycocyanin is also what puts the blue in Blue Majik and so much of the value in the popular ingredient. Studies show C-phycocyanin to be rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties, and it may promote brain health.

Given that it's essentially an algae, you can imagine that on its own, it's not that tasty. But when mixed into smoothies or nut mylks, it's easy to mask the unsavory flavor. 

One way that I'm enjoying it is in homemade almond milk! Here's a recipe you'll love!

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
7 cups water, filtered
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp vanilla bean
1 scoop Blue Majik (I used this brand)
4 pitted Medjool dates or stevia, to taste

Nut Mylk bag (I used Ellie's Best brand*)

 

* Use promo code 'Valeriea' and get 10% off your order!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW

Soak the almonds overnight or up to 2 days. Drain and rinse the almonds. Combine the almonds and water in a blender. Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes. 

Strain the almonds using a nut mylk bag. Press all the almond milk from the almond meal. 

Sweeten to taste with dates or stevia, if desired.  

Add to blender almond milk, cardamom, vanilla, and cinnamon and blend for two minutes. 

Refrigerate almond milk. It will stay fresh in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

 

Looking for some more Blue Majik recipes? You can find more here!

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Beauty Greens Cauliflower Smoothie

Beauty Greens Cauliflower Smoothie

This classic, lightly sweetened, mostly-cauliflower smoothie is a fresh take on a healthy vegetable-based smoothie. It's perfect for those for those up their veggie-based smoothie game.  

But cauliflower in a smoothie? From a flavor perspective, you won’t even taste the cauliflower or other veggies in there. This recipe offers a creamy, thick texture without the added sugars from a banana, plus a ton of added benefits!

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable full of minerals and vitamins, like calcium, folate, potassium, and tons of Vitamin C. Half a cup of cauliflower is equal to almost half your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Let's drink to that!

Beauty Greens Cauliflower Smoothie

What You'll Need

1 1/2 cups frozen organic cauliflower*
1 small frozen zucchini* (about 50-75g)
1/4 frozen avocado
1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
1 scoop vital protein beauty greens
1 tsp ashwagandha (I used this brand)
1 tsp sacha inchi (I used MRM brand***)
1/2 cup my homemade almond milk**
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp MCT oil (I used this brand)
Optional: stevia, for a touch of sweetness

Toppings: 1 tbsp coconut shavings

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 30-60 seconds or until smooth.

Top with 1 tbsp coconut shavings.

 

Recipe makes 1 servings or 2 small servings.

* I buy organic, wash and freeze ahead of time

** You can use store bought nut mylk, just make sure it is unsweetened

*** Use promocode 'valerie' at MRM and get 40% off your order! 

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Blue Majik Cauliflower Smoothie

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I absolutely love smoothies, especially when they are veggie heavy. 

Lately, I've been throwing in Cauliflower in my smoothie since it contains more vitamin C than oranges. It's full of vitamin B, fiber and has a high amount of antioxidant nutrients. This in return helps prevent free radicals from damaging the body’s cells. 

Cauliflower also contains potassium and phosphorous, which helps support and repair the body’s nervous system and immune systems, muscles, and bones. It also helps lower your blood sugar levels and gives your smoothies an incredible creamy texture. All of these are excellent reasons to throw some into your morning or midday smoothies. As for the taste? You'd never suspect cauli being an ingredient since it is virtually flavorless!

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What You'll Need

1 cup cauliflower, riced*
1/2 zucchini, chopped*
1/4 avocado*
1/2 cup blueberries, organic*
3/4 cup cashew or coconut milk
1 scoop blue majik blue-green algae
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla powder
1 scoop collagen peptides (I used this brand)
2-3 drops stevia

Toppings: bee pollen

What You'll Need To Know

In a high-speed blender add all ingredients except bee pollen, and blend for 30-60 seconds.

Pour in a glass and top with bee pollen.

Recipe makes one 32oz serving or 2 small servings. 

* Freeze ahead of time!

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Upgraded Coconut Matcha Latte

Upgraded Coconut Matcha

I know. 

I know.

Lately, I've been making a lot of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof-style beverages. They give more energy to my day, fuel my brain and body, are quickly made, and they get me through the early part of my morning or during that midday slump.

Today, I’m sharing an organic matcha tea, created Bulletproof-style. Matcha tea is green tea, where the leaves are ground and consumed whole. It’s a beautiful drink, and the rich color reminds me of the lushness of the PNW.

So, this upgraded matcha latte has got all the goods: matcha powder, coconut mylk, Bulletproof Brain Octane oil, 4th & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee, sweet leaf stevia vanilla drops, hempseeds and collagen peptides, all blended up to frothy deliciousness. 

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What You'll Need To Know

1. In a small saucepan, bring the coconut mylk to a boil over low-medium heat, and then immediately remove from the heat.

2. Mix the hot water and matcha tea powder together in a cup.

3. In a high-speed blender (I used this brand), combine the tea mixture, coconut mylk, ghee, brain octane oil, collagen peptides, hempseeds, and vanilla stevia drops and blend for 30-60 seconds.

4. Pour in mug and enjoy!

Here's What You'll Need

1 tsp Matcha (I used this brand)

8oz unsweetened coconut mylk 

4oz filtered water

1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane oil

1 tbsp 4th & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee

1 tsp hempseeds 

1 scoop collagen peptides

Optional: 2-3 drops sweet leaf stevia vanilla drops *

* omit for Whole30

Green Chai Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

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Double-double Smoothie style 😉 Ok, don’t hate me for using plastic dixie cups, lids, and straws. I was on-the-go and needed to make a smoothie to take with me, and these plastic cups are the only thing I had at home to take with me. 🙈 But, let's talk about this for a sec cause it’s so dang delish! It was inspired by The Healthy Maven’s almond chia green smoothie. My smoothie features MRM's cinnamon bun protein powder and Vital ProteinsCollagen Peptides!

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What You'll Need

1/2 frozen banana
1/2 zucchini, frozen or raw
1 scoop MRM cinnamon bun protein powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp pecans
25g avocado
1 handful baby spinach
2 beet green leaves
3/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk (I used Forager Project brand)
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides
3-4 ice cubes

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 30-60 seconds, pour, sip and enjoy!

Recipe makes 1 serving.
 

Want to try #MRM? use promo code 'Valerie' at check out and get 40% discount off!

 

Strawberry Mango Smoothie Smoothie For Youthful Skin

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Collagen + Vitamin C Smoothie For Youthful Skin

Let's be real, we all want to look and feel younger and have youthful skin indefinitely. I contacted my Naturopath and read a bunch of medical journals and found out that the answer is collagen + vitamin C. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein and the building block of healthy skin, hair and nails. And vitamin C reverses the harmful effects of UV exposure on the skin by neutralizing free radicals. Interestingly though, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen.

Taking a collagen supplement, without vitamin C, won't have the same impact. So I searched for the best collagen on the market and have been a fan-girl of Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen . It is the purest source is high-quality marine collagen. It's odorless and tasteless. And I've paired that up with the two highest sources of vitamin C on the planet: CamuCamu and Lucama!

One teaspoon of Lucuma Powder is 12 times your daily needs! I've also added in South American superfood, Organic Camu Camu Powder, for B vitamins and subtle sweetness. You're going to LOVE this smoothie! It's the ultimate blend of collagen and vitamin C for youthful skin!

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Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Collagen + Vitamin C Smoothie For Youthful Skin

Makes 1 serving

What You'll Need

1/4 cup frozen organic raspberries
1/4 cup frozen organic strawberries
1/4 of a fresh mango, peeled and sliced
1 tsp marine collagen peptides (I used Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen .)
1 tsp CamuCamu powder (I used this brand)
1 tsp Lucama powder (I used this brand)
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup pineapple juice
Optional: 3 ice cubes

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to the blender, liquids first.

Blend until smooth, 60-90 seconds. Pour and enjoy!

 

Forever Young: 7 Anti-Aging Foods You Need To Add To Your Smoothie!

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We want to look and feel younger with youthful skin. Indefinitely. So we contacted our Naturopath and a bunch of medical journals and found out that there are anti-aging foods to help promote that. You can take advantage of some anti-aging foods that can all be added to your daily protein shake or even made into a protein smoothie. A healthy grab-and-go shake is an excellent way to fill in the gaps when you don't have time for a healthy meal, and it's a great way to improve your lean muscle mass if you work out. The trick is to make your shakes more than just protein and water by adding some of these especially anti-aging foods to it along with a clean protein powder of your choice. These anti-aging foods will also make it more filling and more nutritious, so feel free to use it as a meal replacement on especially busy days.

Now get blending!

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are great for your skin due to their high omega 3 and B vitamin content. They’re also an excellent source of iron, protein, and fiber. Chia’s fiber can also help you stay hydrated and fuller longer. Add around 1 teaspoon to your next shake for a more filling and beautifying shake!

Flaxseed

Ground flax is easy enough to add to anything so try adding 1 tablespoon to your protein shake for healthy monounsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids. These fats help keep your skin, heart, and brain in tip-top shape and flax's fiber enhances digestion. Best of all, flax seeds thicken up your shake and give it a nutty-flavored taste for very few calories.

Collagen Peptides

One of the best ways to keep our youthful looks and maintain healthy skin is to boost collagen levels. Collagen is not only a major player in our anti-aging regimen, but it’s also responsible for keeping our connective tissues strong and flexible. We need this protein along with keratin to produce strong, healthy and resilient skin. I personally love Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens.

Spinach

Spinach is one of the best anti-aging foods for you, making it perfect to add to your next protein shake. It's also tasteless when combined with other ingredients, so not to worry! Spinach contains 5 grams of protein, loads of beta-carotene, iron, and Vitamin c all in just a cup. I love freezing my greens for smoothies! Simply, prepackage them, freeze and use when ready to blend up.

Berries

Berries are low-glycemic, and they prevent aging in the brain. They’re also full of vitamin C and antioxidants to keep your skin looking great. Add ¼ cup blueberries or ½ cup raspberries to your next shake all for under 50 calories and only 5 grams of sugar.

Acai Powder

If you’re into superfoods, try adding a teaspoon of acai powder to your shakes. Think of acai like regular berries that are supercharged! Acai berries have over ten times the antioxidants of blueberries and absolutely no sugar. You can buy the powder to make it easier to use or use the frozen fruit purees in place of berries.

Matcha

Have you heard of matcha green tea powder? Of course, you have! It’s a very bright green tea that’s never been heated making it richer in antioxidants and youth-giving properties. Matcha can be pricey those so if you’re on a budget, just add regular green tea leaves to your shake for an earthy twist!

Try to keep your protein shakes around 5 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, and overall very low in sugar. This will help ensure nothing interferes with protein digestion so it can go straight to your muscle cells to build and repair lean muscle tissues. It’s also important to choose a clean protein powder, free of gluten, refined sugar, and growth hormones.

Do you drink protein shakes? What's your favorite add-in?

The Easiest Way to Coffee Nirvana? 🤔 Here Are 6 Ways!

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Coffee talk real talk... To say that I love coffee is an understatement. It is by far one of my favorite ways to start the day as I’m sure it is for many of you. I love the whole brewing coffee ritual and helps me get in the right mindset in the morning. Want to know the easiest way to coffee nirvana? There are some things to add to your coffee grounds that can improve the flavor and alter the whole coffee drinking experience you might want to try.

I am sure you all probably have a few favorite things to add to your coffee, or maybe, just one that works for you, day in and day out. Some people take their coffee straight up black, while others like myself, prefer to “dress” them up a bit. Whatever the case, there are some amazing things to add to your coffee that you may not have tried yet.

Artificially flavored coffee is always the least suitable option since many contain chemicals, dyes, and who knows what else. Instead, opt for some of these more natural things to add to your coffee. Just add the ingredients straight into the grounds before brewing and BOOM, you’re done!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most delicious things to add to your coffee grounds I’d suggest you try.It gives your coffee a lovely fall-like flavor for no calories or sugar. It’s also an excellent way to stabilize your blood sugar since cinnamon is high in the mineral chromium that aids in blood sugar management. (Cinnamon and coffee combo here!)

TRY THIS: Bulletproof Coffee recipe: 12oz brewed coffee + 1 tbsp Ghee + 1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil; blend, pour, and enjoy!

Vanilla Bean or Extract

If you have real vanilla beans at home, open one up to expose the vanilla beans inside the pod and add those to your grounds. You can also just use vanilla extract (about a teaspoon) to make things easier.

Try this combo: Vanilla + Cinnamon for a downright delicious snickerdoodle taste!

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder with coffee grounds is one of the best combinations to try. It’s like a homemade mocha in your morning cup. Just add about one teaspoon of ground cacao to your coffee before brewing. You can also use roasted cacao nibs, and brew those with your regular coffee grounds.

Mint

Ahh! There is something so delicious about mint and coffee. Philz Coffee has sure made a downright delicious combo featuring mint. You can make your own by using peppermint oil extract or fresh mint leaves in your coffee grounds. Just a little bit, though; peppermint is incredibly strong and may be too overwhelming in high amounts.

Try this combo: Cacao + Mint... it's so delicious and will remind you of a thin mint or mint-chocolate chip ice cream!

Cayenne

For a Mexican-inspired spiced coffee, add a dash of cayenne pepper to your grounds before brewing. The heat from the peppers can give you an extra pep in your step. Just a little, cayenne goes a very long and strong way!

Try this combo: Cayenne + Cacao + Cinamon for those Mexican hot chocolate taste!

Ginger

Like gingerbread or gingersnaps? Add a few slices of real ginger root or dried ginger powder to your coffee grounds. In just minutes you’ll have a delicious ginger-flavored coffee that might also make it easier on your stomach since ginger is a natural digestive aid.

Try this combo: Ginger + Vanilla + Cinnamon for a gingersnap experience!

And if you like your coffee on the sweeter side, I recommend using stevia drops coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is very low on the glycemic index, and it’s also a good way to get a brown sugar flavor for fewer calories. It’s also much more nutritious since it’s unrefined.Just a teaspoon is all you need.

Super Elixir: Apple Cider Vinegar Cinnamon Tonic Magic Potion

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If it’s true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, there must be truth to the belief that apple cider vinegar is a bit of a magic AF potion. So, if there are superfoods, are there superfluids? ;-) Apple cider vinegar unquestionably makes a convincing case. Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurizedACV (apple cider vinegar) is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth. There are so many amazing health benefits from consuming it daily, from helping with diabetes andlowering cholesterol to promoting a healthy gut and clear skin. ACV is definitely one thing I include in my daily diet.

Just two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with 30g of cheese before bedtime can contribute to a 4 to 6% decrease in fasting blood sugar levels, according to a 2007 study conducted by Arizona State University. And, according to nutritionist Lisa Guy, apple cider vinegar taken before each meal improves digestion and is helpful to people who have stomach problems such as reflux, indigestion and bloating.

Just keep in mind that you should never drink ACV straight-up as it can burn your esophagus. Instead, mix one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water. Here's a AVC drink I'm loving and drink daily!

Super Elixir: Apple Cider Vinegar Cinnamon
Super Elixir: Apple Cider Vinegar Cinnamon

What You'll Need

16 oz water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (with the 'mother')
3-4 drops stevia
1 tsp ground cinnamon
ice cubes

What You'll Need To Know

Add ingredients and mix in a shaker cup and pour over ice in a weck jar or tall glass. Drink and enjoy!

Superfood Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee - Philz Healthy Bae

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One word:  Philz. If you're from the Bay Area you know exactly what I'm talking about! 😉 Anddd... I could use this coffee right about now.

Since moving to Portland from San Francisco/Silicon Valley, there isn't too much I miss. Philz Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee, is one of them. Minty, creamy, sweet, frothy, and so tucking delicious! 🤤

I tried recreating this smooth coffee using superfoods, and it turned out really good. It isn't exactly Philz, but it is very reminiscent of the amazing flavor profiles. Here's what's in mine 👉🏼 10oz Heart Coffee's Stereo Blend, 1 tsp MAJU's Organic Gelatinized Maca Powder, Sweetleaf Stevia Liquid, Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised Collagen Peptides blended up in my NutriBullet PRO . Add to a cup with ice and top with fresh mint leaves. 👌🏻

Superfood Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee - @PhilzCoffee Healthy Bae
Superfood Mint Mojito Iceed Coffee - @PhilzCoffee Healthy Bae

What You'll Need

10oz Heart Coffee's Stereo Blend, (of coffee of choice)
1 tsp maca powder
2-3 drops stevia
1 scoop collagen peptides
3-4 fresh mint leaves

What You'll Need To Know

1. Brew a cup of coffee. I used the pour-over method for this.

2. Add all ingredients, except the mint, into a high-speed blender and mix for 30 seconds.

3. Blending it will create a frothy consistency.

4. Add to a cup with ice and top with fresh mint leaves.

Reecipe makes 1 cup.

HAVE YOU TRIED PHILZ MINT MOJITO ICEED COFFEE? COMMENT HERE!

Creamy Dreamy Super-Nog

Creamy Dreamy Super-Nog, dairy-free egg nog, vegan egg nog
Creamy Dreamy Super-Nog, dairy-free egg nog, vegan egg nog
Creamy Dreamy Super-Nog, dairy-free egg nog, vegan egg nog
Creamy Dreamy Super-Nog, dairy-free egg nog, vegan egg nog
Creamy Dreamy Super-Nog
Creamy Dreamy Super-Nog

Creamy. Dreamy. Delicious. These are the three words that best describe this Super-Nog. It's an ode to Kure Juice, here in Portland. If you haven't been, let me just tell you that their Anytime Nog is pure awesomeness. Since it's been cold AF here in Portland, making that 4 walk block in 28F has got me lazy AF that all week I've been trying to recreate this delicious drink. I think I finally nailed it down! 

What You'll Need

2 tsp lucuma powder
1 ½ cups cashew milk (I used Forager Project brand)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tbsp grade a maple syrup
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp walnuts
1 scoop Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Peptides *
 

What You'll Need To Know

1. Add to high-speed blender 2 tsp lucuma powder, 1 ½ cups @foragerproject cashew milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, pinch of sea salt, and 1 tbsp walnuts and blend until smooth and thoroughly combined.

2. Pour blended drink into a small saucepan and gently warm over low heat on stovetop. pour serve and drink up buttercup!

* Remove collagen peptides to make vegan.

Makes 1 serving.