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How’d You Get So Smooth!?

Hey there!

It’s that day again, Monday!

And let me tell ya, I do not mind one bit!

Why, you ask?

Because of this:

The creamiest…

Most dreamiest…

Smoothiest… Smoothie EVER!

Now I know exactly why they are called SMOOTHies….

That smoothie may not look like much- but, it’s much!

Secret ingredient?!

Hint: It’s green!

And no, it’s not spinach!

Rymes with “mavocado” –

Yep, that’s right! There’s avocado in this baby!

I have been reading a few blogs that have posted smoothie recipes with avocado in them, and I decided that I just had to try it for myself!

In the mix:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop almond milk yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

And blend away!

What took it over the top was:

The blueberry muffin i crumbled over the top.

I highly recommend trying avocado in your smoothie if you haven’t!

Avocados are filled with healthy fats (which are highly benefecial!) And boat loads of potassium! (more than bananas!)

Plus they taste delicious…

You can EVEN put them on your face!

And let me tell you all, I thoroughly enjoy putting food on my face!

Pumpkin Puree Facial

And in my tummy, of course!

Speaking of facials – here’s a cutesy cartoon I found:

Haha, I thought it was quite funny!

If you want to make some other delicious non-smoothie recipes that include avocado, check these out:

But I can hardly go a post without talking about chocolate!

I made this recipe yesterday – DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Are you an avocado advocate? A chocolate lover? Both? Neither?

Have a lovely Monday!

Ellie

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Just Beet It…

Hola!!

Now I know Michael Jackson was not talking about these kind of beets when singing this song:

But that’s the song that inspired me to buy beets. See, yesterday at the super market… I was listening to my ipod while walking down the aisles, and as “Beat it” by MJ started playing on my shuffle list, I happened to walk right by the beets and thought to myself “WOAH, this is a sign! – I have to buy beets!!”

I should be a fiction writer… I wish that was the actual story of why I was inspired to buy beets. It is far more exciting than the real story: I was walking down the aisle and saw beets and thought to myself “I like beets, I never buy beets, I think I’ll buy beets today…” So I bought beets! (exciting, eh?)

Not only did I buy beets, I decided to buy red AND gold beets.

Just like “the king of pop,” to me, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or your white my beats are yellow or red.

Here is the recipe for the salad I made with these beets – If you’re not already sick of reading about beets 😉

Cilantro Lime Golden and Red Beet Salad

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 2 large golden beets (cooked and chopped into cubes)
  • 3 small red beets (cooked and chopped into cubes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup (overflowing) diced onion
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • pepper (to taste)
  • + 1/4 chopped walnuts (forgot to add walnuts to the pic)

For the dressing:

  • Juice of two small/medium limes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tbs maple suryp (depending on the sweetness level you like)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Procedure:

  1. First, I roasted the beets in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour.
  2. Then, I peeled the beets and chopped them up.
  3. Put all the salad ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  4.  Combine the dressing ingredients into a small bowl, mix well, the dump on the salad.
  5. Mix, mix, mix, and voila!

A fiesta beet salad! AREEEEEBAA!

If you don’t like beets, you should! – They are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and a plethora of other health benefits! Click here for more “beetails.”

OKAY, enough about beets! Let’s move on to breakfast!

My breakfast pizza yesterday was SO good, that I just had to make another for breakfast this morning. THIS one was even better!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Breakfast Pizza

For the crust: Brown rice tortilla wrap.

For the sauce: 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder + 1 tbs peanut butter + almond milk + stevia

Toppings: 1/2 banana, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and coconut shreds.

After spending about 8 minutes in the oven @ 350 degrees. I added chocolate drizzle over the top. Which took this pizza OVER THE TOP!

The chocolate drizzle was 1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder + a few drops liquid stevia + some almond milk.

GOSH, I want some more!

I’m happy to tell you all that I think that both my finals went very well! I’m feeling pretty confident! Happy that they are over with for now – my next and last one is the 21st of April – So I still have plenty of time to study procrastinate!

I have SO much laundry to do today… I always dread laundry day, but once I actually do it all, I realize that it’s really not that bad…! Right?!

My dad, boyfriend, and I are going out to dinner tonight! I’m really excited to see both of these handsome gents! It’s been too long!

Plus, love it when the dad is in town 🙂 Yummy, FREE food! ( free for me at least 😉 )

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!! Does anyone have any super fun plans?!

Peace, love, and pizza,

Ellie

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Foods That Intrigue!

Good Morning Y’all!

Here are some foods that INTRIGUE me…

I was at whole foods the other day and saw this:

I’ll pass on the bacon salt… But the Chocolate, Cinnamon & Chipotle Salt, Curry Salt, and Vanilla Salt – I’d LOVE to try!!

Cabernet Sauvignon Salt!?!?! YES PLEASE!

These are a bit out of my price range, but once I make my first million, these salts will be on top of my purchase list…Along with:

Oh EM GEE! Both of these spreads sound AMAZING! Ever since I saw a blog review of these two rawtella products, I have not been able to stop thinking about them! I must try these some day!!

Lastly, I saw this product the other day on the Almond Breeze Website:

I absolutely must must try these! Almond Milk AND Coconut Milk Combined?!?!?! TWO great non-dairy milks having a baby?!?! What could possibly be bad about that?! MUST TRY!!!

On to other news,

I have my first final today @ 3:30… Feeling pretty prepared! Although, I’ll definitely do a little bit more reviewing before!

To prepare my brain this morning for another day of studying and test taking, I started out the morning with some BRAIN FOOD! REALLY REALLY GOOD brain food!

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal topped with Sun-butter

I forgot how AMAZING hot oatmeal is… I was on the overnight oats train for so long that I neglected to visit my good friend hot oatmeal. This was really delicious. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 water
  • 1/4 non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbs chia seeds

Procedure:

  1. Combine the rolled oats and water in a pot on the stove top on medium-high heat.
  2. Stir, Stir, Stir- then add in the mashed banana and chia seeds.
  3. Stir, Stir, Stir, – then add in the blueberries and 1/4 cup of milk.
  4. Stir until warm and cooked!
  5. Top with nut/seed butter of choice!

Great Brain Food: Blueberries, oatmeal, nuts and seeds!

I’m passing my exam thanks to this breakfast 😉

Wish me luck!

Now off to do a little more studying!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Ellie

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Breakfast Chocolate Almond Mousse?!? YES PLEASE! + Non-dairy yogurt face off!

Hey all!

Look at that sunshine blazing through my window!! A lovely morning it is…

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, yesterday afternoon I went to the lovely market with my boyfriend. I LOVE going to the market! How lucky I feel to live so close! It’s one of my favorite places!

Walking + Picture Taking = Blurry Photo!

I just love all the fresh fruit available- Look at those ginormous grapes!!!

Fighting the temptation to buy all the gourmet chocolates and dessert was difficult, although made easier by our limited pocket cash!

Next time though, I am getting the FRESH pasta they had – Wow did it look amazing! Nothing beats fresh pasta!

We ended up picking up some baby carrots, rosemary, garlic, and a couple filets of fresh lemon ginger marinated white fish (I completely forgot what kind of fish it was) WOOPS!

Oh and we also wanted to get a little “freaky” at the market and pick up a new to us vegetable…

Enter: Purple Potatoes!

They were great! Plus, I learned they are packed with antioxidants due to their rich purple color!

We roasted them with the baby carrots, garlic, rosemary, and a little olive oil! DE-LISH!

The final product:

+ a green salad on the side (with some hummus!)

This was a really delicious dinner. I absolutely loved the idea of going to pick up a few ingredients and using them right away to prepare our meal…It’s great!

Is anyone else a frequent market goer?! What are your favorite market buys?

Now, onto my Chocolate Almond Protein Breakfast Mousse!

The reason I call it a “breakfast mousse” is because it is super filling, healthy, and packed with protein! This really keeps me full for a good while!

I have been enjoying making this deliciously easy mousse the past couple of days.

You see, I LOVE the texture of yogurt. But my lactose intolerance limits the yogurt I can have. My only options are non dairy yogurts. Though I really am not a fan of SOY yogurt at all – It is wayyy to0 sugary and cardboard tasting for my liking!

I recently discovered two new yogurt options though!

Cultured coconut milk yogurt, and cultured almond milk yogurt.

I love both of them. But they both have their pros and cons!

Cultured coconut milk yogurt:

Pros:

  • Tastes delicious
  • Smooth texture
  • Good source of fiber
  • Great source of magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin B12

Cons:

  • Added cane sugar
  • VERY thick
  • Not much protein

Cultured almond milk yogurt:

Pros:

  • Natural sugar from fruit juice concentrate
  • 3 g. protein per serving
  • Taste is good
  • Most authentic to dairy yogurt (in my opinion)
  • Contains probiotics
  • Great source of calcium

Cons:

  • Lumpy texture
  • Not much fiber compared to coconut milk yogurt
  • Not as much protein as dairy yogurt

In summary, both of these options are great! I prefer the almond milk yogurt though just for the fact that its added sugars are from natural sources and that the texture is more “yogurt” like. I prefer to use these with recipes, like the one you will see below – to add some more protein and nutritional value!

So here it is is folks!

CHOCOLATE ALMOND PROTEIN BREAKFAST MOUSSE

(Soy free, Vegan, Gluten Free, Delicious)

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup plain cultured almond yogurt (cultured coconut yogurt would probably work as well)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or a little more – as needed)
  • ¾ of a scoop of good tasting chocolate protein powder (I used Vega One Chocolate)
  • 1 tbs. smooth almond butter
  • 1 tbs. unsweetened cacao powder

 Procedure:

  1. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl. Stirring for a couple of minutes so all the ingredients are well mixed together and smooth!
  2. Enjoy right away, or refrigerate for a couple of hours for a more “mousse-y” texture!

Enjoyed as a snack, breakfast, dessert, and even a frozen treat!

BONUS – You can scoop this mousse into and empty ice cube tray, freeze for a couple of hours, and make it into individual mini frozen mousse bites! SO GOOD!

Click here for a printer friendly version of the recipe!

I have been loving dipping cinnamon apples in this too!!

Hope you have a wonderful and sunny Saturday!

Much love,

Ellie

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Realization: I’m a Butter Hoarder…

Hello! 🙂

Before talking about my butter hoarding, I’ll start with a little hummus, last night’s dinner, and breakfast!

Remember yesterday’s Pizza Hummus that I made?

Well, this is what’s left of it:

Taken before I used my finger to scoop up every last bit!

I told ya, I take my hummus eating seriously…

Must make some more!!

I’m running out of food in my fridge, so last night’s dinner was a bit of an improvised quick meal. But my was it DE-LISH!

Brown rice tortilla, apple slices, cinnamon, almond butter - all microwaved a teensy bit! SO good!

Love cinnamon and apples! 🙂

Last night, I also prepared some overnight oats!

Mango Raisin Protein Overnight Oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tbs coconut flour, 1 tbs chia seeds, a little bit of mango and raisins, 3/4 non-dairy milk, and some stevia for sweetness. (More milk added in the morning)

These were just okayyy… I mean, still good. Not my fav!

My favorite part about these oats was the topping: Sunflower seed butter and coconut oil!

When the room temp coconut oil encounters the cold oats it turns into a crunchy shell!

My obsession with nut and seed butters made me want to try sunflower seed butter (which I’ve never had before), so when I saw it the other day… it beckoned my name. My lack of nut butter purchasing rationality justified my buying it.

I have realized I am a nut butter hoarder!

I now am the slightly embarrassed proud owner of 7 different nut and seed butters (I know it’s a little bit ridiculous… but I just can’t help myself) – Plus, they all get put to use! No Butter Left Behind..

Hazelnut Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Coconut Butter, Almond Butter, Sesame Seed Butter (Tahini), Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter

I’d say that my all time favorite is the Almond Butter (sorry PB!). I’m officially converted..

I will probably not buy the Cashew Butter again (my least favorite)…

And the Hazelnut Butter (although amazing) is a bit pricey for the little container – so this’ll be a once in a while re-purchase.

The others though, I use quite often!

Is anyone else a butter hoarder? What kind of foods do you “hoard”?

Moving on…

Yesterday my brother called me and asked me what he should buy at the health food store… This gave me an idea for a post…

For most of my breakfasts, I more or less use the same-ish ingredients, so here are the essentials if you’d like to make some breakfast recipes I have posted.

  • Rolled Oats
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coconut Flour
  • Unsweetened Cacao Powder
  • Good Protein Powder (Vanilla) and Chocolate if you like…
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Bananas
  • Your favorite nut/seed butter(s)

Frozen Banana and Frozen Fruit

Alot of my recipes use bananas!!

Frozen bananas and fruit for smoothies.

Microwaved frozen bananas, or just ripe bananas for oatmeal breakfasts.

Some other fun things I use (definitely not necessary):

Stevia, Coconut Oil, Sultana Raisins, Almond Flour, Cacao Nibs, Peanut Flour, Pumpkin Spice

Alot of these ingredients are a bit pricey, but are really worth it to me. I feel really great when I eat all this healthy stuff! Plus, they last pretty long!

(I got the peanut flour, almond flour, and stevia off of iherb.com) JTLYK (Just to let ya know)

Hope that this helped!

I’ll leave you with a bit of a disappointing lunch-making failure – (which happens to me quite often)

I’m diagnosing myself with “Unrefined Egg Flipping Skills Syndrome” (Hope this isn’t chronic!)

That poor little broken yolk 😦

I’m determined to master the egg flip!

Have a great tuesday!

Ellie

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I’m Not Green TEAsing You…This Is Mashed Up!

This post involves green food.

Green tea.

Tea in general.

And a flop of an attempt at lunch – which turned into a mash up.

This morning, a good ol’ fashioned toasted toast with peanut butter was calling my name.

I spread some coconut butter on top as well. It melted into a peanut buttery coconut goodness.

The green smoothie gods were also calling my name. I simply needed a smoothie, more specifically, a green one!

1/2 ripe frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen berries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder,1 cup non-dairy milk, and a HUGE handful of spinach. Blend away!!

These smoothies are so good!!

I gobbled this one down in two seconds. 😦

I want to be one of those people who can drink/eat slowly, but I really don’t think it’s possible. Especially when you put a green smoothie in front of me.

Or this cocktail:

Last night I went to my friend Brittany’s birthday dinner celebration. (Happy Birthday girlie!) We went to a very yummy restaurant with really cool/original cocktails.

As soon as I saw the ingredients in this one, I knew I had to have it!

Tequila AND tea?!? YES please. And Thank You. This was SO good!

The food was also great. I had:

Roasted beet salad, with pear, goat cheese, and beet chips!

Topped with a soft boiled egg! Hail to that liquid yellow center!

The night was filled with good food, yummy cocktails, and great company!

Now onto a not so successful food adventure.

My lunch.

It tasted really good, but was definitely NOT what I was going for. I attempted to make a quinoa/butternut squash pizza crust- HA, that ended up being a joke. It didn’t work! I have made a quinoa crusts before, but I guess the addition of the butternut squash didn’t work. So anyways, I baked the “crust” a little bit, but it was mush. Tasty mush. I added my pizza toppings in the mush crust and baked that all for 15 minutes.

I call this my Pizza Mash Up!

Put a little spinach underneath (because spinach for breakfast and lunch is good for you) 🙂

Now I am sipping on some green tea and nibbling on dark chocolate!

I can’t believe it’s already Friday! The weeks are flying by!

To start the weekend off on the right (or left) foot.. Here’s one of my favorite really lame hilarious jokes of all time.

I read it in a magazine a long time ago, and it has never left my mind.

Here it goes!:

Snake 1: Are we poisonous?

Snake 2: I don’t know, why?

Snake 1: I just bit my lip….

Makes me smile 🙂 every time!

Do you have any favorite jokes? Or any memorable yummy tasting food flops?

Have a great friday!!

– Ellie

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It’s All About the Shape… Oh and this hearty breakie!

So it’s not Valentine’s Day…

But who doesn’t love waking up to a heart-shaped breakfast?

Adds a little cuteness to the morning!

Cute eh?

This breakfast is not only hearty (in shape), but it’s hearty as well… will keep you going till lunch time! – ANDDD it’s heart healthy… WOW!

This Overnight Hearty Coconut Breakfast Cookie had:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1tbs chia seeds
  • 1/2 half mashed ripe banana
  • 1 tbs melted  virgin coconut oil

*Thoroughly mix all the ingredients into a bowl and place the mixture on a small plate. Shape into any desired cookie form of your liking- cover and refrigerate overnight!

I topped the cookie with a mixed berry protein jam/frosting that I also made last night.

This frosting consisted of:

  • 1/3 cup frozen berries
  • 2/3 scoop good vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tbs chia seeds
  • splash of non-dairy milk

*I microwaved all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl until the berries were soft and melty. Stir well, cover, and refrigerate over night! Simple as that!

Speaking of food- shapes.

Did you know that the shape of our food can actually tell us what parts of our bodies it’s good for?

For example:

Walnuts are shaped like a brain - and they so happen to be great for brain function!

A sliced carrot looks like the human eye- and we all know that eating lots of carrots can turn you orange enhance your vision!

That's right- Eating zucchinis, bananas, and cucumbers can be very beneficial and great for improving the health of that male organ...If you know what I'm sayin. So eat up fellas!

Sweet potatoes shaped like the pancreas- good for balancing glycemic index of diabetics.

So I think you catch my drift- Believe it or not, I think this is a pretty neat little discovery. For more examples of food shapes in relation to their benefits go to this site (where I got my info from).

Don’t get too excited though, a six pack of beer may resemble a six pack of abs… but this “food shape” thing only applies to unprocessed whole foods. SORRY!

Can you think of any other food-body-part resemblances and what they might be good for?

Thanks for reading!

Ellie

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