Posts tagged with "vegan protein"

Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie

Posted March 24, 2015 in peanut butter, mocha, smoothie and 4 more

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After yoga class on Saturday, I was craving iced coffee, chocolate and a smoothie. I didn't want to pay $4 for an iced coffee (I've been getting coffee shop coffee a little too much lately), so I whipped something up in my kitchen to satisfy all of my cravings (and save some $).

This smoothie is Ah-Mazing!! I didn't want it to end!

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How to make the perfect green smoothie

Posted May 21, 2015 in green smoothie, recipe, healthy eating and 11 more

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I love love love my green smoothies. It's the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth and feed my body lots of nutrition.

I admit, however, that green smoothies can sometimes turn out slightly….earthy. And there is nothing worse than have little bits of green leaves floating around in your smoothie. So there is a bit of an art to making the perfect green smoothie.

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Weekend Recap {Feb. 26-28, 2016}

Posted February 29, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 12 more

Happy Monday! 

I'm starting out my week with something different and fun. I'm speaking at a high school conference for FCCLA members about creating a career in health and fitness. I'll be there all day sharing my secrets (really just having passion and working hard).

My weekend was low key, but full of fun and relaxation.

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5-Ingredient {Real Food} Shamrock Shake

Posted March 8, 2016 in Shamrock Shake, vegan protein powder, vegan protein and 2 more

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I don't know about you, but I'm all about green right now!

Spring is on its way in and the trees will shed their brown leaves for fresh green ones, the BF and I are starting to plan our garden, salads are starting to sound more appetizing and St. Patrick's Day is almost here!

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of spring, I recreated a Shamrock Shake! But, this version is super super healthy. When I was browsing recipes online, I noticed that a lot of at-home lower calorie versions contain fat-free or low-fat ingredients and food coloring.

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My version is made with REAL food. And it's still incredibly delicious. 

Before we get to the recipe, here's what you need to know about McDonald's Shamrock Shake...

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Join me for Sugar Free April!!

Posted March 28, 2016 in Sugar Free April, 28-Day detox, healthy eating and 8 more

I'm going sugar free in April, and I'd love for you to join me!

As a gal with a major sweet tooth, I know what it's like to have out of control cravings for sugar. I also know what it feels like to be eating a diet FULL of sugar. I used to feel bloated, fatigued and guilty.

I'm currently transitioning to an anti-inflammatory diet to deal with a health issue, and the two things that are hardest for me to ditch - sugar and dairy. I recently realized that I was indulging in a few too many dark chocolate covered almonds and enjoying too many extra sweets. 

So in April, we're all getting rid of sugar! Why? Well, for one, sugar has no nutrients, no protein, no healthy fats and no enzymes. So it's not doing us any good. But here's just a few things sugar is doing to our bodies...

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Weekend Recap {April 1-3, 2016}

Posted April 4, 2016 in Weekend Recap , running, half-marathon training and 9 more

I hope you had a weekend filled with relaxation and rejuvenation!

Before the weekend began, I made a long list of things I felt needed to be done. But I ended up feeling like I needed some down time to rest and recover. 

I have a lot on my plate at the moment, and I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Sometimes some Real Housewives is just the cure for feelings of overwhelm!

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The Best Way to Curb Your Sugar Cravings

Posted April 5, 2016 in sugar cravings, sugar addiction, smoothie and 5 more


Do you constantly crave sugar and refined carbs?

It could be because you're blood sugar levels are out of balance.

Balanced blood sugar plays a huge role in your energy, weight and overall health. When your blood sugar levels are imbalanced, you most likely don't have consistent energy. This makes it harder to make healthy choices like eating well and moving your body.

The constant ups and downs in energy can also cause cravings for foods that are going to give you quick energy...ie. sugar and carbs.

So what do you do to balance your blood sugar?

I have a magic formula for keeping your blood sugar levels balanced, and reducing your sugar cravings! It's simple...

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Vanilla Almond Energy Balls

Posted April 19, 2016 in energy balls, Vanilla Almond Energy Balls, vegan protein and 4 more


I don't think I could survive without energy balls. I've been making them almost every week, and snacking on them before I workout, when I have a sweet tooth or when I need an afternoon pick me up.

They are the perfect sweet snack that isn't processed and full of junk!

While I've made many versions, I've been making these Vanilla Almond Energy Balls a lot lately. They're similar to my Post-Workout Vanilla Protein Balls, but a bit more simple. I was inspired to simplify my recipe to make them more adaptable after I made Keri Glassman's No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls.

I like this recipe because it's the perfect base for an energy ball. You can add whatever mix ins you would like…dried cranberries, dried blueberries, mini dark chocolate chips, chia seeds, etc.

Or you can roll the energy ball in whatever topping you like…unsweetened coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc. 

You can make them your own!

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Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Ice Cream

Posted June 1, 2016 in vegan ice cream, plant protein powder, vegan protein and 6 more

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Incredibly rich and peanut buttery, your tastebuds won't believe that this ice cream is dairy-free, sugar-free and made with just a few ingredients.

Ice cream is definitely my favorite warm weather treat. But as much as I love Ben & Jerry, they are no help in reaching summer weight loss goals. 

I made this vegan ice cream using frozen bananas as the base - no dairy necessary.

I've made vegan ice cream using bananas before, but I never added in any extra ingredients. The result was a very banana-y ice cream. I love bananas but, let's be real, it didn't really taste like ice cream. 

This version tastes so good, I made it three days in a row!

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What Supplements Should You Be Taking?

Posted August 4, 2016 in supplements, multivitamins, probiotics and 7 more

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*The following are my suggestions based off my education and experience as a health coach and my personal experiences. You should always consult a medical professional before taking a new supplement. A functional medicine doctor can create a supplement program for your unique needs. 

There are so many supplements on the market that choosing what's right for you can be confusing. 

I believe that we're all different and our bodies thrive on different things - one person's food is another person's poison. You may have to experiment a bit with your supplement routine, and your supplement routine may change over time as you age. 

But finding supplements that work for you doesn't have to be hard. Here's my guide to buying the best supplements...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Posted August 23, 2016 in energy balls, peanut butter, dairy free and 5 more

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I'm pretty sure you know how I feel about energy balls. I'm obsessed!

Energy balls are so easy to make, and they're the perfect snack. They're also a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth!

I made these energy balls for the yogis in my yoga teacher training. Eating one or two energy balls was a great pick-me-up in between yoga classes and learning about yoga.

I've made a lot of energy balls, but this recipe is definitely the most cookie dough-like. Who doesn't love eating raw cookie dough?  

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Salted Coconut Chocolate Energy Balls

Posted October 13, 2016 in energy balls, chocolate, healthy eating and 5 more

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It's been so long since I created a new energy ball recipe! I had a craving for chocolate, so I created this delicious chocolatey recipe with a hint of coconut and sea salt. So good!

These energy balls are full of fiber, omega-3's, plant protein, healthy fats and vitamins and minerals.

They're a perfect pre- or post-workout snack or even a healthy snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. I ate a couple of these in the afternoons for a sweet treat and energy boost.

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Simple 4-Step Sugar Detox

Posted October 31, 2016 in sugar detox, hydration, greens and 8 more

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*This post contains links to nutrition products that I use daily. I've partnered with the company because I love and believe in the products!

If you're feeling bloated and tired from overindulging in sugary treats, it's time to detox!

Although I don't detox regularly, I do think it can be beneficial if you've been eating too much sugar and you find yourself having uncontrollable sugar cravings.

Detoxing can be especially helpful after a treat-filled holiday. If you don't ditch the sugar immediately after your holiday sugar binge, you'll find yourself craving sugar and indulging in more sugar for days, weeks or even months. Then it will be even harder to ditch the sweets!

So get started today with my simple sugar detox!

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What I'm reading, wearing, watching, eating and listening to

Posted December 15, 2016 in green smoothie, plant protein, Cuddl Duds and 10 more

I wrote a post like this in January and fully intended to make it a monthly thing because I thought it was so fun. 

Ummmm, that didn't happen. It's now December and I'm finally writing the second post in this series.

But I'm bringing it back this week because I need something fun and light amidst my annoyingly long to do list. So here we go!

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Peppermint Mocha {with protein}

Posted December 15, 2016 in Peppermint Mocha, coffee, chocolate and 5 more

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It has been so cold lately that all I want to do is cuddle up under a blanket and drink something warm. 

I don't normally go for sweet coffee drinks, but I was craving something warm and sweet one cold afternoon and this peppermint mocha happened.

Most coffee shop versions are high in calories, and are full of sugar and syrups made with artificial ingredients. But my recipe is full of good-for-you nutrition and doesn't contain any sugar. 

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Gingerbread Protein Energy Balls

Posted December 21, 2016 in gingerbread energy balls, gingerbread, plant protein and 5 more

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These energy balls might just be my favorite yet!

I had a craving for gingerbread cookies, but I didn't want to go to all the work of finding a dairy-free gingerbread cookie recipe, making sure I had all of the ingredients and baking. 

So I threw together these energy balls in about 10 minutes and I got to enjoy all the flavors of gingerbread cookies! These even contain good-for-you plant protein. 

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