Food

Blueberry Maca Smoothie Recipe

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Happy Monday hustling humans! If you follow me on Instagram you've probably noticed that I've been sippin' on a new breakfast smoothie lately. Many of you have asked me to share what's in my cup so you'll find the recipe down below. Honestly this smoothie is great for any time of day. I've just gotten into the habit of drinking it in the A.M. because some of the benefits of maca include increased energy and reduced stress-hormone levels... both of which sound good to me.

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INGREDIENTS*

  • 2 tsp maca powder

  • 1 cup unsweetened original Almond milk

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

  • 1 banana (preferably pre-cut and frozen)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon (more or less depending on preference)

  • 1 tbsp almond butter (you can buy my all-time favorite here) or peanut butter.

  • 1-2 cups ice

*Serves up a big smoothie for ONE.
 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add ingredients to your blender.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION INFORMATION: 57 C | 12 F | 8 P | 348 calories

Personally, I don't count calories or macros. I never have and I don't see myself doing it anytime soon. However some people do, especially when they're preparing for a specific event or pursuing a specific physique, so I thought it might be helpful to include the nutrition information.

My motto: focus on how you feel. There's no problem with having aesthetic goals, but never let numbers define you. Not in school. Not on the scale. Not in your food. 

If you're planning to try this recipe let me know down below!

All love always xx

My Morning Green Smoothie Recipe

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Happy Friday beautiful humans. The weekend has arrived! Today I thought I'd share a highly-requested recipe: my morning green smoothie. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I've gotten back into the habit of drinking a green smoothie everyday. It doesn't always fit the ~vibe~ of snowfall and winter but I LOVE smoothies so I have no problem drinking them all year round. 

WHY EVERYONE SHOULD DO IT

I'm one of those rare souls who actually enjoys the taste of kale smoothies. It's not that I'm a huge veggie drinker. Blended beets or carrots? I don't think so. But for some reason blended greens don't freak me out.

I truly think everyone can benefit from a green smoothie a day, especially if you struggle to eat your veggies. My philosophy is this: eating your veggies is better than drinking your veggies (#fiber), but drinking your veggies is better than nothing. As I try to transition into eating more plants (like I said I would in my 2018 resolutions) having my green smoothie every morning brings me just a little closer to my veggie goal. 

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INGREDIENTS  

  • 2 cups of kale (packed)

  • 1 cup of chopped mango

  • 2 cups of ice

  • ½ of a medium-sized banana (preferably pre-sliced and frozen)

  • ¾ - 1 cup of almond milk

  • Optional: Add a handful of blueberries and/or 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder.

* a cup can also be measured out as roughly equal to a handful.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine everything in your blender. I currently use this Vitamix (it's so powerful and worth every penny) but I've also used my NutriBullet and it gets the job done.

  2. Blend until everything is just-blended.

  3. Adjust thickness to your liking by adding ice to thicken or almond milk to thin.

  4. Pour and enjoy!

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The Only Lentil Soup I've Ever Eaten

When I posted on Instagram that I'd found the easiest way to make lentils, you guys needed the recipe. Well... here it is.  Not only is this vegan-friendlygluten-free lentil soup easy to make. IT'S BOMB. Someone tell Cookie+Kate that I'm obsessed.

A brief rundown (you'll have to head to Cookie+Kate for the full thing):

>> It takes about 55 minutes to make but you can spend most of that time away from the kitchen. After everything makes its way into the pot, you've got 30 minutes to just kick back and relax.

>> It's vegan-friendly (check-plus for the environment, the animals, and your health) but even the carnivores in my family love it! If you're a firm-believer that no soup is complete without chicken, this soup will change your mind.

>> The ingredient list is short (especially since you're likely to have the seasonings on-hand already). I'm all about keeping it simple.

Let me know if you have any easy recipes for lentils (*emphasizes easy*) because I'd love to try them, or decide to try this soup for yourself! xx