I realize I should have posted this pre-Thanksgiving but if you are like me and continue eating pumpkin through the rest of winter, you can enjoy this recipe for the rest of the holiday season!
We traveled to Jacksonville, FL for Thanksgiving this year to spend the holiday with my in-laws. While everyone is very supportive of my dairy allergy and choice to not eat meat, I hate to ask for dishes to be altered – it makes me feel too high maintenance. While we had plenty of dairy free side dishes, I didn’t want to feel left out during appetizers and dessert. In addition to packing some pistachio stuffed dates and Treeline cheese spreads, I thought I’d make a dairy free pumpkin pie. In my searches I continually saw tofu as an ingredient. While I hated it just a couple of short years ago, I have grown to love tofu and am better at cooking it on my own but, using it in desserts has never worked well for me. So, I scrapped any recipes I had found and threw together a cashew base and sweetened with dates with a little cocoa added in for fun! Continue reading →
I was inspired to make this mix by Nature’s Path Qia. Qia is simply hemp seeds, chia seeds and buckwheat groats. Despite its name, buckwheat is actually gluten free for any of you Celiac or gluten intolerant readers out there. I love Qia because its so easy to use and super filling with lots of nutrients, especially omega 3’s! However, I also found I loved adding some cacao powder or nibs to whatever I was eating it with (especially oats) and sprinkling some shredded coconut on top. So I decided to start making my own ready to use mix. Sorry Nature’s Path, I still love you.
Here is how delish it looks in my oats (I add it while they’re cooking on the stove… and sometimes add more on top):
Cacao Coconut Multi-Seed Mix(GF, V, DF)
The brands I like to use are pictured below, but as I do with cacao and buckwheat (not pictured), you can get all of these from the bulk section at Whole Foods, Wegmans etc.
Simply toss each ingredient into an old nut butter jar, pyrex or other container…
Shake well and store until use. I keep it right next to my nut butters since I think they pair together fantastically!
Now, what to do with the mix? I’ve been loving adding it to my oats in the morning, as you can see here:
But, the mix has also been perfect for travel with all the long weekend trips Tim and I have been taking this summer. Just put some in a small bag or glass container, and bring along a banana and some nut butter. Dip the banana in nut butter and then the mix and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious and filling raw breakfast on the go!
While I don’t consume dairy, if I still did I would for sure be adding this to yogurt & berries as another meal option. For dessert it’d be perfect on some fro-yo and I see myself adding to some banana ice cream in the very near future! Enjoy this protein, omega 3, mineral and fiber rich snack mix 🙂
Nutrition Information* (per 2 tablespoons):
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 8 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 1.5 g
Protein: 4 g
Sodium: 0 mg 0%
*Nutrition information for vitamins and minerals is incomplete as companies nutrition facts panels do not include all micronutrients. This mix likely contains much higher amounts of B vitamins and minerals.
I’ve been making green smoothies for a few months now since it’s gotten warmer and have finally found the perfect blend of ingredients! Sure, I want to recover from my workout be it a run, spin class, or some weight training, but more importantly, post workout food needs to be delicious!!
I am not big on supplements, but Garden of Life Raw Vegan Organic protein is an exception! It is made out of sprouted grains and processed in a way that preserves essential nutrients. The original flavor contains no stevia but the others do. I find stevia upsets my stomach and gives me a headache, so “natural” or not, I personally opt to stay away from it.
Kelly Green Post-Workout Protein Smoothie (Veg, DF, GF, raw) Makes 1Smoothie
1/2 Cup frozen mango (70 g)
1/2 Cup frozen strawberries (70 g)
1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein (original)
1 tsp Navitas Naturals Maca root powder (optional but adds amazing flavor)
1 Cup Silk Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 Cups fresh spinach
Dash vanilla extract
I think the order in which you add the ingredients makes a difference in ease of blending (unless you have a vitamix of course, which I don’t – if you want to buy me one send me an email and I’ll gladly give you my address). I add the spinach & fruit first, then protein & maca, and finally the milk and splash of vanilla. Blend as long as you see fit so that its smooth in your blender, bullet or any other smoothie making machine you may have! I find less than a minute is perfect to get the right consistency, somewhere between smoothie and green juice, but a little more on the smoothie side.
Since this is only about 2oo Calories, its a great post workout snack to drink up within an hour of exercise. Have a normal sized meal within 2-3 hours of your workout too.
Total Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 23 g
Fiber: 8 g
Sugar: 11 g
Protein: 21 g
Sodium: 205 mg 9 %
Potassium: 480 mg 10%