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Recipes

Zoodle Salad

 

I love how easy this salad is to make. It is perfectly simple but still packs a flavorful bite.

Zoodle Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed off
  • 1/2 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 c frozen peas
  • Small handful of cilantro, minced

 Dressing:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Use a spiralizer or a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade and cut the zucchini into thin spaghetti-like strands. Trim the strands into bite size lengths and place them in a large work bowl.
  2. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add to zucchini and toss.
  3. Add the remaining veggies to the bowl.
  4. Serve right away and enjoy!

Happy Lemonade Day!

Gogi Lemon Lemonade

 

Stay hydrated this summer with Goji Lemon Lemonade. It has less sugar than traditional lemonade and is loaded with nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, silica, and antioxidants. The secret ingredient is vTrue, a physician-developed blend of 25 botanical extracts, minerals and vitamins that promote beautiful skin from within. Cheers to healthy skin!

 

Goji Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients: GL Lemonade

  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup vTrue, Gogi Lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice
  • 1 Tablespoon goji berries
  • Lemon wedge or slice for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

 

The Best Banana Nut Muffin…EVER

Best Banana Nut Bread

This recipe is hands down one of the best banana nut bread recipes out there. Personally, I prefer making muffins to the traditional loafs. In my opinion muffins are prettier than slices of bread and trick me into thinking I am eating something more substantial. I highly recommend making extra and freezing some in individual baggies for snacks or breakfast on the go. Trust me, these won’t last long 🙂

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • ¼ c almond butter
  • 2 T coconut oil, softened
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ c coconut flour
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t salt
  • ½ c chopped walnuts

Extras:

  • ¼ c-½ c Enjoy Life chocolate mini chips (they are dairy, nut, gluten and soy free!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or use muffin liners, set aside.
  2. In the medium-large bowl combine bananas, maple syrup, vanilla, almond butter and coconut oil and mix until well combined on medium speed with an electric mixer. When mixture is smooth and creamy add in eggs, one at a time, mix on medium speed until combined.
  3. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add in coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; mix again until just combined. Gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips if using.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Fats:

Per muffin, makes 12 servings

Calories 126

Protein 3.7g

Fat 6.8g

Carbohydrate 14.5g

Fiber 3.5g

Sugar 6.9g

Acai Super Smoothie

acai smoothie

Smoothies are the ultimate meal. They are fantastically easy to make and can pack a powerful punch of nutrients. The Acai Super Smoothie contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as protein. It is wonderfully refreshing for summer and sure to keep you bikini ready!

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of unsweetened acai berry smoothie pack
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 c. blueberries
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 2 c. unsweetened almond milk, hemp milk or water
  • 2 sc. vanilla protein powder

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients, except for the protein powder, blend.
  2. Pulse in protein.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Photo cred: babble.com

Goji Berry Bliss

goji berry

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. of goji berries
  • 1/2 c. of yogurt
  • 1/4 c. of granola
  • 1 t. of maca root powder
  • 1/2 c. fresh berries

Directions:

  1. Stir above ingredients until all maca powder is absorbed. Fold in 1/2 cup of fresh fruit.

Maple Granola Recipe

Maple Granola I grew up baking with my mother for special occasions, holidays and some days for no reason at all. To give you an idea of how often we baked, about seven years ago I was invited to my boyfriend’s friend’s Christmas party. I would be meeting everyone for the first time (including parents) so naturally, I wanted to make a good impression. I brought beautifully decorated, freshly made sugar cookies packaged nicely in bakery boxes with holiday tissue (presentation is everything!). The funny thing is, they were convinced I bought them … not to toot my own horn but let’s just say they looked as great as they tasted 😉 Quite hysterical if you ask me! For my mother and I, baking was really about spending quality time together, talking, sharing stories and bonding. Heavenly desserts just happened to be a by-product. Thus, waves of nostalgia sweep over me each time I bake, taking me right back to my mom’s kitchen.

Unfortunately I can’t stick to the same recipes I grew up with. Now that I am aware of the health dangers granulated sugar, wheat and dairy, I look for alternative ways to bake. If I can’t find recipes, I create them! This is no easy task either. Baking sans white sugar, wheat and sometimes eggs can be a recipe for disaster. That is why my kitchen becomes a little test kitchen so I can actually see how well these new age recipes hold up before I decide to share them. This one I tweaked and made it scrumptious and nutritious.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 c. GF oats
  • 1 c. nuts or seeds of your choice (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pepitas…)
  • 1/2 c. flaxseeds
  • 2/3 c. coconut, shredded
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup, grade B
  • 1/3 c. sesame seed oil
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Whisk honey, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in a small bowl.
  4. Combine with dry ingredients. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.

 

Detox Water

#detoxwater

I just returned from my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas and my body is in serious need of a deep cleansing. Whenever I travel I usually feel icky when I return, flying in germ filled airplanes and not cooking my own food always takes its toll. You can only imagine the extra burden my body endured from five days of bachelorette shenanigans! Since I have a four-day engagement party weekend coming up in two days, this really isn’t the best time to start a full-blown detox program. Therefore I decided that instead of waiting to do anything, I would fill my life with cleansing foods and turn up the intensity when I get home.

Life is about balance. Yes, I may have overindulged in Cabo but I wouldn’t change a thing if I could go back in time. It was marvelous and I enjoyed every second of it! As for the weekend ahead, I am not about to miss out on creating amazing memories with some of my best friends because of poor timing. Rather, I am looking forward to enjoying delicious Napa wine, incredible Indian food, and the company of my besties. Allowing myself to have fun and live will only make it easier to get back on track when I return. I didn’t name my business “Love to Live” for no reason! You have to enjoy yourself, besides, you only live once, #yolo 😉

To start the detoxing process I made some detox water. Follow the recipe below for some hydrating yumminess!

Ingredients:

  • 1 T grated ginger
  • 2 lemons: juice 1 and thinly slice the other
  • small handful of fresh mint, about 1/4 cup
  • 2 L filtered water

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pitcher with water. Mix and let all flavors blend in the refrigerator for about an hour before consuming.

 

Cherry Recovery Shake

 

Cherry Recovery Shake 2

Talk about a power shake! This post workout lifesaver is full of body repairing nutrients that are bound to get you on your feet in no time. As you know, exercise should be a part of your normal routine. But did you know supplying your muscles with ample nutrients is just as important? Do you even know what nutrients your muscles need?

We need to take in several minerals, amino acids, and vitamins in order to repair, recover and grow muscle tissue. If you are lacking in this department then you will not see the growth you want. Whether your goal is to define, shred, or build muscle tissue; your muscles need the same nutrients just in different quantities and times. But let’s not get too complex. Below are some of the required nutrients needed for muscle health and the good news is you can find them in this shake:

  • Cacao is full of magnesium, which plays a number of roles in the body. It is required for more than 325 enzymatic reactions. Some include: fat synthesis, protein and nucleic acids, neurological activity, muscular contraction and relaxation, cardiac activity and bone metabolism. It is also necessary to make ATP, your body’s energy currency.
  • Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as minerals and antioxidants. Increased omega-3 concentrations in the blood are associated with decreased levels of pro-inflammatory markers.
  • Cherries are full of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Researchers believe that tart cherries’ antioxidants protect against attacks by exercise-induced free radicals, which can lead to painful inflammation. The anthocyanins (antioxidants responsible for red, purple or blue pigments in fruit/veggies) activate a molecule that helps rev up fat burning and decrease fat storage.
  • Branched chained amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids: l-leucine, l-valine, and l-isoleucine. An essential amino acid (there are nine of them) is any amino acid that can’t be manufactured by the body naturally, meaning that they have to come from protein intake. BCAAs are the only amino acids metabolized inside of the muscle itself (all of the others are metabolized in the liver), and make up about 35% of muscle tissue. They are necessary for the development and maintenance of muscle tissue.
  • L-glutamine is a non-essential amino acid, that we obtain through food and we also make it internally. However, sometimes we need to supplement with L-glutamine since it is so widely used in the body and we often deplete our stores. L-glutamine is needed for brain, digestive and immune health as well as removing waste products from the bloodstream. L-glutamine also plays a major role in helping your muscles repair themselves after stress as it brings nitrogen to your muscles to stimulate muscle repair. 
  • Oats help to replenish muscle glycogen, your muscles main energy source. During hard bouts of exercise our muscles deplete glycogen so it is critical to replenish the source for your next workout. Eating quickly digested carbohydrates spikes insulin and gets amino acids into your cells (which is what you want). Oats have fiber, minerals, and vitamins a nice super food!
  • Your muscles are primarily made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. During exercise, you tear down your muscles so that they can become bigger and stronger. This happens in a process called muscle protein synthesis. In order for protein synthesis to occur, you need protein.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. tart cherry juice, organicCherry Recovery Sake
  • ½ c. frozen dark cherries, organic
  • 1 T cacao
  • 1 scoop branched chained amino acids
  • 1 scoop glutamine or 5g
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • ¼ c. quick oats or oat bran, GF
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 sc. protein

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients except protein. Pulse in protein.
  2. Sip slowly and enjoy.

Homemade Chocolate Energy Bars

Homemade Chocolate Energy BarsWho doesn’t like chocolate? If you know someone who doesn’t they probably don’t like puppies either which means you should probably stay away from them! 😉 Hahahaha, just kidding. But seriously, if you like chocolate these bars are for you. I came up with this scrumptious recipe because several clients were asking for a gluten free/dairy free bar. It can be difficult deciphering the ingredients of some of the bars on the market. Invertase, ferric orthophosphate, erythritol, disodium phosphate anyone? So why not avoid highly processed bars all together and make your own? I can be a control freak especially when it comes to what I put in my body and these bars only contain 12 ingredients, all of which I can pronounce.

 

Chocolate Energy Bars are a fantastic pre or post workout snack. The ratio of carbs to protein is perfect for muscle building and quick energy. If you don’t feel like exercising that day, grab one for an afternoon snack or a healthy dessert. Really you can eat them anytime! I suggest refigerating them in an air tight container. They also freeze really well so you can enjoy them at a later time.

IngredientsEnergy Bars

  • 1 can adzuki beans
  • 1/4 c. flaxseeds soaked in 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. coconut nectar
  • 1/4 c. chopped dates
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1.5 c. gluten free oats
  • 1 c. pea protein
  • 1/4 c. cacao powder
  • 1/2 c. walnut
  • 1/2 c. coconut shredded

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine beans, binder, sweetener, soft fruit, extract, spice, and salt until smooth.
  2. Add the oats and dry base ingredients and pulse just to combine.
  3. Add stir-ins and pulse again just to combine.  If the consistency seems spreadable, you’re good.  If it’s too dry, add 1/4 cup of water; if it’s too runny, add an additional 1/4 cup of the dry base ingredient.
  4. Grease 13×9 pan with baking spray or rub with 1 tablespoon oil, then spread mixture into pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Nutrition Facts Calories: 142 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 126mg Total Carbohydrates: 20g Sugar: 2g Fiber: 6g Protein: 6g

Overnight Power Oats

This is probably the easiest breakfast you will ever make. All you do is assemble the ingredients in an eight ounce mason jar at night, remove from the fridge the following morning and enjoy! Although I do not recommend eating on the go, this is the perfect breakfast for someone pressed for time in the AM because it is portable. Personally, I love having my Power Oats as a pre-workout snack since it provides long lasting energy to help me crush my workouts. The standard recipe is jam packed with protein, calcium and fiber. It is also low in fat and sugar making it ideal for anyone who wants to eat something “clean” and tasty. I encourage you to get creative and enhance the nutrient profile by adding some extras mentioned below.

Ingredients:Overnight Oats- blueberry

  • ½ c. raw oats
  • ½ c. milk alternative
  • ½ c. Greek yogurt or kefir or omit if dairy free and use an extra ½ of milk alternative
  • Cinnamon
  • 1-2 t. maple syrup or stevia
  • ½ c. frozen blueberries
  • 1 T. chia seeds

may also add:

  • 1 T nut butter
    • healthy fat to keep you satiated
  • 1 T cacao powder
    • antioxidant rich, promotes cardiovascular function, lowers blood pressure and improves circulation, rich in magnesium and dietary fiber
  • 1 scoop protein powder
    • muscle building 
  • 2 t. matcha green tea powder
    • antioxidant rich, cancer fighting EGCg, calms the brain, increases energy and endurance as well as boosts memory and concentration 

 

Directions:

  1. In an eight ounce jar or tupperware, add all ingredients (except fruit) and shake until well combined.
  2. Add blueberries and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.
  3. Eat chilled.

 

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