Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie (IBS & Weight Loss Friendly)

Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie (IBS & Weight Loss Friendly)

Do you want to create chocolate flavoured smoothies, like this one, but only have vanilla or unflavoured protein powder?

Here’s a quick tip to help you achieve a rich chocolate flavour from your smoothies when using a vanilla or unflavoured protein powder!

Just add 1-2 teaspoons of cacao powder into your blender along with the other smoothie ingredients. Blend & enjoy! That’s it!! Told ya it was a quick tip ?.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate which is why I recommend it. It’s an easy find since most grocery stores carry it nowadays. You can also find cacao powder online.

Now, whether your protein powder is vanilla, chocolate or unflavoured, give this addicting smoothie creation a try. I promise, it’ll be love at first sip ?

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Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup frozen greens (spinach, kale, and/or broccoli)
1 small banana OR 2-3 dates
1 tbsp dry-roasted almond butter
1-2 tsp cacao powder*
1 scoop PurePaleo Protein (chocolate)
1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk

*If you’re using vanilla or unflavoured protein powder, add 2 tsp of cacao powder. If you’re using chocolate flavoured protein powder, add 1 tsp.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and enjoy!

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Grain Free Oatmeal (Paleo, Low-Carb)

Grain Free Oatmeal (Paleo, Low-Carb)

If you’re looking for a warm and comforting breakfast with whole food ingredients, I highly recommend this grain free oatmeal (a.k.a. “NOatmeal).

It’s packed with healthy fats from raw nuts and contains whole eggs which gives your body the protein and fuel it needs to conquer the day! This nutrient-dense “NOatmeal” will leave you feeling satisfied and fueled for hours.

A great recipe for those following a paleo, low-carb, or IBS diet.

The BF and I usually save “NOatmeal” for the weekend since it takes a bit of time to prepare. BUT if you want to incorporate it into your work week, make a batch ahead of time and store it in an air-tight container in the fridge. I suggest eating it within 4 days.

Want more recipes like this one? You’ve got to try my Nutty “NOatmeal” with Blueberries or Tiger Nut “NOatmeal”.

Grain Free Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)
1/4 cup raw pecans
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 pastured eggs
1/4 cup coconut or almond milk, unsweetened
1 banana (ripe)
1 tbsp almond butter
Pinch of sea salt

Toppings: (per serving)
1/2 banana, sliced
1 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Put nuts, cinnamon & sea salt into food processor and process until everything is finely ground.

2. In one bowl beat eggs and milk together.

3. In another bowl, mash banana and almond butter together with a fork.

4. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Turn heat to medium-low heat and begin mixing ingredients together using a spatula.

5. Cook for 5-minutes or longer, stirring regularly so “NOatmeal” doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook for less time if you want a more runny consistency or cook longer if you want a more dense consistency.

6. Top with sliced banana and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

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Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cookies

DID YOU KNOW? Artificial sweeteners may be holding you back from losing excess weight – and could be causing you to gain weight!

Artificial sweeteners affect your food cravings and your ability to manage your body’s signals for hunger and fullness. These sweeteners are very addictive unlike natural sweeteners that leave you feeling more satisfied.

So, if you tend to use artificial sweeteners or refined sugar products like Splenda, agave, aspartame or sugar, I highly recommend replacing these with unrefined natural sweeteners like maple syrup and raw honey.

Unrefined natural sweeteners contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes.

Try my chewy Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cookies with maple syrup. When used in moderation, maple syrup can help to better manage blood sugar, all while creating great tasting recipes.

Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cookies

INGREDIENTS: (10-12 cookies)
1 cup roasted almond butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
10-12 pecans
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until a thick batter is formed. If adding in chocolate chips, do so after mixing other ingredients.

3. Give the batter a taste-test and adjust the flavours to your preference (optional).

4. Scoop batter with a tablespoon and place on baking sheet. Press down the mound with a wet fork to flatten and place one pecan on top.

5. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are golden.

6. Allow to cool completely on tray before using a spatula to remove. If you move the cookies too soon them may fall apart (I know this from personal experience).

7. Serve immediately or store in fridge or freezer for a firmer cookie.

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Hot & Saucy Thai Wings

Hot & Saucy Thai Wings

If you’ve been following me for a while then you’ll know that my BF won me over in our early dating days with his famous “NOatmeal” recipe (I highly recommend giving this recipe a try!)

Well, just when I thought that dating this man couldn’t get any better, BAM – he puts on his butt accentuating track pants (again! ?) and makes me these mouth-watering wings.

If you’re looking for a paleo or keto wing recipe that’s finger licking good, look no further than these Hot & Saucy Thai Wings.

My BF likes to pair these wings with a side of sauteed kale with pine nuts (recipe coming soon) OR enjoy them with cauliflower “rice”, a salad, coleslaw or sweet potatoes fries.

Looking for more gut friendly wing recipes? Check out my Salt & Vinegar Wings or my Simple Salt & Pepper Wings.

Hot & Saucy Thai Wings

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2-3)
1.5 lbs chicken wings (free-range or pastured)
1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot
4 tbsp. coconut aminos
2 tbsp. avocado oil
2 tbsp. almond butter

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place wings on tray and cook for 20-minutes.

3. While wings are cooking add almond butter, Frank’s Red Hot, avocado oil and coconut aminos to a small sauce pan and heat over medium. Mix until everything is smooth and combined (roughly 5-minutes). Add a touch of water if sauce is too thick.

4. Take wings out of the oven, flip and coat with sauce. Then place back in the oven for 10-minutes.

5. Repeat step 4 one more time.

6. Remove wings from the oven for the last time, flip and coat one more time.

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Almond Butter & Banana Slice (Plant-Based, Gluten & Grain Free)

Almond Butter & Banana Slice (Plant-Based, Gluten & Grain Free)

? This snack brings me back to my Little Jen days. After a long day of school, I would go to town on peanut butter and banana slapped between Wonder Bread.

? Given that my Little Jen days are long gone, I’ve made some healthy modifications to one of my favourite snacks. It still tastes yummy as ever and my body (and waistline!) doesn’t hate me for it.

? The kale caraway slice from Live Organic Food is packed with whole food ingredients and nutrients. It’s my go-to when I’m craving something that resembles bread. It’s my go-to when I’m craving something that resembles bread (and works great for this mid-day snack!).

? You can find Live products at quite a few stores. I usually get my favourite Live products from Nature’s Emporium and Ambrosia.

? Give this guilt free, gluten free and grain free snack a try!

Almond Butter & Banana Slice 

INGREDIENTS:
1 kale caraway slice (from Live Organic Food)
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 banana (sliced)

INSTRUCTIONS:
Spread almond butter onto kale caraway slice and top with sliced banana. OMG yum!

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Almond Butter Protein Balls (No-Bake, Keto, Paleo)

Almond Butter Protein Balls (No-Bake, Keto, Paleo)

Are you looking for a healthy mid-day snack or quick pre/post-yoga/workout fuel?

Try these easy to make and super delicious Almond Butter Protein Balls!

These balls are soft, chewy and very satisfying given that they’re loaded with good fats and protein.

They’re also super easy to make with ONLY 4 ingredients needed.

Make a batch and store them in the fridge or freezer, so you’ll always have this healthy snack ready to pop or take with you when you’re running out the door.

This recipe uses a high quality, squeaky clean protein powder that’s loaded with collagen – great for your skin, hair, nails, joints and gut lining. It blends extremely well with almond butter so you won’t get any weird textures or flavours.

Feel free to try this recipe using your preferred protein powder. Just keep in mind, you may need to make slight adjustments to the recipe to form the right mixture and taste.

No-Bake Almond Butter Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS (makes 16-18 small balls):
1 cup almond butter (unsweetened, raw or dry-roasted)
3/4 cup PurePaleo Protein powder (vanilla flavour)
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (optional for added crunch)
1/4 tsp sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Using a food processor or high-power blender, combine almond butter, protein powder, vanilla extract and sea salt. Use a spatula to scrape sides if needed. Mixture should be dense and smooth so it can be pressed together. If it’s too runny, add more protein powder.

2. Add pumpkin seeds and gently pulse so the seeds are crushed (not pulverized) into the mixture.

3. Using a tablespoon, scoop mixture and form into small balls. If balls are too sticky to form, place mixture into the freezer for 15 minutes then remove and form balls.

4. Place balls in large shallow tupperware so they are not touching one another.

5. Store protein balls in fridge or freezer to preserve them longer or for a frozen treat.