How would you like to indulge in holiday flavours like eggnog, candy cane, gingerbread, roasted chestnut and peppermint mocha without worrying about your waistline expanding over the holidays?
Cravings for holiday goodies tend to hit hard given that temptation is all around.
You might be asking – “Jen, how the heck do you stay on track during the holiday season?!”
My approach is simple – I satisfy my cravings instead of attempting to beat them.
The trick here is finding ways to replace unhealthy, sugar-loaded options with healthy alternatives that leave you not only satisfied but healthier (mentally, emotionally and physically).
I’m always experimenting with different recipes that allow me to enjoy delicious and familiar flavours while still staying on track with my health and weight.
My dessert-inspired smoothies have allowed me – and so many others – to enjoy mouthwatering meals that not only leave you feeling satisfied and healthy, but help kick cravings too.
So, if you’re looking for healthy &delicious holiday smoothies like eggnog, candy cane, gingerbread, roasted chestnut, peppermint mocha, french vanilla, ferrero rocher and more, grab my smoothie e-book HERE!
AND just in case you need some convincing, give my eggnog smoothie a try.
1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and enjoy!
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Try replacing one meal a day with a nutrient-rich smoothie like this one. It’s a great approach to weight loss and better health!
What you need for Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Frozen greens (spinach, kale, broccoli …)
Pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin works well)
Avocado PurePaleo Protein (vanilla)
Pumpkin pie spice
Water (or unsweetened nut milk)
Give this DIY pumpkin pie spice recipe a try
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp nutmeg
1 ½ tsp allspice
1 ½ tsp cloves
I recommend buying organic ground spices to make this blend. Mix spices together in a bowl and store in a small glass jar. Feel free to double or triple this recipe so you have plenty of pumpkin pie spice for the season.
Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is one of my favourite smoothie recipes during the Autumn. Not only is it nutrient-packed, but it's also loaded with delicious fall flavours! This smoothie will provide you with the right balance of macro-nutrients, including protein, making it a great meal replacement.
DID YOU KNOW? Peppermint oil has been shown to be effective at naturally treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies show that peppermint oil reduces spasms in the colon, relaxes the muscles of your intestines, and can help to reduce bloating and gassiness.
To help relieve IBS symptoms, try:
Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil to your smoothie (check out my recipe below).
Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil into a glass of water or capsule and take before meals.
Applying 2–3 drops of peppermint essential oil (along with a carrier oil) topically to your abdomen.
Check out one of my favourite gut-soothing and dessert-inspired smoothie recipes that uses peppermint essential oil …
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1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and stir in cacao nibs.
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Finding a good protein powder that works well for your body isn’t easy given all the crappy and unknown ingredients found in most protein powders on the market.
A high-quality protein powder should make you feel good when you consume it. Protein powders should not cause symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, lethargy, etc. – and if you’re using one that does, I highly recommend removing it from your diet.
If you’re new to protein powders or shopping around for a different protein powder, I recommend reading this article to get a better sense of what to look for in a high-quality protein powder.
PurePaleo Protein has been my go-to for many years now and has played a large role in my journey back to health. Its benefits are so great that even Functional Medicine Practitioners and Naturopathic Doctors use and recommend this protein powder to their patients.
Check out what makes this protein powder so great …
4 reasons why I use PurePaleo Protein powder
1. It’s derived from grass-fed cows, making it not only healthy, but extremely nutrient-dense.
According to good research, grass-fed meat gives you more bang for your buck on all fronts, with its significantly higher levels of omega-3s, antioxidants (like vitamin E and glutathione), minerals (like zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium), and other important nutrients.
Check out some of the great articles that Chris Kresser (a well known Functional Medical Doctor) has put together. He’ll show you how an unbiased review of the evidence indicates that grass fed red meat is one of the healthiest foods you can eat (find links to these articles in the resource section below).
2. It’s comprised of 70% collagen making it the perfect anti-aging protein powder.
Not only is grass fed beef extremely nutrient-dense, but it’s also high in collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body ensuring the health and vitality of your skin, hair, tendons, cartilage, bones, and joints.
Our bodies cannot synthesize enough collagen on their own and our diets today contain minimal collagen which is why supplementing with collagen is so important.
PurePaleo Protein powder works from within to enhance your skin, hair and nails, naturally. Collagen helps restore the skin’s moisture, improving the elasticity, tone and vibrancy that’s already within you. A true anti-aging protein powder!
3. It’s gut-friendly so you won’t crap your pants!
Many people complain about how protein powders irritate their gut and cause things like gas, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, etc. That’s because most protein powders on the market use low quality protein sources that are contaminated and/or hard for our bodies to digest. They are also loaded with fillers, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
PurePaleo Protein is processed in a way that allows for easy extraction, digestion & absorption of protein + nutrients. It’s also squeaky clean with no added garbage.
The best part is, because PurePaleo Protein is so collagen rich it actually aids in the repair of your gut lining, so not only does it NOT irritate the gut, but it also helps to heal the gut.
4. It tastes amazing and blends beautifully into a smoothie.
This is by far one of the best tasting protein powders on the market. Whether you choose vanilla or chocolate flavour, you can’t go wrong. PurePaleo Protein blends perfectly into smoothies with not chalky taste or weird textures. You’ll be convinced you’re drinking a milkshake – even with greens added to it!
Additionally, this powder is sweetened with stevia – a natural plant based sweetener that will not spike blood sugar levels. It really is the perfect combination of healthy and delicious!
Note: if you have a known allergy or intolerance to beef you should not consume PurePaleo Protein powder.
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The best protein powder for weight loss, IBS & anti-aging
For those of you who are vegan or vegetarian, I have sourced out a high-quality, plant-based protein powder for you.
PurePea Protein powder is a true vegan protein which has high bioavailability and excellent digestibility. The raw materials, North American grown yellow peas, are not genetically modified (non-GMO) and are produced with a natural fermentation process which uses no chemical solvents.
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
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.