Daily Green Smoothie Bowl + Chocolate n Chickpea Oat Cookies | Vegan, Gluten Free

Not into salads? Just don’t have the time? Still want to feel your absolute best!?

Ditto! (well, I love salads) But honestly this is such a life savor for me because:

a. It actually tastes like ice cream (and if you know me, you know I cannot live without ice cream)

b. It is chock full of essential vibrant nutrients and satisfaction to recover from hard workouts and feel energized and stoked about life

c. I actually don’t have to take more than 5 minutes to make it. (really) !

 

Green Smoothay:

  • 4 cups greens (fresh or frozen stick them in the freezer to keep them from going bad!)
  • 2 tsp spirulina
  • Probiotics, I used biohm
  • 1-2 bananas (fresh or pre-peeled and frozen)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop plant protein powder, I used plant fusion cookies and cream
  • 1 cup almond milk
    Blend until smooth and top with hemp seeds, granola, and more berries!

I topped my bowl with these Chocolate n Chickpea Oat Cookies 😛

Adapted from Tofu Fit Girl

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Chocolate n’ Chickpea Oat Cookies

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 2 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ~1/4 cup almond milk

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and bake at 350*F for 15 mins

Enjoy!

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Vegan Brunch: True Bistro with STEPH’S PLATE + Why Try A Vegan Restaurant?

First of all, I am so honored to have met Steph from Steph’s Plate! She is such a doll you must watch her videos and get inspired on IG.  Secondly, True Bistro is one of the most classy vegan restaurants I have ever been to.  It is definitely swanky enough for impressing a date, yet not intimidatingly so.  Their lunch menu offers brunch options of waffles, crepes, tofu scrambles, as well as classic sandwiches with burgers, salads, and they feature incredible sweets like local FoMu ice cream and fresh cinnamon buns.

 

Steph ordered the crepes with FoMu lavender ice cream and blueberry compote, I went for the more savory mushroom and red pepper tofu scramble with fresh home fries, salad, and a side of their smokey mac and cheese.  Steph’s crepes were incredible.  They didn’t, you know, “taste vegan” at all!  It was so good, like an incredible dessert to me!  My scramble had such a refined savory flavor profile, I was really impressed.  It didn’t taste like eggs necessarily but the combo of herbs and veggies were brilliant- so delicious.  The mac and cheese I actually got to take home for my sister (the cheese lover). It had a LOT of smokey flavor, almost sausage-y.  Anyone who enjoys those smokey tones would adore it.  Can’t wait to try the waffles and I must go for dinner!

 

4 Reasons: Try A Vegan Restaurant:

1. Plant Foods In Your Diet

A whole foods plant based diet has been shown to be the most effective at preventing and reversing disease. According to the USDA’s Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines:

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2. Environmental Impact

It is without a doubt that eating more plant based meals is more sustainable for the long term and environmentally friendly. As described in the USDA’s Scientific Report, and watch Dr. Michael Gregor’s Video:

3. Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer

Saturated fat and cholesterol are well known for their association with causing the leading causes of death: heart disease and cancer.  Fortunately, plant based diets high in whole foods with fiber containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables, can significantly reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

4. Get Inspired

Once you find out how delicious plant foods can really be, you are much more likely to want to get in the kitchen and start cooking!  Keep trying more restaurants and dishes, and before you know it, every meal will be whole foods, plant based, and simply divine.

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Fat Free Vegan Blueberry Kale Bliss-Cream

Here, healthy + ice cream + so good goes in the same sentence.

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You will need: high speed blender or food processor

Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 leaves of kale, stemmed and rinsed
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen for at least 6 hours
  • 1 fresh ripe banana
  • 1 soft medjool date, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 dashes of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of frozen blueberries

Steps:

  1. Put the kale in first so it is closest to the blade
  2. Add in frozen bananas, date, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon
  3. Blend until creamy
  4. serve with blueberries and a dash of cinnamon
  5. Run around like you were just blessed with those beautiful legs. xo

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Shamrock Mint Soft Serve: Dairy Free

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Recipe: Shamrock Shake Soft Serve! This is way too thick and creamy to fit through a straw! Mmm.. Made homemade ice cream before? Growing up, my family had an ice cream maker and we would make it all the time. White sugar, heavy cream, takes about a half hour in the freezer bowl. This is so healthy, so quick, and it barely costs anything. Much more delicious alternative to a shamrock shake too.

This batch had bee pollen and chopped banana chips instead of chocolate chips :) yuum!
This batch had bee pollen and chopped banana chips instead of chocolate chips 🙂 yuum!

Prep:

  • Make sure bananas are ripe and peeled before you freeze them
  • Chop chocolate chips
  • Wash, de-stem kale
  • Measure ingredients roughly

 You will need…

  • Food Processor
  • Rubber spatula
  • Giant bowl
  • Spoon
  • Hungry tummies

Ingredients

  • 5 frozen bananas
  • 7 fresh kale leaves
  • 7 fresh mint leaves
  • a dash of vanilla
  • ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips

Steps

  1. Peel and freeze bananas

Bananas: Make sure you wait until they are spotted brown, you absorb more nutrients and get a sweeter banana!

  • Potassium: essential for maintaining proper heart function and regulating normal blood pressure
  • Vitamin B6: important for amino acid metabolism
  • Vitamin C: antioxidant, boosts your immune system
  • Fiber: great for digestion helps regularity and fullness
  • Reduce Stress: they are high in the amino acid tryptophan, which converts into the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin in your brain
  • Hangover cure: because alcohol depletes nutrients like potassium and bananas help to replenish that
  1. Kale and greens goes in the food processor or blender first! Then bananas on top of greens

Kale: wash, dry, and de-stem before adding to the food processor.

  • Fiber- regularity and satiety. GI health, fullness
  • Calcium- Connie Weaver’s study 9/11 subjects better available calcium from kale!
  • Vitamin E – fat soluble antioxidant
  • Vitamin K – blood health
  1. Process until smooth, adding water or non-dairy milk as necessary or desired
  2. Fold in chopped chocolate chips

Chocolate: Cacao powder has beneficial antioxidants and iron!

I didn't have chocolate chips when I made this batch, so I added bee pollen and chopped banana chips for a little crunch :)
I didn’t have chocolate chips when I made this batch, so I added bee pollen and chopped banana chips for a little crunch 🙂

5 Recipes To Sneak In More Nutrients

5 RECIPES TO SNEAK IN MORE NUTRIENTS

Banana ice cream with persimmon pulp in a pear cone: YUM!
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  1. Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 2 Tbs flax ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • topping: 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts

Steps:

  1. Grind oatmeal in a food processor until smooth
  2. Add dates, black beans, and rest of ingredients (except topping) until smooth, adding in water or non-dairy milk if necessary to create a smooth, well blended consistency..
  3. Spread batter evenly over a greased 8×8 inch brownie pan
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 0-35 minutes, until desired ooeyness
  5. Serve with banana ice cream
  1. Chicken Wings: (Thank You PETA!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water or non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup flour (any kind will work, even gluten free!)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (or buffalo or any hot sauce)

Steps

  1. Combine the water or non-dairy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined
  2. Coat the cauliflower pieces with the slower mixture and place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes (until cauliflower is cooked and breading looks crispy)
  3. Let cauliflower cool about 5 minutes and then fold them in a bowl with BBQ sauce
  4. Bake another 5-8 minutes on parchment paper.
  5. Serve with vegan ranch dressing and celery sticks.
  1. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 5 frozen bananas
  • 5 fresh kale leaves, destemmed
  • 7 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or whatever topping you like! (try with cocoa powder and peanut butter!)

Steps:

  1. Wait for bananas to be ripe, with brown spots, but not too mushy
  2. Peel and freeze 6 hours or over night
  3. Put greens in first so that they blend smoothly, put bananas on top and process until smooth and creamy. Takes about 5 minutes
  1. Spaghetti and Marinara (Thank You Compassionate Climber!)

Spaghetti:

  • 2-3 Zucchinis, peeled with a potato peeler or spiralized with a spiralizer

Marinara:

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon or more of Italian Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2-4 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 oz (apx 1/3 cup) sun dried tomato

Blend in a high speed blender until smooth

  1. Overnight Muesli (Thank You Chef AJ!)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quick or rolled oats
  • ½ cup liquid: (water, non-dairy milk, orange juice)
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds
  • 2 Tbs raisins
  • 1 apple, grated or chopped
  • optional: 1tsp vanilla and cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a bowl, mix well and let sit in the fridge covered overnight.

Deadly Decadent Slimming Black Bean Brownies

I know, Black Bean Brownies?! EW Right?! I was honestly really nervous about these but they ended up being WAY BETTER than ANY BROWNIE EVER!

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I just had an incredible gluten free vegan dinner date with three of the sweetest dietetics students!  They LOVED these brownies that Chef AJ inspired me to make.  Want delicious food that you can eat eat eat and still be slim and feel amazing after? Well Chef AJ and Registered Dietitian Julieanna Hever have got the recipes you need! These are so decadent and moist.  I recommend serving with cold banana nice cream.  Fresh brownies out the oven, fresh frozen bananas on top. OOoo baby you gotta try this!!

blackbeanbrownies These brownies are REAL FOOD! None of this refined flours, sugars or oils making you go crazy.  These are virtually fat free with a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids from the flax.  I love the stable blood sugar keeping me fueled with carbs that are mixed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Black beans- great source of protein and iron. Oatmeal is basically the cholesterol sucker.  Dates- the potassium and fiber filled candy.  And antioxidant rich cocoa?!  Heck- I’ll eat the whole &^%^& pan!!!

Unprocessed Black Bean Brownies and Chocolate Soft Serve– gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, flour free, almost fat-free, nutrient dense ❤

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 2 Tbs flax ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • optional: 1/3 cup vegan gluten free chocolate or carob chips, or chopped nuts!

Steps:

(I just threw all of the ingredients into my friends Ninja food processor, but I’m sure doing it this way would work well to ensure smoothness)

  1. Grind oatmeal in a food processor until smooth
  2. Add dates and black beans until smooth, adding in water or non-dairy milk if necessary to create a smooth, well blended consistency
  3. Add in the ground oats and the rest of the ingredients except optional topping and blend until smooth
  4. EAT ENTIRE BOWL OF BROWNIE BATTER
  5. ..just kidding..well, you could! Haha for brownies though: Spread brownie batter into a parchment paper lined, or sprayed with cooking spray, brownie pan and sprinkle chocolate chips or nuts on top.  Nuts would have also been really good folded throughout the batter for a nice crunch
  6. Bake at 350 F until desired ooeyness ❤
  7. Serve with Monica’s Chocolate Banana Soft Serve:
    • 1-2 frozen bananas
    • 2-3 Tbs unsweetened almond milk
    • 2-3 Tbs cocoa powder
    • optional 1 Tbs flax or walnuts or more chocolate chips!
    • Blend in food processor or Vitamix until smooth!

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Green Tea Nice Cream

After my first lick of this ice cream I said out loud…

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“I AM A GENIUS.”

Impeccable amount of ginger, sweetness, and green tea.  The absolute palate cleansing dessert or, indulge, like me, in this for a post workout lunch!

I love green tea and have been reading more and more benefits about it.

Green Tea (matcha):

  • is the least oxidized and fermented non-herbal tea, so it contains the most antioxidants
  • contains a nice amount of caffeine (less than coffee or black tea, more than herbal tea)
  • is used traditionally in Chinese medicine to help with immune function, brain cell protection, blood sugar regulation, metabolism, aging, blood pressure, and many other health issues

Ginger is so warm, aromatic, enlightening, and soothing.  The health benefits to ginger are also endless as well.

Ginger:

  • is a powerful digestive aid: In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract), also helps with nausea (hence the ginger ale mom and dad gave you when you had an upset tummy)
  • I sent my sister (who has Ulcerative Colitis) this interesting study with ginger and inflammation of the colon:

    Inflammation of the colon

    A study carried out at the University of Michigan Medical School found that Ginger Root Supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation markers in the colonwithin a month.

    The study was published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

    Experts say that inflammation of the colon is a precursor to colon cancer. Co-researcher Suzanna M. Zick, N.D., M.P.H., explained that by reducing inflammation in the colon a person reduces their risk of developing colon cancer.

    Zick said “We need to apply the same rigor to the sorts of questions about the effect of ginger root that we apply to other clinical trial research. Interest in this is only going to increase as people look for ways to prevent cancer that are nontoxic, and improve their quality of life in a cost-effective way.”

  • helps too sooth migraines
  • warms from the inside out
  • boosts the immune system
  • clears the sinuses (great to make tea out of if you have a stuffy nose!
  • too many benefits- I don’t have all day!!!

Hemp Seeds:

  • incredible vegan source of biologically available and easily digested protein, hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids
  • incredible vegan source of essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids
  • rich in plant based phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin E
  • contain an array of minerals like zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron

The Mastermind Mix:

  • 1 heaping Tbs fresh roughly chopped peeled ginger
  • 1-2 Tbs hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 serving packet of matcha green tea powder (like $1.00 each packet at Sunspot)
  • 3 ripe peeled and frozen bananas (freeze for at least 6 hours)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • water as needed to not break your blender or food processor

1. Using a food processor S blade, or high power blender, put in the ginger, hemp seeds, and mango chunks
2. Sprinkle in the green tea powder I like to put this in the middle so it doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of the container, but no biggie
3. Break up bananas into fourths and throw in container
4. Blend until smooth
5. Take a lick and you are a genius!

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2 Ingredient Caramel Ice Cream Cone

Easy, Organic, Orgasmic.  Yes. I said Orgasmic.carmelcone13

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You will need: food processor with S blade, a strainer, a bowl

  • just over a cup of persimmon pulp
  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 2 pears (optional for fun cone! :P)

First, get your persimmon pulp by mashing the persimmons with a spoon through a strainer.  Next, cut your bananas into chunks and process them until smooth and creamy.  Fold persimmon pulp into ice cream and divulge!  Optional pear cone: cut off the bottom and plop a scoop on top! Love and laugh as you eat!!

Serves 2.

According to USDA’s SuperTracker (with pears included) :

424 Calories

Based on a 2000 calorie diet:

Macronutrients:

2% Protein: 4 grams

52.5% Carbohydrate: 111 grams

Dietary Fiber: 17.5 grams

1.5% Fat

Minerals:

Calcium: 40mg (target 1000mg)

Potassium: 1313mg (target 4700mg)

Sodium: 5.5mg (target less than 2300mg)

Copper: 450 micrograms (target 900 micrograms)

Iron: 1mg (target 18mg)

Magnesium: 90.5mg (target 310)

Phosphorus: 98.5mg (target 700mg)

Selenium 3.5 micrograms (target 55 micrograms)

Zinc: 0.5 mg (target 8mg)

Vitamins:

 (RAE= Retinol Activity Equivalents) (mcg=micrograms)

Vitamin A: 145mcg RAE (target 700 mcg RAE)

Vitamin B6: 1.1mg (target 1.3mg)

Vitamin C: 40mg (target 75mg)

Vitamin E: 1.5mg AT (target 15mg AT)

Vitamin K: 13mcg (target 90mcg)

Folate: 72.5mcg DFE (target 400mcg DFE)

Thiamin:  0.15mg (target 1.1mg)

Riboflavin: 0.25mg (target 1.1mg)

Niacin: 2mg (target 14mg)

Choline: 44.5mg (target 425mg)

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