For those of you who don't know, I'm kind of obsessed with smoothies. I wouldn't be able to function without my Ninja Nutribullet, and I make a smoothie every morning to bring to work for lunch. Dramatic, I know. I never get sick of them, and genuinely look forward to drinking my favorite concoction every single day, seriously. I don't know that anyone else truly understands the obsession - except for my sister Claire. Shoutout to Claire for being that person I can talk about food with non-stop (and vice versa) without it being obnoxious. We don't judge each other for going out of our way or paying an absurd amount of money just to get a smoothie, and we exchange numerous texts/g-chat messages about ingredients and recipes per day. If you know, you know!
My daily smoothie recipe stays pretty consistent. Sometimes I spice it up if I'm feeling funky, but for the most part I'm a die hard strawberry-banana with a dash of chocolate kind of gal. I've heard that some people don't enjoy drinking their meals, because they still have that natural urge to chew, which I completely understand. I always pack my smoothie with some sort of snack whether it be: tortilla chips, my favorite gluten free crackers by Simple Mills, or a Perfect Bar or RX bar if I need more fuel.
I only recently begun adding frozen cauliflower to my smoothies. I'm all about frozen ingredients because they give way to the perfect creamy texture and consistency that I love. Plus, it's a great way to sneak in veggies! Bonus points that it doesn't really alter the taste.
I also feel like I should address the common misconception that all smoothies are "healthy". As a Food Marketing major, we learned an awful lot about the power of verbiage to attract consumers to buy certain products, or to be misinformed on what it means for a food product to seem "good for you" or deemed "healthy". Seriously though, we spent a whole class on the type of words that brands will slap onto their packaging that consumers fall for. Think: all natural, wholesome, superfoods, sugar-free, grass-fed, non-GMO. The list goes on. My boyfriend and I were just laughing that the ice cream container we were eating from had "great source of protein" splashed across the bottom.
Anyways, I think everyone's version of healthy can be different, and maybe it is up to our own bodies and diets to determine what healthy eating looks like. I'm also not here to counsel you on what to eat, otherwise I'd be a Registered Dietician - and maybe my diet would consist of less donuts? Just a thought ;). I just wanted to throw that disclaimer out there, I'm just here to share the recipes that I enjoy and that hopefully you will too! That being said, smoothies are often healthy! They just tend to be full of sugars from all that fruit, not to mention that the portion size and calorie count can add up rather quickly as you add in more ingredients and alter everything to liquid form. Just be cognizant of what you're putting into your smoothies:)
Lets talk powders
I only started using Collagen a few months ago. I'll admit that I am definitely guilty in falling for trends in the health and wellness world. But I had heard so many rave reviews about this, that I had to give it a try. For those who don't know, collagen is a white and tasteless powder, so you can sneak it into almost any recipe without tasting the difference. More benefits/notes on powders below.
Collagen: Collagen supports healthy bones, joints, skin, and hair, while also providing great benefits to gut health by healing the lining of your stomach.
Maca: Maca is supposedly a great source of fiber and protein, promotes stable energy levels, helps with stress, and has a nutty flavor to it.
Cacao: I really just enjoy this for the taste but as opposed to some chocolate protein powders out there, cacao is chocolate in its most pure form, so it is less proccessed. It is rich in magnesium and antioxidants, and tastes great!
Spirulina: I only use this when I'm adding my greens! It definitely adds a bit of a plant flavor. (I just read somewhere that someone said it tasted like pond water and unfortunately, I have to agree). This is another powder rich in nutrients, antioxidants, chlorophyll, iron, protein, and more!
Fun fact: I rarely measure my ingredients. I tried to estimate measurements for this recipe, and even threw them into measuring cups for this photo, but for the most part I toss everything in and gradually add almond milk until it reaches the perfect consistency (I like my smoothies nice and thick)! If I'm making a smoothie to enjoy in that moment, and if I have it on hand, sometimes I'll toss in some spinach or kale. I've found that the greens don't sit very well for a longer period of time, and since my smoothies sit in the fridge at work for a few hours before being eaten/drank, it's not worth the benefits.
Smoothie BOWLS are even more fun. I usually save those for weekends, and like to go crazy with the toppings! Sometimes I stick to the basics like shredded coconut, granola, or a drizzle of PB/AB or pearl butter. I also see people throwing on protein balls, healthy baked goods, bars, and more. Have fun with it! And please share anything creative;)
Combine until desired consistency This may mean starting off small with the almond milk, and slowly adding more until the perfect texture is reached. Blend and enjoy!
Again with the whole baking thing...don't get me wrong I LOVE to bake, and I think I'm getting somewhat better (?), but I don't feel as comfortable or as at-ease as I normally would when I'm cooking. I'm always slightly more nervous that I'll mess up the recipe or measurements, ya know? This recipe was a slight adaptation of Minimalist Baker's Vegan and Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls.
I have a big sweet tooth, and love fulfilling that in ways that are sliiiiighly better for you. I say that because this recipe still calls for a lot of sugar. Although, they are vegan which is a plus for some! Typically I just aim for my recipes to be dairy free and wheat free, but by default sometimes the dairy fee recipes omit eggs and end up being vegan too. I'll take it!
I thought these cinnamon rolls would be both fun and a bit more challenging of a recipe to tackle than my usual breads. So, here we have it, some pretty pictures for you, the mess that I made, and a lot that I ate along the way!
Welp hi everyone! Thanks for even taking the time out of your day to read my rambling thoughts and introduce you to my blog! Yes, the blog that I’ve been telling everyone “I’m starting soon” for the past 3 years. I guess soon is now.
Please bear with me as I start and (hopefully) grow this blog. I never had a clear vision of the type of online presence I wanted or the space I wanted to represent. Quite frankly, I still haven’t had the epiphany I was waiting for. The vision has bended and shifted and changed hundreds of times, much like my own thoughts and decisions tend to do on a daily basis. What I do know, is that no matter what, I want this to be truly reflective of me, and I want to bring forth the truest version of myself. Writing this in itself is vulnerable enough, and nothing short of a large leap. I’ve never quite known any other way to dive into things than head first so here goes nothing!
My biggest goal and accomplishment in creating this is to inspire others - even in the smallest of ways. Nothing makes my heart happier than when friends or peers tell me that they’ve tried a recipe or food because of me, or gotten themselves into cooking, or found fun ways to get more creative around healthier versions of our favorite foods, or asked for my opinion on foodie spots in the city. Regardless, I hope that by reading this - this as is in I have absolutely NO idea: recipes, thoughts, food photography, reviews, travel - that you are inspired!