Vegan Pina Colada Smoothie


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Yields 1 serving

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 tsp – 1 tbsp brown sugar (optional if you want more sweet)

6 – 7 ice cubes

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Directions

1. Blend everything together and drink up!

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Pre-Workout “Deviled” Eggs & Post-Workout Goji Green Smoothie

Before my strength workout today, I made a unique version to the all-time favorite “deviled” eggs. For my post-workout snack, I played around with some random ingredients that I was craving and made a delicious goji green protein smoothie! **NOTE: the smoothie is vegan, but the “deviled” eggs are not (obviously). The “deviled” eggs recipe had to include granola of course, it’s my favorite thing ! That’s what made it so unique in my mind. Moreover, they were bite-size so perfect for on-the-go. It was also a balanced pre-workout snack because it gave my body a balanced amount of protein, carbs, and fat to fuel my workout. Similarly, my post-workout smoothie had a really nice balance of vegetables, fiber, protein (18+ g in one serving!), and omega-3 fatty acids to help my digestion. What I really like about both of these recipes is that you can play around with them – for the eggs, you can add any topping you want whether it is fruit, nuts, granola, chocolate chips, etc. Likewise, the smoothie can have anything you want as long as you cover the basics of a liquid, a healthy fat, a protein source, and a fresh fruit or vegetable (aim for at least one that is frozen so you don’t have to add ice). Yummm, my body feels refueled!

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The Recipes

Yields 1 serving each

Serving Size: 4 pieces of “deviled” eggs and 2 cups of smoothie juice

“Deviled” Eggs:

2 hard-boiled eggs

2 tbsp hummus (if you want more healthy fat, replace with a nut butter)

1/4 cup granola of your choice (you can replace this with fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

Goji Green Protein Smoothie:

1/2 scoop SunWarrior Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder

1 tbsp dried goji berries

4 cups raw spinach leaves

2 large celery stalks

3/4 – 1 cup almond or coconut milk (if you want, you can also use water)

1 tbsp (13g) chia seeds

1/2 frozen banana (if you don’t have frozen bananas, replace with any frozen fruit or use a ripe fruit and place 3-4 ice cubes into the blender as well to give you the texture of a smoothie)

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Directions

1. For the pre-workout snack, cut the two eggs in half and scoop out the yolks. Spoon in your choice of hummus or nut butter. Sprinkle your add-in on top (I had some vanilla almond granola). Enjoy!

2. For the post-workout smoothie, blend all of the ingredients together and drink right away.

Awakening Green Juice

This juice is probably my favorite breakfast drink of the summer. Why? It’s so refreshing, perfect to wake yourself in the morning. It’s made from pure fruit and green vegetables! The reason it’s so awakening is because of its unique blend of ingredients: grapefruit, cucumber, and spinach. I also added some flax seeds for my daily omega-3 fatty acids and some ginger to get the morning zing. If you’re not a huge fan of ginger, just put less than what I recommended. I simply blended all of the ingredients in my BlendTec, but you can use a juice too! What I love about this recipe is that it’s full of vitamins and minerals that are great for the morning and it has 11g of fiber in just one serving so it’s the perfect juice to flush toxins out, especially if you feel sluggish or bloated. You don’t even taste the vegetables or the grapefruit, it’s actually more of a blend of just delicious ginger cucumber with a nice touch of grapefruit sweetness at the end. I love this juice recipe, and I hope you do too!

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 2 cups of juice

30 baby spinach leaves

1 cucumber, with peel

1/2 grapefruit, peeled

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

Post-Workout Protein Cabbage Smoothie

I really liked my protein smoothie from yesterday so after my strength training today, I decided to try out another similar recipe, but this time with some cabbage. When reading The Kind Diet, I noticed how Alicia mentioned that cabbage is really good for your body so I wanted to give it a try. The smoothie ended up looking a weird color, but it tasted just fine! I couldn’t even taste the chalky protein powder or the vegetables. I definitely recommend this post-workout smoothie/drink since it has the perfect balance of potassium, carbohydrates, and protein for recovery!

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 2 cups

1 cup almond or coconut milk

2 scoops SunWarrior Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder

1 cup of raw red cabbage, shredded or chopped

1 cucumber, with peel

1/2 frozen banana (if you don’t have frozen bananas, then use a normal banana and toss some ice into the blender)

1 tbsp or 15g chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Delicious Protein Green Smoothie

Yesterday, I went to the midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises – such a good movie, but man I was exhausted. I knew I was going to come home at like 4 am and just wanted to eat sugar throughout the movie to give myself energy. I ended up eating half the bag of KIND granola (which, by the way, is so delicious – I highly recommend you grabbing that as a to-go snack). Well, because I ate so much at one time, and my body isn’t normally used to it, I had really bad stomach cramps from all the sugar overload. So, this morning, I wanted a smoothie drink that was high-fiber and protein backed rather than eating my normal healthy carbohydrate-filled oatmeal. I was a little cautious about this recipe because I thought the protein powder would taste weird with vegetables, but it turned out to be so delicious! Even my little sister, who loves pizza and cake and literally nothing healthy, loved it, which was really surprising. It had a banana background taste, but had a chocolate overlaying and you couldn’t even taste the vegetables! Moreover, it’s easy to make, just throw all the ingredients into a blender. It was really filling as well – kept me going till lunchtime. You can even use this recipe as a post-workout smoothie/drink since it has the perfect balance of potassium, carbohydrates, and protein for recovery.

On a side note, I just finished reading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. I really liked the book – she gave some great advice on how to take care of your body and how to take care of the planet simultaneously. I recommend you read it if you are interested in transforming your diet and lifestyle. For the past week, I’ve been trying really hard to follow her guidelines and to be honest, I’ve felt really revived and happier. My body’s been detoxing a lot so I’ve been breaking out a bit, but I’ve heard that’s a sign that you’re cleansing. I definitely feel like a new person so hopefully I can stop eating the granola and stick to purifying foods : )

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 2 cups

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1.5 scoops SunWarrior Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder

1 cup of raw kale, washed and chopped

1 cucumber, with peel

1/2 frozen banana (if you don’t have frozen bananas, then use a normal banana and toss some ice into the blender)

1 tbsp or 15g chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Plant-Based Chocolate Protein Shake

yumm, my devoured chocolate smoothie

 

Well, basically, I am allergic to soy protein powder for some odd reason. So, I’ve been playing around with different protein powders on the market and have finally fallen in love with the perfect one! I used SunWarrior’s Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder. Why is it so good? It’s completely plant-based (vegan), low-sugar, non-soy, raw, a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids, and a chunk of vitamins and minerals! And, to top it off, they have a vanilla and chocolate flavor. It’s PERFECT. I devoured it within minutes, so delicious that I didn’t even taste the protein powder.

Most other protein powders that I have tried always had a chalky aftertaste so this made me very happy! It’s a very easy recipe and quick to make so I think you could even use this as a breakfast smoothie if you need a shot of protein to start your day!

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Smoothie

2 scoops of Sun Warrior’s Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder

1/2 large frozen banana (you may want to use a whole banana to make it smoother)

3/4 cup almond milk

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional if you want more chocolate)

2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional if want more sugar)