Hello my lovely readers!
Today I have a special guest post for you, straight from two of my former classmates who have quickly become holistic nutritionists extraordinaire since their graduation. Maddie and Nadya have put together an amazing program called Your Breakfast Revolution. It’s all about optimizing the first meal of the day to change the way you look and feel! It's not a vegan program (but it is vegetarian! and grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and with nut and dairy-free options), but it is very holistic in nature and full of wonderful advice. I am so excited to have them sharing a recipe here today for their Get Up Smoothie. I hope you’ll all check out their program and the wonderful work these ladies are doing. I know both of them personally and I have to say they are 2 of the most beautiful and inspiring people I know.
Morning smoothies are a great way to start your day right! They are a quick, easy and delicious way to have a healthy breakfast. You can enjoy smoothies before or after your morning workout, at home or on the go. Blending ingredients into a smoothie allows the nutrients to be easily absorbed because they have already been broken down. We encourage the use of healthy, nutrient-dense foods that will nourish your body, give you energy and taste great. This smoothie will definitely put a smile on your face in the morning!
Get Up Smoothie is high in good fats and protein. This will give you steady energy in addition to balancing your hormones and blood sugar. Fat and protein are very satiating foods, allowing you to stay full which will help you avoid the unwanted cravings and mood swings. Get Up Smoothie has high amounts of minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Iron. Those minerals are vital for your bone and muscle health, nervous system function and building of red blood cells. Get Up Smoothie is also high in vitamins and antioxidants that will boost your immune system and metabolism.
Get Up Smoothie
· ½ cup frozen blueberries or mixed berries
· 1 tbsp tahini
· 4 tbsp coconut milk
· ½ tsp cinnamon
· 1-2 scoop of protein powder (pumpkin seed, hemp or any of your choice)
· 1 cups of water
Place ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency. Drink it down and be a smooth operator all morning!
Berries – high in antioxidants, good source of fibre & low glycemic load fruit;
Tahini – source of unsaturated fat – very satiating, great non-dairy source of calcium
Coconut milk – High in saturated fat made up of medium and short chain triglycerides – enhance fat burning;
Cinnamon – known for stabilizing blood sugar, be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory;
Protein Powder – complete protein, stabilized blood sugar, hormone balancing effect;
Water – hydration
For the Video recipe follow the link bellow:
And for more recipes from Your Breakfast Revolution check out our website www.YourBreakfastRevolution.com
Lots of Love,
Mad and Nad
Maddie and Nadya, or Mad and Nad, as they call themselves, are passionate nutritionists and educators who have taken on the challenge of changing how Canadians eat breakfast. Their goal is to make your body healthier, your mind sharper and your overall life more satisfying. Mad and Nad believe that with the right nutrition plan, correct physical exercise and positive mindset we all can be our best selves and go forth feeling beautiful and strong every day.
i don’t know about you guys, but november 1 officially starts the beginning of the holiday season for me. this means i can start listening to christmas music (michael buble i’m looking at you), watching christmas movies (oh hey there love actually and home alone), decorating the house and whipping up christmas-themed treats and meals. gingerbread spiced smoothies, chocolate-peppermint desserts, savoury stuffing-style pilaffs, egg nog-esque beverages and lets not forget the amazing mulled wines and hot apple ciders!
not only that but i start basically giving my money away on anything christmas themed- from clothes that would be great for a holiday party, to decorations and trinkets i don’t need, ANY christmas themed treat/beverage in the cafes…honestly, i am a retailers dream.
and it is one of those retailers that inspired today’s treat! i’m sure most of you know who i’m referencing- they launch the red cups on november 2, and suddenly christmas is in the air. peppermint mochas, gingerbread lattes, nanaimo bars, snowman cookies an of course, the cranberry bliss bar. NONE of which is healthy (or vegan mind you).
so of course i set about to recreate one of these treats in my own home! because i refuse to miss out on all this holiday cheer! not to mention, while each one of these items sounds pretty delicious, i happen to know they are each cloyingly sweet, likely to set your teeth on edge and blood sugar soaring. i might have a sweet tooth, but i prefer my sweets on the not-so-sweet side.
these are raw, so no-baking required (yay!) and are packed with good for you ingredients like nuts and coconut to make sure you get a healthy dose of fats and fibre with your treat. i used fruit-juice sweetened cranberries too, to lessen your exposure to refined sugars. finally, i topped it all off with a cashew-based, cream cheese-esque icing. talk about decadent!
i actually made these for the first time last year but missed the boat on posting them for the christmas season. but a friend who tried them said they tasted better than the original version. i’ll take that as a win! and i apologize for making you wait almost a year for the recipe…but hopefully you’ll make them, take one bite and all will be forgiven ;)
make them listening to some michael buble christmas music please and then enjoy snuggled beneath a blanket watching love actually. it’s just the right thing to do.
raw vegan cranberry bliss bars (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, paleo, raw)
Ingredients (~12-16 bars)
- 1 cup nuts (I used almonds and hazelnuts)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (fruit-juice sweetened)
- splash vanilla
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup cashews (soaked)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp coconut nectar
- squeeze lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- dried cranberries, chopped for topping
add the nuts to your food processor and process until you get a fine meal. add the rest of the dry base ingredients and pulse a couple times to mix. then add in the date and cranberries and process until a sticky dough forms. press into a plastic wrap-lined pan and put in the fridge while you make the icing.
add your soaked cashew nuts and the rest of the icing ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. smooth over top of the bars. sprinkle on chopped cranberries to decorate and then put back in the fridge to let the icing firm up. store in the fridge or freezer until just before serving or the icing with get melty and soft again. these freeze well, so you can make them ahead of time!