i was planning on sharing a different recipe here today, but i got a few requests for this one and i aim to please! can’t say i blame you all for wanting this one though. just imagining the smell that wafted through my apartment as i made this is making me want to make it again! but as i type this, it’s dinner time and i’m going to be an adult and have a real dinner ;)
this recipe came about by accident. i was craving a baked good pretty badly, but it was early and i had to leave my house in an hour. so that wasn’t happening. i’ve also been reading a lot about macrobiotics recently and getting really into it. and if you know anything about the energetics of food, you know that we should aim to achieve a balance between yin and yang foods- yin foods being cool, dark and moist and expansive while yang foods are warm, dry, light and contractive. i won’t get too into it, but basically any cooking method that increases the moisture content of a food is more yin and one that decreases the moisture content of a food is more yang. And since grains are a slightly yang food, yin cooking methods are much more balanced. therefore, making porridge = balanced, baking = more yang. did i lose you guys yet? sorry if i did, but all you really need to know is that in macrobiotics while baking is certainly allowed and done, cooking a porridge is much more advisable for regular consumption.
you can start calling me a hippie at any time now.
i’ve been sitting on this recipe for quite a while, and for that, i sincerely apologize. i’m not even sure what i was waiting for- the pictures have been taken and edited for a couple months at least! maybe i was being selfish, maybe lazy, or maybe it’s just that this seemed almost too simple to share.
but i’m realizing that sometimes it is the simplest recipes that people appreciate the most. sure the occasional complicated and fancy recipe is wanted to impress that special someone or for an evening where we actually have time to carefully plan and execute a recipe. but i have a feeling most of you out there generally make food that is quick and easy. because we are all pressed for time, for better or for worse. and because we are all constantly on the go, it becomes so easy to eat the same thing day in, day out. so here i am to hopefully give you guys another breakfast option that is just as fast as your morning oatmeal.
Wow, how did it get to be Christmas eve already? I still haven’t wrapped a single present (but at least they are all purchased!) and the holiday baking has only just begun. I only just arrived home for the holidays late last night and as a result, all things holiday have been put on hold a little.
Which means, I have not tested A SINGLE recipe I am making for Christmas. So sadly have no holiday recipes to share with you- they will all be shared after holiday is over. Let’s just hope they all work out or I will have no food to eat, and you will have to recipes to drool over. Not an ideal situation for any of us ;)
Despite the fact that I am horribly behind on all things festive, I have a delicious and grinchy green smoothie for you all. It is grinchy only in colour I swear! I figure with all the sweets and decadent food we are all eating these days, a clean and nourishing smoothie might be just the thing to share. Not exactly the route most bloggers take right now, but hey, I’m not holistic nutritionist for nothing right?
Happy Wednesday all you beautiful people out there!
Today I have a special review post for you today. I was contacted a few months ago by North Coast Naturals to try out a few of their products and I was thrilled. As I am struggling to wade my way through school and understanding the supplement world, I’m not going to lie, I have only become more and more confused. There are so many options out there, some vegan, most not. And while I am starting to find brands and products I trust, I am always on the look out for a company that embodies the ideals I hold most important.
I had heard of North Coast Naturals before, but really didn’t know very much about them. However upon further research I got insanely excited. Not only do they do vegan protein powders, greens powders, smoothie mixes and vegan l-glutamine (this is SO HARD to find), they are Canadian! Needless to say I jumped on the opportunity to test their products out and review them for you here.
Deryn was my contact at NCN and she was so generous. I got to try:
· Organic Brown Rice Protein
· Organic Hemp Protein
· Raw Hemp Smoothie (Chocolate)
· Fermented L-Glutamine Powder
· Ultimate Daily Greens
· Hemp Seeds
· Ultimate Daily Cleanse
This post is going to focus on the products and little protein blend to get you all started! Coming soon will be some smoothies and delicious chocolate peanut butter protein bites!
So I will get the negative out of the way first then go into the products I loved (which were all but one…)
Ultimate Daily Greens
I really wanted to like this product, but I was skeptical. There is only one greens powder that I have really liked, and the rest always seem to fall short in some way.
I do think this greens powder is great quality and has wonderful ingredients like fruit powders, greens powders, sea vegetables and sprouted grains. It certainly presents an easy way to get in some fruits and veggies for the day.
Where it fell flat for me was the taste. I tried it in smoothies and in water and I just found the taste of the stevia to be overwhelming. I am, however very sensitive to the taste of stevia (I have trouble with a many products that use stevia as a sweetener), so I wasn’t particularly surprised. So while this product is not for me, you might like it.
I tried the Organic Brown Rice and Organic Hemp Protein Powders and I really enjoyed both of them. It was actually really nice to try a brown rice protein that had nothing else added (my previous experience is with Sunwarrior which some flavours have stevia, some MCTs) and found it smooth and creamy and just disappeared into the smoothie. The hemp protein, interesting to note is non-grit hemp protein meaning it is triple=screened to remove large particles, making it smoother than others. And I definitely found that to be the case. No surprises here, it tasted quite grassy. So what I ended up doing was combining the 2! 1 tablespoon of each protein was able to soften the taste of the hemp protein and gave me access to a wider variety of nutrients from each powder! This inspired me to create my own superfood protein blend!
Raw Hemp Smoothie (Chocolate)
This was a delicious delicious product! It is made to be a complete smoothie add-in, not just a protein powder. The chocolate one contains hemp protein, fibre complex, cocoa, spirulina, probiotics, sea salt and cane juice solids and it really tastes amazing. Simply blend some with just almond milk, add a banana or other fruit if you desire and you are good to go! My one qualm with it, is the addition of cane juice solids. While I’m sure that is what made it taste so good (as opposed to no sweetener or stevia), it does take away from the wholesomeness. That being said, there is so much other good stuff in there and tons of fibre so I do feel the blood sugar response to the sugar would be dampened.
Ultimate Daily Cleanse
This product contains 5 sources of fibre including soluble and insoluble forms: flax, chia, psyllium, chicory and brown rice bran. It mixed easily into smoothies and actually worked fairly well as an egg substitute. It was nice to know that I was getting fibre from a wide variety of whole food sources and it was preground which made my life so much easier!
Their hemp seeds are delicious. I sprinkled them on salads, on top of smoothies, put spoonfuls in smoothies, and basically on top of anything! I also used them in some peanut butter chocolate protein bites which I will share soon!
Fermented L-Glutamine Powder
It might seem strange, but as a budding holistic nutritionist, this was the product I was most excited to try. L-Glutamine is such a wonderful healing nutrient, especially for healing the gut and recovering from exercise. However, most L-glutmaine is sourced from shellfish and often is cut with fillers. This one is made with beets (vegan!) and is a pure powder which is easy to absorb and utilize, which is just what you want with someone with weak digestion/someone who needs help recovering from exercise. I have found my digestion is so much better with this product.
Phew! That was a lot of products!
While I loved most of these products, I was finding it a wee-bit time-consuming to scoop all of these things into my smoothie in the morning. That’s why I decided to create my own vegan protein superfood blend! Just ¼ cup and you get tons of nutrients! It also tastes delicious and blends right into your smoothie. I used mesquite powder , cacao and lucuma to help give flavor as well as tons of nutrients and anti-oxidants and incorporated some of my favourite NCN products- Brown rice protein, hemp protein, daily cleanse, and L-glutamine. I LOVE this and am so inspired to mix my own blends from now on! You get exactly what you want out of a blend and can adjust the flavor and texture to your liking!
Customized Vegan Protein Superfood Blend (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)
Ingredients (4 cups (~16 1/4 cup servings))
1/2 cup Daily Cleanse (NCN) or your choice of ground flax, chia, psyllium, etc.
1/2 cup brown rice protein (NCN)
1/2 cup hemp protein (NCN)
2 tbsp mequite powder
2 tbsp lucuma powder
1/4 cup fermented L-glutamine powder (NCN)
1/4 cup cacao
1/2 tbsp vanilla bean powder
optional: green stevia powder ~1/4 tsp
Mix it all up! Use in 1/4 cup servings in smoothies!
Have you guys ever used North Coast Naturals' Products? Ever made your own protein blends?