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Warming Winter Smoothie

Originally published on http://www.sarahgoldstein.ca As the leaves begin to deepen, fall becomes the perfect time to reset and nourish. With summer coming to an end, a new opportunity for subtle change awaits. Now that the weather’s getting cooler, we want to make sure we are nourishing our digestive system accordingly with warmer fluids to help boost our immunity for the colder season ahead. So if you aren’t ready to let go of your refreshing morning smoothie, these warming spices will be sure to keep you on that smoothie kick. A few of my favourite ways to add more warmth into a smoothie are by using: Cinnamon, ginger or turmeric.   Cinnamon is a great spice to use in your morning smoothie as it helps to balance blood glucose levels. This warming spice also has antioxidant properties, which help to increase immunity. Add half of a teaspoon to your smoothie, and you will be sure to love how complementing it tastes. Another great fall friendly spice is ginger. This spice is great for things like supporting …

Strawberry Vegan Cheesecake

These mini vegan cheesecakes may be the yummiest and easiest desserts I have ever made! I participated in the Garden of Life Bloggers Challenge last month, which consisted of a few Canadian products that had to be modelled into a unique recipe. With protein powder, hemp hearts, freezies, and granola, I came up with this recipe. I hope you enjoy it! Here’s how to make it: Ingredients for crust ¾ cup pecans (or granola) 1/3 hemp hearts 7 medjool dates ¼ shredded coconut Ingredients for filling 1 cup raw cashews 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice ¼ tsp sea salt 1 cup frozen berries of choice ¼ raw honey ¼ cup melted coconut oil ¼ cup protein powder (optional) Method: Soak cashews for three hours in water. Remove pits from the dates and soak them for 10-15 minutes in warm water to soften them. In a food processor, add dates, pecans, hemp hearts, and shredded coconut. Mix until it forms a sticky consistency. Add in 2 tablespoons of the mix into each muffin template, and place …

20 Minute Bliss Balls

In today’s society, 90% of the processed foods out there are GMO. They are also filled with an abundance of sugar, sodium, preservatives, soy lecithin, damaged fats, emulsifiers and artificial junk. Almost all commercial granola bars include all of these ingredients, even though they fall under the “100 calorie” category. For example, Quaker Chocolate Chip granola bars contain 38 ingredients, 12 of which are sugars, and everything else listed above at least twice. This is exactly what you don’t want to be consuming throughout the school or workday (honestly, ever). Sugar feeds bad bacteria which results in bloating, weight gain, skin problems, headaches, irritability, low energy, disease and so forth. Sugar is the reason that the term hangry exists.     These bliss balls are extremely versatile, easy and clean. Eating nutritiously boosts brain cells, increases energy, keeps you fuller for longer, and protects your body from sickness and stress. They are the perfect pick-me-up snack. Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients: ½ cup nut butter (natural almond, cashew, peanut butter) 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 …

Healthy Chocolate Latte

If you’re looking for a great way to spice up your morning java, and support your hormone health at the same time, this macaccino was made for you! The average Starbucks specialty drink contains up to 30g of sugar, causing health threatening long-term effects and also is a huge contributing factor to weight gain. This healthy latte is filled with powerful superfoods that increase energy, boost metabolism, stabilize adrenals, and it tastes so much better than Starbucks’ non-fat, low-this, extra-hidden-sugar latte.     Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients: 1 scoop of organic coffee 1 tbsp cacao powder 1 tiny piece of cacao butter 1 tbs maca powder Method: Brew your coffee and let it cool for a few minutes. Add all ingredients, including the coffee into a blender and mix until properly blended. If needed to warmed up again, boil it over the stove. Enjoy! All of the ingredients I have used are certified organic from Giddy Yoyo. They can be purchased at your local health store or at http://www.shop.giddyyoyo.com.

Clean Alfredo Shrimp Pasta

Alfredo sauce is easily one of the unhealthiest sauces out there. Alfredo sauce contains a lot of milk, cream, cheese, salt, sugar and so forth. The sauce alone contains about 250 calories, is so low in nutrient value and contains a ton of allergens. This is why most people feel symptoms of heaviness, bloating and gas. Nona Vegan’s pasta sauces are awesome because the only ingredients in these are nuts and spices, and it tastes even better than commercial sauces. Substitute bad fats and sugars with good fats and spices. This is something that my family and I make pretty regularly as it is really easy, and healthy!    Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients:   Nona Vegan alfredo sauce 1 bag of organic wild caught shrimp 2 spiralized zucchinis 1/3 of a bag of buckwheat noodles 2 tomatoes ½ cup mushrooms 3 tbsp hemp hearts Sea salt Olive oil Garlic   Method:  Start by adding oil and chopped garlic into a saucepan on low, as well as boiling water to cook the noodles. Add in …

Vegan Nice Cream

Ice cream made healthy: Not only is ice cream mostly all dairy, it is also filled with a lot of refined sugars, artificial preservatives and sweeteners. Our bodies don’t recognize these substances, so it brings a lot of dysfunction into the digestive system. However, I don’t believe in labeling food as bad and good– it’s all about balance. Vegan ice cream is SO simple to make, healthy and seriously delicious. All you need are two base ingredients and then the flavour is up to you. My two favourite flavours are chocolate coconut and banana mint.     Here’s what you’ll need.  Chocolate Coconut Ingredients: 2 frozen banana (I chop my bananas up before I freeze them) 1 tbsp dairy free milk (almond, coconut, cashew) 1 tbsp raw cacao powder 1-2 tbsp natural coconut flakes Method: Add all ingredients in to a blender, and mix until desired consistency is achieved. Add more milk if necessary. Banana Mint Ingredients: 1 frozen banana ½ of an avocado ½ cup spinach 2 fresh mint leaves ½ cup or less …

Creamy Avocado Sauce

The average store bought pasta sauces are filled with chemicals, sugar, salt, artificial preservatives, sweeteners and so much more. In one serving of pasta sauce, you can guarantee you are having at least 2 tablespoons of sugar. This creamy avocado pasta sauce is filled with healthy fats and clean ingredients. Healthy fats are absolutely vital when it comes to optimal health. Healthy fats do not make you fat.. the sugar, salt and artificial garbage in processed foods makes you “fat”. Good fats help to burn bad fats, so increasing the amount of healthy fats you consume, and lowering the amount of simple carbs you consume, will lead you to proper weight loss.   Here’s what you’ll need: 2 fresh basil leaves 1 ripe avocado 1/3 cup of raw pumpkin seeds 1/3 cup of ground flax ½ cup of spinach SEA salt to taste 2 tbs of almond milk Method In a blender, add the avocado, basil leaves, pumpkin seeds and blend until creamy. Add almond milk if the texture is too thick. Once it is …