Paleo Maca Cacao Protein Shake

Who here made a new years resolution of making it to the gym more this year? As a frequent gym-goer, it always makes me happy to see how packed the gyms are in January because I know all those new peeps are there trying to better their lives and that’s just amazing. But also like a part of me is like “okay happy for you but also can you please get off the machine I need to use kthanksbye.

BUT most of me is just super stoked for all the new do-gooders and I would love to help ease the fitness process by telling you about my absolute FAVE whole-food paleo protein powder that tastes like an absolute dream. Especially in this maca cacao shake. It’s called Rootz Protein and literally it has changed me life. It’s the ONLY protein powder that doesn’t upset my gut and has no added sugar or preservatives. I mean look at these ingredients people!!!!!

Amazing. And to getcha going on all your future gainzzzzz you can use the code “bitesbybai” at checkout for 10% off your entire order.

K and also real quick plug for maca and raw cacao which are two superfoods that are naturally mood elevating, give you energy, and support longevity and overall happiness sooooo basically you need this shake in your life.

That is all, my peeps. Happy Monday!!

Paleo Maca Cacao Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 scoop Rootz Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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The MOST Delicious Vegan Mozzarella Pizza From never Scratch

K never ordering pizza ever again because nothing will top this pizza that we made for lunch today (except maybe a pizza from Italy, they probs have me beat).

I came to realize that I was stressing myself out trying to eat too healthy all the time, so this year this girl is gonna treat herself when she wants to. AND I just got a fantastic new job so today we had to celly, obviously. And this really isn’t even too bad for you if ya think about it because I made the dough from scratch so I knew exactly what was going into my body. Boom.

All the dough has in it is organic unbleached flour, yeast, EVOO, water, and and then we topped this beautiful babe with tomato sauce, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, For The Love of Cheese dairy free plant based buffalo motzahrella (SO GOOD), arugula, and a little bit of fresh grated parmesan. Then we baked it in a cast iron skillet at 550 F for about 15 minutes and then bam: heaven on the tastebuds!

Happy Sunday my loves!


Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

For those of you who don’t already know, the three main food groups of my childhood were Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese, Lucky Charms, and Ice Cream. SO. When this whole “no more eating dairy or your stomach will kill you from the inside out” thing came to be in my life, I was a little upset to say the least. Granted once I moved out and began university my eating habits began to healthify and I moved a bit away from those three foods, mac ‘n’ cheese was and always will be my favorite food of all time.

I have since been searching the world high and low for a solution to my mac ‘n’ cheese cravings that are seemingly endless that won’t make me sicker than you’d like to know AND after almost 3 years of searching, I’ve finally found my solution!!! I recently discovered a local Edmonton vegan cheese company (who woulda thunk) called For the Love of Cheese and I’m not even kidding you guys, it legit tastes like real cheese. Seriously I’m not even affiliated with them I’m just obsessed with their stuff. ANDDDDDDDD they make the most bomb delicious vegan cheese sauce I have EVER tasted in my entire life of living. I may even like this cheese sauce more than real cheese. Maybe. And it’s entirely plant based and healthy like it’s made from potatoes, carrots, and nutritional yeast.

K anyways so I discovered the cheeze sauce and have since had this healthified mac ‘n’ cheese recipe every day for the past three days and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Sooooo I suggest if you’re in the Edmonton or Calgary area you go get some of this cheese sauce or grab your favorite vegan cheese sauce and make some mac ‘n’ cheese because you guys it’s good for the soul and it will make you happy. Enjoy!

 

 

Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. container of your favorite vegan cheese sauce (I use For the Love of Cheese’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce)
  • 1 16 oz. package organic brown rice pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast to flavor (optional)
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Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add your pasta and cook according to package directions.
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  3. Meanwhile, add about ½ cup water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli, turn the heat down to a simmer, and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.
  4. Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, return it to the pot and add the broccoli and cheese sauce. Heat on low while stirring until everything has reached optimal serving temperature (usually about 2 minutes).
  5. Serve and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast if you feel so inclined! Enjoy!
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Healing Golden Turmeric Latte

Wow it’s currently -15 and dropping, so basically it was nearly impossible to get out of bed this morning. Thankfully, I am now sipping on this magical turmeric latte and have warmed up enough to tell you about it.

I recently discovered something called VIOME which is this super cool gut microbiome (aka all your bacteria that make up your gut) test where you send in a stool sample and they will analyze it and report back your SPECIFIC gut microbiome data and personalized food/diet recommendations that will promote optimal gut functioning and therefore optimal you functioning. I’ll do a whole post all about my results and how much I’m OBSESSED with what I got back and how amazing I’ve been feeling since switching up my food intake based on their recommendations, but for now I’ll just give you a short little teaser.

My results consisted of a bunch of different sections, such as my superfoods, what foods to enjoy, what foods I should cut out completely, how much I should be eating of each, whyyyyy I should be eating this way, and an analysis of my microbial richness, inflammatorry activity, and metabolic fitness. Among many other things. But for the purposes of this post I will just tell ya that they recommended I have lots of turmeric.

Insert this latte into my life. Boy oh boy am I glad my Viome told me to have more because this latte is absolutely outstanding and I look forward to having one every freakin’ day. AND IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Turmeric contains curcumin which (when consumed with a little black pepper to make it more bio-available) is one of the best anti-inflammatory compounds in the world and we all know by now that chronic inflammation in the body is the root of all evil so basically we should all be trying to get as much of this curcumin as possible.

Also, if you struggle with gut issues or have sneaky intolerances, or even just bloat or have bad gas, you should 100% get your own Viome test done!!! Seriously. Life changing, people. You can use the promo code “bbb10” at Viome.com for $10 off your sample, too!

Happy Monday my fellow health foodies!

 

Healing Golden Turmeric Latte

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee (decaf works too)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • appx. 1 inch nub of fresh turmeric
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • pinch of black pepper
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Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour blender contents into a pot and heat over medium heat while stirring occasionally until the desired serving temperature has been reached. Enjoy!
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Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

I’m slowly realizing that with the amount of breakfast recipes I post I probbbbably should’ve just been a breakfast blog instead of all meals, but whatever, who doesn’t love breakfast? Especially pancakes.

I could probs eat different versions of pancakes for every meal the rest of my life. Seriously. They’re so freaking versatile. Between the flavor of the pancakes themselves to the limitless toppings options, the pancakes are endless! The limit dos not exist (Mean Girls reference for all my chick flick fans out there). I aspire to try as many new pancake combinations as possible in my time on this planet.

So, what’s so great about these pancakes? WELL. Let me tell ya. They areeeeeeeeee:

  • gluten free (duh)
  • dairy free
  • refined sugar free
  • you don’t even have to mix anything, just dump everything in a blender
  • 5 ingredients
  • made of real, whole foods
  • TASTY AS HELL
  • also healthy as hell, you’re welcome

K so now that I’ve convinced you to try these magical pancakes, please go ahead and do so right now. And have a spectacular Wednesday!!!


Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 4 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup to top!

Directions

  1. Add 1 banana, rolled oats, eggs, baking soda, and maple extract to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat and pour approximately 1/3-½ cup sized amounts of the batter onto the skillet and let cook until the tops of the pancakes are pretty bubbly (about 2 minutes).
  3. Flip the pancakes and cook until the pancakes firm up a bit, about another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the griddle/pan and top with fresh banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup. Enjoy!