Green Mango Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Green Smoothie Bowl St patricks day

I hope you’re all wearing green out there while reading this because I have to warn you, I’m one of those annoying people who pinch others on St. Patrick’s day. I mean, why not? Especially if you’re on my bad side I now have the perfect excuse to pinch you without being the weirdo who randomly pinches people for no reason.

Okay ANYWAYS, now that my pinching rant is over, HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY EVERYBODY! And I’m readyyyyyyyyy, to parrrrtayyyyyyy (this is a Bridesmaids reference for all my movie buffs out there). Except if you know me you know I’m just kidding because my partying today will consist of some stair running, beeb’s hockey game, and then maybe a bubble bath with a green bath bomb because I’m festive as hell.

Oh, and it will consist of this super festive and delicious and nutritious and amazing GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL!!!! Woooot wooottttt. Yes people. This baby has it all. Everything you could possibly need to survive  a day/night of actual partying (which although I won’t be doing, I would be perfectly prepared for it). I’m talking mango, avocado, spinach, banana, and coconut milk with all the toppings, of course. And ya know what you get from all those beautiful ingredients mixed into one delicious package? HEALTH. You get health. In many ways, shapes, and forms. I’ll expand.

Mangos: antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and alkalizing acids.

Avocados: contain almost 20 vitamins and minerals, fiber, folate, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats).

Raw Spinach: niacin, zinc, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, protein, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Bananas: fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, folate, and iron.

Coconut Milk: lauric acid (healthy fat), manganese, protein, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

Chia Seeds: protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and small amounts of other vitamins and minerals.

SO. This is one kick-butt smoothie bowl in the health and taste departments. It pretty much has it all folks. So give your body a little health boost now so it can prepare itself for the damage about to be done later when the partying begins. Oh, and ENJOY YOURSELVES!!!! Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!!

Green Mango Avocado Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • ¼ cup frozen mango
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • ¼ cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • ¼ to ½ cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Toppings: fresh strawberries, mangos, chia seeds, granola, honey, etc.


  1. Combine all your ingredients (except toppings) in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Pour into your bowl and top with whatever toppings you would like. Enjoy!


Green(ish) St. Patty’s Day Matcha Pancakes

St pattys day matcha pancakes 1

Fun fact: I’m a ridiculous holiday person. Like, I consistently make a fool out of myself to celebrate most holidays. HOWEVER, St. Patrick’s day has never really been my thang. I’m not sure why, it just never really resonated with me I guess. Maybe because I’m not a big drinker. But this year, I’ve decided to switch things up.

There is one thing I’ve always had in common with St. Patrick’s day, and that is a love for the color green. The best of all the colors, if you ask me (Bailey you weirdo). So what’s a healthy foodie who loves the color green to do on St. Patrick’s day to celebrate?

MAKE GREEN PANCAKES OF COURSE! (Well, they have a green-ish tint.)

Brilliant!!!! But how? What could I use to naturally color pancakes green?

Ahh yes, matcha. How convenient that I just got into the delicious green drink so I have some matcha powder on hand. Let me give you a lil matcha backstory so you can begin your matcha obsession as well.

Matcha is actually the powdered version of green tea leaves, so when you drink matcha (or consume the powder in other ways, like in pancakes) you are actually consuming the entire tea leaf as opposed to when you drink regular green tea where you’re just consuming the leaf-infused water. So why’s that matter? WELL, let me tell you.

When you discard the green tea leaves, you’re in turn discarding tons of antioxidants that you could be drinking in! Matcha is FULL of like a bajillion antioxidants to help the body fight aging and chronic diseases. One particular antioxidant which is found in matcha is EGCG, which stimulates thermogenesis (when fat in the body is burned to produce energy). OKAY score.

But while you may be convinced to try matcha already at this point, there’s still so much more to gain from it! Matcha also:

  • is a natural detoxifying agent
  • relaxes the mind and body
  • contains chlorophyll and vitamins
  • boosts your mood and concentration

SO, if you weren’t convinced before, I bet I’ve got you to hop on the matcha train now!!! And if not, you probably shouldn’t be following my blog because you clearly don’t care about your body (ooh, harsh). But anyways, I’ve gotten off topic.


And they’re healthy!!! Time to get festive and put fun colorful nutrients in yo body instead of fun colorful beer! Or, at least before you put the fun colorful beer in. Happy St. Patty’s Day, my peeps.

Green St. Patty’s Day Matcha Pancakes

  • Servings: 5 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 3 Tbsp Matcha Ninja powder
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp date sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp coconut extract
  • Coconut oil to grease griddle
  • Fresh coconut and maple syrup for toppings


  1. Heat a griddle to medium heat and grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine matcha powder, oat flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and date sugar. Whisk to combine all ingredients and then make a well in the center.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and coconut extract.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to the well in your dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour about 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle to form each pancake until all the batter has been used up.
  6. Cook until you begin to see bubbles on top (about 2 minutes) and then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until cooked through.
  7. Serve topped with maple syrup and fresh coconut.

Scrambled Breakfast Bowl of Champions

Breakfast Bowl of Champions

More like Best-fast, amirighttttt? Ba-dum-chhh.

Okay that was bad. Sorry, I’m just so hungry. So I’m going to make this post short and sweet so we can all get right down to the eating.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and sometimes I just need a scramble with alllll the veggies. So I’ve come up with this little bowl of goodness for when I’m craving a nice healthy, filling, warm bowl of eggs and veg that I can mash together and devour. Packed with protein, nutrients, vitamins, healthy fats, fiber, and so much more, you can bet your bottom that this bowl will kick-start your day in the best, most drool-inducing way possible! So cook up your favorite veggies, throw ’em in a bowl with some eggs, and boom: breakfast bowl of champions.

Scrambled Breakfast Bowl of Champions

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 free-range organic eggs
  • ½ + ½ Tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 leaves of kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 2 pieces of asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • ½ Tbsp Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Place your sweet potato in and boil for about 10 minutes, until tender when poked with a fork.
  3. Drain sweet potato and set aside to cool.
  4. While the sweet potato is boiling, heat ½ Tbsp coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, sauté the kale for about 2 minutes, until wilted and slightly crisp. Remove to your bowl.
  5. In the same pan, place your asparagus pieces and bell pepper and cook until tender, stirring occasionally.
  6. Meanwhile, heat a separate pan over medium-low heat and place your other ½ Tbsp coconut oil in. Crack your eggs into a bowl and whisk together with a fork. Pour the eggs into the now warmed pan and stir frequently until the eggs are fully cooked.
  7. Peel your sweet potato and mash it, setting 1/3 cup aside for your bowl and putting the rest in a Tupperware.
  8. Put everything into your bowl on top of the kale and top with your hemp hearts, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!


How Yoga Healed My Anxiety


Do you ever feel that knotting, twisting feeling in your gut while everything around you kind of fades to black? Yep, that’s anxiety! What a feeling. It comes on with no warning and just loves to stick around to mess with you.

Anxiety has been so kind to have blessed me with it’s presence ever since I can remember. In fact, it was so prevalent in my life during high school that I began having these fun little things called panic attacks! (not actually fun, I’m being extremely sarcastic here).

Anyways, I ended up going through therapy and getting on an anti-anxiety medication which I continued on for several years, and while it did drastically improve my anxiety, it also seemed to diminish my personality. I didn’t have as many emotions anymore and I didn’t like the idea of having my body’s natural serotonin uptake dependent on some synthetic drug. So I decided to take control of my body back and find other ways to gain control of my anxiety.

During the process of tapering off my anti-anxiety meds, I had serious withdrawal headaches and even become slightly depressed for a short period of time since my body wasn’t able to produce enough serotonin naturally. HOWEVER. While this time period seemed to be quite dark, it actually ended up being enlightening because I discovered one of my saviors: yoga.


I had done yoga before, but I feel like I hadn’t done the right class because I went to my first flow class in Seattle and boom, I was hooked. I learned how to breathe, to take complete control of my body, to actually truly feel how it feels to be completely relaxed.

Breathe, stretch, pose, shavasana. My new favorite words. I couldn’t believe how enlightened I felt. Honestly, it changed my life. I had no idea through just the power of breath and body movement I could take back control over my anxiety. Any time I felt an anxiety attack come on, I’d take a mental step back, do some deep breathing, get my mind right, and move on.

SUCK IT ANXIETY, you can’t stay here anymore. Bu-bye.

But besides being able to take control of my anxiety, yoga is also amazing for you in like a bajillion other ways. Here, I’ll name some for ya:

  • Improved flexibility (duh)
  • Stronger muscles
  • Improved posture
  • Prevents breakdown of your body (eg joints)
  • Improved bone health
  • Improved blood flow
  • Drains lymph and improves immunity
  • Improves focus and peace of mind
  • Makes you happier

So I’m going to expand on that last point really quick because I believe this truly is my favorite part of yoga. And it’s not just like “oh I enjoy yoga so it makes me happy.” No. There have actually been studies performed that showed heightened activity in the left prefrontal cortex in people who practice yoga frequently. Why does that matter? Well because heightened activity in the left prefrontal cortex has been correlated with increased happiness levels as well as increased immune function.

Another study found that people who consistently practice yoga showed increased serotonin levels (mood boosting neurotransmitter) and decreased cortisol (stress) levels. So basically that explains exactly why yoga was able to bring me out of my lack-of-being-able-to-produce-enough-serotonin based depression. Yoga literally brought my natural serotonin production back and now it’s better than ever.

So I could go on forever on why yoga is wonderful and healing and the most fantastic thing to ever do for yourself in every way possible, but I don’t want to ramble. So just give her a try. Fun fact: sometimes I move all the furniture out of my living room, light some candles, dim the lights, and throw on a youtube yoga video if I don’t feel like leaving the house. I’m obsessed with Boho Beautiful’s yoga videos, she has one for everything! Youtube yoga videos are also great if you’ve never done yoga before and feel self conscious, you can get your bearings by doing some yoga at home and then feel more comfortable once you do actually hit the studio!

And there I go rambling again. OKAY. That’s it, no more obsessing over yoga. Just go do it already!

*As an added bonus for reading this whole post, here is a photo of me slipping while getting out of my wheel pose because I decided to wear the world’s slipperiest boots of all time. Enjoy!

yoga slip

Cauliflower Steaks with Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potato Puree

Cauli Steak

I know what you’re thinking: What. The heck. Is a cauliflower steak.

Yeah, I thought the same thing the first time I tried it too. I was at The Keg with my boyfriend’s mom having some pre-hockey appies when I saw it on the menu. I thought, “hmm, I have no idea what this is, but I do love cauliflower and I’m not really hungry for anything right now, so yeah, I’m getting it.”

It wasn’t the preferred order of nachos, but I was feeling good about it because I knew I wasn’t going to come out of the restaurant feeling sick to my stomach. So I had the mental image of some sort of concoction of cauliflower blended up with something and then cooked to look like a steak. Then, to our surprise, a giant hunk of grilled cauliflower came out on a plate for us. Literally just a giant slice of cauliflower. We were a little unimpressed.

But after stewing it over for a while, I wasn’t opposed to trying a cauliflower steak again. It was good, it was just not what we had pictured. And I knew I could make it better. So I set out to try my own combos and this is what I came up with. The new and improved cauliflower steak.

This meal is also one of my favorite things to make when I haven’t been eating the best because it’s entirely plant-based, sugar-free, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body craves. Eating a plant-based diet is great for your gut, and since 90-95% of your body’s serotonin (a neurotransmitter that plays a large role in mood, behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire) is produced in your gut, a happy gut equals a happier Bailey. Whenever I haven’t been eating great I can always feel a greater fluctuation in my overall happiness and this dish never fails to get me right back on track.

All you need are just a few simple ingredients and within minutes you’ll have a delicious, filling, healthy meal guaranteed to make your gut happy as can be. So what are you waiting for? Get to chopping!

Cauliflower Steak with Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potato Puree

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 large head of cauliflower, sliced into large steak-like pieces
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1 + 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 baked sweet potato, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Silk Unsweetened coconut milk


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot, place your cauliflower steaks in the pan and season with the garlic powder, salt. and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes then flip and cook the other side for another 5 minutes, or until to the desired tenderness.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the other 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add in the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Then, add in your brussel sprouts, salt, and pepper. Cook while stirring occasionally for about 7-10 minutes, until the desired tenderness has been reached.
  3. While the cauliflower and brussel are cooking, place your sweet potato, coconut oil, nutritional yeast, cinnamon, and coconut milk in a blender and blend until you have a smooth puree.
  4. Once everything has finished cooking, make a bed of sweet potato puree on a plate and top with the cauliflower steak and brussel sprouts. Enjoy!