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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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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Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

OK so usually when I have smoothies I’ll basically throw all things healthy that I can possibly think of into a blender in order to get the max amount of nutrients possible out of that shake. So for example I’ll throw in some greens, spirulina powder, turmeric root, ginger, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder, etc. and it just makes one giant cluster frick of brown flavored smoothie. So maybe not the best in the way of taste, but not the worst.

BUT I’ve discovered a new way to get a majority of those healthy nutrients into my smoothie AND have it taste like an absolute dream. I’m not kidding. Rootz Protein has literally changed my life. It tastes so freakin good and it’s entirely paleo friendly aka it’s made entirely of natural ingredients. Nothing artifical, no chemicals, no preservatives, just things you would find lying around the kitchen. Amazing. Seriously. Just click that little link above (or right here.) and look at the ingredients in there.

AND because I love you guys, you can use the discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off your entire order at any point in the year BUT as a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal you can use the code “BFCM” for 20% off your purchase from November 23-27th!!!!!

The most beautiful thing about this shake is that all the deliciousness of the Rootz Protein Powder, dark cocoa, banana, and almond butter TOTALLY takes away the taste of the spinach so you really have no idea you’re secretly getting your greens in there too (except for the fact that you put them in the blender so you know they’re in there). So what are you waiting for?! Treat your tastebuds and your body right and get to making this shake!!!

Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1 shake
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew (or any non-dairy) milk

Directions

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


The Perfect Fall Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk

pumpkin spice almond milk

I know, it’s just the beginning of September. Are we really  going to start this pumpkin spice EVERYTHING thing this early?

My answer? HARD YES!!!!!

Brendan likes to make fun of me because he says I don’t even like the actual taste of pumpkin, I just like all the spices and the trendiness of it all BUT he is wrong. I love pumpkin. Soooooo, I’ve dedicated my entire fall this year to proving him wrong. AKA I will be making like 100 million pumpkin recipes so he literally has to eat his own words. Muahahahhahaha.

Of course one of my all time favorite fall beverages of choice has to be the PSL (pumpkin spice latte), but having learned in my recent years that most cafe-made PSLs actually don’t even contain any real pumpkin (say WHAAA?!), they just pump in a bunch of sugary “pumpkin-flavored” syrup (ew), as well as my quitting caffeine for my anxiety’s sake, I’ve decided no more PSLs for this chick. Sad, but my body comes first and my body says no. But not even sad because this means I now have the challenge of coming up with own healthified versions of the PSL!!!!

MISSION ACCEPTED.

And in this case, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And by far exceeded.

Oh yes, baby. This homemade pumpkin spice almond milk is TO DIE FOR. I was going to start out with this and then keep going on to make a decaf PSL with coffee, but tbh I may just stop here because I don’t think I could possibly do any better. JK I wouldn’t dare deprive us all of a healthy PSL.

Anyways, the best part about this almond milk is that it’s all natural, FRESH AS FRICK, and you know exactly what you’re putting in your body. No chemicals, no preservatives, no hidden sugars, just almonds, pure pumpkin, spices, and maple syrup. Boom.

Anddddd, because I’m just absolutely obsessed with my Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag (literally you can make the freshest milks, coolest flours, cold brew coffee, juices, and so much more), I’ve partnered with them to give you all 10% off your entire orders so you can make all the delicious stuff I make with mine too! Just use the discount code “bitesbybai” at checkout!

Okay, that’s all I’ve got for ya today. Happy Fall my peeps!

 

The Perfect Fall Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched almonds, soaked in water overnight
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
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Directions

  1. Drain your almonds and place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend for about 30 seconds, or until everything is smooth.
  2. Pour the blender contents into your Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag and strain out your milk.
  3. Store the milk in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
  4. * I also like to save my pulp and use it to flavor cookies or energy balls!

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 


Pink Pitaya Empower Smoothie Bowl

pink pitaya empower smoothie bowl

Guess what today is!!!!

Okay yeah so it’s a measely ole’ Wednesday, August 15th to be exact. What’s so special about that?

WELL. Today just so happens to mark my 100th blog post WOOHOOOOOO!!!!! So I’ve decided to post about my favorite thing to eat of all time. Ever since my tongue first tasted pink pitaya, I knew we were destined to be in each other’s lives forever and ever. Since moving to Edmonton, however, the pink pitaya is scarce due to it being a tropical fruit and Edmonton being far from a tropical climate.

However, on the off chance when I am able to get my hands of some of that pretty pink stuff, I devour every last bite because it’s SO FREAKIN GOOD and good for you!!! So 100th post, i dedicate to you pink pitaya (the highest of all honors).

Okay Bailey, that’s cool and all, but what even is the stuff? Pink pitaya (sometimes referred to as dragonfruit) is the fruit of a cactus grown usually in California, Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia. There are two types, white flesh and pink flesh on the inside, both spotted with tiny black seeds. The white fleshed dragonfruit is very common to find in supermarkets, however the pink fleshed dragonfruit is my personal favorite as I find it much sweeter and more flavorful than its white fleshed counterpart.

Now what’s so great about this fruit, you ask? WELL lemme spit some knowledge at ya about pitaya:

  • low in calories
  • high in antioxidants
  • rich in proteins, fiber, a wealth of vitamins and minerals, as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 (healthy fats)
  • high levels of vitamin C help boost immunity
  • helps detoxify the body by flushing out toxins and waste metals
  • boosts your metabolism and aids in digestion
  • way too many more benefits to list!

So celebrate my 100th post with me by doing your body (and taste buds) a favor and make this smoothie bowl right now!!!!!!

Pink Pitaya Empower Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen Pitaya Plus dragonfruit
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • ¼ cup of your favorite granola (I use Oh She Glow’s Mocha Empower Glow Bars crumbled up)
  • fresh chopped bananas and strawberries
  • Barney Butter Chocolate Almond Butter
  • a drizzle of raw honey

Directions

  1. Add the frozen items and cashew milk to a high-powered blender and blend until thick, creamy, and smooth.
  2. Pour the contents into a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!