Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein Smoothie Bowl

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Okay you guys I used to have the hardest time when searching for a good protein powder. A lot of protein powders are just straight chemicals or seem good but then you read the ingredient label and you see some words that have like 40 letters in them and you’re just like huh? What exactly am I putting in my body?

Another common deterrent for me is when a protein powder has added sugars, contains dairy (like whey protein), or isn’t all natural. But then I came across Rootz Nutrition. I did some research on the company and basically it was founded by a guy who took up the Paleo diet, but quickly realized there were no pre or post workout supplements on the market that were Paleo-friendly. Since he was cross training daily, he wasn’t willing to give up that supplementation so he set off to create an all-natural, Paleo-friendly workout supplement.

And I am SO GLAD he did. I tried the pre and post workout supplements and not only did I hit several personal bests while lifting (and I usually don’t opt for a pre-workout supplement because I don’t like the jittery feeling it gives me, but no jitters after this guy, just straight natural energy), but both powders tasted DELICIOUS. Like, I cannot wait to have it again after my workout today. I’m motivating myself to lift hard again just so I can come home and make a protein smoothie bowl.

And just check out these ingredients. For the post-workout powder, it’s chocolate banana nut flavored and is made up of 4 different blends with some additional all-natural ingredients:

Protein Blend
Egg White Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Hemp Protein

Electrolyte Blend
Coconut, Banana

Superfood Blend
Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Maca Root, Bee Pollen, Acai, Goji Berries, Blueberries, Royal Jelly

Green Detox Blend
Spirulina, Chlorella, Kale, Spinach, Broccoli

Other Ingredients
Natural Chocolate Extract, Natural Vanilla Extract, Stevia Leaf, Cinnamon, Natural Sea Salt

IS THAT NOT AMAZING?! (And the ingredients are equally as amazing in the pre-workout too). So you’re loading up on crucial all-natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, AND protein! I definitely recommend. I’m a huge fan. And what I love about this smoothie bowl made using the post-workout protein powder is that it’s made with very basic ingredients so you get the full taste of the protein powder (which actually tastes GOOD). It’s not gummy or protein-tasting like other protein powders, it just tastes like chocolate banana nut. Exactly as advertised. So whether you’re looking to switch to a cleaner, nutrient-packed protein supplement or you don’t work out every day but think your body could use a little extra boost, I highly recommend Rootz! Check it out you guys! AND you can use the discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off of your entire order, so get going!

 

Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the frozen banana, frozen cauliflower, cashew milk, protein powder, and ice cubes in a high-powered blender. Blend until a smooth, thick consistency has been reached.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with fresh banana slices, dark chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Enjoy!
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Dairy and Refined-Sugar Free Iced Coffee Slushy (Iced Capp for all my fellow Tim Horton’s lovers)

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For those of you who have been to Tim Horton’s and have experienced an Iced Capp first hand, you know what heavenly deliciousness it is. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of experiencing one, I’ll give ya some perspective. When my boyfriend and I were doing long distance and he lived in Canada and I was living in the United States (where there were no Tim Horton’s), sometimes I was more excited to visit Canada to get an Iced Capp at Timmy’s than to see him. He was a really close second, though, I promise. I mean, I did move here for him, and I despise the cold.

BUT, the drawback. Iced Capps unfortunately are basically a giant cream and sugar slushy with a little coffee. Boooooooo. Not so great for the tummy. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. Enter my pride and joy. I’m SO PROUD OF THIS RECIPE. I’m literally obsessed with it. My boyfriend (who doesn’t like coffee) even specifically requests this drink which NEVER HAPPENS.

It’s:

Creamy

Refreshing

Sweet

Slushy

Smooth

andddddddd

Addictive

Enticed yet? Seriously people. It’s so easy to make!!! Just throw everything into a blender and BOOM you have an instant low-calorie, dairy and refined sugar-free drink that tastes like a dessert. You’re welcome.

 


Dairy and Refined Sugar-Free Iced Coffee Slushy (Iced Capp for all my fellow Tim Horton’s lovers)

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until a slushy consistency has been reached.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


Coconut Collagen Matcha Latte

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Did you know drinking matcha can actually improve your stress and anxiety levels?! Yeah, go figure. Matcha contains an amino acid called theanine which has been shown to reduce anxiety and calm the body. Amazing. I KNOW. And there are sooo so so many more health benefits to gain from it too which I talked about in my St. Patrick’s day Matcha pancakes post (which you should definitely try because they’re my new fave) so I won’t repeat myself here, but if you haven’t read about them you should definitely check it out!

So I’m usually more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, but lately I’ve been trying not to drink as much coffee to see if I notice any positive impacts that come from cutting down on it (mainly to my gut). But anyways, I had heard of matcha before and knew of its trendiness so I decided to give it a go.

Instant happiness. That’s all I have to say.

Oh. My. Gosh. SO freakin’ tasty!!! It literally got to a point where I would be excited for my day to end so I could go to sleep and start a new day just so I could try a new matcha drink. I’m still that excited about it, too, which is awesome because I find I get tired of having certain things everyday. But persimmons and matcha apparently I could have every day for the rest of my life and have zero complaints.

Another thing I enjoy about it? It’s pretttyyyyy. Hehe I just love the subtle green color. And you do eat with your eyes, after all, so the fact that it’s nice to look at just adds to the endless qualities I love about matcha.

OKAY. So this is a drink people, how much longer could I ramble on about it? (Trick question, I could ramble forever. But I won’t for your sake). Go get yourself some matcha powder already and join in on all this deliciousness!

Coconut Collagen Matcha Latte

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat your coconut milk over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches your desired drinking temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or the mug you’ll be using, combine the matcha powder and hot water and stir until the matcha is completely dissolved.
  3. Once your milk has reached your desired temperature, add it to a blender. Then, add your matcha/water mixture and the remaining ingredients.
  4. Pulse a couple of times until it becomes nice and foamy.
  5. Pour into a mug and enjoy!


Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

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It’s that time of year again, the time of the sicklings. Well, I guess the second time of year for Edmonton because the first time everyone is sick is when it starts getting cold and now we’re getting the second wave of sickness because it’s been months and, you guessed it, IT’S STILL SO COLD.

Now I haven’t gotten sick yet, (probably just jinxed myself) but everyone surrounding me has been sick for weeks so I’m feeling either invincible or like I’m going to be sick any second now. BUT I snagged a giant bag of oranges for 50% off at the grocery store this morning so I’ve decided to fight as hard as I can against the sickness. Vitamin C power, baby.

I keep up with my foodie trends and I’ve noticed that tonics have been on the rise lately, so what better to make with my vitamin packed oranges than an immunity boosting tonic?

Side note here – what even is a tonic? I’ve always heard the word and just kind of gone along with it, but what sets a tonic apart from your average joe drink? I’m googling it. OK according to dictionary.com, a tonic is described as, “a medicine that invigorates or strengthens.” Ahhhh, so does that mean a gin & tonic will heal me? Hehe I’m all for that! JK I don’t think that’s the same kind of tonic (which confuses me). So tonics are all powerful healing drinks, boo-yah.

So what makes this guy a tonic, you ask? Have a seat, my friend, I gotcha. Let’s just list the ingredients here:

  • Fresh Orange Juice: B and C vitamins to seriously boost that immune system and energy levels.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: also a great source of vitamin C and promotes hydration.
  • Turmeric Root: contains a powerful compound called curcumin which is a natural anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties in circumin play a huge role in the inflammatory pathway in the body, helping to fight off chronic illness (which is why it’s so great in this tonic).
  • Ginger Root: contains gingerol which is also a powerful source of anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities. Ginger has been shown to reduce nausea and indigestion, boost your immune system, and relieve muscle pain and soreness, just to name a few key benefits.
  • Cinnamon: is another substance that is a strong anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants, and helps fight off foreign invaders in the body to keep you from getting sick.
  • Raw Honey: a great source of antioxidants, is antibacterial and anti-fungal and aids the body’s healing process.

So yeah, it’s a tonic. And not the Gin and Tonic kind of tonic, the real healing kind. So if you’re feeling a little under the weather and think your immune system could use a boost, or if you’re like me and just want to prevent what seems like the inevitable at this point, be nice to your body and give this tasty tonic a try.

 

Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp turmeric root
  • 2 Tbsp ginger root
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (adjust according to how sweet you want it)
  • ½ – 1 cup water
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Directions

  1. Juice your orange, lemon, turmeric root, and ginger root.
  2. Add cinnamon, raw honey, and water, and blend until well combined. Enjoy!
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Sippable Healing Bone Broth

Sippable Healing Bone Broth

Bone Broth?

What.

The heck.

Is that.

I’m not sure what it is about the words “bone” and “broth” put together that make it sound like you’re having some creepy Halloween blood/bone concoction of ickiness, but the first time I heard that bone broth is something I should be consuming, I was like um, excuse me?

BUT. Contrary to how it sounds, bone broth is simply just bones simmered for an extended period of time in order to extract the flavor and health benefits from them.  And in this case, the health benefits are endless.

*One thing I do want to mention real quick here is to just make sure your bones are from a grass-fed/free-range animal. I prefer grass-fed beef bones or free-range chicken bones just to ensure I’m getting the healthiest broth I can, because after all you’re literally going to be drinking the extracts of that animal’s bones.*

Okay, so these benefits I keep speaking of! Bone broth is one of the best sources of collagen you can obtain naturally. Collagen is a protein found in most connective tissues  in the body, and over time we begin to lose that collagen. Bone broth offers a solution in that you’re intaking readily absorbable collagen right into your body!

But that isn’t the only thing it’s good for. It’s also INCREDIBLE for your gut health. Bone broth has tons of gelatin, which has been proven to restore your gut lining’s strength and even helps resist certain food intolerances. It also helps repair leaky gut, which is when tiny food particles that haven’t been digested seep out of the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream where the immune system then recognizes the foreign particles and becomes active. This causes unnecessary inflammation in the body and can even lead to autoimmune disorders. Since bone broth repairs the gut lining and supports a healthy inflammation response, it can seriously benefit those who suffer from leaky gut by healing the lining where food particles could possibly leak out from. Woop woop!

Now this broth can be taken further to make soups out of, but on a cold day sometimes it’s nice to just sip some out of a mug, like a hot tea. This is actually a real thing, ya know. I’m not just making it up. In New York (and probably other places too, but I’ve read articles about how trendy these cafes are in New York) they have entire cafes dedicated entirely to sippable bone broths! So you don’t have to just take my word for it, trust the people of New York’s taste buds, they know what’s up. So go get yourself some bones and start healing yourself right now!

Sippable Healing Bone Broth

  • Servings: 1 large soup pot full
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds grass-fed beef soup bones
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 brown onion, quartered
  • Appx. 24 Liters filtered water (however much your soup pot holds)
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. place your bones, garlic, and onion on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO. Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes, until bones are fully cooked.
  2. Remove from the oven and place in your soup pot with thyme, rosemary, and some salt and pepper. Fill the rest of the pot to about 1 inch below the brim with filtered water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a low simmer and cover. Simmer for 24-48 hours while checking every so often to make sure the water level doesn’t get too low. If your water level is decreasing, add in some more filtered water as needed.
  4. * Broth will keep for about a week in the fridge so I like to refrigerate what I’ll use for the week and freeze the rest in small portions!