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!

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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!


Creamy Sugar and Dairy Free Horchata

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It’s now day two of my 7-day sugar detox and I’m doing okay! No cravings or withdrawals really which has been nice, especially for those around me because I can get pretty cranky sometimes when I want to eat something I can’t have…

BUT, I’m pretty sure I found a secret to reducing my sugar cravings.

You ready for this?!

Iiiiiiiiiittttt’sssssss…. ELLIE’S BEST NUT MILK BAG!!!!

Bailey. What the actual F is a nut milk bag? Okay so I wasn’t really familiar with the process of making nut milks until recently (which is weird that I had never delved into that topic with the amount of cashew milk I consume on the reg) when I learned about Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bags. Making nut milk is actually like super duper easy? All you have to do is throw your nuts and whatever other flavors you want in some filtered water, soak it, blend it up, and then squeeze it through this lil’ gem of a bag and VOILA the freshest and tastiest nut milk you’ve ever had in your entire life.

Annnddddd, the best part about making your own is that you can control what you put into your drink! No added sugars or preservatives? That’s what I’m talking about people! Take back control of what you’re putting into your beautiful bodies!

AND!!!! I need to stop starting paragraphs off with “and” so much, but really I just keep thinking of more and more great stuff! You don’t even have to limit yourself to nut milk with this bad boy! I’m talking coconut milk, cold brew coffee, fresh squeezed juice, and so much more. I’ll keep posting more recipes as I experiment more and more. Oh, and there’s no waste here either. That pulp you just squeezed the life out of? Ya, dry that ish up and turn it into flour. Or make it into vegan cheese. Or add it to hummus. The possibilities are endless!!

So since I love my nut bag so much and love you guys equally as much, I’ve teamed up with Ellie’s Nut Milk Bags to get you 10% off your entire purchase by using the discount code “bitesbybai”. You guys. This is life changing. Take advantage while you can. And enjoy this delicious, thirst-quenching, treat of a drink!


Creamy Sugar and Dairy Free Horchata

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup raw blanched almonds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Additional cinnamon to sprinkle on top

Directions

  1. Add the brown rice, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and water to a container and soak for at least 6 hours.
  2. Once your mixture is done soaking, add it all to a high-powered blender. Add in the vanilla extract then blend until you have a relatively smooth, pulpy liquid.
  3. Pour the contents of the blender into your Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag (or you could use a cheese cloth) and squeeze out the liquid as best as you can.
  4. Serve your horchata over ice with a dash of cinnamon on top.
  5. Store your horchata in the fridge for up to a week.
  6. * Also, save your pulp and throw it on a pan in the oven at 170 degrees F to dry it out, then throw it back in a blender and you have yourself some horchata flour!



Brain Power Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Okay guys, so I’ve been listening to this podcast called Kwik Brain all about this guy named Jim Kwik who is a “world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance.” He’s the CEO of his company Kwik Learning and has been sought out to train the top brains at Harvard, Nike, and many other powerful companies so basically he’s pretty legit and I want my brain to be like his.

I was recently on vacation with my boyfriend (as you probably noticed due to lack of posting) and we spent a lot of time working on our health and wellness by basically eating well, getting our sweat on (we’ve been doing P90X LOL bringing it back), and learning about strategies for becoming the smartest, fastest, healthiest, and HAPPIEST you you can possibly be. I’ve decided I’m going to shift ze blog over from being strictly healthy food to all of my discoveries on what I think is great for the best overall health and wellness lifestyle. You’re welcome.

Also (side note alert), I noticed my skin hasn’t been great lately so I’ve decided to take on Rachel’s Good Eat’s 7-Day Sugar Detox to get the body right and back in the swing of things so I DEF recommend it to all of you to try it with me. I already stay away from refined sugars, but I think a week without honey and dates could probably do me some good. We shall see.

But anyways, besides the point. Right now I want to talk about the mighty BRAAIIINNNNN (for all my 90’s kids right now I’m just picturing that old cartoon pinky and the brain right now). So your brain basically controls your entire life, and then your gut comes in a close second for life-controlling. So it’s very important to do things that nourish both your mind and your gut to maintain an optimal performance/happiness/healthiness level. And trust me people, when you’re eating right and feeding your body what it needs, you feel like a superhuman. There’s no comparison with how good being nourished feels.

So from the lovely Mr. Kwik’s podcast (called Kwik Brain which I said earlier but am now reiterating because I HIGHLY recommend taking a listen to) I learned that there are certain foods shown to boost cognitive activity, protect ze mighty brain, and reduce brain fog aka your mind will be crystal clear. These foods include: blueberries, avocados, broccoli, coconut oil, eggs, leafy greens, salmon, turmeric, walnuts, and dark chocolate. Okay YUM. Healthy brain? More like delicious brain, my brain has a very good palette. So I’ve been trying to include at least 5 foods from this list in my diet every day (super easy task people, come on and do it with me). It’s SO EASY. Especially if you make this smoothie.

OKAY so to recap:

  • Your brain powers your body and everything you do.
  • Your brain performs best when you consume certain foods.
  • You perform best when you consume those foods.
  • THOSE FOODS ARE FREAKIN’ TASTY!!!!
  • Drink this smoothie so your brain is happy.

So without further ado, here is the recipe for a happy, healthy brain. Enjoy 🙂

Brain Power Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh organic spinach
  • ½ cup frozen organic blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • ½ Tbsp sugar-free dark cocoa powder
  • ½ Tbsp coconut MCT oil
  • ½ tsp Lion’s Mane Mushroom powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tsp chlorella powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk

Directions

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