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!

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Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

Okay you guys. So my boyfriend and I are on vacay right now on the Oregon Coast and the other day we went deep sea fishing and caught WAY TOO MUCH TO HANDLE.

Like seriously, we caught 13 Dungeness crabs. 13. HOW ARE TWO PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO FINISH THAT ON OUR OWN?!? Oh, and on top of that? 7 rockfish. Yeah. So we’ve had ourselves quite the seafood-y past couple of days.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely la-la-la-lovin’ it! My only concern is it going bad on us before we can finish it all! You could say we bit off a little more than we could chew, to say the least.

But anyways, all this fresh seafood has been a welcome gift for the tum-tum because it’s so lean and full of protein anddddd I know there hasn’t been any weird alterations to it since it came right outta the ocean and into my belly. And I promise there will be crab recipes to come as well BUT this has been by far my favorite thing we’ve made thus far: FISH FRIGGIN TACOS 🙋🏻‍♀️

So even if you don’t have access to the ocean, go and get the freshest fish you can get your hands on and whip up some of these babies for Taco Tuesday. I promise, you’ll be thankin’ me for it.

Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh firm white fish of your choice (I used copper rockfish that we had caught earlier that day)
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 plantains, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp melted virgin coconut oil
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup guacamole (you can find my recipe here)
  • chopped green onions to garnish
  • 8 corn (or cassava flour if you want grain-free) torillas

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your grill (or skillet) on medium heat. Spray or wipe on some coconut oil so your fish and plantains don’t stick.
  2. Coat your plantains in melted coconut oil then sprinkle on some salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the plantains to the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, or until tender, flipping once about halfway through.
  4. Meanwhile, season the fish with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and add to the grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through, flipping once about halfway through.
  5. Heat up your tortillas in the microwave or on the grill and then add your fish, kale, carrots, tomatoes, black beans, guac, and green onions to them.
  6. Serve with plantains on the side and enjoy!


Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus and Veggies

roasted sweet potato hummus

Hello my healthy peeps! Sorry for the lack of posting lately but I have had a long, LONG couple of weeks and I just simply (and depressingly) didn’t have the time. I took this side job working at a little something called the Calgary Stampede which is a wild time, let me tell ya. Due to lack of sleep and food intake in the past 10 days, my body decided to rebel against my system and I became quite sick. Ya know when you can literally feel the toxins oozing out of you? Yeah, that’s where I was at for the last few days.

Although I’ll never subject my body to such murderous conditions again, this time has really allowed me to feel the effects of what not taking care of yourself feels like. My schedule allowed about 1 giant meal per day and an average of mayyyybe 5 hours of sleep if I was lucky. The rest of the time I was working. So it was a struggle to get in workouts and all the nutrients my body was used to consuming on a daily basis. And boyyy could I tell a difference. I was basically a zombie of my former self with zero brain power or energy and constant lack of focus.

BUT, on the bright side, now that I’m back in Edmonton and have been able to return to my usual healthy eating habits and catch up on sleep I’m back and better than ever! (Once, my sickness completely goes away, that is). It truly is amazing what some sleep, exercise, and good food does for the body. And if you’ve never experienced how good total healthiness feels, I can’t think of a more perfect snack to get you going down the road of complete bodily bliss than this sweet potato hummus and veggies!

SO here’s why you need to be eating sweet potato hummus (other than the obvious fact that it tastes freakin’ deeeeee-licious):

–  NUTRIENTS PEOPLE!!!! I’m talking protein, fiber, iron, zinc, folate, phosphorus, beta carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, AND SO MUCH MORE! The list is seriously endless.

– But what does all that mean? Well, it’s a healthy way of obtaining plant-based protein, it will help regulate your digestive health as well as your blood sugar, has anti-inflammatory properties, anddddd can help balance your cholesterol levels.

Seriously guys, this hummus takes all of a minute to make! All you have to do is throw everything in a blender and voila, instant tub of hummus for you to snack on for an entire week.  You don’t even need to dip veggies in it if you’re not feeling that, this tastes so good in salads and on sandwiches too! It could not be easier to get your nutrients in that your body craves. So get to blending already!!!

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus and Veggies

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup roasted sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Your favorite fresh chopped veggies (I like raw cauliflower, carrots, and peppers)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the raw veggies to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add a bit more water depending on how thick you like your hummus.
  2. Serve with raw veggies and enjoy!


Patriotic Red, White, and Blueberries Bowl

red white and blueberries bowl

Happy 4th of July Y’all!!!!

I may not be in the motherland at the moment, but I will still be celebrating my country of birth by eating patriotic AF food. Soooo I got to thinking about what I could possibly make using red, white, and blue foods and automatically I thought “BERRIES!!!!”

My fave. Berries. Always.

Berries are so great because they’re low in calories, high in antioxidants and nutrients, and they’re ohhhhhh so sweet and tasty in da tummy (the best part).  AND, in this case, there’s so many red and blue berries!!!! You could realistically sub pretty much any red or blue berry of your choosing instead of raspberries and bluebs, but they’re my two favorites so that’s why I went with them. They also get kindof mushy when you mix everything together which creates sort of a jam texture which adds some deliciousness to this recipe. Uhhhh YUM!

This recipe is also literally easier than breathing (ok maybe not breathing, but pretty darn close) to make so if you’re having a bunch of people over and have no idea what to serve them for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, this is PERFECT PEOPLE!!! Literally just go to Costco (AKA the most magical place on earth), grab a couple tubs of berries and some bananners, a little granola and honey and maybe a bit of nut butter and you’re golden. Throw it all together and BOOM instant patriotic sweet treat that’s also healthy for you.

SO. I will leave you at that. I hope you all have a very fun, very SAFE (seriously people, don’t be messing around with fireworks blowing hands off n’ stuff), very delicious 4th of July. Enjoy!!

Patriotic Red, White, and Blueberries Bowl

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup organic raspberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup organic blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of your favorite gluten free granola
  • 2-3 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp raw organic honey
  • dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Place a quarter of the sliced bananas and berries in each bowl and top with a quarter of the granola. Drizzle a quarter of the peanut butter and honey on top. Sprinkle some dark chocolate chips on top if you would like. Enjoy!


Creamy Dairy and Gluten Free “Cheesy” Rice

dairy and gf cheesy rice 2

I’VE DONE IT!!!! I’ve finally found a healthy dairy and gluten free alternative to mac ‘n’ cheese that doesn’t upset my tummy.

Sure there are other faux cheese substitutes that make mac ‘n’ cheese, but even though they’re dairy free, they still usually make me just as sick. Probably because most cheese substitutes are straight chemicals… And nobody wants that. So i try to limit my consumption of the fake cheese as much as I limit the real cheese.

But I have a secret to get my cheese fix on in a healthy, non-dairy and non-chemical way!

Drum roll pleaseeeeeeeee…

NUTRITIONAL YEAST!!!

Ew Bailey, what?

Yeah, I know it sounds weird. I was skeptical at first too. But I gave it a shot and ohh baby am I glad I did!

Nutritional yeast is a dry flaky powder that has a cheesy flavor to it! I love shaking it on pastas or adding it to pizza sauce to trick my brain into thinking I’m eating cheese when I’m actually not.

And I haven’t even told you the best part about nutritional yeast yet! IT’S SUPER NUTRITIOUS!!! Shocking, I know. You never woulda guessed that from the name, huh?

Yup nutritional yeast is a complete protein and is an AMAZING source of B vitamins, folate, and so much more. Plus it’s low in calories, carbs, sodium and is gluten free! It’s also a great way for people who don’t eat animal products to get enough B vitamins in their diet. Aaaaand, in case you forgot, it tastes like cheese!!! You gotta be kidding me with this stuff.

So all you have to do now is whip up a batch of rice (or you could make this with past as well, I just generally steer clear from the stuff hence the rice here) and add in the rest and bada-boom bada-bing: easy peasy cheesy rice. Enjoy!

Creamy Dairy and Gluten Free “Cheesy” Rice

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium sized pot, bring the rice and water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, bring it down to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes then remove from the heat and let it sit covered for another 10 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the rice and stir until combined and creamy. Enjoy!