Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

For those of you who don’t already know, the three main food groups of my childhood were Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese, Lucky Charms, and Ice Cream. SO. When this whole “no more eating dairy or your stomach will kill you from the inside out” thing came to be in my life, I was a little upset to say the least. Granted once I moved out and began university my eating habits began to healthify and I moved a bit away from those three foods, mac ‘n’ cheese was and always will be my favorite food of all time.

I have since been searching the world high and low for a solution to my mac ‘n’ cheese cravings that are seemingly endless that won’t make me sicker than you’d like to know AND after almost 3 years of searching, I’ve finally found my solution!!! I recently discovered a local Edmonton vegan cheese company (who woulda thunk) called For the Love of Cheese and I’m not even kidding you guys, it legit tastes like real cheese. Seriously I’m not even affiliated with them I’m just obsessed with their stuff. ANDDDDDDDD they make the most bomb delicious vegan cheese sauce I have EVER tasted in my entire life of living. I may even like this cheese sauce more than real cheese. Maybe. And it’s entirely plant based and healthy like it’s made from potatoes, carrots, and nutritional yeast.

K anyways so I discovered the cheeze sauce and have since had this healthified mac ‘n’ cheese recipe every day for the past three days and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Sooooo I suggest if you’re in the Edmonton or Calgary area you go get some of this cheese sauce or grab your favorite vegan cheese sauce and make some mac ‘n’ cheese because you guys it’s good for the soul and it will make you happy. Enjoy!

 

 

Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. container of your favorite vegan cheese sauce (I use For the Love of Cheese’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce)
  • 1 16 oz. package organic brown rice pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast to flavor (optional)
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Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add your pasta and cook according to package directions.
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  3. Meanwhile, add about ½ cup water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli, turn the heat down to a simmer, and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.
  4. Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, return it to the pot and add the broccoli and cheese sauce. Heat on low while stirring until everything has reached optimal serving temperature (usually about 2 minutes).
  5. Serve and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast if you feel so inclined! 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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Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

I’m slowly realizing that with the amount of breakfast recipes I post I probbbbably should’ve just been a breakfast blog instead of all meals, but whatever, who doesn’t love breakfast? Especially pancakes.

I could probs eat different versions of pancakes for every meal the rest of my life. Seriously. They’re so freaking versatile. Between the flavor of the pancakes themselves to the limitless toppings options, the pancakes are endless! The limit dos not exist (Mean Girls reference for all my chick flick fans out there). I aspire to try as many new pancake combinations as possible in my time on this planet.

So, what’s so great about these pancakes? WELL. Let me tell ya. They areeeeeeeeee:

  • gluten free (duh)
  • dairy free
  • refined sugar free
  • you don’t even have to mix anything, just dump everything in a blender
  • 5 ingredients
  • made of real, whole foods
  • TASTY AS HELL
  • also healthy as hell, you’re welcome

K so now that I’ve convinced you to try these magical pancakes, please go ahead and do so right now. And have a spectacular Wednesday!!!


Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 4 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup to top!

Directions

  1. Add 1 banana, rolled oats, eggs, baking soda, and maple extract to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat and pour approximately 1/3-½ cup sized amounts of the batter onto the skillet and let cook until the tops of the pancakes are pretty bubbly (about 2 minutes).
  3. Flip the pancakes and cook until the pancakes firm up a bit, about another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the griddle/pan and top with fresh banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup. Enjoy!


Healthified Dairy, Gluten, and Refined Sugar Free Date Nut Pinwheels

OKAY date nut pinwheels have forever been my fave Christmas cookie and this year I’ve made my best decision yet in healthifying these bitches. Huge shout out to The Toasted Pine Nut for her delish egg, refined sugar, gluten, and dairy free cookie dough (borrowed from her Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Cookie Recipe) that I used for this recipe and just switched up the filling.

K that’s really all I need to say here cuz these tasty lil treats speak for themselves. So I’m gonna get back to spending time with my family now, but ENJOY and have a very happy holidays!!!!


Healthified Dairy, Gluten, and Refined Sugar Free Date-Nut Pinwheels

  • Servings: 36 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • The Toasted Pine Nut’s Gluten-Free Dough
  • ¾ cup ghee
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • Date-Nut Filling

  • ¾ pound soft medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Add your ghee, honey, and vanilla together in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
  2. Add in the almond flour and tapioca flour and thoroughly combine until a dough forms.
  3. Dump the dough out onto a piece of wax or parchment paper and place another piece on top. Roll out the dough until it’s an even sheet about ¼ inch thick.
  4. Place in the freezer to set for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the date-nut filling in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring continuously until a thick paste forms. Remove from heat.
  6. Using a spatula, spread the date filling in an even layer over the dough.
  7. Using the parchment or wax paper to help you, carefully roll the dough until you have a round log.
  8. Roll the log in wax or parchment paper and refrigerate for an hour.
  9. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Remove your log from the fridge and slice it into cookies about ½ inch thick. Place them on your lined baking sheet and cook until they start to get a golden color, about 12-15 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then enjoy!


Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie Bowl

Dessert for breakfast anyone? Okay so it’s not actually dessert but I bet it’d fool just about anyone if they didn’t know better.

K so it was leg day today and ya girl went HARD soooo I decided to treat myself with a little Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie bowl. Rootz is the only protein powder that doesn’t make me feel any ill effects afterwards so bless you Rootz for making such an amazing all-natural paleo protein powder. ILYSM. Rember to use my discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off at checkout!

 

Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Rootz Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • Toppings:

  • buckwheat
  • coconut flakes
  • cacao nibs
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
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Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients except for the toppings to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Pour into a bowl and add your toppings. Enjoy!
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