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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Crunchy Almond Crusted Acorn Squash

almond crusted acorn squash

Are you ever going through the day and a sudden craving hits you for something crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside? So basically a craving for something deep fried and sinful. Wellllll this happens constantly for me, which is why I decided to come up with a healthy way to re-create that texture.

Okay so almond crusting something isn’t EXACTLY the same as deep frying, but it’s pretty darn close. Not to mention rolling something in almonds and baking it ADDS nutritional value to it as opposed to frying which basically fries all the nutrients out of whatever is being fried plus adding trans fats and calories. No bueno.

This is so simple, delicious, and the perfect way to add some variety (and protein and healthy fats) to your average side of veggies! So next time you’re craving that crunch, put away the deep fryer (or let’s be honest here, skip the fast food) and break out the almonds!

Crunchy Almond Crusted Acorn Squash

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, add your almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg and process until the almonds are finely ground, but not turning into almond butter.
  3. In a large Ziploc bag, add your squash, coconut oil, and maple syrup and shake until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Add the almond mixture and shake again until the squash is evenly coated (you may have to use your hands a bit if you want them to be perfectly coated, but I find the shaking does a pretty good job overall).
  5. Place a non-stick metal cooling rack on a baking sheet and carefully dump your coated squash onto the cooling rack, making sure there’s space in between each squash piece.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway, until the squash is golden brown and crispy.
  7. Serve as a snack on its own or as a side dish. Enjoy!


The Best Simple Homemade Almond Butter

Almond butter

I’m not usually one to brag, but this almond butter is unparalleled. Imagine the best tasting thing you’ve ever had in your life. Okay imagine that feeling, but multiply it times ten. That’s what you’re going to taste with this recipe. Anddddd, besides the taste, it’s so easy to make, only has three ingredients, and isn’t going to break the bank like those store-bought almond butters. 10 dollars for a tiny jar of almond butter?! Never in my life!

I try to avoid buying store bought nut butters whenever possible because they’re SO overpriced, they can have preservatives, sugars, and other unnatural ingredients lurking in them, and it’s unnecessary to buy them when they’re so much cheaper and easier to make at home! I recommend finding a store that sells nuts in bulk (I go to Bulk Barn because they always put out coupons) and stock up on my favorite nuts! Then all you have to do when you’re running low is break out the blender and throw your nuts in then bam: instant nut butter. Easy as that.

What’s great about almond butter in particular is the amazing health benefits you get from almonds! Those sneaky little guys are full of fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins E and B12, manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus.

MEGA NUTS.

So next time you’re out and about, skip the store-bought nut butter and give this a try! You’ll instantly hop on my #homemadenutbutter bandwagon.

The Best Simple Homemade Almond Butter

  • Servings: About 2 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Start it on low and slowly increase the speed (scraping the sides as necessary) until the almonds have turned into a smooth, creamy butter. I find this generally takes about 7-10 minutes to reach full creaminess potential.


Healthified Dark Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

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Easter may be coming to an end, but it’s not too late for an Easter dessert! Or if you’re not feeling it tonight, you can do yourself a favor and skip discount chocolate day tomorrow and make these guys instead. We all know and love the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, but we don’t love all the sugar and who even knows what else they have in them. Really guys, read the ingredients of all the food you consume and you’ll be blown away with all the chemicals and non-recognizable ingredients that go into food these days. It really is a shame what passes the test. But with these treats, you don’t have to worry about any of that because there are just 7 ingredients and they’re all natural. No preservatives, no refined sugar, no gluten, no garbage going into your body. And they only take 15 minutes to make. So go ahead, you deserve to treat yourself!


Healthified Dark Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

  • Servings: 12 eggs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup Peanut Butter
  • 1+1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 dark chocolate bar
  • Sea salt to top (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, the dark chocolate bar, and the optional sea salt in a food processor and blend until combined.
  2. On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, scoop out appx. ½ tablespoon sized balls of the peanut butter mixture and form them into an egg shape.
  3. Place in the freezer.
  4. While the eggs are in the freezer, bring a pot of about ½ cup water to a boil and place a glass bowl over the top of it. Put your dark chocolate bar and remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into the bowl and stir while it melts.
  5. Once the chocolate is fully melted, remove your eggs from the freezer and dip each one in the chocolate until it’s fully coated, allow the excess to drip off, and then place the egg back on the parchment paper. Sprinkle a little sea salt on top if you desire.
  6. Place the eggs back in the freezer until the chocolate is completely cooled. Enjoy!

 


Healthy Refined Sugar-Free Grass Fed Gelatin Gummies

collagen gummies

It’s almost Easter guys! And what would the kiddos love more than some gummy snacks to chow down on all day? And what would Mom and Dad love more than to know their kids are chowing down on some healthy collagen-packed and refined sugar-free gummies instead of sugar and preservative filled candy? Nothing. These gummies are a winner you guys so get these going today and fill those Easter eggs up!

Refined Sugar Free Healthy Gelatin Gummies

  • Servings: 15-20 gummies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup juice (for mine I made three different batches using homemade strawberry-apple, beet-apple, and orange)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin
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Directions

  1. Heat your juice in a small saucepan until just before it boils.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and whisk in the honey.
  3. Whisk in your gelatin powder, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue to stir while heating until it’s fully dissolved (this took about 8-10 minutes for me).
  4. Now you can either pour you gummies straight into the mold of your choice (make sure to grease it with some coconut oil if it isn’t silicon) or you could grease a glass baking dish with coconut oil and pour it all into that.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until your gummies are fully solidified.
  6. Now you can either remove your gummies from the mold or if you poured them into a glass dish you can cut them into little cubes.
  7. Enjoy!
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