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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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

Okay so as soon as October hit this year I got way too excited about pumpkin spice. Literally you guys I made pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Every day there was something new.

So I have been eating this unreal pumpkin spice smoothie bowl basically every day and I just now realized I forgot to post the recipe for it because I didn’t want to overload you guys with all my pumpkin spice recipes.

MY B DAWGS.

So here I have for you my most favorite smoothie bowl recipe to date. You are welcome. And my most sincere apologies for taking this long. Enjoy!!!!!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Bowl:

  • ½ cup frozen pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ – ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Toppings Options:

  • fresh sliced banana
  • pecans
  • pumpkin seeds
  • dried white mulberries
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • chia seeds
  • almond butter

Directions

  1. In a high-powered blender, add all your ingredients for the smoothie bowl and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with whatever toppings you would like. I always go for all the toppings because I’m a toppings queen.


Tropi-Cali Pitaya Bowl

Tropicali pitaya smoothie bowl

Every year the fam-jam vacations in California and every year I look forward to it more and more because of the plethora of options I have for smoothie bowls here hehe. As you guys probably already know, I’m absolutely out of my mind obsessed with smoothie bowls (for good reason, might I add) so obviously I’ve gotta give you a Cali inspired smoothie bowl while I’m here!

Now you can make smoothie bowls with just about anything you can freeze,  but my absolute FAVORITE types of smoothie bowls are either made with acai or pitaya (or both, which the Mad Beet in Pacific Beach so graciously has on their menu) because for starters, I la-la-la-loooove the taste, but also because they’re both superfoods containing loads upon loads of health benefits in each scrumptious spoonful.

This particular smoothie bowl that you’re feasting your eyes on happens to be a pitaya bowl, which is not only a treat to look at, but also a treat for your insides. Let me drop some nutrition facts for ya here:

  • Low cal but high in nutrients like fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Iron (to name a few)
  • Contains prebiotics which are crucial in maintaining a healthy gut (aka a healthy everything because gut health is life)
  • High amounts of fiber help maintain a healthy digestive system too
  • Loads of antioxidants help combat effects of free radicals and unstable molecules which could potentially cause inflammation and thus chronic disease
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants help boost your immune system
  • Did I mention it’s, like, really pretty?

Okay so now you know how good this stuff is for you and you can see how nice is it to look at, go and make your own! You can order frozen pitaya online through Pitaya plus or I usually can find it at Whole foods (and sometimes Safeway). Enjoy 🙂

Tropi-Cali Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pink pitaya
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp granola
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 medjool date, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh berries
  • 1 tsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Add the pitaya, coconut water, and honey to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!


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!


Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookie Crumble Blizzard

Dark Chocolate Cookie Crumble Blizzard 2

Okay so you guys I’ve really outdone myself here. Like, this might be the best thing I’ve ever made. It’s so good that my boyfriend and I had one of these bowls three times each within 24 hours.

And it all started with a failed cookie recipe! Who woulda thunk.

I was attempting to re-create a coconut dark chocolate cookie recipe using no dairy, gluten, or refined sugar and in doing so I ended up creating a giant mega cookie that just crumbled apart as soon as you tried to pick it up. BUT, it still tasted magnificent so obviously I wasn’t just gonna throw it away.  No no no no no never would I throw it away. Obviously I was gonna use it as a topping because I am the Toppings Queen!!!! So now I just had to figure out what to put it on top of….

THEN I remembered I had brought back a bunch of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa from the States last time i was visiting my parents so duhhhhh dark chocolate cookie crumble healthified Blizzard time!!!!! And while this is so SO much like exponentially in a whole nother universe healthier than a normal Dairy Queen Blizzard, I’d say it tastes just as good if not BETTER (dare I say it, and I did). Aaaaaand it’s dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free. AND it’s made using real food, aka not full of chemicals and preservatives. So what is it made of exactly? Do you have any frozen bananas, coconut milk, and dark cocoa lying around? Oh good, then you’ve basically got the majority of stuff ya need here minus a few flavors here and there.

EASY AS PIE.

So instead of being lazy and driving through Dairy Queen for a blizzard that’ll set you back about 2389702938409234 calories, grab a blender and your fave cookies, crumble em up, and devour that delicious bowl of amazingness.

 

Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookie Crumble Blizzard

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas
  • 4 ice cubes
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • A drizzle of raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Your favorite cookie(s) crumbled up (I use a dairy and gluten free coconut oat cookie which I will post the recipe to once it’s perfected)
  • Optional peanut butter drizzle

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the cookie crumbles and peanut butter to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, thick, and creamy. You may need to add a little additional milk to get things fully blended.
  2. Pour everything into a bowl and top with the cookie crumbles and peanut butter drizzle. Enjoy!