Fresh and Festive Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Do you ever go to the doctor and you get called in right away so you think,”nice maybe this won’t take a million years,” but then you sit in the room for like 10 years waiting for the doc to come in? Yeah, that’s me right now. And I may or may not be absolutely starving.

So I thought “what better way to ease my hunger pangs than looking at pictures of food?” Mayyyyybe not my best idea hehe BUT some good did come out of it because I stumbled across this beauty of a salad that I made for Thanksgiving and totally forgot to share the recipe with you guys!!!!

This bad boy is SO EASY, takes two seconds to whip up, and look at it. It’s red and green. Did someone say perfect Christmas party food?!? I think yes!!!!! Surprise all your friends, family, and/or co-workers with a fresh dose of health and deliciousness with this festive little number.

Ope, doc just got here I gotta go. Make the salad you won’t regret it!!!!!

Fresh and Festive Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups shaved brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add your brussels, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and lemon zest to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add your olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until fully mixed (I usually stick it in my magic bullet for about 10 seconds).
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Enjoy!!

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The Perfect Fall Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk

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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!

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 


3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam

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Anyone out there love a good jam? (Everyone should be raising their hands cuz it’s impossible not to love jam, amiright or am I right?) WELL THEN do I have the recipe for you!!!!

Last week I happened to purchase a very large container full of strawberries that was marked down to 30% off because no matter how hard I try, I can’t ever resist a good sale. Who could possibly eat a giant container of strawberries in a day? Not me. But did I still buy it knowing full well it would be impossible to eat them all before they went bad? You bet I did. Can’t stop won’t stop.

So now I was in a bit of a conundrum. I have all these strawberries. Now what? What could I possibly do with all of them. And then I made some oatmeal and I knew what to do. I love a good PB&J inspired anything so what could be tastier than PB&J oats with homemade strawberry chia seed jam? Mmmmm-mmmmm delicious. I love jam but I always struggle to find a good jam that isn’t super processed or loaded with added sugars. So if I made my own jam I could control exactly what’s going into it and therefore know exactly what I’m putting into my body.

Aaaaaand, the best part about this recipe is you only need 3 ingredients (plus water), one pot, and 10 minutes! Seriously, could not be easier. And oh man is it tasty. There are very few things on this earth that top fresh, sticky, warm homemade jam.

*Droooooooool*

So next time you can’t resist a sale and happen to buy a very large quantity of berries on hand, you’ll know exactly what to do. TIME TO JAM.

3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup of chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 Tbsp water

Directions

  1. Heat a small pot over medium-low heat. Add all ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally for about 7-10 minutes until your strawberries have broken down and you have a sticky, jam-like consistency.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.


Strawberry Coconut Acai Bowl with Almond Butter and Coco-Cacao Granola

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*can’t type because can’t stop staring at how beautiful and delicious this freakin’ smoothie bowl looks*

DROOOOOLLLLLL.

K. So I visited my family back in Arizona last week and I was  honestly having Vitamix withdrawals because of the lack of blender power I had in AZ. Apparently once you go Vitamix, you never go back because woweeee did I miss that thing. Thankfully there are a million and one places in Scottsdale to get smoothies bowls or I would have had an absolute fit without them for a WHOLE WEEK.

P.S. if you’re ever visiting Scottsdale and are looking for the best smoothie bowl, I HIGHLY recommend The Original Chop Shop Co. They da besttttt.

Anyways, I’ve now been reunited with my precious Vitamix and am happily back to my smoothie bowl ways. So the other day I was at the store and I thought, “Ya know what Bailey? You’re pretty great. You deserve some self love today so you go ahead and TREAT YOSELF.” So what exactly did that mean? Buying some frozen acai packets, DUHHHH. And I just so happened to snag the last pack of unsweetened Sambazon frozen Acai so it must have been fate. Okay so it’s not exactly an unhealthy treat yoself moment, but sometimes acai packets can be a little pricey so I try to limit myself to only the occasional acai bowl which makes it that much more special when I do treat myself to it.

Thus came this spectacular creation. Acai. Strawberry. Banana. Coconut water. Honey. All the toppings. Add that to a warm, sunny day lounging out on the patio and you’ve got yourself one heavenly day right there.

Gonna side track from that dream here for a sec. I’m sure many of you all have probably heard of acai, but how many of you actually know what it is? Don’t know? Don’t worry, I gotchu! So acai is actually a tiny little purple-y berry which comes from certain palm trees in South America. Okay so it’s a berry, so what? Why is it so much more special that we can only buy it in frozen packets in many areas of the world? Well that would be because these lil babies are HEALTHY AF. Like wow, so much health in such a tiny little berry. It’s overwhelming really. Talk about a superfood. Let me just list SOME of the health benefits for ya because I would lose you if I went through them all.

  1. Acai berries are super high in anthocyanins (like red wine) which are a type of antioxidant that helps to balance cholesterol levels and promote a healthy heart.
  2. These anthocyanins as well as high levels of polyphenols in acai berries have also been shown to help stop bad cell proliferation which means they prevent bad cells from growing out of control.
  3. Consuming acai has been shown to reduce total body fat, skin folds, and insulin sensitivity.
  4. The high amount of antioxidants give your skin health a tremendous boost, promoting radiant, naturally glowing skin.
  5. The acai berry seeds are high in fiber plus the antioxidants are powerful detoxifiers which help to maintain a properly functioning digestive system.
  6. The high level of phytochemicals in acai berries have some serious anti-aging effects by helping to slow or even reverse the aging processes caused by oxidative damage.
  7. Acai berries have many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which boost your energy levels and libido.
  8. High levels of phytochemicals and anthocyanins can improve your mental function, including healthy brain aging as well as short and long term memory. Some studies have even shown acai berries can help to protect against neurological disorders such as dementia!

So if you weren’t already drawn in by how beautiful I presented this tasty treat to you (which is highly unlikely cuz, I mean, just look at it), you HAVE to try it now after all that knowledge I just dropped on you. Make a quick trip to the freezer aisle, bust out that blender, and get your smoothie bowl on. And enjoy, of course!

Strawberry Coconut Acai Bowl with Almond Butter and Cacao Granola

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the frozen fruit, honey, and coconut water in a blender and blend until thick and smooth, scraping the sides as needed.
  2. Spoon your smoothie into a bowl and top with fresh berries, granola, hemp hearts, and almond butter. Enjoy!


Quick and Easy Tahini-Free Hummus and Veggies

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It’s Friday wooohoooooo!!!!!

And do you know what that means? Time to invite everyone over for a hummus patio partay. Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyo.

Seriously, what could be better than enjoying the company of your friends out in the lovely spring (or summer, depending on if you’re further South than me) weather with a quick, simple, scrumptious hummus and veg appy that you whipped up in all of about two seconds? And then maybe once the sun sets you could bring the party inside for some board games (if you guys haven’t played What Do You Meme yet, then I highly recommend). That sounds like a fantastic Friday in my book. And after the hummus is gone, you can top off the night with some of these one-bowl dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free dark chocolate-stuffed cookies. K drool.

Best.

Friday.

Ever.

I made this hummus tahini-free purposely because I find sometimes tahini can upset my stomach (but only sometimes), but if you dig tahini you can totally add some in there to add more of a nutty flavor to this hummus!

Seriously though, whether you’re having company over and are looking for an easy, healthy appetizer to put out, or if you just want a quick snack to have on hand in the fridge for the busy week ahead, this hummus is perfect.

AAAAND, before I get too hungry and distracted, let’s not forget about those health benefits. Chickpeas are wonderful little cuties, especially for vegans, because they are one of the highest plant sources of protein and fiber, as well as iron, manganese, and folate! So basically incorporating more chickpeas into your diet is always a yes. And they’re so cute and tasty how could you resist them!

Have a wonderful hummus (and health)-filled Friday my peeps!

Quick and Easy Tahini-Free Hummus and Veggies

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 Tbsp Chickpea liquid
  • 1-3 Tbsp water (depending how thick you like your hummus)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley, a sprinkle of paprika, and an extra drizzle of EVOO to garnish
  • OPTIONAL: Add ½ cup of your favorite baked veggies (I love adding sweet potatoes, roasted beets, or red peppers to this recipe to give it a fun new flavor)
  • Chopped fresh veggies to dip (I used raw carrots, raw cauliflower, and cucumbers.

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the garnishes and veggies to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until your hummus is smooth and creamy, adding water as necessary until the desired thickness has been achieved.
  2. Serve with your chopped veggies and enjoy!