Paleo Maca Cacao Protein Shake

Who here made a new years resolution of making it to the gym more this year? As a frequent gym-goer, it always makes me happy to see how packed the gyms are in January because I know all those new peeps are there trying to better their lives and that’s just amazing. But also like a part of me is like “okay happy for you but also can you please get off the machine I need to use kthanksbye.

BUT most of me is just super stoked for all the new do-gooders and I would love to help ease the fitness process by telling you about my absolute FAVE whole-food paleo protein powder that tastes like an absolute dream. Especially in this maca cacao shake. It’s called Rootz Protein and literally it has changed me life. It’s the ONLY protein powder that doesn’t upset my gut and has no added sugar or preservatives. I mean look at these ingredients people!!!!!

Amazing. And to getcha going on all your future gainzzzzz you can use the code “bitesbybai” at checkout for 10% off your entire order.

K and also real quick plug for maca and raw cacao which are two superfoods that are naturally mood elevating, give you energy, and support longevity and overall happiness sooooo basically you need this shake in your life.

That is all, my peeps. Happy Monday!!

Paleo Maca Cacao Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 scoop Rootz Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and 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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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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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!!