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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Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

OK so usually when I have smoothies I’ll basically throw all things healthy that I can possibly think of into a blender in order to get the max amount of nutrients possible out of that shake. So for example I’ll throw in some greens, spirulina powder, turmeric root, ginger, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder, etc. and it just makes one giant cluster frick of brown flavored smoothie. So maybe not the best in the way of taste, but not the worst.

BUT I’ve discovered a new way to get a majority of those healthy nutrients into my smoothie AND have it taste like an absolute dream. I’m not kidding. Rootz Protein has literally changed my life. It tastes so freakin good and it’s entirely paleo friendly aka it’s made entirely of natural ingredients. Nothing artifical, no chemicals, no preservatives, just things you would find lying around the kitchen. Amazing. Seriously. Just click that little link above (or right here.) and look at the ingredients in there.

AND because I love you guys, you can use the discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off your entire order at any point in the year BUT as a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal you can use the code “BFCM” for 20% off your purchase from November 23-27th!!!!!

The most beautiful thing about this shake is that all the deliciousness of the Rootz Protein Powder, dark cocoa, banana, and almond butter TOTALLY takes away the taste of the spinach so you really have no idea you’re secretly getting your greens in there too (except for the fact that you put them in the blender so you know they’re in there). So what are you waiting for?! Treat your tastebuds and your body right and get to making this shake!!!

Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1 shake
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew (or any non-dairy) milk

Directions

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


Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

I may or may not be the only person in the world like this, but growing up (and to this day) I’ve actually always prefered cinnamon raisin cookies to chocolate chip…. Anyone out there crazy too or just me?

Anyways, not only is the actually cookie better in my opinion, but oh my… the cookie dough? MMMMMM. Impeccable. I can’t get enough of the stuff! So when I decided to make a healthy version of it, I was a little hesitant because I knew how dangerous it would be. I may lose all self control and start eating the stuff by the batch. Yikes.

When I was little I was the same way with cookie dough, I was always eating it by the spoonful at Christmas-time while Mom was doing her best to fend me off and make Christmas cookies. But one fateful day I actually got salmonella poisoning from eating raw cookie dough and had to be hospitalized for a week. Yeah, so now you know it’s not just some made up story parents tell you to scare you off. That stuff actually happens. And it is NOT a good time.

But nowwwwww, since this recipe is dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free (and egg free), I can eat all I want without having to worry about another trip to the hospital! TBH I’ve made this, not even bothered to roll it into balls, and brought it with me in a jar to a movie and I ate the whole darn thing. The only repercussion was I was very full. But that I can definitely handle.

Okay that’s enough rambling from me for one day, I’ll letcha get on with your lives. And I promise I’m working on a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe too for everyone out there who isn’t like me BUT do yourselves a favor and give this one a try too because it’s da bombbbbbb.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

  • Servings: 8 Balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • ¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 Tbsp no sugar added applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp raisins

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a bowl and mix together until everything is thoroughly combined.
  2. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon worth of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  3. Store in the fridge and enjoy!


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.


The BEST Lettuce Wraps with Healthy Peanut Sauce

So last week I was in Banff with my lil momma bear and she had never been there before (and if you haven’t either, please make a trip, it’s life changing) so I was taking her to all my fave stops. Besides the hiking and nature and cute little shops, there are two restaurants I absolutely adore. The first is a Cajun diner called Tooloulou’s that I love going to for breakfast because they have just about everything you could possibly imagine and more and it’s all so good. And the second restaurant is called Block. It’s teeny and has an ever-changing menu and kinda just have a cozy home-y feeling to it which adds to the charm for me.

Anyways, long pointless story short, when we were at Block last week I had some lettuce wraps (which I don’t normally eat very often) and they just absolutely blew my mind SO I’ve been on a lettuce wrap kick this week and and very happy about this recipe. Honestly I’m thinking about making lettuce wraps a weekly staple now just as an excuse to make this dang peanut sauce HOLY MOLY is it good on everything.

So get you ground meat cookin’ and in no time you’ll be in lettuce wrap heaven with me. Enjoy!


The BEST Lettuce Wraps with Healthy Peanut Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef and pork mixture
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced cabbage
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup bone broth (or any other broth you have on hand)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Peanut Sauce:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp bone broth
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bunches romaine lettuce, separated into leaves
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 lime, sliced

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the meat and cook until cooked throughout. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet on medium heat, add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Then add the onions and saute until they just start to get soft, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining veggies and saute for another 5-7 minutes, until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the peanut sauce in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for about 3-5 minutes, or until it thickens. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once the veggies are tender, add the meat back in the skillet with the veggies, then add the bone broth and coconut aminos and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 minute and then remove from heat.
  5. Serve by adding the filling to the lettuce leaves, then topping with peanut sauce, sesame seeds, and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!