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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Nutrient Packed Pumpkin Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin spice roasted pumpkin seeds

Okay guys. I’m a firm believer in making my own versions of stuff otherwise purchased already made for you, soooooo when I decided to make my own pumpkin puree from an actual pumpkin as opposed to buying the storebought canned stuff, I had lotsa leftover pumpkin seeds.

*Insert lightbulb popping up above my head*

I hadn’t even thought about the seeds before that moment, but obviously I wasn’t going to waste them! And since it’s pumpkin spice season, I had to keep the trend alive. Thus began my new tradition of pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds on just about everything. TBH I think my next project with them will be a granola, but we’ll see. But I’m getting off topic here.

While these guys are absolutely da bomb (and great for packing in lunches *hint hint my parents out there), I was more shocked to find out how absolutely amazing pumpkin seeds are for our oh-so-important bodies! While my pumpkin seeds were roasting, I took the liberty of looking up their health benefits, and I was absolutely floored. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are absolutely loaded with healthy fats, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, protein, AND fiber?! Oh, and antioxidants. And they contain tryptophan. And I could keep going, but I think you guys get the hint.

So now I’ve decided that once this Fall is over, pumpkin season will never be over because I will 100% be keeping this trend alive year-round for my health’s sake. And you should too. So start with me by making thess super simple and super scrumptious pumpkin seeds!

 

Nutrient-Packed Pumpkin Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds (I used the seeds out of a pie pumpkin)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp of each: nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves
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Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add all your ingredients together in a bowl and mix until all the seeds are evenly coated.
  3. Spread them out evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes until they’re crisp and golden. Enjoy!
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Easy 7-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

Easy Banana oat toaster pancakes

Happy Monday everyone!!!

(Said no one ever)

Except with these pancakes in your belly it very much will be a happy Monday! These pancakes are one of my favorite go-to recipes during weeks where I know I’ll  be super busy and will need quick breakfast options becauseeeeee what you can do is whip up a big batch of these guys on Sunday and throw ’em in the fridge and then whenever you want one (or one fat stack) you just throw ’em in the toaster and viola! Instant mouthwatering-ly tasty healthy pancakes! No more need for frozen toaster pancakes or waffles that are full of junk ingredients like sugars and preservatives. You really can’t beat that.

ALSO. These sneaky little devils have all the health benefits of any breakfast you could ever dream up.

  1. You’ve got your oats in there which are a whole grain, healthy source of carbs that are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, and so many other nutrients AKA they are going to give you loads of sustainable energy all day long (and also keep you feeling fuller longer so you don’t have to resort to a mid-morning snack).
  2.  You’ve got your bananas which contain loads of potassium AKA a powerful electrolyte which helps maintain the balance between acids and bases in the body and is KEY in maintaining healthy muscles and bones as well as fighting fatigue and regulating your blood pressure.
  3. Egg whites. Egg whites are just incredible. They contain TONS of protein while being super low in calories, fat, and cholesterol PLUS they’re loaded with a bajillion crucial vitamins and minerals essential to healthy living.
  4. Last but not least, we’ve got some cinnamon in there. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices because besides adding a unique sweet-spicy flavor to whatever you put it in, it’s packed with antioxidants which help fight off damage caused by free radicals and it’s great for fighting inflammation.

So basically if you want the easiest, healthiest, tastiest breakfast ever that lasts you all week, then this is the recipe for you. I GOTCHU. Enjoy 🙂

 


Easy 7-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 10 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup organic free-range egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • Maple syrup and fresh fruit to add on top (I personally LOVE strawberries with this recipe)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the maple syrup and fresh fruit to a blender and blend until everything is just combined.
  2. Meanwhile, heat up a non-stick griddle over medium heat.
  3. Pour your batter on to the griddle in about 1/3 – ½ cup sized amounts.
  4. Cook each pancake until the top looks bubbly and firm. Flip and cook for about 45 more seconds on the other side, or until you feel the pancakes is cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from the griddle and top with maple syrup and fresh fruit. Enjoy!
  6. * You can store these pancakes in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for 3 months and then just pop one in the toaster whenever you want it!



Dairy and Gluten-Free Broccoli Crust Pizza

Gluten and Dairy Free Broccoli Crust Pizza 2

Here I am, sitting at the airport after yet ANOTHER flight delay. I guess nobody wants me to get back to Arizona today. And since I’m fasting until noon, I’m just daydreaming about all the delicious food out in the world, obviously. That’s normal, right? Anyways, so I’m sitting here hungry and zoned out, when someone comes and sits next to me with (of course) a huge slice of warm pizza. The smells of melted cheese mixed with warm tomato sauce and the tantilizing crust were wafting past my nose like there was no tomorrow. K self control had to be like the strongest ever of all time at this moment to not give in and walk over to get myself a slice of my own. BUT I didn’t (insert small pat on the back for Bailey). At least, not yet. JK I have a lovely healthy breakfast packed for myself that I’m actually quite excited to eat hehe.

BUT, instead of giving in to temptation, the pizza reminded me of something amazingly yummy that I recently discovered that I will now share with you. So I’ve been an avid cauliflower pizza crust lover since day 1 (that I developed my intolerances, that is) and I thought that was a game changer. While I still enjoy a slice of that cauliflower goodness every now and then, I’d like to share with you the newest member of the healthy pizza game that’s taking everyone by storm at the moment.

I’m not sure how I never thought to do this before, after all cauliflower and broccoli are so similar, but a friend of mine actually told me she had been making broccoli pizzas and she actually liked them even more than a cauliflower pizza?!! YUP. But how could that be??? For 1, the pizza crust is literally green. Not the most appetizing color when compared to the normal(ish) looking crust of a cauliflower pizza. And secondly, broccoli has SUCH a distinct flavor! How could it ever pass as a pizza crust?!

Well let me tell you, folks, I’m sure glad she made one for me because I have been absolutely HOOKED since my first teeny little hesitant bite into it. IT’S SO GOOD. I’m drooling just thinking about it. I might have to make one for dinner tonight if I ever make it to Arizona.

Seriously you guys, I know you’re thinking the exact same thing I was: “broccoli….pizza? It’s green? And you say it’s…. actually good? No wayyyyyy.” I promise. Would I ever lie to you? For those of you who don’t know me personally, I actually am physically incapable of lying. I get all giggly and can’t keep a straight face EVERY SINGLE TIME. This is the real deal! And if you don’t believe me, I guess you’re just going to have to try it anyways because that’s the only way you’ll know for sure. And if you don’t try it for me, try it for the vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folate that you’ll get from the broccoli. How many times can you have pizza and then your body actually feels amazing afterwards?

ALSO, before I complete this chapter of my ramblings, PLEASE feel free to share your favorite toppings with me because there’s nothing I love more than a good topping party and I’d love to try some new options! Enjoy!

 

Dairy and Gluten Free Broccoli Crust Pizza

  • Servings: 1 large Pizza
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 large heads of broccoli cut into florets
  • 2 organic free-range eggs
  • ½ dairy-free Parmesan cheese
  • ½ + ½ cup dairy free mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: sugar-free tomato sauce, prosciutto, turkey sausage, and diced fresh red peppers

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place broccoli florets in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until your broccoli is finely chopped.
  3. Place the finely chopped broccoli into a microwave safe bowl with about 2 Tbsp water, cover, and microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove, allow to cool, then squeeze out all the water you can (use those muscles!!!) using a tea towel.
  5. Add the squeezed broccoli, eggs, Parmesan, ½ cup mozzarella, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to a large bowl and mix until everything is combined.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then dump your “pizza dough” onto it.
  7. Form the dough into a crust and bake for 10-12 minutes, until it begins to crisp up.
  8. Remove from the oven and add your toppings. Then, bake for another 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then slice and enjoy!


Healthy Baked Purple Yam Chips

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Since I stopped eating dairy, it’s been tough trying to figure out good appetizers to put out for guests during a game or happy hour. My previous go-to was a meat and cheese platter, but take away the cheese and you can’t just put out straight meat unless you’re like a huge meat person, then I suppose it would work well. So what could I do? For a while I was putting out veggies and hummus, but that was getting tiresome so I had to come up with something new.

Then purple yams were on sale, and since I can’t resist buying anything that’s on sale, I knew this was going to be the next big thing. Baked purple yam chips! Easy, healthy, and perfect for snacking on with company. Boom. And I’m obsessed with their deep purple color too! It brings a pop to whatever dish you’re using them in.

Problem.

Solved.

And while my guests are snacking on my chips, I’ll secretly be rejoicing on the inside because I know the health benefits that my guests will be getting from my beautiful bites. Purple yams are packed with vitamins B6 and C, as well as the nutrients Copper and Potassium. They’re also full of fiber which will in turn aid your digestive system. AND high levels of potassium will improve your blood circulation as well which ensures optimal distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body via the bloodstream.

All the health benefits from a casual snack with friends. YUP that’s a win. It just takes a second to slice up your purple yam, throw your slices in the oven, and then you have an instant nutritious appetizer sure to please your guests.

Healthy Baked Purple Yam Chips

  • Servings: about 4 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large purple yam
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Using a mandoline, slice your purple yam into equally thick slices.
  3. Place your slices in a bowl and mix with melted coconut oil, salt, and pepper until equally coated.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 45-60 minutes, flipping them over halfway through, until the chips are crispy and the edges have curled up. It’s very important you make sure all parts of the chips are crispy before removing them, even if it means leaving them in longer than I did, because if they aren’t entirely crispy they will have a chewy consistency when bitten in to.
  5. Allow to cool and then enjoy right away!
  6. * I find these are usually best the first day you make them, after that they get a bit stale and chewy.