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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Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus and Veggies

roasted sweet potato hummus

Hello my healthy peeps! Sorry for the lack of posting lately but I have had a long, LONG couple of weeks and I just simply (and depressingly) didn’t have the time. I took this side job working at a little something called the Calgary Stampede which is a wild time, let me tell ya. Due to lack of sleep and food intake in the past 10 days, my body decided to rebel against my system and I became quite sick. Ya know when you can literally feel the toxins oozing out of you? Yeah, that’s where I was at for the last few days.

Although I’ll never subject my body to such murderous conditions again, this time has really allowed me to feel the effects of what not taking care of yourself feels like. My schedule allowed about 1 giant meal per day and an average of mayyyybe 5 hours of sleep if I was lucky. The rest of the time I was working. So it was a struggle to get in workouts and all the nutrients my body was used to consuming on a daily basis. And boyyy could I tell a difference. I was basically a zombie of my former self with zero brain power or energy and constant lack of focus.

BUT, on the bright side, now that I’m back in Edmonton and have been able to return to my usual healthy eating habits and catch up on sleep I’m back and better than ever! (Once, my sickness completely goes away, that is). It truly is amazing what some sleep, exercise, and good food does for the body. And if you’ve never experienced how good total healthiness feels, I can’t think of a more perfect snack to get you going down the road of complete bodily bliss than this sweet potato hummus and veggies!

SO here’s why you need to be eating sweet potato hummus (other than the obvious fact that it tastes freakin’ deeeeee-licious):

–  NUTRIENTS PEOPLE!!!! I’m talking protein, fiber, iron, zinc, folate, phosphorus, beta carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, AND SO MUCH MORE! The list is seriously endless.

– But what does all that mean? Well, it’s a healthy way of obtaining plant-based protein, it will help regulate your digestive health as well as your blood sugar, has anti-inflammatory properties, anddddd can help balance your cholesterol levels.

Seriously guys, this hummus takes all of a minute to make! All you have to do is throw everything in a blender and voila, instant tub of hummus for you to snack on for an entire week.  You don’t even need to dip veggies in it if you’re not feeling that, this tastes so good in salads and on sandwiches too! It could not be easier to get your nutrients in that your body craves. So get to blending already!!!

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus and Veggies

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup roasted sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Your favorite fresh chopped veggies (I like raw cauliflower, carrots, and peppers)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the raw veggies to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add a bit more water depending on how thick you like your hummus.
  2. Serve with raw veggies and enjoy!


The Best Simple Homemade Almond Butter

Almond butter

I’m not usually one to brag, but this almond butter is unparalleled. Imagine the best tasting thing you’ve ever had in your life. Okay imagine that feeling, but multiply it times ten. That’s what you’re going to taste with this recipe. Anddddd, besides the taste, it’s so easy to make, only has three ingredients, and isn’t going to break the bank like those store-bought almond butters. 10 dollars for a tiny jar of almond butter?! Never in my life!

I try to avoid buying store bought nut butters whenever possible because they’re SO overpriced, they can have preservatives, sugars, and other unnatural ingredients lurking in them, and it’s unnecessary to buy them when they’re so much cheaper and easier to make at home! I recommend finding a store that sells nuts in bulk (I go to Bulk Barn because they always put out coupons) and stock up on my favorite nuts! Then all you have to do when you’re running low is break out the blender and throw your nuts in then bam: instant nut butter. Easy as that.

What’s great about almond butter in particular is the amazing health benefits you get from almonds! Those sneaky little guys are full of fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins E and B12, manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus.

MEGA NUTS.

So next time you’re out and about, skip the store-bought nut butter and give this a try! You’ll instantly hop on my #homemadenutbutter bandwagon.

The Best Simple Homemade Almond Butter

  • Servings: About 2 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Start it on low and slowly increase the speed (scraping the sides as necessary) until the almonds have turned into a smooth, creamy butter. I find this generally takes about 7-10 minutes to reach full creaminess potential.