Kale Berry Protein Smoothie

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I’m in love with this new kale smoothie; which works out great because strawberry season is just around the corner. This smoothie is refreshing and light, but packs an abundance of nutrients! From omega’s, protein, dietary fibre, and vitamin c, to iron and more, this is definitely a balanced, healthy smoothie choice.

Also, if you love hemp as much as I do, or would love to try it, be sure to check out my May Giveaway for a free 8oz bag of hemp hearts!!

Ingredients:

1 c water

1/4 c mason jar instant oatmeal mix

1/2 c kale

1 scoop hemp protein powder

1/2 c strawberries

1/4 c blueberries

Instructions:

1: Combine all ingredients into a high powered blender (add more water if needed)

2: Enjoy or store in mason jar in the fridge for later!

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Buckwheat Banana Bread with Maple Cream Icing and Cacao Nibs (Dairy Free)

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A delicious and healthy banana bread; refined sugar free and packed with superfoods cacao, hemp, and buckwheat. This recipe can be easily enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack. Top off the loaf with the dairy-free, maple cream icing and extra cacao nibs, and you have yourself an amazing dessert.

Servings: 7 mini loaves

Bake Time: 30 minutes

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Ingredients

1/2 c buckwheat flour

1/2 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c white flour

1/2 c cacao nibs

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c margarine or butter (room temperature)

1 c coconut palm sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 c mashed ripe bananas (approximately 3 medium)

1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce or yogourt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1: Preheat oven to 350 F

2: Grease and flour mini loaf pan

3: Cream margarine, eggs, and sugar

4: Whisk flours, soda, and salt

5: Add to margarine mixture

6: Add mashed bananas, apple sauce, vanilla

7: Stir in hemp seeds and cacao nibs

8: Bake for 30 minutes

9: Remove from oven and cool before adding maple topping

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Maple Cream Icing

Ingredients

3/4 c cashews, soaked and drained

1/4 tsp salt

3 tbsp of pure maple syrup

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/4 c almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1: Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender or bullet

2: Place into the freezer for approximately 15 minutes

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Simple Chia Pudding Recipe

imageChia pudding is the new and improved tapioca; instead of just tasting delicious, it’s also nutritious. Simple to make, and can be stored in the fridge for a days. It makes a great breakfast or snack, and based on your toppings can be sweet or light and fresh.

Recipe is Vegan. Free of dairy, gluten, soy, and refined sugars.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 cups non-dairy milk

Dash of salt

2 vanilla beans or 2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Plus, pick a flavour and add to the mix:

Chocolate: 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Cinnamon: 2 tsp cinnamon

Mango: 1/4 cup mango, 3 tbsp water puréed together

Summer Fresh: mixed berries + almonds

Instructions:

1: Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix

2: Place bowl into the fridge overnight or first transfer into serving size jars and cover

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Healthy Snack or Quick Breakfast Idea: Banana Toast, Almonds, and Chocolate

imageWhile brainstorming new recipe ideas that are quick and affordable, this recipe was born. Simple and easy, just combine toast, banana, almonds, and chocolate. Who can argue with that combination? Kid and Adult friendly.

Ingredients:

2 pieces of bread

1 banana

2 tbsp slivered almonds

2 tsp melted chocolate or chocolate spread

Instructions:

1: Toast bread

2: Slice banana and place onto toast.

3: Drizzle chocolate onto banana slices.

4: Top with slivered almonds.

5: Enjoy before the kids eat it all.

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AVOCADO TOAST WITH POACHED EGG, BACON, AND CUMIN INFUSED OIL

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Lately I`ve been a little obsessed with avocados and cumin, so this has been a favourite breakfast of mine; the combination goes very well together.

INGREDIENTS

2 pieces of toast

2 eggs

2 slices of bacon

1/2 avocado

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1: Cook bacon and cut into small pieces

2: Toast bread and put a layer of avocado slices on top

3: Poach eggs (tip: for the perfect poached egg, boil for 10 seconds in shell, remove from water, then poach)

4: Combine oil and cumin, stir until blended

5: Put poached eggs onto bread slices and drizzle cumin olive oil mixture on top

6: Finish with salt and pepper

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Blueberry Vanilla Oatmeal Smoothie

imagePut down that blueberry muffin and drink this instead. If you haven’t tried adding oats to your morning smoothie yet, you’re really missing out! Try the recipe below for an out of this world smoothie experience.

INGREDIENTS

1 c almond milk

1/4 c oats

1 banana

1 tsp maca powder

1 tsp flax seed

1 tbsp chia seed

1/2 c frozen blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients into a blender on high.

Tropical Banana Green Smoothie

When you’re constantly on the go, it can be a challenge to maintain proper nutrition; why not start the day off right by getting a full-serving of greens. This dreamy smoothie makes staying healthy simple by ensuring you’re getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients. So go ahead, enjoy, and while you’re sipping away, it’s okay to dream of the tropics.

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Ingredients

1/4 c pineapple

1 c water or coconut water

1/4 c blueberries or blackberries

1 scoop protein powder (hemp, whey, casein, soy, or multi-source plant protein)

2 c spinach or mixed greens

Instructions

1: Mix all ingredients into a blender and enjoy!

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Chocolate Banana Morning Buzz Smoothie

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Chocolate, coffee, and protein? Why not! Wake up to this extremely uplifting smoothie; loaded with protein to get you through the day! While most smoothies give you a temporary sugar boost, this one’s sure to keep you going; because lets face it, who doesn’t need a little pick me up in the morning? With cinnamon and banana to balance your blood sugar levels, caffeine to give you your morning fix, and protein powder to keep you fuller longer, this smoothie is sure to keep you satisfied.

Servings: 1

Ready in: under 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 banana

1/2 cup coffee (hot or cold)

2 tbsp dark cocoa powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 scoop protein powder (hemp, whey, casein, soy, or multi-source plant protein)

1 cup milk or non-dairy beverage

Instructions

1: Mix all ingredients into a blender and enjoy!

*Hemp Protein Powder and Almond Milk were used in the above photo

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Mason Jar Instant Oatmeal Recipe

imageOatmeal is packed with nutrients, including fibre and protein; it’s also known to have many health benefits for the entire body. Besides the health benefits, oatmeal is delicious and super easy and to make for the whole family. Who doesn’t love a warm breakfast, especially during these cold months!

I have always loved oats. I use to be a sucker for instant oatmeal packs in the mornings. It wasn’t until my daughter was born, and diagnosed with a severe milk allergy, that it became a necessity to read food ingredient labels on everything that came into the house. It was then that I realized instant oatmeal packages have a lot of fillers in them – colors, flavours, preservatives. So, one day I came up with the idea to make my own instant oatmeal, and now I couldn’t imagine buying premade packs. Why would I? It only takes minutes to make at home, and you can add whatever ingredients you want, knowing exactly what you’re eating. Plus, you can make it ahead of time, and have enough for the entire week.

I created this recipe as a general guideline, but you can add whatever you prefer or have on hand. I use a 1 litre mason jar, and it makes about 9 servings. You can use this exact recipe and substitute instant oats for quinoa flakes; it works just as well. I hope you enjoy!

Mason Jar Instant Oatmeal

  • Servings: 9
  • Time: 0hr 10mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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(Vegan. Free of soy and refined sugars.)

Recipe Type: Breakfast

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups instant oats or quinoa flakes
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons chia seed
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Pour into a large mason jar.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.

*I mix 1/3 cup of instant oatmeal recipe with 2/3 c cup water, and microwave for 60 seconds. I then add ½ banana and ¼ cup of fresh or frozen blueberries.