Tart Beet Berry Smoothie

Starting off Friday morning with this tart beet berry smoothie bowl on my couch in nyc. I’m obsessed with the color of this smoothie and the tart beet berry combo is one of my favs. Super excited to go see a functional medicine doctor for a routine visit (said no one ever, right?!) I think functional medicine is so interesting  even tho I have zero medical background (I am an engineer by degree). I’ve been waiting for this visit for months so hopefully it’s worth the excitement. Happy Friday!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup frozen berries (blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries)

1/2 cup frozen beets

2 fresh medoolan dates

1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower

1 frozen banana

1 lime juiced

coconut water to get the right texture

toppings- i used honeybee pollen and coconut flakes

 

Directions:

Blend until smooth and top with toppings!

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl

Mint chocolate chip smoothie bowl to start off Sunday! This literally tastes like I’m eating a bowl of ice cream and I’m obsessed with this combo 🙌🏻  

 

Ingredients:

1/4 Avocado

1.5 frozen bananas

2 medoolan dates

1 can of full fat coconut milk- only use the liquid part, not the cream

2 spoonfuls of cacao powder

Handful of mint leaves

Cacao nibs

Hemp seeds

Optional: 1/4 cup frozen riced cauliflower

 

Directions:

  1. Let the canned coconut milk sit in the refrigerator overnight. Then scoop out the coconut cream from the top of the can and either discard or keep or later use (I had previously used the coconut cream in a previous recipe to make lemon coconut pies- will post soon!). Place the rest of the liquid coconut milk in the blender.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients except the cacao nibs and hemp seeds into the blender. The riced cauliflower is optional, but I like to add it because it makes the smoothie more frozen and thicker.
  3. Blend ingredients and place in bowl. Top bowl with cacao nibs and hemp seeds.

 

Raw Vegan Lemon Coconut Pies

Can’t put these lemon coconut pies down. They are raw, vegan, and so damn delicious. All you need is a blender to make.

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup almonds

1 cup medoolan dates

2 cans full fat coconut milk

1 lemon

Handful of coconut flakes

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil

 

Directions:

  1. Place canned coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. To make the pie crust, place the almond and dates in a blender and blend until they stick together. How well they stick together depends on the softness of the dates. If they are not sticking together well add a couple tablespoons of coconut oil to the mixture and reblend.
  3. Scoop out the crust and distribute evenly into muffin baking sheet. Place the muffin baking sheet in the refrigerator.
  4. Clean out the blender and dry.
  5. To make the pie filling, scoop out the coconut cream from both cans of coconut milk into the blender. You can either discard or save the coconut milk left in the can. I personally like to save it to reuse in smoothies. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the blender and add coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut flakes. Blend until smooth.
  6. Remove the muffin baking sheet from the refrigerator and add the pie filling on top of the crust. Place in the muffin baking sheet back in the refrigerator or freezer for about 15 minutes to allow to form into its shape. Enjoy!

 

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl 🥕

Carrot cake smoothie bowl! I think this is my new favorite smoothie bowl. Had this for lunch today and I don’t even feel guilty about eating this “treat” because it’s primarily made of veggies, but still tastes sweet.

 

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 medium carrot

1/4-1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower

almond milk to get the right consistency

handful of shredded coconut

nutmeg

cinnamon

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

spoonful of almond butter

optional: 2 fresh medoolan dates for added sweetness

 

Directions:

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the outside of the carrot and discard.
  2. Peel the rest of the carrot using a vegetable peeler. This cuts the carrots into thin ribbons and helps the carrot blend in the smoothie better.
  3. Blend all ingredients accept for the almond butter.
  4. Place the smoothie in a bowl and top with a spoonful of almond butter and any other toppings.

 

 

 

Lentil Meatballs and Zoodles 🍝

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup green lentils (dried)

1 carrot

1/2 white onion

3 cloves garlic

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (unsalted)

handful of fresh parsley

Himalayan sea salt

ground pepper

avocado oil

1 zucchini

marinara sauce

nutritional yeast

Fresh basil

 

Directions:

1. Put lentils in a pot of boiling water cook per instructions on packaging. Once cooked, place lentils in strainer and allow to cool.

2. Cut onion and carrot- I like to cut the carrot into ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Sautee in a frying pan with avocado oil, Himalayan sea salt, and ground pepper until soft. Add garlic and allow to cook for about 30 seconds. Place pan aside to cool.

3. Set oven to 400 deg.

4. Once cooled, place lentils, onion, carrots, and garlic into blender or food processor. Add a handful of fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Depending on the dryness of the lentils, you may need to add a few tablespoons of water to help blend. Add pumpkin seeds and pulse to chop and mix the seeds, but not fully blend.

5. Coat a baking dish with avocado oil.

6. Form the mixture into balls and place on baking dish.

7. Place baking dish in the oven and bake for 30-40mins depending on the size of the lentil meatballs.

8. Using a spirilizer, cut the zucchini into zoodles.

9. Place the zoodles in a frying pan and cook with marinara sauce.

10. Plate the zoodles and top lentil meatballs and additional marinara sauce. Top with nutritional yeast and fresh basil

Dark Green Smoothie Bowl 🌱🍫

Back in NYC! 🤸🏻‍♀️

First move post red eye flight back is making a green smoothie bowl. After 3 weeks of straight travel, I’m so glad I came home to a freezer full of organic produce and my first move wasn’t running out to Whole Foods. This smoothie is mostly veggie based, but made with cacao powder and topped with cacao nibs to taste like a treat. I also topped it with sunflower butter vs. almond butter. I’ve been experimenting with sunflower butter this week and am a huge fan. Now have to run and get all of my errands complete and pack over the next couple of days before I fly out, this time for vacation! ✈️

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup frozen blueberries and blackberries

1/4 cup frozen riced cauliflower

3/4 cup frozen spinach

1 spoonful cacao powder

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

almond milk to get the right consistency

Top with superfoods- I used  cacao nibs, sunflower butter, goji berries, and shredded coconut

4 Watchouts for Eating at Vegan Restaurants

I’m not a vegan, but I lean towards the plant-based side of the spectrum. My favorite type of quick food places are raw vegan/ juice bar type places. When I first started consulting, I was disappointed to largely give up cooking, but then got over this quickly when I started researching all of the raw vegan juice bar esq places in my first city of work travel. 

I got into the daily routine of eating “healthy” vegan food for every meal. At first it was great. I was trying all new kinds of vegan meals, getting great recipe ideas to cook at home, and eating delicious plant-based sweets that would require me so much more effort for me to make at home. I was ecstatic, until I started not to feel well anymore. I started gaining weight. I felt super full but was still hungry at the same time. I was lethargic. I was off. I wanted to get back to feeling good so I knew I had to make a change. But I wasn’t quite sure where I went wrong? I was eating at the most seemingly healthy types of restaurants I knew. Shouldn’t I be feeling great? I took a step back and made a few observations at what I was eating. These learnings have helped me flag certain items on the menu and have enabled me to order more wisely:

1. Skip dessert

 When I first started traveling, I was ecsatic by all of the delicious, plant-based dessert options. I am obsessed with my homemade vegan cheesecakes, but the option of having healthy plant-based desserts readily available and such a wide variety of options was incredible. I found myself tacking on a vegan brownie or carrot cake muffin to my orders. They were made out of raw nuts, oats, dates, etc. so I didn’t sweat wondering if they were healthy. However, while all of the ingredients may be healthy, the quantities present are much more than you would normally consume. I was eating waayyyy too much fat. Nuts are great for you, but in small quantities because they are super high in fat and calorically dense. Dates, although a fruit, and very heavy and high in calories, so you do need to watch the amount you are consuming. And lastly, the sugar. These seemingly healthy desserts are loaded with sugar- maple syrup, honey, agave, coconut sugar, etc.- it doesn’t matter what type! Sugar is sugar. It all reacts the same in your body. If I was eating at home, I wouldn’t be eating vegan treats on a daily basis. These extra calories add up quickly, so it’s overall better to skip..

 2. Watch your grain consumption 

Grain bowls are a staple of several raw vegan places. I tend to skip the bread and overall avoid gluten, so quinoa bowls are a natural go-to for me. I know ketogenic diets are big right not, but I’m personally a fan of grains. However, not too much, a small portion of grains to add some filling to your salad is great, but the salad should be veggies by a large portion. I’ve noticed several vegan places really pile on the grains in their meals. Not only will this leave you feeling ill, but it also takes away the flavors of the produce in the salad! Grains are bland. I do not want my bowl to be primarily grains, I’d really prefer it to be primarily greens from both a health and taste perspective. In order to avoid a heavy dose of grains, I usually ask when I order for more greens than grains. If the portion is still off, I generally skip the grains if I order again. It is not worth feeling like crap afterwards.

 3. Watch your fat consumption

 As a stated above, vegan desserts are largely composed of nuts and thus, high in fat. Not only is this seen in desserts, but vegan entrees as well. Most meat and cheese substitutes are often nut-based. Depending on what you order, you could be eating really high amounts of fat. I love healthy fats- I mean avocados, come on. Healthy fats are a regular part of my diet. However, I’ve found that when I eat too much fat, I feel terrible. I feel super full and experience unwanted weight gain and the worst part is I’m gaining weight when I’m trying to be healthy! I’m sorry, but no. I will accept weight gain from a slice of pizza. I will accept weight gain from happy hour margaritas. I will not accept weight gain from a meat-less, cheese-less, salad bowl.

4. Focus on raw, plain, hydrating produce

Last, I’ve noticed that I often feel dehydrated after meals. When eating out, restaurants often incorporate far more salt into their meals than I would add on my own. Because of that, I try to focus on ordering dishes with raw, plain, and hydrating produce. Smoothies are a great option. Stick to smoothies made with fruits and veggies, often places have the option to build your own. Try to avoid the addition of fruit juices to smoothies- fruit juices strip the fruit of its natural fiber and just leaves behind sugar. Try instead subbing in cocounut water or an unsweetened nut milk. For bowls and salads, choose options that contain fresh produce. I tend to avoid sateed vegetables because it may contain excess sodium.