An Ode to Green Smoothies

A smoothie a day will keep the doctor away! Well that's what I'd like to think. Smoothies are a great way to start a day or finish a workout with energy, goodness, and yumminess. Here are two green smoothie recipes that are sure to boost your energy and fill you up with whole food goodness! The first smoothie is a filling smoothie that boosts protein, and lots of fruits and veggies. This is great for a big breakfast or after a workout. For this smoothie you will need:

2 cups of kale

1/2 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 a cucumber

1 banana

3/4 cup of almond milk (or any other plant based milk)

2 tablespoons of hemp hearts

1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup or agave nectar

Optional: protein powder (I used Vega Vanilla protein powder)

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The second smoothie is similar but much more fruity. Its also a smoother consistency because of the spinach. For this smoothie, you will need:

1 banana

2 cups of spinach

1 cup of frozen mango chunks

3/4 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries

3/4 cup of almond milk (or any other plant based milk)

Optional: protein powder (I used Vega Vanilla protein powder)

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A smoothie should be refreshing and nutritious. Load up your blender with fruits and veggies and you can't go wrong. Try these easy recipes and let me know what you think in the comments! Follow me on instagram and twitter.

Weekend Baking: Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Coconut Cookies

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Hello everyone! Happy March! We are officially closer to Spring as of today. I'd like to introduce a new series of posts that will be called Weekend Baking. Weekend Baking posts are comprised of recipes that are super easy, quick, and can be either on the very healthy side or on the kinda naughty side. Either way, they'll let you in on my weekend baking and hopefully it'll inspire you to do some too! Today's recipe is the banana coconut cookie. They're vegan, gluten free, and offer you some healthy brain food while still in a cookie form.

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You will need:

1 banana, mashed.

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/2 cup of almond meal

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

To get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You can easily add all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and combine. Once combined, use a mini scooper or a teaspoon to portion out your cookies and roll them into balls. Bake for about 7-10 minutes.

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These are super simple and full of whole foods. They'll take no time whatsoever, and you can enjoy a freshly baked cookie on the weekend without spending the whole day on them. Enjoy!

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Sunday Brunch: Gluten Free Ginger Pear Almond Waffles

That's a long title. But with long titles, comes deliciousness. (That's not really true, but in this case it is) For christmas, I received a waffle maker! It has become the perfect addition to my little condo, and I've been really enjoying the delicious waffles it makes. Last Sunday I made easy gluten free waffles, and decided to jazz them up. The pear mixture I made to top the waffles is like a simplified version of a compote. It's easy, delicious, and really makes a Sunday (or any day for that matter) special. pears waffle

For the waffles you will need:

1 cup of gluten free flour

1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum

1 egg

1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy will do)

Butter or oil for cooking

For the pear mixture you will need:

1 pear, sliced

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of sugar (I used coconut sugar, but any kind will do)

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A handful of almonds

To start, heat up your waffle maker and mix together the ingredients for the waffle batter. In a pan on medium heat, add the butter. Once the pan is hot, and the butter has melted add in the pears, sugar, and spices. Allow the pears to be coated in the butter mixture, and soften. This will take about 4-5 minutes, which is about the same time as the waffle will take. Add in the almonds and spoon your compote on top of your waffle. Add a little maple syrup if you're a fan, and enjoy. pearspears waffle1

You can make this with apples, walnuts, anything you have on hand. Add some cinnamon or icing sugar at the end, whip cream or even ice cream. Enjoy it with a cuppa or coffee!

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Vegan French Toast

Today was a stay-at-home-get-away-from-the-cold-and-work-on-1000000-essays-you-have-to-do kinda day. It's exhausting working on so many papers and trying to keep warm. Today in my humble town above Toronto it feels like -18 degrees. With that said, I wanted something warm at lunch and a little bit different than I usually would have, and something very quick! I went with French Toast, of the vegan kind. IMG_3323

This recipe is super easy, warm, and cozy. Slather it up with some maple syrup, fruit, and some whip cream (I opted for coconut whip cream). It'll take you no time at all, and makes you feel so comforting.

You will need:

Bread. I used a whole grain bread, but anything hearty should be fine.

1 cup of almond milk

1 tablespoon of chia seeds (ground or left whole)

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

To start, get your pan heating up, and place all of the ingredients (aside from the bread) into a bowl. Mix until its all combined. Let it sit for a few minutes so the chia seeds can thicken up (and mimic eggs.) Dunk each slice of bread into the milk mixture and let it sit for 20-30 seconds per side. Place it into your pan, and let each side become crispy and golden brown. Top your french toast with whatever you have on hand or would like to indulge with.

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Vegan Biscuits

Biscuits are a crowd favourite. They're yummy, fluffy, and when using this recipe uber easy and cheap to make! This vegan recipe tricks you into believing that they are loaded with non-vegan ingredients. They are absolutely delicious! You will need:

2 cups of flour

1 1/2 tablespoons of magic powder

3/4 tablespoons of sea salt

4 tablespoons of vegan, unsalted butter (I used earth balance)

1 cup of almond milk

Before you start, preheat  your oven to 425 degrees as the biscuits like a high heat to make them crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Add the flour, magic powder, and sea salt into a bowl and whisk together. Add in the COLD vegan butter and combine with a pastry cutter. The consistency will be like sand. Make a well within your bowl and add in the almond milk a 1/4 cup at a time. The mixture should be quite sticky when its ready to kneed. Flour your surface and need your dough roughly 5 or 6 times. Do not overwork your dough as they will become hard and flat. (Unfluffy biscuits = yucky biscuits!) Flatten your dough into about a 1 inch thick layer and cut into shape with a biscuit cutter or a glass. Place your biscuits on your pan and let them all gently touch so they'll rise in unison. Add melted butter to the top of each for a nice golden top. Let them bake for about 15-20 minutes or until they're lightly golden brown!

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This is such a versatile recipe and you can add herbs or cheese (if you don't care for vegan). These biscuits are delicious alone but with jam or vegan butter, they are even more scrumptious! Also, all the ingredients should be ones that you already have on hand and are pretty cheap. I make these biscuits at any time of the day. I've made these for a soul warming midnight snack before, and they really  do hit the spot!

Enjoy and happy eating!