I remember when I was a child, my mom would often buy a few bottles of strawberry or mango kefir, and it would be gone within a few days. There was something about that creamy yogurt drink that was almost addicting! I’m a huge fan of fruit to begin with, so that immensely helped. Imagine my distress though, when I found out I couldn’t have it because of my dairy-intolerance! I had to miss out on so many of my favourite foods, but today I figured out a smoothie that tastes pretty close to it, consistency-wise, and depending on what kind of yogurt you use can taste extremely similar. (The more tart your dairy-free yogurt, the more similar it is to kefir). Since I have a gigantic sweet tooth though, I tend to deviate to less tart yogurts. Without further ado…here’s the recipe!
Sometimes it can be hard to achieve your goals, whether they’re part of your New Years Resolutions or not. It’s easy to fall off the wagon, and I have those issues as well. As much as I’d like to not be as technology-focused as I am, reality is that I spend a good chunk of my time on my phone. There’s Instagram, Facebook, Text Messages, Phone Calls, my Shaklee App and a gazillion other things I keep track of on my phone. But what some people might not know, is that there are several other apps that can help you stay on track for your goals!
I know you’re thinking how could this be? But I swear this tastes like Snickerdoodle in a cup. I don’t know how it’s possible, but it’s clearly a sign that life is all good. Whenever I have a craving for something sweet, which is pretty much always, I tend to deviate to making this smoothie. It’s perfect. Sweet, cinnamon-y, creamy, yet surprisingly healthy for you! It’s also customisable to a certain extent, with the option of what nut butter or seed butter you want to use, or if you want to add a subtle almond flavour as well.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m a girl of simplicity. Don’t give me diamonds, but give me books or a hug. I have no need for a cordon bleu (though I would certainly appreciate the luxury of it), I’m very much satisfied with a bowl of oatmeal. For a while I went grain-free, but I’m really trying to heal my gut and part of that is looking at the fodmap diet. According to the fodmap diet, oats would be okay. I’m still doing dairy-free and gluten-free, and plan on keeping those intolerances at a minimum, but I might try whey protein powder for a while to see how it goes! Part of me is scared about how my body will react, but the other part of me is excited. I’ve lived for a while now with so many dietary restrictions, that it was making things like eating out more difficult than necessary. Don’t even get me started on traveling!
Traveling Healthy can be a complete and utter
disaster challenge! There are so many enticing fast food signs and restaurants offered on the way to your final destination, that it’s almost laughable to try to eat healthy! But what if you’re traveling to Florida, state of sunshine, palm trees and beaches? You most certainly don’t want to get there all bloated, uncomfortable, with the clothes too tight! I find weight gain not as disastrous, as I do find the discomfort of it. I’m not saying you can’t wear a bikini (because heck you’re fabulous just the way you are), but I know I don’t feel like hitting the beach after eating a large order of fries, a large coke and a double hamburger. Fast food makes my brain foggy, my stomach bloat (sorry for the tmi) and my energy significantly decrease. Similarly, I don’t want to go on vacation and return home not feeling as good as when I had left.
With the holiday season over, I’m still craving sweets but at the same time want to slim down again. (Let’s not even talk about the 5 lbs. I’ve gained over Christmas time!) Protein balls aka energy bites are a wonderful way to fulfill the sweet cravings, as well as fill up relatively quickly in a healthy manner.
I could not live without sweets. In fact, I plan to open a healthy cafe full of allergen-free treats and smoothies! For me it’s an adventure coming up with dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and often refined-sugar free versions of regular desserts. Vegan is infinitely harder when added to the mix, but completely doable!
Oh man, I can’t get enough of this smoothie! It’s the perfect combination of fresh, creamy, sweet and oh-so-satisfying! To be honest, this might be my favorite smoothie (but shhh don’t tell that to the other smoothies!).
Love, love, love going to smoothie bars! In fact after hitting a salad bar on my bday, I went straight to a smoothie bar a few blocks away. And there I got my usual: a dreamy creamy full of chocolate-y goodness banana smoothie! It tasted so good in fact that it was gone in less than 5 minutes! Because I’m a huge smoothie lover and because I’m wayyy too curious for my own good (got that from my mom), I was watching like a hawk at what they were putting in. While theirs was different in the sense of them using cashew milk and no protein powder, I found this tastes almost exactly the same!
I was walking through Fresh Market, one of our favorite grocery stores, looking for something to throw into one of my daily smoothies when I stumbled across the POM Pomegranate Juice. Knowing that the cold season was kicking in, and people around me have started sniffling, I thought it would be a good idea to add freshly juiced oranges for some Vitamin C and the pomegranate juice for some heart-healthy antioxidants. The result tasted better than I could’ve imagined!