This little piggy had a smoothie

Two years ago, I got my mom a wooden little piggy cutting board. She has a thing for pigs. We have this little four inch tall statue of three pigs stacked on top of each other and another little clay sculpture of a pig that either my mom or sister made when they were little. And now we also have this little piggy cutting board that the smoothie is on top of in the picture. I thought it was cute and went along with her little piggy theme. But now we use it to display salami and cheese on when guests come over. Kind of weird, but that’s neither here nor there.

I make this smoothie in the morning as my post workout meal.

  • The maca gives me energy and balances my hormones (because I could really use some balance in my life).
  • The banana gives me the potassium and sugars I need for muscle repair and energy.
  • Freshly ground flax meal provides me of my omega-3s (because, ew, fish).
  • Cacao has ample magnesium and slight amounts of caffeine that can temporarily ward off my coffee addiction.
  • Brazil nuts give me the selenium that I probably wouldn’t get from really anything else in my diet. Plus, selenium protects against cell damage and acts as an antioxidant.

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*See the little piggy? You won’t feel like a pig after drinking this smoothie!

Side note: you can grind the cacao and flax seeds in a coffee grinder before throwing it into the blender.

One more side note: you can replace the coconut water for cold brew coffee if you’re feeling extra sassy!

Banana Cacao Post Workout Smoothie

Blend together the following ingredients in a blender for a single serving.

10 ounces coconut water

1 tablespoon ground cacao

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1/2 tablespoon maca

1 banana

1-2 brazil nuts

2 pitted dates

1 tablespoon almond butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Protein packed banana strawberry smoothie

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I created this smoothie 100% on accident. I’m going to quote my friend, Hattie, here: “I get really creative when I have limited groceries left”. Sometimes great things can happen when you have to get a little creative. I made this smoothie to help me last through my lunch time classes all the way to dinner. It did the trick! It’s loaded with protein from the chia, hemp and flax seeds. Plus, there’s tons of fiber from all the seeds, banana and strawberries to keep you full for hours. It’s got the great flavor of a strawberry banana smoothie that you’re used to with the extra benefits of keeping you full longer.

Bottom line: Make it. Your taste buds will be happy and your belly will be pleasantly full.

Protein packed banana strawberry smoothie

serves 1

Ingredients:

10 oz coconut water

1 banana

4 strawberries (can be frozen or fresh)

2 dates, pitted

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon cacao nibs

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons hemp seeds

2 teaspoons coconut butter

1. Add 2 teaspoons hot water to a small container holding the chia seeds. Allow this to gelatinize while you put together the rest of the smoothie.

2. In a coffee grinder, combine the cacao nibs and flax seeds. Blend until it forms a fine powder.

3. Combine all of the ingredients (including the powder created in step 2 and the gelatinized chia seeds) and blend for 2 minutes or until there are no more chunks.

Enjoy!

Munching this so hard: acai berry bowl

I have a major obsession with acai bowls… Along with everyone else in LA. You can get acai bowls pretty much anywhere now. What sucks is that you think you’re eating a healthy treat that won’t make you feel guilty, but in reality, there’s a ton of added sugar to make you keep coming back for more.
Kind of like the frozen yogurt phase. Everyone believed that since it was yogurt, it’s okay to eat! But always take a look at those sneaky added ingredients… They’ll get ya.
So really with the acai berry bowl, you’re just eating semi frozen guilt with fruit on top.
Plus, most places charge upwards of $6 per bowl for your sugary little monster!
What to do in a world filled with a new craving for acai bowls?
Easy. MUNCH THIS.

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This recipe is great for breakfast or lunch. Very filling, so don’t really expect to need anything else after eating this!

“Chocolate” crunch acai berry bowl
serves 1
ingredients
1 acai packet (you can find these in the freezer section of Whole Foods)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 banana, separate into half
2 tablespoons frozen blueberries
2 frozen strawberries
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
3 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
1/4 cup granola (preferably one not filled with added sugar)
2 teaspoons cacao nibs
1 teaspoon honey (optional)

1. Blend the acai, almond milk, 1/2 banana, and frozen fruit until smooth. Pour into a bowl.
2. First add the granola to the top of the acai mixture, then sprinkle the blueberries and strawberries. Slice the second half of the banana and add that on top as well. Sprinkle the cacao all over. If you want, drizzle the honey over last.