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

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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.

A chocolate recipe that won’t slowly kill you

I had a request put in for a chocolate recipe that “won’t slowly kill you”.

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In order to make a healthy chocolate, it just has to be raw. Most people, when they think of raw food, they think of hippy-dippy vegans and food that tastes like dirt. An understandable stereotype because you often do see people and food like that when it’s raw. HOWEVER, some of the tastiest and most flavorful food that I have EVER tasted has been raw (specifically from Cafe Gratitude in Venice, CA). Raw chocolate is one of those exceptions. Not only is it flavorful, but it is actually good for you too! (But this doesn’t mean that you should eat pounds of raw chocolate a day…)

Raw chocolate is made from cacao nibs. Cacao is one of the best sources for magnesium as well as a good source of calcium, iron, copper, zinc and potassium! Plus, since it’s raw, you don’t need to eat as much to get your chocolate fix. Raw is the way to go when it comes to chocolate!

This is my recipe for raw chocolate. I was fiddling around with some ingredients with my dad one day and finally figured out this bad boy! Very tasty, very satisfying.

Raw Chocolate

Serves 3

156 calories per serving

Ingredients:

1/3 cup cacao nibs

1 handful of cacao butter (picture below shows how much this is)

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

A pinch of pink himalayan salt

coconut oil (for greasing the bowl)

1. Set up your double boiler*. Assemble two pots on top of each other. Fill the bottom one half way with water. Turn the heat to medium.

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*A double boiler allows you to cook something (usually melt) without burning it. Since it uses steam, the heat is much more gentle.

2. Ground the cacao nibs in a coffee grinder until fine (so that it looks like espresso). Pour this into a very small bowl or cup. Make sure that you first grease the bowl or cup with coconut oil.

3. Put the cacao butter into the top portion of the double boiler. It will take about 3 minutes to completely melt once the pan is heated.

-Cacao butter is hard to measure, so just make sure you have about as much as a large handful (picture below).

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This is what the cacao butter will look like when it is done melting:

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3. While the cacao butter melts, add the rest of the ingredients (honey, vanilla, cinnamon, salt) to the ground cacao.

4. Pour the melted cacao butter in with the rest of the ingredients and stir well to combine. It will be very liquid-y, but that is what you want.

5. Put the bowl/cup into the fridge until hardened. It won’t become really hard, it will be a little soft and chewy. If you want it to become harder, put it in the freezer. The hardening should only take about 10 minutes.

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You can add anything to this recipe such as coconut flakes, goji berries, almond butter… whatever sounds good to you!

This is an extremely healthy way to get your chocolate fix in. It doesn’t have the same taste as regular chocolate, but once you’ve had this raw chocolate, you won’t want the junkier stuff.

Let me know what you think of this recipe!

Cacao Nutrition facts:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-cocoa-nibs.html#b