Ginger Cinnamon Acai Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothies and juices are such a delicious and refreshing way to start your day. In these cold Canadian winters however, I always want to eat my breakfast rather than drink it. I introduce to you, the smoothie bowl. When making smoothies I always would top it with coconut, seeds, nuts, granola or oats for a little added texture. So why not put this same combination in a bowl? The key to a great smoothie bowl is making sure the smoothie is thick and not watery. Some ways to thicken your smoothies is by adding chia, frozen banana and avocado (swear you don’t taste it!). With enough frozen bananas, it can even seem like you are having ice cream for breakfast but without the guilt.

Ill be sharing many posts about my favourite juice and smoothie combinations but this one right here is one of my favourites. The combination of ginger and cinnamon with the creamy texture of the blended banana is so warming and comforting. It is also PACKED with ingredients that fuel your body to reach its maximum operating potential. I topped mine with hemp, chia, sunflower seeds, almond butter, strawberry and sliced banana. The smoothie ingredients include frozen banana, acai, spirulina, kale and cucumber. So why add all these fancy sounding ingredients, you ask?

hemp

– contain all essential amino acids (energy)
– protein (full, satisfied)
– omega-3 (joint, skin, brain and heart health)
– omega-6 (goddess hair, skin, nails)
– magnesium (energy, bowl movements)
– vitamin E (anti-aging)

acai

– antioxidants (fights free radicals that cause cancer)
– protein (more than an egg…shocked? I know)
– low glycemic

spirulina

– plant protein (feel full for long periods of time)
– essential amino acids
– chlorophyll (remove toxins, alkalize)
– calcium (strong bones, teeth)

I talk about benefits of kale and chia in the chia pudding and kale salad posts. Oh! Cinnamon also helps to regulate your blood sugar and boost memory. Ginger helps improve digestion, fight nausea and suppress hunger.

Have a wild night of drinking? Eat lots of poutine (bonjour Quebec!), pizza or chinese food yesterday? Do your body good and make this smoothie! I guarantee this will cure your alcohol/food hangover. You will feel and look like a goddess or a god for all you healthy men out there!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

• 1 frozen banana (add more for thicker consistency) plus fresh for topping
• 1 cup strawberries
• 1 heaped tablespoon of acai powder
• 1 handful of kale
• 1 inch piece of ginger peeled
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 3/4 cup cucumber
• 1 tsp almond butter
• 1 tsp pumplin seeds
• 1 tsp chia
• 1 tsp hemp
• 1 tsp spirulina
• few drops stevia or sweetener of choice

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients except for hemp, pumpkin seeds, some strawberry and fresh banana.

2. Pour smoothie into bowl and top with banana, pumpkin seeds, strawberry and banana.

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Superfoods Overnight Oats

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Unless you’re having fruit or a hard-boiled egg, there are very few options for a comforting breakfast that can be made the night before. Overnight oats are easy to make and require no cooking whatsoever. It is the best feeling to sleep in those extra 7 minutes knowing that my breakfast is already prepared for me. Best part is, you can make it in a container or a jar and take it on the go. The following recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and has no added sugar. This is how I normally like to eat my overnight oats but the possibilities are endless. Many people add greek yogurt to give extra creaminess. I also love topping my overnight oats with my quinoa granola for added crunch! This recipe is so easy and delicious! Bon appétit!
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Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup gluten free oats
• 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/2 tsp stevia or sweetener of choice (maple syrup, date syrup, honey)
• 1 tsp chia seeds
• 1 tsp hemp seeds
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 cup mixed berries (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry)
• 1 tbsp almond butter
• pinch of sea salt

 

Directions:

1. In a bowl or jar, stir oats, almond milk, stevia, chia, hemp, cinnamon and salt

2. Place mixture in fridge overnight or at least for two hours

3. Remove from fridge and top with berries, almond butter and quinoa granola!

Cinnamon Vanilla Quinoa Granola

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I absolutely love Granola and it has definitely become one of my specialties. Lots of people buy granola at a grocery store, or get some from their local coffee shop thinking they are indulging in a super healthy treat. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but most granolas are loaded with refined sugars and unhealthy fats. While oats and nuts provide protein, healthy fats and whole grains when you load them with hydrogenated oils, brown sugar, syrups etc… you might as well have a piece of cake. What frustrates me about this is that you can have granola that is healthy and tastes just as good, if not better than that bagged junk you get at the grocery store. This recipe is SO easy and so delicious! It is gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar free. It is filled with super foods to give extra omega 3, fibre and protein. I enjoy it on coconut yogurt, with unsweetened almond milk or sprinkled on overnight oats. Have a wonderful day and enjoy!

Ingredients:

• 3 cups quinoa flakes
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup of maple syrup, date syrup or honey (or a mixture of all three)
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract (or scraping of bean pod)
• 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds
• 1/4 cup of hazelnuts
• 1/4 cup of chopped almonds
• 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/4 cup of goji berries or dried fruit of choice (prunes, dates, figs, apricots)
• pinch of sea salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F

2. Whisk together the olive oil, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, chia and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl and add the quinoa flakes, stirring to combine thoroughly. If your nuts and coconut flakes are raw (not roasted) add these too.

3. Evenly spread the quinoa on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt

4. Roast, stirring now and then, until the flakes are dried and crunchy and a lovely golden brown, about 25 minutes.

5. Let the quinoa mixture cool completely before mixing with the remaining ingredients. Store in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!