LoveBites: Strawberry PB&J Nice Cream [Recipe Post]

This. Was. SO. Good.

Healthy, homemade, low-sugar, high-protein frozen yogourt!

Strawberry PB&J Nice Cream

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🍨 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries
🍨 enough unsw cashew milk to not quite cover the berries (about 2/3 cup – tbh I didn’t measure, I poured to the 250ml line with the berries!)
🍨 1/2 serving Prairie Naturals cafe caramel rice protein
🍨 2 Tbsp rolled quick oats
🍨 1 heaping Tbsp natural crunchy peanut butter
🍨 1/3 cup Yoso unsw coconut yogourt

Add all ingredients to a blender (note: I used my bullet-style attachment) and pulse until desired consistency. It should be quite thick but easy to transfer to a bowl.

Top with coconut whip cream and chocolate-covered quinoa puffs like I did, or your other fave healthy ice cream toppings! Makes 1 large very satisfying serving or 2 smaller servings if you feel like sharing.

Great for post-workout or breakfast.

Seriously. So good. Who’s gonna try this?

[Recipe Post] Cafe Brunch Smoothie Bowl

Sunday mornings are for smoothie bowl brunches!

This chocolate peanut butter one features fresh market raspberries and Hippie Mylk’s new oat milkΒ from the Westboro farmers’ market!

In the smoothie base:
– 1 banana
– 1 cup Hippie Mylk oat milk
– 1 serving Prairie Naturals cafe caramel rice protein
– 1 serving Botanica chocolate greens
– 1 tsp moringa powder
– 1 Tbsp crunchy natural peanut butter
– 1 Tbsp ground flax

The toppings:
– 2 tsp chia seeds (divided – some stirred into the base to thicken a little more before serving)
– 1 tsp hemp hearts
– 1/2 Tbsp Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, optional/for a lil extra treat
– 1/4 cup Yoso unsw coconut yogourt
– 3/4 cup fresh raspberries

Blend the base ingredients and pour into a bowl. Sprinkle/dollop toppings. (Option to blend some of the chia seeds and yogourt into the base for extra thickness.)

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This was delicious and so filling! Just what I need for a marathon study session.

Are you brunching it up this morning? What’s your fave brunch food?

[Recipe Post] Lion’s Mane Brain Power Slushy

Who loves lion’s mane? This girl!

I’m excited to try this drink mix from Botanica Health! Have you tried it?

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Lion’s mane is a mushroom that’s considered nootropic – great for brain function. It may help boost focus and concentration, and may even help with nerve healing! I love it for heavy work days when I know I need to be on point.

Try this combo as an afternoon pick-me-up for your brain:

β€’ 1 cup frozen strawberries
β€’ 1 serving lion’s mane tea mix
β€’ 1 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (to your liking)
β€’ 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves OR 1 serving mint matcha tea powder
β€’ 1Β½ cups water

Blend and enjoy. Using more frozen strawberries creates a more slushy consistency. Alternatively, shake up the lion’s mane with the water, then add all the other ingredients to steep as a “spa water”. I love having the chia in there for a little boost in protein and omegas to give this low-sugar drink even more balance.

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Refreshing! Do you find you need a pick-me-up in the afternoon? What do you usually go for?

What I’ve Learned Camping on Plants

My first experiences with camping date back to when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old, at my uncle’s cottage in the country. I remember being carsick on the way there, Sam the stuffed Basset hound in my fists, and my elder cousin, a wise 7-year-old, telling me there were snakes under the bridgeΒ and my young mind conjured a full-on hissing snake pit of doom such that my uncle had to carry me screaming across it.

Later, pioneer camping Continue reading “What I’ve Learned Camping on Plants”

Spirulina: Why it’s a Hot Topic in WFPB Food Talk & Why You’ll Want to Try it Too [Recipe Post]

It’s a rich dark green (or blue), it comes from the sea, and chances are you’ve seen it listed as a component in at least one food or beverage item at your favourite plant-based hotspot.

Spirulina is popular in whole-food plant-based diets, and not just because it’s fun to say. So why is it so prevalent in the discussion of nutritious staples to include in a balanced plant-powered lifestyle? Continue reading “Spirulina: Why it’s a Hot Topic in WFPB Food Talk & Why You’ll Want to Try it Too [Recipe Post]”

LoveBites: Seed Cycling

Seed cycling!Β Who’s doing it?Β Who wants to know more about it?

This is one of many tools in your arsenal for helping rein in estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones involved in balancing your menstrual cycle, like testosterone, FSH, and LH.

Seeds typically used for this: flax & pumpkin for days 1-14 or follicular phase; sunflower & sesame for days 15-28 or luteal phase. But why these seeds? Continue reading “LoveBites: Seed Cycling”

PCOS Might Break Your Heart – What Can You Do?

February is Heart Month.Β What does that have to do with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or plant-based living?

Simply put, people with PCOS are at a greater risk of developing otherΒ metabolic disorders, including insulin resistance, diabetes, thyroid imbalance, and heart disease. Continue reading “PCOS Might Break Your Heart – What Can You Do?”

The Connection Between Adrenal Fatigue and Effed-Up Menstrual Cycles

Are you feeling tired and yet can’t sleep? Craving sugar and salt to the point of almost passing out or committing a felony? Maybe PMS is kicking your ass this month with incredible irritability, brain fog, and energy fluctuations? Or your period is irregular, heavy, painful, or straight-up absent?

All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And Continue reading “The Connection Between Adrenal Fatigue and Effed-Up Menstrual Cycles”

LoveBites: 3 Ways to Temper the Holiday Madness

Let’s get real. The holiday season is in full swing.Β We’re getting swept up in parties, gift-giving, family time, and of course potlucks and holiday feast mode.

Not to mention if you’re the one organizing and hosting and making the food and in charge of the holiday gift budget ON TOP of all that other everyday stuff you still have to get done.Β <flailing both hands in the air>

So believe me, I understand if your needs have gotten bumped down a few notches in your priority list Continue reading “LoveBites: 3 Ways to Temper the Holiday Madness”

When You Haven’t Changed Anything… But Your Pants Don’t Fit

I’m no stranger to that struggle.

You’re positive that you’re not eating more food or β€œjunkier” food but you’re still gaining weight. And you don’t think you just shrunk your clothes, are PMSing, or haven’t taken a good poop. How could this happen?

You’re not going crazy. You’re not alone. Continue reading “When You Haven’t Changed Anything… But Your Pants Don’t Fit”