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?

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]”

I’m Your Wild Girl! White Chocolate Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb Smoothie Bowl [Local Product Feature, Part 2]

This past summer I had the opportunity to sample some lovely locally-produced plant mylk. I loved playing and making new recipes with it.

[You can find one of those recipes here. [Local Product Feature, Part 1]

Hippie Mylk, which you can find at Ottawa farmers’ markets and now in select health food stores, most definitely also passes the smoothie test! It’s creamy, naturally just a little sweet, and high in protein and healthy fats (you know I’m all about those #healthyfatsftw). Continue reading “I’m Your Wild Girl! White Chocolate Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb Smoothie Bowl [Local Product Feature, Part 2]”

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”

Comfort Food Grows Up [Local Product Feature, Part 1]

I’ve written about comfort food before. So you likely know that I’m not opposed to including a handful of favourites in your meal repertoire for those rainy afternoons, those #selfcaresaturdays, those β€œjust β€˜cause” moments.

I get a warm nostalgic feeling when Continue reading “Comfort Food Grows Up [Local Product Feature, Part 1]”

Is My Poop Normal?

There’s actually a reason I ask every client I see about their poop.

(Totally unrelated aside: my job is so glamourous, peeps.)

You might already know that your poop can reflect your physical – and sometimes even emotional – health.

You may get constipation or have diarrhea when you eat something that “doesn’t agree with you,” or when you’re super-nervous about something. Maybe you even find you need to go 3+ times in the 2 hours before your end-of-semester graded recital with staying in your program on the line. Maybe this accurately describes my own life in university with performance anxiety. Maybe that’s TMI. Maybe we’re moving on now…

Continue reading “Is My Poop Normal?”

[Recipe Post] Lower Cortisol with Dessert? Yes Please!

STRESS!!!

Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree?

Our natural β€œfight or flight” stress response is supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve, well, fought or flew. But, in our society, with stressors basically ever-present – it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.

You might already be familiar with the main stress hormone, called β€œcortisol.”  It’s released from your adrenal glands in response to stress. It’s also naturally high in the morning to get you going, and slowly fades during the day so you can sleep.

Now did you know that too-high levels of cortisol are associated with belly fat, poor sleep, brain fog, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and even lowers your immunity?

Do you experience any of these? Keep reading – I have a list of foods, nutrients, and lifestyle recommendations to help you lower this stress hormone naturally! Continue reading “[Recipe Post] Lower Cortisol with Dessert? Yes Please!”