Vanilla Banana Protein Smoothie

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Fact: fat takes up 18% more space in your body than muscle

Refueling my muscles with a delicious protein shake after an intense class at Pure Barre (especially since I awkwardly rolled over and died from a charlie horse in the middle of class). It’s really important to have protein (10-20 grams) anywhere from an HOUR BEFORE to 30 MINUTES AFTER you exercise to ensure your body is getting the raw material to repair, improve and build muscle tone. This also motivates your body to burn fat stores (aka belly fat)… But if you don’t refuel it soon enough, your hard-earned muscles can deteriorate.

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Blend:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup water (or more as needed)
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Handful of Ice cubes

12g protein, 150 calories, 8g of fiber

Blueberry Protein Pancakes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Vega Protein Powder
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp Almond Milk
  •  2 egg whites OR 1/4 cup flax egg replacement*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • Blueberries

*To make flax egg replacement 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water

Completely mash banana with the almond milk and gradually stir in remaining ingredients until batter is smooth. Spray low-fat cooking spray into skillet and turn on med-low heat. Slowly pour batter into pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. Top with berries and drizzle with real maple syrup or agave nectar :)

Makes 2 servings

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Raw Lemon Almond Protein Balls

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • (+ 1/2 cup for coating)
  • 1 cup Almonds, ground soaked in water overnight)
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 stevia packet
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Pinch sea salt

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In a food processor, grind up almonds. Add the rest of ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes until doughy. Roll dough into small balls and roll in coconut to coat, put balls in fridge (or freezer) to set about 1 hour. (I put a little lemon juice on my hands to roll because it was a little sticky — and if it’s too wet, put in refrigerator for an hour or so before rolling).

Makes about 20 balls

Only 79 Calories per ball

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Recipe adapted from Petite Kitchen

Banana Snacks

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My post-workout protein snack today was my favorite: sliced banana with peanut butter, honey, sunflower seeds, bee pollen and local honey.

(Tip for Allergies: I’m having a horrible time with allergies this year from the pollen and a friend suggested that I have a spoonful a day of local honey; it acts kind of like a flu shot, giving you immunity to the pollen because its the same type of pollen that the bees are getting, I already feel so much better!)

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Below is the same snack but I cut it differently and added almonds.

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If you love bananas, check out my Vegan Coconut Banana Pancakes and my Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancakes

 – B a n a n a s –

Did you know that according to the latest Japanese Scientific Research, a full ripe banana with DARK patches on the yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor), which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The more darker patches it has, the HIGHER its immunity enhancement quality; so, the riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer quality. A yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than a greener skin version.

Eating just 1 a day increases immunity.

Have a relaxing Sunday & enjoy a banana! :)

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#uglyfruitisthebestfruit

Chickpea Deep-Dish Cookie Pie

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Guilt-free cookie made with all natural ingredients, high in protein and a good source of complex carbs that will keep you burning fat instead of storing it!

Blend in food processor:

  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup raw stevia sugar
  • 1 tbs agave
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs apple sauce
  • 1/2 ts baking soda
  • 1 ts baking powder
  • 1.5 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 /2 ts salt

Stir in 1 cup dark chocolate chips then bake in small deep dish at 350 for 40 minutes, top with almond vanilla ice cream.

I made cookies with the leftovers :)

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Tropic-Omega Bowl: Banana, Kiwi, Chia Seeds, Almonds & Agave Bowl

I am nourished.

{Sliced Bananas, Almonds, Kiwi and Chia seeds drizzled with Agave Nectar}

Inspired by my favorite surfer yogi blogger:: Surfbad

Nuts & Seeds are amaziiing sources of essential amino acids & healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial for your body, but in particular for your brain health. Studies show that foods rich in Omega-3 lowers the cell inflammation that causes loss of memory. I recommend obtaining your omega-3’s from pumpkin, chia and flaxseeds, walnuts, etc. Dark leafy greens like kale contain Omega-3′s as well.

Chia means “strength” in Mayan language

100% more essential fatty acids than salmon

2x the antioxidants found in blueberries

A complete protein: has all the essential amino acids

6x more calcium than milk

6x more iron than spinach

41% of your daily fiber in just one serving

Anti-inflammatory

Provides natural extended energy known as “Aztec running food”

Crazyy high in alpha-lipoic acids (aka that-ingredient-that-makes-skin-cream-cost-a-bajillion-dollars) helping with cell function promoting radiant skin, diminishing lines. Mix together 1 tbsp of seeds in an 8oz glass of warm water and 2 tbsp of honey, let sit for 5 minutes, then rub and exfoliate skin. BOOM

4.4 g protein, 12.3 g carbs, 10.6 g fiber, 0.6 g monounsaturated fat, 4.9 g Omega 3 fat, 1.6 g Omega 6 fat, 137 Cals

A great source of protein, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, Vitamin B2 (metabolism booster) and phosphorus. They are a concentrated source of protein: a quarter-cup has more protein than an Egg. Although most people are afraid of the “fat” in this snack, almost all of it is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat

6 g protein, 6.1 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 8.8 g monounsaturated fat, 0.2 g omega 3 fatty acids, 3.4 g omega 6 & 163 calories