N O U R I S H recipe | The Ultimate Green Smoothie!

Delicious green smoothie!

Delicious green smoothie!

I LOVE a green smoothie and am always coming up with new combinations for my Be. Clean + Green Superfood Blend.  This one is so delish!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or hemp milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon Be. Clean + Green Superfood Blend
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Do This:

Put it all in the blender on high until fully blended and banana is smooth.  Enjoy!

 

N O U R I S H recipe | Papaya Smoothie

We have an abundance of delicious papayas right now, as well as key limes. In these instances, I always like to create something new that will use the ingredients and maybe become a new favorite.  That happened today!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a large papaya
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • juice of 4 key limes
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • Optional: chia seeds, flax or any other deliciousness you want to add.

 

Do This:

Scoop out the seeds and spoon the flesh of the papaya into the blender. Add lime juice, frozen bananas and almond milk. Blend.  It's like an amazing, healthy orange creamsicle!

Papaya Creamsicle Smoothie
 

N O U R I S H recipe | Paleo Pancakes

These are one of my favorite healthy takes on a perfect comfort food breakfast AND they are great for kiddos! Hunter has been eating these for months and loves them! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4 organic eggs (local or pastured is even better!)
  • 1 tablespoon Be. Clean + Green Superfood Blend
  • Coconut oil for the pan
  • Optional: chia seeds or cinnamon and raw vanilla bean.  If you need more sweet, you can even drizzle with a little raw honey, but the bananas are pretty sweet on their own!

Do This:

Mash the bananas in a bowl.  Add in eggs, beat/whisk until blended.  Add in Be. Clean + Green superfood, blend some more.

Heat a frying pan on the stove.  Add a bit of coconut oil.  Spoon "batter" onto pan as you would pancakes.  When they begin to bubble, flip. Stack, serve and enjoy!

A short stack for my little short stack, Hunter.

A short stack for my little short stack, Hunter.

N O U R I S H recipe | Superfood Quinoa

Quinoa is a superfood, so really, this is a double-time, amazingly nourishing superfood salad packed with potent, delicious ingredients and it's SO easy.

Ingredients:

quinoa salad
  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons Be. Clean + Green Superfood Blend
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Do This:

Cook quinoa per directions.  Whisk superfoods, coconut oil and lemon juice in a bowl to make the dress. Transfer quinoa to a serving dish and add dressing.  Stir to mix and evenly distribute dressing.  Add basil and almonds and stir again to blend.  Serve! Voila!


N O U R I S H recipe | The Best Veggie Burger of All Time

Seriously guys, I think this is one of my best creations yet.  I am always on the hunt for the tastiest, most sumptuous veggie burger and I may have nailed it.  This one is spicy, full of texture, moist and flavorful. Just plain amazing. They are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. Recipe makes approximately 6 burgers.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups roasted sweet potato, skins removed
  • 2 cups black beans + 1 cup reserved (either canned or soaked overnight and cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink sea salt
  • 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats + 3 tablespoons reserved
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (for cooking burgers)

*note - I rarely measure spices - please season to taste!

Do This:

Roast your sweet potatoes until they are soft and skin can easily be pinched off and removed.  

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veggie burger mix

If you are using dry black beans, soak them in water overnight (changing water at least once) and boil until cooked. I like to do this as canned beans have BPA, and because the soaking process helps remove toxins in the bean like phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors - this also makes them more readily digestible and starts them on their way to being a live food. I digress...

Now, put 1/2 cup of gluten-free oats (I like Bob's Red Mill brand) in the food processor and pulse for 10 seconds.  Now add sweet potato, pulse for 30 seconds. Now add all spices, red onion and 2 cups black beans and pulse for another 30 seconds or until blended pretty well. Transfer to a bowl.  

Stir in chopped cilantro, reserved beans and reserved oats.  Make sure it's well blended.  Form into patties.  For me, I like larger burgers (yum!) so this made 6 patties.

patties

The patties will be pretty pliable and wet, that's how they should be. I like to form them and put them on wax paper.  At that point, you can freeze between two sheets of wax paper for a future awesome meal, or go ahead and cook.

To cook, pour coconut oil in frying pan and get it hot on medium heat.  Carefully place burgers in pan. Depending on the heat of your stove, cook for 5-10 minutes until that side is a nice, deep brown and a bit crunchy.  Carefully flip with a spatula. Do the same for the other side.  As these are egg-free, you don't have to worry about cooking them through.

I like to serve them on a bed of sprouts and top with tomato, avocado and homemade hummus.  ENJOY! 

thebestveggieburgerofalltime

    >> Spirit Journey << a few things to do for yourself!

    As some of you may know from my Instagram posts, (@becksr) I'm on a self-imposed spirit journey.  I woke up one day and found myself in a space, mindset and state that was not me and I realized I had let myself slip. I had lost sight of some of the most important things in life and had been caught up with work, negative people and toxic energy.  I wanted to find the old me and bring her back to life.  Knowing that change doesn't happen overnight, I have set off on my own spirit journey. I make it up as I go, but the overreaching goal is to find balance, find happiness and be present, living in the now.

    I thought I'd share a few things that I'm doing every day to increase presence, balance and restore that prana that I am missing in life.  First, I've had to make some big life changes, getting rid of a work situation that was draining me, removing toxic people from my life, and committing to myself.  Following that, I'm working on adding these things into my daily ritual:

    >> yoga 

    stretching, breathing and connecting with your body is the best way to "reconnect" to yourself.  Whether it's a subtle stretch or a vigorous flow, 1 hour or a mere 10 minutes, yoga helps to slow down, tap into what is going on with yourself and be present. It's also good for flexibility, stress relief, back pain relief, detoxifying, aiding digestion, increasing endorphins, better sleep, increasing energy.... the list goes on. I like to use MyYogaWorks.com

    >> journaling

    There is no better way to reflect and understand your own thoughts than to write it down. 

    Even in the process of writing, we will have to face our thoughts, emotions and come to terms with how we feel about something.  Feelings and issues that were covered will come to surface, and you may even inspire yourself!  For an inspiring journal, I like the MNB Diary from Lorna Jane, for a blank one, I love these from Minted! 

     

    >> eat clean foods, drop the coffee and booze

    you are what you eat, and unhealthy foods, alcohol and caffeine can clog the mind and skew our ability to listen to our bodies and inner voice.  I always eat as clean as possible, with primarily plant-based diet, but for my spirit journey, I'm going to clean it up even more and ditch the caffeine and alcohol.  I don't drink a lot of coffee or alcohol, but I know that by making even that small change, I'll feel a difference.

    >> nurture

    we can be so hard on ourselves. while on this journey, I've made a promise to myself to try to empower, forgive, support and love myself. This isn't about regrets or "coulda shoulda wouldas," it's about making the best out of every moment and being the happiest I can possibly be.


    >> start

    one of the 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age states, "When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off."  We worry so much about "what ifs" and perceptions of the future, we put things off that we know we should do for ourselves and we experience anxiety about what is to come.  This concept of relieving pressure and anxiety by starting, diving in, taking the plunge.... it resonates with me!


    >> gratitude

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    oftentimes we focus on the negative things.  we could tell you all the crappy things that happened in the week, we complain to our friends, we focus on what we don't have, but we rarely focus on what we DO have.  it usually takes a wake up call, or something really traumatic, to put things in perspective.  by striving to practice gratitude everyday, we will become more aware of all the wonderful things we do have and experience and cherish them daily.

    Sun Salutations

    Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi, sun salutations (or Surya Namaskar) are a basic flow that activates the endocrine system and the chakras, the vortexes through which vital life energy (or Prana) is channeled, helping you to find balance, strength + flexibility. 

    Practice this simple flow 5 times in the morning and 5 times in the evening for a week and notice the difference in your body.  How do your joints feel? Where is your mind? Did you increase flexibility? How is your energy level? Check in with yourself.

    Sun Salutation

    Namaste!

    N O U R I S H recipe | Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies. Gone are the days of overcooked, boring boiled B-sprouts! You can sauté them, roast them, you name it and give them so much amazing flavor and substance.  My favorite recipe is super easy and always a crowd-pleaser.

    Ingredients: 

    2lbs of Brussels sprouts

    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

    3 tablespoons (expeller pressed or raw) coconut oil

    1/4 cup raw pepitas

    Do this:

    Slice the end off the Brussels to get rid of that nasty nubbin and peel off any ragged/old outside leaves.  Slice it longwise 3-4 times like so:

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    Do this for all 2 lbs.  Next, put a wok or large frying pan on the stove with the coconut oil and get it really hot. Add all the sprouts, stir to coat with coconut oil.  Let sit for a few minutes, to really brown/crisp up the ones on the bottom.  Stir, repeat this process until tender and cooked, but not mushy - you still want there to be some crunch and texture. Toss in chopped garlic and let cook for 2 more minutes to take the raw edge off the garlic.  Meanwhile, toast your pepitas (or raw sunflower seeds if pepitas aren't available to you).  Toss these in.  Serve and enjoy! 

    Normally I would have a picture of the final product, but we were so excited to eat them, it didn't happen this time! :)

     




    N O U R I S H recipe | Quinoa Bars

    Quinoa Bars

    Ingredients:

    2 cups quinoa, 1/2 cup of it reserved

    8 dates

    3 tbs coconut butter

    3/4 cup raw almonds

    1 tspn cinnamon

    1 tspn grated ginger

    1 tspn vanilla bean

    1/2 teaspoon pink salt

    optional - raw protein powder, maca, chia

    Do this:

    Put all ingredients minus reserved 1/2 cup quinoa in food processor.  Blend until dates and almonds are in small bits and mixture is sticking together.  Add remaing quinoa, process for another minute or so.  

    Press mixture into a 9x9 baking dish lined with parchment paper.  Press until compact. Smooth top - top with hemp hearts or cacao nibs if desired.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Pull out and cut into bars.  VOILA! You're welcome!