Easily Create Artisan Cocktails At Home

Easily Create Artisan Cocktails At Home

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We live around wonderful local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. They are filled with great food and locally made drinks. My husband and I aren’t frequent drinkers. However, we appreciate good quality when we do. Usually, we prefer an artisan cocktail or a craft brew…. [read more]

Plant Powered Cookies + More

,Plant Powered Cookies + More

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I have a pretty big sweet tooth, which I work hard to control. Of course, every now again I feel the need to indulge. These days it’s easier to enjoy a delicious treat that’s also full of a few nutritious ingredients. I recently experimented with some new protein powders to create a batch of plant powered chocolate chip cookies. Spoiler alert: The cookies are delish.

Plant Powered Protein Powders

Wow, that’s a lot of Ps. Before I share the cookie recipe, I want to talk about all these “Ps”.  They come in the form of PlantFusion’s Complete Protein Powder, Complete Plant Collagen Builder, and Fermented Superfood.

Plant Powered PlantFusion Powders

What sets PlantFusion apart from other brands is their commitment to creating delicious, whole food based products for everyone. No matter what diet you follow, from vegan to ketogenic, PlantFusion believes you shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor for nutrition. All of their powders or shakes are free of allergens like soy, dairy, and gluten. Additionally, their products are plant powered and produced at their Triple Certified, USA-based facility.

Complete Protein Powder

I’m not a big breakfast person. When I do eat that first meal of the day, my go-to is a green smoothie. In order to make my smoothies as creamy and rich as possible, I use a lot of frozen goodies. I freeze my ripe bananas, use frozen fruits, and even freeze fresh spinach. Although my smoothies taste more like a milkshake than just another healthy drink, they never really fill me up. Cut to a few hours later, and I’m starving.

Plant Powered Plant Fusion Complete Protein

To make my smoothies more filling, I add hemp or chia seeds, and lately, the PlantFusion Complete Protein in Natural. While the plant powered powder comes in five flavors, from Chocolate to Red Velvet Cake, I’m so happy they sent me Natural. I love having a protein powder that doesn’t change the flavor of my smoothie and contains no added sugar. (Note: all of the PlantFusion’s protein powders, which the exception of Natural, contain Stevia.)

Complete Protein benefits:

  • Sustain Energy thanks to plant-based proteins including pea, artichoke, algae and sprouted superfoods
  • Build and Repair Muscle with a blend of BCAA’s and L-Glutamine
  • Easy to Digest and free of major allergens, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors

 

Complete Plant Collagen Builder

 In addition to drinking smoothies, I also incorporate collagen powder into my diet. Collagen is naturally found in the body. It helps repair muscles and joints and keeps hair and nails healthy. As we age, we produce less and less collagen.

Some studies suggest that taking a collagen supplement can help improve skin and may help with muscle recovery. I’ve been using collagen for about a year and find it has made a difference in my hair, nails, and skin. It’s not a magic pill, but it does produce results.

Plant Powered PlantFusion Collagen Builder

One of the challenges I face with taking collagen, however, is not being able to find a plant powered option. Most collagen peptides are made from the bones of bovines and marine animals. While these are effective, they aren’t viable options for vegetarians or vegans. Enter the PlantFusion Complete Plant Collagen Builder.

Available in three flavors, Natural, Creamy Vanilla Bean and Rich Chocolate, this collagen supplement is a blend of fruit extracts, ceramides, and white tea. It’s Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and free of allergens, and artificial colors and flavors.

Complete Protein benefits:

  • Builds Collagen thanks to a blend of Saberry amla fruit extract, amino acids, and plant proteins
  • Hydrates Collagen with plant-based ceramides that help your skin retain moisture
  • Protects Collagen with a blend of white tea extract and hyaluronic acid

The brand was kind enough to send me the Creamy Vanilla Bean to test out. I have to say, I’m not a fan of flavor or the texture, with some exception. Typically, I drink my collagen in water, so I prefer a flavorless variety, or at least one that tastes like fruit.

I don’t like vanilla flavored water, nor the fact that PlantFusion powder doesn’t dissolve well in water. Instead, I incorporate the Vanilla Collagen Builder into my smoothies. I find it performs better this way. I would be curious to try the Natural Flavor as I think it might align more with how I like to take collagen.

Plant Powered Cookies

Plant Powered Cookies

Last but not least, the PlantFusion Fermented Superfood Protein, which I used in the chocolate chip cookie recipe. The powder is available in Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Chai. As a huge chai drinker, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

This powder is so unique. It is made from fermented foods, which help promote and aid gut health. You might have heard about the benefits of eating fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut or drinking Kombucha. The fermentation process used in these foods can help improve your body’s ability to produce healthy gut bacteria. The more good bacteria in your tummy and digestive tract, the better your digestive and immune system will perform.

Plant Powered PlantFusion Fermented Superfood Protein

Fermented Superfood benefits:

  • Supports Gut Health by nurturing your body’s own micro-bacteria
  • Enhances Immunity by suppressing bad bacteria
  • Improves Energy with a blend of organic fruits, sprouted grains, and cruciferous greens

 You can mix this powder into water, tea, coffee, or smoothies, or incorporate it into a recipe, like these delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Plant Powered Cookie Recipe
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The Strongest Chocolate Chip Cookies

Author: PlantFusion

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar (You could use all coconut sugar or another alternative like stevia)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened flax milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (Alternative: use 1 cup gluten free flour)
  • 1/2 cup cake flour (Alternative: use 1/2 cup gluten free flour)
  • 1 cup Vanilla Bean PlantFusion Vanilla Chai Fermented Superfood (Alternative: Chocolate Fermented Superfood)
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 10 oz bag dairy-free, gluten-free, chocolate chips (I used vegan dark chocolate chips)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl combine coconut oil and sugars.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients before adding chocolate chips.
  • Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.

Do you use protein powders in your routine? What’s your favorite plant powered recipe?

For more recipe inspiration, visit the PlantFusion blog. For some of my favorite smoothie recipes, check out The Vegan Reset and Kris Carr.

 

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Delicious Keto Coffee Recipes

Delicious Keto Coffee Recipes - Bullet Proof Coffee - Hala Tree Coffee - Java House Cold Brew Coffee

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First of all, Keto is the latest lifestyle trend because many are having such successful results! Being on the Ketogenic Diet for nearly two months now, I can definitely agree that it has made me feel much better and caused my energy to increase.

In contrast, it took some time for me to get used to such a new way of eating. For example, embracing butter and oils. For my entire life, I can only remember hearing about the benefits of a low fat diet. Adding coconut oil to my coffee and cooking with butter? The horror!… [read more]

Superfood Cookies You Can Feel Good About

Superfood Cookies You Can Feel Good About

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As we close in on the third month of 2019, those healthy eat resolutions might be dwindling. Let’s face it, keeping up those healthy eating habits can be hard when that sweet tooth comes calling. Luckily, you can indulge anytime you want with Emmy’s Organics Superfood Cookies.

Superfood Cookies with Coconut

This isn’t the first time I’ve had Emmy’s Organics. I remember first stumbling across them with my mom at a Starbucks. She was undergoing cancer treatment and had given up processed sugars. Instead, opting for more natural options, such as dates, agave, honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup. We were always looking for new recipes or treats to try that would allow her to enjoy something sweet.

You can imagine our excitement when we read the ingredient list on the back of Emmy’s Organics; organic coconut, organic agave syrup, organic almond flour, organic coconut oil, etc. Finally, a quick sweet treat she could eat without feeling guilty. My mom chose the Vanilla Bean and I chose the Dark Cacao. Both were sweet, chewy and delicious. At the time, we didn’t realize there were many other flavors to be had.

Superfood Cookie_Emmy's Organics

In fact, these yummy superfood cookies come in eight different flavors, including Pumpkin Spice, Matcha, Golden Milk, Peanut Butter, Lemon Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chip, and Dark Cacao. Every cookie is made with 100% organic ingredients. They are also NON-GMO, vegan, kosher, dairy-free and gluten-free.

The main ingredient is coconut, so if you like coconut, you will definitely love these little bits. The coconut brings a nice richness to each cookie. It also pairs nicely with flavors like peanut butter and matcha.

Superfood Recipes

One of the coolest things about Emmy’s Organics is all the recipes they’ve developed to use with their cookies. You can check out the entire list on their blog, but for now, I’m going to share the one I tried out. It’s a delicious Cookie Dough Shake. (Note: Since I didn’t have the Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies, I used the Dark Cacao.)

Superfood Cookies_ Cookie Dough Shake

 

This shake is very easy to make and super delicious. It’s rich and creamy, and you’d never know it contained frozen riced cauliflower. Honestly, it tastes like a regular milkshake with the added bonus of cookies and chocolate chips. And the serving size is pretty generous so you could drink it alone or share it.

Superfood Cookies_Cookie Dough Shake Finished Product

 

 

Emmy's Organics Cookie Dough Shake

A rich, healthy shake you can enjoy anytime. 
Servings: 1
Author: @LaurensLovelyKitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
  • 3 Emmy's Organics Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
  • Dark chocolate chips for garnish

Instructions

  • In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients except cookies and chocolate chips until smooth.
  • Pour shake into a glass, freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Break up two cookies, stir in frozen shake.
  • Top with one more crumbled cookie and a few chocolate chips.

What’s your favorite superfood cookie flavor? Would you try this delicious, healthy shake?

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Healthy Drinks to Add to Your Routine

Healthy Drinks to Add to Your Routine

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I don’t like to drink my calories unless I’m having a smoothie or a chai tea latte. Like most people, I try to stick to healthy drinks, like water and tea. Lately, I’ve been into some very unique choices in the form of CBD infused tea and birch water.

Healthy Drinks – Yönalé Birch Water

When I first heard about a drink made from the water flowing through birch trees, I was both intrigued and apprehensive. What exactly is birch water and how does it taste?

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water

To learn more about how Yönalé is made, we first must travel to Finland. Well not actually travel, though it would be nice. I’ve always loved the Scandinavia/Nordic region of Europe. But I digress…

Every spring the roots of Finnish Birch trees begin to absorb the nutrients found in the water and soil. These nutrients, along with the water, accumulate in the sap of the tree. Due to pressurization, the sap begins to flow up the tree towards the leaves. The increase of sap, along with its flow to the top of the tree, is also given a boost by sun and evaporation.

Because this phenomenon is very short-lived, there is only a small window of time to harvest the water from the trees. Regardless, the makers of Yönalé take special care during the extraction process. While they want to harvest as much water as possible, they don’t want to harm the trees. They are big believers in practicing responsible foresting, while also preserving its delicate ecosystem.

Health Benefits of Birch Water

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water Options

Birch water isn’t just another fancy water, it’s loaded with electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and prebiotics. Additionally, it may also offer many health benefits, including:

  • Help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Won’t raise insulin levels (low GI)
  • Supports liver and kidney functions
  • Help reduce cellulite & lower cholesterol levels
  • Boosts energy and immunity

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water flavors

Who knew you could get so much from a tree? Now let’s talk about the taste. Yönalé is available in two flavors, Original and Bilberry. The Bilberry is a bit tarter than the Original, but both are an acquired taste. The flavor is a bit earthy and does take some getting used to at first. I find that the colder the water is, the better the flavor. Regardless, I do find Yönalé to be very hydrating and refreshing, especially after a workout.

Healthy Drinks – Buddha CBD Teas

When I’m not drinking water or smoothies, I like to enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, especially in the winter. It just warms me up, body and soul, with its healthy goodness. Lately, I’ve also been adding some CDB to my healthy drinks.

CBD is all the rage these days, and for good reason. It offers a myriad of health benefits, including pain relief, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, reducing the risk of seizures, and even fighting cancer. You can take CBD in many forms, from tinctures to topical creams. So, of course, I was curious to try a tea infused with CBD.

Healthy Drinks_Buddha Teas CBD

Available in four flavors (Chamomile, Matcha Green, Peppermint, and Turmeric & Ginger), Buddha CBD Teas contain 5 mg of CBD. What does this mean exactly?

Buddha CBD Teas use 100% hemp-derived, water-soluble CBD. Because the CBD particles are nanosized, you actually get the benefits of the CBD because it can dissolve, or be incorporated, into the tea. This doesn’t mean you are going to get high from the teas, as they don’t contain THC. They simply contain the cannabinoid that can help the cannabinoid receptors in your body work better. These receptors are found in the immune system and designed to fight pain and inflammation.

The Benefits of CBD Tea

What I like most about the Buddha CBD Teas is I get more than the just the CBD benefits. I also get to enjoy these tasty healthy drinks, or teas, with their own soothing benefits.

Healthy Drinks_Buddha CBD Teas

  • CBD Peppermint Tea (my favorite) – contains the highest quality peppermint available in non-bleached tea bags. Aids in digestion, reduces stress and cools the body.
  • CBD Matcha Green Tea – sourced from Japan. Reduces free radicals and calm’s the mind and body.
  • CBD Chamomile Blend – paired with healing lemon balm and soothing lavender. Helps soothe and calm the mind and body.
  • CBD Turmeric & Ginger Tea – a combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rich turmeric, ginger and black pepper. Helps settle the stomach and calm the mind.

Healthy Drinks_CBD teas

All four of these teas are extremely delicious and soothing. They are a warm beginning to a cold winter day, or a soothing ending to a long, stressful day. While the Peppermint is my favorite, I adore all four teas. Each is full of flavor. If you’re looking for a nice introduction to CBD, I highly recommend Buddha Teas. The 5 mg of CBD is pretty low so you won’t notice any major difference, but over time they may help improve the function of your CBD receptors.

Have you tried Birch Water or CBD Tea? What’s your favorite healthy drink?

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Iced Coffee Right in the Comfort of Your Home

Saving Time and Money with Homemade Iced Coffee

 

Coffee is by far, one of my favorite treats. It’s delicious and so dependable. Plus Caffeine and I need Caffeine with 4 kids who are constantly on the move. Iced Coffee is my usual preference but it isn’t always convenient to go out and buy it. Let me share with you how to make homemade iced coffee using the supplies you already have at home which will save you both time and money by avoiding the drive-thru.

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Healthy Beverages To Keep You On Track

Healthy Beverages To Keep You On Track

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I found myself stressed, overwhelmed, and depressed over the holidays. My son was home from school for vacation. It was tough because he was home all day and he would eat a lot throughout the day! I spent so much money on food. We were going to the store every 2 or 3 days! My savings was going fast and that didn’t help my stress.

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3 Easy Keto-Friendly Drinks

Searching for energy? Get ready for Keto-Friendly Drinks that are super easy to make!

3 Easy Keto-Friendly Drinks

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It seems the Keto diet is hot right now. I am already a vegetarian, but I am always looking to clean up my diet!  Being curious, I researched the Ketogenic diet and realized it would be even more restrictive for me, as I am already a vegetarian. That didn’t stop me from looking at coffee beverages to try!

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Coffee For The Women Who Do It All

Coffee For The Women Who Do It All

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Ladies, let’s have some real talk for a moment, okay? I think that today’s woman actually has it pretty challenging. We’re expected to be career women, dutiful mothers, devoted wives, loyal friends, caring daughters, and loving sisters. For single moms, there are many times they have the duties of two parents in one. Wow, that’s a lot! Not to mention there’s more if you’re involved in your kid’s extracurricular activities, church, personal hobbies, or community events…. [read more]

Online Wine Shop That Delivers Amazing Taste

Do you buy Wine Online?

Two bottles of Brix + Barrel Wine with a holiday dear in front

Why not buy wine online, we buy almost everything else online.  Now, wine is precious cargo so you will need to know that your wine will be delivered properly. So your first thought might be to buy wine from Amazon.com, but NO don’t do that, we have another suggestion- Brix and Barrel wines.

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