Orange Creamsicle

HELLO! I’m still here & blogging! I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in awhile and i’m extra sorry for the readers that received a notice about my pancake post on International Pancake Day (Yes, it is a real day). WordPress did something funny to me and only posted half of the message and then the other half was deleted. So don’t worry pancake lovers, I will post that recipe soon enough. 

February has got away from me… seriously, is it really March 1st next week?! Where has this month gone! School has been keep me busy from dusk until dawn; I’ve been writing midterms and term papers. I’m actually starting to feel a bit rundown but that may be from my crazy sleep schedule right now. This past week has been awful with 3-4 hours max a night of sleep; one night I was only able to get 45 minutes. Seriously, the life of a student will do that to you! Aside from school, any free time I have I have been working ALOT! Too much actually! I miss having balance! Balance is so important, you don’t realize that until you have no balance in your life! I truly believe that the only reason I am still functioning right now and not sick or zonked right out is from the diet I follow. Diet is so important! I have been eating and drinking foods that will keep me going & my brain sharp. As well as, provide me with as much energy as possible! 

Please stay tuned, I promise that after next week (midterms are finished) that I will have balance back in my life and have many exciting things to blog about that I was suppose to have out in February. I have really missed the blogging world over the past couple of weeks, so as I take a quick study break at 12:00am this Saturday evening I want to share with you the smoothie recipe that I have been making EVERY morning! No joke… Karim is addicted to this smoothie!! We have been buying oranges, bananas & dates in bulk! But seriously, who doesn’t love an orange creamsicle? This smoothie will remind you of your childhood summer days!

* I never measure anything out when I make smoothies but I seem to follow a somewhat similar pattern each time when making this but I feel that this is a hard smoothie to mess up! 

Orange Creamsicle

1-2 frozen bananas 

2 navel oranges (or oranges of choice)

2 dates (don’t forget to remove the pit)

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (You may have to adjust depending on your blender)

1/2 tsp-1 tsp orange zest (I love the orange zest for the delicious added orange flavour)

1/2 tsp- 1 tsp vanilla (I’ve been using raw ground vanilla bean from Giddy Yoyo’s super food line. WOW… this is my new favourite product! It smells & tastes absolutely amazing!! 

Optional:

1-2 cups spinach (will not alter the taste, just the colour). I add spinach to mine for the benefit of the greens.

Spirulina 

Directions:

Place ingredients in blender & blend until creamy!

I always add a few ice cubes in and then blend again! 

Feel free to top with chia or flax seeds!

Now enjoy this delicious and healthy Orange Creamsicle!

Orange Creamsicle (vegan & gluten free)

Orange Creamsicle (vegan & gluten free)

Enjoy this healthy & vegan version of the original orange creamsicle!

If anyone else is writing midterms & term papers! Stay motivated, find balance, eat healthy, drink lots of water & sleep! Your body will thank you for it! AND good luck! 

Cheers,

Paige xo. 

 

Avocado Smoothies

Have you tried an avocado smoothie before? Don’t judge just yet… I’m not completely crazy! You at least have to try these healthy, creamy and delicious smoothie recipes!

First- avocado’s are oh so creamy! They blend so well in smoothies. Especially helpful if you are not a banana lover or want to cut back on your fruit/natural sugar intake. Replace bananas with avocados for the same creamy texture!

Second- you can’t even taste the avocado! (I’m being serious) The taste of the avocado is masked from the almond milk & fruit!

Third- avocados are HEALTHY! Health benefits of avocados: provides a dose of healthy fats, a high fiber content & is a vitamin and mineral powerhouse… to name just a few benefits of avocados!

Fourth- they belong to the fruit family & not the veggie family 🙂

Avocado & Granny Smith Apple Smoothie

1 granny smith apple

1-2 cups leafy greens of choice (I used a mixture of kale & spinach)

1/2 an avocado

1/2 cup  Unsweetened Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend (I know it’s a mouthful)

ImageHave you tried the new Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend? Thoughts? I really enjoyed it in my smoothies! Let me know what you think!

1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Handful of ice cubes.

Optional: Feel free to add your Superfood of choice to the smoothie- maca, flax seeds, chia seeds, spirulina, chlorella… etc.

Avocado Granny Smith Apple Smoothie

Avocado Granny Smith Apple Smoothie

Look at how creamy that baby is? Yum!! I love a creamy smoothie! I need a spoon & straw for this one! Especially when it is a full meal!

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

1 cup of blueberries or mixed berries

1-2 cups spinach

1/2 an avocado

3/4 cup coconut flavoured almond milk

Handful of ice.

Place all ingredients in blender & blend until creamy! Serve & enjoy!

*If the avocado smoothies are not sweet enough for you feel free to add a few drops of stevia or sweetener of choice.

*I find it best to blend all fruit, veggies and liquid and then add in the ice and blend again at the end.

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

Avocado Helpful Hint:

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Have you tried using avocado in a smoothie before? Let me know if you have any smoothie recipes using avocado!

Happy Weekend!

Paige xo.

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Cake! A healthy, vegan & gluten free version!

Can you believe it a healthy, vegan & gluten-free version of rice crispy cake!! Well it is true! Thanks to the amazing Ella from Deliciously Ella for sharing this recipe! I came across Ella’s recipe last night and at midnight (I was procrastinating from school work) I decided that I needed to make rice crispy cake now! On that note, is it rice crispy squares or rice crispy cake? Karim & I always argue about this one! I’m a cake girl and he’s a square guy!

A vegan & GF version of rice crispy cake! Made with peanut butter!

A vegan & GF version of rice crispy cake! Made with peanut butter!

Ella makes her rice crispy squares with almond butter! That was my original plan but I was out of almond butter & couldn’t wait until today! So instead I made the cake with raw peanut butter! Karim loves peanut butter & rice crispy squares; so I figured he’d enjoy this!

Inspired & modified from Ella’s recipe: http://deliciouslyella.com/2013/02/02/healthy-rice-crispy-treats-vegan-gluten-free/

You’ll need:

1 – 1.5 cups of raw peanut butter or nut butter of choice

2 cups of puffed brown rice (this makes it gluten-free) & adds fibre for a happy tummy:)

4 tablespoons of Agave

1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil

1 teaspoon of cinnamon (Ella’s recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of cinnamon but I love cinnamon so added more. A few dashes here & there)

I also added:

1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)

I topped mine with cocao nibs & coconut flakes (optional)

This recipe is super easy to make & doesn’t take long at all which is a huge bonus! Not that you really need a bonus because the taste will win you over!

In a sauce pan, add the peanut butter (nut butter), coconut oil, agave & vanilla. Over low-medium heat stir until a liquid starts to form. Pour the mixture into the mixing bowl that has the puffed brown rice & cinnamon. Mix well!

Add the mixture to a baking dish. Pat it down & feel free to top it off with cocao nibs or coconut flakes! I also coated my baking dish in coconut oil (not necessary but coconut oil is so delicious & healthy; I figured it couldn’t hurt). Place the baking dish in the freezer for an hour or two (I did two hours). Cut into squares, serve & enjoy! And as Ella said IF there are any left over squares place in the fridge.

I will warn you, they are so tasty AND addictive; there may be no leftovers! At 2am last night, Karim and I were enjoying them while doing school work (yes, the life of students). I also ate two squares for breakfast (which is so unlike me) but I figured peanut butter is a breakfast food 😉 The few that were left I took to work for the girls to try & they all loved the treat! On the way home I stopped at the grocery store and bought more almond butter & peanut butter! I can hardly wait to make more! They are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up for Karim & I while at school!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Have a good week,

Paige xo.

Ice Dreams- This weekends dessert!

Eat your dessert! Especially when it tastes delicious!

Dessert last night was Mint Cacoa Chip Ice Dream! Inspired by my favourite Ice Cream as a kid; mint chocolate chip! Only the Cacoa Chip version is vegan & healthy… a dream come true really!

Mint Cacoa Chip Soft Serve

Mint Cacoa Chip Soft Serve

Serves 1 happy tummy (makes 1 cup)

You’ll need:

2 frozen bananas

Handful of mint leaves. I used 1/2 cup – 3/4 of a cup. (I love mint) You can start with a few leaves and add more when you get to the mint flavour that you love!

1 tablespoon of Cacoa powder

1 tablespoon of Cacoa nibs

1/2 a tablespoon almond milk (optional). *If you do not have a high power blender you may have to add a few dashes of almond milk here & there to help with the blending process. Start with a dash & add if you need too; you don’t want to add to much and have a runny ice cream.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract/oil

Place all ingredients in blender & blend! I have a Blendtec and there is an ice cream option which works wonderful! I use to make this in my Magic Bullet, just add a little almond milk here & there! Top with cacoa nibs & enjoy every single bite!

Options:

– Add vegan chocolate chips

– A pinch of salt really brings out the flavours

– Peppermint extract/oil & vanilla is not mandatory. By simply adding banana, cacao & mint leaves you will still create an amazing mint cacoa ice dream!

– Add a handful of spinach! You can’t taste the spinach & it adds a nice green colour!

– A dash of stevia if you’d like it sweeter!

– Add a piece of Giddy Yoyo mint chocolate. Or your favourite chocolate!

TIP: when freezing bananas: peel, chop into smaller pieces & place in freezer safe bag. Seems easy enough BUT after telling a friend that you can make “ice cream” out of bananas, he reported back to me that he just put a punch of bananas in the freezer and it didn’t work out so well.

Dessert tonight was Peanut Butter Vanilla Soft Serve. (Another Ice Dream)

Peanut Butter Vanilla Soft Serve

Peanut Butter Vanilla Soft Serve

Feeds 1 tummy:

2 frozen bananas (cut into chunks)

1 tablespoon of peanut butter or nut butter of choice

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Place all ingredients in blender & blend until you have a soft serve ice cream texture!

Health Hint: Peanut butter & bananas are an excellent post-workout snack!

What is your favourite kind of ice cream? Can you create a healthier version ice dream?

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to treat yourself to some dessert!

Cheers,

Paige xo.