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Green Protein Breakfast Bowl and a Growing Naturals Review

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Green Protein Breakfast Bowl and a Growing Naturals Review

11 Comments 24 March 2014

Many vegans claim that they can get all of the protein that they need from plants, nuts, and seeds. I think my body needs a bit more than most, so I supplement with high quality protein powders. I’m extremely picky about my protein powders. Not only must they consist of raw vegan ingredients, they have to taste good and have a smooth texture.

I receive a lot of requests to review products, and I turn most of them down after a quick Google search. But when Growing Naturals contacted me about reviewing their protein powders I had a feeling that this would be a product that you and I might like.

I tried all 5 of their protein powders, two brown rice proteins and two yellow pea proteins. Of course the first one I tried was the Chocolate Power Organic Rice Protein, because my go-to smoothie ingredient is usually chocolate protein powder. Chocolate Power has a rich, deep cocoa flavor that enhances many of my morning smoothies.

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It mixes well and the texture is smooth. You can tell from this picture that it isn’t at all grainy. It has 24 grams of protein and only 2 grams of sugar.

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I suggest trying this powder with any berry or banana-based smoothie like these:

The Original Organic Rice Protein is perfect for boosting the protein content of a food or drink without changing the flavor. It was perfect with my Sunshine Juice which has a powerful flavor of its own.

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This is another smooth powder that mixes well and contains 24 grams of protein yet no sugar.

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The Vanilla Blast Organic Rice Protein has a delicious vanilla flavor that I use in many of my green smoothies.

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I highly recommend using a scoop of Vanilla Blast with any of these smoothies:

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Again you can see the velvety texture that has absolutely no graininess.

I didn’t expect to love the yellow pea protein powders. As you may recall, I’m not a pea fan. But I LOVE these products! They have 15 grams of protein, and the Original flavor has 1 gram of sugar while the Vanilla Blast has 3 grams.

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I love the Original Yellow Pea Protein in my green juices. It doesn’t change the flavor of the juice yet provides enough protein to fuel my late afternoon workout.

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The Original has a slightly earthy taste on its own which can’t be tasted at all when mixed with these juices:

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I’ve saved the best for last. I bet you thought that my favorite was going to be the Chocolate Power. That’s my second favorite. But my favorite of all of these wonderful powders is the Vanilla Blast Yellow Pea Protein. Are you as shocked as I am?

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I used this delicious powder to create my new favorite breakfast cereal which is packed with protein and superfoods. Just make sure to brush your teeth before heading out for the day!

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Green Protein Breakfast Bowl

by Heather

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Pour in nut milk while stirring. Stir to mix well.

3. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least an hour.

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The subtle sweetness of the Vanilla Blast compliments the natural flavors of these ingredients making every spoonful a delight.

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This will be my contribution to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up, Raw Foods Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Friday, Wellness Weekends, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

Bottom line? Growing Naturals gets two paws up from the Gluten-Free Cat. Their products help supplement my protein needs in a variety of tasty ways. Give them a try!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Growing Naturals protein powders yet?
  • What is your favorite raw vegan protein powder?
  • How do you make sure you get enough protein?

(Note:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Growing NaturalsI did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion. Many links are affiliate links that help support Gluten-Free Cat.)

Chocolate Almond Butter Buckeyes (Raw, Vegan, GF) and Nuts.com

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Chocolate Almond Butter Buckeyes (Raw, Vegan, GF) and Nuts.com

13 Comments 10 March 2014

Are you a Nuts.com fan yet? If not, I’m sure you will be by the time you’re done reading this. First, note that I’m not receiving any payment or affiliate kickbacks for this post. I am a die-hard fan of Nuts.com for many reasons and want to spread the word. I contacted them to let them know how much I love the company, and they asked if I’d like to do a review of two of their products. I did receive those two products free. Before I tell you about them, let me explain why I’m a nut for Nuts. com.

I was first turned on to this company by friend and blogger Valerie of City|Life|Eats. She showed up to a blogging retreat with bags of happiness. How can you not smile when you reach into a bag that looks like this?

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Since then, Nuts.com has been my go-to place to order raw vegan recipe ingredients and snacks. Why do I love this company?

  • While everything that I order is naturally gluten free, I have an extra measure of confidence because they are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and use dedicated lines for their gluten-free products to avoid cross contamination.
  • The people who work at Nuts.com are ridiculously nutty. And by nutty I mean corny and silly. I love the emails that I get letting me know that my order is on its way, or that it has been delivered, as well as the cute nut characters on the delivery boxes.
  • And if you’re worried about delivery, fear not. Every time I place an order, my package arrives before it was promised. Sometimes it’s even the very next day.
  • Their products are high quality and reasonably priced.
  • Every order comes with a free sample of something that I’ve never ordered before. They know how to get me, because I usually end up adding that item to my next order!

I’ve tried many of their products:

  • Nuts: cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts
  • Seeds: sunflower, hemp, chia, black sesame, flaxseed, flax meal
  • Powders: spirulina, raw cacao, cacao nibs, maca
  • Grains: quinoa, buckwheat (Note, the buckwheat is great for cooking, but not suitable for soaking and sprouting.)
  • Beans: chickpeas
  • Dried Fruit: Goji berries, dates

But until recently I hadn’t tried any of their flours. I don’t do much baking anymore, so when I received a bag of almond flour and coconut flour to review, I almost didn’t know what to do with them!

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So I decided to do what I do best. Stay away from the oven and make raw treats!

For Thanksgiving, I made these Raw Caramel Nut Frosted Fudge that I shared at The Balanced Platter. The almond flour and coconut flour give these raw treats the structure they need as well as a delicious nutty taste.

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For Christmas, I made these Christmas No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies for Sandra’s cookie event.

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This is a great recipe with so much versatility. Make a thumbprint cookie or a bite rolled in your favorite chopped nuts.

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The coconut and almond flour give a delicious taste, structure, and smoothness to these healthy treats.

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And for Valentine’s Day, I made these Chocolate Almond Butter Bites. The Husband loves Buckeyes, so I created a similar treat for him using all raw vegan ingredients.

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Chocolate Almond Butter Buckeyes

by Heather

Almond Butter Ball Ingredients:

Chocolate Coating Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place all Almond Butter Ball Ingredients in the food processor and process until a dry batter forms.

2. Roll batter into 20 balls and place them in the freezer on parchment paper while you prepare the chocolate coating.

3. Melt coconut oil by placing it in a measuring cup in a bowl of hot tap water.

4. Pour cacao and syrup into a small bowl.

5. When the coconut oil melts, pour into the small bowl and stir to make the chocolate coating.

6. Roll Almond Butter Balls in the chocolate coating until well coated. Feel free to dig in and use your hands.

7. Place coated balls in the refrigerator on parchment paper to set.

Yields 20 buckeyes

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If you haven’t tried Nuts.com I encourage you to browse their site and look for your favorite products. You’ll be glad you did!

Readers, dish!

  • Where do you find your nut flours?
  • Have you ever tried Nuts.com?

This recipe was shared with Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Plant Based Potluck Party Link UpRaw Foods Thursdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

Friday’s Find at The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

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Friday’s Find at The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

4 Comments 07 March 2014

Last weekend I went to the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival and had a great time. It was fun to rub elbows with other veggie lovers, talk to vendors, and try a few new foods. I was excited to see that most items were vegan and naturally gluten free. So today’s Friday’s Find will highlight a few of my favorites.

As a vegan I love finding cheese alternatives, and it’s a double bonus when they’re raw! Imagine my surprise at finding two great raw vegan cheeses at the festival.

Treeline Cheese has two delicious soft cheeses and a new line of hard cheese that is coming out soon. The hard cheeses were there to sample, but one of them is not gluten-free. Not wanting to risk it, I only tasted the soft cheeses which were incredible!

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Treeline products can be found at Whole Foods and other natural markets.

I also found another raw vegan cheese by Nuttin Ordinary that I really liked. They had a Cashew Cheese Spread and a Spicy Cashew Cheese Spread available to try. Guess which one was my favorite!

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Nuttin Ordinary started in New Hampshire and is spreading (pun intended) throughout the Northeast. I hope to be able to find them in New York soon.

But nuts aren’t just good for making raw cheeses. I found another company that blends them into nut butters combining 7 nuts and seeds in each product. NuttZo butters are organic and come in three different flavors: original, a peanut-free version, and dark chocolate, which is out of this world.

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There were snack bars, protein bars, and nutrition bars everywhere, but these Amrita bars were delicious and packed with plant-based nutrients. Check out their store locator to find a sample for yourself.

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And just for fun…I couldn’t believe that we have this is Manhattan!

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Beyond Sushi creates 100% vegan sushi at two locations in NYC, Chelsea Market and Union Square. Forgive my blurry iPhone pictures, but hopefully this gives you a glimpse of the artistry. There was one roll for sampling which immediately caused me to put Beyond Sushi on my list of NYC eateries to try.

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Have a great Friday!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried any of these products?
  • What new gluten-free, vegan find have you found recently?
  • Have you had any fun food adventures lately?
Organic Avenue Love Deep Cleanse: Day 27

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Organic Avenue Love Deep Cleanse: Day 27

7 Comments 29 January 2014

I’m back to making my own juices now that my week of Organic Avenue deliveries has come to an end. Just a few more days to complete my 30 day goal! I had such a wonderful experience with Organic Avenue that I wanted to tell you all about it.

Organic Avenue has three different levels of cleanses:

  • LOVE Easy – a beginners cleanse that combines a booster shot, juices, and raw meals.
  • LOVE Fast – an intermediate cleanse consisting of a booster, juices, mylk, raw soup, and a raw meal.
  • LOVE Deep – an “expert” cleanse consisting of a booster, juices, and a mylk.

The LOVE Deep Cleanse comes as a 3-day, 5-day, and 7-day program.  Since Organic Avenue was having a 30% of sale, I decided to go for the 7-day to give myself a week break from juicing in my baby NYC kitchen. This is what I received on the first day.

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My juice for the day was delivered to my home, free of charge, between 6:00 and 8:00am. I immediately opened the box and labeled each bottle with the time they recommended consuming it. This made it easy for me to toss the bottles I needed throughout the day into my lunch bag and save the rest in the refrigerator for later.

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8:00 – 9:00 am The Booster Shot

Each day began with a booster shot.

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  • E3 Live Shot – It doesn’t taste great, but when you know that you’re getting 64 vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from blue algae, it’s much easier to get down.
  • Aloe – This tastes sour, which surprised me as I’ve taken aloe in the past and it didn’t have a taste at all. Aloe is great for detoxification and decreases inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Wheatgrass – LOVE, love, love! By far the most deliciously sweet shot. The benefits of wheatgrass seem to be endless, but it’s well known for it’s detoxifying properties as well as its ability to increase red blood-cell count.
  • Chlorophyll – Brush your teeth and tongue afterwards if you don’t want to leave the house looking like you just ate a green lollipop. It regenerates and cleanses the body on a cellular level, so it’s worth looking a little like a toddler.

9:00-10:00 am Fruit Juice

Now we’re hungry and we’re ready for our first juice of the day. One of the following fruit juices came each day.

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Orange Juice – 100% pure orange juice. I added vanilla protein powder to this on the days that started with a workout which made it taste like an orange julius.

Grapefruit Juice – 100% pure grapefruit juice! Delicious, but I missed the ginger that I put in my Morning Zinger.

Royal Red – Packed with antioxidants and powerfully delicious with carrot, beet, orange, pear, pineapple, ginger, and lemon. I love this juice.

11:00 am -12:00 pm Green Juice

Next was one of the following green juices:

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Sweet Greens – Sweet pear, orange, and hydrating cucumber balance the intensity of Swiss chard, kale, and collard greens. A touch of lemon and mint finishes it off.

Mellow Love -  A smooth combination of romaine, celery, cucumber, spinach, and parsley.

Green Coco – Wonderfully hydrating with organic young Thai coconut water, green chard, romaine, spinach, kale, and celery.

Green Love - Pear and lemon sweeten up a concentrated combination of dark leafy greens including kale, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, collard greens, and romaine.

Medicinal Green – This one had to grow on me. I finally came to appreciate the kick from the garlic, turmeric, cayenne pepper mixed with cucumber, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, kale, lemon, and Himalayan salt.

1:00 – 2:00 pm Tonic

The early afternoon tonics gave a little boost during a busy time of day.

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Master Tonic – Flashback! Have you ever done the Master Cleanse? One sip and you’ll be flashing back. Maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper is the original Master drink, but Organic Avenue uses coconut sugar instead of maple syrup. Very tasty.

Ginger Lemonade – Sweet and tangy with a kick of ginger, this was by far my favorite tonic. Purified alkaline water, lemon, lime, ginger, and coconut sugar provided a great boost.

Turmeric Tonic – This was my least favorite. In fact, I didn’t like it at all. It may be that the spices are gritty and collect at the bottom of the bottle. Ingredients: purified alkaline water, ginger, coconut sugar, lemon juice, turmeric, cardamom, black pepper, cayenne pepper, Himalayan salt

3:00 – 4:00 pm Vegetable Juice

My favorite time of day! I’d come home from work and sit down to a tall glass of…

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Carrot Juice – Yes, pure organic carrot juice. It tastes like candy. Have you ever tried 100% carrot juice? It’s out of this world. I didn’t even miss the fact that none of my boxes included the alternate veggie juice called Veggie Vibe.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Green Juice

Early evening brought another one of the 5 green juices.

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7:00 – 8:00 pm Mylk

And the best part of the day was ending it with one of these.

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Cashew Hemp Mylk – I love love LOVE this milk. It was such a treat right before bed. More decadent than my version of Cashew Hemp Milk, this one has organic coconut sugar.

Coconut Mylk – Thick and dreamy, this creamy delight is made from 100% Organic Coconut Meat and 100% Organic Thai Coconut Water. That means it’s 200% delicious if I’m doing my math correctly. Seriously, it’s so thick that it pours out of the bottle like a pudding. What a great way to end the day.

Having Organic Avenue cater to me during the third week of my cleanse was the refreshing break that I needed. Now just a few more days of juicing on my own to meet my goal. I would highly recommend Organic Avenue’s LOVE Deep Cleanse. The juices are top quality, the variety keeps you interested and properly fueled, and customer service can not be beat.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever tried an Organic Avenue cleanse?
  • Have you tried a cleanse by another company?
  • Which Organic Avenue juice would you like to try?
  • Which juice would you like for me to replicate and post?

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Creamy Dreamy Lucuma Almond Milk: Day 25

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Creamy Dreamy Lucuma Almond Milk: Day 25

12 Comments 27 January 2014

I’ve been making almond milk for years and absolutely love it. I love everything about it.

  • I love knowing every pure ingredient that goes into my milk.
  • I love how the milk drizzles between my fingers as I squeeze it through the nut milk bag.
  • I love that it’s incredibly easy to make.
  • I love the sweet taste and the creamy texture.
  • I love how much better it tastes than store-bought versions.
  • I love that it is actually cheaper than store-bought versions.
  • I love that all you need is a high-speed blender, a bowl, and a nut milk bag. (Don’t let the nut milk bag scare you. I missed out on years of homemade nut milk because I didn’t have a bag. They cost less than $10!)
  • I love that you can use the almond pulp to make delicious treats. (See links below!)

Can you tell that I’m a huge fan? If homemade almond milk is new to you, check out my post on Chocolate Almond Milk which takes you through the process step by step.

I really can’t believe that I’m on Day 25 of this New Year’s Juicing Challenge. As I mentioned on Day 1, I had never juiced longer than 13 days before. And I truly believe that the reason I’ve been able to go this long is three fold:

1. Homemade nut milks
2. Chia seeds in nut milks
3. Sunwarrior Protein Powder in nut milks

Yes, it’s all about the nut milk. While most of my day is pure juice, I have 1 or two glasses of nut milk each day, and I believe the extra protein and fat has made all the difference.

I found a new nut milk love that I wanted to share with you today. This Creamy Dreamy Lucama Almond Milk tastes so good, and it has a velvety texture.

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I just added a tablespoon of this superfood to my regular almond milk recipe.

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Lucama powder is a low-glycemic sweetener with a hint of maple caramel taste. It contains beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. I’ve only purchased the Nativa brand. Let me know if you’ve found a brand that you like better.

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I hope you enjoy it!

Creamy Dreamy Lucama Almond Milk

by Heather

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Soak almonds in a bowl of water overnight.

2. Drain almonds and rinse.

3. Pour 6 cups of filtered water in the Vitamix or high-powered blender and add dates. Leave for 10-20 minutes to soften the dates before blending.

4. Add almonds to the Vitamix and blend on high until liquified.

5. Pour contents of the Vitamix through a nut milk bag, reserving the milk in a large bowl.

6. Stir in Lucuma Powder, vanilla, and seasalt.

7. To make it really creamy, return the contents of the bowl to the Vitamix and blend for 5 seconds.

8. Serve or chill.

Yields 8 cups

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Here are some delicious ways to use your leftover almond pulp:

Readers, dish!

  • What additions do you make to your nut milks?
  • Have you ever tried lucuma powder?
  • What brand do you use?

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This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Vegan Mondays Recipe RoundupRaw Foods Thursdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free FridaysGluten-Free Wednesdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Wellness Weekends.

Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

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Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

9 Comments 20 January 2014

I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen since beginning this New Year’s Juicing Challenge. A lot. I can spend anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon or evening washing, peeling, chopping, bagging, and then I make a dinner juice for the evening. Then I clean the juicer.

In the morning I make 3 different juices to take to work. I have the juicing part down to 30 minutes. The juicing itself doesn’t take that long. It’s washing the juicer between each batch that is beginning to drive me up the wall.

I also lack a garbage disposal in my baby NYC kitchen, so my dirty juicing parts swim in a pulpy sludge making the cleaning process even more complicated.

I am getting so tired of this process! I’m definitely not tired of the drinking process, just the preparing process. So I’ve turned to my favorite juice shop in Manhattan. Organic Avenue.

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Organic Avenue had a New Year’s sale that I’ve been watching for the past 2 weeks. 30% off any of their cleanses. So at the peak of my kitchen frustration, I got out my receipts for two weeks of produce and figured out just how much I’ve been spending on juicing. With my mad math skills I learned that yes, it is cheaper to juice on my own, but only 5 dollars cheaper ($10 if you factor in a tip for the delivery guy). YES, there is a delivery guy!

So I made the decision. For the next 7 days someone will bring 7 bottles of juice daily to my home before I leave for work. No washing, peeling, chopping, pulpy sludge draining will be happening for an entire week. Mentally, I need this break. I’m putting a $10 per day price tag on my sanity.

One of my favorite Organic Avenue indulgences is their Cashew Hemp Mylk. While theirs is far more decadent, sweetened with coconut sugar, mine is simply sweetened with a few dates.

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You don’t even need a nut milk bag. This is pretty much nuts and seeds blended into a creamy milk.

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A glass before bed and I sleep like a baby.

Cashew Hemp Milk

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. raw cashews, soaked 4 hours
  • 1/3 c. hemp seeds
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • 6 c. filtered water
  • 5 dates
  • pinch of seasalt

Directions:

1. Soak cashews for 4 hours or overnight.

2. Drain cashews and rinse well.

3. Put 6 cups of filtered water in a Vitamix or high-powered blender and drop in 5 dates allowing them to soften in the water for 10-20 minutes.

4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.

Yields 7 cups

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***Money saving tip: Buy raw cashew pieces for recipes like this. They’re cheaper and they’re going to be crushed anyway!

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite nut milk?
  • Have you ever made cashew milk?
  • Would you pay to have fresh juice delivered daily?

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This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Raw Foods Thursdays. Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

APS Complete Veggie Protein Review and 3 high protein recipes!

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APS Complete Veggie Protein Review and 3 high protein recipes!

3 Comments 02 December 2013

I trust that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and after a long weekend of rich foods, if you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to a week ahead of clean eating. I have a great product to share with you that will help with that.

I have always been very picky about my protein powders. As my diet has changed, and I’ve learned more about protein supplementing, my requirements have made me pickier than ever.

Back in the day, my only requirements were taste and smoothness. If I was going to add protein powder to a smoothie it had to improve the flavor somehow without a chalky or grainy texture. There are a lot of very tasty whey-based protein powders out there that are packed with junk. Since adopting my “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” rule, my options have become quite limited.

Since becoming vegan it is even more challenging to find a protein powder that tastes good, mixes well, and has a solid nutritional profile. You all know that I’m a Sunwarrior fan. But I have another protein powder that I’ve enjoyed trying.

All-Pro Science Complete Veggie Protein is a gluten-free, vegan protein powder that provides 23 grams of protein from a combination of high-quality hemp, pea, and brown rice. This all-natural formula includes flaxseed powder and comes in three flavors – Berry Blast, Dutch Chocolate, and French Vanilla. The only protein powders that I ever purchase are chocolate and vanilla, because they are incredibly versatile. I like to add my own berry flavors with…well, berries. But I had an opportunity to play with Berry Blast this past month and wanted to share it with you.

I was pleased to see that Berry Blast isn’t bright red or even pink. There are no added colors.

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Just look at the simple ingredientsPea Protein, Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Flaxseed, Blueberry Powder, Acai Powder, Goji Berry Powder, Rice Oligodextrin, Natural Berry Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Salt

(What is rice oligodextrin? A low glycemic carbohydrate source used as an alternative to maltodextrin which is a high GI carbohydrate.)

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My favorite Berry Blast recipe by far was this Choco Berry Blast Smoothie. (See, I just couldn’t stay away from chocolate!)

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Choco Berry Blast Smoothie

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop APS Berry Blast Veggie Protein
  • 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen cherries
  • 1/2 c. frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 T. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 c. walnuts (optional)

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high powered blender.

2. Blend and serve.

Serves 1

I tried a few of my other protein-boosting tricks to see how Complete Veggie Protein compared to other vegan powders.

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Two tablespoons mixed into my morning oatmeal didn’t just boost the protein content, it boosted the flavor as well.

Berry Blast Oatmeal

by Heather

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place oatmeal, chia seeds, and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.

2. Stir, reduce heat to simmering, and cover for 3-5 minutes.

3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Berry Blast Veggie Protein and top with fresh raspberries.

Serves 1

Vegans love banana soft serve “ice cream”. Adding Berry Blast helps to balance out the protein/carbohydrate/fat content. A protein-rich dessert leaves me feeling satisfied and prevents a sugar crash.

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Choco Berry Blast Crunch Vegan Ice Cream

by Heather

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Make sure to freeze bananas in 1-2 inch pieces overnight.

2. Place frozen bananas, raw cacao, dates, Berry Blast in the food processor and process until creamy.

3. Add almonds and pulse so that the almonds remain chunky.

4. Serve as soft serve. Or freeze for 3-4 hours in a bread pan lined with waxed paper. Then scoop.

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Finally, any protein powder that I use has to mix well. Because 9 times out of 10 my pre-workout snack is a scoop of protein mixed into almond milk on the way out the door. There’s no time to run the Vitamix. It must mix well in a glass with a spoon or a shaker bottle.

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You can see on the sides of my shaker bottle that there is some graininess to the powder. But it mixed well and was tasty in a simple cup of nut milk.

Bottom line? I’m thrilled that there’s another high-quality protein powder available for those who are looking for a plant-based product free of allergens. And I’m also thrilled to be able to share a 40% off promo code GFC40 with you too! I’ve used mine to order their Dutch Chocolate and French Vanilla, and I can’t wait until they arrive!

Readers, dish!

  • If you use a vegan protein powder, which one do you use and why?
  • What are your favorite ways to use protein powders?

Order here:

APS Complete Veggie Protein

Promo Code for 40% off: GFC40

(Note:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by All-Pro Science. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)

Gluten-Free Sandwich Petals and Green Vegan Mayo

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Gluten-Free Sandwich Petals and Green Vegan Mayo

11 Comments 05 August 2013

When I travel it’s always fun to check out new gluten-free products in local grocery stores. It’s getting harder to find gluten-free products that meet my ever increasing requirements now that I also eat vegan. Most bread products are made with egg. I was happy to come across these cute little Sandwich Petals a few weeks ago and thought they’d make great veggie wraps.

They are shaped like flower petals. (How adorable is that???) And they come in three different flavors: Agave Grain (the original), Spinach Garlic Pesto, and Chimayo Red Chile (pictured here).

Since I was staying with family I didn’t have a fridge filled with my staples, so I played with a few ingredients to come up with a Vegan Mayo for my wrap. I loved what popped out of the Vitamix! And what a bonus that it was green!

Green Vegan Mayo

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 T. miso
  • 1 small handful basil (or herb of your choice)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high-powered blender. Blend until creamy, stopping several times to scrape down the sides.

Yields 1 cup of mayo

Spread it on your favorite gluten-free or raw bread or wrap.

But how were the Sandwich Petals? The Chimayo Red Chili was really tasty. And I love the shape. There’s no extra bread to flip under, get in the way, or to create an empty bite like with an over-sized tortilla.

But as soon as I folded it over my fixings I realized that there was going to be a problem. The side started to crack.

And It just took one bite for the entire thing to break down the fold.

But to be fair, I do stuff my sandwiches with enough filling to call it a salad sandwich. If you’re a light sandwich stuffer, it might work better for you.

In fact, I did try less wrap stuffing, not just for product testing, but because I love this Green Vegan Mayo, and it did just fine.

So if you see a package of Sandwich Petals pick it up and let me know how it works for you.

Readers, dish!

  • Are you a sandwich spreader or a sandwich stuffer?
  • Have you tried Sandwich Petals? What do you think of them?
  • What vegan, gluten-free sandwich products would you recommend?
Sunshine Juice and Raw Cleanse

Healthy Living, Raw Foods, Vegan

Sunshine Juice and Raw Cleanse

8 Comments 14 May 2013

Today is my last day on a 10-day juice cleanse. At our April Raw Foods Potluck we all pulled our calendars out and found 10 days that would work for everyone to juice. It was great to cleanse with a support group. We even made extra juice and shared our recipes, both the yummy ones and the flops. I’ve really enjoyed making fruit and veggie juice combinations, and I have a new favorite, but first I have a great cleansing tip to share with you.

I’ve done juice cleanses and raw cleanses before, but I’ve never had one as easy and enjoyable as this one. I’m sure a lot of it was the support of my friends, but I also used a new supplement. In the past I’ve experienced some mighty detox symptoms while cleansing…headaches, flu-like symptoms, lethargy…and lethargy doesn’t work with my lifestyle. I teach kindergarten all day and 4-6 fitness classes per week, so there’s no time to feel tired. But this cleanse has been the easiest one I’ve ever done, and I really think the difference is that I used Garden of Life’s RAW Cleanse.

I highly recommend this raw, vegan, and gluten-free product. I used it in conjunction with juicing, but you can use it with a solid meals as well. There are three easy steps to this 7-day cleanse. Step 1 is Toxin Defense which is a packet of powdered oral and intestinal probiotics that are swished in the mouth with water and then easily swallowed. Step 2 is Organ Detox in the form of 3 capsules taken at breakfast and lunch. It removes environmental toxins and supports healthy liver biotransformation. Step 3 is Digestion & Elimination. It’s a powder that you mix in water and drink before bedtime. Don’t let the name scare you! It will not send you running for the bathroom in the middle of a meeting the next morning. It’s a very gentle product that uses flaxseeds and chia seeds to absorb the toxins your body is releasing, draws water into the colon, and uses coconut fiber to get things moving out.

For 10 days I have eaten nothing but juiced fruits and veggies and have felt fantastic. On the days that I taught fitness classes I added a scoop of Raw SunWarrior Protein Powder or two teaspoons of Earthrise Spirulina to my juice right before the workout. (I wasn’t interested in running the risk of passing out in front of a room filled with BodyPumpers!) I am very much looking forward to eating some solid food tomorrow, but in just 10 days I’ve noticed a difference in my skin, energy level, waistline, and general outlook. I really needed this cleanse!

Now for the Sunshine Juice! When I found golden beets at Whole Foods, I remembered Diane Elbin of The Whole Gang making us a delicious juice called Golden Joy at a gluten-free blogger’s get together. I made a few modifications to her recipe to create this Sunshine Juice.

Sunshine Juice

by Heather inspired by Diane Elbin

Ingredients:

  • 5 golden beets, peeled
  • 15 organic carrots
  • 3 organic oranges
  • 2 inches of ginger

Directions:

1. Juice all ingredients.

2. Pour juice through a fine-mesh strainer to remove extra pulp.

Yields 4 cups

If you can’t find golden beets, you can substitute red beets to make a Red Sunrise instead. Both are equally delicious.

Readers, dish!

Need a good juicer? I love my Omega VRT350S! 

 

*Note: I am not a medical expert or a nutritionist, and I have no connection with Garden of Life. I am not giving medical advice. I am solely sharing my experience.

This recipe is shared at: 5-Ingredient MondaysSlightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free WednesdaysRaw Foods ThursdaysWellness WeekendsHealthy Vegan FridayGluten-Free Fridays

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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