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Super Spinach Smoothie

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s equally important to eat healthy snacks regularly to keep your blood sugars balanced and your energy up throughout the day.

Smoothies are a great mid-morning snack. My kitchen is always stocked with nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, leafy greens, protein powder, and frozen bananas in the freezer. Any combination of those things will lead you on a path to a fiber and protein-rich tasty morning treat.

This smoothie includes some of my favorite nutrient powerhouses: spinach, strawberries, pears, and hemp seeds. You’ll love the fruity taste, and the spinach, which I assure you, you will not taste at all, will increase your iron, zinc, vitamins A,C and E AND make the smoothie the perfect shade of healthy vibrant green. Yum!

SUPER SPINACH SMOOTHIE
Serves 1

  • 12 raw almonds
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ½ a pear
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ scoop vegan protein powder
  • 2 cups water

Combine all of the ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until the smoothie is smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.

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Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter

LOVE chocolate. I eat it on a regular basis, and I can’t imagine life without this delicious and amazing ingredient. When you eat dark chocolate (70% or higher), or cocoa nibs, you’re actually eating something that is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and helps with proper heart and brain functioning. Chocolate is an indulgent treat your body can get behind!

Sometimes, magic happens in the kitchen. In fact, with a delightful attitude, it happens often :) Today, I was inspired to make some kind of chocolate spread. Hands down, this nut butter is one of the best things I’ve ever made. It’s sure to become your new favorite energy-creating, antioxidant-rich snack. Run, don’t walk to your blender, and whip up a super easy batch of this incredible homemade chocolate nut butter!

Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter
Makes 2 small mason jars

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 ½ cups ground raw almonds 
  • 1¼ cup cocoa nibs
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender.  A food processor will work, but the texture will not be as smooth as it is when mixed in a blender. Blend on high until the mixture resembles a smooth nut butter.

Enjoy it with sliced apple, sliced banana, spread on top of GF crackers or toast... or just on a spoon works great for me!

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Afternoon Energy Boost

It's 3 o'clock... you're starting to feel a little sleepy. Nap time isn't an option, but a healthy energy boosting snack is!

Try these Prosciutto roll-ups! They're easy, tasty, bursts of protein and flavor!

    

What you'll need:

  • Prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • Light Jarlsberg Cheese, thinly sliced
  • Baby Spinach
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Honey mustard

Lay down a few slices of prosicutto.  Smear a bit of honey mustard on one end of the prosciutto.  Add a few pieces of spinach on top. Lay half a slice of cheese on top of the spinach.  Grind fresh pepper on top.  Start rollin', on the cheese end of the meat.  

Roll up as many of these treats as you'd like. A good serving size is three per person.  

Get ready to take on the rest of your day! 

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