My Favorite Vegan Protein Shake Recipes

securedownload All my friends have been begging for this post. I have been sharing my new favorite whole-food-based  protein powder, Juice Plus Complete, with all my friends and clients. I have always been an advocate of making green smoothies and protein shakes because who doesn’t love healthy fast food? I have always added nutritional super foods into my shakes. The best part of Juice Plus Complete is they added all the super foods for me! It contains a vegan protein blend, a fiber blend, a juice powder blend and an ancient grain blend! Of course none of this matters if they don’t taste good. And trust me, I won’t drink anything that doesn’t taste good. The shakes come in vanilla and chocolate. The vanilla tastes like cake batter and the chocolate tastes like hot cocoa! Here are my favorite ways to make my Juice Plus Complete shakes: Nutty Banana Mylkshake 1 scoop of Juice Plus Complete, chocolate or vanilla 1 frozen banana 1 cup of water, almond or coconut milk 1 tb nut butter (almond or peanut are amazing) 1 tb hemp seeds 1 cup of spinach (*keep in the freezer so you always have some on hand!) a few ice cubes if you like it extra thick like me! Directions: Place all your ingredients in your blender. Blend until nice and creamy. Enjoy your high protein, plant based, whole-food shake! I love to refuel after my workouts with this shake!   Morning Mocha Shake 1 scoop of Juice Plus complete chocolate 1 cup cold coffee 1/4 cup almond milk stevia to taste 1/2-1 cup of ice *I like to add a packet of stevia Directions: Place all your ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy the extra pep in your step from the coffee and the plant-based nutrition! This is my favorite shake to drink when I have an early morning! Peaches, Blueberry and Creme Shake 1 scoop of Juice Plus Complete vanilla 1 cup frozen peaches 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup of coconut milk 1 shake of cinnamon *1 like to add a packet of stevia Directions: Place all the ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. All the credit for this yummy shake goes to my mom. She has it every day for lunch! Quick and Easy Chocolate Coconut 1 scoop of Juice Plus Complete chocolate 1 serving of chocolate coconut water Directions: Place the coconut water and Juice Plus in a shaker bottle and shake until combined. *This is my favorite on the go drink. I bring a chilled bottle of coconut water, a scoop of the shake and a blender bottle. Easy fast food! *My whole family started taking Juice Plus capsules, chewables and the complete shakes. I started recommending it to my friends and clients after we all started noticing our health improve. Contact me if you are interested in trying any of these great products, have any questions, or if you want to become the healthiest you you can be!  Check out kellimorgan.juiceplus.com

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Eating in the Raw!

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Haley Cloud is a raw food chef and educator. I first met her 4 years ago when a friend of mine hosted a raw food party. It was not only a fun girls night, it was an educational experience that really opened my eyes! I had heard of a raw food diet, but I didn’t know very much about it. My first question was: so, what does one eat on a raw food diet? Pretty much all foods that grow in the ground or on trees; fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and soaked beans and some grains. Also included are oils and spices. I had envisioned that people on “raw” diets eat salads and drink juice all day, but Haley Cloud showed us at the party that she can make almost any food raw! She makes lasagna, sushi, pizza, cookies and even ice cream! Of course, they are “raw” versions, but they really did taste amazing! To accomplish making all these creations, it seems like most raw foodists have special appliances. The two they can not live without is the Vitamix blender and a dehydrator. The Vitamix has an ultra-high powerful motor that grinds nuts, liquefies vegetables and can even heat up soup! A dehydrator is the raw foodist oven. They use them to make cookies, crackers, chips and even homemade fruit leathers!

 

We decided to have Haley teach us how to make raw sushi!  She made a delicious raw “rice” out of jicima. It took her less than 1 minute! Jicima is full of fiber, vitamin C and potassium! A nut mixture provided the substance and asian flavor to the roll. We also had a wide assortment of fresh chopped vegetables to add to our sushi rolls. Not only was it a fun meal to make, it was delicious and filling! Then it was time for dessert – my favorite!!! She showed us how to make the most amazing pineapple cream pie! Everyone was licking their plates clean! The crust was a mixture of dates and coconut processed together in a food processor. She layered fresh pineapple over the crust, then poured the most amazing raw vegan cream over the pineapple. Into the freezer it went to set, and 30 minutes later we had an amazing delicious dessert!

So, you might not be up for going totally raw, but who can argue that a diet that is predominately made up of raw fruits, vegetables and nuts isn’t totally healthier than typical American fare? I know I personally feel great when I eat tons of fresh fruit and a huge salad everyday. Haley used to weigh over 200 pounds and take 13 medications daily. Thru a raw vegan diet, her body healed, and she is off all of her medicines! Over the years, I have bought all of Haley Clouds’s un-cookbooks. I use them all the time! Many of her recipes have become daily staples in my house. I must say I love making her banana ice cream. My daughter gets a kick out of having “ice cream” for breakfast. I bought a dehydrator and use it regularly to make delicious crackers, fruit leathers and kale chips!

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If you and your girlfriends are looking for a fun get together, contact Haley about hosting your very own raw food party! She also hosts a 7 day detox program and a juice cleanse! Visit www.livingrawbygrace.com

 

Haley’s Pineapple Cream Pie

Appliances: food processor and blender

Prep Time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup dates, pitted

1/2 pinapple, diced fine

1 1/2 cups raw cashews

1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

2 tbs honey

1 cup water

 

In a food processor, with an “s” blade, grind shredded coconut until fine. Add dates and process until a crumble has formed. Press into the bottom of a 9″ springform pie pan. Cover crust with pineapple. Blend remaining ingredients, pour into the pie pan and cover the pineapple. Serve after it has cooled, or freeze to cut into perfect slices.

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Meet My Friend Jennifer Barber

Meet My Friend Jennifer Barber

Please come meet my friend Jennifer Barber. She is an IT tech turned stay-at-home mommy/jewelry maker/amateur chef.  She thinks I inspire her to cook healthy, but in reality, she inspires me. We trade healthy recipes back and forth on a daily basis. I thought it was time I finally shared her amazing ideas with you! Take it away Jennifer!

I first found out about Kelli when she wrote a guest blog over at Katie Lee’s blog. I don’t remember what the topic was, but I remember being intrigued. I read every post she wrote and tried most of the recipes she shared. I can say that we’ve enjoyed just about everything I’ve made!DSC_0056

Despite the fact that Kelli and I have never actually met in person yet, we’ve become friends – we’ve bonded over yoga, makeup, clothes, purses, kids and most importantly, food! When she first asked me to write a guest blog, I instantly agreed. The big problem though was what do I want to write about?

At first I thought about sharing my take on my favorite veggie burger recipe from ohsheglows.com, but I really wanted to share one of my own recipes. Then it hit me – dessert! I came up with an easy, healthy and tasty chocolate chia pudding recipe with only 3 ingredients. Little kids can help too ;)

The recipe is truly simple and doesn’t really require measuring, but I included measurements for those times when you just want to use that measuring spoon!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
 

Ingredients
  • 2 TB chia seeds
  • 2 TB cocoa powder/hot chocolate mix/chocolate shavings (I used a yummy chocolate
  • citrus hot chocolate mix from Williams Sonoma)
  • 1 cup almond/soy/rice/dairy milk
  • (optional) sweetener such as honey, or if you’re strictly vegan, agave or maple syrup.

Instructions
  1. Combine all 3 ingredients (and optional sweetener if desired) in a small 1 cup tupperware container.
  2. Close lid tightly (very important!) and shake! This is a very good job for little helpers – mine was my almost 2 year old daughter.
  3. You’ll want to give it a good shake every now and then for 15­20 minutes so the chia doesn’t settle to the bottom.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours to 24 hrs. The longer it sits, the thicker it will be! This was a delicious, thick, tapioca like pudding!

 

I am not a nutritionist or a dietitian, but I’d like to point out this recipe does contain 40% of your daily requirement of fiber!

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I hope you all enjoy this recipe!

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