Show a bit of love every day! How about a classic strawberry banana smoothie for your morning get up?! It’s cool, it’s refreshing, it’s perfection. Plus it puts a little smile on your face with some extra creativity with the bananas!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- Scoop of protein powder (I used vanilla Vega protein powder [AF Link])
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional if you don’t use vanilla protein)
- Half a banana, sliced into hearts- optional if you wanted to do the banana heart slices on the glasses
1. Place all ingredients into a blender and enjoy that happiness!
2. To make the banana hearts on the glass, take your banana slices and cut them into a heart shape. Then take eat heart and stick it to the inside of a dry glass. Press down on the hearts to make sure that they are suctioned to the glass. Then with a ladle, spoon the smoothie into the glass and enjoy!
To make it a well rounded breakfast, add a scoop of protein powder for that must-have protein! I use Vega Vanilla Protein (Amazon Affiliate Link). It contains only 160 calories, less than 1 gram of sugar (from whole food ingredients) with no added sugar, 20g of plant based protein, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and has 6 servings of your daily greens. Woot!
Valentine’s Day. It’s here. The day where we mostly indulge ourselves in some delicious chocolatey goodness! I consider myself a chocoholic. Whether I have a Valentine or not, chocolate is always my Valentine! My favorite festive Valentine’s Day obsession is chocolate covered strawberries! Every year I make my own chocolate covered strawberries because I love them so much. Dipping them in dark chocolate with a percentage at least 70% cacao is actually good for you! However, I decided to create another super simple healthy way to make my own chocolate for them too! This way is gluten free, vegan, paleo, raw, and low in sugar (the only sugar is from the strawberry). I got this idea from my previous chocolate truffle post. All you need is cacao power, coconut oil, and stevia to make the chocolate.
A few quick facts about the wonderful benefits of cacao (not to be confused with cocoa):
- lowers insulin resistance
- protects your nervous system
- reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
- reduces risk of stroke
- shields nerve cells from damage
- reduces blood pressure
- guards against toxins
- boosts your mood
- rich in minerals
Mix a few tablespoons of cacao power, melted coconut oil, and add a few drops of stevia to taste (I used the liquid kind) together until it’s a smooth liquid consistency. Then dip your cold refrigerated strawberries into the mixture. The chocolate will quickly harden on the cool strawberries. Set them on a plate, do as many as you would like! So quick, so simple, they are ready to eat!
I added a little more pizzazz to my strawberries by rolling them in unsweetened coconut shreds and cacao nibs. The toppings stick to the chocolate before it hardens so you can dip them in any other toppings that you would like! Let your imagination run wild.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Since February is known as the month of love and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, it’s time to step back and think about those that we love and the support that they give us.
There are so many people in my life that I am unbelievably thankful for. However, this post is about the love and support that the Animal Kingdom can provide.
I have to introduce my new best friend, my partner in happy frolics, my twin vegetable obsessor, my bunny.. Winnie. Although she is small, she has a great impact on my life. I even think of her as my diabetic alert bunny. Even though she is not trained to help me if I’m in a diabetic emergency, she does help me in other ways. Just by simply being with her reduces my stress levels, in which lower stress equals lower numbers. She accompanies me when we are eating our yummy salads together. She can’t eat breads or candies so its nice to have a buddy that likes to eat the same way that I do. Winnie even enjoys to go on romantic evening walks on the beach with me so that we stay physically fit too. She is my support system and always cheers me up if I’m having a rough diabetic day. Support is one of the biggest qualities to have in life and it can come in all shapes and sizes..even if it’s a bunny.
Reflect on those that you love (human and non-human) and think of what positive impacts they have on your daily life.