Reishi Mushroom Cocoa

5 Ingredient Chocolate Reishi Goodness.

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This is our simple take on this adaptogenic drink that we have incorporated into our routine. Reishi mushroom has so many benefits and to learn more you can click here. There are many forms of this drink out on the market today, so we decided to share our simple at home version. But if you are new to adaptogens then we do recommend you start of in small doses to see how your body response. Reishi is very bitter, so this recipe is great for a beginners, because you can always adjust to taste.

This drink really hits the spot on a chilly night, (served warm)

  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp- Reishi powder (very strong, and bitter start with less at first)
  • 1/2-1 tbsp- Organic cocoa powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp- Organic Coconut sugar (adjust to taste)
  • **Optional add 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder.
  • Warm up some milk and add to your blender, we prefer using any plant base milk.

 

Blend up and enjoy! Really hope you all give this a try at home and let us know how it goes 🙂

Matcha Tea

Hello Friends,

We’ve been drinking matcha tea for many years now, there are so many benefits to drinking matcha I will link an article here where you can read up on it. We both enjoy the cleaner taste of while still getting the caffeine in, instead of having a cup of coffee which we find can be a little too heavy at times. (We still do enjoy coffee too)

Matcha is just great hot, in a latte, or ice-cold it’s just another alternative when you aren’t in the coffee mood. We do not drink Matcha with any sugar in it, and that’s really key for us to not have the unnecessary sugar added to our day unlike with coffee where we prefer a little bit of sweetness added. We don’t really prefer it in our matcha.

We’ve tried out a few brands and have found only a couple that we really like to repurchase. One of our favorites has to be Ippodo Tea. But honestly, it can be quite costly if you drink it on a daily basis like we do. Another brand that we like that is Mizbuba Tea Co. we find them to be more affordable, but never lacking in quality if you’re interesting in purchasing I will link their website for you, you can also read up more on the company. We also wanted to share a discount code we found through their Instagram, which we weren’t sure if it would still be valid, so I emailed with the company and they said it should be good from here on out. For 10% off all orders use: InstaTeaTime

We always make sure to use this discount when we place an order extra savings is always nice. We are not affiliates by any means just really enjoy their matcha.

We’ve been enjoying matcha simply lately, we got this idea from LeefromAmerica’s Instagram check her out we love her content. This is a super simple, easy no need to boil hot water or whisking involved way to enjoy your matcha.

Directions to simple ice cold matcha:

  1. Take a jar that you have a lid to, we just used a good ol’ mason jar.

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2. Place 1 tsp. of matcha powder in, then place a few ice cubes into jar (please put however much you like of both). Fill 2/3 jar with filtered water,

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3. Lastly shake vigorously until you see no lumps of matcha, and boom it’s done and ready for your enjoyment. It should be nice and frothy at the top.

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4. I then fill the rest of the jar up with more filtered water after shaking, (having a bit of space at the top helps it become nice and foamy.)

Please feel free to add stevia drops as we do once in while, or your favorite milk. We’ve been enjoying Oat milk a lot lately, but we also reach for the unsweetened macadamia nut milk also.

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Thanks so much for reading hope you all give this a try and enjoy!

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May 2018 Snack favorites

Hello friends!

Now that the month of May is coming to an end. We wanted to share the snacks/treats we’ve been loving as of lately.

1. Smart Sweets Gummy Bears
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These gummy bears help curve our sweet tooth without the guilt! I will link off their websites FAQ page. This bag is about palm size and comes in a sour or fruity flavor, I think they have more, but these are the only ones they had at our wholefoods. More options are available on their website. These are sweetened with stevia which is an amazing natural sweetener. Available on their website and at Wholefoods stores! Give them a try.

2. Dahlicious Lassi Organic – Alphonso Mango

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If you’re a fan of yogurt kefirs or mango lassi drinks than you must try this! This taste just like a mango lassi, but loaded with tons of probiotics. This is one of our favorite ways to start off the mornings when we’re in a rush, just poor some into a glass and enjoy. We’ve only been able to find this at Wholefoods Markets. If you’re able to find this we suggest you give it a try.

3. Trail Nuggets PRO – Peanut butter & Cocoa

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We’ve been on the search for protein bars that don’t contain a bunch of unknown ingredients these have the cleanest ingredients that we’ve been able to find so far. The ingredients are simple just: Dates, Peanuts, Pea Protein, Cocoa, Peanut Flour, Water, Coconut Sugar, Salt. We like to bring these on hikes or just keep some at work in the office just anywhere really. We by these by the box at Trader Joes I think its $17.99 for a 12 count.

4. Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes

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These rice cakes are super convenient to have and we like to snack with them alone or use it as our toast for an avocado toast with an egg on top. Also we have topped it with a bit of peanut or almond butter, bananas and some local honey that we use to combat our allergies. We’ve been able to find these at our local Raley’s, Trader Joe’s, & Wholefoods.

 

Thank you for reading! hope you enjoyed.

Please let us know if you’re able to try these snacks. Also we would love any snack recommendations as well 🙂

 

 

 

 

Energy Bites/ Fat Ball Recipe

Hello friends!

We are back with our take on a simple recipe from leefromamerica, we’ve been making these a lot lately. If you have not heard of these energy bites then I will leave a link for you to read more about it.

Yes these are very dense and high in fat and high in calories, but this is something Raphy and I do not consume everyday. It is something we eat before the gym, hike or when we just do not have the time to actually sit down and eat something. These are easy to grab and go to tie you over until your next meal.

We love them because they are easy to make and you can tweak them to your own palette or just to whatever that’s available to you.

Energy Bites/ Fat ball recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Roasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup Raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup Raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut shreds
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup Coconut butter/ Mana
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Organic cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Flax Meal
  • 1 tbsp Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 Dates – Any kind (pitted)
  • 1/3 cup Flax Milk – Any plant base milk (add in increments to gauge consistency, may need more or less)
  1. First thing we do is roast our almonds, we do not roast any of the other nuts but for some reason we just find it tastes better to us when we roast the almonds. The almonds are raw and unsalted. We roasted all of the almonds we had since we were making more than one batch.

Preheat oven to 350°F line your baking sheet with parchment paper then spread the almonds evenly. Place in oven for about 10 minutes stirring around (making sure all sides get toasty) every 2 minutes with a wooden spoon, do this until it reaches your desired level.

*Tip in the bulk sections of the supermarket they have already unsalted, dry roasted almonds but they charge you $1.00 or so more per pound. We chose to just roast a bunch ourselves.

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2. Next, add all nuts into the blender food processor pulse and blend until there are no big chunks.

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3. Then add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor. Begin by pulsing then blend on high until you reach a doughy like consistency. (adding milk in increments)

4. Roll them out on to a sheet of parchment paper and store in a glass container freeze for 1 hr then move them to the refrigerator.

*Tip we like to roll the balls into different sizes so that we have options when choosing. Depending if we just need a small bite in between meals or something larger for a long hike.

For something extra you can roll them in coconut shreds, cacao powder, or any kind of ground nuts. Just make sure they are finely ground enough for a good coat. We only did 2 because our coconut shreds were too coarse.

Lastly here are pictures of some of the ingredients so you guys have a point of reference.

Hope you enjoy, again feel free to change any ingredient please share with us any of your recipes you’ve tried. We always change it up it all depends on what ingredients we have on hand with us in our cabinets.

Snack of the Month April 2017

Hello Friends!

PB and J, two ways!

This is a new series we wanted to introduce to our blog, We will keep them short and sweet. Normally when we snack we try to keep the snacks quick, simple and easy to put together.

To kick off this series our snack of choice for the month of April 2017 was Peanut Butter and Strawberry jam on toast. A classic kids snack with a spin.

Start off by toasting your bread of choice, we’ve been loving this Ezekiel bread (we have the Low sodium version) This bread can be found in your local grocery stores in the freezer section. We love this sprouted grain bread, it really has been a game changer for us. We keep the bread in the freezer and when we want to enjoy a slice or two we heat it right up in the toaster. Honestly it may sound daunting to have to defrost the bread but it takes no time at all. We’ve even toasted some up on the stove top using a nonstick pan on medium heat. Since the bread has no preservatives (which is one of the things we love about it) leaving it in the freezer helps it keep longer.

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Some good bread.

Next choose your jam/conserve/preserve of choice, we picked up ours from whole foods it’s the 365 brand.

As for the peanut butter we went with the creamy version, Trader Joe’s also carries great options for both items.

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Once your bread is all nice and toasted just apply as much or as little of peanut butter and jelly to it and enjoy! We know it’s so simple and takes us back to our childhoods, we just took it and tried to make it a bit ‘healthier’.

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Tip – Second Option – PB and J Quesadilla style.

If you want something lower in carbs then you can grab yourself a low carb whole wheat tortilla and toast it up in a pan on the stove top and apply some peanut butter and jelly on one of each side, and enjoy this simple on the go PB &J.

(We ran out of the whole wheat tortillas that’s why there aren’t any photos of this version.)

We love PB and J sandwiches! Hope you all enjoyed this Snack of the Month Segment 🙂

Comment if you love PB AND J!

Noodle Bowl Recipe (vegan)

Hello friends,

We are here again with a super quick and easy noodle recipe. Please keep reading for all ingredients and recipe. Raphy and I enjoy this for lunch or dinner. Yes this is a vegan recipe, and no we are not vegan so for my non-vegans please modify to your liking. We have had this with fish, shrimp and chicken and this recipe is great any way you change it up. So please try it out.

You will need the following:
  • Organic Millet brown rice ramen noodles
  • Fresh Basil (any fresh herbs you have)
  • Portobello Mushroom (any mushroom you like)
  • Avocado
  • Organic salad greens
For the dressing you will need:
  • 2 tsp – Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp – Toasted Sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp – Hot chili oil (only if you want it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 tsp – Fresh squeezed Tangerine/ Orange juice or (citrus of choice)

First make the dressing, combine all ingredients in serving bowl of choice mix thoroughly.

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Boil noodles according to package instructions. Once noodles are cooked, drain and immediately (while still warm) add into bowl with the dressing. Mix well, until all noodles are coated.

Using the same pot as you boiled the noodles in, saute the mushrooms on medium heat with a splash of water (about 1 1/2- 2 tsp), and a pinch of salt (we use this method to cut down on oil.)  But if you don’t really care too much about that than add 1/4 tsp of olive oil with pinch of salt. We’ve made them both ways and agree they taste no different in our opinion.

When the mushrooms are done to your liking, before you add them to your noodles place the fresh basil on top of the noodles so when you add the warm sautéed mushrooms it will wilt the basil.

Next add half an avocado, and top it all off with some of your favorite fresh greens.

Lastly, mix it all up and enjoy with your favorite beverage.

Thank you all so much for reading, til next time! 🙂

 

Amazing Grass- Green super food

Amazing Grass – Green Super food Powder

Hello all!

We wanted to share something we’ve incorporated into our diets recently. If you are like us and find yourself struggling with including enough fruits and greens in your diet then this product may be something up your alley. We’ve been supplementing with this product for about a month and a half now, and wanted to share our personal opinion and experience with it. The reason we ordered this product was to ensure that we were in-taking enough fruits and vegetables and vitamins in our daily diet. For the most part we feel like it is hard for us to get in all of the daily nutrients the body needs.

This product is great for our lifestyle, it is simple and does not taste horrible (mind you we like the very green flavor it has) but we know it is not for everyone. We appreciate that this company makes their products Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, and Kosher. They offer various flavors, (such as berry, lemon, and acai) but we just went for the tried and true original formula and flavor. You can click Here to the Amazing Grass website where you can see more information and flavors they have available. We bought ours through Amazon for faster shipping we also read many reviews and decided to give it a try. Since taking this supplement we’ve noticed that we both have a lot more energy throughout the day, and we don’t feel as groggy as the day progresses. We take this once a day in the morning in a smoothie. Below we will list the smoothie recipe we use, it can vary from day-to-day. But we will include things you can add if you are not fond of the distinct “green” taste it has. We think it is a great option for people like us who try their best to get in all their fruits and greens, but know that some days it just does not happen.

Ingredients for Green smoothie:
  • 1 – 1/2 cup – Water or coconut water (Soy, almond, coconut milk) or (freshly squeezed juice)
  • 1 scoop – Green Super food powder (scoop is included)
  • 1 tbsp – Organic Maca powder or ( 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds, collagen peptide powder)
  • 1 cup – Frozen mango chunks or (any fruit you have on hand, berries, stone fruit, melons)
  • 1/2 – Banana and/or (1 tbsp Honey Greek yogurt)
  • Ice optional (if you use fresh fruit and want it a bit colder)

*One tip we do recommend is that you place in the liquids and fruit first before the powder for a better overall blend.

This is are basic recipe you can change-up the flavor profiles by interchanging with the ingredient options listed beside each. The options we listed are just some variations that we use to change-up the taste. Hope you found this post helpful, and please let us know of any recommendations you have or let us know if you’ve ever tried this powder out. Thank you all.