Maca Chai Smoothie

I’ve started incorporating Maca powder into my routine since my hormones seem to be all over the place. Maca is touted as being able to potentially balance hormones, support hormone production, and result in some crazy-sweet benefits, like easing PMS & Menopause, aiding in fertility issues, reversing hypothyroidism, and improving libido (bow chicka wow-wow!). The taste takes some getting used to, but I found a chai-flavored one at Whole Foods that I like (see photo below).

Ingredients:

1.5 cups coconut milk or almond milk

1 sliced frozen banana

1 Tbsp. Almond butter

1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 tsp. Maca boost (see product pic below)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender & blend to desired consistency. Pour in a glass & drink (it’s more fun with a straw)!

P.S. Here is the Maca powder I used (I got it from Whole Foods):

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Best Banana Bread

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This recipe wins every time. That is all.

Ingredients

2 very ripe bananas (brown and gross-looking is best)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup organic sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted butter
1 large egg
Chocolate chips, optional
Chopped walnuts, optional

Mash bananas in a bowl with a fork. Add in remaining ingredients until just combined (do not over mix). Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Cool, slice, and devour the heaven-sent gloriousness that is banana bread!

Boyfriend-Approved Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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I have absolutely nothing against Paula Deen. However, I was skeptical when I found this recipe. A Paula Deen recipe with no…*gulp*…butter?? Healthy, even? It’s true. And I have to tell you…this Cauliflower Crust Pizza is the chiz (for lack of a better adjective). It’s easy to make, too. Also, I’d totally promote it as an arm workout, if you switch arms halfway through grating the cauliflower.

Anyway, just try it when you get a chance. It won’t disappoint.

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
2 1/2 cups grated cauliflower (approx. half a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Pizza sauce of your choice
More cheese and your favorite pizza toppings (I like black olives, peppers, mushrooms, and spinach)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper.

Grate the cauliflower with a box grater until you have 2 1/2 cups. Place in large bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes. Remove and let cool.

Once cool, mix in the beaten egg, mozzarella, Parmesan, and salt and pepper. Once combined, press into a pizza pan. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.

Top the pizza with sauce and your favorite toppings. Bake in the oven for another 10 minutes or so, until bubbly and beautiful. Enjoy!

Bubblegum Smoothie Recipe

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So, this was one of those happy accidents…you know, where you throw most of what you have in the fridge directly into your blender and see what happens? Yeah, well it turned out amazing. Just like that chewy, fun confection that reminds us of our carefree childhood: bubblegum!

Ingredients:

-1 cherry-flavored Chobani greek yogurt
-3/4 c. frozen strawberries
-1 cup fresh diced pineapple
-a few fresh blueberries
-1 1/2 ripe bananas
-1 scoop Herbalife french vanilla healthy meal shake (or any vanilla protein powder you like)
-About a cup of orange juice
-Handful of baby greens (or spinach)

Blend to desired consistency and enjoy!

*There are no rules when it comes to smoothies – that’s one of the many things I love about them! So add what you have and adjust to your taste. Smoothies are tailored to you, so create the flavors that excite you.

xoxo Steph

Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

There’s something undeniably satisfying about soup, particularly in the cold-weather months (which we have many of here in CT). Soup warms the soul. This pumpkin soup is so uplifting, even the vibrant orange color makes me happy. I love soup because it fills the belly at a low calorie cost.

The health benefits of this soup are innumerable. Pumpkin is a fantastic source of fiber and Vitamin C. It also has loads of Potassium (more than bananas, surprisingly) and contains the cancer-preventing antioxidant beta-carotene. Carotenoids are free-radical neutralizers which may prevent wrinkles, so for that reason alone, I’m sold on pumpkin.

Curry powder has its own special health benefits as well. This soup does not have an overwhelming curry scent or taste, if you’re not fond of it. So try it! Curry helps control blood sugar, has cancer-preventive benefits, may help lower cholesterol, and has detoxifying effects.

So without further ado:

Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
-1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced (white button work great, baby bella as well)
-1/2 cup chopped onion
-2 tablespoons butter or margarine
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder
-3 cups vegetable broth (I’ve made this with chicken broth as well and that works too)
-1 15-oz can solid-pack pumpkin
-1 12-oz can evaporated milk
-2 tablespoons honey
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the mushrooms and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour and curry powder and blend well. Cook for a couple minutes to get rid of that raw flour taste. Slowly add in all the broth. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add in the pumpkin, milk, honey, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Heat through. Makes 7 servings. You can garnish this with sour cream and chives if you feel so inclined, I usually skip the garnish because it’s fabulous on its own!

If you’re wondering, the honey does not make it sweet, it just has this perfect balance of flavors. Even my brothers (meat-and-potato kind of eaters) love this soup. It’s a crowd pleaser, is great to entertain with, and makes excellent leftovers.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

xo Steph

Glowing Green Smoothie

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If you want glowing skin, you really want to work from the inside out. Glowing skin starts with proper nutrition, and getting all those lovely nutrients and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables into your body. It will thank you in many ways, and will be reflected on your face.

I can’t say enough about smoothies. Smoothies are the perfect way to pack a punch of vitamins and minerals. They are quick, easy, convenient, portable, and allow you to get as much vitamins as possible into a small package. Sometimes the sheer volume of a giant salad is not appealing to me. Enter smoothies. Plus you can drink them at your desk. Did I mention I LOVE smoothies? 😉

Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe

Place into a blender:

-1 cup frozen fruit (I used a mixed bag of strawberries, peaches, and mangoes)
-1 cup almond milk
-1 tsp honey
-1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (Fage! Try it – you won’t regret it!)
-1 ripe banana
-1 scoop Herbalife Healthy Meal in French Vanilla (use any vanilla protein powder you like)
-1 big handful fresh greens (I used spinach in this)

Blend away, pour into a chilled glass, and slurp the frothy goodness from a straw (if you’re a kid at heart, like me).

Glowing yet?? 🙂

xo Steph

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