Mocha & Banana ‘Superfoods’ Overnight Oats – change the way you eat to feel better!

Mocha & Banana 'Superfoods' Overnight Oats - change the way you eat to feel better!

Mocha & Banana ‘Superfoods’ Overnight Oats – change the way you eat to feel better!

In case you can’t tell, I’m on a total superfoods kick right now. I started adding them into my diet a few months ago and I have noticed HUGE changes in my overall mood & energy level. I am now eating them every morning and sometimes also in the afternoon if I’m feeling sluggish!

1/2cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1/2cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 banana
1/2tbsp TruVibe Organics chia seeds
1tsp instant dark roast coffee
1/2tsp TruVibe Organics cacao powder
1 stevia packet

Topping:
1/2 banana
1tsp TruVibe Organics hemp seed
1/2tsp TruVibe Organics cacao nibs

Mash half of the banana in a bowl with a fork and then mix in the milk. Add in the oatmeal, coffee, chia seeds, cacao powder and stevia. Refrigerate overnight. Serve in the morning with the remaining banana and add on the hemp seed/cacao nibs!

Iced Dark Chocolate & Caramel PROTEIN Coffee – with Maca Powder!

Iced Dark Chocolate & Caramel PROTEIN Coffee - with Maca Powder!

Iced Dark Chocolate & Caramel PROTEIN Coffee – with Maca Powder!

Iced Dark Chocolate & Caramel PROTEIN Coffee! Not only is this a great source of protein but it also gets its ‘caramel’ flavor from an amazing superfood – MACA POWDER! Which is known to increase libido, athletic endurance, regulate mood and is full of vitamins & minerals!

1cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder
1tsp instant dark coffee
1.5tsp TruVibe Organics cacao powder
1tsp TruVibe Organics maca powder
1 stevia packet
1cup of ice
Optional: 1/4tsp xanthan gum (makes it extra thick & creamy)
Topping:
Hershey’s sugar free chocolate syrup
Walden Farm’s Caramel Syrup
TruVibe Organics cacao nibs

Place everything minus the topping ingredients in a blender and blend!

Triple Chocolate frozen Cheesecake with only 140 calories – perfect low calorie summer time treat!

Triple Chocolate frozen Cheesecake with only 140 calories - perfect low calorie summer time treat!

Triple Chocolate frozen Cheesecake with only 140 calories – perfect low calorie summer time treat!

Triple Chocolate frozen Cheesecake with only 140 calories – perfect clean cheat!

33grams fat free Philadelphia Cream Cheese
18grams fat free Cool Whip
3/4tsp TruVibe Organics Cacao Powder
1 packet of stevia
1/2oz Amber Lyn Chocolates Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Chunks
Sugar Free Chocolate Sauce

Place chocolate in an unsealed zip lock back and melt in the microwave for 45-60 seconds or until melted. Once melted, snip off the corner of the bag and squeeze into the bottom of a silicone muffin cup. Place in freezer to allow chocolate to set.

In a small bowl mix together the cream cheese and cool whip until well combined. Next add in the cacao powder & stevia and stir until smooth. Add to the muffin cup on top of the chocolate and place back in freezer for at least 2 hours. Enjoy with some sugar free chocolate sauce. Perfect low calorie summer time treat!

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Chocolate & Raspberry Crepes! The perfect weekend morning breakfast!

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Chocolate & Raspberry Crepes! The perfect weekend morning breakfast!

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Chocolate & Raspberry Crepes! The perfect weekend morning breakfast!

Makes 2 servings
Dry ingredients:
2tbsp of Better Body Foods coconut flour
1tbsp TruVibe Organics cacao powder
1/4tsp ground flaxseed
1/4tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients:
5.5oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 large egg whites – room temperature
1tbsp Better Body Foods agave nectar
1tbsp melted Better Body Foods coconut oil

Filling:
4 large fresh raspberries
1tsp water
1 packet of stevia
33grams fat free Philadelphia cream cheese
50grams Dannon Light & Fit fat free vanilla greek yogurt
Topping: additional raspberries & sugar free chocolate sauce

Crack 3 egg whites into a bowl and allow to reach room temperature. In a separate bowl add the milk with the agave nectar and microwave for 20 seconds. (this will keep the melted coconut oil from hardening when added). Once milk & egg whites are room temperature, add in the egg whites & coconut oil. Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and then whisk in the wet ingredients. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes so the coconut flour can soak up some of the liquid and thicken. Batter will still be runnier than pancake batter.

While the batter is resting, make your crème filling! Place the 4 raspberries, packet of stevia and teaspoon of water in a small bowl and microwave for 25 seconds. Next stir in the cream cheese until smooth and then add in the greek yogurt. Set aside.

Cook 1/8 of a cups worth of batter in a small skillet over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, without flipping and then slide out of pan onto a plate. While the next one is cooking, add 1tbsp of filling to crepe and roll up. Repeat with remaining batter/filling. Top with some more fresh raspberries & sugar free chocolate sauce.

Dark Chocolate “Superfoods” overnight PROTEIN oats! These oats are PACKED with nutrients from chia seeds, maca powder & cacao powder – see below for their great health benefits if you’re not already consuming them!

Dark Chocolate "Superfoods" overnight PROTEIN oats! These oats are PACKED with nutrients from chia seeds, maca powder & cacao powder - see below for their great health benefits if you're not already consuming them.

Dark Chocolate “Superfoods” overnight PROTEIN oats! These oats are PACKED with nutrients from chia seeds, maca powder & cacao powder – see below for their great health benefits if you’re not already consuming them.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 scoop of Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder
3/4cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4cup fat free vanilla greek yogurt
1tbsp TruVibe Organics chia seeds
1tbsp TruVibe Organics cacao powder
1tsp TruVibe Organics maca powder
1/4tsp vanilla extract
2 packets of stevia
Sugar free chocolate sauce
Banana for garnish

Mix together all ingredients (except chocolate sauce & banana) in a bowl or a jar with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat! Super simple!

 

Chia seeds can help with weight loss & reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel. They are also great for athletes because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body. There’s evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure. They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!

Maca powder is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It serves as a boost to your libido & increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility. If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms! Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression.

Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. The cacao bean is also rich in magnesium, an energy mineral and vital electrolyte. This super-food is also a good source of sulfur. Sulfur is associated with strong nails, shiny hair and a healthy liver and pancreas.

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana breakfast Quinoa – Kid approved!

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana breakfast Quinoa - Kid approved!

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana breakfast Quinoa – Kid approved!

Ingredients

60grams precooked Better Body Foods quinoa
1 Banana
1.5tsp of TruVibe Organics cacao powder
1tbsp peanut butter
1/4tsp Better Body Foods organic pure vanilla extract
1/2packet stevia

Mash the banana & peanut butter together in a bowl with a fork. Next add in the cacao powder, vanilla & stevia and stir until well combined. Finally mix the cooked quinoa into the banana mixture & enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chia PROTEIN Bites – Quick & Easy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chia PROTEIN Bites - Quick & Easy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chia PROTEIN Bites – Quick & Easy!

Ingredients:

2 scoops (60grams) of Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder
1tbsp TruVibe Organics chia seeds
2tbsp Better Body Foods agave nectar
2tbsp of Better Body Foods coconut oil
1tbsp of TruVibe Organics cacao powder
2tbsp of nut butter of choice
4-5tbsp of milk of choice
1/4 reduced fat unsweetened finely shredded coconut

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl EXCEPT the coconut. I find it best to knead it like a dough with my hands as it will start out pretty crumbly. Slowly add the milk in as the amount needed will probably differ with different protein powders. Once you have formed one large dough ball, break off pieces and roll into desired size balls and place on a piece of wax/parchment paper. After you have all of your balls formed, place the coconut on a plate and roll each ball. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Reduced fat/calorie Peanut Butter PROTEIN Brownies – Gluten Free!

Reduced fat/calorie Peanut Butter PROTEIN Brownies!

Reduced fat/calorie Peanut Butter PROTEIN Brownies!

 

I was able to significantly reduce the calories/fat in these brownies by using Better Body Foods PB Fit powdered peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter! Another way I kept the calories down was by using TruVibe Organics pure CACAO powder instead of regular cocoa powder. The depth of the dark chocolate flavor is so much stronger than regular cocoa powder that I was able to eliminate using chocolate chips! These come out to 81 calories per brownie/1300 for entire 8×8 pan.

Ingredients:

105grams of Better Body Foods PB Fit (mixed with 1/2cup + 1 tbsp water)

5tbsp of ground oats (measure after grinding oats – use gluten free oats if necessary)

1/4cup of TruVibe Organics pure cocao powder (http://truvibeorganics.com/)

1 scoop Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder

1/2tsp baking powder

1/4tsp baking soda

3tbsp Better Body Foods agave nectar

2tbsp Better Body Foods coconut palm sugar

2tbsp stevia in the raw

1tsp Better Body Foods pure vanilla extract

3/4cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Don’t attempt to make these without the parchment paper. They WILL STICK even with cooking spray!

In a medium size bowl add the oat flour, cocao, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and then set aside.

In a small bowl mix the powdered peanut butter with the water(1/2cup + 1tbsp) until well mixed. Measure out 1/2 cup of the peanut butter (save the rest to swirl on the top) and place it in a large bowl with the coconut palm sugar, stevia, vanilla, agave and applesauce. Beat wet mixture using a hand mixer. After the mixture is smooth add the egg and beat lightly until combined. Add the wet mixture into the oat mixture and stir just until combined making sure not to over mix. Pour into 8×8 baking dish and swirl the remaining peanut butter into the top. Bake for about 22-24 minutes making sure not to over cook. I took mine out at 22 minutes and they were perfectly cakey/fudgy!

*NEW PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – TruVibe Raw Organic Superfood*

*NEW PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - TruVibe Raw Organic Superfood*

*NEW PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – TruVibe Raw Organic Superfood*

For those of you that know me personally, you know that I am all about taking vitamins and consuming superfoods that are high in antioxidants. I firmly believe in their ability to nourish & heal the body as well as slow down the aging process. I am about to be 34 years old (eek!) and I don’t feel that I look it, granted I may be somewhat biased! I contribute this to what I put into my body (minus the occasional cheats!).

Now on to my most recent find! Let me introduce you to TruVibe which is a US based raw & organic superfood company out of Nevada (I love supporting the US economy). I came across them in my search for a new brand of Maca powder & Cocao nibs for some new recipes that I’ve had brewing in my head. Last week I picked up their Maca powder, Goji Berries, Cocao power & Cocao Nibs (they also offer Hemp Seed & Chia Seed).

I encourage you to check them out and also look into the benefits of these superfoods. I’ve found that their products can currently be purchased on either their website http://truvibeorganics.com/ or Amazon.com

Now let me give you a quick rundown on the products…Superfoods in general have high nutrient density and tend to make you feel good. I have found that they tend to take consistent use for a week or two to really notice the benefits. It’s subtle at first and then if you miss a day you really notice it! I feel like they help my recovery times from working out, partying, and stress. I also notice just general mood elevation after a few days of use.

Cacao is raw chocolate and really what’s not to love?

Cacao has tons of antioxidants, magnesium and anandamide which is known as the bliss chemical which makes people happy. 80+% of the population is deficient in magnesium and Cacao is one of the best food sources of it.

Cacao nibs I add to lots of things…smoothies, on top of coconut ice cream, on top of waffles or in the mix for breakfast, in cookies and sometimes right out of the bag. I tend to find I really like them on top of something else or mixed in something as opposed to right out of the bag. They tend to have a liqueur taste if eaten right out of the bag…hence all the chocolate liqueurs.I find that the liqueur taste completely disappears when added to other foods, even just as a topper.

Maca is an adaptogen which is one in every 3500 plants. It means that it helps your body adapt hence the name. It’s adaptogen qualities help balance your hormones and fight stress. Maca is also very well known for increasing both male and female libido. And, lastly but very importantly it is known for increasing energy. The energy kick with maca is very real. You don’t need much of it to feel it.

Maca has a very unique taste that is closest to a powdery carmel flavor and can be somewhat of an acquired taste and not to use too much of it til you get used to the taste. It can over power everything and if you don’t like the taste of it you’ll hate whatever you make. Thus, I’d say start slow with Maca and build up. You don’t need a lot of maca to feel the effects and because the flavor can be so powerful like I said start slow and mix it in things that blend down it flavor. Took me a while to get used to it but now it’s one of my favorite superfoods because of the energy boost it provides. It’s really strong and lasts throughout the day.

Goji is the anchor point in Chinese Traditional and Tibetan Traditional medicine. Both of those are based around prevention rather than to treat illness like the western cultures. They do have remedies for illness too but they seem to have it figured out with the prevention model from the start.

Goji is known to boost your immune system and has a ton of antioxidants. It is also the best fruit source of protein. In terms of taste and use: Goji tastes good and has a sweet taste to start with and a little herb aftertaste. I love eating them right out of the bag and sometimes add them to smoothies or on top of healthy desserts or other breakfast goodies.

Like I said, I highly encourage you to check them out if you’re not familiar with them!

http://truvibeorganics.com/