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!

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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.

Triple “P” – Peach Protein Power Smoothie! Never heard of Maca Powder? See below for 5 reasons you should include it into your regular healthy lifestyle!

Triple "P" - Peach Protein Power Smoothie! Never heard of Maca Powder? See below for 5 reasons you should include it into your regular healthy lifestyle!

Triple “P” – Peach Protein Power Smoothie! Never heard of Maca Powder? See below for 5 reasons you should include it into your regular healthy lifestyle!

1cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder
1 medium frozen banana
1 medium peach
1tsp TruVibe Organics (@truvibeorganics) MACA POWDER
1/2cup vanilla fat free greek yogurt
1/4tsp vanilla extract
1 packet of stevia
Optional: 1/4tsp xanthan gum (makes it so creamy!)
Blend everything together in a blender & enjoy!

I use a Ninja Blender for all of my smoothies & I am extremely happy with it!

#1 Vitamins – Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

#2 Sexual function/Mood Balance – 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.

#3 Energy – Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!

#4 Skin – Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.

#5 General health – Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.

CHIA – Ancient Super- Seeds that Will Change Your Life | Healthy Food MindHealthy Food Mind

CHIA

Ancient Super- Seeds that Will Change Your Life | Healthy Food MindHealthy Food Mind.

This is a great read on why you should be eating Chia Seeds. I use my TruVibe Organics Chia Seeds daily in either oatmeal, smoothies or pudding and absolutely love it!

 

 

Maca & Goji Chocolate Avocado PROTEIN Truffles!

Maca & Goji Chocolate Avocado PROTEIN Truffles!

Maca & Goji Chocolate Avocado PROTEIN Truffles!

I feel like all I really need to say about these is ‘CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES’, those 2 words alone would have me! But these aren’t just any chocolate truffles….these are Avocado chocolate truffles! I rolled half of them in ground up TruVibe Organics Goji berries and the other half have been rolled in TruVibe Organics Maca powder & then topped with Cocao Nibs, AMAZING! I promise you!

Ingredients:
1 large avocado (mine weighed in at 125grams out of skin)
110grams of semi sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
30grams of Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder (1 scoop)
1tsp of Better Body Foods organic pure vanilla extract
Topping:
1/4cup of TruVibe Goji berries (+1/2tbsp of flour of choice)
2tbsp TruVibe Maca powder
1/2tbsp TruVibe Organic Cocao nibs (+1/2tsp agave nectar)

TruVibe Organics Superfood products can be purchased here: http://truvibeorganics.com/

 

Place avocado in a food processor and blend until smooth. Next add in the protein powder and vanilla extract and continue to blend until well mixed. It will be pretty thick & dry at this point. Remove from food processor and place the mixture into a medium sized bowl.

Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish in the microwave for 1-1.5 minutes, stirring every 20 or so seconds. It took me just over a minute in my microwave to melt the chocolate. Pour melted chocolate on top of the avocado mixture and stir until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours to firm up.

Add the goji berries with about 1/2tbsp of flour(to keep from sticking together – I used gluten free oat flour) and blend until a fine powder. Remove dough from the refrigerator and roll into balls of desired size, placing on parchment paper. Add the maca powder & goji powder into two shallow dishes/plates and roll balls into them, using your fingers to smooth all over the outer surface. Take the maca powder balls & dip the very top part into a little agave nectar and then into the cocao nibs. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

*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/