How to Build A Healthy Smoothie

It is officially summer! I don’t know about you, but over the summer I crave all of the hydrating fruits and vegetables. What better way to eat your fruits and veggies, but in a smoothie?

Smoothies are a staple for me. However, not all smoothies are created equal. My biggest pet peeve is going into a seemingly healthy smoothie shop only to see that their smoothies are basically the equivalent of froyo. In this post, I wanted to lay a foundation of how to build a great, healthy smoothie. You can mix and match ingredients to your taste preferences, or you can check out the Smoothies Tab on my blog for a variety of different smoothie recipes.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake or a Smoothie Bowl? You will be shocked to see the simple, real food ingredients in this smoothie that tastes like an indulgent treat!

This smoothie is made with primarily fruit and vegetable and, of course, peanut butter.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Nice Cream

Ice cream is my all time favorite dessert, especially during the summer. My favorite flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough! I made this ice cream recipe uses my Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies, but you can use any gluten free and vegan cookies of your choice choice. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and made with all real food ingredients!

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Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

As the weather gets warmer and we approach summer, I love fresh, hydrating recipes. This shrimp bowl is one of my favorites! It is so simple and delicious and tastes so refreshing.

The shrimp is cooked to have a honey- garlic flavor. The fruit salsa it is paired with is a mango-avocado salsa. You can substitute the mango for 1 cup cubed pineapple as well and it tastes equally delicious. The recipe is topped with a fresh squeeze of lime juice.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Pizza is hands down one of my favorite foods. A few years ago, I began dabbling with making cauliflower pizza crusts. The biggest issues that I found was that the crusts didn’t stick together or primarily consisted of cheese. I wanted to make a cauliflower pizza crust that 1) actually stayed together, 2) was made with simple, wholesome ingredients, and 3) was dairy free/paleo friendly.

This cauliflower pizza crust is only made with four ingredients and is gluten free, dairy free, and paleo! This crust is very simple and tastes plain, similar to how a regular pizza crust would also taste plain by itself. I like to think of the crust as the canvas and and the toppings are like the paint.

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Cacao Ice Cream

Celebrating Memorial Day weekend with this no churn Cacao Ice Cream! This recipe is gluten free,vegan, paleo, whole 30 and so easy to make- all you need to do is blend ingredients and allow it to freeze! Go to the link below for the full recipe details!
https://wellbymelnutrition.com/2019/07/08/cacao-ice-cream/

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Cacao No Churn Ice Cream! I don’t know about you, but I always need something sweet after dinner and fruit just doesn’t always cut it, sometimes I want chocolate.  I’ve been making “nice cream” because it’s so easy and tastes amazing! This recipe is also gluten free, vegan, paleo, whole 30, and only  5 ingredients!

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Blueberry Basil Smoothie

I picked up basil from the grocery store the other week and they only had the basil plant. I decided to pot it in an old, glass peanut butter jar, thinking that it wouldn’t last long in my windowsill. I have tried to grow basil plants multiple times in my windowsill, but every time have been unsuccessful. Maybe because it’s quarantine and I’m home and my basil plant is getting the TLC it needs, but it is thriving in my windowsill! Now, I’m going to have to think about re-potting it in an actual pot..

My new basil plant as well as the warmer weather inspired me to make this Blueberry Basil smoothie. This recipe is gluten free, vegan, paleo, and whole 30. It only requires 4 ingredients to make!

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The Easiest Banana Bread Recipe

During this quarantine, it seems like everyone is making banana bread. I had two very ripe bananas in my kitchen and decided to get on the banana bread train. This is truly such an easy recipe. All you need to do is blend ingredients and bake and you’ve got a healthy and delicious banana bread!

This banana bread tastes sweet, but contains no added sugar- it is naturally sweetened by the bananas and dates. This recipe is also gluten free and dairy free.

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Veggie Cauliflower Rice Paella 🥘💃🏼

I just remade my Veggie Cauliflower Rice Paella and it was so good, I wanted to re-share! Click the link below to see the original recipe.

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Veggie cauliflower rice paella! 🥘💃🏼 You definitely need to check this one out. This dish is made 100% with veggies- riced cauliflower, onion, red bell pepper, tomato, peas, artichokes, parsley, garlic, and spices. It is completely grain free, gluten-free, and so easy to make and freaking delicious! The recipe below makes about 2 servings.

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