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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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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Chickpea Cookie Dough

I have another pantry staple recipe for you this week, using chickpeas. If you missed my post last week, I posted a variety of Pantry Staple Recipes using popular pantry staple items.

I’ve seen a lot of sweet chickpea recipes- anything from chickpea cookies to chickpea blondies. I decided to put my can of chickpeas to use and make a sweet dessert! This chickpea cookie dough is made with 6 simple ingredients and is gluten free and vegan. The best part is it can be made in 5 minutes or less!

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Black Bean Brownies

I’m not gonna lie, I had seen Black Bean Brownies before and was a bit skeptical about how they’d taste. Since it’s quarantine time due to COVID-19 in NYC and I have some extra cans of black beans, I decided to give it a try. I was honestly so surprised how easy it was to put this recipe together and how much the batter tastes like brownies! Only this recipe is gluten free, vegan, contains no refined sugar, is rich in fiber, and made with real food ingredients!

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Dessert Dates

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of dates. They taste so sweet and delicious all by themselves. I like to use dates as sweeteners in recipes instead of any form of added sugar. Unlike straight sweetener such as cane sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup or even honey, dates are sweet but contain fiber. Fiber is the indigestible are of food that are associated with several potential health benefits. Fiber also helps keep you feeling full and satisfied.

These stuffed dates are my favorite little dessert pieces. They take about 10 seconds to make and offer the perfect amount of sweetness after a meal. After dinner, I always crave something sweet, but I don’t typically have a lot of sweets around. These desserts are perfect to satisfy this sweet craving because they can be assembled quickly and provide just the right amount of sweetness.

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Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce

I’m so excited to introduce this new recipe! It is made with local and seasonal (to NYC) ingredients, is so easy to make, and is damn delicious! This recipe is gluten free, nut free, vegan, paleo, and whole 30 approved. It’s made with minimal ingredients and is honestly so easy to make. I hope you enjoy! 😊

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

✨Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies✨ Fun Fact: when I was younger oatmeal raisin were my favorite cookies, but none of the other kids ever liked them because they were “healthy” cookies. The other day, out of curiosity, I looked up oatmeal raisin recipes and realized there is nothing healthy about them! So I decided to make my own. Warning: these are addicting!

Unlike most oatmeal raisin cookie recipes that are made with white flour and refined sugar, this recipe is made with real food ingredients, gluten free, and rich in fiber.

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“Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup

Introducing my “Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup. This soup is soo creamy and delicious! It is the perfect cozy recipe for the Fall season. It has a creamy and cheesy flavor, but is completely dairy-free! This recipe is also gluten free, vegan, paleo, whole 30 approved and so easy to make!

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Lite Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Added Sugar Free Pumpkin Bread

I made my Gluten Free, Added Sugar Free Pumpkin Bread a little bit differently this week. It is a very similar recipe, but has a lite spin on it. As usual, it is made with real food ingredients And let me tell you it is GOOD! This recipe makes 1 loaf, which I typically cut into 6 slices. The best part is, it is LESS THAN 200 CALORIES PER SLICE (1 slice = 1/6 loaf). That is correct! It is less calories than those bars most people are snacking on and waayyyy more delicious. Check out this easy recipe below and please comment if you give it a try!

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