Coconut Berry Smoothie Bowl

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I’ve been on a total smoothie kick lately. They’re super quick to make on mornings when I’m rushing out the door, and they make a good snack before work to hold me over until dinner. The only problem I have with smoothies is that sometimes I sip on them too quickly and don’t realize that I’m actually eating until it’s all gone. Solution? Smoothie Bowl. I know it sounds silly because it’s literally the exact same thing I’d be drinking from a straw, but there’s something psychological about eating from a bowl rather than drinking your meal that fills me up. Does this happen to anyone else?

I also love how versatile smoothie bowls can be! Blend up your favorite smoothie and top it with anything you’d like. I love to add fresh fruit, granola, coconut flakes, and hemp seeds for some added nutrition! Again I’m using the same vega one protein powder that I did in this delicious strawberry and chia seed protein shake, but use whatever protein powder you’d like or opt to leave it out. If you don’t have protein powder, try adding 1/2 cup greek yogurt instead!

Coconut Berry Smoothie Bowl

1 pack vega one berry nutritional shake, or 1 scoop preferred protein powder

1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup almond milk

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

topping suggestions:

blueberries

strawberries

banana

unsweetened coconut

hemp or chia seeds

granola

Mix protein powder, banana, blueberries, almond milk, and coconut in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until done. Pour into a bowl and add desired toppings. Enjoy!

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction

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Ask me to plan a meal and the first thing I think about is MEAT. (sorry vegetarians) Often I have a harder time thinking about side dishes to go along with the main event, and I find myself resorting to boring ol’ roasted veggies if I haven’t planned anything out. These prosciutto wrapped asparagus bundles are a great way to beat this problem that I experience probably a little too frequently. The prep is really quick and they only bake for 10 minutes! No excuses.

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Gorgonzola & Pear Galette

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Sometimes I like to be fancy. The days of putting on my prettiest princess dress with layers upon layers of fake pearls and sitting down with my company, usually stuffed animals and a parent I’d dragged along, for an afternoon tea, (apple juice) were without a doubt the best. We’d sip our juice, nibble on finger sandwiches, and discuss very important, thought provoking topics like where my queen of hearts doll’s crown had disappeared to and if I should choose sparkly nail polish over hot pink. Fast forward 15 years and not much has changed. I still love to have parties and still love to dress up and still love to have fancy party food. This gorgonzola and pear galette is one of them, and trust me, bite sized peanut butter and jelly sandwiches don’t even come close to competing.

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Backyard Snacks

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In my backyard there’s a garden filled with flowers, citrus trees, tons of herbs, different vegetables, and beets. Lots and lots of beets. So when it came time to whip up an afternoon snack, I felt like there was no other choice. I’ve never been a huge beet fan, simply because their natural, bright red, yet gorgeous, dye has no remorse and will try to ruin every piece of clothing you have on. But sometimes you just gotta go for it, and I’m SO glad I did. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised when these shriveled up red jewels came out of the oven. Simple, crunchy, and delicious is what these chips are all about. Making them into chips really transforms the flavor and texture and offers a lovely, healthy snack!

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