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My Favorite Post Workout Recovery Smoothie Recipe

If you know me by now, you know that smoothies are my freaking jam. Especially in the morning after a work out. There is nothing more tasty and refreshing than a protein smoothie for recovery after moving your body.

This is hands down my favorite post-work out + recovery smoothie. I love using collagen peptides for protein in my smoothies, not only because it supports good digestion and enhances your immune system but also because it aids in the growth and repair of tissues, tendons, joints and muscles.

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So, what’s the secret? Amino acids. Collagen peptides protein powder contains multiple chains of amino acids, including Glutamine which is a key amino acid for healing and cellular turnover and repair. I have linked below to a few of my favorite collagen protein powders.

(I get a v small kick back if you buy through these links, and appreciate the support as always!) 

Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen
Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel
Further Food Collagen (women-owned!)

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened nut milk of choice, I like cashew milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 big handful of spinach
1 tbsp. almond or cashew butter
1/4 avocado
2 scoops collagen (or equivalent to 20g)

Method:
Add everything to a high-speed blender and blend until combined and creamy. I use a Vitamix and have been loving it five years strong! It has been the best kitchen investment I have ever made, I use it every day and it makes the creamiest smoothies EVER.

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5 proteins to add to your salad for more energy

A lot of the clients I work with in my one on one health coaching practice have the health goal of wanting more energy. Most suffer from what I call “the afternoon slump.” You know the feeling, come 3pm you are ready for that afternoon coffee or a nap under your desk. Your energy is zapped.

I ask these clients what they are having for lunch and most of them reply that they are eating a big salad. And when I ask what ingredients are in their salads, it turns out that most of them are lacking sufficient protein.

Not having a sufficient amount of protein in your breakfast and especially your lunch will typically lead to that afternoon energy slump. Protein contains B vitamins that our bodies use to balance our nervous system and particularly B12 in animal protein sources that give us energy*

Adding protein to your morning smoothie or nut butter to your oatmeal or other warm breakfasts is a great place to start. For lunch I like to add a good protein source along with a healthy fat to help satiate me until an afternoon snack and give me energy until dinner. My favorite way to do so is on a salad for lunch.

Scroll for my 5 favorite protein toppers for your salad.

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If you are stumped for what protein to add to your salad and how much, look no further! I got my 5 favorite toppers and how much to add, all with ideas for fats to add as well. Can I get a woot woot?

1) CHICKEN. Surprise surprise, but chicken is one of my favorite protein toppers in terms of variety for what salads you can make. I suggest a 4 - 6oz. piece of chicken, or enough shredded chicken that would fit in the palm of your hand. My favorite combinations are a classic chicken caesar like the one pictured above with my easy homemade caesar dressing and avocado; or a chicken salad with sliced almonds, strawberries and olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.

2) EGGS. I love both hard and soft boiled eggs on my salads. It’s so easy to bring with you to work and add on top of your salad. Eggs are the perfect protein as they contain all nine essential amino acids that our body can’t produce on it’s own. I suggest adding two eggs to your salad, or doing one egg and also 1/4 cup of quinoa (a gluten-free grain that is high in protein) or chickpeas. I love me a good chopped salad with romaine, tomatoes, avocado, eggs and chickpeas.

3) BEANS/LENTILS. Plant-based protein from legumes back a big punch in your salad. I love a mexican-themed salad with romaine, 1/2 cup black beans, avocado, cheddar, tomato and a lime +cilantro + olive oil dressing. I love making this a warm salad with 1/4 cup kidney beans and 4 oz. of ground turkey sautéed in olive oil and taco seasoning.

4) STEAK. Don’t shy away from red meat, but do make sure it comes from a local source that is grass-fed. Red meat is high in iron, selenium, zinc and B-12. I like steak salads for when you are going out to lunch with co-workers or clients for work. It’s an easy menu choice when you don’t want to fuss and someone else has picked the place to eat. If ordering steak, I suggest skipping dairy to help with digestion. Chew your steak thoroughly and a 4oz. to 6 oz. portion the size of the palm of your hand is the perfect amount.

5) SHRIMP. The underdog for salad toppers. Here is one of my favorite shrimp salad combos when you are looking for something quick and tasty. I also love making my own shrimp louie salad using a good ranch dressing like this ranch one and also this thousand island dressing.

*if you are a vegan or a vegetarian I recommend getting a blood test to see where your B vitamin levels are and substituting as needed.

Mayo and Dairy Free Tuna Salad Recipe

Tuna Salad forever has my heart.

I come back to this recipe again and again. I place it on a salad with avocado and veggies like carrots and radishes. I roll it into a whole wheat wrap with dried cranberries and romaine lettuce. I use it on sandwiches with my favorite healthy bread, butter lettuce and avocado or I make it a tuna melt with my favorite cheese.

Curious what my favorite healthy breads are? Check out my healthy carbohydrate guide.

Curious what dairy I prefer for cheese? Check out my healthy food swap guide.

The possibilities are endless and it is so easy to make. It is my lazy go to for lunch when it’s been one of those busy days and I don’t want to spend more than three minutes in the kitchen.

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Here’s how you can make the magic happen.

Ingredients:
1 can of your favorite tuna*
3-4 spoonfuls of your favorite dairy-free yogurt**
1/2 TBSP. lemon or lime juice
1/2 TSP. red wine vinegar or ACV
1/2 TSP. dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to break up the tuna. Stir to combine.

Prepare to meet your new favorite tuna salad recipe. Your tastebuds will thank you!

*I like Wild Planet Foods and Safe Catch brands. Note that most cans of tuna claim 2 serving sizes. Remember that a serving size doesn’t dictate your hunger. Personally, I am usually hungry for the whole can and like to stack my sandwich high, but on some days I don’t finish the whole sandwich and that is ok too.

**I like Forager Project cashewgurt, it has a mild flavor that doesn’t overwhelm like almond or coconut yogurt.

The 6 Best Dairy Free Products

I work with a lot of my clients on gut-healing which includes leading them through a personalized elimination plan and reintroduction to pinpoint which foods are causing digestive symptoms. One of the main culprits for many is dairy. Sad but true, because cheese is so so delicious but sometimes we need a break from it in order to heal our guts. With my guidance, I always empower my clients to discover how foods make them feel, so that they can make decisions about what they eat on a day to day basis to feel their best!

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I am therefore constantly on the lookout for new products, especially dairy free replacements if dairy is a no-go.

The market of dairy free products is a saturated one, with so many choices it can be hard to know which ones taste good and are made with good ingredients.

But all good, I have done the taste testing and label reading for you!

I have narrowed it down to my top 6 favorite dairy-free products that I always have on rotation when my tummy needs a break from the real thing.

1.     MILK: Forager Project Cashew Milk. Doesn’t get better than this for taste and ingredients. Forager has been around for a minute and has perfected their milk. I love using for smoothies and chia seed pudding as it doesn’t leave a funky after taste like almond milks can.

2.     MILK: Native Forest Simple Coconut Milk.  This is the only coconut milk I have found that doesn’t add Xanthum Gum! You can buy it on Amazon if you can’t find this in your store.  Make sure the label has the word “SIMPLE” on it ;)

3.     CHEESE/CREAM CHEESE: Kite Hill Ricotta Cheese. One word – texture!! I don’t know how they do it but the texture is just like real ricotta and it tastes dang delicious. I am not a big fan of their cream cheese, because 4 out of 5 that I buy always have mold when I open them (what’s up with that?), but I have used this as a spread on bagels and it’s a better cream cheese alternative.

4.     CHEESE: Miyoko’s Vegan Mozz. Holy crap this stuff is epic. It melts, browns and bubbles just like real mozzarella cheese. I kid you not. I would never lie to you!  So the next time you want to make that panini or pizza dairy free, get this stuff pronto.

5.     YOGURT: Forager Project Cashewgurt. I have tried so so so many dairy free yogurts. I still haven’t found a coconut one I like that is versatile, and the almond milk ones have weird aftertastes. There are oat milk ones out on the market now but the ingredients are shit. Forager has nailed it with the texture and mild taste. I don’t only just eat it with granola and fruit but also mix it into dressings and tuna salads.

6.     BUTTER: Miyokos Vegan Butter. Vegan butters can be, errrrr, quite industrial with their ingredients. But this one is really good, made with coconut oil, and melts and bubbles in the pan, and is delicious on bread too!

 
Tada! Hope you enjoy some new ideas for products and leave in the comments your favorites! Always on the hunt for something new.


Blueberry Cream Pie French Toast

When I was younger and my grandparents would come to visit, we would pick them up from the airport and stop at the Marie Callendar’s restaurant which right off of the freeway. Although the location doesn’t exist anymore, and neither do my Marie Callendar carvings, the warm and fuzzy memories have remained. They had a refrigerated rotating pie stand on display right when you walked in the door, showcasing all the featured pies. I had two favorites - the Chocolate Cream and most definitely the Double Cream Blueberry Pie.

I’ve taken my childhood pleasure and recreated it into the most delicious breakfast treat - blueberry cream pie french toast! The outcome was absolute heaven, like angels dancing on my tongue. I kid you not, this healthy french toast is other worldly. Get your booty to the kitchen and make immediately!

I also have 12 more healthy breakfast ideas I’m sharing with your in my free Favorite Breakfast Recipe Ebook, so I don’t leave you hanging after enjoying this tasty and healthy breakfast recipe.

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Ready to make this mind blowing blueberry french toast?!! Of course you are… you were already drooling just looking at the photo. You know what’s up. So here is how you can DO IT.

Ingredients
(serves 1)

2 pieces sprouted wheat bread
2 eggs
splash of unsweetened nut milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
a few shakes of cinnamon 
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1-2 tbsp. maple syrup 
1 tbsp. melted coconut butter

Method 

Whisk the eggs, nut milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Dip each piece of toast on both sides until the egg mixture is fully saturated. Cook on a non-stick skillet for 3-4 minutes on both sides. While the french toast cooks place the blueberries and maple syrup in a sauce pan. Heat until the maple syrup starts to bubble and turn heat to medium-low until the blueberries soften. Mash half the blueberry compote with a fork. Place french toast on a plate, top with blueberries and drizzle with the melted coconut butter.  DIVE IN AND ENJOY!!


Asparagus and Corn Summer Pasta

David and I always go through the “what’s for dinner?” text at around 3 or 4 o’clock almost every day. This typically plays out as one of us suggesting what we are craving and the other agreeing or suggesting something better (usually me, just saying). David makes a stop at the grocery store to pick up the ingredients and I cook it up when he gets home. Because teamwork makes the dreamwork. And speaking of dreams… that is what this quick and easy pasta recipe is made of!

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The pasta dish is the perfect blend of melty parmesan cheese with my favorite summer veggies and duh, bacon of course! I added a generous amount of pepper and also butter for a cacio e pepe vibe and the result was perfection.

Best of all, this dish literally took 15 minutes to cook and can be customized for a party of one or a family of 4. All you need to do is adjust by dividing in half or one-fourth of the serving sizes below.

It’s time for a summer pasta party in your mouth!

Ingredients
(serves 4)

1 box pasta of choice. I chose pasta spirals, but imagine it would be good with fettuccine, rigatoni or orecchiette.
1 bunch asparagus, chopped into small pieces
1 cup frozen sweet corn
1/2 stick of grass-fed butter
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
1 packet of nitrate-free and sugar-free organic bacon
Salt and pepper to season

Method

Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Use a large heavy bottom pan. While the pasta is cooking, make the bacon in a cast iron skillet. 2 minutes before the pasta is done cooking, add in the corn and the asparagus. Drain the pasta with the veggies and reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water. Add the pasta and veggies back into the pan with a splash of the pasta water. add in the butter and stir in to melt. Add in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and stir to melt. Chop up the cooked bacon and add to the pasta. Add a generous serving of black pepper and a good sprinkle of salt. Stir until everything is combined. Scoop into bowls and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese and DIG IN!


Easy Vegan Curry Bowl

Less cooking and more chilling this holiday weekend. David and I drove up north an hour and a half outside of the city to relax for the three-day weekend. We bought the ingredients at a local farm stand to make this super simple and satisfying vegan curry bowl. I love this dish because it only requires a few ingredients and minimal prep and cooking time. So you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time out in nature or relaxing on the couch with a good book.

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I moved in with David almost two years ago, we live in the Mission District of San Francisco. We share a wall and a beautiful outdoor deck with our neighbors who David has known for 10 years. For the three day weekend, while they stayed in the city, they gave us the keys to their place up in the forest near Sebastopol, CA. We spent yesterday eating at a roadside bakery, driving country roads and wandering redwood groves with trees big enough for us to stand in.

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At night when we sleep the quiet is deafening. As city folk we are used to constant street noise, and when you escape for a quiet weekend it can be hard to get used to the quiet at night. Truth be told it took me a while to fall asleep last night, but once I did… I was out! Are used to sleeping with the hum of the city, or the quiet of the country?

We kept meals simple while staying here, and with access to a kitchen we are able to make simple yogurt bowls with local granola, sandwiches with local bakery bread and this easy vegan curry bowl for dinner with veggies purchased from the farm stand down the road. I have had this recipe on repeat for the past two weeks. Enjoy!

Weeknight Vegan Curry Bowl
(serves 2)

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon coriander
3 teaspoons yellow curry powder
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
can of chickpeas
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup veggie broth
1/2 bunch of dino kale, stems removed and chopped
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 avocado
Sea salt
Lemon Juice

Method:
In a dutch oven heat the oil over medium heat and add the garlic and ginger to cook for a few minutes with the coriander, turmeric and curry powder. Add the chickpeas, veggie broth and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes to let flavors come together. Add the kale and a pinch of salt and cook for another 5-10 minutes with the lid on to allow the kale to cook and steam. Season with more salt, pepper and a big squeeze of lemon. Serve over 1/2 cup of rice with chopped avocado. 

Recipe adapted from this book, which I highly recommend buying. It has a ton of really great recipes!


Creamy Banana Zoats

If it’s raining or below 50 degrees where you live, I have the cure for your seasonal blues. I am eating a warm bowl of these right now as I type this, while looking out the window at rain here in San Francisco. There is nothing better than a warm bowl of oats when it’s cold outside. It’s like slipping into a cozy pair of socks, but for your tummy. Oh yeaaaahhhhh.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know I have been making these Zucchini Oats with Banana for the last month again and again. They are just that good. I make mine with a secret ingredient that makes these zoats even more delicious and creamy.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup forager cashew milk

1 small zucchini, shredded

1 small and ripe banana, sliced

1 tbsp. of butter, this is the secret ingredient. If you are dairy-free, omit and they will still be amazing!

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (worth it to buy real vanilla without alcohol)

pinch of good sea salt

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a pot and stir to combine. Heat to a boil and then simmer until the banana literally melts into the oats (drool factor is way high) and the oats are creamy without sticking to the bottom of the pan. From start to finish this takes about 10-15 minutes. I like to stir every few minutes or so with a spatula so that nothing sticks to the bottom. Top with walnuts, nut butter*, hemp seeds, yogurt... the world is your bowl of zoats!

*Use my code BALANCEBYMOLLY20 for 20% off of all Georgia Grinders nut butter. I personally like to top my banana zoats with their creamy cashew butter.

Easy Healthy Dairy-Free Turmeric Latte

Want to get in on the turmeric trend? I’ve got you covered with this creamy and delicious turmeric latte that is dairy-free and oh so delicious. I have had this warm drink on repeat since the temperatures have dropped and I ain’t mad at it. Seriously, it’s like sunshine in a cup!

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I technically can call this a “double” turmeric latte, as there is twice the dose in this frothy drink. So if you usually like an extra shot in your espresso, maybe you can think of this as the same. Except without the espresso… oh wait and without the caffeine. But I was close!

This latte is best enjoyed on a mellow afternoon or in the evening to wind down and soothe your tummy. Turmeric boasts some major anti-inflammatory properties due to the active compound curcumin. Read below for the recipe and how to get your latte extra creamy and frothy!

INGREDIENTS:
1 bag Numi Turmeric Tea
1 scoop Further Food Turmeric Tonic*
1 scoop collagen peptides
1 tbsp. coconut butter
8 oz. hot water
4 oz. coconut milk

METHOD:
Brew an 8 oz. cup of the turmeric tea for 8-10 minutes. Cover to keep hot. Remove the tea bag and pour the tea into your blender. Add the turmeric tonic, collagen, coconut butter and coconut milk. Blend on high for 5 seconds until frothy. Pour that liquid sunshine into a glass and get cozy!

*a 10% discount is automatically applied for the Turmeric Tonic and collagen peptides. Woo Hoo!

Gluten Free Strawberry Scones

This scones were created by mistake when I was trying to make muffins one day. Best mistake I have ever made! These are perfectly fluffy, moist and laced with sweet strawberries. I bet these would be amazing with any berry you can find. They are also super easy to make, so if you have ever been intimidated to make scones then these babies are for you! Now grab a bowl and get baking, your mouth will thank you.

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Gluten-free, sweetened with just a bit of honey, flakey and perfect. You have to make these ASAP. They are my favorite baking mistake I’ve ever made. 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
2 cups GF flour blend (I used King Arthur Flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3 eggs
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon melted ghee
Juice of 1/2 lemon (approx. 1 tbsp.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a medium bowl. Combine the wet with the dry using a rubber spatula. Lastly, stir in the strawberries gently. Lightly dust a surface with left over flour. Place the dough on floured surface flipping a few times to coat and then use your hands to shape into a circle. Mine was 9” across and scones are about 1 inch thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into 6 scone wedges (you could also divide the batter twice and make 12 smaller scones). Slightly separate the scones and cook for 20 minutes on a greased baking pan or a silpat on a baking pan. Remove, let cool and dive in! Best enjoyed with more ghee and honey. 

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