Collagen Protein Smoothie

By on January 25, 2018

So this week has been crazy hectic with moving but I promised I would share what I put into my morning smoothie so here it is!

First of all, I’ve been looking all over for some plant-based protein and Whole Foods had this one on sale and I love it! Even though, I’m lactose-intolerant, whey protein has never bothered me but I just don’t love the idea that it’s sourced from milk.

Collagen, collagen, collagen.

If you haven’t heard of Vital Proteins, you may be living around a rock. But in case you haven’t, here’s why you need to be taking collagen every day:

Collagen is basically the building block of our hair, skin, nails, bones and joints. Our bodies don’t produce enough collagen on their own and our diets don’t contain enough to supplement it the way we need (unless you’re guzzling bone broth at every meal). But taking a collagen supplement daily can provide you these benefits:

Glowing skin
A more youthful appearance
Joint health
Tendon & bone strength
Healthy cartilage
Increased athletic performance
Improved digestion
Gut health
Deeper sleep

I mean who doesn’t want glowing skin, healthy nails and hair? I’m also all about some gut health.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is odorless and tasteless so you can literally mix it into water if you want. You can put it in hot and cold liquids – I just prefer it in a smoothie, but you could also put it in oatmeal. The suggested serving size is 2 scoops but you only need to take one, unless you’re training for something like a marathon.

The collagen is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine to ensure a natural, high quality, sustainable source. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, hormone-free, non-GMO and preservative free so it passes most dietary restrictions. It’s also Whole 30 and paleo approved.

I never understood the difference between the Collagen Peptides and the Beef Gelatin until a Vital Proteins rep explained to me that the Beef Gelatin has the same benefits but can only be used in hot liquids as it will gelatinize in cold.

Bee Pollen

I also add bee pollen into my smoothie. I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of bee pollen and bee propolis lately. Bee pollen actually contains more protein and amino acids than any other protein source, like an egg or beef. It’s great for natural allergy relief and is naturally antibacterial, reduces inflammation and stimulates the immune system. Some of the other amazing benefits are:

Reduces inflammation
Acts as an antioxidant
Protects against liver toxicity
Boosts the immune system, also a natural allergy fighter
Works as a dietary supplement – lengthened the life span of experimental animals
Relieves menopausal symptoms (if you’re at that stage in your life)
Helps relieve stress (and I’m a fan of anything that does so)
Promotes healing
Aid in weight loss

P.S. Dr. Axe’s website is the best – he is so knowledgeable and his site has every DIY you could think of as from masks to sunscreen to eyebrow dye.

So here’s the recipe:

1/3 cup raspberries (sometimes with strawberries, cherries, blueberries also)
1/4 cup mangos
Handful of Power Greens from Trader Joe’s (frozen) – includes baby chard, baby spinach, baby kale
Scoop of Garden of Life Raw Organic Plant Based Protein in Vanilla
Scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Pinch of bee pollen (I didn’t link because it is supposed to stay refrigerated so you want to buy locally)
Fill Nutribullet cup up 3/4 of the way with water


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Pulled Chicken Chili

By on January 9, 2018

One of my Christmas presents was a crock pot and I was so excited about it. I know – how very adult. It just makes lunches and dinners so much easier. Even breakfast if you want.

So the first thing we cooked in it was a pulled chicken chili. We went to a chili cookout a few weeks ago and have been inspired to perfect chili since. I’ve been trying to eat a little less red meat (I love red meat, more than chicken) so we decided to do a pulled/shredded chili instead of ground chicken or turkey. It just seems to stay moist longer.

Here’s what we ended up putting together:

3 organic chicken breasts
1 small onion, chopped
2 – 14 oz cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 – 16 oz can tomato sauce
1 – 4 oz can chopped chilies
1 – 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 – 15.5 oz can black beans, drained
1 – 15.5 oz can small red beans, drained
5 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp ground red cayenne pepper
3 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce (my fav hot sauce)
1 tsp cumin

I’m obsessed with Skinny Tastes recipes and basically what I did was combine these two recipes: 3 Bean Turkey Chili and Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili 

The original recipe only called for 2 tbsp of chili powder but I ended up adding in almost 3 more tbsp after it was done. It also didn’t call for any cayenne pepper or Frank’s Red Hot but I like my food kinda spicy.

I ended up wishing I hadn’t drained so much of the canned ingredients because the chili could have had a little more liquid in it. However, it was really, really good!

This recipe also keeps me on track with eating less gluten and no dairy (but yes, I did eat one piece of rosemary olive oil bread).

This was so easy to make while we slept or you could let it cook while you’re at work on Monday and then have it for the rest of the week! Enjoy.

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Cleanse Pt. 2

By on October 7, 2017
My lunch smoothie, snack juice, kombucha and morning smoothie

So here’s what I got out of this cleanse:

When I woke up the third day of the cleanse, I finally saw the flat stomach I was looking for – no more bloat. The first and second days I was feeling a little blah probably from my stomach getting used to all the liquid. But on the third day, I felt good.

My main goal in doing a cleanse is to just feel better, a little lighter and to reset. I don’t want to see that I’ve lost a magical 5 lbs or anything because Lord knows I’m going to gain that right back the day after.

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Eats | Wellness

Cleanse, Pt. 1

By on October 3, 2017

So I decided to do a cleanse this week. It just felt right.

I know, I know – diets don’t work, cleanses don’t work. But I don’t do cleanses to magically lose weight. Yes, I do feel lighter and maybe a little skinner after doing a cleanse but I’m well aware it isn’t permanent.

I do cleanses to reset. I also try to cut down on caffeine while I do these because I’m always somehow drinking more and more coffee.

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How to Hack Your Starbucks PSL to Make It Healthier

By on September 18, 2017

Inslee Farris Art

It’s that time of year again! I know – pumpkin spice latte’s are “so basic” said everyone ever. But if it’s basic, I don’t care because it tastes damn good.

Anywayyyys this article caught my eye in my morning email from Well and Good and I had to share because really, who wouldn’t want a PSL that’s a little less heavy on the calories? (Apparently it has 50g of sugar…)

7 ways to hack your Starbucks PSL order to make it healthier

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Grocery shopping

By on April 20, 2017

Grocery shopping…I hate it. So much. I’m so distracted every time I go to the store it takes me ridiculously longer than it should. I could just really live without it.

It depends how much time I have/where I feel like driving but typically I shop at Harris Teeter, Whole Foods or Trader Joes.

Each week:
Bananas – for smoothies and before gym in the morning
Lemons – for my morning drink
Cuties clementines – yes I’m a kid
Brussel Sprouts
Egg whites
Wholly guacamole mini individual packs
Lara Bars – Peanut Butter and Jelly is EVERYTHING and Blueberry Muffin

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By on April 2, 2017

Who doesn’t love food? Or eating? I LOVE food. Love it so much. And I do eat healthy for the most part, whether I’m in the habit or working out or not, but when I want something bad and I eat it, it’s like a downward spiral for that entire day. It’s like everything goes out the window – I’m being a fatty for the day.

Anywhoooo, breakfast. Favorite meal. Will absolutely not eat lunch or dinner food for breakfast but I can eat breakfast all day long.

Here’s the green smoothie I like to make almost every morning that actually tastes good:
2 cups flax milk
2 bananas
2 scoops green powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 scoop pre workout
1/4 of a lemon
Handful of frozen spinach
I like to blend this first and then…
Add frozen strawberries, pineapples and mangos (about a handful and a half)


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