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Golden Milk Recovery Truffles

3 Oct

Disclaimer: I received free product from Nuzest USA to create recipes with. All opinions are my own; I was not compensated for my time.

Happy October!!! While everyone is welcoming the month with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween decorations, and Hocus Pocus memes, I’m over here meal planning and reading ingredient lists with a hawk’s eye.

October Unprocessed

Yep, it’s time once again for October Unprocessed! This year is going to be extra interesting, as I have basically gone vegan (albeit sometimes a lenient vegan). That means no dairy, eggs, or honey for me. If you’re not familiar with this annual challenge, Andrew over at EatingRules.com says: “Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.”

The general idea is that you cut out chemicals, lab-made compounds, and overly processed foodstuffs because these are not real foods. This will be my 6th year taking the challenge, and I’ve learned more about food and my eating habits every single year. I’ve added new vegetables and food preparations to my cooking rotation, and have even spread the love of unprocessed foods to family and friends. And, naturally, I will be running a half marathon on October 22, which is another great test of the #Unprocessed challenge.

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Speaking of running, let’s talk about recovery. Yes, recovery runs, recovery workouts, proper rest, and compression socks all make for a better run come race day. But food is also a massive aspect of recovery! It takes some practice to learn what’s best for your body as far as the food to eat following a long run, hard workout, or race. Which is why you should “train as you race, and race as you train.” {Shout out to the Agile Bettys podcast!!}

Turmeric & black pepper should absolutely be a part of your recovery fuel plan. This combination of spices has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. This is exactly what you want after a race! That’s why Golden Milk has become so popular – it combines coconut milk, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, and coconut oil into a warming, delicious drink. And that’s why I’ve made these Golden Milk Recovery Truffles. They combine all the goodness of turmeric and black pepper, plus protein powder, coconut oil, cashew butter, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon into a delectable little truffle, which is the perfect treat after exercise.

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Golden Milk Recovery Truffles, inspired by VegNews

Makes 12 truffles

  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 C cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 C Nuzest Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Measure the coconut oil and cashew butter into a glass measuring cup and microwave until just melted.

Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until completely smooth and incorporated. The color will be a nice golden yellow.

Line a mini muffin tin with mini paper liners and pour the truffle mixture into each one until nearly full.

Carefully transfer to the freezer and freeze for a couple hours. Once solid, remove truffles from the tin and store in a freezer-safe container.

To enjoy these truffles, let them sit out of the freezer for about five minutes before biting into them.

You could alternatively make bark out of this by lining a rimmed baking sheet or 8×8″ dish with parchment paper and pouring the mixture on top. Freeze, then break into pieces and store in a freezer-safe container.

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Mexican Lentil Salad and Her Madison Half Marathon Race Recap

29 Jun

This past weekend marked my fifth half marathon. It was a women-only race, which was incredibly empowering! The course was new to me, as it was in Madison, WI.

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Yep, this was my first race away from home, and I loved it. We got an Airbnb to stay in the night before, and so I could pickup my packet without hassle. Chris and I also got to enjoy the food and drink that Madison has to offer!

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Madison is just 90 minutes from home, and it’s an easy drive. We ate a vegan lunch at the Green Owl Cafe, after which I picked up a handful of macarons from the Chocotarian, and then we enjoyed a few brews from One Barrel Brewing Company. A new brewery opened that weekend, so we went to check it out: Funk Factory Geuzeria. Afterward, we drove out to Mt. Horeb (about another 30 minutes), to re-visit The Grumpy Troll for delicious pizza and a variety of beers (samplers for me!).

Chris and I have this tendency to stumble upon brewpubs. So of course, we stumbled upon another one, the Brew Haus, and had to stop in for one; we were not disappointed, and then called it quits for the night.

The race was well-organized and started on time (I hate when they don’t!). The first mile included at least one incline, so that was a good indication of the rest of the route. My body, mind and spirit were on board with the day’s challenge.

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The weather was beautiful, the views were new, and the women were encouraging. I struggled a bit toward the end when my thighs started to feel the strain, but I pushed through.

Especially at the finish line. As I was about to turn the corner for the last tiny stretch, I told myself to gun it. All power to the engines, full steam ahead. I felt so GOOD. I wanted to finish strong, and I succeeded!

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Admittedly, my time was not what I had been training for. But every other aspect was on target. Mentally, physically, and emotionally: I felt strong, courageous, and happy.

In fact, for the first time in a while, I had FUN during this race. I smiled almost the whole time. I high-fived other runners and cheered them on. We finished off the day with more beer, more delicious food, and finally a drive back home. It was by far my favorite race experience, and I hope my next one is just as enjoyable!

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Ok, now to the recipe. This simple salad is layered with complex flavors and textures. It’s high in protein, full of fresh vegetables, and dressed with a blend of olive oil and lime juice. The spice level is easily customizable, and this recipe can be scaled for larger gatherings or parties!

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Mexican Lentil Salad

Serves 4

  • 1 C brown lentils
  • 4 C vegetable broth, beer, water, or a combination
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 medium English cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 C corn kernels
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 C salsa
  • 1/2 C nondairy sour cream
  • pepitas

In a large pot, bring your liquid of choice to a boil with the lentils and spices. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and cook, covered, for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer lentils to a mixing bowl and stir in the jalapeno, bell pepper, celery, cucumber, and corn. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, hot sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir this into the lentil-veggie mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight.

Serve with nondairy sour cream, salsa, pepitas. You could also serve this with tortilla chips or stuffed into a pita pocket.

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Beet Smoothie

27 Apr

I received free samples of the Barlean’s products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own; I was not compensated for my time.

Most Americans grew up eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Whether for breakfast, lunch or a last-minute run-out-the-door to your extracurricular activities dinner, PB&J was, and still is, a household staple.

If you asked younger Christina how to make the most perfect PB&J sandwich, she’d tell you it had to be on squishy soft bread, though a whole wheat variety is fine as well. The CREAMY peanut butter (no chunks here, folks!) had to be layered on thickly – something to sink your teeth into. And the jam, which was almost always homemade jam from my Oma (her strawberry-raspberry mix will always be my favorite), had to completely cover the peanut butter foundation. Slap on another slice of bread (not toasted, mind you), cut into two triangles, and there you have it! The ideal PB&J sandwich.

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These days, however, I know better than to consume that amount of sugar and empty carbs for breakfast, or any meal for that matter. My bread is much more wholesome, the peanut butter is natural, or it might even be almond butter, and the jam is used sparingly, just to get a taste. I’m more apt to use fresh, sliced berries, or perhaps chia jam.

But if that all sounds like too much work, and too messy for your half-hour morning commute to work, this smoothie is just for you! It’s loaded with peanut butter and jelly taste, without all the added sugars and morning-slump-causing empty carbs. The beet juice goes unnoticed, except in color. (Trust me on this – I hate beets and would never propose you make a recipe wherein you can taste the beets!) The protein powder adds a nice boost to get you through the day, or to refuel after a workout. Finally, the Barlean’s Digestive Blend lends all the fiber, omega-3’s, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that your body needs to keep things moving, and keep things clean, if you catch my drift.

In fact, Barlean’s Digestive Blend is a combination of all the good things you might find hard to work into your diet otherwise: flaxseed, quinoa, chia seeds, coconut, and a blend of warm spices. It’s also vegan, organic, kosher, GMO-free, and gluten-free!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Beet Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 3/4 C cold water
  • 1/2 C prepared beet juice
  • 1 frozen, sliced banana
  • 1 C frozen blueberries (preferably wild blueberries)
  • 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter (or you could use real PB)
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp Barlean’s Digestive Blend

Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until completely smooth. I find it’s best to use the “ice crush” setting first, to break down the frozen fruit.

Serve in a glass, and enjoy cold!

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