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Bija Super Brownie Protein Bar for the Super Bowl 2017

Time for recovery … or just noshing during the Super Bowl with the yummy nummy flavors of chocolate and nut butter blended together in this brownie-like recovery treat.

Bija Super Brownie Protein Bar
Total Time: 1 hr., 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Yield: 4 bars
Ingredients:
• 1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Mix
• 1 scoop Vanilla Vegan Mix
• ½ cup hemp nut butter (recipe here)
• ½ cup date puree *{See Recipe Below}
• ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats or organic coconut flakes
Preparation:
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Freeze for at least 90 minutes in an 8″ x 8″ pan.
4. Remove from freezer, cut into 4 squares.
recovery bar recipe Super Bowl Food
It’s important to know that muscles store glycogen and they use that during hard exercise and that’s why recovery is so important. Research showed that your muscles are most receptive for the effect of insulin in the first two hours after a good workout, and so you need to eat carbs and get that insulin level as high as possible with the kind of food you eat. To raise your insulin levels you need to eat food with a high glycemic index, like oats and dates. The ideal balance between carbohydrates and protein to maximize insulin production yet not slow down the digestion is a ration of four to one. So, you need to add a little bit of protein to your post-training meal.

Date Puree:

Not unlike figs, dates are wonderful for the stomach, bones and blood. They are rich in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper and manganese, and help to promote bowel regularity. Their complex natural sugar constitution makes them great for energy and will boost your metabolism.
Date puree can also be substituted for 1 cup of sugar in any recipe. To make your puree just 1 cup pitted dates with 1/2 – 1 cup hot water until a thick paste is made.

Amazing Alkalinizing Blueberry Shake I Complete Blueberry Power Shake

Amazing Alkalizing Blueberry Shake

I love the alkalizing effects, and just amazing yumminess of a great green smoothies, and I LOVE blueberries – so what better than an alkalizing blueberry shake. There are a couple of options on how you can make this shake, and is it AMAZING!!

Ingredients:
1 Cup Frozen wild blueberries (I prefer wild since you are eating the whole fruit and you want the biggest oomph)
1 scoop of Complete Protein
1/4 cup of  unsweetened Flax +Protein or Almond Milk
1/4 cup of  shredded organic coconut
2 tsp of fine ground flaxseeds or ground chia seeds
1 cup of ice
(add water as needed)



Blend the blueberries, protein, flax milk and ice to your blender and blend for 1 – 2 minutes. Pour into glass and add remaining ingredient and stir it in. Makes cleaning the blender so much easier if you don’t add your flax and chia into the blender. AMAZING!!! You will love it!!



Why blueberries?

If you have never seen wild blueberries, you are missing out. They are amazing!! I love them. They are these little tiny nutrient packed gems!! This is a gorgeous, sticky, taffy-like wild blueberry five ingredient jam!

Wild Blueberries are wildly different from the regular blueberries you normally find in the produce section. Don’t be fooled by their size—they pack more into their tiny blue bodies than any other blueberry on the planet!

Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet. Makes them perfect for so many recipes. .. YES, we do love the taste of these berries.

Wild Blueberries have two times the antioxidant capacity of the larger cultivated blueberries. A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries including gut health, diabetes, cancer, and brain health.

99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and taste. Wild Blueberries are called “Wild” because they are not planted— they have occurred naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years. Just a little extra boost to my day!



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Have you ever heard of a bean smoothie? – Beans For Paleo Vegeo Diets

Have you ever heard of a bean smoothie for weight loss or muscle gain? 

I came across this smoothie recipe, and I think I almost fell over.

Healthy Paleo Bean Smoothie for body building for vegetarian crossfit

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds
1 scoop NitroFusion, or similar protein powder
1 cup soymilk
1 cup water
1 banana
1 can canellini beans, rinsed [aka white kidney beans]
[optional] cocoa powder to taste

Directions:
Blend all ingredients to desired consistency

Total stats: 974 calories, 125g carbs, 68g protein, 18.5g fat, 43g fiber

This was on a Vegan Bodybuilding website, and I wanted to say… body building for WHO exactly? I don’t know about you but 974 calories is most of my daily diet. WOW!!

So what kind of bean smoothie do I use? 

This is more up my alley in terms of healthy and wellness for a bean smoothie.

Now of course you are probably saying, “What? Beans are not paleo??” … but many in our community are starting to change the way we look at beans as a one-size fits all sort of plan. You know I am all about finding your own nutritional truth, right? A fantastic article on Chris Kressers’ blog went into details about the pros and cons of beans, and the ONE study that most of your paleo pushers use to put the fear of beans into your diet. I recommend you read it, and if you tolerate beans, then this is a fun recipe revamp that we use at my house.

Great Northern Protein Shake

Ingredients: 
6 ounces raw pineapple
4 ounces flax or hemp unsweetened milk
1 cup frozen berries
1 can (16 ounces) Eden Great Northern Beans or your own soaked Great Norther beans, rinsed and drained
1 scoop of protein powder
1 teaspoon stevia (optional)
ice (optional)

Directions: 
Blend and enjoy

Nori Rolls as an appetizer or meal – Paleo Vegeo Nori Roll

Nori Rolls as an appetizer or a meal

Nori rolls can be super easy to make, and can be used either as a party appetizer, a fun starter at a dinner party, or a yummy side for your next meal. I found however that a lot of what I like about my nori rolls is the kick I get from the jalepeno hummus, and in fact just writing this blog post has me craving it for lunch. I’m not kidding. You can add just about any sliced veggies to a nori roll if this is your cup of tea, and you could use any other hummus you choose to make your own combination up. You find that most of those following a paleo diet are overlooking the edible seaweeds. But these boast an unparalleled nutritional profile including many essential nutrients, and they are loaded with iodine which is an essential trace element to life. Iodine is especially important for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. I know that I often do not get enough, and I’m betting you do not either.

Paleo Vegeo Nori Roll

Paleo Vegeo Nori Roll I Barbara Christenesn I Ocean Avenue I The Ultimate Reset

Ingredients:
Nori sheet
Lily’s Jalapeno Hummus
Sprouted Brown Rice or Quinoa {cooked}
Beets, sliced into sticks
Carrots, shredded
Purple Cabbage, shredded

Directions:
1. Lay out the nori sheet.
2. Spread hummus across the middle of the sheet all the way across for about 1/3 of the middle of the sheet.
3. Add brown rice or quinoa across the hummus
4. Add slices of beets, cabbage and carrots
5. Like a burrito fold the bottom of the nori sheet over the contents and then roll it backwards, then continue to roll it up into a long tube.
6. Roll the tube back and forth {you may have to use a dab of water across the end to keep it in place}

Paleo Vegeo Nori Roll I Barbara Christenesn I Ocean Avenue I The Wellness Reset

7. Slice up and add to any meal or use as an appetizer at your next party.

Vegan Buffalo “Wings” … well how about buffalo cauliflower

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower

One of the item I really miss since I gave up meat is the buffalo wings at Squatter’s Pub in Salt Lake City, Utah. I also once had the wings at the Pike’s Bar and Grill in Seattle at the Pike’s Market and they are comparable. For me it must be spicy and it’s been an item that I really really miss in life. The Curvy Carrot posted this great recipe, but I don’t do buttermilk and so I needed to change it up… but it’s to die for.

Buffalo-style Cauliflower

The Curvy Carrot Buffalo Style Cauliflower

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup sprouted eikorn flour or your choice of all-purpose gluten-free flour
2 teaspoons garlic puree,
1 teaspoon himilayan salt
1 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce {gluten free and kosher}
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Directions: 
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. In a small bowl mix coconut milk and apple cider vinegar.
2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk mixture, flour, and garlic, salt, whisking until mostly smooth (it’s ok if there are a few lumps left).
3. Very gently (cauliflower can be pretty delicate), place the cauliflower in the bowl and lightly toss to completely coat with the mixture.
4. Place the cauliflower in a shallow baking dish and bake for about 15-18 minutes or so (watch it, it may start to brown up quickly on you.)
5. Meanwhile, combine the buffalo sauce and the melted coconut oil in a small bowl.
6. Carefully remove the hot cauliflower from the oven and pour the buffalo sauce mixture over it, stirring gently to coat it as best you can.

Banana Nut Butter Smoothie

Yummy Healthy Breakfast Smoothie 

A banana is a great item to throw into a recovery drink because it’s a good,quick usable carbohydrate. I am allergic to them {latex allergy} but you are welcome to bring them into your diet if you’d like. I got the idea from the Simply Savor site, but I don’t use a lot of their ingredients like yogurt {hence the whey} or soymilk. We don’t do soy anything, but I do get the Maranatha almond butter for my cutie husband. My daughter and I have always used Hemp Nut Butter.

Banana Nut Butter Smoothie:

Ingredients:
1 Small Ripe Banana
1 tsp almond or hemp nut butter
3/4 cup of flax milk, almond milk or coconut milk
1 Scoop of Undenatured Whey
Handful of ice cubes

Directions: 
In a blender combine all ingredients, blend until smooth. Enjoy.

Jalapeno Fava Bean Hummus

Fava beans are THE paleo bean as far as I’m concerned. One of my favorite snacks is hummus and raw cut vegetables. I often take them on the go to my daughter’s homeschool co-op classes, and it’s yummy, although not for date night. You want to make sure you’ve had a good brush with OnGuard toothpaste before you head out with a loved one after you’ve eaten this recipe:

Jalapeno Fave Bean Hummus

Ingredients

1 lb of soaked Fava Beans, drained
15 oz soaked garbanzo beans, drained
1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, roughly chopped
1/4 cup of olive oil or liquid coconut oil
3 cloves of fresh garlic
juice of 1 lemon
Himalayan salt to taste

1. Drop beans into boiling salted water and let them cook for about 15 minutes.

2. Drain, and allow to cool. After they have cooled, pop the beans out of the second skin if you didn’t do it after soaking. You may need a knife to slit the skin if they don’t pop out easily depending on how long you soaked for.

3. Put garlic into your food processor, followed by fava and garbanzo beans, lemon juice, jalapeno  and Himalayan salt. Pulse on high until pureed.

4. Remove from blender and serve!