Homemade Almond Milk

Photo by chuttersnap 

Photo by chuttersnap 

Almond Milk

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Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight in cool water (or 1-2 hours in very hot water)

5 cups filtered water (less to thicken it, more to thin out)

¼ tsp natural sea salt

Optional: to sweeten it add 2 dates pitted

Instructions

Add your soaked almonds, water, salt and dates (if desired) to a high-speed blender (such as a Vita-Mixer). Blend until creamy and smooth, then run an extra 2 minutes to be sure it is well blended.

Strain using a thin clean dish towel over a mixing bowl. Lay the towel over the mixing bowl, pour over the almond milk, carefully gather the corners and lift up. Then squeeze until all of the liquid is extracted. Compost pulp (or save for baking).

Transfer milk to a jar and refrigerate. It will keep for a few days. Shake well before drinking or using, as it tends to separate.

"Healthier" Pumpkin Spice Latte

Photo by Kira auf der Heide 

Want to spice up your fall? Ditch the hot chocolate and keep warm with the delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte. Created by Fell Stone Manor executive chef, Becky Geisel, a tasty, organic, and healthy fall treat is just what we’ve been waiting for. Made with a mixture of fresh and homemade ingredients, topped off with a sweet dollop of whipped cream and nutmeg, it’s safe to say your favorite fall indulgence is finally here!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Ingredients
 

2 cups of Almond Milk
3T of fresh Pumpkin Puree
2T maple syrup
1 cinnamon stick
½ vanilla bean
 1 1” ginger knob cut in half
2 whole cloves
¼ tsp of fresh nutmeg
2 shots of espresso (or strong coffee)
 
Instructions
 

1) Add milk (your choice 2% or almond), homemade pumpkin puree, maple syrup, cinnamon stick, ginger, ½ vanilla bean, cloves + nutmeg to sauce pan.  Bring to a simmer.  DO NOT BOIL.  Allow the milk and other ingredients to simmer for 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend together.  
 
2) Remove from heat and strain into another sauce pan. Discard solids.  Bring milk back up to a simmer.  Again do not boil or the milk will burn.  Now with a balloon whisk, froth the milk on the stove. It usually takes me about 1-2 minutes of whisking to triple the volume of milk.  It should triple in volume.  Remove from heat. Make your espresso shot.  
 
3) Add your espresso to your favorite mug.  Top with your frothed spiced pumpkin deliciousness. Spoon the froth carefully into your mug and then top with a pinch of fresh nutmeg. Or if you would like to indulge add a dollop of whip cream. Makes 2 cups, Enjoy!

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My Smoothie Bible

As we draw near to the end of our annual smoothie challenge I feel that it is important that I share with you guys some of my go-to resources whenever I am not feeling so creative and need a sure fire bomb smoothie recipe to add to my weekly meal plan. These five  sites are full of epic recipes that are genuinely healthy, easy, and budget friendly.  They are consistent in adding new goodies for you to try and are FitXBrit approved! Enjoy!

Incredible Smoothies

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Did I leave anybody out?! Drop some of your favorite sites for smoothies in the comments!

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month with Viki's Granola Banana Granola Pops

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Granola has been credited by many to be a food option that can not only satisy your tummy, but, also may help lower your cholesterol and prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. In an effort to provide you guys with some amazing healthy snack options, we have partnered with Viki's Granola to bring you a fun, heart healthy, recipe that the whole family will love!

 

Viki's Granola Banana Granola Pops

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Peel, cut bananas in half crosswise and insert Popsicle sticks.  Place on a parchment-lined tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 3 hours. Place Viki's Banana Walnut Granola into a shallow dish. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over low heat, constantly stirring. Pour the chocolate into a tall glass. Dip each banana into the chocolate and roll in the granola straightaway. Place on a parchment-lined tray. Serve immediately or wrap individually in parchment paper or plastic wrap in the freezer.

 

This seems easy enough don't you think? Do you plan on giving this a try?

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month with Carrington Farms' Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Image Carrington Farms

Image Carrington Farms

We are big fans of chia seeds in our home for several simple reasons;

  1. Chia seeds are a “whole grain” food and are known to be normally grown organically.

  2. They are non-GMO and naturally free of gluten.

That spells amazing in my book plus we all know that gluten and my mini Peyton do not mix so this dairy and gluten free recipe is a perfect fit! Don't let their tiny size fool you either chia seeds are jam packed with with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and a whole bunch of micronutrients, which basically makes it one of the most healthiest and nutritious foods on the planet. We are making serious attempts to heavily reduce the amount of meat and the type of meats we are consuming in our home so we will take our protein any way we can get it!

 

Carrington Farms' Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

1 banana mashed

2 cups coconut or almond milk

2 tablespoons honey or agave

1 cup Carrington Farms Organic Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Carrington Farms Organic Milled Flax Seeds

Directions:

In a sealable container, combine mashed banana, coconut or almond milk, and honey/agave.

Close the container and shake to mix all the ingredients well.

Add the chia and flax seeds and shake again.

Refrigerate for at 2 hours or up to 3 days.

Serve with cut bananas and a sprinkle of flax seeds on top.

So what do you think? Does this Banana Chia Seed Pudding sound like something you may add to your meal prep?

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Getting Geared Up For Smoothie Life with Green Blender

Can you believe how fast 2017 is going?! Maybe it’s just me because so many things are happening at once but, I already find myself preparing for our annual Green Smoothie Challenge. For those of you who are new to this, for one month we try to dedicate ourselves to incorporating one green smoothie into our day either as a meal replacement or as a snack. This way we get in the habit of incorporating more leafy greens into our diet and learn how beneficial adding more fruits and veggies into our diet can be for our mind, body, and soul. Some people can’t get down with the smoothie life because they think it is too time consuming. If that is you, I think I may have a solution for you!

I had the opportunity to try out Green Blenders smoothie subscription services for a week and I think it may be able to help some of you guys out. Basically, every week you will receive a box delivered straight to your doorstep that will highlight five smoothie recipes and ingredients to create two servings of each! This creates a situation where you don’t have to plan, you don’t have to prepare, you just have to do it! Convenience at it’s best!

I am sharing two videos of recipes that were included in my green blender box, so that you can see just how easy and convenient the process is! Also, these two were Peyton’s top two favorites out of the five. We use green smoothies as a meal replacement in our home and pair them with additional fruits and veggies on the side to create a full meal (note: both Peyton and I eat 5-6 times a day, grazing is what works best with her digestive issues and to be a team player I usually just follow suit)

Carrot Apple Protein Smoothie

Green Blender Taste Nirvana Pineapple CoCo Mint Smoothie

Loving the videos?! We are currently crushing on the Nuby 360 Plus Cup and Bottle Set that helps to ease colic and is offered in a set that you can grow with from birth to big girl status as well as the Nuby Bamboo Printed Bowl that was featured above which is super eco friendly, bpa free, dishwasher safe, and sturdy for all of those terrific two tantrums!


So what do you think? Could Green Blender be something that you would be willing to try out in your household? Are you crushing on all things Nuby like we are? Be honest.

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Please Note: Some of the products mentioned in this post were sponsored. All comments about these product are my own and I have and will always remain transparent about my opinions. I will not endorse any products that I would not and do not use in my own household. 

Sunday Funday: Shepherds Pride Edition

Shepherd’s Pride Lamb from Mountain States is a Where Food Comes From® approved product. They take pride in producing premium-quality lamb that not only meets, but exceeds, the USDA criteria for natural meats. They require their ranching families to follow strict guidelines for raising lambs without the use of any antibiotics or added hormones

You can even meet the families that produce their lambs. I don’t know may companies that can offer that.

 

My household doesn’t really consume that much meat but, when I had the opportunity to try lamb (which I had never had before) I jumped at the chance. I was warned by many that there is a certain finesse that one must possess to properly execute lamb, and after two failed attempts I called in my Daddy to show me the ropes, and learned that lamb is really quick and easy to prepare.

 

Prep: Marinate with olive oil, chopped garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper

Cook: Sear both sides for one and a half minute and place in oven on 350 for 5 minutes

 

I paired this yummy goodness with yellow rice and fresh asparagus for a meal that took less than 30 minutes from start to finish and, yes, it was all kinds of awesomeness! I know some of you caught this fun prep day on my instastories but I wanted to make sure to share with the masses.

 

So, next time you are meal prep shopping give this heart healthy meat a try! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy lamb?

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Fall Into Smoothie Heaven: Apple Pie Smoothie

I love apples and I love pie, but more than both of those delicious things,  I love the way my body is transitioning into something I am not only proud of but comfortable with. However, we all know that I am not about depriving myself of much of anything that I crave. What I am about is creating a healthier option to satisfy those cravings.  So,  I figured why not experiment and come up with a fall-inspired smoothie that can help me feel and look great at the same damn time!

Apple Pie Smoothie

What You Need:

2 apples ( I used pink ladies)

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tbsp Honey

1 frozen banana

½ cup Plain or Vanilla Greek Yogurt

What You Do:

Add all ingredients in your blender and push blend. Easy peezy. If you desire a thinner consistency add ice and if you would like to make this a green smoothie add a handful of spinach and it still tastes great. As much as I love kale it does not belong in this smoothie! Sorry kale lovers! LOL.

So, what are some of your fall cravings? I’d love to challenge myself to create a healthier version for you!

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Jambalaya the FitXBrit Way

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I have been craving some filling comfort food. I wanted to make a jambalaya that was 1) health conscious and; 2) not soupy. This is definitely a dish that my heavy meat eaters will LOVE because it is jam packed with all the meats and flavor! You won’t be disappointed!

Jambalaya The FitXBrit Way

What You Need

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon of smoked paprika

6 ounces Andouille chicken sausage, diced

½ onion, diced

All the cayenne pepper you can handle (minimum a pinch but, I am definitely heavy handed)

½ each green, yellow and red bell peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes the small one (7.5-8 oz)

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 large chicken breast diced

1¼ cup uncooked brown rice

2½ cups chicken stock (low sodium, you can put more depending on how soupy you want it)

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

What You Do

Heat oil in a large pot and and add diced sausage and chicken.  Saute until brown about 5-6 minutes. Add bell peppers, onions, and garlic until tender. Add all seasoning and tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes. Mix in brown rice and let sit 1-2 minutes then add chicken stock and simmer on low. Cover and let cook for 45 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Add shrimp and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until shrimp is fully cooked. Add your cilantro on top as a garnish and you’re done.

 

Let me know how you liked it!  And, as always, what did and didn’t work or may have been unclear. I am definitely not a chef and just want to grow wherever I can.

Thank you guys for trusting me and remember you do not have to deprive yourself to get the body you want or to just be healthy.  You do, however, have to make smart choices.

Progress not perfection.

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Protein Pancakes: It's What's For Dinner

I could eat breakfast foods all day! Why? Because, I love easy meals and in my experience breakfast is the easiest meal to prep (except for that whole coming up with fresh ideas part).  When I was given the opportunity to try Bob’s Red Mill’s nutritional line of protein powders I a) saw they had a chai flavor and b) immediately  knew what I had to do - make protein pancakes.  After several failed attempts, my kitchen was starting to look like a crime scene! But, I am not one to quit anything and on the third try we had a winner that will melt in your mouth as well as looked appealing visually.

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52ndWitness

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52ndWitness

FitXBrit’s Bob’s Red Mill Chai Walnut Protein Pancakes

What You Need:

1 scoop of Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Powder

2 tsp of baking powder

⅓ cup of  chopped walnuts

½ cup of egg whites

½ cup of Gluten Free Rolled Oats

1 banana

1 tsp of agave or honey

What You Do:

Take your uncooked oats and blend them until they are a powder like substance.

Add ½ of your banana, eggs, baking powder, agave or honey, and Bob’s Red Mill Chai protein powder to blender and blend until smooth

Add walnuts and mix with spoon into batter.

In a heated skillet add approx 2-3 tbsp per pancake

Cook for 1 minute and then flip and cook for an additional 30-45 seconds.

Use the other ½ of banana as topping and enjoy!

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52nd Witness

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52nd Witness

So what do you think? If you get a chance to try this recipe out please let me know what worked and didn’t work for you.Also, enter below for your chance to win your own package of Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder! I’ll even let you pick the flavor!

Get a coupon to try Bob's Red Mill for yourself! http://www.bobsredmill.com/get-a-coupon.html

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Fruit Bomb: Watermelon Splash Smoothie

As we get into these summer months, you’ve got to prepare yourself to beat the heat!  And sometimes, all you need to combat that summer weather is a little dose of watermelon! Watermelon is a summertime staple and it is packed with so many health benefits that there is no reason why you shouldn’t indulge.

Read: 5 Things You Didn’t know About Watermelon


You know I love my smoothies so, I’ve prepared a fruity smoothie recipe that is sure to help cool you off! Enjoy!

Image Oscar Lozada

Image Oscar Lozada

Watermelon Splash Smoothie

What you need:

9-10 cups of cut up watermelon (seedless)

⅓ cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ cup of fresh squeezed lime juice

About 2 cups of strawberries (frozen, add more to create  a thicker smoothie)

Optional: A pinch of mint or ½ cup of frozen mango,handful of spinach to make it a”greenie” or splash of vodka.

If this doesn’t make you feel like you are drinking an entire glass of summer then I don’t know what will. While this drink is perfect for patio weather, don’t forget: moderation is key.


What are some of your favorite “summertime” smoothie recipes? Drop the links!

Smoothies In a Bowl - Yay or Nay?

Honestly, you’d think I’d be completely in the know when it comes to health trends, but there are so many that I can barely keep up myself! However, the smoothie (no matter how you dress it up) has and will always stand the test of time.  Of this I am 100% sure!

Smoothie bowls have been flooding my timeline for the last 2 years and I have just recently decided to give them a try within the last couple of months.  Before I did, though, I had to uncover exactly what a smoothie bowl was and why I’d switch up my routine for smoothies in bowl vs. a cup.

After extensive research (because you know I consider myself a smoothie connoisseur, right?) I came up with these 3 reasons why smoothie bowls are kind of dope!

 

 

1. Because we are eliminating the need for a straw, you can really go all out and make your smoothie as thick as you want without any limitations! I don’t know about you, but with so many “limits” in my life knowing that my smoothie can be whatever I want kind of makes my heart smile!

2. Smoothie bowls are fun! Largely due to social media, I have a new respect for how creative people can get with their smoothie bowls.  You need only take a second to search #smoothiebowl on Instagram to see all of the dope creations. People are really getting artistic with it!

3. Bowls are definitely more filling! I love my smoothies in a cup and the convenience is undeniable, but on a day when I am a little more hungry it is good to know that I can still get my everyday smoothie goodness and add some granola, fresh fruit, chia seeds, or shaved coconut. The possibilities are endless!

Even though I am still a beginner when it comes to smoothie bowls, I didn’t want to leave you without a recipe for my favorite combination this week.

 

 

Acai Berry Bowl

1 /2 or 1 avocado (depends on how thick you want your bowl to be)

½ cup strawberries

1  Sambazon Acai Superfruit Pack

½ cup blueberries

1 handful of kale

1 handful of spinach

½ cup pineapple

¼ cup raspberries

Blend all ingredients in your blender

Top with: Manitoba Hemp Hearts and New England Naturals Unsweetened Berry Coconut Granola