Iced Mocha Espresso Mushroom Smoothie


For all you endurance athletes, heres a great stimulating shake to drink pre-workout (about 1 hour before)…

One thing I’ve always loved (possibly too much at one time) is coffee. But now that I have much better balance with my health and mind, I can revisit some of my old addictions with a renewed outlook. And these days, I don’t just do plain old coffee; of course I find ways to increase the nutritional value. One of these ways is to combine it with immunity-boosting mushrooms, antioxidant-rich Cacao and the adaptogenic power of Astragalus!

But don’t be alarmed by all these “weird” add-ins, the taste and texture is sweet, creamy and amazing! 

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8 oz Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Almond Milk

1 tsp Om Mushrooms Immune Mushroom powder

1 tsp Om Mushrooms Chaga powder

2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 Banana

4 Dates (pitted)

3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

30 drops Astragalus Extract

Ice

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Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour and enjoy.

Cinnamon Coffee Breakfast Smoothie (Hot or Cold)

What better way than to wake up than with a sweet, creamy coffee with 30g of plantbased protein? Not only is this also great for an anytime pick-me-up but it also comes in handy as a postworkout recovery shake as well. And if you’re tired of cold smoothies in these chilly months of autumn, heat your plant milk first for a warm decadent treat.

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8 oz Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee (Cold or Hot)
1 serving Vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
1 Banana
3-4 Dates (pitted)
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Chia Seed

Cold Version (shown):
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add Ice for a frostier consistency. Pour and enjoy!

Hot Version:
Add the Banana, Dates, Cinnamon and Chia Seed to a high speed blender. Heat the cold brew (hahaha) on low/medium in a small saucepan on your stovetop just until small bubbles begin to form; then carefully pour into the blender jar along with the other ingredients. Blend on low setting first, slowly working up to high. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large mug and enjoy!

I’ve been memeing to tell you…

Lately, I’ve been questioning the significance of my writing, both on and offline. Is it just a great deal of effort to produce something which eventually falls on blind eyes and deaf ears? People no longer possess the attention span to read a paragraph of text, let alone an entire article or a book. Does this make my original mission pointless? The uncertainty has definitely hampered it but has it halted it? Not by a long-shot. If I can break through to even the smallest audience, I’d feel as if I accomplished something. That said, if you’re already bored and would rather go watch a video of a cat dancing or some dude jumping off a roof into a pick-up truck, go ahead and do so. I’m actually surprised you made it this far. But make sure you first “like” this post anyway because you think the picture is funny. But if you’re going to try and stick it out, you’re a trooper; maybe even a warrior if you actually make it to the end of my rant.

Back to the point at hand, people simply don’t read anymore. Not only is the print medium basically dead, but online readership has greatly decreased as well, especially when a written piece requires scrolling, links out from it’s site of origin or is not written in a short, chunked and numbered format. We love catchy phrases and sexy images. If something isn’t funny, trendy or entertaining in some way it’s not worth looking at. We love to watch people get hurt doing stupid things; we love the dramas that unfold on the news. We do exactly what we’re told without even knowing it. We are driven to fear, anger, happiness and envy all in a short 10 minutes of watching. It’s no wonder we have no attention span…it’s constantly being hijacked by the most insignificant, lowest forms of marketing-driven media.
After enduring enough of this stream of pointlessness, our minds are exhausted and left with only the attention span for reading/sharing memes with one another. No real connection, no commitment. Just something to nod or laugh about. These anecdotes give zero enrichment to one’s intelligence.

In my own experience, I’ve found that my article posts go greatly ignored while a simple meme generates an onslaught of response; so much so, that I feel forced to create such shallow content simply as a tool to keep my existing followers. But seriously, what do we truly learn from these short phrases and dramatic images? Have they helped change or transform our lives? To me, they just seem like cheap, nutrient deficient, fast food for the brain; another quick fix because we don’t care enough to take the time to research, learn and apply those teachings to our way of life.

I recently read a statistic that 85% of online video is watched with the audio turned off! What? This clearly indicates, to me, that people have a severe lack of an attention span even when something may seem interesting to them. But why even bother at this point? If we aren’t absorbing the content in it’s entirety, how much are we missing? If we disconnect from the context, what do we get out of it?

Our increasing desire to have everything served to us quicker and easier is the very essence of our world problems in a nutshell. On some level, we really just don’t care about much. We just want to pass the time and let “those in control” take care of the real problems. And since we’re told that it’s the president’s job, we get caught up in the emptiness of that story as well. Control is an illusion which we are led to believe. But we ARE, in fact, the majority. We vote with our minds and wallets every single day; this is the real election. This is how we are putting that 1% on the throne (not through some fake election). We fail to realize the simple connection between our personal life choices and how they keep those in power reigning above us. Instead, we squabble about which “actor” would make a better leader for our country. We play into the distraction while the true rulers continue to laugh and make their deals and decisions behind closed doors. We buy into all of the bullshit we’re told about politics, health and other social issues because we’re simply too damned lazy to find out what is really going on.

If you’re sitting back and waiting for change to happen around you, you will waste the time away until the very day you cease to exist. It’s only when we block out the noise around us and change ourselves that the world around us begins to change as well. Imagine if the entire majority realized this? The corrupt system as we know it would collapse. Put all that on a meme.

Mango Vanilla Chai Recovery Smoothie

Fitness can be tough on your body. After working up a sweat, the last thing you want to do is another tedious workout in the kitchen. That said, you’ll be delighted that this smoothie can be prepped and blended in under 10 minutes. It’s creamy, refreshing, delicious and a powerful companion to your post-workout routine. And heck, the bright golden color is kinda pretty to look at too! To get it going, all you need is some Vega Sport Performance Protein and a few things from nature’s medicine cabinet; then you’ll be well on your way to making those gains again.

Ingredients
1 scoop Vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
1 cup Silk Unsweetened Original Cashewmilk
1 cup frozen Mango
1 Orange (peeled)
1 thumb Ginger (peeled)
1 tsp Chai Spice blend
Optional: Ice cubes

Preparation
1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
2. Pour into a glass and garnish with some shredded Coconut. Enjoy 45 minutes to 1 hour after your workout.

Creamy Coconut Mocha Maple Smoothie

So you just “hit the wall” after pushing yourself hard during this morning’s workout. You’re looking to get some energy back and recover so you can do it all again tomorrow. Am I getting warm? Well, look no further! This smoothie has got all the tricks of the trade when it comes to post-workout fuel!

Coconut Water helps hydrate and replace lost electrolytes, while the Banana and Maple Syrup restores some carbohydrate (for muscle glycogen). The Vega Sport, Avocado and seeds bring in the protein, Omega fatty acids, anti-inflammatory properties, BCAAs and Glutamine which are all vital in helping repair and build new muscle fiber. 

But why the Green Coffee Powder, you ask? Well, coffee not only adds a deep flavor which compliments the Chocolate but green coffee also provides a low dose of caffeine (about half of a standard cup of coffee); which not only provides a nice gradual boost of energy but has been shown to help athletes recover quicker! 

So overall, this smoothie is not only a nutritional powerhouse and tastes delicious but everything was carefully combined to assist you in getting back out there, doing whatever it is you do, quicker and more efficiently. I guess I’m pretty good at making stuff that sounds like a dessert but is insanely healthy! 😉

12 oz Coconut Water

1/2 Banana

1/2 Avocado

1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein (Chocolate)

1 tsp Green Coffee Powder

2 Tbsp Chia or Hemp Seeds

1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

Ice (if desired)

Blend all ingredients on high speed until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Berry Berry SubLIME Smoothie

Whether you’re stretching, shredding or striding through your best life, make sure to recover your best too! Vega Sport Performance Protein helps make this task a breeze with a powerful serving of complete protein, BCAAs, glutamine and probiotics. Blend it with a handful of thoughtful ingredients and you have yourself a tart, sweet smoothie that will get you back on your feet in no time!

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One of my all time favorite smoothie blends has Coconut Milk Yogurt, fresh berries and Lime. Theres just something about that combo that my tastebuds really love. The “yogurt” creates a beautiful, creamy texture while supplying your gut with some healthy live, active cultures. Of course, Limes throw in a bit of contrast with their zingy flavor…plus their great for your skin and digestion. And don’t even get me started on fresh berries. They are the world’s most perfect food; packed with an insane amount of nutrients, carotenoids and flavonoids. What does that mean?! It means their an antioxidant powerhouse and a nightmare for free radicals which damage your cells.

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Ingredients
1 scoop Vanilla or Berry Vega Sport Performance Protein
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 5.3 oz container So Delicious Blueberry “Yogurt” Alternative
2 cups Baby Spinach
1 frozen Banana
1 cup frozen Mixed Berries
1 lime (juice and zest only)
Shredded Coconut (to garnish)

Preparation
1. Blend the Coconutmilk, “Yogurt” Alternative and Spinach until greens are fully broken down.
2. Add all other ingredients and blend again until smooth.
3. Pour into a glass, garnish with shredded Coconut and enjoy!

Superfood Hot Chocolate

Yes…you heard that right. Hot Chocolate that is not only decadently delicious but a nutritional powerhouse as well. Nope, you can’t get it at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. But what you can do is empower yourself to reject the convenient, nutrient deficient beverages that fast food companies market at you. Instead, buy a handful of healthy ingredients and make your own creamy, cozy mug of hot chocolate; fully knowing that it is serving your body and mind on a much higher level. The no-brainer ingredient here will be Cacao; I mean…you can’t make chocolate without it! But one of my favorite ingredients to add to this recipe are dates! So plump, juicy and chewy. I use them in everything from smoothies to spreads (and everything in-between).

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But how else can we upgrade our hot chocolate? Well, I know an easy way that will also provide you with 20 grams of premium plant-based protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% DV vitamins and minerals, 25% DV fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, a slew of antioxidants and 1 billion CFU Probiotics. Whaaaat?!?!? No joke, it’s called Vega One! For a couple years now, it has been my go-to when I need to get in my daily nutrition “on the go”. It’s perfect in smoothies, nice creams, oatmeal bowls…and now in superfood tonics!

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If you put these excellent, plant-based ingredients together you can’t go wrong. And just because this hot chocolate doesn’t come in a quick packet or will not be handed to you from a drive-thru window, doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. These days, you can’t afford NOT to treat your body right! Don’t be afraid to carve out a few extra minutes in the morning for this truly wonderful mug of goodness.

What you’ll need:
10 oz Heated Almond Milk
4 pitted Dates (any variety – but I LOVE Khadrawy)
1 scoop Vega One Nutritional Shake (Chocolate)
2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

How to do it:
In a small saucepan, heat up your Almond Milk on medium/low heat (stirring often) just until bubbles begin to form. Now switch the heat to low and toss the pitted dates in there to soak for a few minutes (this helps soften them further for blending). While the dates are soaking, get out your blender and add the Vega One, Cacao and Maple Syrup. Now turn off the burner and gently pour the hot Almond Milk and Dates into the blender as well. Place lid on tightly and securely. Begin blending on low speed, gradually increasing to high. Blend until smooth. Pour into large mug and enjoy!