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!

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!

Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream

I scream. You scream. We all scream…because it’s almost Halloween. Well, that and because ICE CREAM! And hey…what can I say? I woke up this morning with ice cream on my mind. “For breakfast”? Well, sure. A nutrient rich ice cream with the flavors of Autumn sounds splendid. “But aren’t you tired of Pumpkin Spice”? Nope. And let’s be straight here, making ice cream is not all that different than making a smoothie either; so file away those “I don’t have time” complaints right now.

It’s creamy, sweet and spicy all in one spoonful! And after you taste this, you’re probably going to want to throw away all those chemical and dairy-laden treats in your freezer; you won’t need them any longer. Escape the carton and enter a new world of wholesome ingredients. Did I mention that we’re adding Vega One to it as well? This is not only going to give it that rich chocolaty flavor but it’s also going to give you 20 grams of premium plant-based protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, 25% DV fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, Antioxidants and 1 billion CFU Probiotics. I don’t know about you, but thats enough to make me want to escape “carton captivity”.

So, why don’t I hate on Pumpkin like everyone else is right now? Because I don’t see it as just a seasonal “flavor” to infuse into store-bought junk food and refined sugar-bomb lattes. Pumpkin is actually a very nutrient dense fruit from the berry family (betcha didn’t know that!). It’s high in Potassium, Fiber and Vitamins A/C and is very heart healthy. The beta-carotene in Pumpkin (as well as the other fruits/veggies of the orange variety) is known to support the eyes and prevent degenerative damage. Also, a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition has shown that beta-carotene can be a beneficial rival in the development of both prostate and colon cancers.

Theres a bunch of reasons for you to go make this recipe and eat it. You can sit here and weigh them all out or I can just scream ICE CREAM! I’m sure that’ll get you up on your toes.

Ingredients
2 Bananas (peeled/chopped)
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 serving Vega One Chocolate Protein
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Instructions
1. Place Bananas and Pumpkin Puree in a covered bowl and store in the freezer for at least 2 hours to freeze.

2. After Bananas and Pumpkin are frozen, put them in the food processor along with the Medjool Dates. Pulse a few times to begin breaking down and then set to high speed until the mixture begins to get creamy (this step may take a while depending on how frozen the ingredients are). Once it’s smooth stop processing.

3. Now add in the Vega One and dry spices and process again on high speed until combined well.

4. Scrape all of the creamy goodness out of the container and into a bowl. Top with sliced Cranberries and Coconut shavings if desired. Now eat it before it gets too melty! You can also transfer the mixture to the freezer while you clean up to allow it to stiffen a bit.

Chris’s Banana Bread Smoothie

Around here my Banana Bread was kind of a big deal. Whenever I used to make it, the family attacked it right when I took it out of the oven. Since going vegan and clean, though, all I have left are the fond memories of this sweet treat. This dessert depression ended today when I stepped into my smoothie lab and got crackin’. After experimenting some, I succeeded in capturing the true essence of Banana Bread in the form of a healthy shake.

But don’t get it twisted, this creamy, sweet and aromatic smoothie is actually preventive medicine in disguise 😎🌱💪🏼. It’s loaded with Potassium and Manganese which are beneficial to your heart, skin and bones. It’s a fantastic way to tame high blood pressure and cholesterol.
 
The spices not only add a decadent flavor profile to the smoothie but are rich in antioxidant compounds which help make this a free-radical fighter, anti-inflammatory and digestive aid. Not to mention, plenty of fiber and plant-based protein to boot! How does it taste? pfffffttttt….AMAZING!!!!

8 oz Cashew Milk
1 Frozen Banana
2 Medjool Dates
1/4 Cup Whole Grain Oats
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1 Serving Vega One French Vanilla
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ground Clove
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
pinch of Himalayan Salt

Blend all ingredients until super creamy and delightful. Enjoy!

Date Me!

COCONUT WATER, BANANA, MEDJOOL DATES, VEGA ONE (CHOCOLATE), Maca, CACAO, COCONUT FLAKES, CHIA SEED AND FLAX MEAL

Just kidding…I don’t “date” anymore; I was remarried in 2008. But you can get this other kind of Date called “Medjool” and put them in your smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, etc. They are REALLY sweet and tasty! They are rich in Fiber, Potassium and Copper and are a very solid source of Carbohydrate. Very good before a workout or when you need a boost of energy. Most of the carbs in these dates come from sugar though, so don’t over do them (I only have 2-3 of them per serving). Mixing the dates with the flavor of chocolate seemed like a pairing that was meant to be and I was right, they are a power couple. Enjoy!

12 oz Coconut Water
1 Frozen Banana
2-3 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 packet/serving of Vega One (Chocolate)
1 tsp Maca Powder
1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
1 Tbsp Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Flax Meal
4-5 Ice Cubes

Pour Coconut Water into the blender then add all other ingredients. Blend on crush ice setting until cracking stops…then blend again on liquify setting for about 30-40 secs. If too thick, you can always adjust by adding more Coconut Water. Pour into a large, tall glass. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out all of the great plant-based, whole food products from Vega. Their smoothie powders are delicious, nutritious, animal-free and are the foundation for all of my smoothie recipes. http://myvega.com/

Enjoy your smoothie w/ your favorite straw; although, for Earth’s sake, I recommend a glass one from Glass Dharma http://glassdharma.com.