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{WIAW} What I Ate Wednesday – March 2016

Hello! We made it to Wednesday already! This week is flyyyyying by for me.

My friend, Meredith, was here visiting us all weekend and she just left yesterday morning. So since I last checked in with you guys, my days have been jam-packed with Los Angeles sightseeing and lots of eating!

I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in a long time, so I thought I’d bring it back today.

Now without further ado, here’s everything I ate yesterday:

 

Breakfast

My morning started off bright and early with breakfast and coffee at 7AM. I had my favorite protein pancakes (I know, you guys are SHOCKED!!).

To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t had these babies all week. I’ve been on an egg and avocado toast kick recently, but this morning I was craving something sweeter and these pancakes hit the spot like always.

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Lunch

I usually have a mid-morning snack, but I didn’t have time for the gym this morning, so I guess my body wasn’t craving as much fuel as usual.

I worked like crazy throughout the morning and broke for lunch around noon. Luckily, I was at M Cafe (one of the restaurants I work for), so I got to dive into this bowl of DELICIOUSNESS.

This Thai Coconut Curry Bowl is one of my favorite items on the M Cafe menu and my belly is always so, so happy after I eat it. The bowl is packed with heirloom brown rice, seasonal vegetables, king salmon, cashews, and an insanely delicious coconut curry broth. #YUM!

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Afternoon Snack

My stomach starting growling around 4PM, so I grabbed a smoothie with SunWarrior protein powder from the restaurant. It was the perfect protein-packed snack to hold me over until dinner.

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Dinner

Dinner last night was one of the best meals Trav and I have cooked at home in a long time. Two of the recipes we’d made before, but for some reason we both agreed that everything tasted EXTRA good last night.

Travis grilled my Cilantro and Garam Masala Chicken Kebabs, while I worked on the spiced roasted carrots and roasted fingerling potatoes. We picked up both the purple carrots and fingerling potatoes from the Santa Monica farmer’s market this past Saturday, so perhaps that’s why everything tasted so fresh and delicious.

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This picture definitely doesn’t do our meal justice (I know those purple carrots look less than appetizing), but just trust me that it was great.

Damn you terrible dinner lighting!

I may have also split a cookie with Travis after dinner, but I inhaled it so fast that I forgot to snap a photo 😉

 

What was one thing you ate yesterday? Do you typically have 3 meals or multiple small meal throughout the day?

Gluten-Free Smoothies Vegan

Gingerbread Smoothie

The holiday season turns me into a cookie monster! Everywhere I turn there are cookies and sweet treats: our office, holiday parties, ahhh! Give me aaaaall the cookies.

Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe - Vegan and Gluten-Free

But seriously, I have little self control around dessert, so I make an effort not to keep any in the house during the holidays because there are enough temptations elsewhere.

That means, when I have a sugar craving or need something sweet after a meal, I have to get creative. That’s why I LOVE this Gingerbread Smoothie! It’s deliciously creamy and it has the same flavor profile of your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe.

Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe - Vegan and Gluten-Free

The Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk blend makes this smoothie a bit creamier than using regular almond milk (however, I am sure that would work fine, as well).

I also added a couple tablespoons of plain greek yogurt for added protein and creaminess, but that’s totally optional.

Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe - Vegan and Gluten-Free

Now don’t skimp on the molasses and spices here – that’s what makes it taste like gingerbread.

Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, as a mid-day snack, or whenever a sweet craving strikes. Happy Holidays!

 

Gingerbread Smoothie
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 1 Large or 2 Small
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 3 large ice cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons plain greek yogurt (optional for additional protein)
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • Dash each cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and drink immediately.
 

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Breakfast Smoothies Vegan

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie

Monday night I came home from work and our apartment was HOT. I knew Travis wanted a “real” meal for dinner, but cooking was the last thing I felt like doing. I had just picked up lots of fresh produce at the grocery store, and the only thing that sounded appealing to me was a cold, fresh smoothie.

I know, that is so unlike me. I typically would consider a smoothie a pathetic dinner, but I really wanted something refreshing and my body could use the greens.

 

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I threw lots of leafy greens, part of an avocado for creaminess, and fresh fruit into the blender along with some almond milk to get things moving.

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You really don’t taste the kale and spinach in this smoothie because they’re masked by the sweetness of the banana and mango. If you feel the smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, try adding two pitted dates – they add a delicious sweet flavor.

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This smoothie was SO good – I know I will be making it regularly throughout the summer. It’s healthy, vitamin-packed, filling, and so tasty.

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie

 

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Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie
 
Prep time
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup fresh kale
  • ¼ cup fresh spinach (optional)
  • ¼ cup avocado
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • 2-3 dates (optional for added sweetness)
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds, until desired consistency.
 

 

Delicious Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie Recipe! ll Vegan, Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Breakfast Smoothies Vegan

Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. The recipe and all opinions are my own.

 

Hi guys! How is your week going so far? I have a deeeeeelicious smoothie recipe to share with you all today.

In my last job, I had to wake up very early in order to squeeze in some gym time before work. Given that my time in the morning was limited, I was always searching for fast breakfast options that I could inhale in under 2 minutes or easily bring in the car on the way to work. Protein smoothies quickly became my go-to, especially in warmer weather. I loved that I could prep everything the night before and the next morning I would have a nutritious breakfast in under one minute – no cooking required!

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Currently, I am very fortunate that my new job allows me a lot more time in the morning. I now have time to cook myself a meal for breakfast (usually eggs or protein pancakes) so protein smoothies have gone to the wayside.

Two weeks ago, I found my protein powder buried far back in my pantry and realized how long it’s been since I’ve made one of my favorite smoothies. The next day this Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie was born. If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream (like me!), this smoothie is right up your alley! Fresh mint is key here. I’ve tried this with peppermint extract and it not nearly the same (that version tasted very artificial).

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A handful of spinach lends this drink its bright green color, but I promise you won’t be able to taste it at all! The mint are chocolate are the flavors that really shine through.

Try this smoothie for breakfast or even dessert! If you don’t have any chocolate protein powder on hand, I think 1/2 cup greek yogurt and some cocoa powder would be a good substitute. You may need to add a bit of stevia for extra sweetness.

Enjoy!

 

Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie Recipe
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 handful fresh spinach (about ⅓ cup)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 3-4 fresh mint leaves, to taste
  • ½ Tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 ice cubes
  • cocoa powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and cocoa powder.
 

This Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie is so refreshing after a workout! It's vegan, dairy-free, and tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Breakfast Smoothies Vegan

Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie

Turmeric is going to be the hot new health trend this year — I promise you. This powerful spice detoxes your liver, has the ability to kill cancer cells in the body, and protects your brain from Alzheimer’s disease. Betchya didn’t know all of that, did you?

Try this healthy and detoxifying Chia Seed & Turmeric Smoothie Recipe! It's vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Turmeric is most commonly used in curry and other ethnic dishes, so it might be a bit surprising for some of you to see it used in a smoothie. When Williams-Sonoma reached out to me to participate in their “Not Your Typical Smoothie” week, I knew turmeric would be the perfect ingredient to change things up.

Try this healthy and detoxifying Chia Seed & Turmeric Smoothie Recipe! It's vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

On its own, turmeric has a fairly bitter taste, so if using it in a smoothie you really have to mask it with other yummy ingredients. The dominant flavors in this smoothie come from mango, banana, cinnamon, and ginger. The turmeric and chia seeds (healthy fats, antioxidants, and protein galore!) are hidden in there for an extra nutritional boost.

This smoothie is great to drink right when you wake up in the morning – especially if you are looking for something to cleanse your system. It really couldn’t get healthier than this!

 

Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 3 large ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Stevia (optional)
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the almond milk, ice cubes, banana, mango, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger in a blender and blend until almost smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the chia seeds and blend for an additional 15 seconds until smooth. Taste the smoothie and add stevia and coconut flakes as desired.
 

This post was inspired by Williams-Sonoma, but the recipe and all opinions are my own. Thank you for your support.

 

Try this healthy and detoxifying Chia Seed & Turmeric Smoothie Recipe! It's vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Breakfast Smoothies Vegan

Mango Coconut Smoothie

Travis and I have a trip planned to Hawaii in about a month, so I have everything tropical on my mind. Mangoes were on sale at Whole Foods this weekend for 4/$5, so I immediately grabbed a few because usually they are at least $2.50 a pop.

Mango Coconut Smoothie Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.comMangoes always remind me of summer. My mom used to buy a giant box of them at Costco and we would go through them like candy, just the two of us.

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This Mango Coconut Smoothie is a variation of my Basic Protein Shake recipe. It was incredibly refreshing after my very sweaty workout this weekend. If you’re able to plan ahead, frozen mango gives this smoothie the best texture, but otherwise fresh mango will still be delicious.

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Now if only I was lounging on a beach chair and someone magically transformed this drink into a Mango Sunrise….now that would be perfect!

 

Mango Coconut Smoothie
 
Prep time
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¾ cup frozen or fresh mango
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder*
  • ½ Tablespoon shredded coconut (or more to taste)
  • 3 large ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional for a serious coconut taste)
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve with additional shredded coconut.
Notes
*You can substitute ½ cup Greek Yogurt for the protein powder if you wish. You may need to add a bit of honey or vanilla extract for additional sweetness.
 

Breakfast Smoothies

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Earlier this week my friends and I had a debate over the difference between a smoothie and a milkshake.  Some people said that smoothies always include blended ice. Others said that milk never goes into a smoothie and only in a milkshake.  And then one person insisted that a milkshake has ice cream, milk, and ice.

Then given all of that, I really don’t know what this drink is, but I am going to go ahead and call it a smoothie, okay? It has milk, no ice, and no ice cream, but it’s a smoothie. Great, glad we’ve settled that.

For this smoothie I used Peanut Butter & Co. Mighty Maple Peanut Butter – one of my favorites. Peanut Butter & Co. makes ten different peanut butters in the most delicious / incredibly addicting flavors. If you’ve never tried their PB, you have to check them out. Their website is called ilovepeanutbutter.com….I mean c’mon already!

Oh, and did I mention no hydrogenated oils?

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Their Maple Peanut Butter is perfect for this smoothie because it compliments the agave very nicely, but any PB you have on hand will also taste great.

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe

This peanut butter and banana smoothie is great for breakfast…or as a snack in the middle of the day…or as a healthy dessert (because for all we know it could be a milkshake, right?)

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Simple Things: Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
 
Prep time
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim, but almond, coconut, or soy will work)
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter (any kind)
  • 1 teaspoon agave (or honey)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until there are no more banana chunks. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy right away.