The Best Part of Waking Up

Don’t worry this isn’t a post about coffee…that’s for a later time.

This is about how I start my morning. I start every morning, 30 minutes after I wake up, with a green smoothie.

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Now this isn’t a magical 14 ingredient green smoothie that you see on some IG pages, this is quick and easy.

1 banana (preferably frozen so it’s creamy dreamy goodness)

1-2 big handfuls of spinach or any other dark leafy greens (I’ve used baby kale before)

1 cup milk (almond, coconut, cashew, whatever floats your boat)

1 scoop of pea protein (like Perfect Fit Protein)

…and it’s that simple. That’s how I start my mornings.  Now if you want to know why I eat something 30 minutes after waking up, that’s another post about my adventures in carb cycling 😉

I start the day with a protein packed, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, nutrient dense smoothie that gets my metabolism humming along for the day.

Hopefully seeing how easy it is to incorporate more greens or nutrient dense food in your day will inspire you to give this a try.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Egg Sluttiness and Paleo Bowls

Some how Wednesdays have become my recipe days…or I eat a lot and this is an excuse to share my eating habit with others.

I fell in love with eggs about a year ago.  And I don’t mean rubbery scrambled eggs, I mean poached eggs with a runny yolk, soft scrambled eggs that taste like melted cheese (without the cheese), soft boiled eggs…I’m what some would call an egg slut.

I also love good wholesome food.  Now don’t get me wrong I go H.A.M. on some doughnuts and fried chicken (shoutout to Astros Doughnuts in DC), but I also love simple delicious food.

Meet my favorite breakfast of all time…

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Now this isn’t a recipe kind of post, it’s a put stuff in a bowl and enjoy kind of post!

2 super soft scrambled eggs (p.s. I believe in making my eggs in either “real” kerrigold butter or coconut oil, with yolks…got to have those good fats, but just 0.5-1 tbsp)

2oz of smoked salmon

1/4 avocado

2 cups mixed greens (or more, no one will fault you for wanting more veggies)

Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Simple, right? You can layer everything on top of the mixed greens like I did, or you can throw it all together and enjoy.  I love the briny taste of the smoked salmon with the creaminess of the egg and avocado.  If I really want to go to flavor town (DDD is my jam), then use arugula instead of mixed greens and you get that yummy peppery bite. And if I really want to go nuts I put a few oil packed sundried tomatoes on top.

I have been known when I’m feeling culinarily uncreative to make this meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This yummy bowl is paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, full of healthy fats, and tastes like heaven.

It’s also good for those times when you are trying to go low carb and you feel like you are moments from devouring your entire kitchen, or biting off the next person’s head who asks you why you’re so crabby…not like I’ve been there before or anything.

Hope you enjoy this bowl of yumminess as much as I do!

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Ice Cream, Nice Cream

I love ice cream, and honestly who doesn’t…and if you say you don’t, I know you are lying.

When I was younger I discovered Hagen Daaz on a family vacation to Mexico, and legit ate it every day, for almost every meal (man I miss my 8 year old metabolism).

Fast forward to my adult life, and I have yet to find a flavor of Steve’s Ice Cream I don’t like. I fully endorse everything in moderation, including moderation. But even I know if I want to fit into my skinnies, I can’t have it every day. So thank goodness for Nice Cream!

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Nice Cream is a cleaner alternative to my favorite treat. Honestly, it’s bananas blended with some of my favorite healthy mix-ins. It satisfies my sweet tooth, I don’t feel guilty, bloated, and stuffed with added sugar.

Here’s how simple it is:

1 banana

1 tbsp chia seeds (I love adding tons of fiber where ever I can)

2 tbsp almond butter (preferably raw, cause it’s amazing)

…and that’s it, maybe a splash of almond milk. But you blend all of that, or toss it in the food processor.  And if you want more, double it, share it, do whatever. It’s vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and makes your taste buds so happy. Switch it up however, use cashew butter, peanut butter, carob chips, goji berries…play with your food and find what makes you happy and satisfied…maybe even add a tablespoon of protein powder.

Clean eating takes an adventurous spirit, finding out how to enjoy what you like in a way that you can enjoy it, and that your body will thank you.

Hope you like this nice cream as much as I do.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Coco Crazy: Gluten Free Protein Cake

I love food.

I love the process of creating food.

I love health and wellness.

I have a few bloggers that I absolutely adore. One such blogger, Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth. Not only is she amazing, has a great plant based focus, but she makes single serve recipes! Now I will be completely honest, I am a portions monster. If a really good recipe has 6 servings, it’s hard to stop yourself at 1/6th of a delicious black bean chocolate cake. A while back she posted an amazing single serving chocolate cupcake/mug cake. Well I just had to try it, with a little modification. I wanted some added protein, and to make it gluten free. I don’t have celiac’s disease, but with an underlying thyroid/autoimmune issue, it doesn’t hurt to avoid it from time to time.

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Adapted RFFMBT Chocolate Protein Mug Cake

3 Tbsp Brown Rice Protein

1 Tbsp Unsweetened carob/cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp unsweetened carob chips (or vegan carob, or chocolate chips…use what works for you)

1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 Tbsp maple syrup

2 Tbsp Water

1 Tbsp Egg Whites

1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter

1. Mix dry ingredients – protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and carob chips together in a small bowl. Mix everything together until just combined. DO NOT overmix.
2. Add wet ingredients – melted coconut oil, maple syrup, egg whites and water and stir until batter is well combined.
3. Spray a microwave safe mug generously with nonstick cooking spray and pour batter into the mug.

This recipe is delicious, dairy free, gluten free, packed with protein, and you can fully devour it all alone and not feel awful. I like to top mine with some raw almond butter because why the hell not.

If you aren’t sure about what kind of brown rice protein to get, I recommend Perfect Fit Protein or SunWarrior Protein (I used Perfect Fit Vanilla to make this one).

Have fun experimenting in the kitchen, mix it up!

Can’t wait to hear how much you enjoy this cake :-p

XOXO,

MacKenzie