Green smoothies are a great way to start your day or refuel after a workout. Greens, including spinach, kale, and chard to name a few, are extreemly high in nutrients, are great for your skin, can improve brain function, have antiinflamatory properties, as well as many countless other health benefits.
Today we're sharing our favorite green smoothie recipe which is simple and easy to make, delicious, and gauranteed to make you feel energized.
Total time: 5 mins Serves: 1
1 frozen banana
1 cup spinach
1 tsp Your Superfoods Matcha Mix (15% off code Twins15)
1 scoup vegan vanilla protien powder
1 cup almond milk
1. Freeze banana overnight, this way it will help achieve a creamier textured smoothie.
2. Add all ingredients to a high-power blender and blend until creamy and combined. If too thick, add more almond milk.
Just like we should be mindful of what we put into our bodies, being aware of what we apply to our skin is equally important. It's surpising how many harmful chemicals hide in cosmetic producs, many of which are skin irritants, cause acne or dryness, and can even be carcenogenic.
The skin is the body's largest organ, so whatever is being applied get absorbed by our bodies. Our mother always educated us about harmful ingredients to avoid in skin care producs (her ability to pronounce the ingredients amazed us), which included parabens, fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate (SFS), and synthetic colors to name a few, so we began evaluating the products we used on our skin.
We now strive to find products that are not only beneficial--especially since we struggle with acne and dryness-- but are also cruetly-free. So after discovering Osea Skincare, a cruetly free, ocean inspired skincare line, we were thrilled! They are a family owned skincare buisness that is 100% vegan, plant-based, non-toxic, and organic.
The company's misson states, "We believe that safe cosmetics are your right and our Earth's rightful due," and we agree!We believe that safe cosmetics are your right and our earth's rightful due
Pictuted: Ocean Cleanser
**This is not a paid post, we are simply sharing the cruetly-free products we discovered and love.
Hands down, almond milk is our favorite plant-based milk. Don't get us wrong, all nut milks are pretty good, especially cashew and chocolate hazelnut milk (try this one in oatmeal or a chocolate smoothie, its life changing!), but we always tend go back to almond milk because it's versiatle, simple, and has the perfect flavor. Almond milk is also light and packed full of minerals and vitamins such as zinc, vitamin C, B6, potassium, magnesium, and so much more. Besites, who doesn't love the many flavors it comes in?
But sometimes, almond milk contains unneeded ingredients and fillers, which aren't always completely bad, but in our opinion, are unnecessary. While my sister and I aren't too picky about that, sometimes we want almond milk that is simple and clean. That is why my sister and I decided to create our own almond milk! Summer is here and the temperatures outside are soaring (were talking 87-90 degrees) so for breakfast we craved something tasty and refreshing.
The result? Homemade museli, fresh berries, and of course, homemade almond milk!
Using Ellie's Best Nut Milk Bag, making our own almond milk was easy, simple, and fun. With just a few ingredients from our pantry, we made a delicious and creamy almond milk that goes perfectly with anything. As the saying goes, homemade is always best, right? Plus, there are so many different flavors you can create when making you're own almond milk, the options are endless (chocolate, tumeric golden milk, strawberry).
We hope you'll enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
Prep time: 10 hours
1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight or at last 10 hours
4 cups water
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
3 dates, pitted and soaked, or 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1. Place raw almonds in a bowl of water and soak overnight or for about 10 hours. If you choose dates, soak them for about 15-20 minutes, or simmer on stove to soften. Drain both dates and almonds and place in blender.
2. In blender, blend the almonds, water, dates or maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt on high for 1-3 minutes.
3. After the ingredients are blendered, strain the nut milk through a nut milk bag (or thin kitchen towel if you don't have a bag) by placing the bag over a bowl and slowly pouring nut milk into it. In order to get all of the milk, gently squeeze the bag to drain all of the nut milk into the bowl. You can discard pulp or keep it for recipes, such as bliss balls, cookies, or crackers.
4. Transfer nut milk into a jar and always make sure to shake before using. It's best to drink fresh, but the nut milk can last a few days in the fridge. Feel free to add other spices, such as tumeric, nutmeg, or maca, or even more sea salt, cinnamon, or vanilla to taste. Enjoy!
My sister and I start almost every morning with either hot oatmeal or overnight oats. We're obsessed with oatmeal, no matter how it's made. Usually, we stick to the same thing, but this morning, we decided to try buckwheat porridge for breakfast. For this recipe, we used buckwheat groats and quinoa flakes, which created a delicious and nutty flavored porridge.
Buckwheat and quinoa are nutrient rich grains, and are packed with vitamins, fiber, protein, minerals and iron, and many additional benefits for your body. These grains are guaranteed to keep you fuller for longer, and keep your energy levels sustained throughout the morning. We found our buckwheat groats and quinoa flakes at Whole Foods, but these grains can be found at other local health food markets and some regular grocery stores.
Cook time: 5 minutes Serves: 1-2
1 cup almond milk (add more if needed)
1/2 cup buckweat groats
1/8 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup raspberries
1 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Toppings: Fresh fruit, coconut, Natierra's freeze dried bananas and cacao nibs, and
Big Slice Apple's Berry Chia Seed mix.
1. Pour buckwheat groats and quinoa flakes into almond milk in a cooking pot. Simmer on stove for 5-10 minutes, or until the buckwheat becomes soft and tender. Adjust liquid measurements as needed.
2. Stir in the raspberries, vanilla, cinnamon, and maca powder. Stir in the chia seeds once the porridge is removed from the stove.
3. Serve in bowls topped with atierra's freeze dried bananas, cacao nibs, raspberries, strawberries, and shredded coconut if desired.
Twins. 20 years old. Here to inspire, to learn and create, and share all things health and wellness related. Find recipes, our workouts and lifestyle.