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GLUTEN-FREE, SUGAR FREE, PUMPKIN SPICE PROTEIN COOKIES.

Not all cookies are created equal. These gluten-free, no sugar, protein cookies not only taste AMAZING but they are nutritionally exceptional. They are full of protein, healthy fats and low glycemic, slow digesting carbs-- all of which will keep your energy running at optimal levels. They are great for breakfast, pre or post training, OR any time you feel like having one!

They take 30-35 minutes to make- 10 minutes of preparing the dough and 25 minutes to bake- thats it. Easy, amazing for travel and a #beautyFUEL staple.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup GLUTEN FREE OATS: I LOVE and use 1.5 packs of these gluten-free oat packs from Qi'a they have added superfoods like chia seeds, pumpkin seeds 
  • 3 tbsp COCONUT FLOUR
  • 2 scoops of PROTEIN POWDER: I LOVE and use SunWarrior Vanilla- truly the BEST tasting plant protein and sugar free.
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/2  tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat shredded coconut (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Chopped almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk (I use coconut milk) 
  • 2 tbsp raw coconut oil
  • Vanilla Stevia to taste (I use about 10-20 drops-Coconut sugar is a great low-glycemic option if you don't like stevia but that will offer some sugar.)
  • OPTIONAL: adding superfoods like goji berries or cacao nibs to this recipe can be great for extra health benefits!

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls and pressed into cookies on a greased (I love using coconut oil spray) cookie sheet.  9 medium size cookies can be made with these measurements. Bake for 25 min and enjoy!

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8 REASONS & ADD MATCHA TO YOUR DIET

Matcha has been getting tons of attention in the past year.  Here's 8 reasons why the attention is 100% validated and why it is a BlackBeltBeauty BeautyFUEL essential: 

  • Boosts Energy & Endurance: Matcha is a natural energizer rich in caffeine (less than coffee) and a stress decreasing amino acid, L-Theanine. The combination will give you the positive perks to consuming caffeine like increased endurance and alertness but leaves the out the negative side effects thanks to the L-Theanine in it. 

  • Increases Focus & Memory: Amino Acid L-Theanine increases alpha brain waves which increase relaxation, decrease stress and lead to a relaxed alertness. 
  • Rich in Antioxidants: Matcha is 17x higher in antioxidants than blueberries. The potent catechins polyphenols in it are uniquely high and offer powerful free-radical protection. The EGCg catechins also makes full of potent anti-cancer properties. 
  • Stress Reliever: Amino Acid L-Theanine is once again the superstar behind this benefit for its ability to increase alpha brain waves that are known to boost your mood and put you in a relaxed state. 
  • Detoxifier: Matcha is rich in Chlorophyll, a blood cleanser that helps to remove heavy metals built in the body and that also supports digestive health. 
  • Lowers Cholesterol: Matcha's unique and potent catchins have been proven to decrease LDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure.  
  • Stimulates Metabolism: The powerful thermogenesis effect of Matcha can stimulate your metabolism and increase calorie burning.  Consuming Matcha daily can support healthy weight loss. 

  • Immunity Booster: Matcha's health superstar catechin EGCG is especially effective in increasing immunity and supports the inhibition of viral, bacteria and fungal infections. 

Matcha is easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Here are a few of my favorite ways that I make it a part of mine:

Matcha Latte: I consume one, sometimes more of these every day. I love making warming/frothing some of my homemade almond milk and adding a few drops of stevia to it. A teaspoon of raw coconut oil in it increases the taste and nutrition too.

Iced Matcha Tea (Latte): Same as above, matcha and stevia but skipping the warm almond milk for cold almond milk OR skipping it all together then add several ice cubes.

Smoothies/Smoothie bowls: Easily increases the health benefits of your smoothie bowls or smoothies by adding a tablespoon of Matcha to it.

Bake with it: From pancakes, to cookies or muffins; baking with Matcha is a delicious way to give your treats some added health benefits. I love this Gluten-free, vegan matcha donut recipe that has zero refined sugars.

 

There are countless ways to use matcha in the kitchen so get creative, have fun and enjoy the powerful benefits your body will love from consuming this powerhouse superfood. 

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Sweet potato Toasting is in FULL effect

Avocado toast is beautiful and I imagine tastes amazing (gluten free girl here) but the deliciousness & nutritional content of the new toast on the block, sweet potato, has been kicking bread out of most toasters these days. 

Its truly one of the most genius inventions made in a long time (thank you Little Bits Of food blogger, Kelsey Preciado) and it's sure to have a very long life span of appreciation. You don't need to be savvy in the kitchen to create this masterpiece, you just need to slice your sweet potato up, toast it 2x and decide what you want to dress it up with. 

That's the fun part. This nutritious toast could be breakfast, a snack, lunch or dinner. It could even be an amazing dessert (how does cacao spread with chopped figs and cinnamon sound?! Drooling at the thought)  

The simplicity, ease, and creative aspect of this healthy creation is outstanding.

What are you dressing your sweet potato toast with?

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Low Sugar/High Protein/Green Smoothie Bowl

(food photo credit: @cleanfooddirtycity)

(food photo credit: @cleanfooddirtycity)

Smoothie bowls are quickly becoming the healthy alternative to ice cream for adults. Packed with tons of fruits, healthy fats, protein and super foods- the options are endless. I personally incorporate one meal as a smoothie, smoothie bowl or acai bowl every day. I love the ease of getting all the nutrients in with minimal effort in the preparation process. I especially love how AMAZING it tastes and look forward to it like a treat.

This recipe I created offers a significant amount of protein, good carbs, healthy fats and antioxidants with out loads of sugar and over doing the fats. Good fats and fruits are a HUGE part of my diet and a healthy diet in general but spreading them out in your day helps to regulate blood sugar/energy levels so you can kick ass all day and not just after breakfast 😎  If you love it, let me know below!

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OAT(NOT)MEAL

Don't be fooled. They may look like oats but this #bowlofbliss is absolutely grain free & pretty much kicks ass in the tasting good department too. I love this recipe because its low glycemic, gluten-free, high protein, high fiber & filled with healthy fats; making it a complete meal. It's awesome pre or post training or anytime of day really.

Getting straight to the point:

IN THE"OatNOTmeal" 

  • 2 cups of (organic) cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut milk (i prefer So Delicious LITE coco milk)
  • 1/3 cups of water
  • Organic Vanilla Stevia
  • 1.5 tbsp cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (optional but i love the taste and how it adds thickness not to mention more fiber)
  • 1/2 banana (I keep it low sugar use half only but if you don't care about that use more) 
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (mine is Sunwarrior Vanilla- It's vegan & f!!!king amazing) 
  • 1 tbsp RAW almond butter (you can add more obviously but calorically it adds up quick so I choose to use one and it tastes perfect)

TOPPING INSPO:

  • Berries 
  • Shredded coconut flakes 
  • Raw almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • cocoa nibs 
  • goji berries

FIRST:

Add cauliflower rice, cinnamon, stevia, coconut milk and water in a saucepan- turn heat up to MED and let it hangout for about 8-10 min.  STIRRING is important or it may burn. 

  • NEXT: add the banana and coconut flour and let it melt down for a minute with the rest of the goods.
  • REMOVE FROM HEAT
  • Add your scoop of protein powder and almond butter- stir it in good
  • ADD TOPPINGS and enjoy! 

Let me know what you think below!

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The BlackBeltbeauty BeautyFUEL protein powered Acai bowl

Acai has become all the rave over the past decade.  Social media feeds are obsessed with this Brasilian treat that originates from Brasil. Can't blame the masses for indulging in both virtual land real-life love of these bowls.  As a long time surfer years ago, I discovered the magic of Acai bowls and have been hooked ever since.

My Acai recipes have evolved over the past decade greatly. I started with the classic, which included the granola and all of the fruit. That was great while it lasted however due to my diet being structured towards performance,  I ditched 95% of the  typical sugary elements and implemented protein, healthy fats, low glycemic fruits, and water to blend it. This recipe will definitely taste very different compared to 99% of the Acai bowls out there due to the decrease of sugar in it. I love that it tastes just as good (I think better for those who aren't into so much sugar) and is so much better for your body... especially if you enjoy them several times a week like I do.

Enjoy! 

xRx

  • Ingredients: 
  • 2 packs of UNSWEETENED Organic Acai 
  • 2 servings protein powder (I can't say it enough- I LOVE my Sunwarrior Vanilla (vegan) protein powder- It really shapes the flavor of this bowl and it's SUGAR-FREE) 
  • 1 tbsp organic chia seeds 
  • 1 tsp organic ground cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter 
  • Cocoa nibs (optional GOOD fat topping)
  • Gluten free sprouted oats (optional GOOD carb)
  • Organic mixed berries (a handful is plenty if you want the benefits of the high antioxidants & fiber without a sugar load) 
  • Banana (If I use any banana, I keep it to a minimum, never using more than half- sometimes Ill add 1/2 frozen banana in the mix to make it extra creamy) 

DIRECTIONS:

Add to blender: a few ice cubes (2-3 max) Acai packs, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds. You can add the almond butter to the mixture OR keep it for a topping which is generally what I do. Be VERY cautious about how much liquid you add if your aiming for that ice cream like texture- thats the difference between making an Acai bowl or ending up with a smoothie.

Its better to add more water as you blend rather then have too much from the start. Start with 1/2 cup of water and if the blender stalls, conservatively add a small amount more until the Acai blends into a creamy texture. The sweet spot of blending will have it to looking like purple sorbet.Empty the goods in a bowl and start adding your toppings. Acai is packed with good fats, antioxidants and creates an addiction your body will love.  

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(Paleo) Protein Pancakes

My latest kitchen creation makes you feel just as it tastes... AMAZING.  My personal goal when reaching for food is to nourish my body's needs as well as satisfy my taste buds. These pancakes do exactly that.  I LOVE to eat these either pre OR post training because it stabilizes my blood sugar while giving me the proper fuel I need to train hard or recover from hard training. 

Below is the recipe for my organic high protein, high fiber, high MCT omega pancakes  that do NOT include any gluten/grains, sugar (with the exception of the fruit) or dairy. I've included some health notes on the ingredients to understand the value of combining them and how they positively effect your system when eating them.

  • 4 Eggs (I use Organic High Omega eggs from Whole Foods) 
  • 1 tbsp Organic Vanilla Extract 
  • 1 cup of Organic LITE Coconut Milk (I use SO Delicious dairy free Culinary Coconut Milk LITE also available at Whole Foods- I love that it's NOT in a can. Also note that the fat content in coconut milk is MCT fat; MCT is fat that burns fat and is an excellent source of fuel)  
  • A few drops of Organic stevia (I love and use Omica's Vanilla Stevia
  • 1 tsp of Organic Cinnamon (cinnamon is excellent to stabilize blood sugar levels)
  • 1 tbsp Organic grounded Chia Seeds *Chia seeds are high in Omegas, fiber and add some extra protein as well) 
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Flour (A gluten-free flour that is high is fiber and offers "good fat as well as some extra protein) 
  • 1 tbsp of Organic baking soda
  • 1 scoop of Protein Powder (My staple protein powder, Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder, comes from a clean, all natural vegan source and tastes incredible)
  • Start by whisking the eggs until they get 'fluffy" in a large bowl then add the other wet ingredients: stevia, vanilla extract and coconut milk.

In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together: protein powder, coconut flour, chia seeds, cinnamon and baking soda.

Once all ingredients are mixed well separately, mix them together in a large bowl until the texture looks like cake batter.  I allow mine to sit for 2-4 min before cooking.  

I use coconut cooking spray all over my iron cast skillet (a normal pan is fine as well) and keep the heat LOW (It's very easy to burn these... I definitely did SEVERAL times in the beginning so no worries if you do. Just play with the temperature until you get it just right)  

I like using my protein powder scoop to serve the batter into the pan because it gives the perfect amount and I like the flat bottom it has to flatten out the batter and get it perfectly round.  Once its in the pan, I let it cook until the edges get slightly brown and then I flip it.  I usually add more coconut oil spray to the pan before I flip it so both sides stay brown perfectly.  

For the fruit topping I take some organic frozen blueberries and raspberries and put them in the hot pan for about a minute.  Once the berries warm up I add them over my pancakes with some Organic coconut oil and unsweetened coconut flakes for the finishing touch.   Another yummy way to eat these is with Almond Butter on them!  Which every way you chose they will taste amazing and you will feel light and energized from them! 

Bon Appétite! 

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