This post was sponsored by Orgain. All opinions are my own.
I recently went to my six week postpartum check up and I was officially cleared to resume working out since having little man! I am so beyond excited to get fit for fall and get back to working out with Mr. Charming.
Although I lost most of my pregnancy weight from breastfeeding (yay!) and since I tried to stay fit and eat well throughout my pregnancy, I still have fourteen pounds to lose to get back to my pre-baby weight and I'm making sure I look for food and drinks that are not only filling but super nourishing.
I love starting my day with a smoothie that packs vitamins and protein to give me energy and an immune boost for my day. As a new mama, since I'm not getting a full nights rest right now (hello 3am feedings!), it's important to keep my health boosted in other ways.
Enter the goodness that is Orgain Organic Protein.
Smoothies are an easy go-to breakfast or post-workout snack that allows me to get me and baby ready for the day without having to make a large meal. I also love that it's vanilla because little man isn't dealing well with me having chocolate at the moment.
However, with that being said, I am really picky with the vegan powders I choose because I have to have a vegan powder that is not only free of allergens, but that is also healthy and tastes good.
Seriously, who wants to sip on something that's chalky and tasteless, no matter how healthy it is? If you know me, that's not how I roll (hello healthy donut girl here) and I wanted to find one that was scrumptious and enjoyable. That's just the foodie I am.
I recently connected with Orgain and was lucky enough to be able to collaborate with them on their newest campaign and I fell in love with the taste and texture of their organic vegan protein powder.
Many clients of mine are skeptical of vegan powders, as am I, and I love that this one isn't gritty. It's smooth and delicious. Aside from great taste and texture, it packs 21 glorious grams of protein per serving and 5 grams of fiber. All plant based!
And it's so fun experimenting with mix ins with a light tasting vanilla powder. Blueberry and banana have been my favorites, along with an addition of greens, coconut or almond milk and flax seeds for making more milk for the babes.
Check out more on Orgain Organic Protein, and why it's important to get picky with your protein, by taking a peek at the following video:
I would love to hear your favorite smoothie recipes and how you'd incorporate Vanilla Orgain Organic Protein into your daily smoothies!
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1 pound organic strawberries, hulled
1 cup organic lemonade, chilled
1 tablespoon stevia
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling water, chilled
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Mr. Charming is a smoothie master. He always manages to pack so much into his smoothies and his flavors are tangy, sweet and dimensional. This is one of his go-to's, and our homes go-to, when we feel like we are battling the sniffles.
Packed with Vitamin C, bromelain, vitamin A and protein, this smoothie is a knockout powerhouse immunity booster.
10 oz. Orange Juice (no sugar added)
6 oz. Apple Juice (no sugar added, we use Simply Apple)
1/2 C. Frozen Mango
1 C. Frozen Pineapple
1 Scoop Everlast Protein Powder in Vanilla
5 Small Fresh or Frozen Strawberries (or 3 large)
Blend and enjoy!
I love a good green smoothie. As an avid smoothie lover from way back, being able to pack them with good-for-me-greens like spinach, kale or avocado makes me feel good about sipping on one for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
As the temps start to creep up into the 90's here in Arizona, I've been experimenting and trying new combinations recently. I've been getting many requests from my nut-free readers for drinks and eats that don't contain nut milks or nut butters, but that can still pack a mean protein punch, so I've whipped up something special for you guys and gals!
Many of my vegan readers and clients enjoy the protein content of soy and the health benefits it can offer. And while I believe in enjoying everything healthy in moderation if well tolerated, even my carnivorous friends can enjoy the benefits of this little green bean. Soy has a controversial reputation in many circles, and people always want to know my advice... it's simply this, speak to your doctor about your restrictions, listen to your body and always make sure to look for soy sourced from Non-GMO sources, such as Silk as there are many benefits to enjoying this power packed food source.
April is National Soyfoods Month, so I thought it would be fitting to celebrate it with this lean and mean Mango + Greens smoothie that is so silky smooth, so decadent and packed with nutrients.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Soyfoods Association of North America in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions and photographs are my own.
With Silk's Soy Milk yogurt alternative being so versatile, you can use it in many recipes to not only get a protein boost, but to give your tummy that much needed healthy bacteria. Dairy-free yogurts that include live active cultures, along with a clean, doctor recommended probiotic, are staples in my diet. Dairy-free yogurt alternatives, such as Silk Soy, are also amazing sources of calcium and Vitamin D, which are super important right now, especially as a I grow our little Baby P.
Below is the simple recipe, I would love to hear your favorite smoothie recipes or what you thought of this green treat that gives a sweet over earthy flavor, which makes it a hit with the kiddos too!
Mango + Greens Smoothie Recipe
You can also pair Silk soy yogurt alternative with a homemade granola, a top pancakes or in one of my many other smoothie recipes if this one doesn't tickle your fancy.
For more information on celebrating National Soy Foods Month, food products & recipes, visit:
In honor of #NationalCaramelDay, I wanted to whip up something super decadent and yummy.
The mornings in AZ have still been cool for Spring and that is definitely something that needs to be celebrated.
A lovely little company, Cocomels, created a caramel that is dairy-free and made of coconut milk and though I've been noshing on them every once in a while as a treat, I wanted to use them in a recipe. And today lent the perfect excuse to make a warm, sweet beverage with breakfast.
I also have to note, this post is not sponsored, I just like to celebrate small companies who offer clean, dairy-free, vegan options from time to time. And I got really excited about them.
I know some parts of the U.S. are still blanketed by snow (I don't know how you all do it. Beach please! So this is wonderful for warming those tummies as you wait for Spring thaw.
The balance of salty + sweet also makes it a perfect stand-alone treat or you can serve it with a savory breakfast. I enjoyed mine with eggs over a bed of greens for a well-rounded culinary experience. Nom nom.
I made mine in the slow cooker early this morning while I did my prayers and devotions and some blog work before venturing in to make breakfast, but you could definitely make this quickly if you're looking to whip up a quick hot cocoa. You can do so by melting down the ingredients individually and mixing it in with your dairy-free milk of choice. Though in my personal opinion, if you have the time, I think slow-cooking it really helps marry the deep cocoa, salt, vanilla and caramel flavors together for a taste that is just out of this world.
4 cups dairy-free milk of choice. (I opted for almond milk for a nutty flavor, but coconut or rice work too!)
2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life dark for this cocoa)
½ cup dairy-free caramels, unwrapped and chopped in half. (I use Cocomels)
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
sprinkle of cinnamon (optional, but anti-inflammatory so I throw it in everything)
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
dairy-free whipped cream (I used SoDelicious whip to pipe on, but you can make your own from a coconut milk can)
Extra caramels for topping
Add milk of choice, vanilla, chocolate chips and caramels to the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. If not completely liquefied, continue to cook on low and watch it until desired consistency is reached.
Stir and pour into mugs. Melt down additional caramel. (Use CAUTION when doing so. I may have gotten a burn this morning.) Top with coconut whip and drizzle hot caramel on. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips and enjoy!
What's your favorite hot beverage to enjoy?
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This smoothie was originally posted on the vedgedout.com blog. I omitted the stevia before posting it here as I try not to use many added sweeteners. And I can't get down with the taste of stevia.
2 C. packed organic baby spinach
2 small organic gala apples
1 T. organic apple butter
1 T. ground flax seed
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 C. filtered water
1 1/2 C. ice cubes
Blend using a Ninja blender for best results.
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen or fresh organic strawberries
1 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk (coconut for nut-free)
2 Tbsp. vanilla protein powder
2 tsp. cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
Blend well and enjoy!
2 handfuls of organic spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp. grated and peeled fresh ginger
2 cups frozen organic peaches
1 1/4 c. filtered water
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.