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!
Submitted By A Guest Contributor
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!
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
This morning, as I went to make my usually berry coconut smoothie with my anti-inflammatory protein powder, I started perusing my fridge for vegetables I should toss in. Then I saw on my bag of organic spinach and saw the word folate in big letters, and thought done and done.
I recently found out my body doesn't make folate. Or doesn't hold it, or process it, I'm still figuring it all out with my docs, all I know is I need some. So I tossed a bunch in. The thing I love about spinach is that I can't taste it when its mixed in with all my berries.
A handful of organic baby spinach leaves
A handful of fresh or frozen organic strawberries, slightly thawed
1 C. pure Blueberry Juice (no sugars!)
1 C. Coconut Milk
1-2 Scoops of protein powder of choice (mine is banana flavored, which makes the shake more fruity)
Mix in your Ninja Blender and drink while chilled.
*you may opt to add 1/2 a banana for more creaminess or to get the banana flavor mine has. I don't digest banana well, so I leave it out, but it is an option for a thicker smoothie.
So, I know summer is approaching. But this hot cocoa recipe is just TOO good to wait to put up. Crank your AC and kick back with a movie and a decadent mug of this coconut milk hot cocoa. Mmmmm! Christmas in July? Or April. Whatever.
4 (13 oz) cans full-fat coconut milk
14 oz. sweetened vanilla almond milk (use 2 additional cans of coconut for nut free)
8 ounces high-quality dairy-free dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup dairy-free cocoa powder
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
coconut whipped cream for topping
corn-free marshmallows for topping
Add coconut milk, almond milk and vanilla to your crock pot, whisking to combine.
Stir in sea salt, cocoa powder and chocolate, whisking again.
Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. You will want to stir and whisk every 15 minutes or so, making sure the chocolate melts nicely and is thoroughly distributed throughout the mixture. If it begins to thicken and bubble on the sides, remove the lid and whisk well. Just keep your eye on it and whisk everything together.
Before serving, add coconut to a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Toast for 5-6 minutes until golden.
To serve, rim the edges of a mug with a little honey (omit for vegan), just to get the rim to be slightly sticky, then dip the rims in the toasted coconut flakes. pressing gently to adhere. Pour hot chocolate in the mugs and garnish with whipped cream and marshmallows.
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.