Just Beet It: Why You Should Be Incorporating Beets Into Your Pre and Post Workout Routine

I’m constantly trying to figure out new ways to up my workout routine and improve my performance. Whether it’s a new drink, supplement or food, I’m game to try anything–as long as it’s natural and comes from a source I trust. So when I found out that beets were the newest way to supplement my exercise routine, I was intrigued. How could beets–one of my favorite root vegetables that I love to roast with avocado oil–help me to improve my workouts? After a bit of research, I found that beets are rich in nitrates. Why does this help? Dietary nitrates convert to nitric oxide, which works to relax blood vessels and therefore increases blood flow to working muscles–exactly what’s going on when we’re exercising.

I then discovered PurePlanet’s Organic Power Beets Pre and Post Workout supplements. Made with yerba mate and rhodiola root, these powders contain only 3 grams of sugar and provide a great source of nitrates, which, as I discovered, promotes healthy blood flow and stable energy for a strong workout. The addition of the rhodiola root also works to support healthy adrenal function and hydration, which is essential for any athlete. The Rapid Recovery Fuel contains turmeric and tart cherry, which helps to promote healthy joints function and electrolyte levels. The ingredient list in both these supplements is short and sweet–just the way I like it. It contains real, organic ingredients that I feel comfortable putting in my body. After all, what’s the point in working out if you’re just going to replenish with chemicals? Real, natural foods always–pre AND post workout!

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What are some of your favorite ways to prepare preworkout and replenish postworkout? Let me and Nutrition Smart know on Instagram at @laurenandrew and @nutritionsmartofficial !

Until next time,
Lauren

Oh Em Ghee: Why You Need Ghee, ASAP

Gone are the days where we live in fear of fats! We have finally passed the era of thinking that low fat and fat free are what is best for our body. Instead, we are starting to embrace fats and all of the positive effects it has on our bodies. If you’re like my mom, you may still be a bit cautious about cooking in coconut oil and indulging in whole fat milk and yogurts. That’s understandable, given how we have been told for so many years to avoid fats like they were the plague. Fortunately, science has now proven to us how beneficial healthy fats are to our diets. Here’s what we know:

Fats are essential for your body to function properly. The consumption of fats allows your body to absorb vitamins A, D and E and helps your nervous system function.

Unsaturated fats may help to raise good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol. These fats may also help to prevent both plaque from building up in your arteries as well as belly fat.

Polyunsaturated fats not only may help to lower bad cholesterol but also have lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to boost brain function. These fats may also help improve both immunity and your mood, as well as maintain skin and eye health through the moderate levels of omega-6s.

If this all looks like an AP Biology book to you, don’t fear! Here’s a cheat sheet of some of the best fats to add to your diet:

  • Monounsaturated fats: olive oil, almonds, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter, sesame seeds, tahini and avocado
  • Polyunsaturated fats: salmon, mackerel, herring, flaxseed, walnuts and tofu

My current favorite fat to cook with is ghee. Ghee is clarified butter, which means that it is butter that is simmered longer than normal in order to remove the water and milk fats. Therefore, it is a better option for those who are lactose intolerant. What results is an inherently nutty flavor and a high-smoke point–which means it’s ideal for cooking! But what really made me fall in love with ghee is all of the nutritional benefits it houses. Compared to butter, which contains 12-15% medium and short-chain fatty acids, ghee has 25% or greater. Because our bodies metabolize these fats differently than it does long-chain fatty acids, these medium and short-chains are not associated with cardiovascular disease. Ghee is specifically rich in butyrate, an essential short-chain fatty acid that helps to support healthy insulin levels and beats inflammation. It is also rich in vitamins A, D and E, which can help those with gluten sensitivity, IBS or leaky gut syndrome.  Finally, one of my favorite benefits is that ghee supports weight loss as the energy from medium-chain fatty acids works to burn other fats in our bodies. I absolutely love this stuff, and I’m sure you will too. I use ghee everyday: in my bulletproof coffee and matcha lattes, to cook eggs and meats, to saute my vegetables and even just to spread on a piece of paleo toast. My favorite brands are Organic Valley and Fourth and Heart. I’m obsessed with all of Fourth and Heart’s flavors–California garlic, white truffle salt, Madagascar vanilla bean and traditional grass-fed. They also have an amazing ghee oil and ghee oil spray, which makes roasting veggies a breeze! Look out for a video where I show you how I make one of my favorite recipes using ghee!

What are some of your favorite fats to cook with? Tag me @laurenandrew and @nutritionsmartofficial to show us what you’ve got!

Until next time,

Lauren

 

Sources: 

https://draxe.com/healthy-fats/

https://draxe.com/ghee-benefits/

https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/tips/why-non-fat-isnt-the-answer/

CUT IT OUT: My One Week Sugar Detox and Some of My Favorite Low-Sugar Hacks

Did anyone else read that title with Joey’s voice from Full House? Or maybe the sugar detox is making me quote ’90s shows…either way, today I want to talk to you about my latest challenge: the 7 Day Sugar Detox. If you’re just switching over to a healthy lifestyle and still rely on those nightly sweets to satisfy dessert cravings, this might sound like a horrifying idea. But if you’re like me, someone who lives a relatively healthy life already, you’re probably thinking this is a piece of cake (not literally, unfortunately). Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no matter the lifestyle you live, this detox is HARD. Okay, so you don’t eat a post-lunch Snickers and a bowl of ice cream while watching your favorite show at night. But what about that vanilla pecan granola you eat with your blueberry yogurt in the morning? Or that protein bar you snack on before your workout? Or even that vegan chocolate protein powder you put in your post-weights smoothie?The point is, sugar sneaks in EVERYWHERE. And for this detox, I cut out ALL sugar–not just the basic processed stuff (which you should stay away from, detox or not), but even the natural sweeteners. Honey, maple syrup, dates, stevia, monk fruit extract, coconut palm sugar–all of these are a big NO on this detox. I promise the point is not to torture you, despite how it may feel in the beginning.  Instead, this 7 Day Sugar Detox is meant to help you realize how sugar creeps in everywhere, even in products we deem “healthy.” Of course, there are sweeteners that are considered more healthy than others: dates, coconut palm sugar, stevia, honey and maple syrup are all great natural forms of sugar that can be enjoyed daily, in moderation. However, other products that list cane sugar as one of their top ingredients should be consumed sparingly, if that. The detox is meant for us to really grasp how much sugar has a hold in our daily diets, whether we realize it or not. It’s also meant for us to realize that those big-time sugar culprits–that fruity yogurt, cereal or granola bar–can be easily replaced with healthier, less-sugary options. Check out the end of this article for some of my favorite swaps!

Perhaps the coolest part of this detox is how you essentially reset your sugar-sensors, in a way, so you become much more sensitive to sugar post-detox. Fruits and other natural forms of sugar become much sweeter to you, and your body stops craving those post-meal treats. And when you do decide to indulge, a little goes a long way as your body is more sensitive to sweets and small amounts become more satisfying. I’m not going to lie–the beginning can be a bit difficult. The first couple days you will most likely experience some headaches and fatigue, as your body is going through sugar withdrawal. They don’t lie when they say sugar is truly a drug, and so your body not getting its normal dosage may result in some discomfort. However, once you get through the first 2 days, the side effects should subside and you will start to crave less sweets. By the end of the week, you’ll notice you feel much more alert, well-rested and have a brighter, clearer complexion! 7 days well spent in my book. Check out below for some of my favorite post-detox sugar swaps.

LAUREN’S FAVORITE SUGARY SWAPS:

  • Traditional yogurt—>Plain yogurt (love Brown Cow and Organic Valley brand) with honey and fresh fruit.
  • Traditional flavored granola–>Granolas with minimal, clean ingredients. I love Bakery on Main and Udi’s brands.
  • Traditional cereal–>Cereals with minimal, clean ingredients with sugar low in the list. I love Peace Brand and Nature’s Path.
  • Sodas and juices–>seltzer water and a squeeze of lemon (or any fruit works).
  • Traditional granola bars–>Granola bars with CLEAN ingredients. My favorites are Raw Bite, Quest Bar and Lara Bar.
  • Traditional protein powders–>CLEAN powders. Forever favorite is Dr. Axe Bone Broth Protein while Vega Protein is a close second.
  • Traditional popsicles/ice creams–>Ruby Rocket’s popsicles (love their chocolate fudge!) and Halo Top ice creams.
  • Low quality nut butters–>Ones that have no added sugars or chemicals. I love Once Again, Justin’s, and Nutzo brands.
  • Notice a trend here? The best swap for any processed, chemical-filled food is one that has a short list of clean, simple ingredients. The shorter, cleaner the list the more whole the food will be–just the way we want it!

What are your favorite ways to cut down on sugar? Tag me @laurenandrew or @nutritionsmartofficial with your favorite low-sugar hacks and let me know how your 7 Day Detox is going!

Until next time,

Lauren

If you follow any fitness Instagrammers, you’ve heard of The Coconut Cult. Anyone who documents sipping their morning matcha followed by a bowl of overnight cauliflower oats will have at least a few Instagram posts proclaiming their love for the newest probiotic on the market. If you haven’t heard of it yet, listen up: this stuff is going to be HUGE.

The Coconut Cult is a probiotic yogurt that boasts 19 human strain probiotics. Ok, ok, I know this might sound weird. But get this: each quart has a whopping 800 BILLION probiotics–that’s more than any product on the market contains. Why does this matter? The Cult’s human strain probiotics are derived from the human gut and have been purified in labs so that they are completely safe for us to consume. Watch out: these probiotics are powerful. The Coconut Cult essentially “wakes up” the most powerful strains and ferments them into their coconuts, creating the delicious dairy-free yogurt that is this jar of gold.

Now that you know how powerful this is for your body, let’s get to the good stuff: this yogurt tastes UNREAL. It’s creamy, thick and essentially melts in your mouth. It comes in three flavors–coconut cream, mango cream and original coconut–and each are as good as the last. Now, before you go running to Nutrition Smart, I have to warn you–it’s not cheap. Running at $24.99, it’s a bit pricier than your typical Chobani. But remember: The Coconut Cult is not a typical yogurt. It’s recommended to take 1-2 tablespoons daily, as you would your daily probiotic. Therefore, you get to enjoy delicious yogurt while simultaneously getting your daily dose of probiotics. Now here’s the exciting thing: Nutrition Smart Pembroke Pines is the ONLY store in not just South Florida, but Florida and the entire southeast coast that carries The Coconut Cult! We believed in the powers of this product so much that we wanted to be the first to carry it and make it available to all of you. The store is located at 10980 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines FL 33026 and their phone number is 954-437-0035. Below, I’ll share with you my favorite way to eat The Coconut Cult–I promise you won’t be disappointed.

LAUREN’S “ONE WAY TICKET TO THE CULT” TOAST

2 slices paleo bread

2 tablespoons The Coconut Cult (any flavor works, choose your favorite!)

2 tablespoons peanut/almond/coconut butter (my faves are Nutzo and Justin’s)

4 figs, sliced

Toast the toast (lol) to your liking and spread nut butter of choice on top. Layer The Coconut Cult on top, and top with fig slices. I swear you will feel as if you died and went to coconut heaven.

Don’t forget to tag me (@laurenandrew) or Nutrition Smart (@nutritionsmartofficial) with your favorite ways to eat The Coconut Cult!

Until next time,

Lauren

Smile: Here’s Some Good News for your Mouth

G’day from down under! Today I want to discuss the benefits of using activated charcoal to brush your teeth. I know it sounds crazy–black charcoal all over white teeth? Don’t get me wrong, it looks crazy when you do it. Picture that trick gum that we used to give our friends in middle school–that gum that would turn your mouth completely black, and you’d have no idea. This is basically the same thing, except now you’re actually whitening your teeth, amongst a bunch of other benefits. I’ve been using two brands, My Magic Mud and Heritage Stone, and am loving them both. Fair warning: don’t expect the kind of strong minty flavor like that of Crest or Colgate. Instead, these have a more subtle mint flavor–but these amazing benefits will make you forgive that:

  • Whitens teeth through the absorption of plaque and microscopic stainers, which adhere to the porous surface of the charcoal.
  • Promotes good oral health by changing the mouth’s pH balance, which in turn helps to prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.
  • Doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients found in more conventional toothpaste brands, like sodium fluoride, propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulfate and harmful petroleum-based dyes.
  • Contains minimal ingredients that work together and result in an ultra-fine texture that is gentle on enamel.

My Magic Mud comes in a powder form as well as in a toothpaste blend, while Heritage Stone comes solely in toothpaste. However, either way works great. I would recommend the powder form to be used while in the shower, as it can be a bit messier, while the toothpaste can be used as normal. Be warned: using activated charcoal to brush your teeth can be a bit messy. Be sure to wipe down your sink/shower after use, as it can stain. But don’t let this deter you from trying this new trend: a simple rinse can remove any excess mess. And if that won’t convince you, I promise your friends will love the Snapchats of you with a mouth full of black teeth!

Until next time,

Lauren

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Golden milk lattes: the drink that will replace your coffee

I know what you’re thinking: coffee addicts everywhere are cringing at the thought of giving up their morning latte. However, before you close your minds off completely, let me introduce you to the newest hot drink to add to your morning routine: the golden milk latte. The name “golden milk” comes from the recipe’s star ingredient, turmeric, which boasts unbelievable benefits for our skin, brain, mood, immune system and way more. The golden color turmeric gives to the milk results in a delicious, healthy way to either start or end your day. Check out this list below for some of golden milk’s great benefits:

  • Great for our brains: curcumin, found in turmeric, helps to increase memory function and promotes repair to the brain’s stem cells
  • Muscle pain relief: turmeric is anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce muscle soreness
  • Strengthens immunity: turmeric is anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic, so it helps to reduce infections in our guts, prevents stomach ulcers and reduce symptoms of IBS and Crohn’s
  • Reduces cholesterol: lowers the levels of bad cholesterol and increases the levels of good

If all of these amazing benefits haven’t quite sold you yet, then maybe this will: golden milk lattes are absolutely delicious, and because they’re caffeine-free, they won’t give you the negative affects that coffee does. It also serves as a great post-dinner drink while watching TV, reading a book or scrolling through Instagram. My favorite brands are Gaia and Jarrow, which both carry great blends of golden milk powder. Ancient Nutrition also carries a turmeric bone broth protein, which is a great way to sneak in some extra turmeric into your diet! Check out my favorite way to make a golden milk latte:

LAUREN’S BULLETPROOF GOLDEN MILK LATTE

Mix in blender 1 teaspoon Gaia or Jarrow Golden Milk powder with 1 cup warmed milk and 1 tablespoon butter. Blend on high, pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Until next time,

Lauren

 

Source: http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/news/a30538/health-benefits-of-turmeric-lattes/

My suitcase: What I take on vacation with me

Hi all! Actually, I should say g’day mates! I am writing to you all from Queenstown, New Zealand–the second stop on my Down Under Tour. I will be traveling the next four weeks throughout New Zealand and Australia, and will therefore be taking you all with me!

As exciting as it is to travel to new places, I always try and prepare for the worst–and by “worst,” I mean any kind of sickness. The worst feeling is to be thousands of miles away from home stuck in an AirBnb bed and not being able to enjoy your trip due to a cold or stomach flu. Therefore, I always come prepared! Besides all my daily supplements (which you can find here), I always bring some preventative supplements to help maintain my immunity. The key is to prevent–and if that fails, catch the sickness as soon as you feel it coming on. Here’s what I pack in my suitcase to stay healthy abroad:

  • Nature’s Way Optima Immune Defense & Digestive Balance Probiotics: I switch out my normal probiotics with these as they help to maintain immunity as well as help my digestive system as I eat and drink foods that my body isn’t used to.
  • Gaia Quick Defense: I take this as soon as I feel something coming on!
  • Source Naturals OR North American Herbs Oil of Oregano: Again, as soon as I feel like I’m starting to catch something, I take a few drops of this oil. Its antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties helps to stop that cold quick!
  • Source Naturals Wellness Formula: As I mentioned this in my last post, I take 3 a day to help maintain immunity. If I start to feel sick, I bump it up to 4-5, 2x daily.
  • Emergen-C: Lots of this, especially after I get off a plane!

Some other immunity-preserving tips while traveling:

  • Neosporin: I put this under my nose whenever I get on a plane, and reapply every few hours. This helps to prevent catching anything while in the air.
  • As soon as I get to my seat, I wipe EVERYTHING down with an antibacterial wipe–especially the tray table, TV and headrest!
  • I carry my favorite HydroFlask water bottle with me (keep it empty until you’re through security!) and fill it up right before the plane. That way, I constantly have water with me while on board and am able to stay hydrated.
  • Hand sanitizer in my purse, always! Exploring new cities means lots of touching foreign objects–and lots of germs! I always carry my favorite EO Hand Sanitizer (I love the lemon scent) in my purse to make sure my hands are clean, especially before I eat.

What do you do to prepare for a trip?

Until next time,

Lauren

Banana Oat Smoothie

  • 5 min
  • 1 serving

Ingredients:
• 1 ripe banana, peeled
• 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter, unsalted
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 1 Tbsp agave syrup
• 1 cup Califia Farms unsweetened almondmilk
• Optional garnish: banana slices, granola, berries

Instructions:
1. Combine all ingredients in blender and whirl until everything is blended thoroughly.
2. Pour into a glass and garnish with banana slices, granola, or berries (optional).

Charred Corn and Zucchini Tacos

  • 45 min
  • 4-6 servings
  • vegetarian
  • gluten-free

Ingredients:
• 4 Tbsp grapeseed oil, divided
• 3 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
• 1 medium onion, finely diced
• 2 large garlic cloves, minced
• 2 medium zucchini, cut into half inch cubes
• 1/2 cup Muir Glen organic fire roasted crushed
tomatoes, undrained
• 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
• 1/4 tsp fine sea salt or kosher salt
• 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
• 12 corn tortillas, warmed
• 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija or feta cheese
• 1/2 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
• Lime wedges

Instructions:
1. In 12-inch stainless steel skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of oil
over high heat. Add corn; cook about 5 minutes, stirring
occasionally to allow charring, until most of the corn has
dark brown spots.
2. Add onions; cook about 1 minute, tossing and
stirring occasionally until softened.
3. Add garlic; cook about 1 minute longer, stirring
constantly, until fragrant.
4. Transfer corn mixture to clean bowl. Clean out
skillet, and wipe dry.
5. Return skillet to high heat; add remaining 2 Tbsp
oil. Arrange zucchini in single layer in skillet. Cook,
without stirring, until zucchini is dark brown.
6. Turn zucchini, and char on second side, about 2
minutes longer.
7. Add tomatoes, chipotle pepper, salt, and pepper.
Cook and stir 1 minute.
8. Stir in reserved corn mixture.
9. Serve immediately with warm tortillas, cheese, sour
cream, cilantro, and lime wedges.

Homemade Vegan Mac and Cheese

  • 30 min
  • 4-6 servings

Ingredients: 
• 1 lb shell pasta
• 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 large garlic clove, minced
• 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
• Sea salt to taste
• 1 1/2 cups Califia Farms unsweetened
almondmilk
• 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
• 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast powder
• 2 1/2 cups shredded vegan cheddar
cheese
• Optional garnish: vegan cheddar cheese
and breadcrumbs

Instructions:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil then add pasta and cook until al dente.
2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add garlic and cook, stirring until softened.
4. Stir in cayenne pepper, turmeric and salt.
5. Gradually whisk in the almondmilk, flour and yeast and bring to a simmer.
6. Remove from heat and transfer the mixture to a large saucepan over medium heat.
7. Add the vegan cheddar and stir occasionally until it melts.
8. Strain cooked pasta.
9. Add pasta to the sauce and stir to combine.
10. Top with additional cheese and breadcrumbs. Voilà!

Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs

  • 55 min
  • 4 servings
  • gluten-free

Ingredients:
• 1 lb lean ground beef
• 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
• 1/4 cup onion, diced
• 1/4 cup Califia Farms unsweetened
almondmilk
• 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp black pepper
• 1 egg
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 jar Muir Glen organic pasta sauce
(any flavor)
• 1/2 cup water
• 6 medium zucchini, julienne peeled or
spiralized (6 cups)
• 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
• 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, if
desired

Instructions:
1. Mix beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and egg in
a large bowl. Shape mixture into 12 (2-inch) meatballs.
2. In 14-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add meatballs; cook 6 to 8
minutes, gently turning occasionally, just until browned on all sides.
3. Add Muir Glen organic pasta sauce and water; heat to simmering. Simmer 8 to 10
minutes, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and the internal
temperature reads 165° F (74° C) for 15 seconds. Using slotted spoon, transfer
meatballs to plate, and cover to keep warm.
4. Stir zucchini noodles into the pasta sauce; cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring gently, until
noodles soften. Divide noodle mixture among 4 bowls. Top with meatballs. Sprinkle with
basil and Parmesan cheese.

Raspberry Lemon Parfait

  • Prep 30 min
  • chill 4 hours
  • 10 min assembly
  • 4 servings
  • vegetarian
  • gluten-free

Ingredients:
Lemon Curd
• 2-3 lemons
• 1/4 cup Organic Valley unsalted butter, softened
• 1 cup plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
• 2 Organic Valley large eggs Whipped Cream
• 1 cup Organic Valley heavy whipping cream
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup fresh organic raspberries

Instructions:
To make lemon curd
1. Grate 1 Tbsp lemon zest. Cut lemons in half and squeeze a half cup of juice.
2. Beat butter and 1 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.
3. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add lemon juice to mixture, beating at low speed just until incorporated. Stir in zest. Mixture will look grainy!
4. Transfer to a heavy, 4-quart saucepan, cook on stove-top, whisking constantly over medium-low until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, 14-16 minutes.
5. Sieve mixture into a bowl and place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the warm lemon curd. Chill 4 hours or until firm.

To make whipped cream
6. Beat the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and remaining 1 Tbsp sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate.

To build parfaits
7. In 4 wine or dessert glasses, add a layer of raspberries, then a layer of lemon curd, and a layer of whipped cream. Continue this layering pattern until glasses are full. Finish with fresh raspberry layer.
8. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to
4 hours before serving.

The Best BLT Sandwiches

  • 30 min prep
  • 4 servings

Ingredients:
• 1/2 pound bacon (about 12 slices)
• 8 sandwich bread slices, toasted
• 8 iceberg or butter lettuce leaves
• 8 tomato slices
• 8 Tbsp Sir Kensington’s avocado oil mayonnaise

Instructions:
1. Cook bacon until brown and crisp, then transfer to paper towels to drain.
2. Spread 1 Tbsp of mayonnaise onto one side of each toasted bread slice.
3. Top 4 slices of bread with 1 leaf of lettuce each, then top with 2 tomato slices and 3
slices of bacon. Break bacon in half if needed.
4. Complete the sandwich with the remaining lettuce leaves and slices of bread, then serve!

Pro Tip: Cook perfectly crispy bacon in the oven for 20 minutes at 400°F (205°C).

For the adventurous: add turkey and avocado to make a BLAT turkey club.

Vanilla Almondmilk Chia Seed Popsicles

  • 5 min prep
  • freeze overnight
  • 6-8 popsicles
  • vegan
  • gluten-free

Ingredients:
• 1 cup Califia Farms vanilla almondmilk
• 1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
• 1 cup blueberries
• 2 Tbsp chia seeds

Instructions:
1. Place strawberry slices and blueberries in popsicle
molds.
2. Add chia seeds to popsicle molds.
3. Pour almondmilk into each mold until full.
4. Freeze overnight. Then enjoy!