Cashew Butter Dream Bars

#WANT… that is the only hashtag to use when describing these bars. Full of creamy cashew butter and sweet coconut flour these bars will make all your high fat, low sugar dessert dreams come true! To spice up these bars a little, I topped them with a FoodGlow “Lookin’ Like A Snack” cup which added the perfect finish!

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Cashew Butter Dream Bars:
3/4 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp raw local honey
1 Lookin’ Like A Snack cup
crushed cashew pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a small brownie dish with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients until a smooth dough is formed. Scoop the mixture in the baking dish and evenly spread it out. Sprinkle with chopped Lookin Like A Snack pieces and cashews. Using the palm of your hand to gently press the toppings into the base to ensure they don’t fall off. Bake for 20 min or until the edges are golden and it is cooked through. Let cool before cutting, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

NOTE:
– Any nut butter can be replaced for the cashew butter if you are looking to make some variations of the recipe!
– Lookin’ Like A Snack cups can be purchased at the online store at www.foodglow.ca

 

-FoodGlow

Santa Monica Travel Guide

Woah! Long time no see! FINALLY I have created a Santa Monica Travel Guide for you all! I also added in a little bonus WholeFoods and Erewhon Market grocery list because let’s be honest, the only reason I go on vacation to the US is to grocery shop…
Below I have listed all my favorite food stops and workout places that you have to hit up! If you are planning a trip to Santa Monica soon, or want to live vicariously through this post keep reading!

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Basecamp Fitness
1315 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

Want to get your butt kicked for 35 min? This is the place to go! Each day focuses on a different muscle group or a different performance goal such as strength or power. I hit up the class called Exchange Rate which consisted of 1 min on 1 min off high intensity circuit training. The staff and instructors are so friendly and very helpful when it comes to helping you out with form and execution of the exercise. The model of the classes reminds me of Orange Theory but like 10000000x harder because instead of treadmills they use assault bikes which are NO JOKE.

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TrueFood Kitchen
Many locations through LA

You know this place is a keeper when you go on a 4 day vacation and eat here every single day. We went here on day 1,2 and 3 for dinner and lunch on day 4 before going to the airport. My favorite thing to order on the menu for sure is the ancient grain bowl as seen in the photo above. It’s a lovely bowl of roasted veggies with your choice of protein and the BEST sauce. The menu is very easy to alter in order to fit your dietary needs as most things can be subbed gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or paleo. Normally with the grain bowl I ask for no grains and extra veg to fit with my needs. This place is great to take families as there are many choices for everyone as well as being very cost effective. Portion sizes are satisfying and you will leave feeling incredibly nourished!

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Erewhon Market (AKA where dreams come true)
585 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA

Honestly I don’t even know what to write for this because Its just so amazing I’m speechless. Erewhon is basically planet organic, whole foods, amaranth, community natural foods all smushed together and on steroids. It’s every health nuts dream and more. They have specialty organic, whole food groceries on one side and the other side is a full on elixir and smoothie bar, hot food counter and cold case with the most delectable and wholesome foods you can find. Groceries here are a little more expensive than usual but hey, its worth it because you will for sure find some unique health food products!

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Pressed Juicery
Many locations in LA
After working for a cold pressed juice company for 2 years you know I have to hit up this spot when I’m visiting LA. Taking a unique twist on juice, Pressed Juicery offers soft serve ‘Freeze” which is basically like a fro yo bar but dairy free and made with a base of almonds and coconut. My favorite flavours to get are a chocolate and vanilla swirl with shredded coconut, raspberries and a chocolate drizzle #DROOL.

 

Bulletproof Cafe
3110 Main St, Santa Monica

If Dave Asprey has something to do with it, I am there. The Bulletproof cafe handsdown was the best experience of the whole trip. Bulletproof is my favorite wellness brand and had inspired many of my philosophies around healthy eating and living. Along with their famous Bulletproof coffee, they also have a full service kitchen filled with quality proteins, healthy fats and all the grass fed butter. We ordered the sliders made with grass-fed beef and a sweet potato bun and the salmon tacos made with wild salmon and coconut flour tortillas. If you get a chance, after lunch be sure to stop by the Bulletproof labs to check out all the fun biohacking equipment!

Other places to hit up:
Cafe Gratitude
Moon Juice Shop
Whole Foods
Alo Yoga store
SoulCycle
Santa Monica 3rd st promenade
THE BEACH!!

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Grocery List:
⇒ Jillz Crackers (original and tuscan are my favs)
⇒ Paleonola
⇒ Paleo Passion Foods “Krave The Krunch” granola
⇒ Kite Hill almond milk yogurt
⇒ Kite Hill almond milk ricotta
⇒ Erewhon Paleo bread
⇒ Bulletproof bars (all the flavours are amazing)
⇒ Hu Chocolate bars
⇒ Perfect bars (again, all flavours are amazing)
⇒ Siete Tortillas
⇒ Honey mama’s chocolate
⇒ Pop+bottle matcha milk
⇒ Malk almond milk
⇒ KerryGold grass-fed butter
⇒ LesserEvil “Paleo Puffs”
⇒ Eating Evolved chocolate bars
⇒ Wild Friends nut butter

 

Happy travelling!!

 

-FoodGlow

 

FoodGlow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? Soft, cakey or chewy cookie complimented by chunks of melty chocolate… the absolute perfect combo. Unfortunately our classic chocolate chip cookie is not the most conducive for making us feel and perform at our best. Loaded generally with refined sugars and white flour the only thing they will do for your body is cause a nice big insulin spike! Fortunately, I have created this recipe so we can get all that chocolate chip cookie love while fueling our bodies to be their absolute best!
These cookies are filled with almond flour, collagen and healthy fats to ensure you are getting a boost of energy and keeping those blood sugar levels stable. I store mine in the freezer so I can make big batches and keep them for when the craving hits! generally this recipe will yield about 7 cookies.

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Grab your bowl, cookie sheet and spatula because we are going to make some magic happen…

FoodGlow Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup almond flour
3 tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetner
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
1 tbsp enhanced collagen powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 chopped Lookin’ Like A Snack collagen almond butter cups
1 egg
3 tbsp melted grass fed butter or ghee

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. In a separate small bowl, melt the butter and add into the dry mix along with the egg and apple cider vinegar. Lastly add in the chopped Lookin’ Like A Snack cups. Using a large spoon scoop just under a 1/4 cup of dough, roll into a ball, flatten and place on the baking tray. Bake the cookies for 10-15 min or until golden on the edges and cooked through. Let cool on a wire rack before storing in the fridge or freezer.

 

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Bone Broth Smoothie

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Ever thought of putting grass-fed beef in your smoothie? Ya hahah me neither! I was exposed to the wonderful world of broth smoothies by my favorite local broth maker High Vibe Health. She gets so creative with the ways she uses her broth and inspired this weeks recipe!
I have started taking bone broth and collagen daily to help with muscle and tissue repair. Bone broth has got tons of vitamins, minerals, protein and of course collagen. There is a reason bone broth has been around for centuries nourishing our bodies!
For this recipe you can use powdered bone broth (I use Organika grass-fed beef powder) or regular bone broth. So, grab your blender and lets make some smoothie magic happen!

Blueberry Broth Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup steamed and frozen cauliflower
1 tbsp Grass fed beef broth powder (OR 1 cup grass-fed beef bone broth)
1 scoop Nuzest USA vanilla protein (Use my code FOODGLOW to get 15% off your order and free shipping on orders over $50!)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 avocado
2 cups water

Throw everything into your blender and blend until smooth. Top with a drizzle of almond butter and a crumbed Currently Too Legit doughnut!

Match- cha- cha- cha

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As you can see, starting FoodGlow and University kept my schedule a little full and did not leave me much time to blog! Now that FoodGlow is on her way and school is out, the blog is coming back. I am hoping to do a post every 2 weeks with lots of exciting new content so stay tuned!

I am kicking things off with my go-to matcha latte recipe. I start most of my days off with this and it gives me the perfect little boost to get through my workout and the rest of the day. It also helps me to get a nice healthy dose of fats in first thing in the morning to get my metabolism going and keep my hunger cues accurate. This recipe is super simple and the only equipment required is a blender and a spoon.

Now, let’s talk matcha. What kind of matcha do I use? Well, the truth is I jump around from brand to brand am still on the hunt for finding the best matcha that is not going to cost me an arm and a leg. So far, my favorite matcha is the organic ceremonial matcha from Davids Tea. It produces the least grass-like taste and makes for an extra creamy latte. Unfortunately, the price is not necessarily conducive to an everyday matcha drinker unless you sleep on a pile of gold bricks. My second favorite blend is the organic matcha that, believe it or not I buy from Costco. The price is a lot more affordable but this matcha has a slight grassy taste to it which is not always the best. If you have any matcha suggestions leave them in the comments below so I can give them a try!

FoodGlow Matcha Latte

2 cups boiled water
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp Bulletproof Brain Octane oil
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 tsp enhanced collagen peptides
1/2 tsp ashwagandha powder
dash of cinnamon

Throw everything into your blender and blend for about 1 minute until frothy. Pour into your favorite mug and sip your way to matcha bliss!

 

So great to be back blogging 🙂

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Adaptogen Hot Chocolate

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As I’m sure you guys can tell from my Instagram lately, I am VERY VERY VERY excited for fall! Literally put pumpkin on or in anything and I will eat it. Its like a 3 month addiction I have. For the past week I have had pumpkin smoothies for breakfast, a coconut flour pumpkin muffin with my lunch and then pumpkin avocado mousse after dinner. Like I just can’t be stopped…
This recipe I bring you is very pumpkin spicy and was concocted with my newest wellness friend! I met Macey at a local health cafe in Calgary and I knew after chatting with her about how much we love Crosby Taylor, ghee and paleo baking our friendship was going to be very valuable one.

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Last week I was hankering for a nice cup of hot chocolate and of course some pumpkin spice to ring in the fall season so, I messaged Macey to bring her expertise into the FoodGlow kitchen to help me create a super nutritious, low sugar and super cozy elixir! It gets its creamy touch from the pumpkin puree, coconut butter and pumpkin seed butter and gets its sweetness from monk fruit sweetener so this baby scores 10/10 in terms of taste but a 0 on the glycemic index scale. If you are sensitive to stimulants I would not advise drinking this before bed because the red maca and chaga have slight stimulant properties and could ruin your sleep! Other than that get your flannel, a nice mug, a friend and your blender and get ready to spice up your fall a little bit!

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Pumpkin Spice Adaptogen Hot Chocolate

1 tsp chaga powder
1 tsp upgraded collagen
1 tsp red maca
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice blend
1 tbsp coconut butter
3 tbsp pumpkin puree
1 tbsp pumpkin seed butter
3 tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetner
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup homemade pumpkin seed and hemp mylk

Throw all ingredients into your blender and blend until frothy! Pour into one large mug or two small ones and drink up!

Kale Chickpea Cauli Rice Bowl

As the weather cools down our bodies will naturally shift and we will start craving warming and comforting foods. Large raw salads are super convenient for me but also are pretty tough on the digestive system and are not naturally craved by the body in cooler temperatures. Due to the type of digestive system I have it is very important that I shift towards warmer foods so I don’t get bloated and er- irregular… It also is kale harvesting time so this bowl features my fresh kale that took all summer to grow! Kick off the beautiful fall season and harvest with this warm comforting bowl of kale, cauli rice and chickpeas!

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**Please excuse the chip in my bowl! I am on the hunt for a new one!

Kale Chickpea Cauli Rice Bowl
2 cups cauliflower “rice” (food processed cauliflower into rice like pieces)
3 cups chopped raw kale
2 cups cooked chickpeas
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
pink sea salt
pepper

Toppings:
roasted sweet potato fries
choice of protein

In a medium pot add the kale, cauliflower rice and about 1/4 cup of water. Cover with a lid, turn the heat up and allow them to steam for about 8-10 min or until all the water is boiled off. In a separate pot or large frying pan, heat up olive oil and add in the crushed or minced garlic cloves. Once the garlic is fragrant add in the chickpeas and saute for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add in the steamed kale, cauliflower rice, lemon juice, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast. Mix everything together and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. Serve family style or plate into bowls with roasted sweet potato fries and additional protein if desired.
For the sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch fries, cover with olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees F for 30-40 min or until cooked through and browned on the outside.