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.

Protein Cookie Dough

Alright cookie dough lovers, take a seat and get ready for this…
High protein, high fat, real food and safe to eat (no raw eggs!!) cookie dough. I know I might have just blown your mind but I ain’t kidding. The world is going through this whole cookie dough phase right now. We have a cookie dough food truck in Calgary, New York has got cookie dough coming out of everywhere and you know LA is on the trend as well.

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As you all know quite well I love to FoodGlow-ify not so good for you foods and turn them into nutrition powerhouses so we can enjoy them and do some good for our bodies all at once! I have seen and tried many protein cookie dough recipes and finally have decided to create my own, which frankly I think is the best one ;). So, get your protein scoop and coconut flour ready because I know you are going to want to make this…

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Protein Cookie Dough:
1 serving Nuzest vanilla protein (use my code “FOODGLOW” to get 15%off your order and free shipping over $50!)
1 tbsp @lightcellar coconut flour
1 tbsp almond butter (or any nut butter)
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tsp maca root powder
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Toppings:
cinnamon roasted zucchini (1 zucchini sliced into rounds, coated with coconut oil, cinnamon and sea salt and roasted at 400F for 20-25 min)
fresh fig
Grain Free Granola
peanut butter

Mix it all up until a thick cookie dough like texture is achieved. Top with desired toppings and EAT IT!

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Cashew Spice Cookies

In celebration of my favorite season being just around the corner I concocted some killer sugar free, grain free, high protein and fat cookies! They have warming elements from the spices so they feel like a nice warm sweater hug in the fall to your tummy. These cookies are made with almond flour and monk fruit sweetener in replacement for your conventional cookie ingredients. Becasue monk fruit scores zero on the glycemic index you can enjoy these cookies and not get a horrible sugar crash or sluggish feeling after. Enjoy these on their own or add a scoop of vanilla coconut milk ice cream in the center and you got yourself a nice lil’ ice cream sandwich!

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Cashew Spice Cookies
Makes 14
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cardamom powder (1 clove crushed)
dash of pink Himalayan sea salt
3 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 egg
1/3 cup raw cashew pieces + more for topping

Preheat oven to 375° F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a small bowl whisk together the almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, monk fruit and sea salt. Add in the baking powder and baking soda then pour the apple cider vinegar right over top the baking soda so bubbles form (this makes them fluffy! Hello grade 1 science!). In a separate small bowl melt coconut oil and whisk in the egg. Combine the dry mixture with the wet until a dough like consistency is achieved. Fold in the cashews so they are evenly distributed. Using a spoon form the mixture into balls and place on the lined baking tray. Lightly flatten out each ball and place a cashew on top. Bake in the oven for 15 min or until golden on the edges. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Natural Beauty + NSS Collab

FoodGlow has collaborated with Nourish Sweat Soul to bring you guys a very important and informative blog post on natural beauty! The founder of NSS Laura Berg is an expert in all things eco-friendly and sustainable (check out her sustainable clothing line!) and has so graciously shared her expert advice on all things natural beauty. She has inspired me and hopefully all of you guys to be a bit more conscious when it comes to what we put on our bodies.

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What does non-toxic mean?

Both the terms non-toxic and natural are not legally regulated, and are used mostly for marketing. On the other hand organic is highly regulated, if claiming organic means it has been certified by the USDA for example. Non-toxic specifically is typically referring to leaving out ingredients that have been linked to toxic responses in humans such as neuro-disruption, hormone disruption, cancer, and birth defects, even death.

What are some red flags to look for in products?
There are unfortunately many toxic ingredients still being used in products that have been linked with evidence to many health concerns and conditions such as phthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum, asbestos, lead acetate and coal tar. One of my favorite transparent companies is Beautycounter, they have a “never list” of ingredients they will never use in their products and there is plenty of info on their website of why we should all be avoiding the over 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients being used in the cosmetics industry. I would avoid products any of these ingredients when possible and Beautycounter has a shortened pocket list with the 20+ top toxic ingredients all available on their website : http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/the-never-list/
I am also always skeptical when companies market or claim non-toxic, natural or cruelty free with no back up or answer to show why, or evidence and certifications proving so.

What inspired your non-toxic / sustainable switch?
When I was having health problems as a young adult, I made a point to remove chemicals from what I was eating, because I wanted to give my immune and digestive system the best chance to work and heal myself naturally. Then when I completed my holistic nutrition degree with CSNN, it opened my eyes to the fact that we need to be just as mindful of what we put on our skin. Our skin is our largest organ so is absolutely matters what we are absorbing into it.
On the sustainable side, I wanted to shift towards ethical living, which encompasses sustainability, environmentalism and animal welfare. I feel changes need to always start with ourselves; mindfulness and compassion must start with us, and thus decided I want to be apart of the shift to make more ethical consumer choices.

Where are the best places to look for non-toxic products?
There are many brands that I personally love and most of them are not going to be found at malls, rather locally and through independent consultants. Being from LA I support the Santa Monica based company Beautycounter, and living in Calgary I support companies like Lush Cosmetics, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, and small local companies such as Simply Polished, Adorn, Routine, Dhara, Plantiful, XX Balm, and Pura Botanicals.

Did you notice any physical differences since switching to non-toxic (i.e. brighter skin, clearer skin, less redness or irritation)?
YES! I’ve been fortunate not to have very temperamental skin; my immune and digestive system have more prominent reactions to toxin overload. Since removing the chemicals from what I eat and put on my skin, my immune system is much stronger – this is huge for me as someone that suffers from immune and digestion conditions. My skin is also aging well which is a great plus I just turned 30 and since I grew up in the sunny and hot desert in Southern California, spending most of my youth outside in the sun, I am looking for skin care to both be clean and affective. It’s wonderful that there are more and more brands that I can trust that are both.

What makes a beauty product sustainable?
When products are produced in a sustainable way, it means that there is intent to help preserve the environment, the ole reduce, reuse, recycle mantra using eco-friendly materials such as recycled and recyclable materials, with further consideration given to issues such as energy efficient production, biodegradable packaging, recycling, and carbon footprint. A couple examples of sustainable practices in the cosmetics industry are cold process formulations, they save time, energy, source ingredients and purchase from companies that have adopted green practices. I encourage people to do their own mini investigation, look for information on websites, if a company cares about sustainability; they will likely be open about their efforts.

What are non-sustainable red flags?
I think we are to a point in 2017 that all packaging should be recyclable or moving towards being recyclable, beauty products, personal care, and food packaging. It still shocks me how many packages I don’t see with the recycle symbol that I feel should be very fundamental. Also the more we choose local, made local and sourced local, we are supporting sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint. When companies source and make everything on the other side of the world, I would rather support a product that is made locally whenever possible.

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If something is sustainable is it also cruelty free?
Conscientious companies and consumers ideally understand that compassion for animals and sustainability are both important and go hand in hand, although it doesn’t necessarily means that something that is sustainable is also cruelty free and vice versa. Sustainably is generally referring to the environment and cruelty free to animal welfare. I try to check every box when it comes to buying personal care. I like to ask myself a few questions. Who made it? Where is it made? What is it made of? Where do the ingredients come from?

What does Cruelty Free mean?
There is hardly any regulation on the cosmetics industry so you really need to do your homework when a product says it is cruelty free on packaging but doesn’t show an official certification. Cruelty free to me means neither the product nor its ingredients have ever been tested on animals, but unfortunately companies can get around this. For example ingredients may have been testing on animals but the final product wasn’t. I recommend if you want to be cruelty free to stick with products with proper certification such as a the Leaping Bunny Program.

How has NSS influenced your natural beauty swap?
Actually my shifts in nutrition and cosmetics lead to influencing the start of NSS! When I was shifting toward more holistic and ethical living, I started with food, then cosmetics, and then what I wore. There is so much to learn in each realm so I try to tell people, one step at a time, because realistically it will take years to shift several elements of your life to ethical living which encompasses consumerism, sustainability, environmentalism, wildlife and animal welfare.

Be sure to catch NSS on Instagram to follow Laura’s sustainable, whole food and fitness lifestyle!