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!

Strawberry Nutella Shake

Chocolate for breakfast? YES PLEASE!

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Before FoodGlow came to be Nutella on two pieces of toast plus an extra dollop of Nutella on the side for after use to be my jam. Unfortunately as genius and amazing tasting Nutella is, I would not necessarily say it is made of real food. Oh but don’t you worry! Your girl (me) of course had to find a way to FoodGlow-ify it and created a sugar free, fat filled and whole food Nutella taste-alike smoothie. Not only does this guy taste like Nutella it also packs in a good 20g of protein, antioxidants from the cacao powder and vitamin C from the strawberries. When you wake up craving something super tasty and satisfying or want to turn it into an after dinner treat this Strawberry Nutella Shake will be your best friend!

Strawberry Nutella Shake
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 handful fresh spinach
1 cup chopped steamed and frozen zucchini
1/4 cup soaked and rinsed hazelnuts
1 serving Nuzest Chocolate Clean Lean Protein (use my code “FOODGLOW” to get 15% off your order and free shipping on orders over $50!)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp maca root powder
dash pink Himalayan sea salt
dash of cinnamon
2 cups water

Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into your favorite smoothie cup and top with cacao nibs, fresh or shredded coconut, frozen strawberries and almond butter.

Notes:
– For soaking the hazelnuts, place them in a small bowl and cover completely with water and allow to soak undisturbed for 24 hours or overnight. Before placing them into the smoothie drain the soaking water and lightly rinse them.
– This smoothie also tastes great topped with my Legendary Grain-Free Granola!

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Brazil Nut Nutrient Balls

High fat, low sugar and contain Brazil nuts which have been known to be great for thyroid functioning due to their selenium content! Get a good night’s sleep and a selenium boost with these little balls as a nice after dinner treat!

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Brazil Nut Nutrient Balls
1/2 cup Brazil Nuts
1/2 cup hemp
1/2 cup coconut butter
2 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane
1 tsp ashwagandha
1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
pink sea salt

Place all ingredients into your food processor and blend until a thick and smooth consistency is reached and no nut granules remain. Using a small spoon form smaller than regular energy ball sized balls and place on a parchment lined baking tray or plate. The balls will not be able to be rolled between your palms to create a perfect ball shape due to the consistency of the mixture. Place competed balls in the freezer and freeze for about 2 hours or until they are fully set. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month (highly doubt they will last that long!)

Spirulina Popcorn

Going through a major popcorn phase right now, like seriously I just can’t get enough! Popcorn gets a bad rep because generally popcorn is made from genetically modified popcorn kernels, topped with fake butter and loaded with sodium. Fortunately when popcorn is prepared or eaten the FoodGlow way I can promise you that you will be getting just the opposite of what you will find in the movie theater. When popped at home with non-gmo kernels or you buy bags from brands like Lesser Evil Snacks popcorn can actually be an incredibly high fiber snack and upgraded with superfood toppings just like this one! So, find yourself a friend and a movie and get ready for a serious popcorn experience…

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Spirulina Popcorn
1 bag LesserEvil Snacks Coconut Oil Popcorn or 5 cups non-gmo popped popcorn
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp kale powder
coconut oil and pink sea salt if popping kernels at home

Home Popped:
Place popped popcorn into a large sealable bag with melted coconut oil and salt and toss so the kernels are lightly coated in coconut oil. Next add in the nutritional yeast, spirulina and kale powder. Shake the bag up until each kernel is fully coated in the mixture. Eat immediately or store in an airtight bag for up to 1 week.

Pre-Popped:
Open your fresh shiny bag of LesserEvil Snacks Coconut Oil popcorn. Sprinkle in the nutritional yeast, spirulina powder and kale powder. Seal the bag closed with an elastic band ensuring there is a bit of room for the popcorn to move around inside. Shake the bag for about 1 min. When every kernel is coated eat immediately or store away for up to 1 week.

How to Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed

I’m sure as you all know by now blog collabs are my fave! Supporting other local bloggers with the same goals as me is so important because it allows me to create new connections with people who want to inspire the world to live a healthier lifestyle. Normally when I collaborate I do something food related but, this time we wanted to switch it up a bit and focus on a very important topic that could really help to make our world and lives a little less stressful.
For me, mornings are a very sacred time and can make or break how the rest of my day is going to be. First things first I have a cup of warm water and a shot of apple cider vinegar with cinnamon. Next I will have a few energy bites and then I head to the gym, spin class or a walk. Moving in the morning is my favorite way to add a little spring into my step for the day, calm any anxiety and release any toxins from my nights rejuvenation. For me being a morning person has been running through my blood since I was born due to my father who literally wakes up at the crack of dawn (and sometimes before). For those of you who are in a serious relationship with your comforter and have a burning hatred for your alarm clock, my girl Angelynn has hooked us up with some great tips to shift your mindset and shake off your groggy vibes to become a happy and healthy morning lover!

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8 TIPS TO BECOMING A MORNING PERSON


HER STORY

Coming from my last year’s self, mornings were not my favourite. When that alarm went off I’d dreadfully peep one eye open and hit snooze until I absolutely had to get up. This cycle led me to feel rushed, anxious, poorly prepared and it definitely wasn’t a positive  start to the day. I always struggled with physically getting out of bed, but once I was up I was fine. You too? It really is all a mental thing and of course what time you went to bed the night before matters.

Early Riser: When I’d wake up early, my day from start to finish felt great – mentally and physically. VS Night Owl: What was I really getting done late night besides watching TV and scrolling through social media? Is that really how I want to spend my spare time given there are so many hours in a day? No. So what the hell Angelynn, BE BETTER.

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I decided to start setting weekly goals – one of them was go to the gym in the morning (before work) 3+ times a week. Yes, the first few times was haaaaard but I got my a$$ out of bed and made it happen because there was no way I was losing to my own goal! Side note- writing your goals down is life changing, I highly suggest everyone sets weekly goals. I noticed a difference in my mood, body and productivity. This feeling completely shifted the way I felt about mornings and ultimately changed my lifestyle for the better. I understand that there will be days I skip my early morning routine, I don’t beat myself up over it, I just don’t fall into my old habits.

8 TIPS TO BECOMING A MORNING PERSON:

  1. GO TO BED EARLIER – Well, duh but what if I’m not tired? Our body is on a clock, we have the ability to train it how we want. If you suck it up and get up early that one day, you will be tired earlier at night. Personally, I’d rather be up an hour early in the morning than up an hour later at night.
  2. EVERYTHING OFF – Cut out TV before bed. Why? TV is the most stimulating activity without actually moving, making it hard to shut down the brain and nervous system. Turn things down/off to start slowing down and mentally preparing for sleep. Try reading a book before bed or mediating to relax and unwind.
  3. ALARM ACROSS THE ROOM – My phone is my alarm so I put it across the room (it’s not good to sleep close to your phone), forcing me to get out of bed and turn it off. When you’re alarm is an arm’s reach away, it’s easy to roll over, turn it off and keep on snoozin.
  4. DON’T SNOOZE  Speaking of snoozing, when you hear that alarm take a moment, go turn it off and then get the day started right away. Hitting snooze and going back to sleep will make you even more tired as it interrupts your body’s natural sleep cycle.
  5. NATURAL SUNLIGHT – Oh yes. Especially in Canada right now, the spring/summer months have the sun rising so much earlier, it’s honestly amazing to wake up to. So open up those blinds and let the natural light in.
  6. SWEAT – This is the main reason I get out of bed early in the morning. What better way to start your day than a good sweat? Incentive: Early morning exercise can help boost your energy and metabolism. The key is to make it a workout you look forward to, mine changes with the way I feel, the seasons and how much time I have! I make a schedule of my week on Sundays so I know each day what I am doing so there are no room for excuses.
  7. PREPARE – One thing that seriously saves me in the AM is preparing for my morning the night before. I pack my gym bag, PROTEIN breakfast/lunch, make my lemon water, get out my matcha and lay out my vitamins. HUGE time saver.
  8. PEP TALK – “I’m not a morning person” is all a bunch of BS! It’s all in your head, you can train your mind and body to do anything, you just need to work for it. Coming from someone who was the exact opposite of a morning person last year, I BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT. So give yourself that pep talk, write a motivating note beside your bed, plan to meet a friend at the gym so you’re held accountable. Do what works for you and get it done!!

    I hope these tips help! When you shift your mindset and start thinking of it as being able to wake up and live one more hour of your day, it changes your perspective. I challenge you to try it for a week and see.

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