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Recipe: Heart Healing Love Smoothie

Brooke Slade

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
— Proverbs 4:23 NIV

On Valentine's day, we celebrate love. We buy gifts, plan dates and dress up. We write love notes to our significant others. We express appreciation for our loved ones. But, how often (on Valentine's day or any other day) do we express appreciation for ourselves, treat ourselves to something "nice" or acknowledge all the work our hearts do for us from one Valentine's Day to the next?

While today is about expressing love and appreciation for things outside of you, I encourage you to invite some of that love inside. 

In this post, I'm sharing a nourishing, heart-healthy smoothie recipe that I am hoping will remind you to take care of yourself and treat yourself well. To me, there's no better way to show yourself appreciation and love than to feed your body what it needs to thrive. This smoothie recipe feeds you in two ways: physically and emotionally. The ingredients were chosen because they each encourage your heart (and love zones) in different ways (health, heart and love benefits listed below). 

The ingredients make a pink smoothie, meant to mimic the color of Rose Quartz, a crystal known to promote love and healing. The recipe also includes several aphrodisiac and mood-boosting foods. Enjoy alone or, since it is Valentine's Day, after all, share with someone you love.


Recipe: Heart Healing Love Smoothie

 

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Health, Heart & Love Benefits

oatmeal: soluble fiber, lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood glucose levels

strawberries: antioxidants, can decrease blood pressure and help dilate blood vessels, packed with vitamin c, aphrodisiac

cacao: antioxidants and magnesium that boost heart health, mood balancing, mood boosting aphrosdisiac

almond milk: almonds are a known aphrodisiac, packed with heart-healthy vitamin e & oleic acid (from almond oil)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries

  • 1 cup raspberries

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1/2 cup ice

  • 2 cups almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)

  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats

  • 1 tsp cacao powder

  • 1 tsp granola

  • 2 thinly sliced strawberries

  • 3 raspberries

Instructions 

  1. Place strawberries, raspberries, oats, milk, ice and honey into blender. I like to add the honey last so that it doesn't sink to the bottom of the blender.

  2. Blend everything on medium-high or "puree" option for about 60 seconds.

  3. Pour smoothie into serving glass. Be sure to choose a glass with a large opening so that you can easily add toppings.

  4. Dust the top of the smoothie with your cacao powder then, carefully, add other toppings (thinly sliced strawberries, 3 raspberries and granola). View image below for serving suggestion.

  5. Enjoy!

Makes 1-2 servings.

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Recipe [VIDEO]: Coconut Matcha Chia Pudding

Brooke Slade

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If you know me (and my tastebuds...or just my social media accounts in general) you know that I am a chia-seed-lover.

Sprinkling just a teaspoon of these babies on your food boosts your meal's nutritional value by adding fiber, potassium, good fats (in the form of OMEGA-3s!), protein, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

Another food-love of mine is matcha. Not only do I appreciate its ability to turn all of my smoothies and lattes a pretty hue of green, I also appreciate its various health benefits: green-tea energy, antioxidants and adaptogenic properties (more health benefits can be found here).

I felt it was only right to marry two of my health-food-faves in a simple recipe: Coconut Matcha Chia Pudding. I am super excited to share this recipe because...

1. So many of you (via social media) have been asking how to make chia pudding. I'm happy to say that it's a super-easy process and you'll probably be making it all of the time after you realize it takes, literally, very little time.

2. You can enjoy this recipe for breakfast, a snack or dessert. It travels well and you can top it however you like. My fave? Coconut shreds + sliced strawberries, YUM!


Coconut Matcha Chia Pudding


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Recipe: Berries & Spice Overnight Oats

Brooke Slade

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Happy fall! Since its finally starting to feel fall-ish in LA, I've been inspired to make and share some of my cold weather favorites.

When I think of fall, my mind goes right to things like warm scents, vanilla, hot cider, warm blankets, cinnamon and cloves. This time of year, I love foods that marry all of these scents and "feels".

Recently, a few people have asked me for good, quick breakfast options and, with it finally being fall and all, oatmeal seemed like a no-brainer. When it comes to oatmeal there are so many good recipes and the combinations are seemingly endless. I'm intrigued by the creativity that oatmeal lends the at-home cook. Have you seen these recipes for savory oatmeal lately?! 

Since oatmeal is well-liked and easy, I thought it would be a great item to use for a quick, fall-inspired breakfast.


Berries & Spice Overnight Oats

Nutrition Points

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  • 8g Protein

  • 9g Fat (GOOD fat from nuts and oatmeal)

  • 30g carbs

  • 9g fiber

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oatmeal (I used Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats)

  • 1.5 cups almond milk

  • .5 tsp agave

  • pumpkin spice seasoning

  • 1 tbsp fresh blueberries

  • 1tbsp fresh blackberries

  • 1 tsp chopped pecans

  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Grab a 16oz mason jar or a 12oz+ food storage container.

  2. Add oatmeal.

  3. In a separate container or bowl, mix almond milk, agave and pumpkin spice (to taste).

  4. Pour almond milk mixture over oats.

  5. Add all other ingredients (fruits and nuts), stacking like a parfait, until the jar is full.

  6. Seal the jar with the lid and place in the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning, or whenever you're ready to enjoy your oatmeal (within 1-3 days, I suggest)...

  1. Remove lid and place mason jar or container in microwave.

  2. Heat for 2.5 minutes.

  3. Carefully remove oatmeal from the microwave (mason jar will be hot!)

  4. Enjoy from the jar or container -OR- serve in a bowl with even more toppings

Recipes makes 1 serving

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