Recipes, Smoothies

Peanut Butter + Cocao Nice Cream.

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Nothing beats ice cream. Well, maybe. Ice cream has always been my weakness. When I figured out that dairy was the culprit of making me sick and I had to stop eating it, I quickly realized how much of temptation it is to me!

There are so many delicious vegan non-dairy ice cream substitutes available, but a lot of the time I still end up with a stomach ache due to all the artificial sweeteners. (Fun fact: Artificial sweeteners can actually cause IBS symptoms. Some people don’t have the enzymes in our body to digest or breakdown those fake sugars. This leads to bloating and gas. When it comes to zero-calorie sweeteners, I only use stevia. Stevia is a great sugar alternative that comes from a plant, Stevia rebaudiana. The leaves of this plant were used for more than 1500 years in Brazil and Paraguay to naturally sweeten local teas and medicines.)

SO, the reason why I love making my own ice cream is because the ingredients are few in number and they are all whole food ingredients.

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Peanut Butter & Cocao Nice Cream 

Ingredients: 

4 Chopped Frozen Bananas

1 Spoonful Cocao powder (Or unsweetened cocoa powder)

2 Tbs Peanut Butter (Or 3 Tbs PB2 Powder)

3+ Tbs Plant Milk (I LOVE coconut milk.)

Directions: 

  1. Place your chopped frozen bananas in your blender with 1 Tbs of milk. Blend for a little. Add 1 more Tbs of milk. Blend until another Tbs of milk is needed. Be careful with how much milk you pour because it will change the thickness of your ice cream, but add as needed.
  2. Once bananas are thickly blended, add your cocao powder and peanut butter.
  3. SERVE with toasted coconut flakes, fruit, granola, puffed rice, etc. Get creative!

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I would LOVE to see what you created! Email me at rachelahubert@hotmail.com with pictures! I would love love love to share them on my next post!

Much Love,

Rachel Aletta

 

 

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Smoothies

NICE CREAM.

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One of my biggest weaknesses: ICE CREAM.

Thats why Nice Cream is one of THE greatest inventions of all time. Its healthy ice cream! Who knew? And it is SUPER easy and simple. All you need are frozen bananas, vanilla, and a tiny bit of plant milk.

This recipe has so much potential for variations as well. SO, for our first ice cream post, we are going to start with a simple & basic recipe.

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CHOCOLATE COCONUT NICE CREAM

Ingredients:

3 frozen bananas

2 Tbs Almond Coconut Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 spoon full Cocao (or unsweetened cocoa powder)

Handful of coconut flakes

Toppings: Coconut Flakes, Crushed Cashews, Cocoa Nibs

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Directions:

Chop your frozen bananas into small pieces and blend them on low in your blender. Add 1 Tbs almond milk. Increase your velocity, and then if needed add your other Tbs of milk. (If you add too much milk, it wont have an ice cream consistency.) Add your vanilla extract, cocao powder, and coconut flakes. Blend until desired consistency.

ENJOY 🙂

-Talia & Rache

Recipes, Smoothies

Blood Orange, Vanilla, & On Guard.

With all these colds running around, I decided it was time to create a vitamin c based, immunity building, antioxidant filled smoothie. I found blood oranges at Sprouts and was so stoked to experiment with them. I have never been a huge orange lover, but I have always loved blood oranges. Im pretty sure they taste almost the same, yet I still love blood oranges more. 🙂

And because watching videos is a lot more entertaining, I made a little vid to show you all the goodness in this smoothie!

P.S If you are an essential oils fan, pull out your On Guard!

Blood Orange, Vanilla, & On Guard Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 blood orange

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (Vega Vanilla is my fav!)

1/2 cup plant milk

1 drop On Guard Essential Oil

1 handful of ice

Directions:

  1. Add you milk & chopped fruit. Blend.
  2. Add you powder & essential oil
  3. Add you ice
  4. Enjoy!

 

Smoothies

A warm winter smoothie.

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One of the greatest ideas my dad has had was when he put his smoothie over the stove. This idea made it possible to have smoothies ALL YEAR ROUND. Even when you live in Idaho and it is -6 degrees outside. 🙂

For example, I’m currently in Island Park, Idaho. (One of the seven wonders of Rachel’s world.) It’s 10 degrees outside, blizzarding, and my dad keeps on asking me if I’ll go snowmobiling with him. Currently, I’m sitting by the fire writing this post and trying to work up the courage to step outside into the blizzarding winter wonderland of Island Park. Luckily my dad made me his warm smoothie this morning; so, when I do finally leave this cozy fireplace to explore the tundra, my insides won’t freeze into ice cubes.

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The recipe is really simple. 🙂 It has the same basic whole food ingredients as my dad’s “Good Life Smoothie”. The only difference is that you stick it over your stove once your finished blending it!

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The Warm Banana & Oat Winter Smoothie 

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

1.5 cup oats (ground with your Vitamix)

1.5 cup plant milk (almond, almond coconut, or soy)

1 apple

1.5 frozen bananas

1 handful blueberries

1 Tbs Honey

1.5 cup ice

Toppings: Fresh cut fruit, Granola, Coconut Flakes

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Directions:

  1. Grind your oats to a fine powder
  2. Add your milk, apple, and banana
  3. Add in your honey & ice
  4. Place your smoothie over the stove in a pot and heat until desired temp. (10-15 minutes)

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Happy Holidays!

Love,

Rachel Aletta

Recipes, Smoothies

Vanilla Peppermint Frosty .

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Here comes the holiday recipes!

Okay, this recipe was very fun to create because I had never used essential oils in my smoothies before!

One of my all time favorite essential oils is Peppermint. That stuff is a miracle worker! Especially if you have stomach issues, a stuffy nose, a sore throat, or even nausea. Check out my favorite peppermint remedies below!

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  1. For a sore throat. Heat up a mug of water util hot. Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil and 2 Tbs of honey (or desired sweetness) Sip that baby down. Promise you wont regret it!
  2. For nausea. Just breathe it in! As you do you will notice your nausea completely go away. If you don’t want to walk around holding a little doterra bottle and completely look like a hippie, just put a little under your nose on your skin.
  3. If your feeling stuffy. Put one or two drops of peppermint oil on the back of your hand. With your whole tongue, lick the back of your hand. Now, I will warn you, it will definitely open up your sinuses. You will feel it! But in a minute you will feel SO much better.
  4. If you have a head ache. Rub the oils on the back of your neck and on your temples.
  5. If you have a stomach ache. Rub the oils on your stomach or try the tea mentioned first.

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6. If you are craving a delicious peppermint and vanilla smoothie.

Peppermint & Vanilla Frosty

Ingredients: 

1/2 scoop vanilla vega protein powder (or any other vanilla protein powder)

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 frozen banana

1 drop peppermint essential oil (be sure to only use one drop. it is strong stuff!)

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup ice

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Directions: 

  1. Blend your plant milk, apple sauce, and banana.
  2. Add your vanilla powder and peppermint oil
  3. Increase the velocity of your blender and add in your ice.
  4. Add desired toppings! (I LOVE Rice Krispies.)
  5. ENJOY!

Happy Holidays! More recipes to come 🙂

Love,

Rachel Aletta

Recipes, Smoothies

Ahh, the good life.

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If you really know my dad, you will know the following phrases:

“Ahh, the good life!”

*Grabs chocolate chip cookies from store, smiles, quietly sets them in the cart,* and says, “Its for the kids..”

“Sure, sure, sure…”

“Hot Shot!!”

In reality, you should only have to be with my dad in a casual setting for about an hour to hear these phrases. And these are only four. My dad is a hilarious creature of habit that always keeps our family laughing. He also always keeps our family full of his delicious smoothies every morning. Yes, he literally brings my mother a smoothie in bed every single day. Can my parents get any cuter?

And let me tell you, his smoothies are to die for. They are so good, filling, and nutritious.

Note: My dad agreed to helping me out with making a video of one of his smoothies. Filming this video was quite the experience. My friend Kat and I took about an hour to film my previous video. With this video, it literally took 3 minutes. The BYU game was on, so my dad tried to get it done as quickly as possible. Kat and I were franticly running all around him quickly trying to get each shot! haha. When it was over,we just looked at each other completely flabbergasted and just laughed!

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Banana, Blueberry, and Oat Smoothie

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

1.5 cup oats (ground with your Vitamix)

1.5 cup plant milk

1 apple

1.5 frozen bananas

1 handful blueberries

1 Tbs Honey

1.5 cup ice

Directions:

  1. Grind you oats to a fine powder
  2. Add your milk, apple, and banana
  3. Add in your honey & ice
  4. Drink and enjoy! 🙂

Love,

Rachel Aletta

 

Recipes, Smoothies

Coconut, Cocao, and Acai.

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One of the greatest things is cocao powder. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The real cocoa bean itself! The process of cold-pressing keeps the enzymes alive in the cocoa. So, cocao looks the same as cocoa, but it is different! I discovered it a couple years ago and have used it ever since. While I was serving a mission my mom would always send me packets of cocao for my morning smoothies! So girls we can still have our chocolate! Even in the morning right after your run 🙂 Also, over these past couple of years I have discovered the perfect recipe for the perfect day…

  1. Wake up and start the day out with some form of exercise. Cycling, running, pilates, or even the gym.
  2. Come home and fill yourself up with a delicious smoothie.
  3. Sit down and fill yourself spiritually by inspiring conference talks (you can find here), or by studying your scriptures.

I promise this is the perfect recipe for an AMAZING day.

Well, I just love this smoothie! I have it in the mornings and it fuels me perfectly for the day! I also love to top it with whole grain puffed rice or millet (Its gluten free too 🙂 ). It gives me the crunch in the smoothie that I just love!

This recipe is gluten & dairy free! Also vegan and has no added sugars. Which is a recipe for one happy tummy!

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Ingredients: 

  1. 1/2 cup almond coconut milk
  2. 1 apple
  3. 1 frozen banana
  4. 1/2 scoop vanilla vega protein powder
  5. 1 Tbs Cocao (you can find cocao at your local health food store)
  6. 1 scoop Açaí powder
  7. 1 cup ice

Toppings:

sliced frozen bananas, coconut flakes, & frozen blue berries

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Directions

  1. Pour your almond coconut milk into your blender
  2. Add your chopped apples & bananas. Mix on low speed then gradually increase to medium speed.
  3. Add your yummy powders.
  4. Increase your blender to high speed and add your ice.
  5. Pour and then add your toppings 🙂
  6. Enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Love,

Rachel Aletta

Y PARA MIS QUERIDAS AMIGAS…

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Ingredients:

1/2 taza de leche de planta

1 platano

1 manzana

1 cucharada de polvo de vanilla (Puede comprar la vanilla aqui. También puede comprarla en la tienda local (Fry’s, Smith’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes)

1 cucharada de polvo de acai y cocao

1 taza hielo

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Direcciones:

Verter la leche en la licuadora. Cortar el platano y manzana. Anadirlos a la licuadora. Anadir los polvos. Aumentar la velocidad de su licuador y gradualmente anadir el hielo.

Buen provecho!🙂

Con amor,

Raquel Aletta🙂

 

Recipes, Smoothies

Well hello there, spirulina.

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(I love two things in this picture: this smoothie and this karma tee. Thank you 3B for my new fav tee:) )

Who is ready for a delicious protein, amino acid filled, vitamin packed green smoothie?

I volunteer for tribute.

This smoothie recipe is really simple, but yet so delicious! And it has one of my favorite super foods- spirulina! My father (my smoothie teacher) discovered spirulina on one of his little surf trips to Indonesia! His old childhood friend would drink it every morning while in Indo, so my dad did some experimenting with it when he came home. I tried it and fell in love with it. I had it all the time my freshman year of college! I think it tastes like Oreos… (But that also just shows how long it has been since I have had an oreo.)

Spirulina is a blue green algae that is filled with essential amino acids, iron, protein, and vitamins! Woot woot!

Okay, time for some smoothie magic!

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The Spirulina Smoothie.

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup plant milk (Coconut Almond is always my go to! My favorite brand is this one.

1 banana (unfrozen)

Handful of Spinach

1/2 scoop Vanilla Vega Protein Powder (Order online here. Or you can find it at Smiths, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, etc.)

1 tsp Spirulina powder (You can usually find it an any health foods store. Or for amazon, click here.)

1 cup ice

Directions: 

Add your milk, banana, and spinach into your smoothie to blend. Once blended, add your powders! (Beware: Spirulina can get messy because the powder is so fine!) Then add your ice! Enjoy! 🙂

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Love,

Rachel Aletta

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Y para mis queridas amigas…

Ingredients:

1/2 taza de leche de planta

1 platano

1 un puñado de espinaca

1 cucharada de polvo de vanilla (Puede comprar la vanilla aqui. También puede comprarla en la tienda local (Fry’s, Smith’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes)

1 cucharada de polvo de spirulina (También puede comprar el polvo de spirulina aqui o en una tienda como Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes, or Sprouts)

1 taza hielo

Direcciones:

Verter la leche en la licuadora. Cortar el platano y anadirlo a la licuadora. Anadir los polvos. Aumentar la velocidad de su licuador y gradualmente anadir el hielo.

Buen provecho! 🙂

Con amor,

Raquel Aletta 🙂

 

Recipes, Smoothies

The Go-To Smoothie.

WARNING: You might become addicted once trying this smoothie.

Literally I have this smoothie all the time. Almost every morning. The best part? It NEVER gets old.

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I have always been a smoothie maker! It definitely runs in the family. Ever since my dad got his first Vitamix, my family has been hooked on smoothies. It really opened a whole new chapter of nutrition for our family. My papa & I became obsessed with creating the perfect smoothie! After many years of experimenting- I discovered my all time favorite. In the near future, I will be posting some of my dad’s delicious recipes as well!

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So, I loved this smoothie so much I decided to make a video about it.

Coconut Açaí  Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients: 

1 apple

1 banana

1/2 cup plant milk (Almond Coconut Milk is my preference. Click here for my favorite brand. You can find it at any Smith’s or Health Food Store and if you are lucky, you maybe will find it at WalMart!)

small handful of blueberries

1 scoop vega plant protein powder. (Click here for online order! You can also find this at your local health food grocery store. They carry it at smiths! For sure Sprouts. I promise it is worth every penny!)

1 scoop Açaí  powder (My favorite brand is Sambazon. But you can really use any acai powder!)

1 cup ice

Topping Options: Coconut flakes, banana chips, granola, or my personal favorite: puffed rice (rice krispies.) 

Directions: 

Pour milk into blender. Chop apple & banana and blend at low speed. Add your vanilla & acai. Add blueberries. Increase the velocity of your blender, and gradually add in your ice. (This will prevent your smoothie from exploding all over the place in your little blender!)

Poor into your bowl and add your toppings!

Thanks for nourishing with me! (Feel free to leave comments below!)

Love,

Rachel Aletta

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Para mis queridas amigas..

Ingredientes:

1 manzana

1 platano

1/2 taza de leche de planta

1 cucharada de polvo de vanilla (Puede comprar la vanilla aqui. También puede comprarla en la tienda local (Fry’s, Smith’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes)

1 cucharada de polvo de acai (También puede comprar el polvo de acai aqui o en una tienda como Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes, or Sprouts)

1 taza hielo

Direcciones: 

Verter la leche en la licuadora. Cortar la manzana y el platano y anadirlos a la licuadora. Anadir los polvos. Aumentar la velocidad de su licuador y gradualmente anadir el hielo.

Poner su smoothie en su bol y anadir los hojuelas de coco, rebanados de platanos, granola, y Rice Krispies 🙂

Con mucho amor,

Raquel 🙂