Vegan protein no bake bliss balls

This no-grain, high protein, vegan bliss balls is so easy to make and extremely satisfying. These are a great snack for before or after a long bike ride, or picnics at the beach. This recipes can be tailor to your specific taste by changing the nut butters and the toppings, so feel free to experiment.

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Vegan protein bliss balls

1 cup of paleo flour of choice (almond flour or coconut flour)

3 TBSP of cacao powder

2 TBSP of monk fruit sweetener

2 tsp of chocolate chips (optional)

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of nut/seed butter of choice

1/4-1/2 cup of shredded coconut for rolling

Begin by mixing the paleo flour, cacao powder, monk fruit sweetener thoroughly. Then add in the nut/seed butter of choice. I used a mixed butter with all different seeds and nuts that I enjoy. Mix it till you have a dough like consistency that holds together. Add more nut butter if it is too dry. Roll in to balls and then into unsweetened shredded coconut or any other toppings of choice like hemps seeds, coconut sugar or cacao nibs. I choose to roll them in coconut flakes and it turned out amazing! Let set in the fridge for 20 minutes and then enjoy. Makes 12 bliss balls.

Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe

I absolutely love my green smoothies. I go through fazes of loving a specific combination but this is one I tend to fall back on and is my go to for all occasions. If you are new to green smoothies it’s a good idea to start with greens such as spinach or romaine lettuce that have very little taste, and then move yourself up to kale, swiss chard and mixed leafy greens. Start with two cups of greens and move your way up to three as your taste buds adjust. For this recipe I used greens from my garden which consisted of two types of kale and some swiss chard. Make sure when you are using kale you take the leafy part off of the spine which will make the taste far less bitter. And of course adjusting the amount of spirulina and chlorella if it is too strong. I have been drinking my greens in juices and smoothies for many years and I enjoy the more savoury flavour of the greens but if your starting off take it slow and find your happy medium.

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Green Goddess Smoothie :

1/2 cup of frozen strawberries

1/2 of a ripe banana sliced

1 scoop of vanilla plant-based protein powder

1 tsp of spirulina

1 tsp of chlorella

2-3 packed cups of greens of your choice.

Blend it all up in blender really well adding water as you go to get the consistency of your liking. Start with 1/3 cup of water and add more as you need it. Enjoy!

Pre/Post Yoga Snack Ideas

I am a Plant-based yoga teacher which simply means I don’t eat any animal products. One thing I have noticed is I can’t eat huge meals before practicing or teaching yoga, so I have found some yummy snacks for pre/post yoga practices that I really enjoy. These snacks give me energy to teach but are light and do not cause stomach upset. These are snacks that ANYONE can enjoy no matter what your lifestyle is.

Pre yoga practice:

I like to eat at least 1 hour before class to allow the food to settle.

-Having a green smoothie or smoothie bowls packed with lots of plant protein like hemp, chai seeds, nut butters, and LOTS of green is enough keep you going but not over burden the digestive system.

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-Salads and lettuce wraps with protein like organic tofu can be great before and after yoga practice.

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-Veggie soups filled with nutrition are light enough to allow you to move easily throughout your practice.

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-Celery with cashew cheese is SOOOOO good!! Add olives for healthy fats and you have a filling but light snack.

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Post yoga practice:

I work late when I teach so I make sure eat as soon as I get home so I don’t go to bed with a full stomach, to avoid any discomfort and stomach upset. Depending on the size of my pre yoga meal I will chose something to fulfill my nutritional and caloric needs for the day.

-Green juice is packed with minerals and helps to rehydrate the body after practice. Fresh fruit juices like watermelon can help to bring up your electrolytes after a hot class.

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-Fruit is BEST consumed AFTER practice since it digests so quickly it can give you gas and bloating before practice, but after practice it is very hydrating to the body adding in some healthy vitamins and carbs to rebalance the body. Tip: you can add some nut butter or granola to give it more some protein. Note: Adding proteins to fruit can sometimes cause bloating so try it out and see how it works for you.

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-Vegan Bliss balls. You can make these amazing little balls of goodness packed with nutrition, great for after class to get a boast of energy!

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-Loaded oatmeal or protein pancakes. Have this with all the fixings like fruit, coconut milk, nuts and seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes whatever you desire to make it extra special.IMG_6022

These are just a few ideas that has helped me in my recovery. It has been a slow and steady process of finding a healthy balance and fuelling my body so I can do all the things I truly love, like teaching yoga.