DIY Chocolate-Berry Smoothie

Summer is right around the corner. Which is why we decided to share one of our favorite summer recipes, it’s Chocolate-Berry Smoothie time! This deliciously refreshing smoothie is inspired by one of our favorite food bloggers, Marie Reginato. 

What you’ll need: 

½ frozen banana

1 cup frozen blueberries or berries 

1 tsp-tbsp cacao powder

½ cup almond milk (I prefer New Barn)

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tbsp flax powder

Pinch of cinnamon

Handful of fresh bananas, blueberries, raspberries, 

Coconut shavings 

1-2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)

Blender

 

Directions:

Step 1: Blend banana, frozen fruit, cacao powder, almond milk, almond butter, flax powder, and pinch of cinnamon

 

Step 2: Pour smoothie out into a bowl

 

Step 3: Top smoothie with fresh fruit, coconut shavings, cacao nibs, and if you’d like, add another tbsp of almond butter on top. 

Step 4: Enjoy! Give @marie.reginato a follow on IG and we highly recommend checking out her book, “Alternative Vegan.” The book is filled with yummy, amazing healthy plant based recipes that break the rules! 

PRIDE Rainbow Smoothie

Pride Rainbow Smoothie

In honor of PRIDE month, we’ve decided to share this scrumptious rainbow smoothie recipe. It’s a perfect summer smoothie, filled with healthy organic fruits and veggies to keep you cool and hydrated.

What you’ll need: 

  1. Bowl for each color
  2. Small spoon
  3. Blender
  4. Red layer – ½ cup raspberries, 3 strawberries 
  5. Orange layer – 1 orange, ½ banana, 2 raspberries (can add a few inches of carrot to make more orange)
  6. Yellow layer – 3 rounds or 6 squares of pineapple, 2 tablespoons of White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt
  7. Green layer – 2 kiwis, handful of green kale or spinach 
  8. Blue layer – ½ banana, 2 squares of pineapple, 1 teaspoon of blue spirulina 
  9. Purple layer – ½ cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons of White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt

Pride Rainbow SmoothieDirections: 

  1. Wash fruit thoroughly 
  2. Optional: place fruit in freezer until frozen. You can use unfrozen fresh fruit. I chose to freeze the fruit because I prefer the texture and consistency of frozen fruit once blended.
  3. Place all ingredients for each layer in a separate bowl.
  4. Blend ingredients for each layer separately. Remember to rinse the blender between each layer. 
  5. Pour each layer back into their individual bowl
  6. Scoop small spoonfuls of each layer and gently drop them into a glass, starting from the edges/side of the glass. 
  7. Happy PRIDE month! Enjoy!!

Rainbow colored fruit smoothie

A Life Rooted in Wellness: Daily Rituals

From work, to kids, to travel, each and every day can be challenging and different. Despite this, there are a few things that should always remain the same. Your daily rituals.

A ritual is defined as an act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner. For many of us, a ritual is the perfect way to carve out some much needed “me” time. Whether that be at the beginning or end of our day, a ritual is something that helps us remain grounded in our ever-changing lives.

Every day we carry out rituals and routines. With rituals, we are fully focused and perform them with intent. Routines on the other hand, can be performed without much thought. What’s great, is that rituals and routines vary from person to person. We are defined as individuals by how we carry out our daily lives. From sunup to sundown, rituals are the key to starting and ending your day with intent.

Starting every day on the right foot with a morning ritual is a great way to lay the foundation for a successful and fulfilling day. Some common rituals include reading, yoga, meditation, catching up on news, and creating to-do lists, along with many other activities. The best part about rituals is that they mean something different to everyone. And it is these differences that define who we are.

Sometimes, just getting the day started can be difficult. If you’re like many of us, it might take you some time to wake up in the morning. If this is true, consider adding GO for energy into your morning ritual. GO provides a natural, plant-based alternative to coffee that will help you find the focused energy you need to start your day.

Just as you begin your day, end your day with the same intent. Whether it’s making sure that you take care of your body or incorporating a wellness regime to your ritual, having a game plan is crucial. Long days, stress, and strenuous physical activity can leave your body feeling worn out and searching for relief. Adding REWIND into your nightly ritual can help relieve those occasional aches and pains that can come from sore muscles and joints. Whether it’s completing a fitness routine, finishing a chapter in a book, or just simply cooking dinner; you can switch the gears from a hectic day to one of relaxation.

Taking steps to ensure you get a great night’s sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself. Your nightly ritual should always encompass a bedtime routine to take advantage of every minute of sleep. Sleep is one of the most commonly overlooked forms of self-care, yet it is the most important. Isn’t it time you found a great way to catch those well-earned Z’s? STOP for sleeping  is the perfect addition to your bedtime ritual. Composed of ingredients traditionally used in Ayurveda for sweet serenity and great night’s sleep, STOP is a delight to the senses and a natural way to end your day.

As the world speeds around us, our rituals are what keep us grounded and focused in our goals and wellness. Keeping consistent rituals will help you find clarity and direction, while also giving you something to look forward to each and every day.