Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Raspberry Raw Vegan Cheesecake Slice Recipe

A healthy raw, vegan, paleo dessert everyone will love. 
raw vegan slice
With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away I thought it time to make you a sweet pinkalicious treat. But I love you too much to give you refined sugar and processed ingredients. And they are just not necessary. It's beautiful organic food like this that reminds me how amazing nature is. I mean, this dessert is 100% plants! Cashews are a common ingredient in vegan and raw creamy recipes. Once soaked, they can be pureed into a smooth "cream" that can be flavored however you like. If you've never tried a cashew based cheesecake it may sound a little suspicious, but I promise it's just as tasty as the real thing. Yummy Hubby had no idea this was a healthy dessert. When I asked him what he thought this was made out of he was sure it was cream and sugar. Nope, it's just pure fiber, protein, plant-y goodness. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Crispies

A healthy recipe for chocolate peanut butter crispy treats made with puffed quinoa or millet. Vegan and gluten free. 
healthy chocolate peanut butter cups
I've made these chocolaty little morsels three times in the past couple of weeks. My whole family loves them and I personally can never eat just one. Ordinarily inhaling chocolate treats is a problem, but with these babies? I don't feel guilty (or nauseous). In fact, they are great little energy bites, loaded with protein from nut butter, cacao, and quinoa. I made a batch for my first grader's class only I used sunflower seed butter, as there are children with nut allergies in her class. There wasn't a single one left and when I arrived for afternoon pickup the kids asked if I had any more of those yummy chocolate krispies. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

10 Best Healthy Smoothie Recipes

healthy smoothie recipes

Let's start the weekend with a refreshing batch of smoothie inspiration! I am feeling so much better now that I'm back to my normal eating habits, which often includes a smoothie a day. I definitely got a little of track during the holidays and noticed a big difference in my energy and mood. Not to mention my belly - oopsie! Here are my 10 Best Smoothie Recipes to get us all feeling great this year. Aren't they beauties? Each of these smoothies is packed full of plant based nutrients that will help keep you healthy this winter, and always. And unlike many smoothie shop smoothies, these don't have any refined sugar. Just pure goodness. 

Enjoy! 

  1. Orange Protein Smoothie 
  2. Tropical Kiwi Smoothie
  3. Tropical Chia Smoothie
  4. Green Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie 
  5. Chocolate Smoothie Bowl with hemp and pomegranate seeds 
  6. Green Mint Chip Shake 
  7. Pitaya Rainbow Bowl 
  8. "Green" Immune Boosting Berry Smoothie
  9. Acai Smoothie Bowl with granola and berries 
  10. Favorite Green Smoothie 


If you make one of my recipes, I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @Marina_YummyMummyKitchen


Orange Protein Smoothie

Orange Protein Smoothie

Many of you have been enjoying my smoothie recipes here and on Instagram so I'm excited to share one of my favorite post-workout smoothies today! It's incredibly simple and healthy, but tastes like 50/50 ice cream. Did you ever have a 50/50 bar as a kid? They are so good... but so bad. My kids love this smoothie as much as I do and with two tangerines and probiotics it's a great immune booster as well. Plain greek yogurt is a very strong source of protein. The yogurt I have right now, Wallaby Organic Plain Greek yogurt, has 23 grams of protein per cup! The notion that vegetarians don't get enough protein is just nonsense, and this recipe is just one example of how easy it is to get plenty of protein in our diets. This smoothie is just as tasty green - try adding a handful of kale to the blender!

Enjoy this sweet but refined sugar free smoothie for breakfast on the go, after a workout, or an after school snack. 

If you make one of my recipes I'd love to see it! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @Marina_Yummymummykitchen 


Orange Protein Smoothie


Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 1 minute
Total time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients
  • 2 medium seedless tangerines or mandarin oranges
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced prior to freezing
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • to taste stevia, honey, or coconut syrup
  • 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • small handful ice cubes
Cooking Directions
  1. Place all ingredients except for the stevia into a blender, starting with the oranges. Blend until smooth. If you don't have a high powered blender, you may need to add a little water. Sweeten to taste with stevia, honey, or coconut syrup. Add more ice if you would like your smoothie to have more of a frozen texture. Enjoy!

*Make it green! I love adding a cup of kale to this one for a green smoothie.
*Vegan option: use coconut yogurt and vegan protein powder. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pineapple, Kiwi, and Greens Smoothie

Kiwi-greens-pineapple smoothie
We love our smoothies over here. My Vitamix gets its workout daily. Usually multiple times a day. Today I made my girls' daily smoothie a little more fun and tropical. The only thing missing was a warm beach, Hawaiian music, and a pineapple to drink our smoothies from. The girls are on a kiwi kick at the moment so I thought a kiwi smoothie would be the perfect opportunity to sneak in some dark leafy greens. Waaahahaha, sneaky, sneaky. They loved this one and had no idea there was a cup of baby kale in the mix. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Avila Barn

avila barn winter
On the way up to celebrate my grandma's 95th birthday a few days ago, we stopped at the Avila Barn. The next time you are in central California, be sure to make a pit stop at this charming farm. We spent a good hour petting and feeding the goats, chickens, lamas, umus, horses, and a cow. This barn doesn't just have a petting zoo though. The Avila Barn is stocked with delicious produce, pies, gifts, toys, Stonewall Kitchen goodies, and so much more. In the summer hot corn on the cob and an ice cream cone is a must. In the fall The Avila Barn has hay rides and u-pick apples, and even pony rides.avila barn cow
The gal has the sweetest eyes, don't you think? She loves being petted. Can I have a cow, pleeeease?

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