Pack your bags lover, we’re goin to the beach. It’s summer solstice (!!!) and I can think of no better way to celebrate than dranks poolside, the warm sun on your face and a salty ocean breeze blowing through your hair. Everything you need for the perfect summer drink is waiting for you right here.
Videos are like...really cool. But they're also kinda hard to make. I spent 2 full days on a video shoot for Quaker Oats this spring. It took 12 people, 7 venues, and I don't even know how many cameras, lights, light stands, and all the equipment slash video magic to bring it all together. Full on, legit video is H-A-R-D. But what we're about to do? This is Instagrammable easy peasy magic.
Clean water. The global energy crisis. What in the #&*% do I eat for lunch today? We cannot solve all the problems, but we can solve this one. You can make a really simple and satisfying take-anywhere lunch by wrapping a protein, some fruits and veggies, and a wholesome grain in a big ‘ole leafy green.
Friend, meet chocolate.
Chocolate, meet my…bahahahaha who am I kidding. You two go wayyy back. You know that feeling when summer comes around and you put on a bathing suit for the first time and you think to yourself, “for real this time, my diet starts tomorrow. goodbye chocolate. goodbye ice cream. goodbye happiness,” yes? It’s time to say goodbye to that feeling forever bc I’m a firm believer that you *can* have your cake and eat it too.
Luckily, my sweet friend Nadia of Body Unburdened is on the same page.
Speaking of pagesss…she WROTE A BOOK. It’s called “Glow, the Nutritional Approach to Naturally Glowing Skin” and it full of uh-mazing all natural healing recipes like this one. Nadia is amazing and has helped me soo much with using less toxins in my skincare routine and cleaning process (okay fine, I still don’t clean *that* much, but when I do) and this book is full of all-natural tips and delicious skin-loving recipes. But I'm done talking bc just LOOK AT THIS RECIPE.
AvoCacao Pots De Creme
(Excerpt from the new book: Glow–The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin, page 103)
- 2 ripe avocados
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil
- 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
Peel and pit the avocados.
In a medium bowl, mash the avocados with a fork.
Add the raw honey and coconut oil. Stir to combine, but don't worry about consistency.
Add the cacao powder and stir to combine.
Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and add the vanilla. Blend or process on low speed until you have a smooth and consistent pudding texture.
Pour the mixture into a bowl or small ramekins and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so it has time to set.
Sprinkle with the sea salt just before serving.
I'm confident you're already running outthedoor to grab some more avocados (side note: whyy are the avocados always gone? also please bless that the avocado shortage never ever comes back) but in case you can't wait that long, this is what's waiting for you ;)
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Confident you won't regret it ;) You can pre-order a copy here. And then go make all your chocolate dreams come true with this exclusive sneak peek. If you're wondering if it's as good as it looks, IT IS.
I’ve been picking up all sorts of photo and video tips from my team this summer (I mentioned it in my Instagram post here) and have been having a blast creating these little videos for you. But what I'm really excited about is the opportunity to team up with YOU to create even more!
We are super sneakily (less so since I’m leaving this dangling teaser right here) prepping to make some big changes at nutrition simply and I’m sooo giddy to get to work alongside some of you (pros like Nadia and just-getting-started nutritionists and healthy bloggers alike) to share our mutual love of (*cough obsession*) health and wellness.
I won't say more because I've already said entirely too much but...if you want to be in the loop, follow @nutritionsimply on Instagram and drop a note to email@example.com with a short “COUNT ME IN”. I’ll follow-up with a personal note with more deets!
If you’re still reading, ILOVEYOU. Now go. Chocolate is calling you. Or is that me? Pretty sure me. But I mean you can come too. k bye!
Let’s talk about nice cream for a minute.
Healthy, dairy-free “ice cream” made entirely from frozen bananas. Skeptical? Ya, me too. Cuz it’s sketch-yyy. Listen, if anyone tries to tell you that “frozen bananas taste exactly like ice cream!”, friend...RUN. Run far far away and never look back, because frozen bananas taste exactly like frozen bananas. The end.
But frozen bananas, almond butter, oats, dates, a pinch of cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla? That? Well that tastes exactly like oatmeal cookie dough ice cream. (Okay fine, oatmeal cookie dough with the teensiest hint of banana. You can’t have it all. But you can have this and I’m telling you, it’s AMAZING.)
Why nice cream?
Ice cream is delicious. It’s also a lot of processed sugar and dairy and too much can be no bueno for your bod. Nice cream (aka frozen bananas and some mix-ins) is a great alternative because it’s naturally sweet, creamy, and freezes really well without getting too hard. Bananas are packed with great health benefits like:
Potassium to increase muscle and lower blood pressure
Fiber to improve digestion and promote weight loss and
Antioxidants to protect your heart health
Basically, nice cream is sweet, it’s creamy, and it’s good for you.
So it’s free calories.
So what you're saying is the calories don't count? No. (I mean yes, eat whatever you want.) But it’s still a treat. A treat is a treat. Nice cream is still sugar. It’s made of a better-for-you, slower-to-digest, keeps-you-fuller-longer, no-chemicals-or-processing-required sugar, but it’s still suga.
So next time you sit down to eat a pint of “nice” cream, remember you’re about to crush 6 bananas (which p.s. is a lot) plus whatever else you put in there. So don’t go crazy. Or do.
My suggestion? For those times you *really* really really need ice cream and you need it *right now*, go for the real thing. Otherwise, nice cream is an amazing guilt-free treat you can have on a weekly rotation. Daily rotation. Hourly rotation. Nope you’re right, too far. Twice a day max.
How to make it
Peel and slice 4-5 ripe bananas.
Blend with any flavor combination you like.
Let stand 10 minutes before scooping. Dig in.
So that's the basic gist, but again– frozen bananas DOES NOT an ice cream make. But with just a few more simple, fresh ingredients YOU GUYS, it's so good.
Oatmeal cookie dough nice cream
What You'll Need:
- 10 pitted dates
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 6 frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup quick oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Splash of almond milk
Then Do This:
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender (hiii Vitamix!) until smooth. Transfer to parchment-lined bowl or pan and freeze overnight or until firm. Bonus points: scoop nice cream between two oatmeal cookies and roll edges in mini chocolate chips. #winning
But it gets better.
This recipe is dreamy. The dates and almond butter make it double-y creamy (I know double-y isn’t a word but double doesn’t do the creaminess justice and triple is TOO FAR so just go with it, k?) and extra sweet. Like actual ice cream sweet, none of this “vegan dessert” crap that tastes like dirt. It’s sweet. Like ice cream. And creamy, like ice cream. And so so smooth.
But what am I even talking about?! What I was trying to say (before you distracted me on that “on a scale of 1 to creamy” tangent) is– there’s lots of OTHER ways to do nice cream that aren’t *this*.
And since summer is only just beginning and I scream, you scream we all scream...nope can’t do it. But you get me. WE’RE DOING A SERIES. A whole series on nice creams that actually taste like ice cream. [insert all the emojis here]
But since patience is not even a word that’s in my dictionary (or google search history), we polled our people and asked them for some more reccs for you to try, like right now. And since our peeps are the bomb (read: you're the bomb), here’s some reccs from our most recent “ask the audience”. Ready for this?
What our (bomb) community recommends:
Seriously, you guys are the best. Here are some more uh-mazing flavor combos to try. Check out some of our faves then come leave a comment on Insta!
@weeknightbite: Yes! You got it right there... cinnamon, dates, and a little vanilla is my fave way to do it! 😍
@kkdoxey: Yes!!!!! Frozen bananas, cocoa powder, pb powder, almond milk, blend then stir in chunky chopped almonds ...
@greensandtea: Ahhh! Oh how I wish I liked bananas! 😳 I always drool over the amazing nicecream posts! I have subbed all kinds of items for the banana, including avocado (not as crazy as you'd think) but I always wonder if it even comes close to the worship worthy nicecream bowls that speckle every other vegan IG feed! #thestruggleisreal 😉
@leanne_mae7: Yum! My fave combo is mint chocolate! You could try bananas, a teensy splash of mint extract, handful of frozen spinach for the pretty green colour, a few dark chocolate chips or chopped from a square, a couple TBS of coconut milk, and some dates for sweetness! 🍃😋
Go make some. Or just watch this and pretend you made some. But whyyyy is it so satisfying watching other people make food? Explain. No but really. Watch this. Then actually go make it cuz it's worth it and you can freeze 'em and just do. You won't regret it.
Get the ingredients:
I’ll never forget the first time I hit “publish” and shared something–something that I created–online. In public. For all the world to see.
(Ok, to be fair–there is a chance I published a MySpace account long before *this* moment, but I think I speak for all of us when I say…may all the MySpace accounts in history be buried in the black holes of the world wide web, never to be seen or heard from ever again. Okay, but back to my story.)
The minute I hit “publish” and shared my dream with the world…I immediately felt like I was standing in the middle of Times Square in broad daylight in my underwear.
Except they weren’t the cute trendy kind. And also it looked a little bit like I’d eaten a few too many donuts.
I felt embarrassed. Not good enough. And ready to crawl back under my cozy, ratty covers and never come back out (so..like MySpace in 2007 basically).
The same 3 thoughts started playing in a never-ending loop in my mind:
“But what will people think?”
“But what if I fail?”
“And what if...after all this...I’m not good enough?”
Fast forward to today, and in the past 3 years, I’ve done a LOT of things that left me feeling like I was standing on a stage naked (and not the kind where they give away trophies and prizes).
And over the past few years, I’ve gotten a lot of questions asking me HOW. How do you do it? How do you get over the fear of trying something new? Putting yourself out there?
In fact, this is the most common question I get. So I decided to make a video for you and share exactly how to deal with these fears so you can finally get out of your comfort zone and do the things you were meant to do.
Pour yourself a drink, pull up a chair, and let’s chat about what’s stopping you from getting started–and how to get over it.
(And if you want to skip straight to the good stuff about how I grew my business, you can step right up and register here for a free training I'm teaching on how YOU can grow your following AND get featured more - even if you still feel itty-bitty. Click here to register for that right now).
From the bottom of my heart, I believe you were meant for so much more, and the only thing holding you back is yourself. You CAN do this. You just have to start.
Now it’s your turn! What big dream do you have right now, and what’s keeping you stuck? Leave a comment after the video and tell me about it, plus 1 thing you’re going to do right now to get unstuck.
Here’s to getting naked together.
(I just really couldn’t help myself. I’m kidding. Figuratively naked of course. Unless you’re not kidding…no no I’m totally kidding. It’s just that I just watched the trailer for Baywatch and…what’s that? why am I still talking? Keep your clothes on? Yes, yes good advice. Carry on.)