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Collagen Peptides Coffee, Matcha Latte and Golden Milk With Vital Proteins

Vital Proteins Collagen Drinks

Collagen Peptides (Used in all of these recipes) // Vanilla Collagen Peptides // Dark Chocolate & Blackberry Collagen Peptides // NutriBullet // MCT Oil

I am a BIG creature of habit which means I have to create rituals that I can keep up with at home or on the road. As many of you already know my morning ritual consists of a detox drink, stretching and a protein, collagen and fat packed coffee that helps by gut feel fab and ready to take on the day, but what you may not know is instead of reaching for the 3 ‘o clock coffee fix, I turn to Matcha Green Tea and golden milk in the evening to help get me ready for bed.

Matcha Latter Recipe

Each drink is packed with tons of health benefits and a whopping 18 grams of protein from Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I started drinking collagen, butter and oil in my coffee for a little over two years, and guess what? I actually have less belly fat then ever before. We all know that consuming a healthy well-balanced diet, genetics and hormones play a huge part into the amount of fat we carry in our bodies; however, consuming fat does not make you fat if you are having the right kind and in moderation.

Vital Protein Collagen Drinks

Today, I wanted to share my recipes for 3 protein/collagen creations you can make at home! It is cheaper than hitting the coffee shop and every bit as delicious. Just grab a NutriBullet or an easy to clean blender and you will have comforting and cozy concoctions to get you through the year.

Vital Proteins Coffee

Morning Coffee Kick-Starter

The coffee is great way to increase energy and kick your brain-fog to the curb! You can add a bit of MCT  oil and grass fed butter. Grass fed butter is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2 compared to butter from grain-fed cows. Adding the unsalted butter froths this drink into a creamy latte. You can also add coconut creamer instead of the butter. MCT’s are the medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil which essentially is the pure energy source.

Lastly, by adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides you are working to improve hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons. If you are not a coffee drinker you can add all of the ingredients to earl grey or green tea.

Ingredients:

1 C Black Coffee

1-2 Scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

1/2-1 Tbsp Unsalted Grass Fed Butter

1 Tbso MCT Oil

Optional: Cinnamon

Directions:

Combine coffee, collagen peptides, butter and MCT oil in your NutriBullet and blend until frothy. Pour into your favorite mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Take a few minutes to enjoy at home and inhale the cinnamon with every sip!

Vital Proteins Matcha Latte

Afternoon Matcha Delight

Matcha is so hot right now, but really it has been used for thousands of years in the far east and is now considered one of the worlds most powerful superfoods. Why? Because it is loaded with antioxidants including EGCg which is widely known for its cancer fighting properties and Matcha Green Tea contains 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market. Matcha Green Tea also is said to enhance calmness, boost your immune system, memory and concentration. MGT also burns calories, increases your energy and detoxify’s the body. In this recipe I do use Matcha Green Tea Powder. So although, I usually do not recommend added sugar a little all-natural sweetener like Stevia, maple syrup or honey would be great to balance the flavor. The Collagen Peptides dissolve and are flavorless so they are the perfect addition to any beverage.

Ingredients:

1 C Coconut, Cashew or other non-dairy milk.

1/2 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder

1-2 Scoops of Vital Protein Collagen Peptides

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp all-natural sweetener (honey is my favorite)

Directions:

Warm milk in the microwave. Add warmed milk, MGT powder, cinnamon and sweetener to blender or NutriBullet. Blend until frothy and enjoy!

Vital Proteins Golden Milk

Sleepy Time Golden Milk

Turmeric is another lovely cancer fighting superfood that I use in everything from smoothies and stir-frys to Golden Milk. Turmeric packs tons of antioxidant power with a compound called curcumin leading the free-radical charge. Curcumin is absorbed and utilized in the body with a little help from black pepper. So although it may be a bit weird, you barely taste it. Curcumin lowers your risk for brain disease, heart disease and may be useful in preventing and treating alzheimers. This healing tonic is one that can be made by creating a turmeric paste and keeping it in the refrigerator or making it in single servings.

Ingredients:

1 C Non-Dairy Milk (I like coconut or cashew)

1-2 Scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Cinnamon

Honey

Turmeric Paste:

1 Cup of Water

1/2 C Turmeric Powder

1 Inch of Fresh Grated Ginger

1  Tbsp of Cinnamon

2 tsp. of Ground Black Pepper

2 Tbsp of Organic Coconut Oil

Optional: 1  tsp Cardamom

Paste Directions:

Bring water to a boil and add grated ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, organic coconut oil and cardamom. Turn to medium low head and whip until a paste begins to form. About 3-4 minutes. If paste seems too thick add a little bit more water. When paste is formed and smooth add it to clean jars and store in the refrigerator.

Golden Milk Directions:

Warm milk and blend with collagen peptides, honey and 1 heaping teaspoon of golden milk paste. Top with cinnamon and enjoy!

For more on Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides check out this post!

 

Oh, Kale No! Spicy, Crunchy Superfood Kale Chips

Oh, Kale No! Spicy, Crunchy Superfood Kale Chips

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Oh, Kale No! I cannot believe the weekend is over, but I must say I am so excited to head to New York this week to see family and friends. I am so grateful that Hurricane Matthew decided to leave Miami-Dade relatively unscathed, but I will continue to keep all of those affected in my prayers. As I stated in my last post,  I went almost exclusively vegetarian the past week and a half; even when my husband tried to kill me a charcutterie board! I have to say, I have had more energy than I can last remember having, almost zero bloating and I feel light as a feather. That was until I rewarded myself with a Houston’s Filet! It really was not as challenging as I though it would be, and even though I am not going to cut out meat entirely, I am definitely going to continue to cut back on meat with every meal for my belly’s sake! Which brings me to today’s quick recipe…Kale Chips!

Oh, Kale No! Spicy, Crunchy Superfood Kale Chips

Why Kale?

Kale is a ‘superfood’ that is chock full of fiber, Vitamins K, A and C! It is a great source of calcium and can even help lower cholesterol! Kale is an easy source of antioxidants which will help your body fight free radicals, and it is also great for detox!

How to Use Kale?

Kale is a great smoothie base, throw it in soup, these greens that can withstand  heat! Baby Kale is great for salad and  Kale Chips offer a deliciously satisfying crunchy snack!

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbs Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1 Head of Kale

1/2 Lemon Juiced

Sea Salt

Red Pepper

Black Pepper

Parchment Paper

Directions:

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash and dry the kale. De-stem and rip into pieces.  Add oil, lemon juice, salt and peppers. Mix with well and lay each leaf flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 12-15 minutes or until crispy.

Oh, Kale No! Salty, Spicey Kale Chips.

Feel free to play with flavors like spices and fresh garlic, chillies and ginger!

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Funfetti Cake Dip

Skinny Funfetti Cake Dip

Pinterest may have been the best invention of all time. By now, most of you have an account, and I would love if you would follow mine. I pin healthy recipes, workouts, home-decor, fitness fashion and of course anything I think I will need to keep my future babies alive. Some pins out there get pinned hundreds, even thousands of times, and there is a reason for that.  Either the recipe is delicious, the blog post is super useful, the outfit is AMAZE or a photo is just Really. Freaking. Cool.

I love looking for quick/healthy recipes that will satisfy even the smallest of cravings. Lately I have had a massive sweet tooth, and I will let you in on a little known secret…Lindt milk chocolate truffles are my weakness. I pop one or two a week, and that is plenty enough sweet stuff for me. I usually crave salty foods, not sweet, but some days I have the need for the type of quick sugary fix that my fruit salad simply will not cure. Over the past couple of years I had to stop baking Funfetti cupcakes for my hubs because I would end up eating more than my fair share. Who doesn’t love anything Funfetti? So when I saw that there was a Funfetti Dip pinned over and over and over again I knew that it had to be good, and when I realized it only had three simple ingredients…I had to give it a try for myself!

 My first debate on aisle three was what cake color to choose because all that was left at the grocery store was neon Funetti. First of all, I was going to eat boxed cake mix, and now was unfortunately going to be artificially colored boxed cake mix. I chose neon yellow and convinced myself that it was the most natural color. Up next I grabbed plain non-fat yogurt, light Cool Whip and rainbow sprinkles, (which are optional)headed on home and got right to work.

Skinny Funfetti Cake Dip

In a medium bowl I mixed together:

1 Box of Funfetti Mix

2 Cups Plain Non-Fat Yogurt

1 1/2 Cups low fat cool whip

Now the hard part…

Cover and Refrigerate for 4 Hours!!! 

Top with sprinkles and serve with something equally yummy. I found awesome organic teddy grahams, and they were the perfect compliment to this yummy, birthday cake-cake-cake dip. My godson and cousins are coming to visit very soon, and I think if I make this for them cousin Tay is going to get lots of cuddles and kisses!

As stated earlier I did not invent this dip..I pinned it, and I hope you do too! It rocks and something magical happens within those four hours of setting-time. Enjoy this dip at your next BBQ or Celebration. Speaking of celebrations we have a lot to celebrate this week…Americas Birthday, The amazing Misty Copeland beating all odds and becoming the first African American principle dancer for American Ballet Theatre…oh! and cheese. We can always celebrate cheese.

Let me know what you think!

 

My Travel Essentials-Welcome to the Holiday Season

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holidays1Hi everyone! I cannot believe how fast time is flying. I am days away from turning the big 3-0, and I feel like it was yesterday I was running around Towson with my bests celebrating the big 2-1. I always equate the change of seasons from cool to cold as soon as the clock strikes midnight on November 16 (My B-Day). The hubs and I are thoroughly enjoying the cooler weather in Florida these days. It has been so hot and muggy for the past six months that we almost forgot the other half of the year is sheer sunroof open perfection.

 I was actually able wear a sweater on Sunday! Wahoo! No really, I was that excited to throw on a cozy cardigan, sit at a café and sip warm cappuccino as the sun went down. The loss of humidity means the holidays are right around the corner, and many of us will be traveling to see our loved ones near and far. I consider myself a travel expert of sorts these days, as this has been the first three weeks I didn’t have to leave the state in almost a year. That all changes today. Over the course of the next two months I will be on at least ten flights around the good old U.S. of A, not to mention endless Subway rides, and LIRR commutes. I absolutely love my job because it allows me to travel, but after a while I have the tendency to get run down and inevitably develop some sort of chest cold and/or sinus infection. Awesome…I know. Last time, I held out until I was literally on my way back to Florida. I was seated on the plane home surrounded by sniffling men. I didn’t stand a chance, even with a scarf wrapped stealthily around my face. As I am about a week out from my travels back to the Northeast and currently on my way to the midwest for a shoot, I thought I would share with you how I prepare for travel any day of the year, but this time I am focusing on staying as healthy as possible moving into the winter season.

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MY IN-FLIGHT ESSENTIALS:

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Airborne or Vitamin C: They come in chewable now, so you don’t have to bother with water. Take them before you step foot on the airplane.

 Antibiotic Ointment: My mom texts me every time to make sure I put a layer in my nose to fight against germs. I forgot on my last flight…se la vie.

 Large Scarf or Blanket: Planes are either scorching hot or freezing cold, usually the ladder. So, I would suggest something cozy to keep you warm and shield you from others. Zara and Target have my favorite options for over-sized scarfs.

 Neck Pillow: This is my saving grace on every flight. If I ever forget it, I buy a new one at the airport because I cannot get on a flight without one, especially if you are stuck in the center seat without one of those little headrest things. Also, sleep helps strengthen your immune system, so get some Z’s on the plane if at all possible. I usually pass out against the window with my mouth wide open. It really is not a pretty sight, but thank goodness for that darn pillow.

 Sanitizing wipes and/or Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers: I do not even want to know how often the trays are cleaned, but I simply equate trays to the top blanket at a hotel. Try at all costs not to touch them, but if you have sanitizing wipes simply wipe them down before you eat, drink or place electronic devices on them.

 Headphones: On my last flight Mr. Sniffles to my right got me extremely agitated after five minutes, and I didn’t need to whip out my credit card to purchase headphones. Southwest and JetBlue have free TV, and now that you can leave your phone on airplane mode you can also drift off to your favorite jams. Cory just surprised me with a wireless set which is great because if you know me, I am pretty much a tangled up mess to begin with, and not having to fuss with long a long wire is right up my alley!

 High Protein Snacks: Last but not least, pack snacks that are high in protein to keep you fuller longer. This will help you in two ways. 1- Airplanes today offer very little in terms of food options on flights less than 3 hours. Gone are the days that everyone got his or her little tray of microwaved food to hold them over. Even if your flight does serve food, most likely the meal or snack with be high in sodium, fat and carbohydrates. 2-There are minimal options in airport terminals as well. Being armed with an arsenal of healthy snack foods may help you stride right past the Aunt Annies stand without even a second glance. 

SOME OF THE SNACKS THAT I LOVE ARE:

Lara Bars: In Blueberry and Peanut Butter and Jelly flavors. They are all natural. Made up of whole ingredients including nuts, dates, sea salt and fruit.

Nuts: Unsalted Almonds, walnuts or cashews

Nut Butter: Peanut Butter and Apple Slices From Home

Hummus Sandwich: If I am feeling really crazy and didn’t have time to eat before I leave the house I will make a hummus, red pepper, spinach and feta sandwich on whole wheat or Ezekiel bread. Make sure you toast the bread so it doesn’t get soggy, and add a side of carrots for crunch. You can’t bring water on the plane, but you can bring a sammy!

If I am heading to a job which usually entails wearing a sports bra or spandex of some kind, I find myself wandering the airport for some kind of healthy option. Much to my dismay I am usually left famished or subjected to a small portion of a not so healthy chicken ceaser salad. So, after this happened a couple of times I tried to be as prepared as possible! Of course these are just suggestions, but with a little planning these tips can make your next travel day a smooth, comfortable and satisfying experience.

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season. We all have so much to be thankful for. Travel well, and I hope these tips help you stay on track during your next travel experience! 

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Love and Safe Travels,

Taylor

My Favorite Snacks-Bobo’s Oat Bars

 Bobo's Oat Bars

We discuss snacking a lot here on the blog, and I do receive texts and e-mails inquiring about what snacks I keep in our house. I am always so excited to find something new I can introduce to my snacking repertoire. While running into one of my fav juice spots a few weeks ago I was famished, but I just needed something to hold me over for a little while without ruining my appetite. My local Juice and Java has such a wide array of healthy snacks and their fruit salad is literally a mountain of fruit on a plate. So, as I searched through raw-vegan cinnamon buns and Caveman Cookies I came across Bobo’s Oat Bars.  My oh My there were so many flavors to choose from: Banana, Peach, Coconut, Almond and the list goes on and on. Of course I chose banana for my starter bar and headed out the door. It was one of those moments I am not proud of, but when you are hungry you you are hungry. I tore the package open with my mouth and proceeded to take my first bite and HOLY MOLY I was shocked and hooked all at once. Not only was this bar simply sweet, it was was soft, chewy and had  a mild banana flavor. These bars are all natural, Non-GMO, Organic, Kosher and oatmeal based so they are perfect for B positive blood types. (We will get to that next week). They have a few G-Free options!

Bobo's Oat Bar Flavors

Bobo’s Oat Bars is a company based out of Denver and these bars are sold at tons of locations throughout the U.S.A. See if they are at a store near you. If not, you can also order straight from their site, Amazon or LuckyVitamin.com. They are not your average bar which means they are not super cheap, but remember they can substitute a meal. The average bar will cost you about $2.50 retail in Whole Foods or in Juice and Java, but you can order a case of 12 off of their website.

Bobo's Oat Bars Case

If you drink a juice or a large water these bars will keep you full and satisfied, and can be an easy on-the-go breakfast or the perfect pairing with a hot cup of coffee. Have a bar as a guiltless dessert after dinner. I actually heated one up and put fresh strawberries over the banana bar the other day.  They are a versatile snack that your whole family will love. It does not matter if if you are a clean eating machine or simply someone who likes delicious snacks there is a bar out there for you!  My Favorite Flavors include: Banana, Coconut, Cinnamon Raisin,  and Strawberry! Thank you to the creator of Bobo’s Oat Bars  (A mom of course). This is my absolute favorite snack these days. I am so grateful for options like these that aid me in my quest to living the most active and healthy lifestyle possible.

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Love and Yumminess,

Taylor

Set Yourself Up For Success With a Healthy Morning Routine-Snack to stay on track!

Healthy Snacks

What kind of snacker are you? A boredom snacker, one who eats simply because they have nothing to do or are you like me?  The type of snacker who snacks constantly because you are legitimately always hungry….OK sometimes just bored.  Before I started my journey to living the most active and healthy lifestyle possible, it would be common to pass a Mcdonalds and swing by for a small french fry or Starbucks for a Caramel Machiatto and reduced fat blueberry muffin. Most of the time I was not even really hungry, I was probably dehydrated and the thought of a salty sweet treat seemed scrumptious. Today, I still stop for snacks, but more than likely it is for a ginger shot or lunch at the juice bar and if it is Starbucks it will be their Kale and Brown Rice Bowl and an iced coffee with vanilla soy.

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

When it comes to eating well, I do believe you have to set yourself up for success. Running out the door to work without eating even a small breakfast may set you up to be famished the second you enter your work space and usually forces you to binge on that bagel with cream cheese or breakfast burrito or make unhealthy snack choices during the day. Don’t worry! We all do it once in a while, but I have found that changing my morning routine really has directly helped me make better choices throughout the day, and enables me to snack healthy. When I wake up, I oil pull while taking a shower, after that I have a mug of hot water with the juice of a whole lemon to get everything moving and rid my body of more toxins. Sometimes, I put it in a to go cup on the way to work. After that, I choose a healthy breakfast, and keep it moving. These days I have been making my banana pancakes or waffles almost every morning, but other days I try chia seed pudding or oatmeal.

Chia Seed Pudding

(I will post my chia seed pudding parfait recipe shortly)

However, there are many mornings where early call times cut into my  routine and I need quick and easy foods on the go. I think breakfast and any meal should aim to keep you full for at least two and a half to three hours. If you are hungry twenty minutes later than you should re-think what about how well-rounded your breakfast was. Take a look at RD Nicole’s post from the beginning of April on metabolism. It discusses the need for a well rounded meal and the importance of snacking to keep  you full and satisfied for longer periods of time.

When I am running out the door early I have the tendency to yes, pack my lemon water, but then a baggy of pre sliced mango from Costco and my homemade peanut butter energy bites! They keep me full and satisfied for a while, and yes folks I do oil pull in my car sometimes….note to self: DO NOT SPIT OIL OUT OF A MOVING VEHICLE. I learned the hard way….gross I know. Please don’t judge me. I also will grab my favorite coconut granola bars and possibly a baggy of almonds. Having these extras on hand enables me to A-save money by not stopping for a store bought snack and B-they are guiltless snacks that seamlessly allow me to move from one meal to the next with satisfaction and ease. Due to our busy lifestyles we all have to make adjustments. My schedule is all over the place and not very consistent. So, you have to find what works for you. If oil pulling in the car does not sound appealing, then try the lemon water as a starter!

Ok back to snacking. So why is healthy snacking so important?

1-Prevents overeating at mealtimes

2-Keeps blood sugar levels steady so you do not crash-That shaky feeling is the worst!

3-Provides extra nutrients-Stick to fruits and veggies, low fat dairy, whole grains and nuts and seeds.

Here is a list of my favorite on-the-go snacks:

Cascadian Farms Organics-Toasted Coconut Bars (Costco)

Bobo’s Oat Bars

Pre Sliced Mango (Costco)

Oikos Key Lime and Vanilla Coconut Greek Yogurt

1-2 Snackaroons as a sweet treat

My favorite on-the-go snack or breakfast are my Peanut butter energy bites!

Peanut Butter Energy Bite-Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 C Quick Oats

1/2 Ground Flax Seed

1/4 C Raisins

2/3 C Coconut Flakes

1 Tbs Chia Seeds

1 Tbs Vanilla Extract

1 C peanut Butter

1/2 C Honey

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients above together in a large bow. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and refrigerate in a bowl or sheet for at least a half an hour. Place energy bites in an airtight container and keep in refrigerator. Note: Make these bites your own! I love peanut butter and coconut. Throw in some dark chocolate or coco nibs, find flavors that work for your household!

For more about these bites…Check out the video below!

Have fun making your energy bites! Let me know what flavors you decide to add. Have fun and enjoy what you eat because remember…a healthy lifestyle starts from the inside!

Love and Yumminess,

Taylor

Your Metabolism is a Campfire-Snacking is Key!

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I’m often asked by people how many times a day should they be eating. While this really varies for everyone individually based on your metabolic needs, the fundamentals behind it are the same. Snacking on healthy snacks that have combined macronutrients (more on this below) is super important in order to rev up our metabolism and keep it burning our fuel all day and night. I like explaining the need for eating throughout the day by using the “campfire” method.
 
Now, let me disclaim that I have never been camping nor have I ever started my own fire. I can rock the perfect Spotify playlist at a bonfire and point at you across the fire ‘cause this is “OUR SONG!” but, that’s about the extent of my “help.” So, I apologize if I’m a little off in explaining the amount of wood needed/process of burning wood in a fire to all of our seasoned camp-fabulous readers… 
 
With that disclaimer in place: Your metabolism is a campfire. You have to start it in the morning and as we spoke about before, breakfast is important. Our metabolism is what helps our body burn our food as fuel/energy. Without the metabolism ignited, we wouldn’t have the energy from our food to do daily activity, process thoughts, or even do things on a cellular level like rejuvenate our cells and burn fat. When you think of it like that, it’s clear that our metabolism is extremely important and we need to keep it burning.