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The Ultimate Smoothie Recipe


ultimate smoothie

Looking for a smoothie that’s delicious, nutritious and affordable? Packed with protein, antioxidants and nutrient-dense greens, this smoothie not only gives you incredible energy, but it’s simple to make. Just combine the three delicious supplements in our Fall Nutrition Bundle and a few of your favorite fruits. Best of all, it costs less than your daily pick-me-up.

Ditch the morning coffee and muffin and start your day off feeling great!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed, frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Cherry Minerals and Antioxidants
  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Greens Blend
  • Optional: a handful of kale or spinach to amp up the green factor

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Puree until smooth
  3. Add more milk if the blend is too thick
  4. Enjoy!

For a limited time get our Fall Nutrition Bundle with all three of these delicious supplements wrapped up for one sweet price.

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Cherry Lemonade Recipe


cherry lemonade with minerals and antioxidants

Staying hydrated for the summer doesn’t have to be boring! Amp up your H2O game by making this delicious lemonade recipe using our Minerals & Antioxidants - packed with all the nutrients your body needs and none of the sugar it doesn’t. Follow along for a refreshment that’s perfect for sipping poolside.

What We Love About Minerals & Antioxidants:

  • Contains 74-plant based, naturally chelated trace minerals as well as antioxidants from 10 nutrient-rich superfruits including acai, cranberry, goji, maqui and pomegranate
  • It’s got a high ORAC value, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and it's a way of measuring the free-radical fighting antioxidant level.
  • No harmful chemicals. Our formula is made with coconut water and aloe vera and it does’t contain any added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
  • Gives you sustained energy for the day.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min 
Total Time: 10 min 

Ingredients:


Preparation:

  1. Combine lemon juice and maple syrup in a pitcher.
  2. Stir in water. Add more water or maple syrup to achieve your desired taste.
  3. Add four scoops of Cherry Flavored Life’s Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants
  4. Add your mint and lemon slices.
  5. Enjoy!

Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

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Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe


chocolate protein pudding

Looking for a creative, healthy recipe to add to your sweet and chocolate-filled snack options? You might say “impossible,” but we created this chocolate ‘pudd-tein’ recipe with our Chocolate Plant Protein so you can have a quick and easy protein-packed snack, any time you’re craving one.

About Our Chocolate Plant Protein:

  • Contains 15 grams of high-quality plant protein including pea, chia, pumpkin, hemp and quinoa
  • Cacao sourced from the Dominican Republic, (where some of the world’s best chocolate comes from)
  • Free of gluten, soy, dairy, and grain (great for people with sensitivities)
  • Silky smooth texture, you can blend into any smoothie or add to breakfast or snack recipes - just like this one

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add ingredients all together into a blender
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth
  3. Pour into container and chill for at least 1 hour
  4. Top with your choice of toppings
  5. Enjoy!

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Vanilla Pro-tains Recipe


vanilla protains

Who said that a sweet breakfast can’t be healthy? Plantains are a staple in many tropical countries, and although they’re known as “dessert bananas”, they make a great breakfast side, and they’re packed with nutrients!

Why we love plantains:

  • They’re a great source of complex carbohydrates, which digest slower and keep you fuller, longer - helping you curb unhealthy snacking throughout the day.
  • They aid in your digestive health since they’re high in fiber.
  • They’re great for heart health as they’re full of potassium as well as antioxidants from Vitamin C.
  • They’re a non-seasonal crop, making them available for delicious recipes all year round.
  • They’re versatile! They can serve as a healthy side dish, be made into soup, or fried for breakfast - as in the recipe below!

Try this quick and easy plantain-inspired recipe today!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Peel the plantains
  2. Slice into 1/4" thick slices on a diagonal
  3. Coat each slice in Vanilla Plant Protein
  4. Shake off excess powder

Stove Top Instructions:

Preheat coconut oil in a sauté pan or skillet on medium heat. Once hot, add the plantains in a single layer. Cook for about 30 seconds on each side. Serve immediately.

Air Fryer Instructions:

Preheat the air fryer to 300 degrees. Add the plantains in a single layer and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Strawberry Protein Smoothie


person putting strawberries into a blender

Looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas to make your sweetie on Valentines Day? Look no further than this delicious, strawberry smoothie. It’s not only packed with vitamins and protein, it’s also sugar free and gluten free for those who have allergies. Plus it only takes about 2 minutes to make, and is totally portable if you need to take it to go. If you want to kick the nutrients up a notch, you can make it a green smoothie by adding a handful of frozen spinach or kale - just know it will lose it’s pretty, pink color. Enjoy!


strawberry protein smoothie

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend for 60-120 seconds until you get a smooth and creamy texture.
  2. If it’s too thick, add more milk.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately. You can store in the fridge for up to 24 hours, but it definitely tastes best fresh.

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The 24 Carrot Mocktail Recipe

carrots and carrot drink

With summer here, who wouldn’t want to indulge in a simple and refreshing mocktail? This easy recipe only needs four ingredients, so you can take the rest of the day to soak up the sun and lounge by the pool.

This 24 Carrot Mocktail is the perfect blend of nutritious and delicious. With carrot juice being one of the main components, you’re treating yourself to tons of vitamins and a whole bunch of benefits.

Benefits of carrots:

Carrots are low in calories and carbs, but definitely don’t skimp on vitamins A, C, K and potassium. Speaking of vitamin A, it’s vital for eye health. And with over 250% of the DV for vitamin A in just one cup of carrot juice, it could potentially benefit your eyes.

Vitamins A, B6, and C also help out your immune system. These vitamins protect your cells from damage, plus amp up your immune response. Carrots are also great for your overall heart health due to the antioxidants and dietary fibers. These same antioxidants also fight against free radicals that can cause damage to your cells, which helps prevent the possibility of developing cancerous cells.

The potassium in carrots can help in keeping your skin looking young and healthy, too. It works to protect against dryness, improve your skin tone and reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars. Carrots also maintain your cholesterol and blood sugar and can often be used as a pre or post workout food, so feel free to enjoy this mocktail after a quick swim.

Plus, the addition of our Minerals and Antioxidants mix gives you that nutritional boost! It’s made with a variety of freshly harvested sea vegetables and contains approximately 74-plant based, naturally chelated, trace minerals. It also contains antioxidants from 11 nutrient-rich super fruits like acai, cranberry, goji, maqui and pomegranate.

24 carrot mocktail drink

Ingredients (Serves 1):

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, mix all the ingredients and add ice. Shake, serve and enjoy!


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5 Road Trip-Friendly Summer Recipes

bliss bites and map

What makes a recipe road trip-worthy? 

First off, it has to travel well - nobody wants to open their snack bag to find a wilted salad, a squashed sandwich, or warm fruit salad. These recipes are easy to pack and will not only keep their shape, but also their flavor along the way- while providing you with much needed nutrients to fuel your hiking, biking, or sunning at the beach.  

Second, snacks should give you the energy you’ll need to explore once you get to your destination. So although they should taste great and definitely include “treats,” you want to avoid sugar laden, fried or overly processed packaged snacks.

We’ve road tested our favorite recipes below and given them all the green light - they’re sure to keep you energized, hydrated, and happy on the go.

Sweet Potato Bread

sweet potato bread recipe

Bread travels well, but it’s usually just white flour packed with carbs that make you want to take a nap - not our make-ahead Sweet Potato Bread, packed with Life’s Abundance Plant Protein. It will give you a much needed energy boost after sitting on a long ride, instead of putting you in a carb coma.

Protein-Packed Brownie Cookies

Protein-packed-brownie-cookies

Brownies? Yes, when we said our recipes were healthy, we even meant this one. These Protein-Packed Brownie Cookies pack a double protein punch with the addition of almond butter and Life’s Abundance Plant Protein, so go ahead and eat two!

Bliss Bites

bliss bites recipe

Ever eat a kitchen sink cookie filled with chips, dried fruit,  pretzels and whatever else was hanging around the bakery? Yes, they’re delicious, but packed with sugar and full of empty calories you don’t need. These Bliss Bites are the same concept except they’re chock full of healthy add ins like coconut, almonds, flax seeds, oats and our nutrient-dense Greens Blend. Ok, they also include chocolate chips, but you’re on vacation - go for it!

Summer Wonder Slushie

summer-wonder-slushie

Hydrating drinks, (sorry not a latte),  should be on the top of your packing list, especially when traveling in the summer. Yes, you can pick up a bottle of water when you stop for gas but you’re more likely to be tempted by the slushie machines promising to make your taste buds do a happy dance. Honestly, that two second Cha Cha isn’t worth the red dye #7 and 54 grams of sugar it’s jammed with. Instead, take two minutes and mix up our Summer Slushie that includes our Minerals and Antioxidants powder packed with hydrating coconut water and super fruits to keep you refreshed until you reach your destination. 

Cherry Limeade Fresh Whips

pink-fluff-things

Craving a light and refreshing, crunchy and flavor packed cookie? We’ve got you covered. These Cherry Limeade Whips will keep your passengers happy and your car free from major cookie crumbs. These make ahead treats are so easy, make a double batch and save half as a hostess gift. You’ll be sure to get an invite to return next summer!

Watermelon Popsicles Recipe

watermelon popsicles and powder

Summer’s calling and if you’re one of those people who jump in line at the farmer’s market to buy the first watermelon of the season,  but then wonders what you’re going to do with the other half that nobody gets to eating, we have the perfect recipe.

It’s a super refreshing snack, with only 3 ingredients, that takes just a few minutes to make but will keep you hydrated for hours. That’s because these pops are chock full of the tasty pink fruit that's 92% water, which is good news since your body is made of cells full of water that needs to be replenished.

It’s a naturally sweet treat, so unlike “healthy” frozen fruit pops you’d even get from Whole Foods, there’s no added sugar.  But if you do prefer an extra dose of the sweet stuff, here’s a tip: round watermelons are sweeter than their oval counterparts.

Why we love watermelon:

That bright, smile-inducing color comes from Lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown in studies to curb your risk of cancer and diabetes, and watermelon has more of this phytonutrient than any other vegetable of fruit - even tomatoes!

Watermelon is also rich in citrulline, an amino acid that may help lower your blood pressure, and also beta-cryptoxanthin which may help protect your joints from inflammation.

If those aren’t reasons enough to get poppin’ on these pops, they’re also drip down your chin delicious!

watermelon popsicles

Ingredients:

Amount of ingredients will vary based on your popsicle mold. These are roughly the amounts per popsicle.

Directions:

Blend in a blender, fill in popsicle molds, and freeze for a few hours or until frozen. Enjoy!


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Blueberry Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

blueberry oatmeal

Thoughts of oatmeal might make you cringe if the last time you had it was when you were five and your grandma threw a bowl of oats mixed with water in front of you. Those aren’t the oats we’re talking about.

This recipe, along with the mix-in suggestions, will even make the Quaker Oats guy jealous.

If you haven’t yet jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon, we’re here to help you take the leap. This recipe is not only quick and easy but also nutritious and delicious. Plus, it will save you tons of time because you can make a batch and eat it for a few days. And whether you sit and enjoy it while reading the paper or grab it and go for an early morning meeting, it will keep you full for hours.

Not a fan of cold cereal? That’s ok, some people like their oatmeal hot and some like it cold… kinda like their coffee. Just heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds or the stovetop for a minute or two.

Benefits:

  • Oats are full of fiber, so you feel fuller longer (4g per serving).
  • Oats contain more protein than many grains (5g per serving).
  • Oats may help you drop a few lbs by keeping you fuller, longer.
  • Oats are high in antioxidants, which help protect cells against free radicals and may fight heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
  • The addition of protein powder in this recipe ups the protein factor, so it’s even better for a post-workout recovery meal to help rebuild muscle and reduce muscle soreness.

blueberry overnight oats

Ingredients // Serves 1:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ -3/4 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer, depending on how thick you like them)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup blueberries // fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp toasted sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Add oats, milk, vanilla, chia seeds, protein powder, cinnamon, maple syrup, and blueberries together in a mason jar or other resealable container.
  2. Stir or shake it up and put it in the fridge overnight, or at least for 2 hours.
  3. Top with toasted almonds or other favorite toppings, coconut works great too.
  4. Eat and conquer your day!

Tips:

  • Once prepared, they last for up to 3 days, or a week if you omit the fruit until serving.
  • Allow the oats to sit at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight to get really creamy.
  • You can play with adding more milk or less, depending on what consistency you like best.
  • Quick oats are ok but will have a softer consistency than traditional oats.
  • Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe depending on how many days you want to have prepped or people you want to serve.

Now, we love our blueberry protein oats, but one can only eat so many blueberries. So if you find yourself suddenly in love with overnight oats, but want to switch it up, here are a few suggestions:

  • Chocolate peanut butter - Use chocolate protein powder and add a tbsp of peanut butter
  • Apple pie - Add ½ cup of chopped apples and ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie - Add ¼ cup of pumpkin puree and ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Banana walnut - Add ½ cup sliced bananas and 2 tbsp chopped walnuts

And if you run through all of the above, you can experiment with extracts, citrus zest, or even espresso powder - this is one of those recipes where you can let your imagination (and your tastebuds) run wild. Then the next time you go and visit your grandma, or your grandkids, bring them a batch and make sure you have enough for seconds - because they’ll be asking!


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Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl Recipe

close up smoothie bowl

When was the last time you ate cake for breakfast? If you normally try to eat healthy, the answer is probably never. Well, thanks to our Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl, you can now have your cake and eat healthy too!

Ok, so it’s not exactly cake, but it tastes just like a creamy slice sans the red dye, sugar and calories. It’s also a thousand times easier to make than baking an actual cake and you can lick the bowl because it’s vegan.

This smoothie bowl is not only beautiful but it’s full of nutrient dense ingredients, a few of which you may not prefer to eat on their own, but you’d never even know they’re blended in here, like cauliflower and beets.

Just one serving of our Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl boosts your diet with:

  • Cauliflower is very low in calories yet extremely high in vitamins, including 77% of the RDI of Vitamin C, 20% of the RDI of Vitamin K and  11% of the RDI of Vitamin B6. It’s also full of fiber and a great source of antioxidants.
  • Beets also contain many important vitamins including folate, manganese, and potassium but they also contain pigments called betalains, which research shows may contain a number of anti-inflammatory properties. Beets are high in sugar, but luckily a small amount packs a nutritious punch.
  • Raspberries are an antioxidant powerhouse containing 50% of the minimum daily target for vitamin C and a healthy dose of manganese, vitamin K, vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium, copper, iron, and potassium. Plus they have less sugar than almost every other fruit and are full of fiber.
  • Bananas are most touted to be full of potassium, and while they do have 9% of the daily RDI, they also contain 33% of the RDI of Vitamin B6, 14% of Manganese and 11% of Vitamin C. They are also rich in pectin, a type of fiber that can help moderate blood sugar.
  • Cacao powder is full of naturally occurring antioxidants called Polyphenols that are packed with health benefits such as reduced inflammation, better circulation, improved cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.

red velvet smoothie bowl

If all those health benefits don’t get you excited, remember the aforementioned comparison to tasting like a slice of Red Velvet Cake. We’re sure you’re going to love it.

Share your smoothie pics on social and tag us at @lifesabundance #lifesabundance - we can’t wait to see your creations.

Serving size: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ⅔  cup frozen cauliflower
  • ⅓ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup frozen beets
  • 2 tsp Life’s Abundance Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cacao powder
  • ⅓ cup water
  • Toppings of choice: We used chia seeds, bee pollen (leave off for vegan bowls), plain plant yogurt, cacao nibs, freeze dried raspberries, and sesame seeds.

Instructions

  1. Blend ingredients from top to bottom and add your favorite toppings
  2. Enjoy!


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