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Chocolate Dream Smoothie

Chocolate Dream Smoothie

Did you know that chocolate is a skin protecting superfood? Yep! Thanks to its free-radical-fighting antioxidants (1), raw cacao is a staple in my diet and beauty routine (hello, chocolate face masks!). Just do your skin a favor by ditching the sugary milk chocolate bars and opt for raw organic dark chocolate or this nourishing chocolate dream smoothie instead!

Chocolate Dream Smoothie

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Chocolate Smoothie
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 banana previously peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 serving collagen protein*
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add additional almond milk if required to achieve desired consistency.
  • Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight glass container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours (though best when fresh).

Notes

Use all organic ingredients when possible. 
*Avocado makes this smoothie nice and creamy. If you don't have avocado, use a full frozen banana instead. I personally use and recommend Truvani's Wild-Caught Marine Collagen OR Primal Kitchen's Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel Protein Mix. If you happen to have Primal Kitchen's Chocolate Coconut Collagen Fuel Protein Mix then reduce the amount of raw cacao powder to 1 tablespoon. If you don't have collagen protein, don't fret! Just use any high-quality, plant-based protein powder instead. 
Optional Add-Ins: 
  • 1-2 large handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, rainbow chard) - I like to buy mine fresh and then freeze right away for smoothies
  • 1-2 Medjool dates, pitted - this will add a little more sweetness
  • Cacao nibs for garnish

Crispy Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips

I can’t seem to get enough of these Crispy Kale Chips lately. They’re so simple to make and the perfect snack when you’re in the mood for something crunchy. I like to add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt after they’re done baking, but I encourage you to get creative with your spices. Ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and/or lemon zest are all great options! Enjoy!

Crispy Kale Chips

Craving a crunchy snack? Try these delicious crispy kale chips!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: kale chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 F.
  • Remove kale leaves from the thick stems and tear into small bite size pieces.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner or pat to dry.
  • Add kale to a large bowl and toss with olive oil or avocado oil (the amount of oil depends on how large your bunch of kale is - start with 1 tablespoon and if it doesn’t seem like enough, add more. The kale should be slightly coated with oil, but not saturated).
  • Place kale in a large glass baking dish or on a large baking sheet lined with a reusable silicone baking mat and bake until the edges are brown, but not burnt (about 20-25 minutes total). Toss the kale once more while it’s baking (about 10 minutes in) to ensure both sides are nice and crispy.
  • Once the edges are brown and the kale is crispy, take it out of the oven and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Use all organic ingredients when possible. 

Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie

Ok, so it’s not the prettiest color, but this Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie is sweet and satisfying (without the sugar crash)!

Smoothie Tips

I recommend buying fresh baby spinach and freezing it prior to making your smoothies. Same with bananas – peel, slice and freeze chunks of bananas. Both will help to make your smoothies cold and thick without needing to add ice, which can often water down your smoothies. 

Frozen cherries are great because they’ve already been pitted, saving you time. 

Start with 1/2 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk of choice (I use almond milk) and add more as needed to create a consistency you like.

If you don’t have chocolate protein powder, don’t fret! Just use vanilla protein powder and add 1 tablespoon of organic fair-trade cacao powder

If you’re looking for clean protein powders, I personally use and recommend Truvani’s Chocolate Plant-Based Protein Powder OR Primal Kitchen’s Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel

 Enjoy! 

Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Drinks
Keyword: chocolate, green smoothie
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, more as needed
  • 1/4 banana, previously peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 1/4 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder*
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach, previously frozen

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight glass container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours (though best when fresh).

Notes

Use all organic ingredients when possible. 
*I recommend using Truvani's Chocolate Plant-Based Protein Powder OR Primal Kitchen's Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel with 1 tablespoon of organic fair-trade cacao powder

 

The Best Green Juice

The Best Green Juice

Here is the best green juice recipe you’ve been looking for! It’s delicious and packed with skin-nourishing nutrients your whole body will love. This green juice is my favorite because the apple and lemon add just the right amount of sweetness to mask the bitter, nutrient-dense greens, while the ginger adds a little zing. If you’re not a fan of ginger, start with a small amount (1/2-inch piece) and work your way up to 1- to 2-inches. This antioxidant-rich ingredient contains anti-inflammatory properties and aids digestion (1).

NOTE: Always buy certified organic greens, celery, cucumbers, and apples to avoid pesticide exposure, as conventional varieties of these items are some of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in America according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Best Green Juice

Here is the best green juice recipe you've been looking for! It's delicious and packed with skin-nourishing nutrients your whole body will love.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Green Juice
Servings: 1
Author: Rachel Sunley

Equipment

  • Juicer

Ingredients

  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 4 large kale leaves
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Instructions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly.
  • Core the apple and peel the lemon. Chop all produce to fit through your juicer chute.
  • Run all ingredients through the juicer. I recommend juicing in the order listed above.
  • Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight glass container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours (though bestwhen fresh).

Notes

Choose organic and local ingredients when possible. Enjoy juice fresh for best flavor and nutrient content. Yields will depend on your juicer. 

Chicken Soup Recipe

Chicken Soup Recipe

Homemade chicken soup is one of my favorite recipes to make this time of year. I like to make a big batch on Sunday, freeze half of it, and enjoy it for lunch all week! It’ll stay fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge, which is why I like to freeze half of it right away and thaw it out towards the end of the week. If you get bored with your lunches and like to switch things up, simply add a side salad made with a variety of chopped veggies and different salad dressings each day. 

Now before I share my recipe, you have to know… I don’t consider myself a recipe developer or a chef. In fact, I’m terrible at measuring things when I cook. I’m the type of gal who likes to whip things up and taste as I go. A little more paprika, a little more pepper, a pinch more of sea salt…. and it’s perfect! That said, you may need to add more sea salt, spices, or fresh parsley than what’s listed below. I also prefer lots of veggies and don’t add noodles to my chicken soup, but feel free to add your favorite gluten-free pasta noodles or zucchini “noodles” to this recipe. Get creative and modify to your liking! 

Chicken Soup

Prep Time5 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Soup
Keyword: Chicken Soup, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Servings: 8
Author: Rachel Sunley

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 32 ounces organic chicken bone broth
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 whole organic chicken
  • additional filtered water to cover
  • 1 bunch carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bunch celery, ends removed and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika*
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper*
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes*

Instructions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly. Set aside carrots and celery. Peel and chop onion.
  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, chop parsley.
  • Add bone broth, allspice berries, parsley, and chicken. Add additional water to cover the chicken and gently stir. Heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes (skim off foam every so often). Meanwhile, prepare the celery and carrots.
  • Add carrots, celery, paprika, onion powder, turmeric powder, sea salt, and pepper. Stir and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and check to ensure the chicken breast is cooked all the way through (cooking time varies based on the size of the chicken). Set aside to cool. Continue to simmer the stock and veggies for 15 minutes. 
  • Once the chicken is cool, pick the meat off of the bones. Return the shredded chicken to the pot, stir together, and taste the broth. Add more sea salt and spices to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Choose organic and local ingredients when possible. Store the remaining soup in the cooking pot with a lid, large glass ball jars with wide lids for easy grab-and-go, and/or freeze it for later use. 

Green Detox Juice

Green Detox Juice

If you want a juice that can deliver detoxifying and anti-inflammatory benefits for clear glowing skin, then this green detox juice is for you!

Here’s a quick rundown of the powerhouse ingredients in this drink and just some of their many health benefits: 

Dandelion greens contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, and K (1) and are one of the most powerful foods to support your detoxification pathways. 

Cilantro is often referred to as the “poor man’s chelation therapy” because it can help reduce the buildup of heavy metals like mercury and lead from the body (2).

Celery is known to help reduce inflammation, particularly in the digestive tract. 

Cucumbers contain a variety of antioxidants and minerals and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Apples could legitimately be called a “superfood” since they are packed with antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. 

Ginger has been traditionally used to soothe digestive upset and is well known for its ability to relieve gas. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties for controlling the process of aging (3). 

Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, are bursting with antioxidants, and contain various flavonoids and antioxidants that have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (4). 

NOTE: Always buy certified organic greens, celery, cucumbers, and apples to avoid pesticide exposure, as conventional varieties of these items are some of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in America according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Green Detox Juice

If you want a juice that can deliver detoxifying and anti-inflammatory benefits for clear glowing skin, then this green detox juice is for you!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Detox Green Juice
Servings: 1
Author: Rachel Sunley

Equipment

  • Juicer

Ingredients

  • 1 large handful dandelion greens
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Instructions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly.
  • Core the apple and peel the lemon. Chop all produce to fit through your juicer chute.
  • Run all ingredients through the juicer. I recommend juicing in the order listed above.
  • Stir the juice before serving.
  • Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight glass container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours (though best when fresh).

Notes

Choose organic and local ingredients when possible. Enjoy juice fresh for best flavor and nutrient content. Yields will depend on your juicer.