Add your greens to your oatmeal!

Coconut Greens is the perfect way to add Vitamin B based vitamins to your breakfast. Get some quick oats, flax seeds, almonds, cinnamon, and cacao powder , and scoop one serving of green powder in. Mix together thoroughly. There you go, you have your grains, protein, and veggies all in one meal. Wa la!

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Breakfast (Photo credits via Christa Alexis)

Order your tub of Coconut Greens today on Amazon. Every purchase goes to a child with a Vitamin A deficiency via Dose 4 Dose. Feel good and live better with your greens.

Vegan kitchen, Kaya’s Kitchen

Located in the heart of the Jersey shore, Kaya’s Kitchen is an organic vegan cuisine with the fresh good quality ingredients. It uses seitan, tofu, and tempeh as protein alternatives in many of their plant-based dishes. You won’t go home hungry. You’ll go home happy.

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Started off with country nuggets served with agave honey mustard and BBQ sauce (Photo Credits: Christa Alexis)

Started off the day with Maine’s cane sugar based root beer (fair trade certified) and panko breaded country vegan nuggets. The agave honey mustard is to die for. It’s flavorful, light consistency, and great for dipping with the country nuggets. Maine root beer was just the right amount of sweetness without any added caffeine. You may want to have two, but beware of the sugar attack.

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Maine Root Beer

And there are so many options for vegetarians and vegans to choose from, you’ll need to look over the menu a few times (Well at least we did). You can get a culturally blended dish or a more traditional one. If you’re in the mood for Mexican, Indian, or American food, you can find exactly what you want. Don’t worry, you can add any type of plant-based protein to your dish. There is so much flavor and freshness in every dish!

Top picks: Happy Buddah (Gluten-free) and Burrito Grande

 

Much love,

Christa Alexis

 

Eat cookies, Eat Pastry!

Looking for a sweet non-dairy treat, look no further Eat Pastry offers a whole line of decadent soft baked cookies that are totally satisfying. Whether you like Chocolate Chip, Chocoloic Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, or Snickerdoodle as a non-GMO vegan snack that pairs well with almond milk. Get your (non-dairy) milk and get dipping into your favorite flavor. The Chocolate Chip and Snickerdoodle flavors are also gluten-free in case you were wondering.

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Scoop out about a teaspoon worth of cookie dough, place on a greased tray, and bake for about 10 minutes. If you want to eat it raw, go for it, you can’t get salmonella (since it’s dairy-free) or even scoop it on top of your So Delicious ice cream.

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Get ready and eat…but there might not be any leftovers. Eat Pastry’s cookies are soft, flavorful, and not too sweet. Don’t worry, let your guests try them & they won’t even know that they’re vegan! A+ for Eat Pastry. BRB, while we make more.

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Photos taken by Christa Alexis and a special thanks to Eat Pastry!

Much love, Christa Alexis

Nutty for nut butters!

Artisana Organics makes a line of nut & seed butters, coconut butter and oils, chocolate spreads and bars, and on the go squeeze packs that are non-GMO, organic, and vegan certified. Did we mention they’re totally nutty and delicious?

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The nut butters have no extra additives, sugar, oils, or bizarre ingredients. Each butter is 100% raw with only one ingredient in every jar. It’s hard to come across a wide selection of nut butters especially Artisana Organics’ walnut, pecan, and cashew flavors.

Each nut-based butter taste pure & is hand-crafted with the highest quality ingredients. Add to your favorite butter to toast, waffles, smoothies, and in recipes to enhance the flavor. For recipe ideas, visit Artisana Organics.

My personal favorite was the raw cashew butter and it’s a great way to add some extra protein to your smoothie. To get specific, there is 6 grams of protein per serving.

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I made my morning pick-me-up unsweetened almond milk smoothie with blueberries and Artisana Organics Raw Cashew Nut Butter.

Get your protein fill!

Black bean burgers are loaded with protein and fresh veggies like carrots and onions. Get seasoning with cayenne pepper, chili powder, pepper and salt, turmeric, and cumin to spice up the flavor. You’ll need 1 onion, 2 cans of black beans, 2 shredded carrots, 3 garlic cloves, quick oats and soy sauce.

Start off shredding carrots or buy already shredded carrots (much easier and saves you time in the kitchen) and chop onions into small pieces. Chop garlic cloves too!blackbeanburger.JPG

Heat a pan and add a little olive oil to cook the onions, carrots, and garlic in until sauteed. Don’t forget to add some salt and pepper for added flavor. While that’s cooking start mashing your black beans.

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Once the onion, carrots, and garlic is cooked add it to your bowl of mashed black beans, and add 1/2 cup of quick oats, and tablespoon of soy sauce. Mix thoroughly then form into  burgers.

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Let them freeze for 30 minutes and then take them out to cook whenever you want. Just oil a pan and cook them.

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Credits to Tasty for this delicious recipe! Watch the full video on how to make these protein filled black bean burgers.

Let’s talk about Coconut…Coconut Greens!

Coconut Greens is a company based out of Farmingdale, NY and offers a coconut water based supergreen powder enriched with vitamins and organic spirulina, chlorella, kale, wheatgrass, and other “good greens.” And all of the ingredients are organic, non-gmo, gluten and dairy free, which makes it a great supplement alternative for vegan and vegetarians. You can stay hydrated, detox, and remain energized all day long. Better yet, one scoop of Coconut Greens contains 8-10 servings of greens per serving. If you’re on the go or have a busy lifestyle, grab coconut water and scoop it into your drink and don’t worry there is no gritty aftertaste. Unlike most powders, Coconut Greens taste pure and uses high quality ingredients including a coconut water based powder. You can totally taste the difference. Plus, the green powder is full of veggies packed with Vitamin B to help you stay rejuvenated all day long.

SmoothiealmondmilkCoconut Greens with almondmilk & cashew milk and a banana.

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Watch ChristaAlexis talk about Coconut Greens here.

Order today on Amazon. Each purchase of Coconut Greens goes to a child at risk for Vitamin A deficiency. They paired up with a non-profit organization Vitamin Angels to help reduce childhood mortality by providing them with essential supplements.

Feel good, live better! Get your greens with Coconut Greens. Visit their instagram for weekly recipes and for a superfood green powder that helps balance your sugar levels, the natural way.

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Get your non-dairy sweet tooth fill with Endorfin Foods!

Endorfin Foods has an assortment of dairy free, soy free, and uses non-roasted cacao beans. It’s the way chocolate should be made. The chocolates are made with coconut sugar, essential oils, Peruvian pink salt, and with fruits and nuts. I tried the dark “milk” chocolate, pink lotus & coconut mylk and pink walnut, goji berry, and pistachio bark. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that are good for your heart and gives you happy “endorfins.” The chocolates are a blend of sweetness and slight bitterness to make for a delicious sweet treat. Subscribe for a monthly chocolate subscription box and get your daily sweet tooth fill.

As the chocolate says on the wrapping, “Food is medicine.”

 

Kali Bliss Botanicals

Kali Bliss Botanicals offers a natural line of organic beauty products using only plant extracts, organic oils, and love. The coffee scented Kona Butter, Island Butter, Tahitian night cream, and Venetian day cream, and the eye serum skin care are worth every penny. You can feel the difference and live guilt-free since no animals were harmed in the making.

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My favorite is the eye serum made with hemp seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, aloe vera and natural ingredients that rejuvenate your skin. It’s smooth, soft consistency, and better yet it smells good. Leaves your skin with a youthful glow. The shea and mango butters give it a undefinable richness. Effective immediately on your skin. Watch me try out the eye serum here.

 

Sweet vegan treats..summerific!

Cookman Creamery is a family owned ice cream parlor located in the heart of Asbury Park, which serves a plethora of vegan-friendly ice cream flavors. And it gets better, they even have soft-served vegan ice cream and non-dairy toppings! From Almond Joy, Blue Lavender, Cookie Butter, Strawberry Balsamic, Pistachio, and many more flavors, each creation has a decadent touch with only a few ingredients including organic coconut cream, agave, and brown rice syrup.

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Cookman pairs up with local businesses in Asbury to create unique creations including Twisted Tree (cookies and vanilla ice cream) and Apothecary Peppermint (chocolate chips and peppermint) flavors using peppermint from Bond and Bangs Apothecary. My personal fav is the vegan soft served vanilla and mochaccino made with Italian expresso, fresh vanilla, and chocolate blend with a coconut soy base. Come in and try a summerific sweet treat!

Don’t worry the rainbow sprinkles & wafer cones are vegan too! Yummy! If you hankering for something sweet, pick a flavor and get a single, double, or triple scoop or even take a pint home. Pick up a pack of vegan ice cream sandwiches in vanilla and chocolate with or without sprinkles.  Get the vegan party started.

 

 

Flavor your water with essential oils

Young Living Oils is a company with a variety of essential oils that helps you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. You can choose from diffusers, supplements, beauty products, or lavender scented oils for balancing your inner chakras. Go ahead and try Young Living’s all natural products that are good for your soul.

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My personal favorite was the lemon oil. Add a few drops to your water and taste the flavor. You can taste the difference and the health benefits of lemon are endless.