Cayenne Avocado Toast

SPICY AVOCADO TOAST & WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU!

It’s no secret that I love a good slice of avocado toast! I mean who doesn’t?? Lately I’ve been spicing things up by adding cayenne pepper to the mix and lets just say you HAVE to give it a try. Oh, also, let’s not forget to mention the health benefits cayenne has to offer, This is a super food combo that you don’t want to miss!

Spicy Avocado Toast Recipe

 

– 1 large whole Avocado 

– 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 

– 1/2 tsp salt

– Spritz of lemon juice

– Two slices of toasted bread (I prefer Powerseed by Dave’s Killer Bread)

Mash the avocado to your little hearts content, spread that baby over each warm slice of toast and garnish with spices. UGH. So good & SO simple.

Cayenne, the superstar

Are you ready to hear all about the benefits cayenne has in store for you?? 

Cayenne is known as a detoxifier, it both neutralizes acidity and increases circulation! Improved circulation also means improved heart health. But thats not even close to all this firecracker spice can do! The active ingredient in Cayenne pepper, Capsaicin, is thought to both increase your metabolism and reduce your hunger by slowing the production of Ghrelin (the hormone that makes you hungry) making it a great addition to your diet if you are trying to shed a few pounds.

Oh! And I can’t forget to mention that Cayenne is rich in Vitamin A & E which both fight off free radicals that lead to early signs of aging! Say hello to healthier hair, skin and nails!


Tropical Texas

TROPICAL TEXAS SMOOTHIE

This pink smoothie is equally cute as all heck and delicious! I don’t know about y’all but I am all about anything that is equally healthy and perfectly aesthetic on my instagram feed. Oh, and did I mention that the prickly pear that gives this gem her pink color also tastes like bubble gum?? Just when you thought a fruit couldn’t be DREAMY!

Anyway, I’ll stop chatting and just get to the recipe! 

Tropical Texas Smoothie Recipe

– 1 banana

– 1 prickly pear (scoop out the insides)

– 2 cups almond milk 

– 1 cup pineapple 

So simple right?? Blend that baby up and VOILA! Garnish with pineapple slice and find some good lighting because she is SO picture worthy!

photo by Lieselot.Dalle

Benefits Galore!

This entire smoothie is pretty rich in dietary fiber meaning it will not only keep you full longer but it will help foods move through your digestive tract more easily! Fiber also helps lower LDL (the bad one) cholesterol which can lead to poor heart and cardiovascular health.

In addition to being awesome free radical fighting cancer banishers, antioxidants like the ones found in the prickly pear help reduce inflammation. This contributes to easier digestion and overall gut health. Prickly pears are also rich in vitamin c (actually a whole 1/3 of your daily recommended intake!) and calcium so lets just go ahead and stomp out the rumor that you have to resort to cows milk for a good dose of calcium!

This is hands down one of my favorite smoothies so I hope y’all enjoy! And don’t forget to tag me if you do take a picture of your yummy Tropical Texas smoothie! 

 


The Perfect Matcha Latte

The Perfect Matcha Latte

As promised, I had to share my new and improved matcha recipe! This recipe is simple and to the point. My other recipe (that you can find here) has more of a nutty flavor and is a little heavier. This version is my fav but I mean try them both and do you! Also you already know I would love to hear which you prefer!

The Perfect Matcha Latte Recipe

– 1/2 tsp of Matcha Powder

– 1/4 cup HOT water

– 1 cup COLD almond milk

– 1 teaspoon Honey (optional)

– Mason Jar 

Put the cold almond milk in the mason jar and SHAKE! I’m not kidding. This will make your latte sexy & frothy! You can also stick it in the microwave for 15 seconds for even more volume! Wisk the Matcha, hot water and honey together and finish by pouring the frothy almond milk into your matcha “shot”!

Why I Love Matcha A Latte!

Yeah, we are doing puns, get over it.

As if the taste, pun potential, and caffeine weren’t enough to launch an obsession, matcha has some amazing qualities that deserve a mention!

Matcha boosts your mood and promotes calm concentration thanks to an amino acid called L-Theanine that has anti-anxiety effects and allows the caffeine to burn much slower through your system. Basically, you won’t get a caffeine spike and crash like you would from coffee! Maybe its just me… but this sounds like a natural adderal/xanex recipe for your most productive self! 

Matcha is also jam packed with the antioxidant EGCG which is involved in the process of signaling the body to break down fat for energy!  We are talking natural fat burner that doesn’t make you sweat profusely! 

 

While matcha won’t magically shed pounds, it will boost your metabolism and help your body chemically with the process of loosing weight!

Matcha also contains lots of chlorophyll. (I mean duh! Just look at that pretty green!) 

Lately, chlorophyll has been getting a lot of attention as a natural deodorant that works from the inside banishing all kinds of odor from B.O. to bad breath, but, similar to EGCG, it also has some pretty bad ass antioxidant properties of its own! 

Chlorophyll not only promotes healthy skin (YES PLEASE), but also helps your body (esp your liver) detox! Chlorophyll is able to bind to toxic metals and carcinogens and expel them from the body.

One last thing I want to mention is that matcha, unlike coffee is alkaline on your stomach! This is sooo good because overloading on acidic things is a recipe for disaster when it comes to your gut health. PS this also means no yellow staining on your teeth! 

Literally this coffee alternative sounds too good to be true but the best part is its not! Try this recipe and join the obsession! 


3 Minute Kale Greek Salad!

3 Minute Kale Greek Salad!I think we can probably all agree that eating healthy is not convenient, but like it must be done!

So what are you to do when there’s 15 minutes left before you have to leave for work and you have done absolutely nothing in the way of preparing lunch/dinner for yourself. Plus your hair isn’t brushed and you aren’t even wearing pants.

Do you..

A) Crawl into bed and give up on today, it hasn’t started out well anyway.

B) Just eat out again, it’s not the new year yet so are new habits really necessary?

C) Sing in the mirror for 16 minutes and be late to life.. again.

D) 3 minute kale salad you saw on that blog that one time. BONUS- you have time for pants and a hairbrush!

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(Answer at the end of this post)!

No matter what you picked, I’m going to go ahead and share this must have recipe with you because its literally been my lifesaver lately!

 

3 Minute Kale Greek Salad!

  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup chopped english cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup red onions (optional)
  • greek dressing (if you want to be alittle extra you can substitute this with oil & vinegar and a sprinkle of rosemary!)

Mix it all up and enjoy!

I hope you LOVE this quick jem as much as I do!

Nutrition Facts!

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For anyone that is still scared of fat, STOP! look at that beautiful specimen of a nutrition label, that Fat and Fiber combo means this baby will keep you full! The kale is really the superstar here, but the fat content really helps it to be a satisfying meal. If you are Vegan and choose to pass on the feta I really recommend adding some sunflower seeds instead to keep this salad filling and well rounded!

P.S. The answer is obviously D!

XOXO Sus

 


Pup-sicles!

Yep! you read that right! I don’t know about y’all but here in Texas the sun is still blaring down on us and the temperature is still sky high! I know my pup is feelin’ the heat just like I am, so I decided to whip him up some frozen treats!

My little dude (well, not so little anymore) loves the dog ice cream we buy him every once and awhile, but unfortunately for us, it tends to make him a little gassy… But who am I to take that from him ya know?? I mean who doesn’t love a cold sweet treat after playing in the sun?!

My 10 Fruits and Vegetables Your Pup is Allowed to Enjoy! post a couple weeks ago got me thinking, PUP-SICLES uh duh! And I’m happy to say it was a total hit! So, of course, I have to share my recipe with all you doggie moms out there!

Pup-sickle Recipe

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 cup blueberries

2 cups water

Popsicle mold

add all together and FREEZE!

Isn’t he the cutest??

IMG_5476.pngYou can play around with this however you want! (just make sure to stay far away from foods that are toxic to pups!) I used two of his favorite berries and froze them in Popsicle molds with water!

That’s all for now!

XOXO Sus


Jamba Juice Citrus Kick Spin off!

I was super impressed with Jamba Juice’s Citrus Kick smoothie so I decided to play around with my own recipe!

Of course, as most corporate smoothie shops do, the Jamba Juice recipe is mostly made up of fruit juices which is a shame because this smoothie has some bad ass vitamin potential!

I still chose to use pineapple juice as the liquid part of my recipe (half a cup or as you see fit!) and the rest is as follows!

one apple

one orange

about a teaspoon of ginger

about a half and inch slice of lemon

Blend and enjoy! (this makes about one serving!)IMG_0199.png

P.S.

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and also helps with nausea!

XOXO SUS

 


Yummy Pick Me Up Wheatgrass shot!

From time to time I will eat something yucky in the name of health but I am definitely NOT a fan. I mean who is?

This wheatgrass shot, however, is one for the books!

I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish lately with a load of work to catch up on from school and decided to make myself a “pick me up” shot of wheatgrass. With the hopes of making it taste a little better I added some cinnamon, a teeny drop of honey and some coconut water powder, the result was fabulous!

Seriously.. I could sip on the stuff! And with how absolutely amazing wheatgrass is for you, this is a shot that just simply cannot be passed up!

So here’s the full ingredient list-

1/4  tsp dehydrated wheatgrass powder

1 tbs coconut water powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

A teeny drop of honey (make sure this honey is local and organic!)

4oz water

Add all this to a shaker and shake with ice to chill, pour and enjoy!

XOXO Sus

 

 


Cinnamon Raspberry Smoothie!

This smoothie was the bomb.com guys, (well until your boyfriend spills the rest of it on the floor!) and super good for you in so many ways!

Flax seed is packed with antioxidants, fiber and omega 3’s.

Chia seeds are full of protein, omega 3’s and fiber.

Raspberries have antioxidants as well and have anti inflammatory properties.

Bananas have lots of potassium and are great for heart health and nervous system function!

Cinnamon  is an anti inflammatory as well, it also reduces stress hormones, improves brain function and boosts immunity!

So here it is!–

-2 bananas

-Tbs flax seed

-Tbs chia seed

-2 Cups Coconut milk

-A BUNCH of raspberries

-Tbs cinnamon

Enjoy!

XOXO SUS


Holiday Banana Bread!

This seemed like a fitting first recipe post since its 3 sleeps until christmas!

I’m going to give this recipe another try when I get home from holiday visits, I had no idea about the plethora of all purpose flour substitutes out there! Midland, TX certainly isn’t the best place to get heath foods bImage-1-1 (1).jpgut I’ll definitely be going to check out what I get my hands on!

A list of flours to try and their hype will be included at the bottom of this recipe!

 

HOLIDAY BANANA BREAD

-2 cups of whole wheat flour

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/2 cup butter (I like to use real grass fed butter! butter substitutes are no good because of the way they are processed!)

-3/4 cup coconut sugar (this has a lower glycemic index than the brown sugar that was in the original recipe I found)

-2 eggs

-2 1/2 mashed over-ripe bananas

-walnuts (optional  so as many as your little heart desires!)

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 teaspoon nutmeg

-1 teaspoon cloves

GUYS these spices really make the whole thing!

Preheat oven to 350!

combine eggs butter and sugar in one bowl and the rest of the dry ingredients in another.

combine all ingredients and bake for about an hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.

I added walnuts to the top of mine but thats all up to how nutty your feelin’!

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Flours to try!

  • Banana flour! – (seems meant to be right?) this is gluten and grain free and can be used in place of any self rising flour as well
  • Almond flour – this one was recommended  for baking and is also gluten and grain free
  • Tapioca flour – gluten and grain free and adds a tint bit of sweetness!
  • Pumpkin seed meal – adds pumpkin flavor and is gluten grain and nut free (I’m really excited about this one!)
  • Quinoa flour – should not be used alone but is one of the most nutritious flour available!