Sweet Eats: Go-To Green Smoothie Bowl ft: Ashley and Katie Hess (ThePartyof2)

You guys thought I was just spewing out words when I wrote about going on this quest for serious balance  in my life, huh? Nope! I’m getting genuinely serious about my health and am ready to open up my mind, body, soul and wallet to ensuring I live this balanced life I always talk about living. It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to collaborate with Ashley and Katie Hess of The Party of 2. If you’re following them on Instagram (if not, what the heck are you waiting for?!), then you know their feed is not only aesthetically pleasing due to it’s perfect curation of their travels and outfit posts, but they’re also pretty big foodies too!

I admire that they seem to lead a balanced life when it comes to their food choices and workout routines (check them out on snapchat too! @thepartyoftwo) and was stoked to get the scoop on their favorite go-to green smoothie bowl for all of my readers to try at home.

So without further ado, take it away ladies!…..

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(A+K): We all have those nights of overindulgence. Maybe you had one too many martinis or stayed out a few more hours than intended or than your head would have liked the next morning. Whatever the case, we’ve got your quick fix for finding your center of balance again. When it comes down to it, food influences the way we feel and can act as our greatest medicine when we choose to let it. So whenever we feel that our bodies are in need of a little lovin’, we pull out our blender, turn to our refrigerator, and go diving. The result always tends to take some form of an energizing smoothie bowl, but the one we’ve concocted here tends to be our most often made. Check out the recipe below and try your hand at our greenest go-to!
Go-To Green Smoothie Bowl:
Serves 1:
Ingredients:
– 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut water (milk is creamier option of the two)
– 3/4 frozen banana
– 1 cup chopped, frozen kale
– 1 scoop of vanilla vegan protein powder (we like either Sun Warrior or Garden of Life)
Toppings:
– Pomegranate Seeds
– Chia Seeds
– Dried Mulberries
– Flax Seeds
– Dried Goji Berries
– Hemp Seeds
– Frozen Blueberries
– Fresh Raspberries
– Granola (we mix grain free granola by White Lion Baking Company and Back Roads)
– Powdered Peanut Butter

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Instructions:
1. Pour almond milk or coconut water in blender. Place banana and kale in next, and add scoop of vegan protein powder. Secure the top of the blender so you don’t have a mess of green slime all over your kitchen.
2. Blend on high for about a minute or until smooth. Make sure you blend well, no chunks allowed.
3. Pour into bowl.
4. Top with your favorite seeds, granola, nut butter, and fruit. Grab spoon, take it to the face, and resist using your finger to lick the bowl.
*All ingredients are organic*

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Thanks Ashley and Katie for sharing your go-to green smoothie bowl! I feel healthier just looking at the pictures. Try your hand at making this bowl and tag @thesweetsceneblog on Instagram! I’d love to see your different creations.

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Sweet Recipe: PB Smoothie Bowl & Cacaoy Wowie Breakfast Smoothie

I’ve been on this new fitness journey for the past 5 weeks and am learning a lot about what my body can endure. I am pushing myself to limits and places I otherwise would not go. Running 2 months ago? Forget that! But now I find myself running for 40 minutes on the treadmill! (well, not the full 40 minutes, but running none-the-less). I won’t get into my fitness routine in this post (that post will be coming in the next couple of months with progress pics), but I WILL share my go-to smoothie recipes. My PB smoothie bowl and my Cacaoy-wowie morning smoothie (like that name? cheesy?…oh well)

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I feel like in places like Australia, elaborate smoothie bowls are the norm, and it is just becoming extremely popular over here. The more ingredients in one bowl makes for the prettiest and more instagrammable breakfast, right? Well, although I do like to “do it for the gram”, I also want to make sure my ingredients are beneficial for me and that I like them and that I’m not just making it pretty for the ‘gram. The above picture is something I would have during the weekend when I have time to tediously and delicately place each peach in their row along with the other ingredients.

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What you Will Need

* Coconut Milk (1-2 cups)

* 1 juicy peach

* blueberries (1 cup)

* chia seeds (1 tbsp)

* ground flaxseeds (1 tbsp)

*bee pollen (1 tsp)

*Cacao powder (1 tbsp)

*Peanut Butter (1 tbsp)

*Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus cereal

*1-2 bananas

*spinach (1 cup)

*ICE

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In a blender, Nutribullet, Vitamix etc. etc. add your blending ingredients (milk, bananas, PB, spinach, ice and Cacao powder). Depending on how thick you want the base to be, add 2 bananas and less milk (1 cup instead of 2). Blend to desired thickness.

Add to a bowl and top with your topping ingredients (sliced peaches, granola or healthy cereal, chia seeds, flax seeds, blueberries and bee pollen).

As with anything, you can add any other fruit or other toppings you’d like, but try it this way first and let me know what you think!

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Very similar to the PB Smoothie Bowl, my Cacaoy-Wowie breakfast smoothie that I’ve been having everyday for the past week uses some of the same ingredients and is soooooooo good! I like to mix it up and add a Sun Warrior Vanilla powder instead of cacao (still tweaking that recipe), but this one below is my ultimate go-to.

What you Will Need

* 1 banana

*1-2 cups spinach (I use 2 cups)

*2 tbsp cacao powder

*2 tbsp ground flax seed

*1 tsp chia seeds

*matcha powder

*coconut milk

*bee pollen

*ICE

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I am all about being regular (if you know what I mean), so making sure I go #2 daily (multiple times a day) is very important to me. This smoothie will definitely help you out if you have trouble going to the bathroom. Flax seeds and chia seeds are packed with fiber (and other important nutrients), and so is cacao (and has basically 0 sugar). You can learn more about their health benefits here, here, here and here. (thank you healthambition.com for some great information!)

I also suffer from pretty bad seasonal allergies, so fighting the itchy throat and eyes and the constant sneezing in a natural way is something I value. Bee pollen is a great way to combat the seasonal allergy blues. (you can read more about bee pollen here). Basically this Cacaoy-Wowie smoothie will change your life for the better.

All you need to do is put all of the above listed ingredients into your blender and blend. Then drink and enjoy all of the health benefits this smoothie has to offer. Drink this every morning for a week straight and let me know if you feel the difference in your mood, your gut, your energy and sinuses.

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Sweet Recipe: Oven “fried” Chicken 2.0

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I bet you thought those crispy, juicy chicken legs were fried, didn’t you? Welp, this may either make you sad or extremely happy (hopefully the latter), but it’s actually BAKED. Now, I know you’ve seen plenty of Oven “fried” chicken recipes floating around out there, but mine is so easy to follow and tastes delicious!

What you Will Need

* Italian Style Ian’s (gluten free) panko crumbs (3 cups)

*Red Mill’s Brown Rice Flour (seasoned with paprika and salt and pepper) (2 cups)

*Pasture-Raised Eggs (2)

*3 boneless chicken thighs and 3 drum sticks (legs)

*Grapeseed oil

*EVOO

***Disclaimer: I never say how much seasoning to use as it is a matter of taste. Add as much or as little seasoning as you’d like. Just make sure your meat isn’t bland and dry. We want to have it popping with flavor!

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You’re going to want to rinse off your chicken, squeeze two limes over them (this step is optional) and if you have vinegar let it sit in a bowl filled of water, lime and vinegar to give it a good old Jamaican style cleaning. Pour the liquid out, pat the chicken dry and cover with 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.

Season the chicken with your choice of seasoning: I used Salt for life salt, Salt-free Mrs. Dash table blend, paprika and pepper. You’ll get the best flavor if you are able to let it sit for at least 2 hours to 24 hours in the fridge.

Now we are going to dredge the chicken.To dredge, means to coat an item in flour or breadcrumbs before cooking it. In 3 separate bowls, place your panko crumbs in one, your flour (flavored with paprika, salt and pepper) in one and your eggs (whipped) in another.

Turn your oven on at 425 degrees.

Take your pieces of chicken and do the same with each piece

1. coat the chicken in the egg mixture

2. immediately coat the chicken in the flour mixture

3. re-coat it in the egg mixture

4. and submerge it into the panko crumbs.

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Place your chicken on a baking rack over a baking tray and drizzle the chicken with grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is a great oil to use at high cooking temps, allowing the skin of the chicken to get a good crunchy crisp.

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Place in the oven and let cook for 25-30 minutes. Add more grapeseed oil if you see fit in order to get that perfect crispy skin.

It’s that simple. This is great for a weeknight meal as it takes no more than 45 minutes to make. Serve with a side of Cauliflower Mash or some veggies and you’re good to go!

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Sweet Eats: Over Night Oats

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In the mornings after pressing my alarm 3 or 4 times, there is very little time to prepare breakfast, so (ashamedly) sometimes I rush out of the house without eating breakfast. (my 2016 new year goal/intention is to wake up 30 mins earlier so I’m able to have breakky).

This recipe is a life saver for those type of mornings: no time, no problem. Over night oats are here to save the day!

What you will Need

– Rolled oats

– banana

– coconut milk

– granola (to top)

– blackberries (to top)

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In a mason jar or bowl, combine 1 cup oats and depending on how thick or soupy you want your oatmeal, add your milk. (I added about 1 cup)

Chop your banana (saving half to top) and mix it in with your milk and oats.

Place in the fridge over night.

The next morning your oats should have soaked up the liquid and formed oatmeal as if you cooked it on the stove top!

Top with the rest of your banana slices, blackberries and granola.

This is the most basic of basic recipes for over night oats. You can jazz it up by adding chia seeds, cinnamon, honey etc.

Leave a comment below on your favorite quick breakfast recipe!

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