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The Perfect Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe

This post contains a recipe for the perfect superfood hot chocolate!

There’s something about the holiday season that makes you want to snuggle up with a warm cup of chocolate goodness! This superfood hot chocolate recipe will not disappoint.

Most store-bought hot chocolate mixes are rife with processed sugar and other ingredients that are added for shelf stability.  So, you probably experience a sugar rush followed by a crash after indulging in one of these (not to mention you increase the inflammation in your body).

The cool thing about a superfood drink is that you don’t sacrifice flavor but you increase the health benefits tenfold. Sign. Me. Up!  I also personally feel like the flavors are way more complex, interesting and satisfying.

I have made this drink many different ways with many different add ins,  but consider this recipe a great foundation for the superfood hot chocolate of your dreams.

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Perfect Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe

-1 tbsp Cacao Elixir (mood enhancing, overal vitality, exercise recovery)

-1/4 tsp Cordyceps Mushroom Powder (increased bodily oxygenation, athletic performance)

-1/4 tsp Chaga Mushroom Powder (grounding energy, gentle detox, immunity)

-2 cups plant based milk (almond, coconut, oat, hemp, cashew, etc. will do!)

*Optional add-in for various applications:

-5 drops liquid monk fruit sweetener

-1 tsp Spirit Tonic (for nighttime + relaxation)

-1 tsp MCT oil (for added flavor + healthy fats + sustained energy)

-2 capsules of Collagen (for protein + aided recovery)

-1 tsp Chi Tonic (for a morning boost of energy)

-1 tsp Love Tonic (for ladies; this blend nourishes the feminine)

-1/4 tsp Reishi Mushroom Powder (for resisting stress)

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Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend + Collagen Beauty Greens Review

This post is my Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend + Collagen Beauty Greens Review.

Vital Proteins Review

This is the 2nd review I’ve done on Vital Proteins collagen products! My first time experiencing this brand, I used their Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen. Both of those products are featured in this previous post.

First, here is a wee little backstory on my approach to eating and how I see collagen as a valuable addition: I am a huge an advocate for plants, as I see them as the some of the most nutrient dense forms of food we can possibly consume. That said, I have DEFINITELY found success and benefits from implementing a few supplements strategically (like Vital Proteins Collagen).

When taking their collagen regularly, I find that I recover faster from grueling, heavy crossfit workouts, my hair + skin + nails are tougher. In addition, I generally have a better feeling of strength and vitality. This makes sense, as collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body. It’s the building block that helps the body rebuild and restore.

Furthermore, I’ve known that I love Vital Protein’s Collagen Peptides (derived from grass-fed, pasture raised beef) and Marine Collagen (derived from wild caught red snapper), but I had yet to experience their other products. Enter: the Collagen Veggie Blend and the Collagen Beauty Greens.

Collagen Veggie Blend

About:

A nutrient-packed blend that combines the benefits of collagen with nutrient-rich, whole organic veggies & fruits.

  • Vitamin-dense: 11 USDA organic whole vegetables and fruits provide a healthy dose of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Versatile: Paleo friendly, AIP Approved, Whole30 Approved
  • Easy to use: Can be used in sauces, smoothies, soups, and more

Ingredients:

Organic Carrot, Organic Kale, Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Blueberry, Organic Strawberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Lemon, Organic Acerola Cherry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Broccoli, Organic Spinach, Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides

Collagen Beauty Greens

About:

Vital Proteins’ Collagen Beauty Greens is a blend of Non-GMO Marine Collagen Peptides, organic greens, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics. All of these ingredients work synergistically to deliver beauty from within for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

  • Beneficial: Improves skin moisture, smoothness, and tone
  • Nourishing: All-natural organic greens offer vitamins and minerals including a daily serving of Vitamin A
  • Whole30 Approved: Delivers vital nutrients to the body

Ingredients:

Marine Collagen (Snapper), Organic Wheat Grass, Coconut Water Powder, Organic Alfalfa Leaf, Organic Kale, Organic Barley Grass, Vanilla Bean Powder, Organic Spinach

My Vital Proteins Review:

I see the Collagen Veggie Blend and Collagen Greens as different from Vital Proteins’s other products. These boast the benefits of superfoods AND collagen. They are extra power packed and are ideal for me for after a workout, especially when I’m looking to replenish my glycogen stores. These products also help me alkalize and keep my energy level bumping.

I truly use both of them interchangeably in my post workout shake. There are SO many different ways you can use these products, but I tend to default to simplicity. I love that the collagen beauty greens contain really nutrient-dense, detoxifying greens like wheatgrass, alfalfa leaf, barley grass and spinach.

Alternatively, the Collagen Veggie blend in my eyes verges on a more restorative, nourishing note. For instance, just check out that sweet ingredient list. Frankly, I know I’m not getting enough of those awesome ingredients everyday like butternut squash, carrot, blackberry, acerola cherry and broccoli. Just to name a few!

Final Thoughts

In summary, both of these rad products get my stamp of approval. If you’ve tried Vital Proteins products before but are curious about these two, go get em!

To be frank, they’re more of a well rounded snack or meal replacement, rather that just a source of protein.

Life Equals Ambassadorship + Discount Code!

When I first moved to Kansas City, I linked up with the owners of Life Equals and did a blog review on a few of their products at the time–not knowing that a few years down the road I would be a Balance Your Life Team Member (demo girl) and Ambassador!

So here I am, a few years later, revisiting this local brand and the new stuff they’ve got going!

This brand is taking care of my daily needs in various ways. Nutrition on-the-go? Check. Brain-boosting and recovery enhancing fish oil? Check. A women’s multi that keeps me healthy and beaming? Checkity check check check. They value quality and an overall state of BUMPIN vitality. I so dig the lifestyle they promote.

Curious about more product-specific deets? Check out the breakdowns below.

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

These are the Life Equals products I’m currently using:

Balance: The Superfood Shot

About:

Balance is two ounces of delicious, 100% organic pineapple, lemon, carrot, beet, cranberry, blueberry, cherry, spinach, kale, acai berry, camu camu, goji berry, elderberry and dragon fruit (with a little turmeric thrown in). This convenient, recyclable bottle is a half day’s fruits and vegetables that goes anywhere you are and provides you with all of the missing nutrients your body craves and deserves.

-Provides 1/2 your day’s fruits & veggies.

-100% Organic and Non-GMO

-No Added Sugar & No Preservatives.

-Goes Anywhere

-Nutrient Dense & Antioxidant Rich

Women’s Multi

About:

-Whole-food based vitamins and minerals to help fill daily nutritional gaps

-Superfood whole-food and Herbal Blend further promotes maximum absorption

-Plant-based Digestive Enzyme Complex to support happy digestion

-Full B-Complex, including vitamin B12 to maintain daily energy levels

-Non-constipating iron to boost energy and help prevent anemia

Omega-3

About:

-Sustainably sourced wild-caught Omega-3s (2000mg) per serving

-Powerful 2:1 ratio of EPA (800mg) and DHA (400mg)

-Protects inflammation caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD)

-Cold-pressed and enteric coated — so no fish burps

-Supports a healthy heart, limber joints and a sharp mind

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

 

 

Mushroom + Cacao Coffee Recipe (+Ketogenic Friendly)

Freaked out by the idea of eating/drinking mushrooms? I’m here to help you get over that! This Mushroom + Cacao Coffee Recipe is just as delicious as it is restorative.

Why ‘Shrooms?

(no psychadelic effects in this drank, folks)

Various mushroom varieties (chaga, reishi, cordyceps, lion’s mane) can offer you all kinds of brain boosting + mental focus perks. Besides, it adds a wonderful rich + earthy full spectrum flavor to the back side your big gulps of coffee.

Mushrooms are classified as adaptogens, which essentially means that they help boost your immunity and make your body more resilient to stress. If you think about it, mushrooms grow in harsh and precarious environments. In my mind, it’s like we are taking on those robust + tough characteristics when we consume them.

Why Cacao Powder?

It’s the base of our beloved chocolate! Unlike the processed chocolate bars you’ll find in most store, raw cacao powder is an antioxidant powerhouse. Cacao will provide you with energy (without all the sugar), mood stabilization and even help you curb your cravings + satisfy that sweet tooth.

Why Cacao Butter?

When combined with a fat, the caffeine in coffee becomes more steadily absorbed and provides you with a sustained, gradual increase in focus, versus experiencing a jittery feeling from coffee consumption.

I like that Cacao Butter utilizes the fatty part of the cacao pod + that it’s vegan! You could also opt for a coconut-derived oil.

I don’t need to ask Why Coffee…

Coffee is the universe. Okay, but seriously, I probably don’t need to talk anyone into drinking coffee.

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Recipe:

-Your favorite mug. A mug that makes you happy.

-1 flat Tbsp mushroom powder of your choice (I make a blend of Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Chaga and keep it in a jar on the counter)

-2 flat Tbsp cacao powder

-1 heaping Tbsp of cacao butter pieces (it comes in solid chunks at room temperature!)

-Fill up your cup the rest of the way with freshly brewed coffee. (code feelmoregooder to save 20%!)

*Looking for a caffeine free alternative? Add hot water instead of coffee.

Optional: 2 drops of liquid stevia or 1 teaspoon of powdered stevia

Tips:

You could blend it all together in a Nutribullet, but I normally have no problem just using a spoon. It’s normal for the fat to rise to the top.

ENJOY THIS CUP OF DECADENCE!

Amazing Grass Greens Holiday Immunity Boost Review

This is a review of Amazing Grass’s Greens powders that are ideal for boosting your immunity over the holidays.

Amazing Grass Immunity Boosters

During this time of year, isn’t it funny how even the healthiest of us may get the sniffles or feel a little under the weather at times? It’s frustrating to get sick. Luckily, there’s a whole lot in your hands as far as what you can do to prepare.

Enter: Amazing Grass.

This wonderful, quality-focused brand has been on my radar & blogging atmosphere for several years now–& for good reason. They produce organic, raw, nutrient-packed green superfoods that are pure, nourishing and very convenient to add to a shaker bottle or blend into a smoothie (just a few of the uses!).

The coolest thing about using these products to help boost that holiday (well, all-year round, really!) immunity is that they are so practical for everyday use. Just one serving a day can give you a sufficient boost to keep your nutrient intake high to fend off sickness & to avoid that winter fog that can come over too many instances of indulgence.

Most of these products are available to purchase in so many local health food stores and can also be found online. They make it really easy for you to reap the benefits.

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Here’s a little run down on two of their biggest immunity-targeting blends:

Green SuperFood Tangerine Immunity Defense – consists of six potent ingredients, each individually known for having immunity support benefits, including Organic Proprietary Mushroom Blend, Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Elderberry, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Astragalus and Andrographis.

  • The Vitamin C comes from ascorbic acid and Acerola Cherry Extract. 1000mg of Vitamin C is the same amount found in one serving of Emergen-C. The Vitamin C level in Immunity Tangerine is also equivalent to the amount in approximately 40 whole tangerines.

Green SuperFood Alkalize & Detox – specifically designed to simultaneously help the body achieve ideal pH levels while ridding it of toxins to allow for optimal function and organ restoration.

  • Containing over 20 different alkalizing and detoxifying agents including beet root, parsley, turmeric and apple pectin, each ingredient in Alkalize & Detox is specifically formulated to alkalize by bringing the body to a more natural pH balance, while simultaneously detoxing by cleansing tissues of toxins and pollutants.

Looking for that supplement that can give you that extra pep in your step? Check out Amazing Grass. Here’s how you can find them:

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