Vanilla Protein Latte

Vanilla Protein Latte

It’s summer and when I am wanting a cool, refreshing, energy-boosting drink, I opt for my super easy and delicious Vanilla Protein Latte! Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend away until smooth and frothy! Drink up and get that caffeinated protein boost you need on a hot day!

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Protein Power Pancakes

Protein Power Pancakes

These pancakes are an adaptation from Mix & Match Mama’s recipe and I absolutely LOVE it! It is gluten-free, full of flavor and super easy to make! I hope you enjoy!

Protein Power Pancakes

Ingredients:

Directions:

In a bowl, smash up the banana and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Add a splash of oat milk to thin the batter out slightly (you still want it to be somewhat thick but slightly pourable – I added about 2 TB).

Preheat your skillet over medium heat and cook like you would any other pancake. I topped mine with a drizzle of honey and ate them with fresh sliced strawberries. You should get about 3 pancakes with this batter, which you could freeze some or just eat them all in one sitting, like I do 😉

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Iced Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Latte

It is warm here in North Texas and as summer looms, I am cooling down with this lovely iced matcha. It has a hint of sweetness and it is perfect for that afternoon pick-me-up!

Iced Matcha Latte

Ingredients:

1/4 cup boiling water

1 tsp organic matcha powder

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of Himilyian salt (optional)

Raw local honey (use local to you for added allergy-fighting benefits)

Fresh homemade oat milk and coconut milk (or use whatever milk you prefer, but I like mixing oat and coconut)

Directions:

Boil 1/4 cup water. Add the 1 tsp of organic matcha powder to the boiling water and mix well. Into the matcha mixture, add the vanilla powder, cinnamon and pinch of salt (if desired). Mix it well and let it cool for a moment.

In a tall glass, fill it with desired amount of ice (I fill mine up halfway), add fresh oat milk and a large tablespoon of coconut milk and mix. Make sure to not fill it up all the way to the top as you need space to pour over your matcha mixture.

To the iced milk glass, pour over the matcha mixture and enjoy!

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Making your own dairy-free milk is really very easy and quite cheap! All you need is a nut-milk bag and a good blender and you are set! I use these bags and my Vitamix that we invested in from Costco.

So without further ado – here is my homemade oat milk recipe!

Ingredients:

4 cups water

1 cup gluten-free oats

1 organic pitted date (optional but so good!)

Large pinch of Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high powder blender and blend for about 30 seconds (don’t over-blend as it makes the mixture slimy). Pour the blended oat mixture into a nut milk bag or a thin dish towel and squeeze out all the yummy “milk.” Pour the oat milk into a storage container with a lid and keep in the fridge for about 5 days.

*Note: Do not heat as it will thicken and become slimy.

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Lauren’s Grain-Free Matcha Horchata

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 oz water
  • 1/2 tsp organic matcha
  • 1 tsp raw honey (or more – depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Heaping TB of coconut milk (or 1/2 cup – then reduce water to 1/2 cup)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, minus the honey, in a small saucepan and gently warm, mixing/stirring while it warms. Pour the warm liquid into your cup of preference and stir in the honey. Sip and enjoy!

*Reason why I state heaping TB of coconut milk is that I use a very thick coconut milk brand, thus when I get some, it is not a liquid and more of a cream. So I just spoon out a heaping TB into the saucepan and mix it with the water. If your coconut milk is more watery, I would suggest just using that all together. You could also swap the coconut milk with a different dairy-free milk of your choosing, like cashew milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc.

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My Top 4 Favorite Cookbooks

My Top 4 Favorite Cookbooks

I have been battling systemic candida since November 2019. My diet is very strict and doesn’t allow much wiggle room. I have been living a gluten-free lifestyle for many years, however, trying to kill off candida takes more than abstaining from gluten. Since November of 2019, I have also cut dairy, caffeine, sugar (even from fruits), alcohol, and a variety of veggies and grains.

Within the last week, I have been slowly adding in some of the food that was restricted in the beginning stages of the Candida Diet. But, even though it is slowly improving, it is still not gone. I have started transitioning to more of a SCD and leaky-gut diet in order to heal my gut and prevent candida from getting into my bloodstream.

We rarely eat out because of my diet. Thus, I rely greatly on recipes and cookbooks. Here are just four of my top favs that I go to often for dinner recipes that are mostly compliant with my food restrictions:

I LOVE ALL of Danielle Walker’s cookbooks! I have all of them now and reference them often. Her recipes are kid-approved, too! I know that when I pick a recipe from her book, the whole family will enjoy it. Plus, I am able to stick to a gluten-free, dairy-free, SCD diet with the majority of her recipes.

Minimalist Baker is another favorite of mine! I try to eat more plant-based these days, but with my diet, I can’t make many of Dana’s recipes at the moment because of the use of maple syrup, beans, and some grains. However, my kids LOVE her muffin and bread recipes and I love how her cookbook is mostly gluten-free.

I purchased the ebook version of Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook and LOVE it! So many beautiful bowls, smoothies, salads, and vegan options, most of which I can eat with my restricted diet. I love how fresh and colorful all the recipes are and they are so delicious!

If you want to purchase your own Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook ebook or hardcopy, click here and use code LGRECI at checkout.

In addition to these cookbooks, I have a lot of go-to websites where I pull recipes to try. I usually print the recipe, and if my family likes it, I keep it and place it in my recipe binder. If they don’t, in the recycle it goes! I also like printing the recipes because I often forget where I found the recipe and if I made any adjustments, which if I do, I can just pencil it in.

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