Decadent Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie

As late summer breezes shift into early fall winds, you’ll start craving hearty breakfast options. Here’s a seductive morning protein smoothie to warm your senses and nourish your body. Half a frozen banana is blended with creamy nut milks and butters, pure vanilla extract (brain food), fragrant cinnamon, spicy ginger, smoky cardamom, and warming cloves. The Indian Chai spices impart an earthy flavor element when infused with alkalizing hemp protein and fiber-rich flax meal superfoods. Move over Starbucks, this morning pick-me-up is guaranteed to invigorate your palate and feed your body – the healthy way.

Harvest Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Hello Autumn! Quite possibly the perfect flavor profile when the weather starts to cool. This superfood smoothie is blended with warming, earthy, grounding ingredients guaranteed to warm you soul. Organic pumpkin puree is loaded with Vitamin A for glowing skin and healthy eyesight. It is also rich in folate, the bioavailable form of folic acid vital for maintaining a healthy stress response. Pumpkin puree is low in calories, high in fiber, and excellent for maintaining a slim waistline. This recipe balances muscle-building protein and brain-healthy fat satisfy your morning taste buds. Raw walnut halves add much needed essential fatty acids and a hearty flavor. Greek Yogurt (can substitute for homemade goat’s milk kefir) boosts the perfect "tang" to enhance the flavor and deliver gut-healthy probiotics. Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below. It’s so delicious, you wont want Fall to end.

Chocotentment-Mousse

Who knew dessert could be made with brain-healthy superfoods?! This rich and decadent mousse is made from young Thai coconuts (found at Asian markets), raw cacao powder, almond butter, and raw honey. This recipe calls for the meat from one or two young Thai coconuts. Some people are intimidated by the idea of opening coconuts to get the meat . Video link included in recipe notes - it is easier than it sounds, and well worth the minimal effort! The fresh coconut water and delicious meat are amazing treats. The only thing you need is a meat cleaver or a 10-inch heavy kitchen knife to get started. Young Thai coconuts can be found at all Asian markets or most health food stores and come wrapped in plastic. You can use other types of coconut, but the meat is often not as soft. The meat from a young Thai coconut is usually similar to the consistency of tofu, very soft and perfect for use in superfood desserts.

Thyme-Scented Fennel and Leek Soup

A luscious spring soup that's dairy-free, vegan, and can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies. Pumpkin seeds are the super star of this recipe. By lightly toasting and pureeing them, you can create a light but creamy soup with subtle nutty undertones, which everyone can eat. Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc. They benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms as well. This rich and creamy soup is loaded with layers of flavor - also outstanding served chilled, enjoy!!

Ginger Beef, Mushroom And Kale Stir-Fry

Quick and healthy stir fry with a few 'Vibrant Method' modification are a total crowd-pleaser of a dish, and can be ready to go in less than 30 minutes! Substitute soy sauce for gluten free tamari or coconut aminos. Leave out the corn starch or substitute with arrowroot powder. Serve with organic brown rice or quinoa and a generous helping of green-leafy salad.

Warm Mushroom, Edamame & Kale Salad

A super quick, delicious, easy, healthy and filling salad. Edamame beans are high in fiber, ultimately beneficial for your digestion, protein and antioxidants intake. Kale is rich in iron which is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, to help transport oxygen around in the blood, and is also high in fiber. Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable which as vitamin D, which we usually only obtain from the sun or correct form of D3 supplements – great now when it is winter and we don’t get enough sunlight. Mushrooms also boost the immune system and have been researched for cancer prevention and treatments.

Super Liver Juice

This detoxifying juice contains all of the most potent liver cleansing ingredients, and gives your liver a gentle flush and the opportunity to heal itself. There are no side effects, apart from a bit of garlic-breath for a while. However, the grapefruit removes most of the odor. For my weekend "rockstars", this liver cleanse recipe is one of the most incredible hangover cures. It contains everything you would need to cure a night of mixing beer + wine + liquor and that bag of cheetos due to the Vitamin c, Omega 3, Probiotics, and Ginger elements. I would recommend doing this over the weekend, and in the morning. It is particularly effective if you have undertaken some light exercise such as walking or jogging prior to the liver cleanse as this helps to get the toxins moving out of the body and invigorates the lymph system.

Savory Braised Red Cabbage

Poor cabbage has a bad rap and I can’t figure out why. Prepared this way, it’s savory and delicious—a fabulous side dish. Loaded with Vitamins K, C, and B6, red cabbage is superior to pale green cabbage in added nutritional benefits and its robust hearty flavor. The purple anthocyanin pigments lend to dietary antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and disease preventative benefits. Its beneficial for compromised digestive tracts, and good for cardiovascular support. Paired with savory caraway seeds which lend to an aromatic anise-like flavor (think rye bread) and tangy apple cider vinegar, you'll wonder why it took you so long to fall in love with braised cabbage. Excellent veggie dish to compliment red meat or poultry and a side of complex grains like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, or amaranth.

Garlic and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops

Hello my little lamb chops! A romantic dinner perhaps? Quick meal for the over-stressed family? Or much needed source of animal protein, iron and zinc, and Vitamin B12? Consider the lamb chop—delicate, tender, juicy, and easy. Rub with some chopped herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil, let sit for a bit, sear all over on high heat, pop them in the oven and let rest a few minutes, and serve. Easy and delicious, you'll think you just ate dinner at a Mediterranean bistro in the middle of a piazza. Grass-fed lamb is a significant source of omega-3 fats and Conjugated linoleic acid which is associated with reduced inflammation and reduced body fat. Enjoy a lamb dish 3 times a month to support your thyroid and adrenals glands.

Chocolate Sunrise Avocado Smoothie

Avocado in a breakfast smoothie?! Heck Ya! Avocados have nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals and act as a “nutrient booster” by helping your body better absorb nutrients from the other superfood elements in this protein smoothie. Avocados improve overall immunity, muscle development, digestion, metabolism, and cardiovascular, bone and skin health. They are also the ideal substitute for healthy-fat nuts for those with nut sensitivities or allergies. They lend the perfect creamy texture of this ultra-filling morning breakfast shake. Memory-improving mixed berries are crucial to nervous system and brain health. As a low-glycemic superfruit, they are loaded with Vitamin K, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory elements. Raw cocoa is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system. Half a banana yields just the right amount of sweetness without tipping the glycemic impact while providing some Vitamin B6 and potassium. This decadent morning treat will have you thinking you’re eating velvety chocolate pudding for breakfast. Consider this your high protein + high fat sunrise indulgence to kick start your fat-burning metabolism for a vibrant body!

Asian Lemon Ginger Tamari Dressing

The sauce goes great with your favorite sautéed (or raw) veggies and a grain like brown rice or quinoa making it a truly nutritious power meal. The raw ginger, garlic and lemon make this packed with health benefits from detoxification, to reducing bloating, better digestion and increased energy. Using Nama Shoyu's gluten-free tamari is basically like a vegan/soy free soy sauce. You can also opt for liquid coconut aminos. Use toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil for added flavor.

Chimichurri Salad Dressing with Basil and Cilantro

Popular among many Latin and South American countries, Chimichurri is that wonderful, fresh sauce that brightens anything it comes in contact with. Traditionally made with olive oil, lots of fresh parsley, lemon, garlic and shallots, it's most often used as a sauce on grilled meats and fish. Making this salad dressing is SO simple and SO much healthier than store bought alternatives that may contain poor quality oil, preservatives, hidden sugars and food coloring. You don't have to get fancy, a simple splash of olive oil and balsamic will do! But, if you want to experiment, give this salad dressing a try!! You can also use this on top of grilled shrimp and seafood, red meats, and roasted mixed vegetables.