Vegan Eggnog Smoothie

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Breakfast decisions are difficult for me because I want it all. My go-to is oatmeal or granola, but when I’m trying to pack in some more nutrition (or eat light before workout), I make smoothies. Usually, they’re pretty boring: frozen bananas, frozen berries, flax, protein powder, cinnamon and kale (of course).

 

But when Vega sent me their new Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake, I decided it was time to change it up. I’ve made vegan eggnog before, but I had never thought to add protein powder to it and make it a full meal. I’ve been a longtime fan of Vega, but their new Vega One vanilla shake is amazing; not only does it taste better (think more of a smooth flavor, less of the typical protein powder grittiness), but it has more protein, greens, vitamins and minerals. It is still 100% made from real, whole foods without anything artificial. Eggnog for breakfast? Yes.
 

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Coconut Milk Creamsicles

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It’s full out wedding season and I went to Long Island this weekend for my good friend’s bridal shower. I was responsible for the drinks, so I picked up a case of wine, a case of champagne and orange juice for mimosas. Mimosas are a drink I’ve never really thought much about – I’m not a big juice or champagne person, but for some reason this weekend they were perfect.

 

The fresh orange juice in the mimosas made me crave more, so my sister and I made these vegan creamsicles with coconut milk and orange juice. Milk and citrus is always a weird thing at first, but using coconut milk – as opposed to dairy – makes it a bit less strange and ultimately delicious. We opted to go the pretty (versus practical) route and freeze individual layers, but this takes some time and makes the creamsicles more likely to break apart at the “fault” lines. An alternative (not pictured) would be to simply mix the coconut milk and orange juice and freeze together.

 

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Nutella Smoothie

Nutella Smoothie | ourfourforks.com

I had my first big blogger fail this weekend. I set out to make coconut quinoa granola with cooked quinoa and it didn’t work. It ended up tasting  good, but didn’t get crunchy (despite being baked for over an hour)  and completely fell apart in milk. Josh and I ate it as our second breakfast this morning, so all was not lost.

 

After a day trip to Gloucester, Josh and I came home wanting a sweet snack – a Sunday afternoon boost.  A healthy milkshake for a 60 degree (!) day. This nutella smoothie was the answer. Made with a frozen banana, this smoothie is vegan but tastes rich, thick and creamy. The roasted hazelnuts paired with the cocoa powder give it a nutella flavor that is reminiscent of healthy nutella in a refreshing smoothie form. The cacao nibs, while optional, add a fun crunch. Cheers to more warm, healthy Sundays.

 

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Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry | ourfourforks.com

One of the challenges of having a full-time job is figuring out what to bring for damn lunch. Lunch! Lunch has always been my least favorite meal. I never know what I want. I’m not much of a sandwich person and I get really sick of salads. Mostly because I tend to be lazy in my dressing choice, which ends up being balsamic vinegar  (too much) and some olive oil. Recently, I’ve been trying to make a big batch of something on Sunday that makes for really good leftovers: a one stop shop for the work week lunch. Last week, this Thai Green Curry was my solution. It’s simple, healthy, satisfying and extremely forgiving. Add any vegetables you have on hand, throw in a protein (chicken, shrimp, tofu, tempeh, etc.), maybe some rice or quinoa and you’re good to go. Lunch for the week: done.

 

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Healthy Nutella

Healthy Nutella

Healthy nutella – sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, until Josh and I made a homemade version after our long run this weekend . Made with roasted hazelnuts, soaked dates, cocoa powder, and coconut milk this spread is simple and satisfying. Already a new staple in our house.

 

After taking a winter hiatus from any real training (too cold, too icy, too dark… reasonable excuses), Josh and I are back, running our usual Sunday route along South Boston Harbor Walk. This weekend was sunny and windless; for the first time in months I was happy to be outside. With harder training comes the glorious need for more food and this healthy nutella is the ideal post-workout fuel (or snack, dessert, or… breakfast).

 

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