Healthy Recipes

My Go-to Smoothies

I am obsessed with smoothies and have been for the last few years – especially when I think back to my busy college days. They are easy to whip up, you can sneak vegetables inside without altering the flavor, and they are so satisfying for any sweet tooth. Typically the base of my smoothie is just water, bananas and a leafy green. From there I incorporate a protein powder, vitamins and sometimes a bit of fat from avocado or peanut butter. I usually switch between a chocolate and a green smoothie to keep things interesting, but there are other recipes I try out sometimes too.

So here are 2 smoothies I usually make:

Green Goddess Smoothie

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup of spinach/kale
  • 1/4 cup of mango
  • 2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Powder
  • 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Super Food
  • 1 tbs of chia seeds
  • optional: 1/2 avocado

Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 tbs of cacao powder
  • 2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Powder
  • 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood
  • 1 tbs of chia seeds
  • Either: 1/4 cup of blueberries or 1 tbs of peanut butter

And there you have it! Two smoothies that can be made in advance of right before you run out the door for work. Let me know if you have you own go to recipes that you can’t be without.

Healthy Recipes

15 Minute Cauliflower Gnocchi Dinner

Picture by @awellthygirl

Even if you are only vaguely interested in the wellness world you have definitely seen Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi somewhere on Instagram. This version of gnocchi is popular be cause not only is it made of cauliflower and potatoes instead of potatoes and flour like the traditional gnocchi, it tastes delicious. When I go for a Trader Joe’s run I make sure to grab a packet or two to make a quick and healthy dinner that is done in 15 mins. This version is made with vegan pesto, but you can use any sauce you like. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 packet of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale Pesto
  • a pinch of salt (optional)
  • garlic powder to your personal taste (optional)
  • 6 cherry or grape tomatoes

Here is how to make the Pesto Gnocchi:

  1. Warm up a non-stick pan using a medium-high level of heat
  2. Add in the gnocchi straight from the bag- it tastes better in my opinion when you don’t thaw it out.
  3. Add some salt and garlic to add flavor (optional)
  4. Cook for about 7-10 mins until the pieces are no longer frozen and have a slight golden tint.
  5. Remove from the pan and add pesto to the gnocchi
  6. Halve the tomatoes and saute them for 3-5 mins.
  7. Add the tomatoes to the gnocchi and enjoy!