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5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowl {paleo + dairy free}

Happy Friday friends! There’s something about a Friday that makes me wanna make something fancy in the kitchen and celebrate the start of the weekend. Which is why I decided that today is the day for these wholesome and delicious 5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowls!

This 5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowl is packed with cherries, blueberries, banana, frozen cauliflower and collagen powder for all the glow from the inside out goodness you need!

This 5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowl is packed with cherries, blueberries, banana, frozen cauliflower and collagen powder for all the glow from the inside out goodness you need!
 
They are loaded UP with all the antioxidant rich ingredients to fuel whatever activities you have planned for the weekend.

I hadn’t really gotten on the smoothie bowl train yet (I know I know… what have I been doing with my life?!), until after I started kicking my exercise routine up a notch over the last couple of weeks with the help of this awesome app called aaptiv. Have you guys tried it? It’s pretty life changing! It’s like having a personal trainer with you throughout your whole workout, with music that’s timed to the intensity of the run/strength train/yoga sesh. I’m not usually the most motivated runner – okay honestly I’ve NEVER even so much as liked running, but I have gone on TWELVE runs in the last two weeks!

Not like I’m counting or anything…

I might kinda feel like a rockstar?

I just never thought I would feel the way I do about running. Which says a lot for their program.

If you’ve been looking for something to turbo charge your at home or gym workout routine I would definitely recommend checking it out! There’s something about getting your body in motion that feels so GOOD. 

So one thing that I’ve been trying to focus on in addition to getting my sweat on is fueling my body with the right stuff after the working out is done. 

It’s a pretty important piece of the puzzle, right?

I made this smoothie base a couple of times post workout and it turned out so luscious and creamy. I was IN LOVE. And since it was on the thicker side I thought; let’s just go ahead and make this love official and turn it into a smoothie bowl.

Smoothie bowl = a smoothie that’s all grown up and has it’s life figured out. 

This bowl knows how to get you glowing from the inside out, and in only 5 minutes!

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everything (but the) bagel sheet pan eggs with smoked salmon {gluten free + paleo option}

Are you guys ready for some delicious and easy grain free breakfast inspiration?! Meet these everything (but the) bagel sheet pan eggs with smoked salmon!

Everything (but the) bagel sheet pan eggs with smoked salmon are a super easy and healthy way to set yourself up for weekday breakfast success! Also the best possible way to indulge in your love of everything bagels WITHOUT eating a bagel.
 
Also known as my favorite way to indulge in my love of everything bagels WITHOUT eating a bagel.

Because Nyssa + gluten = do not play well together.

But I do miss everything bagels! They were always my first pick at the bagel shop or alongside my brunch plate. And I know there’s a whole camp of us everything bagel loving friends out there!

I had been seeing various blogger friends and real life friends sprinkling Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel spice on ALL THE THINGS on instagram and I’m not sure whyyy it took me so long to get on that train but I’ll tell you – I’m never buying a ticket back.

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rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp {paleo}

Ohh hey nice weather! I’m looking at YOU! The sun is here (hopefully to stay!), summer is just around the corner, and we’re eating alllll the crunchy, spicy, SUPER HEALTHY rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp.

Ya with me?!

Rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp! Layers of tangled crunchy veggies, perfectly pan seared shrimp, spicy mayo, all tucked inside some SUPER HEALTHY collard green wraps!

Rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp! Layers of tangled crunchy veggies, perfectly pan seared shrimp, spicy mayo, all tucked inside some SUPER HEALTHY collard green wraps!
 
Tangled crunchy veggies. Perfectly pan seared shrimp. Spicy mayo, avocado, or both! A salty and slightly tangy dipping sauce to go with it. Yes yes and yes.

Every time I eat collard green wraps I always feel this major blast from the past – memories of collard wraps filled with greens and sliced fresh veggies, salads, cashew “cheese”, sprouted seed crackers and a dehydrator running 24/7 in our little apartment run through my head.

You see, shortly after starting college I started eating a vegetarian diet, which quickly transitioned to eating vegan, which then led me down the exploratory path of eating a 100% raw vegan diet. It lasted just shy of a month, after which I realized it wasn’t exaaactly the right fit for me. I found my energy levels to be majorly lacking and after eating an enormous meal, I still didn’t feel satisfied or full. Not good things!

But since every experience gives us the opportunity to learn something about ourselves or the world we live in, I did gain some really valuable skills in preparing and incorporating raw foods into my every day eating habits. And it also taught me the priceless lesson to listen to my body’s signals for what works for, and what works against my health. It was shortly after this little venture into raw foodism that I did a complete 180 and started consuming meat and animal products again, but this time with more intention. Choosing pastured and organic animal products, knowing where they came from, how they were processed and how MUCH of them I was eating.

And of course my journey toward optimal health was not over at that point – and I don’t think it ever will be. Our bodies are constantly changing, requiring new types of attention and nourishment + we are always within that feedback loop of taking care of ourselves the best way we know how, reading the information our bodies send back to us and adjusting as we go. It’s kind of a really cool thing if you tune into it.

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