Naked Protein Smoothie

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Meet my new best post-workout friend: Naked Nutrition Clean Protein Smoothie, with bananas, strawberries, dates and a ton of protein. Ready for the mad gains! lol

It is the summer and all I want to do is workout, drink my smoothies and get my protein too. So I was so excited to find out about the Naked Pea Protein and Naked Brown Rice Protein (organic & sprouted no less). I highly recommend checking out their bare naked ingredient list (hint: nothing but peas or brown rice!), nutritional info and the amino acid profile. I had been intrigued about pea protein for a while now, particularly in combination with brown rice. Even the bodybulding.com was raving about it here. So when Naked Nutrition offered their samples, I jumped on it. One huge plus for me was that they offer unflavored, pure versions. While I am sure their flavored options are delicious and wholesome, I like the freedom to infuse my own flavors depending on the mood. And even play around with savory options (there is an example at the end of the post).

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Teriyaki Glazed Tofu Steaks

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An incredibly delicious way to enjoy the plant protein powerhouse tofu; glazed with a sweet and zesty homemade teriyaki sauce.

Tofu is a blank canvas that starts you off with a ton of protein. And from there, it will get as tasty as you make it to be. One foolproof way to do it is to take a page from the Asian cuisine, particularly the teriyaki sauce! While it is available in most stores, it is not hard to make it at home. The recipe here may not be the most traditionalist but it has my own quirks and twists. And I absolutely love it. This whole dish, presented with iron cast seared plantains, avocado slices and warm naan bread was a dream lunch for me. As promised on instagram, the recipe for the teriyaki tofu steaks is below:

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Continuous Brew Kombucha

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Meet Angela, my sweet friend, wonderful mom, foodie, artist, martial artist and the keeper of the instagram account @rawmamanature. She showed me how to home brew my latest obsession; kombucha.

While the kombucha itself is nothing new, my love for this wonderful fermented tea beverage grew exponentially this year. I think it is partly because of the fact that Charlotte, NC is home to the best tasting kombucha brand I came to try so far, namely the Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

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Vegan Brownies

Vegan Brownies

There is nothing quite like a good brownie. With the rich chocolate taste on the very forefront, and the satisfying dense form, and with that nutty texture, it is easy to understand the love affair pretty much everyone has with this dessert. And the best part is that they are quite easy to make. Vegan version takes nothing away from it, except the cholesterol. I enjoyed my brownies with… more chocolate just because. And with whipped coconut cream. Incredible! Here is the recipe:

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Watermelon Summer Salad

Watermelon Summer Salad

A refreshing fruity salad with a lot of flavors along with a kick of protein going for it. As simple and fun as summer itself. Basically arugulas, watermelon, crumbled tofu and avocado in a vinaigrette, this salad is a step out of the same old and it is as delicious as it is interesting. Definitely do give it a try. Here is the recipe:

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Caroline’s Chai Concentrate

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This is one of my most favorite recipes and it has been refined and perfected over the years! Be sure to make adjustments based on your preference of spices and sweetness. This will yield two quarts of chai and only takes about twenty minutes total to make! So, are you ready to brew some chai?!

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Vegan Coconut Macaroons

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Coconut macaroons are one of my favorite cookies. Who knew you could just skip the eggs and make a deliciously healthy version with only 5 ingredients and next to no effort! A no compromise vegan, gluten-free cookie, I am hooked. Here is the recipe:

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