Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana SmoothieThis Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe will make you think it’s a delicious dessert. It’s rich and creamy, but packed full of nutrients.

Bananas are a great source of potassium, but they’re also a great source of complex carbs, and the dates are too. Those complex carbs will help you power through your next workout and the peanut butter slows down the absorption so you get a nice and steady burn.

If you make this smoothie ahead of time, you can take it to work with you for lunch. And if you add a little spinach to it, you won’t taste it but it’ll add extra nutrients and the green hue will keep the refrigerator poachers at bay.

You’ll need to freeze your bananas ahead of time, but be sure to peel them first. It’s not easy to peel a frozen banana…

You can make this peanut butter banana smoothie raw by using fresh ground peanut butter and homemade almond milk.

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Vegan Overnight Oats

Vegan Overnight Oats PinThis raw vegan overnight oats recipe is fast and easy to make, and it works great for busy morning schedules. The hardest part is remembering to prepare it the night before!

Oats are a nutritious way to start your day. According to Dr. Greger, “Oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients that can help prevent buildup in the arteries and maintain arterial function. The fiber in oatmeal binds to cholesterol, resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. In fact, just one serving a day of oats or barley may lower cholesterol.”

Oatmeal is also great for your weight loss goals! “The soluble fiber of oatmeal forms a gel in the stomach, delaying stomach emptying. The oatmeal fiber makes people feel full for a longer period, helping with weight loss. In a double-blinded randomized trial of overweight and obese men and women, almost 90% of the oatmeal-treated subjects reduced their body weight compared to the control group that had no weight loss.”

We like vegan overnight oats because it’s a hearty breakfast that you don’t have to cook in the morning. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings so for us, we can eat it on two different mornings. I don’t recommend keeping it more than two days, though, so you’ll need to finish it quickly.

If you love oats like we do, you might also enjoy our raw Rolled Oats Breakfast recipe.

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Green Protein Shake

Green Protein ShakeIf you can get past the color, this Green Protein Shake is sweet and tasty. It’s filling, but not heavy and it’s great to take on the go.

The leafy greens pack a ton of nutrients, with 25 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber and 125% Vitamin A. You can use just about any kind of greens you want, like collard greens, kale or spinach. This recipe uses collard greens. Amelia prefers frozen greens because they last longer and keep the shake cold.

Make this green protein shake in the morning and take it to work for lunch. You can put it in the refrigerator at work knowing that no one will poach it due to its green hue.

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing PinYou can use this Vegan Ranch Dressing as a salad dressing, or as a dipping sauce for your Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings or fresh veggies. It’s very tasty and versatile.

Regular ranch dressing typically contains mayonnaise, sour cream and Worcestershire Sauce, none of which are vegan. This recipe uses vegan mayonnaise, almond milk and apple cider vinegar to create the same savory flavor without the animal ingredients.

The vegan mayonnaise contains a lot of oil and the recipe as a whole isn’t very nutritious so I wouldn’t consider this a healthy weight loss condiment. But if you’re looking for a vegan ranch dressing or dipping sauce, this one is fantastic!

Vegan Ranch Dressing Instructional Video

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Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings PinThese Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings are simply amazing! Amelia doesn’t like cauliflower, but she loves these and constantly asks me to make them.

The cauliflower absorbs the flavor of the batter and wing sauce, and it has the consistency of chicken so it’s almost like the real thing without bones. The only downside is it takes a bit of time to prepare and one batch doesn’t last too long (because they’re so d**n delicious).

We prefer thicker wing sauce that we found at Whole Foods, but Frank’s Red Hot is what most people are used to so you might prefer that. Frank’s is a little thinner so the cauliflower might be a little soggy if you use too much. You can also thicken it up with 1 tsp of cornstarch.

The Vegan Ranch Dressing is the perfect dipping sauce for these Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings. Prepare the dressing while the wings are cooking.

Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings Instructional Video

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Vegan Alfredo Pasta

Vegan Alfredo Pasta PinThis Vegan Alfredo Pasta has a nice white, creamy alfredo sauce made with cashew cream. With 295 calories and 11 grams of protein per serving, it’s delicious and creamy without any cholesterol. Both your tastebuds and arteries will thank you.

Eat this with some colorful veggies like an Easy Garden Salad or Italian Tomatoes and Mushrooms to balance out the “whiteness” of the sauce and pasta.

We used whole-wheat spaghetti, but this Vegan Alfredo Pasta Sauce would go great with fettuccine or spiral pasta, too. We mixed the sauce and pasta together, but you can serve the sauce over the pasta if you don’t feel like mixing it.

Remember to prepare your Vegan Cashew Cream ahead of time. It takes a couple of hours to soak the cashews.

Vegan Alfredo Pasta

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