Frozen Fruit Smoothie with a Boost: Trying out Plant-Based Protein Powder with Botanica | Review + Recipe

fruit smoothie with Botanica plant-based protein powder

Hands up who wants to up their health game this year? Before you jump to conclusions and think this will be just another blog post about new year resolutions I want to let you in on a little secret: it’s not. This is about rethinking lifestyle choices on an ongoing basis by making incremental changes- such as giving your body a boost with a shot of plant-based protein in a tasty smoothie instead of reaching for that bag of chips, that bag of candy (hello leftover Christmas candy!), or whatever your naughty snack of choice is.
 
One thing we notice in our house is a general lack of energy (in the adults that is, the kids- yeesh can we bottle some of theirs?!). Some days are good, but many are clouded with that not enough sleep/ not enough coffee/ can’t wake up fogginess. I’ve enjoyed Botanica’s products for about a year now (see this post and this post) and we have recently been trying out some of their vanilla Perfect Protein Elevated Protein Powder in smoothies. We opted to try the Adrenal Support blend protein powder in a batch of smoothies as a family and everyone loved them. What I love about this plant-based protein powder is that it’s made with whole-food ingredients (quinoa, vanilla, coconut, brown rice) alongside superfoods recognized to improve/ balance adrenal function (more on those later).
 

Other reasons I love this plant-based protein powder:

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Soy-Free
  • Stevia-Free
  • Organic
  • Sugar-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pesticide-Free
I sometimes find that protein powders can be overpowering when you mix them into drinks- smoothies, shakes, etc- but that wasn’t the case with this one. It only made a slight difference to the flavour and texture, definitely not like others I’ve tried where the taste of the protein powder takes over and you’re left with a thick chalky consistency that isn’t very enjoyable. This powder isn’t lumpy or grainy, making it a subtle (and enjoyable) addition to smoothies.

Give your health a boost by rethinking your lifestyle choices.

Botanica has a few protein powders to choose from, but I wanted to try the Adrenal Support blend because both Will and I are working to restore adrenal function in our bodies. So many of us seem to lack energy and/ or suffer from chronic fatigue and blame it on not enough sleep or not enough coffee (who is else is guilty there??), but these symptoms could also be indicative of other underlying imbalances in our body, such as adrenal fatigue. Lifestyle choices such as diet can have a large impact on how our bodies function and the quality of what we put in our mouths plays an important role.

Smoothies are a simple and convenient way to pack in nutrients!

fruit smoothie with Botanica plant-based protein powder

I like smoothies as a quick and healthy snack or breakfast option and admittedly don’t make them often enough. When I saw how much the kids loved the smoothies we made with Botanica’s protein powder it reminded me how great of an option they really are. Even though at this time of year I’m definitely craving warm comfort food, I know I have to make more of an effort in the colder months, because the effort pays off. See below for the recipe we made + find out more about the adrenal-boosting ingredients in this plant-based protein powder.

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Frozen Fruit Protein Smoothie

fruit smoothie ingredients with Botanica plant-based protein powder

Ingredients

1 scoop of Botanica’s Elevated Protein Powder

2 cups of your favourite frozen fruits/ berries

1 banana (fresh or frozen

1 cup milk or non-dairy beverage of choice

1/2- 1 cup of water (add as needed to reach desired thickness/ consistency)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse to help break up frozen fruit/ berries. Blend until a smooth consistency has been reached (Tip: pour into popsicle molds for healthy popsicles!)

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About Perfect Protein

Botanica Perfect Protein is a fermented and sprouted complete plant protein blend packed with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and fibre. All in light vanilla taste so it’s easy to digest and absorb. Crafted in small batches with just a few simple organic, fair trade ingredients. So good there’s no added sweeteners, not even stevia. Great to add to a smoothie or mixed into milk/ non-dairy beverage. 

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Soy-Free
  • Stevia-Free
  • Organic
  • Sugar-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pesticide-Free

fruit smoothie with Botanica plant-based protein powder

Adrenal- support ingredients

Botanica’s Perfect Protein Elevated Protein Powder is made with whole food ingredients selected for their adrenal- boosting qualities:

  • ashwagandha– an adaptogenic herb to support energy levels and immune function as a whole
  • reishi– increase energy and resistence to stress
  • Vitamin C derived from acerola cherries– used by the body in times of stress

fruit smoothie with Botanica plant-based protein powder

To see what other Botanica products our family has tried check out these posts:

Improving Your Wellness Routine with Botanica Health

Heading Into the Holiday Season with Botanica Health + Recipe

Visit the Botanica website to learn more about Botanica and their variety of products.

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Heading Into the Holiday Season with Botanica Health + Recipe

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

How do you maintain your wellness routine and keep yourself healthy this time of year? I’m excited to be teaming up again with Botanica Health heading into the holiday season with some ideas to help you stay calm and relaxed while enjoying something warm to unwind with at the end of the day. We all know eggnog is a hit this time of year, but if you’re looking for something warm and not loaded with sugar I’ve got two ideas you might want to try (plus a recipe!).

Botanica Health has just released two new products in time for those evenings you want to stay cozy indoors (or go for a Winter walk), and unwind at the end of the day: Reishi Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Turmeric Golden Mylk. Both are modern takes on traditional beverages (reishi mushrooms are believed to help the body relax and support a healthy stress response, while turmeric is a popular ingredient in ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties). With the added decadence of chocolate, they’re the perfect drink for when you want to enjoy something warm and comforting without being loaded with sugar and artificial additives (bonus points for actually being good for you!).

Made in small batches and free from artificial ingredients and fillers both the Reishi Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Turmeric Golden Mylk are vegan, certified organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, stevia-free, and non-GMO. 

The Reishi Hot Chocolate is my favourite  of the two, and I decided to give it a try in a recipe: reishi chocolate chia pudding, a new take on this chia parfait recipe. I like that chia pudding is a tasty, healthy snack full of nutrients and how simple it is to make. Whether you enjoy the Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix to make a warm drink on a cold day, or to add into a snack like this one, it’s a refreshing option worth a try. See below for the recipe!

Reishi Hot Chocolate Chia Pudding

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

Ingredients

2 cups milk (regular, coconut, or pick your favourite)

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 tbsp Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Vanilla Greek yogurt (optional)

Cinnamon or cocoa nibs for garnish

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

Directions

1. In a jug, mix the Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix until combined, followed by the chia seeds

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2.Cover for half an hour or overnight 

3.When ready, pour the chia seed mix into mason jars and top with cinnamon or cocoa nib shavings

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4.For an extra dose of protein, layer the chocolate chia pudding with Greek yogurt

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

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More Info

Reishi Hot Chocolate

  • 1500mg of Reishi per serving, which is considered a therapeutic dosage (what you would get if you were to take a capsule or tincture of Reishi mushroom)
  • the whole mushroom is used (mycelium and fruiting body) to capture all the benefits of the mushroom
  • sourced from the Pacific Northwest of the USA
  • tested for herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals to ensure purity
  • sweetened with dates and monk fruit as natural sweeteners (no added sugars)

Chocolate Turmeric Golden Mylk

  • 1000mg of Turmeric per serving
  • made with the same quality ingredients as the original Turmeric Golden Mylk, but with the added decadence of chocolate
  • sweetened with dates and monk fruit as natural sweeteners (no added sugars)

Check out my other post with Botanica Health here!

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 Available in health food stores and on Amazon
 
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Roast Potato Soup Recipe: Comfort Food Season is Here!

roast potato soup recipe

If you’re looking for something tasty to enjoy on a cool Fall day, this roast potato soup is the perfect comfort food to cozy up with.

We all love a good soup to warm us up when it’s cold outside, don’t we? I’m not even going to pretend that this is a light, low-fat, etc meal idea. But it’s delicious and simple to make, with just a few simple ingredients.

This recipe is comfort food through and through, but hey, we all have to indulge a little, don’t we?

I originally shared this recipe on the La-Z Boy Lifestyle Meets Comfort blog, but after a request from a friend, I’m sharing it here as well. I owe my brother for sharing this recipe with me and ever since I first tried it I knew it would be one I made again and again and again. It’s a crowd pleaser, promise.

The next time you’re in the mood to make soup, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

roast potato soup recipe

Ingredients

5- 6 large potatoes, washed and cut into large chunks (peeling optional based on preference)

3 medium white onions, sliced thin

½ cup butter + 2- 3 tbsp

3 tbsp olive oil

½ bulb garlic, peeled and minced

6 cups whole milk (+ 1- 2 cups more to achieve desired consistency and flavour)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped bacon to garnish

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl toss potato chunks in olive oil until evenly coated.

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2) In an oven- safe dish, spread potato chunks evenly in one layer. Bake in oven for 40- 45 minutes, until golden brown.

3) While potatoes are roasting, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Melt ½ cup of butter and reduce heat to low. Add the onion slices and minced garlic and toss in the melted butter.

4) Caramelize until the onions are golden brown and remove from heat.

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5) Remove potatoes from oven and mash to an even consistency (they do not have to be completely free of lumps).

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6) In a large pot, warm milk over medium heat and add potatoes, onion, and garlic. Stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

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7) Remove half of the soup and pour into a blender; pulse until it has reached a smooth consistency. If you prefer a smooth soup, repeat this step with the remaining half of soup.

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8) Add all of the roast potato soup back into the large pot and place over medium heat and allow to simmer for 5- 10 minutes. Taste test and add more butter and/ or salt and pepper for flavour.

9) Finally, garnish the roast potato soup with chopped bacon bits for garnish and serve immediately, or allow to cool completely and reheat portions as desired.

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What are your favourite comfort food recipes?

If you try this recipe I’d love to hear what you think! For more great recipe ideas, check out the blog’s Recipes Page.

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This roast potato soup recipe is comfort food through and through and oh so delicious!

  

Easy Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

gluten free apple crumble recipe

Comfort food season is right around the corner and what’s better on cozy evenings than a plate of warm, yummy apple crumble? Top with some vanilla ice cream for extra decadence… yummmmm. A friend brought one over a few weeks ago and when a neighbor gave us some apples from her tree I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them. Gluten-free crumbles are an easy way to combine all the goodness of a pie without having to fret over perfecting the crust (something I’m trying to find a good gluten-free recipe for).  View Post

Ombre Eggnog Mocktail

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If you love eggnog, this mocktail is for you! I’ve been playing around with my milk frother for hot and cold drinks (it’s great for topping coffee) and I’ve been wanting to create a yummy drink that’s perfect for holiday parties. I didn’t add alcohol to mine, but you definitely could for a spiked version. These ombre eggnog mocktails get their colour from a natural food colouring, and the layers on top come from frothed milk (when frothed it will sit on top of the eggnog rather than mixing in) and whipped cream. Top with some cute sprinkles or crushed candy canes and add a pretty swizzle stick or party straw for a fun drink for your holiday parties. Cheers friends!

Ingredients (per drink)

1 cup eggnog (for a spiked version swap in Irish cream or add some rum to the eggnog) 😉

1/2 cup milk

Natural food colouring (I love this one by b’Lure)*

Toppings:

Sprinkles (we love the cute ones from Dainty Sprinkle Co– theses are their Whoville Mix)

Crushed peppermints

Marshmallows

Whipped cream

*Read more about this natural food colouring following the recipe

Directions

1.(If you prefer a chilled drink skip this step). Pour the eggnog into the milk frother and press the heat/ froth button. Once ready, pour into serving glass and repeat to make the desired amount of drinks (tip: this would also make a cute shot- style drink). Add a few drops of food colouring and blend until desired colour is reached (I used about 5- 6 drops of the b’Lure flower extract per drink).

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ombre eggnog mocktail recipe with Keurig milk frother

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2.Rinse out the frother and remove any eggnog residue and repeat the frothing step with the milk. Pour the frothed milk on top of each drink.

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3.Top your mocktail with your favourite toppings and add a party straw + candy cane or swizzle stick for a fun finishing touch. 

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About the natural food colouring I used for this recipe:

A friend recommended the b’Lure food colouring while we were shopping in a health food store about a month ago and I was excited to try it out (note: this post is not sponsored and I wasn’t provided this product in exchange for having it be included; it’s a genuine recommendation I’m sharing with readers in hopes it will be something they’re interested in trying themselves). I’m always looking to try natural options and have been having fun experimenting with this flower extract for the past month. I’ve been adding it to cocktails and drinks so far, and will be testing it out in holiday baking this year as well. If you’re looking for a natural blue/ green food colouring, this is a great option. When you see all the pretty photos on Instagram and Pinterest with a green/ blue colour, this is likely what has been used. Here’s some info about it:

-made with 100% natural flower extract from the Butterfly Pea Flower to give a bright blue colour

-has a light sweet flavour, but won’t overpower the flavours you want to taste

– more acidity in the drink/ recipe = a more purple colour

-great for cocktails, frosting/ icing, baking, desserts, and other cooking/ baking 

-0% alcohol

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