ProteinPancakes

The perfect post holiday healthy breakfast the whole family will enjoy!

Everyone loves pancakes but let’s face it, pancakes don’t always love us. Loaded with a ton of sugar and starch leaving our brains mushy and a sugar crash to go with it, they are hard to digest and are about as good for us as eating a half dozen donuts. So we decided to change that and make a breakfast favorite still taste amazing but better for you. Thus…The Beaming Pancake was born. By adding our Superfood plant based protein powder to any mix and replacing dairy milk for a nut milk and vegetable oil for coconut oil, you turn a breakfast sugar bomb into a breakfast favorite that kids will love and thrive on all day.

How to make our favorite Superfood Protein Pancakes – it’s so easy!

  • Start with a gluten free pancake mix or whole grain mix. Red Mill has a good gluten free option and there are many other great options now too. Kids (and adults) without gluten sensitivity love Trader Joes Multi-grain pancake mix as well.
  • Replace the oil with coconut oil (better for the brain, heart and joints – vegetable oils are ideally avoided all the time).
  • Replace the dairy milk with almond milk – this is of course optional, but we always promote almond milk over cow’smilk to achieve optimal digestion and reduce phlegm& inflammation that effects brain power. If you choose to use dairy milk, try raw milk for the purist milk with good enzymes. Note: Add about 2-3 T of extra milk as needed for the addition of plant based protein powder.
  • Add 2-4T of Beaming Protein (with or without greens) to the mix, which will add 8-16g of plant protein and superfoods to achieve super results.

Blend well per the instructions. Serve and enjoy! Or, make them extra special with the ideas below.

Ideas for making your pancakes even yummier:

  •  Add chocolate chips to the mix
  • For extra flavor, slice thin banana slices on one side of the pancakes while they are cooking
  • Add blueberries to the mix
  •  Whip cream on top is of course is always a treat topped with berries
  • Add a fresh, pure maple syrup

In addition to Beaming Protein being great in smoothies and pancakes, it’s great to add to any baked goods recipe. It’s the perfect way to amp up your protein and nutrition while adding a slightly nutty sweet flavor making any baked good taste even better and better for you.

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Blue’s Blissful Superfood Smoothie

Tis the season for over indulging, long to-do lists and likely not enough time to keep your healthy habits balanced.  All the more reason having a smoothie meal replacement helps to minimize over-snacking and over-everything while keeping you energized, alkalized, hydrated and feeling refreshed for the festivities of the season. Smoothie meals are especially great when maybe the workout of the day didn’t quite work out due to the overwhelm of your to do lists.

Below is a high energizing smoothie full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, electrolytes and fat (the good fat of course that keeps you satiated) that is simple to make and delicious.   Blend away and enjoy – perhaps once a day for lunch or post workout?!

YOUR HOLIDAY SURVIVAL SMOOTHIE
  • 1 cup Beaming sprouted almond milk (available at all cafes) or freshly made almond milk or boxed (see below for recipe to make your own)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/8 ripe avocado (an amazing fat to help you burn fat and balance blood sugar levels)
  • 1/4 cup organic blueberries (antioxidants galore helping to keep you from getting sick during the holidays)
  • 2 cups organic spinach (protein and fiber rich)
  • 1 medjool date (pitted)  (optional – keep low glycemic without date)
  • 2 teaspoons Beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 2 tablespoons Beaming Organic Raw Plant Based Superfood Protein Blend with Greens
  • 1/2-1 cup ice (depending on how cold and thick you want it)

OPTIONAL TOPPER:

  • cacao nibs, goji berries and/or coconut shreds for sprinkling on top

SIMPLE HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK RECIPE:

  • 1-2 T of organic raw almond butter mixed with 1 cup of water, a tad of sea salt, a little vanilla and cinnamon if desired.  Blend away.  Its that easy.

Directions

Blend all ingredients except the TOPPER in mixer until smooth. Sprinkle all or one of the toppers on top if desired.

Most importantly, enjoy and happy holidays!

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Recipe: Holiday Persimmon Smoothie

This seasonal favorite is one for the recipe books so we thought we’d share our coveted recipe with you to blend at home.

3/4 cup almond milk (homemade or boxed organic)

1/2 cup organic coconut water

1 T coconut flakes or coconut butter

1 T goji berries

1 tsp maca (optional)

1 small persimmon or 3/4 of med / large

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp yacon (optional)

1 T of Beaming Superfood Plant Protein

1 T almond butter

3/4-1 cup ice

Blend together until smooth. Garnish with a sprinkle of goji berries!
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Crazy for coconuts!

with Meredith Baird, Culinary Creative and author of Coconut Kitchen

Eating a healthy diet means consuming foods that improve your overall wellness and sense of well-being- and of course, taste amazing. The coconut is one of the most healing, flavorful, and versatile foods found in nature. Despite its medicinal uses and culinary versatility, the coconut has suffered from a bad reputation and has gone in and out of acceptance. Fortunately, due to ongoing research and documentation, some of what was once considered a negative is now understood as a positive. As with most things, all products are not created equally. Hydrogenated or fractionated coconut oils are not the same as pure, pressed virgin coconut oil. Canned coconut milk with stabilizers is not the same as homemade coconut milk. Coconut water from a pasteurized can with sugar added is not the same as fresh coconut water. When choosing foods for their flavor and health benefit, you must consider the source and the production process. Always seek high quality.

Coconut oil is one of the first oils historically to be used as both food and medicine. Traditional medicine and Ayurvedic literature have recognized both the nutritional and culinary value of the coconut for centuries.The coconut is classified as a “functional food” because its benefits extend well beyond its nutritional data. Due to the coconut’s potent antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, it can be used to treat an endless amount of illnesses and ailments with extreme efficacy. It is a superfood indeed.

Saturated fat was put on the list of foods to avoid because of its link to an increased risk of heart disease and high blood cholesterol levels. Coconut oil was unfairly implicated as it is a purely saturated fat. However, the coconut oil that was used in these studies was far from pure. We now know that not all saturated fats are created equally nor are they all as harmful as they were once considered to be.

Fats are divided into three categories: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. Within these categories there is much variation, and one fat type cannot be labeled as completely healthy or unhealthy. In typical Western diets, we are encouraged to eat a diet higher in polyunsaturated fats; these fats are considered healthy and include most plant-based oils like olive, nut, and seed oils as well as fish and algae. Advice to substitute polyunsaturated fats for saturated fat has been the key message in worldwide dietary guidelines for coronary heart disease risk reduction. However, these studies have been inconclusive, and in some cases, substituting dietary polyunsaturated fat for saturated fat actually increased the rates of heart and cardiovascular disease. These studies highlight the importance of eating a wide variety of high-quality, whole food–based fats including coconut oil.

Coconut oil is one of the most highly saturated fats at 92 percent saturation. This is higher than butter, beef fat, and lard. Highly saturated fats and oils are solid at room temperature, whereas polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are liquid. You might wonder: How can this be healthy? The advantages of saturated fat are that it is more stable and less susceptible tooxidation and free-radical damage than other fats, making it a purer source of nutrition. Consuming oxidized, highly processed, and poor-quality oils is, I believe, unnatural to our bodies and damaging to our health. The stabilized nature of saturated fat provides a high-quality source of energy and nutrition. Saturated fat acts as an efficient carrier of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and also aids in mineral absorption. Our brains are made up of about 60 per- cent saturated fat. Healthy fat is imperative to include in a healthy diet.

Healthy Fat = Healthy

OTHER BENEFITS OF COCONUT MAY INCLUDE:

  • increase energy
  • lower cholesterol
  • aid in weight loss and boost metabolism
  • improve lung function and treat asthma
  • provide heart and arterial protection
  • help heal skin abscesses, infections, and rashes
  • help with infections of all types
  • improve immunity and overall wellness
  • act as an antibiotic
  • improve eczema and psoriasis
  • improve dry scalp
  • help heal sore throats
  • help alleviate menstrual cramps
  • improve thyroid conditions
  • combat chronic fatigue and IBS

Golden Coconut Milk

The term “golden milk” has become synonymous with turmeric-enhanced milk. Golden milk is one of the most delicious smoothie and nut milk variations. The combination of coconut milk, honey, and fresh turmeric is a powerful cold and flu fighter, immunity booster, and mood enhancer. I’ve included the optional royal jelly version, which takes this recipe to the next level of nutrition. This recipe is great on its own or when served in a yogi tea blend.

2 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh turmeric juice, or 1 teaspoon dried turmeric Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
1 serving of Immortality Alchemy® Bee Mana (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Makes 1–2 servings.

Immortality Alchemy® Bee Mana is 100 percent raw, organic, dried royal jelly extracted from bees that are never fed sugar or artificial sweeteners. Royal jelly is a rich source of essential vitamins (including B12, B5, and folic acid), minerals, proteins, and amino acids. It can be used as a general health tonic for increasing energy and stamina and boosting immunity.

Find out more about Meredith right over here!

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Recipe: Lean & Green

We’re sharing the recipe of one of our favorite morning smoothies. Loaded with protein, this low glycemic smoothie provides plenty of energy for my fast-paced day.

Lean & Green

3/4 cup almond milk (we sprout our own that you can buy at any of our locations)
3/4 cup coconut water
2–3 Tbsp Beaming Superfood Protein Powder
1/4 avocado
1/4 cup frozen banana
1 large handful of spinach
1 tsp maca
1 Tbsp hemp seeds for garnish

Blend all ingredients on high speed blender for about 30 seconds. Sprinkle the tablespoon of hemp seeds on top. Enjoy

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Recipe Alert: Vanilla-Matcha Protein Smoothie

by Julie Morris, Superfood Chef and NYT Bestselling Author

Like a creamy ice cream, this protein-rich smoothie tastes like vanilla-green tea dessert. Unlike ice cream, it actually supports a lean physique, packed with muscle-building protein, and metabolism-boosting matcha. To make this a true “green smoothie,” just add in a handful of optional spinach, as suggested below!

Makes 1 serving

½ banana

3 tablespoons raw cashews

1 tablespoon mashed avocado

1 large Medjool date, pitted

2 tablespoons Beaming Protein Powder

1 teaspoon PANATEA® matcha powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (Try Beaming’s sprouted almond milk)

1 handful baby spinach (optional)

¾ cup ice

Liquid stevia, to taste (optional)

Blend all the ingredients together except the ice and stevia until smooth. Add the ice and blend until frosty. Taste, and add adjust sweetness with stevia if desired.

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How to make a great protein smoothie!

By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef and best selling author of Superfood Smoothies

If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your smoothies, look no further than protein! Protein is essential for a lean, healthy physique: helping to build and retain muscle mass, keep hormones in check, and maintain balanced blood sugar metabolism … to name just a few of its many, many benefits! Many people rely on one big high-protein meal a day – especially at dinner – yet this habit can put major stress on the kidneys, which can lead to serious health issues down the road. In contrast, consuming smaller portions of protein consistently throughout the day leads to better digestion and absorption, a more stable level of satiation, reduced cravings, and overall superior energy.

Though there are a litany of ways to incorporate additional protein into meals and snacks, adding quality protein to smoothies is particularly smart: first, it’s a refreshingly sweet avenue to enjoy a nutrient that’s more often reserved for savory occasions; and second, smoothies allow us to easily enjoy protein in some of its healthiest superfood forms (hemp seeds, we’re looking at you!). Here are some of the great ways to make a protein-infused smoothie:

Use a high-quality protein powder

Repeat after me: not all protein powders are created equal! While the concept of protein powders isn’t anything new, the ingredients-game has definitely changed! Once little more than a collection of highly processed ingredients and synthetic vitamins, many health advocates have wisened up that the nutrients found in natural foods and superfoods are always better. Beaming Protein Powder is a great example of the later, offering 12 grams of plant-based protein per serving, and extra rich in naturally-occurring micronutrients from whole superfoods. Plus, since it tastes so great, it’s super easy to use! A delicious protein smoothie can be as simple as blending Beaming Protein Powder with a banana and some almond milk.

Add nuts and seeds

For anyone who loves creamy-style smoothies, nuts and seeds are likely already well-loved. Blending nuts like cashews and almonds, or hemp seeds and chia seeds, helps make a smoothie texturally more smooth, rich, and dessert-like. The great news is these are all excellent protein sources as well – every spoonful offers several grams of easily-digested, complete protein that’s backed with important minerals and heart-healthy fats and fiber. An extra easy way to blend the benefits of nuts and seeds is to use “butters,” or the pre-ground forms of these foods. For example, a spoonful of almond butter in a chocolate smoothie made with coconut water and cacao powder, is a quick trip to protein heaven.

Toss in nutrient-dense superfoods

Many of the healthiest foods on the planet – superfoods – offer a huge array of nutrients in every calorie they provide. So, while some might not be known specifically as “protein foods,” they do offer some amino acids along with their other benefits. It’s important to think of smoothies, and nutrition as a whole (!), as a collective effort … if you can boost your smoothie a couple of grams further with a delicious ingredient, why not? Unconventional protein sources include superfoods like goji berries, mulberries, spirulina powder, and leafy green vegetables. Throw in a scoop of goji berries and a big handful of greens into some frozen mango and coconut milk, and say hello to an extra 5-6 grams of protein without even trying!

Remember, the goal is not to have huge quantities of protein, but rather quality protein from foods that are healthy for both you and the planet.  Superfood smoothies cover both bases in the most delicious of ways!

RECIPE: Vanilla-Matcha Protein Smoothie

Like a creamy ice cream, this protein-rich smoothie tastes like a vanilla-green tea dessert. Unlike ice cream, it actually supports a lean physique, packed with muscle-building protein, and metabolism-boosting matcha. To make this a true “green smoothie,” just add in a handful of optional spinach, as suggested below!

 Makes 1 serving

½ banana

3 tablespoons raw cashews

1 tablespoon mashed avocado

1 large Medjool date, pitted

2 tablespoons Beaming Protein Powder

1 teaspoon matcha powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 handful baby spinach (optional)

¾ cup ice

Liquid stevia, to taste (optional)

Blend all the ingredients together except the ice and stevia until smooth. Add the ice and blend until frosty. Taste, and add adjust sweetness with stevia if desired.

Beaming Basic Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sprouted almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 medjol date (Want to make it low-glycemic? Subsitute the date and banana for 1/4 avocado and a low-glycemic superfood sweetener such as yacon, mesquite, honey, coconut sugar or agave.)
  • 2 tablespoons Beaming Organic Superfood Plant Based Protein powder
  • Your favorite fruits (banana, mango, strawberry, etc) and greens (spinach is great))
  • 1/4 cup ice

Directions

Blend in mixer until smooth.