How To Freeze Bananas

Freezing bananas for smoothies and nice cream is SO easy, You guys!

Btw, if you haven't had nice cream yet, then get on that ish ASAP!

Watch the vid to find out how to freeze the best bananas ever! 

 

 

And if you don't wanna watch the video, just follow the simple steps below!

How To Freeze Bananas For Smoothies & Nice Cream

1. Use ripe bananas

2. Peel the bananas

3. Put the peeled bananas into a ziplock bag or tupperware

4. Put the bag into the freezer

5. Let them freeze for at least 12 hours (24 is best) 

6. When you're ready to make your smoothie or nice cream, break the frozen bananas apart with your hands and add them to the blender or food processor. (If they don't break apart easily, just leave them out on the counter for a few minutes to soften a bit.)

7. Enjoy!

Now go freeze some nanners so you can have the best smoothie of your life tomorrow. 

 

xoxox

Kristen

 

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Vegan Buffalo Chicken Salad

You guys! This salad is the BOMB. 

You seriously have to try this Sunflower Seed Ranch Dressing.

It's out-of-this-world delish - and it's pretty damn healthy too!

I'mma put that stuff on everything!

The combo of the cool and creamy ranch with the spicy, crispy Gardein 'chicken' tenders is one you don't wanna miss! 

Check out the recipe below! 

 

- BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE - 

 

  1. Cook Gardein 'Chicken' Tenders according to package.
  2. Make the Sunflower Seed Ranch Dressing (recipe below).
  3. Make the buffalo sauce (recipe below). 
  4. Chop veggies for salad. 
  5. Coat tenders in buffalo sauce and chop. 
  6. Toss greens with a little bit of dressing. 
  7. Plate in this order:  
    1. Greens
    2. Other veggies
    3. Buffalo chicken
    4. Drizzle with more dressing
    5. Enjoy! 

 

SUNFLOWER SEED RANCH DRESSING

 

Ingredients: 

- 2 cups raw sunflower seeds, soaked overnight

- 2 - 3 cups of water

- juice from 1 lemon 

- 1 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

- 1 tsp. salt

- 1/4 tsp. pepper

- 1 tsp. dried dill 

- 1 tsp. dried parsley

- 1 tsp. dried chives

- 1/2 tsp. onion powder

- 4 cloves garlic 

- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (aka nooch)

Directions:

  1. Rinse and drain the sunflower seeds. 
  2. Add them to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients, adding more water as needed.
  3. Blend on high speed until super smooth and creamy (this usually takes a few minutes). 
  4. Adjust seasonings to taste. 
  5. Store in the fridge for 5-7 days. 
  6. Enjoy! 

NOTE: The dressing will definitely thicken up as it sits in the fridge, so keep that in mind! 

 

BUFFALO SAUCE

 

Ingredients: 

- 2 tbsp. vegan butter

- 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Add in the Frank's Red Hot Sauce, stir to mix well, and remove from heat. 

 

VEGGIES WE USED IN THE SALAD

 

- chopped romaine

- chopped spinach

- slivered red onion

- shredded carrots

- cherry tomatoes

- green onion (for garnish) 

 

Boom! The BEST Vegan Buffalo Chicken Salad ever! 

I hope you love this salad as much as we do! 

xo

Kristen 

The Top 10 (Vegan) Foods That Make Me Feel My Best!

What does a Vegan Health & Lifestyle Coach eat on the reg to feel amazingly energized and nourished throughout the day??

For those of you who are curious (and why wouldn't you be?!), I put together a list of the top 10 foods that make me feel my absolute best!

Are you missing any of these in YOUR diet?? 

Here's the list for you in case you want to copy and paste these into your notes so you don't forget them.

Seriously. They're that important! 

The Top 10 Foods That Make Me Feel My Best

1. Fresh, seasonal, local, and organic produce
2. Dark leafy greens: kale, spinach, romaine
3. Fruit with high water concentration: melons, mango, peaches
4. Bananas and dates: these give you great energy
5. Whole grains: oats, brown rice, quinoa, millet
6. Root vegetables: sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, yams
7. Legumes: black beans, chickpeas, lentils
8. Raw seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, sesame
9. Raw nuts: cashews, walnuts, almonds
10. Fermented foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, miso

BONUS #1: Lots of water with organic lemon or organic cucumber slices all day!

BONUS #2: Make sure you're chewing your food a lot too! (25-50 chews per bite is ideal)

Now get your booty to the grocery store and stock up on all of these ASAP! 

Need some help putting together a grocery list?? I've got you covered! ↓

Click here to download my printable Vegan Fridge & Pantry Essentials list. It's super helpful! 

Yay for healthy eating!

xo

Kristen

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Vegan Noms at Treefort Music Fest 2017

If you haven't heard of Treefort Music Festival yet then start doing some research and get your booty to Boise, Idaho next March!

Seriously though, Treefort is AMAZING. It's beyond amazing. It's straight up life-changing. 

#forreals

Just imagine five, glorious days in beautiful downtown Boise packed FULL of live music, food, beer, yoga, films, stories, comedy, and SO much more. 

It truly is my favorite time of the year. 

The food trucks always have a pretty bomb selection of vegan food to snarf down, so I thought I'd bring my camera along with me this year to show you everything @vegan.boyfriend and I ate during the fest! 

I also got some decent footage of some of my favorite artists too!

So, check out my vid below and make sure you come to Boise next March! 

You WILL NOT be disappointed. 

Thanks for watching! 

xo

Kristen

p.s. If you're not a part of my 'How To Vegan' Facebook group yet, you should totally join! 

Homemade Cashew Milk

This cashew milk is the easiest plant milk recipe EVER. 

#forreals

The best part?!

No. Straining. Necessary.

Yay!

It's super quick, really healthy, and you'll absolutely LOVE how creamy and delish it is. 

Make it and you'll see what I mean. 👍🏼

 

Homemade Cashew Milk

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews (soaked if you don't have a high-speed blender)
4 cups water (filtered is best)
2-3 pitted dates
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Put all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth and creamy. No need to strain (but you can if you want it extra creamy).

ENJOY! 

❤️

Kristen

 

What I Eat In A Day // Healthy, Lazy, & Vegan

Check out what I ate as a healthy vegan on a lazy Winter day! 

I make raw chocolate peanut butter oats, homemade cashew milk, and a delish spring roll bowl. 🍴🍴🙌🏼

Plus, I hang with some friends at one of my favorite Boise breweries.

Such a good day! 😄

I hope you guys enjoy this video!

Make sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven't yet! 

Love you all! 

xo

Kristen 

How To Oil Pull

When I first heard about oil pulling I thought it was a joke. 

Seriously. 

Swishing oil in your mouth could be good for you?  

There's no way. 

But then I decided to do a little research of my own.

...WOW.  THE BENEFITS I READ ABOUT SOUNDED AMAZING, AND I KNEW I HAD TO TRY IT

WHAT IS OIL PULLING?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition dating back thousands of years.

FYI: Ayurveda is a traditional alternative medicine from India.

WHY SHOULD I OIL PULL?

Oil pulling is beneficial in SO many ways.  Really, it's insanely incredible to realize how much good it actually does.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES:

1. Whiter teeth & healthy, pink gums

2. Teeth become less sensitive

3. Pulls bacteria, parasites, and toxins from the body

4. Clears up your skin

5. Helps with headaches (perfect for those icky hangovers)

6. Corrects hormone imbalances

7. Helps reduce insomnia

8. Helps alleviate digestive problems

9.  Helps ease joint pain and arthritis

10. Clears sinuses and reduces symptoms of allergies

...and so many more. 

HOW DO I OIL PULL?  

First, choose an oil.  I prefer sesame or coconut. But most organic cold-pressed oils will do!  

MANY PEOPLE OIL PULL IN THE MORNING, TO JUMPSTART THEIR DAY, BUT ANY TIME IS A GOOD TIME.

1. Put a tablespoon or so of oil into your mouth

2. Swish, or "pull", the oil through your teeth and over your tongue

3. Continue swishing for 15-20 minutes (work your way up if you're new to this)

4. Don't gargle or swallow (you don't want those icky toxins in your tummy)

5. Spit the milky oil/saliva mixture into a garbage can or the toilet (don't spit it into the sink... it might clog it up!)

6. Rinse your mouth out several times with warm water

7. Drink a glass of lemon water and enjoy your beautiful day

 

IT MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE WEIRD AT FIRST, BUT TRUST ME, IT'S WORTH IT!

Do you oil pull? I'd love to hear from you! What benefits do you see? What challenges have you faced?  Leave a comment and let's chat!

Have questions? Ask away!

Happy swishing!

XO

-KRISTEN

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This is my favorite smoothie EVER! 

It's healthy. It's vegan. And it's DAMN delish. 

Check it out! 

If you make this epic smoothie then leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

And make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't yet!

I'm loving connecting with all of you there! 

I hope you guys enjoy! ❤️

xoxox

Kristen

P.S. FREE STUFF ALERT: Click here to get my FREE printable Vegan Fridge and Pantry Essentials list! 

Crispy Baked Fries

How to make the BEST Crispy Baked Fries! 🍟

They're even oil-free & vegan! 

#winning

I usually just mash up half an avocado and dip it in that.

SO good!

Healthy, whole foods for the win!

How to make thE best Crispy Baked Fries

- Use 3 gold potatoes

- Cut them into wedges

- Toss them in a little salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder

- Bake them at 450 F on cooling racks covered in parchment paper for 20-30 mins

So yum!

I hope you guys totally enjoy these bomb-ass fries. 

Let me know if you do! 

And make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already! ❤️

xo

Kristen