Berry and Beets Smoothie (My First Video!)

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berry-beets-smoothie

Blogging used to be the bread and butter of this Citrus & Gold. Citrus & Gold was merely a blog last year — all I did was write. But now it’s grown to include a thriving FB community, a online book club (more details to come), events, a recipe e-book and much more.

I’ll fill you in on the details soon, but with all these other projects blogging consistently has been hard! I am still aiming for a weekly posts because blogging is what spear-headed all of these other projects. Sometimes I feel bad that I am not able to get to all the blog post ideas that are collecting dust in Evernote. But there will be a time and place for them all!

Writing is what helped me start my whole wellness brand and I have no desire to put the pen down anytime soon! However, (since I’m not doing enough already) I recently added one more extension to my brand…videos! I did my first video collaboration with So She Slays not too long ago and we created one of my favorite smoothies.

This smoothie is perfect for when you are craving a sweet treat but don’t want to compromise your nutrition! My roommate and I kind of accidentally discovered the wonders of beets in smoothies when we were trying to copy the Pressed Juicery’s Strawberry Almond juice.

Now this smoothie tastes nothing like that (the beets have a much more powerful flavor), it’s still delicious!

BERRY AND BEETS SMOOTHIE

Serving: 2 16 oz servings

1 cup of berries – frozen or unfrozen. After trying it a few times I think strawberries are the best for this.
1 beet: I bought mine steamed and peeled from Trader Joe’s
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 cup coconut water
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 scoops Vital Protein collagen peptides
3-4 ice cubes

Blend all of the ingredients and enjoy! It’s a super simple recipe that is perfect for summer :).

Sunday Brunches with Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes

birch bender paleo pancakes

birch bender paleo pancakes

What do you do when you are craving real pancakes? When protein pancakes or banana/egg pancakes just won’t do the trick? You turn to Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes.

There’s nothing better than whipping up a batch of pancakes over the weekend — it brings back so many great memories. Back in the day, my mom always stocked the pantry with the Costco sized Bisquick pancake mix. My brother and I would always load those with chocolate chips, fruit, and of course maple syrup.

Now if you are craving “real pancakes” I’d say just eat the damn Bisquick pancakes — don’t deprive yourself! However if you are like me where gluten and dairy don’t suit you, then Birch Bender’s Paleo Pancakes are the way to go.

I honestly wish someone had told me about these earlier. Truthfully I only discovered them after I read in some magazine that Jessica Biel (aka Justin Timberlake’s wife) eats them every week. Apparently influencer marketing works real well on me because I immediately ordered them on Amazon after reading that article. Hey, who doesn’t want to be like Jessica Biel?

I’m quite happy with my impulse buy since I can no longer imagine life without this pancake mix. It’s made completely from natural ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, eggs, and monk fruit for sweetness. I also like to add some Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips to bring me back to my childhood :).

They are incredibly simple to make too – all you need is water! I like to cook them with a little bit of coconut oil.

I reached out to Birch Bender’s letting them know how much I love their mix and they were kind enough to send me a few packs! In fact, I am giving some out to you guys now. You can enter the giveaway on Instagram and enter by commenting the post and tagging two friends. You get a bonus entry just for commenting on this blog post!

I will be choosing a winner on Sunday July 9th so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Sweet Potato Cashew Cream Sauce With Brown Rice Pasta

sweet potato cashew cream sauce

sweet potato cashew cream sauce

This sweet potato cashew cream sauce recipe kind of happened by accident.

I was perusing through Mckel Hill’s book Nutrition Stripped when I stumbled upon a recipe for a butternut squash vegan cream sauce. It sounded so damn good that I was determined to make it that night (and I was excited because I had all the ingredients at home!).

Except when I got home I realized my butternut squash went bad :(. I was so invested in making it that I decided to go rogue and make the sauce with sweet potatoes instead.

With a few tweaks, here is what I got:

Sweet Potato Cashew Cream Sauce + Brown Rice Pasta

Ingredients:

8 oz brown rice pasta
1.5 cups peas (I used frozen)
2 small/medium sweet potatoes, about 2 cups
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or light coconut milk
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup cashews
½ cup vegetable or chicken broth (more or less depending on the preferred consistency)

Directions:

Sauce:

Soak cashews in water for 2 hours. If in a rush you can soak in warmer water for less time but do not put it in boiling water.

Preheat oven to 400F to roast the sweet potatoes.

Peel sweet potatoes and slice them to roast. Mix sweet potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper into a bowl. Line tray with aluminum foil place sweet potatoes on tray. Pop it into the oven for 25 minutes.

Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking add them to your Vitamix (or a powerful blender) along with the nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, cashews, almond milk and chicken stock. Pulse slowly, and add more liquid if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta:

Set water to boil and add a dash of salt. Once the water begins to bubble, add pasta and cook on medium/medium high for 15-16 minutes (or follow instructions for your pasta). Add peas to flash cook for 3 minutes and then strain water from pasta. Add a little olive oil to pasta if desired.

You can pour the sauce over the pasta and warm it on low heat. But I liked using a separate saucepan to keep the sauce and pasta separate.

The sweet potato cashew cream sauce would be a perfect topper for sautéed vegetables or zoodles!