Month: July 2015

Chocolate Cherry Bliss Balls+Golden Ratio Protein Blends

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I’ve got something amazing to talk about today.

GOLDEN RATIO PROTEIN POWDER.

This stuff is pure MAGIC.

Golden Ratio was created by my friend and mentor, celebrity trainer Bizzie Gold. Bizzie also created BUTI Yoga, a practice I’ve been devoted for 2 years now. After training with Bizzie in L.A. over the last few months, I became hooked on Golden Ratio and felt inspired to experiment in the kitchen with this life-changing product!

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Golden Ratio might be my favorite protein powder in the world for a few reasons:

  • It tastes amazing. UH-MAY-ZING!
  • It’s grain and dairy free
  • It contains COLLAGEN, beneficial for joint health, gut health and supports healthy hair, skin and nails!
  • Did I mention the TASTE?
  • It’s affordable
  • It uses no artificial sweeteners<—-HOLLA!

No, I’m not a body builder who lives off protein powder, but I am a chick who enjoys quality products that taste great and deliver epic results. Golden Ratio accomplishes all that and MORE in my opinion, which is why I enjoy using it in different recipes as well as in my daily morning routine.

Today, I’m featuring a perfect summer treat recipe using Golden Ratio Chocolate Bliss Protein Blends. Golden Ratio pumps up the protein in these little bliss balls, keeping you super satisfied and energized without weighing you down.

Chocolate Cherry Bliss Balls

refined sugar-free, dairy free and grain free  treats


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Ingredients:

1 cup dates, soaked for 1 hour

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

2 tablespoons cacao powder (cocoa works)

1 scoop Golden Ratio Chocolate Bliss Protein Blends (optional)

1-1 1/2 cups pitted cherries

additional cacao powder, coconut flakes or cacao nibs for rolling

 

Directions:

1. Place almonds in a food processor and pulse on high until coarsely chopped.

2. Remove dates from water and add to the food processor. Grind dates and almonds together on high until combined.

3. Add coconut, cacao and Golden Ratio Chocolate Bliss if using and continue mixing on high, scraping down sides of the processor as you go.

4. Begin to mold tablespoon sized amounts of chocolate “dough” around cherries, rolling with your hands to fulling surround each cherry.

5. Roll each bliss ball into your choice of toppings and set in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy!

To learn more about Golden Ratio and see all the other AWESOME products they offer,

CLICK HERE!

 

Enjoy these super easy bliss balls and don’t forget to tag me, @NourishingNomsWithSam on Instagram with your #NourishingNoms!

 

XoxSam

 

The Garlic eSCAPE

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It’s summer time and I am up to my ears in garlic scapes.

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I literally can not eSCAPE them.

Yes, that is me drowning in a swamp of scapes.
This really happened.

(the photo happened, I didn’t actually drown)

I recently had an opportunity to provide some Nourishing Noms for a beach photo shoot with other local vendors, but the recent torrential rain forced us to reschedule, leaving me with more food than I knew what to do with!

I had teamed up with Casco Bay Organics to provide me with some local, organic produce for the shoot and they were SO GENEROUS with their veggies. Not only did I get my weekly produce box delivered, but they supplied me with all sorts of produce and herbs to showcase at the shoot. I was able to cook and save most of the food I received, but I still had this shopping bag overflowing with garlic scapes that I had to use up. So what did I decide to do?

MAKE PESTO, obviously.

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Actually, that might not be so obvious. It turns out, the same day I received my weight in scapes, my aunt had brought me some scapes from her garden with the complaint that she had no idea what to do with them!

Well, dear friends. Here is a basic Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto you can use to feel oh-so-fancy this summer. So grab some scapes, check out Casco Bay Organics if you’re in the Portland area and enjoy some seriously Nourishing Noms!

Garlic Scape Pesto

(Vegan, Dairy-Free, Grain Free)

Ingredients:
1 bunch garlic scapes, chopped (8-10 stalks)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley
3 tbsp almonds (I’ve had great results with hemp seeds as well!)
1/2-3/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp  nutritional yeast
Sea salt
Pepper
Directions:
1. Trim the knobs off the ends of the garlic scapes and rough chop the stalks.
2. Toss scapes, basil, parsley and almonds into a food processor and whirl on high, scraping down the sides periodically.
3. Begin to slowly drizzle olive oil while processing.
4. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and blend until you reach your desired consistency. I prefer mine chunky and less oily.
5. Serve on grilled chicken or fish, toss with zucchini pasta for a delicious raw dish or you could even use this pesto as a dip for chips and veggies!
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Show me your summer pesto recipes on Instagram by tagging ME–

@NourishingNomsWithSam and using the hashtag #Nourishingnoms !