Recipes

Banana "Nice" Cream

Banana “Nice” Cream

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas, chopped

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • ⅓ cup chocolate plant-based protein powder

  • Optional: 1/2 tbsp cacao nibs

Instructions

Place bananas, almond milk, almond butter, and protein powder into a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy. You may need to turn off the motor and stir the mixture a couple times while processing. Add in cacao nibs (if using) and pulse once more. Scoop/spoon ice cream in to a bowl and enjoy!

Note: Freeze for an hour to make easier to scoop. If making in advance, just thaw for 10 minutes or so to make it easy to serve.

Butter Cinnamon Apples

Butter Cinnamon Apples

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Ingredients

  • 1 honeycrisp apple, diced

  • 1 tbsp grassfed organic butter

  • Cinnamon

Instructions

Melt butter in a small nonstick pan. Add apple pieces. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Saute for about 5 minutes or when apples begin to get a bit softer. If you like them super soft keep going until they reach the consistency you like! Serve on their own or in a a bowl of oatmeal with organic peanut butter (shown!). A perfect treat while you are in month 1 of your shedding journey!

Note: I don’t peel the apples for an added nutrient and fiber boost. If you prefer the more traditional peel go for it!

Blueberry Banana Overnight Chia Oats

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I love overnight oats because they are a quick and easy breakfast if you have time to prep the night before. You can also add a plant based protein powder for an extra protein boost!

Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds

  • handful of blueberries (or however many sound good to you!)

  • 1/2 cup oats

  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • Dash vanilla extract

Instructions

Take half a banana and smash on the bottom of a mason jar. Layer chia seeds (about 1/3 cup), blueberries, and oats (about 1/2 cup). Cover with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Add a dash of vanilla extract. Leave overnight covered in the fridge. In the morning 🎶 stir it up 🎶 before eating!

If you like your oats to be super flavorful, consider layering them on the bottom before the banana so they soak up more of the flavor!

Granola Butter, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and Brussel Sprout Sauté Kit Review

This week I tried 3 new products. I shared them with you guys on Instagram, and there was quite a bit of interest in each so I wanted to share some more in depth thoughts on them! While I loved the flavor of all of products, they are not all #shedapproved, so have a read for the deets!

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Original Granola Butter with collagen peptides by Kween & Co

I’m late to this party. I’ve been eyeing this granola butter since it came out in 2018– but with a $12 price tag for a small container of what is essentially a “topper” it just fell low on my list of priorities. I will fully admit this was a mistake because after 4 days it has completely rocked my world. This is an awesome way to add “treat yo self” to your Shedding life! I’ve been able to use it in so many ways I’m going to run out soon if I’m not careful! Scroll to the bottom for a fun oatmeal recipe featuring tha buttah!

Cons

  • $12 a jar

  • Addicting 😂



Pros

  • Low sugar and no refined sugar

  • Added collagen peptides (pasture raised to boot) for a bonus protein boost

  • Tastes like cookie butter

Verdict: Shed Approved for both months 1 and 2 of the program if used according to serving size daily. Side note: if you aren’t into collagen there is a vegan version that is shed approved too!

Some of the many ways I used the granola butter this week! Also links to my amazon affiliate page if you click the photos above! (If you buy through there I receive a small commission!)


Sweet Potato Gnocchi from Trader Joe’s

Sooooo a lot of you have tried this and everyone was surprisingly impressed. It definitely tastes amazing and is very easy for a quick weeknight dinner. The bigger question is it Shed Approved? Welp, unfortunately I think we have to give it a no go. It contains wheat flour, white potatoes, butter sauce, and cheese. Dairy, wheat, and white potatoes are not included in the Shed program. It’s just too much inflammation and high GI.

Cons

  • Gluten and dairy (aka inflammation)

  • High in calories (don’t obsess over this, but when something is packaged, its something to be more mindful of)

Pros

  • Delicious

  • Literally takes less than 10 minutes to make

  • Shed for the Preg approved (lol the only rule there is that there are no rules!)

Verdict: Not Shed approved, but enjoy it on occasion post-shedding!


Brussels Sprouts Sauté Kit from Trader Joe’s

Again a lot of you had tried this! It absolutely tasted fantastic. And while there are quite a few ingredients, they seem to be high quality. This is a nice quick option for weeknights! My biggest qualm is that there quite a bit of cheese in there, and to be shed approved it would have to be a garnish sized amount. I made this for my step-dad who isn’t a fan of brussels sprouts at all and he loved it!

Cons:

  • Too much cheese (that dairy will get ya!)

  • More sugar in the dressing than I would like

Pros:

  • Super delicious

  • Fast

  • Getting your greens in!

Verdict: If you use only half of the cheese, or just truly treat it as a garnish, it is Month 1 Shed Approved. If you aren’t shedding it’s a nice occasionally side for a weekday din!


Cherry Vanilla Oats with Granola Butter

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 c gf oats 

  • 1/3 c vegan vanilla protein powder 

  • 1/2 c macadamia milk 

  • Splash of water to cover remaining oats 

  • 8 frozen cherries 

  • A drizzle of granola butter


Instructions

Mix oats, protein, milk and water in a bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir it up. Add cherries and granola butter and stir it up before you eat! The juice from the frozen cherries melting mixes in and gives it extra oomph! 

Avocado Pineapple Popsicles

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Avocado Pineapple Popsicles

Well there has been a lot of debate over these bad boys. My first bite I was apprehensive, but by the time I finished, I thought I wouldn’t change a thing. Others thought it needed more sweetness. Others thought lime would be a good addition. I’ll let you try them and you decide for yourself! This is a perfect maintenance #treatyoself! It won’t hinder your wedding bod and is a super satisfying treat! .⠀

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado 🥑 ⠀

  • 1 20oz can of pineapple 🍍 chunks in juice

  • A quick squeeze of 🍋 ⠀

Instructions
Blend ingredients. Pour mixture into popsicle mold and freeze overnight (you probably just need a few hours but I’m not actually sure). ⠀

Buffalo Quinoa

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This is one of my favorite healthy meals that really feels like it’s not. Hot sauce creates the impression that the food is indulgent, but sneaky- you’re eating QUINOA AND BROCCOLI! It’s perfect to hit your Super Bowl junk food craving this weekend! I’ve been making this for years and this is a 100% #shedapproved variation. It only takes 20 minutes to make AND it’s #vegan if you skip the cheese! Feel free to improvise with adding any other veggies you love! I will warn you, this dish does pack some heat, so if you are sensitive to spice, you may want to skip this one. Enjoy! -AHS


Buffalo Quinoa

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Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa⠀

  • 2 cups water⠀

  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (original - NOT the wing sauce - it’s not Shed approved)⠀

  • 1/2 large yellow onion, sliced⠀

  • 2 tbsp olive oil (plus a drizzle)⠀

  • Salt to taste⠀

  • 2 cups frozen broccoli ⠀

  • Optional: sprinkle of feta or blue cheese (month 1 only)



Instructions

In a medium size pot, add quinoa and water. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. ⠀

Meanwhile, add olive oil to a small pan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until they are nicely browned. Add salt to taste. ⠀

Steam broccoli in the microwave. You could use steamer bags or I just put the florets in a bowl with a little bit of water and microwave for 4 minutes. Be sure to drain any excess water.

When quinoa is ready add Frank’s and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix in onions, broccoli, and optional feta/blue cheese. Serve warm. ⠀

#ShedApproved Ribollita

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YEP. I think it’s safe to say we are deep into winter. Because of this “once in a generation” level of cold, I have been craving something super cozy. Since meat has been tough on my stomach to prepare, I’ve been looking for protein packed vegetarian meals. I was deep in Instagram stories, and saw the folks at Basically (by Bon Appetit) making this dish–it fit the bill perfectly.

I used a crusty sourdough loaf and Ezekiel bread- but the original recipe calls for a crusty country bread (mmm yummy!), but to make it Month 1 #shedapproved just use Ezekiel. I honestly barely noticed the difference between the Ezekiel and sourdough once it was all together! I would skip going back for seconds if you are shedding, but doubtful you would even want to! It is incredibly filling!

Other changes I made: I skipped the beginning steps and just used Trader Joe’s amazing Mirepoix. Easy > Everything. Also, I had thought I had a chunk of parm at home, but it turned out to be Romano, so I ended up a bit of pre-grated parm and Romano early on instead of the parmesan rind, however, if I hadn’t of needed to I wouldn’t have skipped that step. I’m sure the rind really adds depth!

This recipe was perfection, and did not disappoint! While this is essentially a bread soup, it is guilt free! Loaded up with kale, tomatoes, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and beans it packs a nutritional punch! It is the perfect #hygge meal for these soup belly kind of nights! Now, mangia!! -AHS


#Shedapproved Ribollita

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Serves 4-6

Adapted From Bon Appetit (I highly recommend going to the original recipe- they have lovely step by step visuals!)

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion (or use Mirepoix from Trader Joes)

  • 3 medium carrots (or use Mirepoix from Trader Joes)

  • 2 celery stalks (or use Mirepoix from Trader Joes)

  • 8 garlic cloves (I used 6 because they were massive)

  • 2 bunches Tuscan kale

  • 1 small wedge of Parmesan with rind - adapted - used 2 tsp parm/romano mix

  • 1 28-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes

  • ½ loaf Ezekiel bread (about 10 oz.) (adapted to make #shedapproved)

  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 14-oz. can cannellini beans

  • ¾ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 450°. Time to prep your veg! You are going to make a mirepoix, which is just a fancy French word for the combo of chopped onions, carrots, and celery that form the flavor base for a lot of European dishes. First, cut 1 large onion in half through root. Peel and discard skins. Finely chop and transfer to a medium bowl. If using TJ’s Mirepoix skip to step 4.

  2. Wash, peel, and trim 3 medium carrots. Cut in half (or in quarters lengthwise if they’re large), then cut crosswise into ½" pieces. (You can also just chop the carrots down into coins if you don't mind larger pieces of veg in your soup.) Add to bowl with onion.

  3. Chop 2 celery stalks crosswise into ½" pieces. Add to bowl with the rest of the mirepoix.

  4. Smash and peel 8 garlic cloves with the back of your knife. If any of them are left more or less intact after that initial smashing, give them another good wack with the back of your knife so they really open up and start to break apart. Add to bowl, also.

  5. Strip stems from 2 bunches Tuscan kale and discard. Wash if they're gritty or you really care about washing vegetables, then tear leaves into 2" pieces; set aside.

  6. Cut rind off of 1 small Parmesan wedge; set aside.

  7. Place 28 oz. canned tomatoes and their juices in a strainer set inside a medium bowl. (You need that bowl to collect the juice, which you're going to use later—don't throw it out!) Squeeze tomatoes and crush them with your hands while leaving them submerged in their liquid so they don’t squirt.

  8. Tear ½ loaf crusty country bread into 1½" pieces.

  9. Heat ⅓ cup extra-virgin oil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium. Add bowl of mirepoix and 2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened but not browned, 8–10 minutes.

  10. Lift strainer full of tomatoes and give it a few shakes to remove any liquid. Add tomatoes (but not juices!) and cook, stirring occasionally, until some of the rawness is cooked off, about 10 minutes. Giving those tomato solids a chance to caramelize before adding the liquid back in helps to add a lot of flavor to the stew. (Remember: Reserve the juices, you’re going to use them!)

  11. While tomatoes are cooking, drain and rinse 14 oz. canned cannellini beans in the strainer you just used, then add to pot along with Parmesan rindtomato juices¾ tsp. red pepper flakes, and 4 cups water. Bring to a simmer.

  12. Add kale in two additions, stirring often and allowing to wilt in between.

  13. Add about one-third of torn bread (no need to measure, just eyeball it) and cook, stirring occasionally, until coated and warmed through, about 5 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  14. Remove from heat. Place remaining torn bread chunks on top of stew. Drizzle generously with olive oil.

  15. Transfer pot to oven and bake stew until thick, bubbling, and bread is golden brown on top, 10–15 minutes.

  16. Ladle stew into bowls, drizzle each generously with olive oil, and grate lots of Parmesan over.

Mason Jar Spinach and Bell Pepper Salad

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Mason Jar Spinach and Bell Pepper Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp lemon juice 

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

  • ¼ cup button mushrooms, sliced 

  • 3 oz cooked chicken breast (or tender) or 1-2 hard-boiled eggs 

  • 1 bell pepper (yellow, red, or orange), sliced 

  • ¼ cup cucumber, halved and sliced 

  • 2 cups spinach 

  • Salt and pepper 

Instructions

Layer ingredients in 32 oz. Mason jar. Start with lemon juice and olive oil. Then layer ingredients as listed. Shake jar before eating. 

Note: If you don’t have a Mason jar, never fear! Any Tupperware will do—just separate the dressing in a side container. 

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Strawberry Banana Spice Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 frozen 🍌 banana⠀

  • 3 frozen 🍓 strawberries

  • 1 heaping tsp of organic 🥜 butter ⠀

  • dash pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds ⠀

  • Plant based milk 🥛⠀

  • Garnish: fresh berries ⠀

  • Optional: handful of spinach

Instructions

Layer ingredients. Cover ingredients in plant based milk. Blend. Top off with fresh berries. This is like a super filling strawberry milkshake for breakfast.

Chunky Monkey Gluten-Free Oats

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Serves 1

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup GF rolled oats

  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1/3 cup chocolate plant based protein powder

  • 1/3 frozen banana

  • Organic creamy peanut butter

  • Organic unsweetened coconut flakes

  • Cocoa/cacao nibs

Instructions

Mix GF oats + chocolate plant based protein powder + 1/3 frozen banana in a bowl. Add almond milk, however much you like for your preferred consistency (less for thicker oats). Microwave for 2 minutes. Top it off with organic creamy 🥜 butter + organic unsweetened coconut flakes + cocoa nibs.

This breakfast is perfect for cozy mornings! <3