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Green Superfood Protein Pancakes

Why have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.com Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? I swear these are healthier and lower-in-fat than your standard pancakes and other sweet breakfast items. I’m super excited that Sprout Living has recently reformulated their line of EPIC Protein, and they sent a few samples for me to experiment with in the kitchen. Their Green Kingdom is packed with superfoods and greens including sacha inchi, chlorella, spirulina, kale, moringa and many more! One serving is 20g of raw, organic and gluten-free plant protein. I’ve been experimenting with protein-packed breakfast items besides smoothies such as protein oats and banana ice cream, and pancakes were just calling my name. If you’re gonna have pancakes, why not make them packed with great ingredients? Continue reading

Why have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.comWhy have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.comAs fun as it is to go out to brunch, sometimes it’s nice to just stay in your pajamas and have brunch at your own kitchen table. That’s what weekends are for, right? There’s just something about sitting at the table with your family that makes the food even better. If you’re going to make a home-cooked meal, why not make the most of it? I challenge you next weekend, to have brunch with your family or invite some friends over. And if you need something to make, these pancakes aren’t a bad choice! They’re also a double-win if it’s around St Paddy’s Day!

Why have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.com
These pancakes end up coming out slightly green from the protein powder, but they taste so incredible you won’t even notice it! Sprout Living’s new line of proteins are great in smoothies, but I felt a little adventurous and decided to use them in a super easy breakfast recipe. No blender required, all you need is a mixing bowl, stovetop and pan but you still get a lot of the benefits that you would if you used this protein in a smoothie. Even if you have picky eaters in your house, they won’t even be able to tell that these contain a ton of superfoods in them!

Why have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.com
I think we all know the magical moment when you pour the syrup on your pancakes and are just about to dig in. The best part of these nutritious pancakes aside from the flavor is that they’re super filling. That means you can sleep in and have these for a late breakfast and likely be full until dinner time.

Stay tuned for more Sprout Living recipes coming this week. In the meantime, check out Sprout Living’s Website and pick up some Epic Protein: Green Kingdom for yourself (they even have trial sizes available). Let me know in the comments below, what kinds of toppings would you put on your protein pancakes?

Green Superfood Protein Pancakes
Serves 3
Why have regular pancakes when you can make a batch that are protein-packed and full of healthy superfoods? Not to mention fluffy, flavorful and filling!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup vanilla-flavored almond milk
  2. 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  3. 1 Tbs ground flaxseed
  4. 2 Tbs unsweetened applesauce
  5. 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  6. 2 scoops Sprout Living EPIC Protein: Green Kingdom powder
  7. 3 Tbs baking powder
  8. 2 Tbs coconut sugar (or other vegan sugar)
  9. pinch salt
  10. 1/4 + 1 Tbs water
  11. maple syrup, vegan butter or fruit and nuts for toppings
Instructions
  1. 1. To make a vegan buttermilk, pour and stir the apple cider vinegar into the pre-measured almond milk and let sit for a couple minutes. Add the flaxseeds and mix until you get a smooth consistency.
  2. 2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Incorporate the wet mixture into the dry, adding the water and mixing until a batter forms. Be careful not to overmix.
  3. 3. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat and/or use cooking spray. Pour the batter onto the pan to make pancakes that are roughly 5 inches in diameter. Once they start to form bubbles, flip the pancakes cooking for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. 4. Serve with jam, peanut butter, nuts, vegan butter, syrup, and/or fresh fruit and enjoy!
Notes
  1. These pancakes can be made ahead of time and frozen to meal-prep for the week. Just wait until the pancakes cool completely and then place them into an airtight ziplock bag. Let them thaw briefly at room temperature and reheat using a microwave, oven or toaster oven.
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Four Sigma Foods

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comI’ve mentioned a couple times on this blog that there are a few new superfood trends of 2015 to follow. One of them happens to be mushrooms, and YES that’s where this review comes in. Four Sigma Foods was a company I discovered on Instagram through their beautiful photography and vegan-friendly drink mixes that sounded lovely! The company reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try and review their products, and of course I said yes. Find out more about their line of products and how I enjoyed them, just to give you more ideas on how to incorporate superfood mushrooms into your daily routine! Continue reading

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comFirst off, kudos to Four Sigma Foods for making such beautiful packaging! The XOCO Blue is the first product I tried because a shot of chocolate and chai sounded wonderful, and it was! Imagine a delicious, hot chocolate boosted with warm cinnamon and cardamom flavors that you can take with you wherever you go! Whether it be on your next airplane ride, hike, camping trip, or just spending the afternoon at a friend’s house these are perfectly portable. Just bring a couple packets to share between whoever you’re with, or they might get jealous.

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I paired mine with a huge vegan croissant from Beet Box Bakery in a little espresso mug. These are recommended to be enjoyed espresso-style due to the burst of natural energy that they deliver. The flavor is a lot like espresso in terms of richness with the chocolate and spices. However, unlike espresso it left me feeling relaxed as opposed to jittery or hyper. This completely makes sense when you consider that Reishi mushrooms help to balance stress levels and improve your quality of sleep. Plus, Reishi helps to reduce the effects of aging but you can’t really even tell that it’s in this hot chocolate packet. Typical espresso definitely won’t cut it after you try some of this!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comThat brings me to the Instant Cordyceps and Chaga. I felt like having a tea party of sorts (for myself mostly) and I got the chance to try one of these hot and the other iced. As Four Sigma Foods states on their website, they have made superfood mushrooms more accessible than ever with their line of Instant mushrooms. Just pour a packet into some hot or cold water, add some non-dairy milk or sweetener if you prefer and sip away!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Instant Cordyceps is described as a superfood mushroom drink with ginseng, to help give you an energy boost and aid in recovery. I found that it had a unique flavor, almost between coffee and tea. I decided to add a little coconut milk afterwards because I like my warm tea to have a little creaminess to it. Now, normally I don’t like black tea because of the caffeine. I will be awake literally the whole night if I have caffeine too late in the day. Thankfully this didn’t have that effect on me at all. If you’re looking for an energy boost but trying to quit caffeine, these Instant Cordycepts might be for you!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comTo go with my shared cookies (made from Cappello’s Cookie Dough in case you wanted to know), a nice cold glass of Chaga mushrooms! This one did have a different flavor than the Cordycepts, and it was a little bit more earthy-tasting. I found that these Instant mushroom packs have a slightly rich, brothy flavor and because of that I really enjoyed them as I was getting over a small cold in the middle of winter this past week. I’ve heard that you can also mix these products into your morning smoothies or shakes, and I really can’t wait to try that out! 

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comNow, I know you’re wondering where you can get some of these for yourself. What’s awesome is that even if these particular products don’t appeal specifically to you, there is a variety for virtually anyone and everyone. Check out Four Sigma Foods’s Online Store and find the ‘shrooms that will suit your needs the best. Don’t forget to comment below and let me know which products you’re wanting to try first!

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.com
I’ve been just a little obsessed with protein shakes lately. Ok, I’m pretty much always obsessed with them. If you haven’t gathered it already, I love coming up with creative smoothies recipes with flavor combos as unique as possible. However, I also like to use healthy ingredients I have on hand while putting a fun spin on the recipes. This high-in-protein shake happens to feature Mushroom Matrix, as another part of my recipe series this week that includes their Fit Matrix. Check out my original review of their product if you’re curious about the benefits of mushroom powders. Otherwise, keep reading on for this fun and fabulous recipe! Continue reading

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.com
In addition to Fit Matrix, I also added some other superfoods into this smoothie. There’s a company local to Colorado called KOLAT and they make Superfood Fusions in the form of nut butters that come in 4 different flavors. For this recipe, I used their Cherry Vanilla Almond to add protein, healthy fat and a whole list of other nutrients. Just to name a few, KOLAT’s superfood fusions contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, C, D2, E, K. I doubt that your standard jar of almond butter has any of those in it!

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Mocha Chameleon Cold Brew adds a pleasant coffee flavor with just a hint of cocoa to this treat. I don’t drink coffee every single day, but when I do I gravitate towards organic and fair trade varieties. These are not only healthier options, but they are also much more ethically sound and sustainable. I also used Sprout Living’s Chocolate Maca powder in this recipe, which is a favorite of mine for sure. I love the fact that it has such a malted chocolate taste that makes any smoothie taste like a milk chocolate milkshake. Plus, I can’t complain about the added protein either. As someone who does a lot of smoothies, it’s so nice to have an easy way to get in extra protein, fats and other nutrients that I don’t get out of my all-fruit smoothies.

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.com
Go ahead, make this shake. I know you want to! Even if you don’t have the same ingredients like the superfood nut butters or mocha cold brew coffee, there are simple substitutions that you can make. However, if you’re looking to try some new ingredients to supercharge your smoothies, the ones that I mentioned in this post are some of my favorites! I think sometimes it’s worth it to make a splurge on food purchases. Especially if they taste great, add extra nutrients into your diet (Vitamin B12 being the big one), and give you more energy!

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake
Serves 1
A Black Forest Cake-inspired treat with added energizers like cold brew coffee, cacao, maca, and mushroom powder.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Mocha Chameleon Cold Brew
  2. 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
  3. 2 scoops Epic Protein: Chocolate Maca
  4. 1-2 tsp Mushroom Matrix FIT
  5. 1 heaping Tbs Kolat Cherry Vanilla Almond, or other almond butter
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  8. 1-2 dates, or sweetener to taste
  9. ice
Instructions
  1. Place non-dairy milk, dates and nut butter into a blender and mix until smooth. Add in the other ingredients until completely mixed, and taste for sweetness. Add extra ice or sweetener if needed. Pour into one or two glasses to share, top with cherries and cacao nibs and enjoy!
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Navitas Naturals & More Macaroons!

HickmanS_-1Have any of you heard of Navitas Naturals? Well, if not you really ought to check them out! Navitas makes a long line of natural powders, seeds, snacks and more. They specialize in using organic, superfood ingredients that are not only good for us but they taste great too. I was so lucky to have been sent a few items from Navitas Naturals, including their Green Coffee Powder, Acai Powder, and Maqui Powder. I couldn’t wait to try them in a few recipes! Now, I won’t be using the Green Coffee powder in any of these recipes specifically but I’ve tried a few from the Navitas website and they were spectacular. My favorite so far is the Banana Bread Smoothie that tastes exactly like a freshly baked slice! Continue reading on for my super easy, no-bake superfood macaroon recipes. Continue reading

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The first recipe I (almost literally) threw together was of these Cacao & Acai Macaroons. They are gluten-free, soy free, raw, and made with organic ingredients. The only part of this recipe that takes a while is letting them chill in the fridge before serving and eating. These reminded me of a chocolate-covered berry, and they have a sweet yet rich taste. Acai itself has a flavor that just pairs so well with cacao, and even in powder form it has a super fresh taste and aroma. What are the benefits of acai and cacao? Combined, they offer antioxidants, omega fats, magnesium, iron, protein, and fiber. Who knew that a dessert could offer so much to us nutritionally? Though these macaroons are on the smaller size (compared to your average dessert) they are decadent enough that you will only need one or two to satisfy any chocolate craving.

Cacao & Acai Macaroons
Yields 3
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Ingredients
  1. 2 dates, pitted and soaked
  2. 1 heaping Tbs cacao powder
  3. 1 heaping Tbs coconut oil
  4. 1-2 Tbs acai powder
  5. 1/2-1 Tbs lucuma powder/alternative sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine the drained dates, coconut oil, and powders or other sweetener in a blender until well-mixed. Add additional sweetener or other ingredients if necessary.
Notes
  1. The cacao, acai, and lucuma powder I use are by Navitas Naturals. They make awesome organic superfoods that are really easy to throw into smoothies and other recipes.
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I also had an idea to come up with a berry and almond-flavored dessert using the Maqui Powder and some raw almond butter. Maqui Powder is known for its beautiful purple color as well as its benefits of added vitamin C, potassium, iron, and calcium. It’s also great when thrown into a smoothie or other type of berry-flavored dessert. These macaroons have a good amount of sweetness with a nutty flavor that both compliment each other very nicely. These would be great as a dessert or a mid-day snack when you’re looking for a pick-me up with a little protein and healthy fats from the almond butter.

Almond & Maqui Berry Macaroons
Yields 3
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp Maqui powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  2. 2 dates, pitted and soaked
  3. 2 Tbs raw almond butter (preferably unsalted with no added oil)
  4. Pinch of salt (Pink Himilayan Salt is my favorite to use)
Instructions
  1. Place the drained dates, maqui powder, almond butter and salt in a blender or food processor and mix until well-combined. Once you get a sticky consistency, taste the mixture and add more sweetener if necessary. If the maqui berry flavor is too subtle, add in 1/2-1 tsp more and taste it again.
  2. Once your mixture is ready, roll it into a ball. If you'd like, you can dip the mixture in some crushed almonds (although I forwent this step). Stick the macaroons on a plate and refrigerate before serving. You can also store these in the fridge in an airtight container for at least a few days.
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