I'm always on the lookout for new functional beverages - I don't do the best at drinking regular water, so having tasty and healthy drinks to grab from the fridge helps me keep my hydration on point. Sooooo when I had the opportunity to try Sapp birch water, I jumped on it! Not only is it 100% organic, free of added sugar, and deeeeelicious, but it's full of naturally occurring nutrients and minerals (manganese is the standout) and infused with adaptogenic chaga mushrooms (see: rockstar of the medicinal mushroom world). This bev is definitely going in my regular rotation--read on to learn about how birch water's health benefits, and why chaga 'shrooms should be in YOUR regular rotation.
Happy Sunday, beautiful people!! I'm all about pretty food, and I'm all about supporting optimal digestion. So obviously I decided to make a gorgeous digestive tonic to start my Sunday right. Read on for the recipe and alllllll the details on how each ingredient contributes to the tonic.
BUT FIRST: I haven't been to Costco in a hot minute, and I have to say they have some sweet new offerings. I was so excited to find not only C2O coconut water, but their 100% organic line! I drink a loooooot of coconut water, but I'm pretty picky about what kind I drink and where it's sourced from. I love love love this line of C2O because it's 100% organic and FREE of preservatives and sweeteners. Boom. No nasties in my hydration, thank you very much. It's also sourced from inland freshwater coconuts, which have a naturally sweeter taste than the coastal coconuts (coastal varieties tend to be a little saltier). Since it's preservative free, you'll find your C2O keepin' it fresh in the cooler section. Anywaaaayyy I just thought I would share since it's a stellar deal on a product I think is the bees knees.
Okay now for the delicious stuff. I made my digestive tonic with C2O coconut water for optimal hydration post Sunday morning sweat-sesh, and a few key ingredients to support digestion.
Blue Pineapple Digestive Tonic
Ingredients: (serves 2)
Blend all ingredients together. Best served over ice with a bamboo straw, obvi.
X's and O's,
Pictured above, the Fawen soups come in three fab flavors (all organic!): Broccoli & Cauliflower, Beet & Cabbage, and Sweet Potato & Red Lentil. Besides being delish, what gives Fawen a spot on the list of Whole Nikole approved ish? Let me tell you.
Without further ado, here is your new fave beet based smoothie recipe.
Bee Pollen Infused Fawen Energizer Smooooothie
Ingredients (serves 2):
This one is super complicated. Put everything in your blender and blend. Top with additional bee pollen, eat that ish, and conquer your day. I know, that was hard, huh?
X's and O's.,
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I'm going to keep this one short and sweet today because I'm busy praying for Russell Wilson to get it together so I can win my fantasy football matchup this week!!! (SMH)
This layered smoothie might change your life. FA REAL. It's packed full of protein, healthy fats, and crazy potent energy boosting amazingness. Yes that is a word; I use it all the time, mmmk? Also this pic didn't quiiiiiite meet the Whole Nikole standards, but I had to post it anyway because the smoothie was SO DANG GOOD.
Let's talk about how this jar of awesome will keep you going all morning with sustained energy that won't cause an afternoon crash.
I know you want this in your belly, right? I KNOW. But for real, besides being the most decadent smoothie bowl you will ever eat, it's also packed full of nutrients, protein, healthy fats, and fiber to start your day in the best way possible! Imma tell you all about it, so keep readin'.
Speaking of Orange Is the New Black, I just finished watching the new season, and WTF, Netflix??? How you going to leave us with a cliff hanger like that??? All mayhem is about to break loose and I'M SUPPOSED TO WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS??? Also, (*spoiler alert*) I can't beliiiieeeeeve they killed Poussey. So tragic. She was one of my fave characters over the years. (Sad cry face) (My computer needs emojis.) (I need a new tv show to watch now, who has suggestions???)
Okay back to ridiculously easy homemade strawberry cashew milk. I swear, I have a "how-to" and a recipe to share below, but first let's talk about the health benefits of this super creamy amazingness.
Recipe (FINALLY, I know.):
Ridiculously Easy Strawberry Cashew Milk
The ridiculously easy part:
X's and O's,