Vegan Friendly Cashew & Banana Protein Smoothie

There is this HUGE myth that somehow being a vegan or eating plant-based diet means you won’t get “ENOUGH” protein. Listen, some of the world’s largest animals are thriving off non-meat sources of protein. Did you know that, hippos, rhinos, cows, and gorillas are all on plant-based diets. Plus, gorillas actually love bananas. So, it’s only right I share my favorite banana based protein smoothie recipe with you. But first, I’m giving you a quick little breakdown on the basics of protein.

What exactly is protein? 

These are building blocks, they are made up of amino acids. “Our skin, muscles, tendons, cartilage, even hair and nails, are all thanks to protein. Protein helps form enzymes, hormones, antibodies and new tissues. It replaces old cells with shiny new ones, and it transports important nutrients in and out of those cells.” –

Does protein really come from plants? 

Yes! Yes! Yes! Whole plant-based foods contain more protein than we’ve been told. In my post, Plant Based Sources of Protein I list out ALL the protein rich foods that may already be in your diet. If not, you might really find some good little nuggets to take with you on your next grocery shopping trip.

At the end of the day, if our diet is rich in vegetables we don’t have to be worry about a protein “deficiency“. All we need is in every colorful plant based meal! However, if you’re concerned and want to increase your protein intake, you can try working more spirulina into your diet, or try this EPIC banana based protein smoothie!




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Naturally Cleansing, Immune Boosting, Energy Tonic You Can Make Easily



Tis’ the season of jam packed social calendars, sniffles, and snoozing a little longer under our comfy covers.   With the year end coming, and working on an online video course that will be launching on December 6th (lo key, I’ve been working on it for you for the past few months!) If you’re like me, you no matter what is going on in your life you’re always looking for ways to maintain and increase my energy level. Getting sick, well we just don’t have time for that!


Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric…love this root! I’m always dashing on my food and different smoothie recipes. It helps in a major way with inflammation in the body. “The golden root is a powerful anti-inflammatory that stops the growth of pre-cancerous cells(1), helps Alzheimer’s, lowers bad cholesterol, and treats skin cancer.” – Daily Health Post


Brings the heat! The fiery spice actually aids digestive in a major way which is perfect for pushing those toxins right out. This was one of the key ingredients in the infamous Beyonce Master Cleanse. It can definitely help boost metabolism which aids weight loss, but cayenne has many medicinal benefits, it has antibacterial properties, increases circulation, relieves pain, and prevents blood clots too!


Ginger is most powerful when you use the root. Ginger root promotes absorption of nutrients so the body can really benefit from the good healthy food we are chowing down on everyday.

Orange Juice

The high percentage of vitamin C in orange juice helps to clean up the free radicals in the immune system. Try to find the most pure orange juice possible, with the least amount of sugars listed on the back label. I will often use Simply Orange Juice, which has around 23 grams of sugar per 8 oz.




Lightly blend these ingredients together in a high speed blender. Blend until it smooth. Drink as is or strain it before.

You’ll feel good knowing that it this all natural drink is so good for you! Sipping on this elixir gives you a chance to address and improve your energy, immunity, and helps you with detoxification! I like to take it when I feel a little funky, or if I think I’m getting sick I will add a garlic clove to this mixture. I’ll even take it when I’ve been pushing myself really hard by working long hours. Besides, Kombucha this really is one of my favorite liquid elixirs. If you like a little sweetness, you can add a little Agave or coconut sugar.

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12 Plant-based sources of PROTEIN

There’s such a huge misconception surrounding protein. We’ve been taught that protein can only come from meat. The stats show us that eating too much animal protein, puts us at risk for heart disease, cancer risk, and stress on the kidneys.

Before, I started my transition into veganism, I believed that protein only came from meat. And, if I was ever trying to gain weight I thought I needed to increase my protein intake by piling up loads of chicken into my diet. At times, I felt like Bubba from the Forrest Gump movie. I was eating every kinda chicken I could get. Baked chicken, grilled chicken, broiled chicken, barbecue chicken, Cajun, jerk…you name it!

I found out over time that eating meat like that is not good for our overall health. So I thought it was important to share with you 12 plant based sources of protein. You may realize that many of these you may already been using in your diet. If not, jot down a few of these to pick up on your next grocery store trip.


You may have heard that vegetable sources of protein are “incomplete” and become “complete” only when correctly combined. Research has discredited that notion so you don’t have to worry that you won’t get enough usable protein if you don’t put together some magical combination of foods at each meal. – Dr. Andrew Weil


At the end of the day, you don’t have to be a full blown vegan to take advantage of plant-based protein. Plus, most of these will have even more amazing benefits if you work them into your daily or weekly meal plans.




I just stumbled upon a new food doc on Netflix called, “Food Choices”. In the first, ten minutes of the film they really start to go in on the protein myths. According to these experts, protein should only be about 2 to 3 percent of our daily calories. Dr. Pamela A Popper said, “If you were to eat the lowest protein foods in the plant world…you’re at about 8 or 9 percent protein. So you’re not gonna become protein deficient.”

Hope this makes you feel empowered to look at protein a little differently, if you’re hungry for more (pun intended, lol). Then, I definitely, recommend checking out the Food Choices docu. Feel free to peek at my YT channel as well for more plant-based inspiration too!

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Deez’ Nuts will do you good!




Don’t miss out on all the healthy goodness backed into these nuts! Just a handful or two a day can be #lifechanging. Beyond the unsaturated fat benefits, both of these nuts have major positive benefits. Check them out for yourself!


Bad mood? Grab two handfuls of these nuts which according to some studies is equal to a prescription dose of Prozac!
Cashews are packed with magnesium to help lower your blood pressure. Just about 15 cashews a day can boost your heart health.
That same magnesium found in cashews also positively contributes to bone health as well.
Vitamin rich nuts with a bit of potassium, iron, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, and niacin.


Help to alkalize the digestive system.
They are fat-soluble so your body can easily absorb the nutrient content of these vitamins.
Almonds help controls blood sugar levels.
These nuts also contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which supports good brain function.
Plant based compounds that reduce inflammation in the body.
Great for anti-aging, because of their Vitamin E content which makes these perfect for turning back the hands of time.

Basically, with the help of deez’ nuts you can say “Bye, Felecia!” to your bad mood, poor digestion and say “Hello” to glowing skin, good moods and amazing health. Yep, it’s that easy!

Looking for ways to get more of deez’ nuts into your daily diet?

You can chop them up, add them to a salad, grab some sunflower seeds and dried to create a snack mix for on the go. Then, you can definitely blend them up into a smoothie. If you’re curious, click here to watch out my cashew protein smoothie recipe video.



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3 Things That Keep Me Committed A Vegan Lifestyle



I’ve been a vegan for just about a year and a half now, I recently shared a video called Vegan Story: My Food Journey. In it, I share some tidbits on how and why I became a vegan in the first place. Some of you have asked me how I stay “committed” to not eating meat or diary. It’s a full thought shift, from the way I think about food, my body, my long term health, animals and the environment. Sounds a little hippie, right? I know!

When I decided to go vegan I went HAM (hard as a motha)!  Watching documentaries, following other vegans on social media, reading books, and experimenting with recipes. The whole nine yards! For me, it’s really important to get as much exposure to any new lifestyle choices. It’s my way, of building a strong foundation to ensure that one I know what I’m getting into and two it reinforces my newfound belief system. So after going really hard in the paint, on all things vegan these are the 3 biggest reasons I will never consume meat or dairy ever, ever!


I thought like with most diets, I would feel deprived and hate food, and I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get terrible headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that. It took a few days, to adjust, but what I discovered was increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, improved clarity, and an incredible positive feeling for my actions and the effect it would have on those around me and on the environment. I couldn’t believe how much of our health we control with food. – Beyonce on her plant-based diet

(excerpt from Russell Simmons, The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life)


1 Healthy, Happy and Vibrant

Meat creates acidity in the body and requires loads of energy to breakdown. It also puts lots of toxins in the bloodstream. Those little toxins clog pores and can increase aging. If we are lucky enough, we’ll all get a little older, but who said we have to age fast or poorly? What about our quality of life? How young can we feel as we get up in those numbers? Well, there is no shame in my game, I want to look good, feel good, and be healthy for the rest of my life! Yes, I want glowing skin, major energy, and peace of mind about my health all the way up. Period.

2 Environmental

After watching, Cowspiracy and a few other food documentaries on Netflix I understand how eating meat contributes to animal agribusiness. As the film highlighted out, “Animal agribusiness is one of the biggest sources of pollution in the world. It produces 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide aka laughing gas. Well, it’s not all giggles, nitrous oxide is a gas that has 296 times greater global warming potential than carbon dioxide” (fossil fuel associated with transportation).

3 ALL Lives Matter = Animals Included

For me, it’s about having a level of compassion for the animals. I just learned this term, “Speciesism”. Check out Google’s definition, “the assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals.” Before we go further, check out Google’s definition of “Racism”, “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” Notice any parellels? Superiority?! Hmmm, who crowned us the ones who get to decide the fate of other beings. I’d rather just throw some kale in a blender, or pop a couple tabs of spirulina to get my protein.

I know everyone is not going to go #vegan. However, I do hope that we all maintain a level of awareness about how our food choices impact us individually and collectively.

If you’re curious, check out the video on my food journey to becoming a vegan click here to watch the video.



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