VANILLA COCONUT COLLAGEN PANCAKES

My family loves pancakes, and I love coming up with new pancake flavors and combos. They are one of my favorite things to get creative with. I use a pretty basic “base” recipe for most of my pancakes, but this one is a little bit different.


These pancakes are:

delicious

fluffy

sweet

and full of gut-healing collagen!

So good. I won’t waste any time getting right to the recipe, because you are going to want to make these!

Vanilla Coconut Collagen Pancakes

3 c. stone-ground wheat flour, or gluten free flour blend

2 heaping scoops Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptides

1 t. baking soda

2 pinches pink salt

2 t. cinnamon

1 egg

2 T. coconut or avocado oil

2 T. local raw honey

2 1/2-3 c. filtered water

Optional: coconut flakes

Mix dry ingredients together, then add egg, honey, oil, and water. Mix well in a stand mixer, until batter is smooth. Add in a handful of coconut flakes if desired ( I don’t love them in mine, but some people love it!).

On a greased (I use coconut oil) griddle, using a batter spoon, cook each pancake for a few minutes on each side. I turn the heat on my griddle to the highest setting, and usually only need 1 minute on each side to get a beautiful golden-brown.

Top with maple syrup, coconut, cacao nibs, nut butter, fruit, you name it!




I hope you enjoy this recipe, and make sure to use my hashtag on Instagram so I can see! #naturallychelsrecipe

Chels 

 

ADAPTOGEN’S 101

I first started taking and learning about adaptogen’s when I noticed I was having postpartum anxiety after my second baby. I have since grown to love adaptogenic herbs, and continue to take them everyday.

I am sure if you follow me, or any other wellness blogger, you have been hearing a lot about adaptogens. But what are they? Basically, they are healing plants used as holistic medication.

There are so many great adaptogenic herbs. So many, that it can feel really overwhelming when trying to decide which may be the best for you. Some are energizing while others can be grounding.

GROUNDING ADAPTOGENS

Ashwaghanda

Chaga

Reishi

ENERGIZING ADAPTOGENS

Maca

Astragalus

Coryceps

Moringa

Rhodiola

These are just to name a few, and keep things simple. With so many adaptogens available, it can get really overwhelming!

HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT ADAPTOGENS TO TAKE

I like to cycle sync my herbs, but if you are just starting out with adaptogens, it would be easier to get a couple to try. First, you want to look at what you want your adaptogen for. Do you want to feel energized, grounded? Are you hoping they might aid in anxiety, organ support, or hormonal balance?

Once you know what you want it to do, you can do some research on what herb would be best. Here are some of my suggestions.

Ashwaghanda- great for thyroid, adrenal fatanxiety, and feeling zen AF.

Maca- for energy, anxiety, and your immune system.

Chaga Mushroom- grounding, immune support, and reduce inflammation.

Cordyceps- increases stamina, liver function, and detoxification.

Reishi- balancing hormones, grounding, good for fighting allergies.

These are just a few of the benefits of some of my favorite adaptogens. What they can do sometimes seems endless, because they are just that good. So, if you are interested in a particular one, do more in depth research on it.

My favorite ways to consume adaptogens

As I mentioned previously, I like to take different adaptogens based on my cycle and what I am feeling I need on a particular day. For example: If I am in my menstrual phase, and feeling low energy, I may opt for some maca and cordyceps.  Or I may do a combination of grounding and energizing, for balance and to for their other benefits as well.

I add adaptogens to my matcha lattes in the mornings, to my coconut (bliss) balls, and to my smoothies. I have also added them into my homemade chocolates, and caffeine-free lattes, and loved it.


There is so much information on adaptogens, and I highly suggest looking into them further! This is just an easy and simple guide for you to get started on, and I hope it helps! I also would recommend purchasing from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They sell in bulk and it’s really cheap. 

Do you take adaptogens?

3 SIMPLE TIPS TO DAILY MINDFULNESS

Happy Mindful Monday! It’s been awhile since I have posted something for mindful Monday, and I miss it!

I do my best to practice mindfulness each day, because it keeps me grounded and is so good for my mental health. It’s also because staying present and mindful can be so hard in this world, and I never want to look back on my life and wish I had been more mindful. BUT I am definitely not perfect at being mindful every moment of every day, but it’s so important to me that I am aware and that it is something I work on!

3 tips to make daily mindfulness easy

  1. Start the day with 1-3 different intentions. These intentions should not be your to-do list. You may have seem my monthly intentions that I post on Instagram, and some of them are tasks I wish to complete. For my daily intentions, I like to write things more like this: take 3 deep breaths every time I remember, meditate before bed, make myself a cup of tea, etc.
  2. Put your phone away. You can’t ever be in the present moment with your phone in your face, not fully. And I am not saying that you need to ditch your phone all day, or forever, or anything. Just a realistic break at least once a day from your phone and other distractions. Take this time to be totally present in whatever is going on in the moment, and soak it all in. It feels so good! Another tip to try with your phone is to follow social media accounts that uplift you, and make you feel good. If ever you see something that makes you feel bad about yourself, or your life, click unfollow!
  3. End each day with 3 things you are grateful for, or that went well that day. This helps you reflect on the day and even start to notice these things throughout the day. I feel like some days are a whirlwind, so this reflection exercise helps bring some mindfulness and gratitude to each night.

I would love to see your intentions, gratitude lists, and everything you are doing to be mindful each day! Tag me in your posts and use the hashtag #mindfulwithchels 
 

 

MENSTRUAL CUPS

First, a true and really funny story. When my husband and I were still only dating, he overheard his mom and sister talking about tampons. I think they were talking about how awful they are, or something along those lines. And my sweet Sam, in all his unawareness to what a menstrual cup was, tells them “oh, Chelsea uses this like glass vial thing instead of tampons.” Insert horrible, shocked, and disgusted face here. I only got to hear about this horrible story after we were married, from his mom and sister (thankfully, they now know what a menstrual cup is and that I am not some crazy person using GLASS VIALS! hahaha!) I was so horrified when they told me what he had said! Menstrual cups are not glass, so fear not! Also, believe me, my husband now knows just about as much about menstrual cups as I do.

Menstrual cups, or period cups, are a great alternative to tampons. I love them and have been using the DivaCup for 10 years! But I am sure so many of you are wondering:Β what in the world is a menstrual cup?!

A menstrual cup is a soft silicone cup used in place of a tampon during your menstrual phase. It’s reusable, sustainable, better for your body, and far more comfortable than any tampon out there.

How does the DivaCup work?

There are two different fold options, and great instructions come with the cup. You can also read about it on their site before you purchase one.

Fold options via DivaCup website

As you can see, the DivaCup has a bell-shape and a “stem” on the bottom for easy removal. I have tried other menstrual cups and no one compares to the Diva.

These are offered in two sizes: model one for women under 30 and have never given birth, and model two for women over 30 or those who have (whether c-section or vaginal, it doesn’t matter. Birth is birth.) given birth. I have used both, because I have been using this brand for 10 years. You can read more about sizing options here.

Washing your DivaCup

Washing is so much easier than it may seem at first. I wash mine with Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soapΒ and that works great for me. The DivaCup website has instructions for washing, and they recommend their Diva Wash, or unscented, oil-free soap. It is also recommended to boil it after each cycle for a few minutes, just to keep it sanitized. You can learn more about caring for your cup here.Β 

Is it gross to use or get used to using?

I have heard so often about women being too grossed out to use a menstrual cup. And I can understand that initial icky factor. It can be something you need to get used to doing, but honestly, it’s not bad at all. After trying a menstrual cup, you may be surprised to find how cleanly and easy they are to use.

Benefits of switching to a menstrual cup:

  • menstrual cups are non toxic, and much safer for your body than tampons
  • they can be worn for up to 12 hours
  • cost saver! Imagine not having to buy tampons every month.
  • better for the environment
  • far more comfortable to wear than a tampon
  • no leaks! (if you do experience a leak, it was probably inserted wrong)
  • menstrual cups are SO safe, there is no chance of toxic shock like there is when using a tampon.

Where to purchase a DivaCup

You can use the DivaCup store finder to locate where to buy one locally, or you can order is online from any place listed here.

Switching to a menstrual cup is well worth it, and something you will be so glad you did. It’s safer for your body, the environment, and so much more comfortable than a tampon! Of course, I highly recommend them πŸ˜‰

 

 

(note: this post may contain affiliate links. DivaCup provided this cup for photography purposes, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are completely mine own, and I have been using this brand for 10 years and truly trust the brand and company.)

EXPERIBOX










Good morning! You may know that I am mommy to two beautiful little souls. I have a 3 year old daughter and a 1.5 year old son. I love finding fun new activities for them, so when ExperiBox contacted me to try their box, I was so excited!

What is ExperiBox?

It is a monthly subscription box for ages 0-3 filled with safe, developmental activities. For example, our box was full of natural paint, canvas, lavender, essential oil, sea salt, paint brushes, etc.

How was ExperiBox for older toddlers?

My 3 year old loved this box! She didn’t want to finger paint, but she loved using the brushes and even the lavender to paint. The paint was pink, too, which made her SO happy! My 19 month old liked it too, but not as much as his sister! He finger painted a lot, and loved the different textures (we added the sea salt to some and lavender).

Overall, we loved this box, and I was really impressed with the quality and quantity. With subscription prices ranging from $39.95-$29.95, it was MORE than worth it’s price! Ours also came with a high-quality, wooden teething toy. Each month is different, and full of something exciting and fun for that whole age range. There were also some great instructions for even the littlest babies to enjoy the box!

I think it’s a great idea, and something I would definitely recommend. There was plenty of product for my two kids to share, which was awesome!

 

Note: Although ExperiBox sent me this one box complimentary, all opinions are completely my own. I would never recommend something I did not believe in, or see the value in myself. 

CYCLE SYNCING

Cycle syncing is something I have been long interested in. It’s something you have probably seen me talking about on Instagram if you follow me there. But what is it exactly? And why should you be doing it?

Over the years I have gone through hell and back with my cycles. I started learning about cycle syncing when my husband and I were first trying to get pregnant about 4 years ago. I was using natural family planning to get pregnant, and really liked the idea of cycle syncing too, but I was honestly not that good at sticking to any of those practices in the long run.

This year, I heard about the app My Flo and had to try it out. It has helped me learn so much more about cycle syncing, and helped me stick to it. I highly recommend getting the app (and actually getting in the habit of utilizing it!).

So what is cycle syncing?

Cycle syncing is essentially syncing our daily lives with our cycles. Our bodies require different needs at every cycle phase, and it is so important to learn about these phases and practice cycle syncing.

If you think about the phases of your cycle, they are all so different, they change your hormones, how you feel, everything. They are ever-flowing, always continuing, always changing. This is feminine energy. Cycle syncing is all about embracing this in your day-to-day life, rather than fighting it as most of us tend to do.

For example: so many of us make a strict routine for ourselves, and we get upset when we do not or cannot stick to it. Like, exercise. Always doing the same things, working hard, and never tuning in to what your body may actually need that day.

It’s okay, we have all been there.

There are four phases of your cycle:

  • Follicular
  • Ovulation
  • Luteal
  • Menstrual

 

Cycle Syncing in the Follicular Phase

This is a great time for:

  • brainstorming
  • creativity
  • fermented foods
  • new exercise routines!

During this phase, I like to do a lot of my writing. I drink all the kombucha, and I usually end up having a dance party with my toddlers.

Cycle Syncing in the Ovulation Phase

During ovulation it is great to:

  • open up in communication
  • do some high-intensity workouts
  • eat raw veggies

I cycle sync my ovulation by working on collaborations, and if I am feeling up to it I will do some HIIT. Because I have PCOS, my ovulation phases can be really painful and sometimes I don’t feel up for a hard work out. I listen to my body and I will do some yoga or go for a light walk. I also load up on all the raw veggies, usually lots of carrots, celery and hummus. Oh, and salads! I always have a lot of salads!

Cycle Syncing in the Luteal Phase

This is a good phase for:

  • tackling your to-do list
  • strength training
  • leafy greens.

I am always finding myself wanting to do everything I have been thinking of doing in this phase. I always have a lot of motivation to get ish done! I love strength training, and I focus on it a lot during this phase. I loving leafy greens, and I eat them all the time. But eating extra during this time helps keep the sugary cravings at bay, so I eat kale chips, and put spinach/kale/arugula/etc. in everything I make!

Cycle Syncing in the Menstrual Phase

This a good time to:

  • evaluate the past month as a whole. What worked for you, and what did not, and so on.
  • Eat protein
  • It’s perfectly okay to consider a nap or a rest as your exercise for this time! If you feel up for something, I suggest a really gentle (maybe even short) yoga sequence, or a really light walk.

For me, every other menstrual phase is really brutal. During the really rough phase, I rest. I take extra care of my body, and try to keep myself as comfortable as possible. I also allow myself a treat if I want it, and that’s okay. When I am having an easier (easier for me, I should say!) cycle, I will do some yoga, and walking.

Through cycle syncing I have learned so much more about my body and my cycles. It has also helped me not only understand my PCOS more, but also treating it. To help make cycle syncing easy, I use the My Flo app on my phone. It gives me updates, helps me track my cycle, and more. It’s really helped me get in tune with my body this year, and I am so grateful. I highly recommend it! It’s $1.99 in the app store, and I think it is safe to say it’s the best 2 dollars I have spent.

You can also ease into cycle syncing, I did! Start out slow by incorporating some foods into your diet that are specific to your current phase. Then try changing up your workout routine, and so on. You will probably ed up like me: in love with how in tune you become to your body, feeling great, and obsessed with cycle syncing. It eventually becomes second nature.

To help make cycle syncing even easier (seriously the MyFlo app is SO helpful and informative!) you can make these “cycle syncing note cards.” Here are some super simple instructions as well:


  •  Cut a piece of card stock paper into four equal squares
  • Write one phase of each four phases on each paper
  • Write down a few simple reminders to do during that phase (for example: ovulation phase I wrote down HIIT, eat raw veggies and fruits, be communicative)
  • Hang it somewhere you will see it every morning for a reminder to cycle sync your day!


Make sure you are following me on Instagram, where I will be sharing even more about cycle syncing!

I would love to know, do you cycle sync?

 

ROASTED VEGGIE BOWLS

One of my favorite things to cook is various types of veggie bowls. They’re easy, quick, and you can use whatever you have on hand. Plus, they’re so delicious and full of veggies (hence, the name!) so there isn’t anything not to love about them!

These veggie bowls are extra delicious because they’re doused with Chosen Foods Avocado oil (insert drool emoji x10). You can switch the veggies and spices up a bit for what you like or already have stocked, so don’t fret it you don’t have the exact ingredients!


Ingredients used:

3 large chopped carrots

1-2 sliced zucchini

Lots of halved mushrooms

1 cup garbanzo beans

2 bunches kale

4 vegan burgers of your choice

4 servings brown rice or quinoa

Chosen Foods avocado oil and spray

Nutritional yeast

Salt and pepper

Smoked paprika

Garlic powder

Coriander

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Cook brown rice and/or quinoa for the base of the veggie bowl. When I’m lazy I like to use these packets of these from Costco and cook it on the stove for about 10 minutes. Otherwise, I like to use Chosen Foods Quinoa! Cook on the stove following the instructions on the back. (And if you want to really cook like me, add a scoop or two of bone broth protein and turmeric while it cooks!)

Place sliced carrots on a silicone mat lined baking sheet, spray with Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray, sprinkle on salt, pepper, and coriander.

Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Pull them out and add zucchini, mushrooms, and beans. Spray or drizzle a little more avocado oil, season with smoked paprika, and garlic. Put it back in the oven for 15 minutes.

Pull or cut kale leaves off of the stems. Place on a silicone mat lined baking sheet. Coat the leaves in Chosen Foods Avocado or Coconut oil spray and season with salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.

Optional topping choices include but aren’t limited to: Kite Hill chive spread, homemade vegan pesto, Hope Foods Hummus, or hot sauce.

I hope you guys love these bowls as much as we do! I could eat this every night for dinner. Again, use any veggies you have on hand and just use this recipe as an idea. Get creative, and put different things together!

*This post is sponsored by Chosen Foods. I cook with Chosen Foods oils every week, and have been using this brand for a long time. I trust the quality and the brand, and I love that they are non gmo project verified! *This post also contains affiliate links. All Β things I have bought, use, and recommend highly.

3 CAFFEINE-FREE LATTE’S

I am going on week 4 without coffee and feeling amazing. I have been having matcha lattes, or chai lattes in place of coffee, but some days I cut the caffeine out entirely. However, I still like to have something in the mornings, so I started making caffeine-free superfood lattes! And let me tell you, they are so delicious and make me feel amazing!

These are great for anyone who doesn’t drink caffeine, or for those of you wanting to cut back or take a caffeine break (I highly recommend it!). I think a lot of the coffee love comes from the routine of making it. I know that personally I love the routine of making a latte in the morning.

Dandelion Root Latte:

1 1/2 t. dandelion root powder

1 T. coconut butter

12 oz homemade hemp milk (you can sub for any nut milk, or boiled water)

1 t. cinnamon

1 t. vanilla

1 t. cacao powder

1 t. ashwaghanda*

1 t. maca powder*

1 t. chaga mushroom powder*

Heat the milk over the stove, but do not boil! Add all ingredients to your blender and blend for 2 minutes!



Herbal “Coffee”:

1 t. roasted chicory root

1/2 c. filtered water

1/2 c. homemade hemp milk

1 t. vanilla

Boil water, and warm milk on to stove. Add everything to your blender, blend 2 minutes and enjoy! You can also brew chicory root like regular coffee. Use 1 t. chicory root to every 1 cup you make. A great coffee alternative that tastes like coffee!


Spirulina Latte:

1 t. spirulina

1/2 t. chlorella

1/2 t cordyceps mushroom powder

1 T. raw local honey

1 T. coconut butter

12 oz. homemade hemp milk

1/2 t. ashwaghanda*

1/2 t. maca powder*

Heat milk on stove. Add everything into a blender, blend 2 minutes!

Why did I stop drinking coffee?

As many of you may know from following me on Instagram, I have stopped drinking my beloved coffee. I stopped for two major reasons: the acidity and the caffiene. Coffee was causing my body a lot of problems like breakouts, bloat, trouble sleeping, and increased stress/anxiety. Suffering postpartum anxiety, adrenal fatigue and severe hormonal imbalances, I got to the point of being done with things not being enough and cut out a lot of things from diet. Coffee was the first! It was a lot easier than I expected it to be, and I noticed major changes by the third day.

*adaptogens:

These all are optional, but highly recommended! I take a lot of different adaptogens. They support adaptation to stress and anxiety, hence the name.

I buy all of my herbs, adaptogens, coconut (to make coconut butter), hemp seeds, etc. from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can buy them in bulk for a great price here. I started taking ashwaghanda about 16 months ago, and discovered this year that it is so much cheaper to but it in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs! They carry high-quality, organic ingredients that I trust 100%!

*This is a sponsored post, thank you Mountain Rose Herbs for supplying the product used to make these delicious lattes. Although this is a sponsored post, I would never recommend of work with a brand I did not already invest in and completely trust. I love Mountain Rose Herbs, and have for years!

SQUEASY GEARΒ 

When choosing products for my kids, I am often frustrated with what is available. I was the highest quality, non-toxic products for them which either comes at ridiculous prices or just difficult to find.

My kids love smoothies, so I was searching for something non-toxic, unbreakable, and easier for them to eat them out of. Everything was plastic, and I was discouraged. But then I found Squeasy Gear bottles and completely fell in love! I was so excited to try them out and once they came, I was even more please with them.


Starting off with the bottle itself, they are made of food grade silicone that’s non toxic and when your kids throw it/drop it, it’s not going to shatter! The name explains it perfectly: it’s squeezy texture is perfect for little hands! They come in several sizes, so you can use them for all ages and needs. We use the largest size (sport) for water bottles, and the 6 oz. snacker for smoothies etc. They also make a smaller snacker size that is perfect for baby food and homemade applesauces!

When my kids were babies, I used these reusable pouches to make baby food for them sometimes, and I wish I had used these! They are amazing and would make the best shower gift.

The lids have a no spill insert you can put in or take out for older kids. My 1.5 year old uses the no spill and it works pretty good! I honestly didn’t expect it to work as well as it does. My 3 year old uses hers without the insert so she can squeeze water out, or tip it back.

Overall, I am very satisfied with these products. Since we got them, we have used them daily!

I also wanted to share one of my kids favorite smoothies we make to put in the snacker bottles!


Coconut Gingerbread Smoothie:

1 frozen banana

1/2 c. steamed then frozen cauliflower

1/4 c. frozen butternut squash

1 heaping T. shredded coconut

1 T. molasses

1 t. ground ginger

1 t. cinnamon

1 scoop Vital Proteins vanilla and coconut water peptides

1 1/2 c. filtered water or nut milk

Blend until smooth, and pour into Squeasy Gear bottles! I also like using these to store leftover smoothies and turmeric lattes for my kids. They save well in them.

*I use all organic items!

 

 

SMOOTHIE ICE POPS

It’s summer, and as hot as ever. So, naturally cold treats are o the brain! I love making homemade treats with my kids, and love that they are always treats I can feel good about feeding them. We love smoothies, but a frozen smoothie popsicle is just too dang good. Plus, alongside fruit, these are filled with veggies and collagen!

I make these close to how I would make a smoothie, but a little sweeter and creamier with the help of Kite Hill Almond Yogurt. 


Make it:

2 containers Kite Hill yogurt (we used peach flavor this time!)

1 banana’

4 frozen strawberries

2 scoops Vital Proteins vanilla and coconut water collagen peptides 

1 large tablespoon coconut shreds

1 cup steamed then frozen cauliflower

1/3 cup nut milk

Blend together and pour into silicone popsicle molds.

FREEZE and enjoy! Fills 8 molds from the link above! My kids ate these up so fast, the consistency was so creamy and delicious thanks to the almond milk yogurt. Can’t wait to make these again using different flavors. It’s just so good and so easy, you guys have to try it! 



Be sure to tag me and use my hashtag #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram so I can see! 

What’s your favorite summer treat to make? 

*Huge thank you to Kite Hill for sponsoring this post and providing these delicious yogurts! My family and I have been eating Kite Hill for awhile and love their foods.