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 

 

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!

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. 

 

COCONUT BALLS TWO WAYS

Coconut balls are e v e r y t h i n g. Trust me, you need them in your life. If they aren’t already. I started making these because my kids and I love bars. They are often a go-to snack when we are running errands or while they wait for breakfast to cook. Coconut balls are amazing because they are easy to make, full of healthy fats, high in protein, and delicious af. You need to try them!

I have been making these two different ways, and each is just as delicious as the next.

COCONUT ALMOND BALLS

1 c. desiccated coconut

1/2 c. coconut oil

2/3 c. almonds

1/3 c. cashews

1/2 c. sunflower seeds

1/4 c. coconut butter

1/4 c. cacao nibs

3 pitted dates*

1/4 c. almond or cashew milk

cinnamon

Blend all in a Vitamix or food processor, roll into tablespoon sized balls, and freeze.

COLLAGEN VANILLA COCONUT BALLS

2 scoops vanilla coconut water collagen peptides

1/2 c. almonds

1/3 c. cashews

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/4 c. cashew or almond milk

1/2 c. coconut shreds

1/4 c. coconut butter

3 pitted dates*

cinnamon

Blend, ball, freeze!

Thaw on the counter for 5-7 minutes before eating. Sometimes I’ll store a few in the fridge at a time for my kids so they are ready to serve.

These will last a long time in the freezer, I would say about a month. But I honestly make them weekly! They’re so delicious and a great snack choice for me and my babes. I also love them post workout or before bed if I’m in need of a snack. They’re great before bed for the babes too!

I really have been trying to move away from the packaged bars (while they may be organic with minimal real food ingredients, homemade is still better for us! And cheaper!) and these balls have been such a great alternative. I love their taste and texture, and they’re really love in sugar which makes me so frickin happy!

Please share if you try either of these recipes, I would love to hear how all of you like them! Be sure to tag me and use #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram.
*i use and recommend medjool

 

 

EASY AND HEALTHY CRUSTED SALMON RECIPE

I love salmon, but I don’t usually like crusted salmon. This is one that I actually do love and it is so easy, so clean, and so frickin good! My kids devoured this, so it is definitely going in our dinner rotation. I hope your family loves it too!

Primizie Crusted Salmon

4 servings of salmon

1 c. Primizie Simply Salted of Italian Herb Crispbreads

1 T. coconut oil

Smoked paprika

Garlic

Salt & Pepper

Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet, dust on paprika, salt, and pepper. In a food processor, add the Primizie Crispbreads, coconut oil, and garlic. After that mixture is a chunky consistency (how chunky or fine you want it processed is up to you!) top the salmon with a thick layer. Bake at 415 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pretty simple, am I right?

Don’t forget to share and tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe! I would love to see and hear how you and your family enjoys it.

xx, Chels

10 REASONS TO TAKE COLLAGEN

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Good morning friends! I hope this post finds you well, and that you are all enjoying your Sunday. As I am sipping a super-food latte filled with some tasty Vital Proteins collagen, I want to share with you guys my 10 reasons for taking collagen.

First of all, I want to mention that I do not eat much meat. I was a vegetarian for a long time before we started having babies, but now I eat very intuitively. I will make a post about this later, but even though I really like to veer away from any animal products, there are reasons that my body sometimes needs collagen and so I take it. You just need to listen to your body and feed it what it needs, and do what works the best for you!

Okay, here we go!

10 reasons to take collagen:

1. Collagen can help heal your gut. Amino acids found in collagen are proven to heal the lining of the intestine and leaky gut symptoms. A healthy gut is so important, you guys! Your gut is like your second brain, so it’s health is everything.

2. Collagen can improve skin elasticity and moisture. Who doesn’t want that? Many creams have collagen in it to “improve and prevent wrinkles,” but collagen cannot actually be absorbed through the skin! So the best way is to ingest it.

3. Collagen (and gelatin) help to break down other foods, which aids in better digestion. It really does work! One of my biggest reasons I started taking collagen.

4. Amino acids and protein found in collagen helps your hair grow faster, stronger, and healthier. I have personally noticed this too! I have pretty healthy hair, and it’s really long, but it grows even faster when I am consistently ingesting collagen.

5. The amino acids found in collagen are obviously a game changer, another amazing thing they do is improve thyroid health which directly improves metabolism!

6. Collagen can help regulate and balance hormones. More info here! I needed help with my hormones after baby boy was born, and collagen is one of the things I take daily and it’s truly been so helpful!

7. Collagen is high in glycine, an amino acid that aids in better sleep! I have noticed this difference as well. It is amazing!

8. Glycine also helps treat stress and anxiety, naturally. This is the number one reason I wanted to get on it. I take several things for my postpartum anxiety, and collagen is one of them. It helps so much and I notice a day-to-day difference if I don’t take it.

9. Collagen is great for joint health, and easing joint pain. I have known people who take it for arthritis, and claim it really helps them!

10. Collagen is such a pure form of protein, making it a great “protein shake” option post workout. This is what I often do and its amazing. I also know people who take it before and love that too.

Basically, collagen for everything, haha! It really is that good you guys. It helps with even more things than I mentioned, but these for my 10 reasons that I take it and use it for.

Collagen, unlike gelatin, dissolved in liquid making it super easy to add to just about everything. I add collagen in my smoothies, superfood lattes, coffee, oatmeal, and other recipes (so good in bars!). I post a lot of my recipes for these things on my Instagram, so be sure you are following along there!

It is really important to find a pure, non-gmo, grass-fed form of collagen. I trust Vital Proteins 100% for that and love their products. My favorite collagen from them to add into smoothies is collagen veggie blend to get more veggie servings, too! I also love the collagen peptides with vanilla and coconut water for lattes, its sooooooo good! The original peptides are great too because they can be added into everything with no flavor! You can also purchase these on amazon!

Do you take collagen? Share your reasons/experiences with me below!

 

 EASY SUPERFOOD LATTE RECIPES

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Matcha, turmeric, collagen, OH MY! Three of my favorite things to use in the kitchen. Not only are they in incredible for our health, but they’re all so versatile.

Matcha and turmeric lattes are really popular right now, they’re nutritious AF and also delicious AF. My favorite combo. I get bored of eating and drinking the same things everyday (with some exceptions… PB, coffee, avo toast… you get the picture) so I love mixing things up a bit! Plus it’s a ton of fun coming up with new recipes.

Matcha Latte:

2 t. matcha powder

1 t. maca powder

1 medjool date (spirulina or honey)

Vanilla

Cinnamon

12 oz almond, coconut, or cashew milk

Turmeric Latte:

1 t. turmeric powder

1 t. maca powder

1 medjool date (honey or spirulina)

vanilla

cinnamon

black pepper

12 oz favorite nut milk

Matcha Turmeric Latte:

1 t. matcha

1 t. turmeric

1 t. maca powder

1 date (spirulina or honey)

vanilla

cinnamon

black pepper

12 oz. nut milk

Other Additions:

Collagen (I almost always add this to mine)

Ashwaghanda

Sun Potion

Moon Juice Dusts

Coconut butter

Cacao butter

Coconut oil

Any herb/supplement you are taking!

You can also serve any of these hot or iced! I prefer iced, so I blend all ingredients in my Vitamix, and pour over ice. Or you can blend and heat it up! Either way, they are so good!

I hope you enjoy these recipes, my family and I LOVE them! Have a great Thursday, babes!

xx, Chels

NUTRITIONAL YEAST BENEFITS & RECIPES

Good morning babes! I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend and a mindful Monday. 😉

Nutritional yeast is a big staple in my house. You might be wondering what nutritional yeast is. It is a dehydrated naturally occurring yeast grown on molasses We are all dairy free over here, and nutritional yeast is a great way to add nutrients with a cheesy flavor.

Nutritional Yeast Benefits:

– High in all B vitamins, especially vitamin B6

– Antiviral and antibacterial properties

-Good source of protein

-Aids in digestion

-Good source of fiber, thiamin, biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, molybdenum.

-Low in sodium

Nutritional yeast is extremely versatile, and can be added into ANYTHING you are eating. Here are some of my families favorite ways to use nutritional yeast. And yes, my kids LOVE it!

-Add 2 T into your smoothie (you won’t get a cheesy taste, but rather enhance your smoothies natural flavors.

-Sprinkle on top of all your meals (salads, soups, pasta, veggie bowls, tacos, you name it and nutritional yeast is a great addition!)

-Use it as a thickening agent in soups!

-To make vegan cheesy kale chips.

-To make various vegan cheese and cheese sauce recipes

-Add it into homemade vegan dressings for added nutrients.

-Sprinkle on eggs and quiche.

-“Cheesy” roasted chickpeas (and veggies too!)

-Replacement for added salt.

-I can keep going on and on… but you guys, you can add this stuff into e v e r y t h i n g. And I mean that. I mean it might seem weird to put in onto of your chocolate chip cookies…. but I won’t judge you!

I also have to include these two CRAZY easy and fast recipes that we use in our family all the time. These are two of my kids most favorite foods!

Vegan buttered noodles 

-add avocado or coconut oil to cooked and drained pasta. Sprinkle in nutritional yeast, garlic salt, and pepper. I add in probably 8 tablespoons of yeast when I make this because I make a big batch!

-add in your favorite roasted veggies! Peas, peppers, celery, broccoli, and squash are some of our personal favorites!

Yeast Popcorn

-using an airpop popcorn machine, pop some fresh gmo-free popcorn!

-melt coconut oil and pour over the popcorn in small batches.

-sprinkle and stir in garlic salt, pepper, and as much nutritional yeast as desired.

-tip: for a spicy version, sprinkle on some cayenne powder!

There are a ton of nutritional yeast brands out there, and I have used a few. But after discovering that some brands add in synthetic vitamins and minerals to their nutritional yeast, I turned to Sari Foods brand. They are 100% all natural, non gmo, kosher, non toxic, absolutely no additives, and as good as can be! I recommend purchasing through Amazon here:

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Have you or do you use nutritional yeast? I would love to hear your favorite use for it! And if you are not already using Sari Foods nutritional yeast, I definitely recommend it! The Amazon price is so so good, too!

xo, Chels

HOMEMADE CLEAN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE GRANOLA BARS 

Bars have kind of become their own food group and in our house they’re a necessity. Toddlers love bars and they’re such a great snack to have on hand. I’ve been making these homemade ones and we are all drooling over them, so I wanted to share! 
They’re so easy and so full of yummy super-food ingredients. They taste more like a cookie than a granola bar, honestly! But they have no sugar OR gluten! 

Here’s the recipe: 

1 jar Justin’s creamy peanut butter 

2 cups gluten free oats

1/2 cup cacao nibs 

2/3 cup raw local honey 

1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla 

1 teaspoon maca powder 

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in a large bowl, press into a baking dish (depending on how thick you want them!) 


Freeze for 2 hours and devour 🤤 
*this is a sponsored post, however I would never share or recommend anything I didn’t love or use myself. 

VEGAN SPICY AVOCADO PASTA


Ingredients:

15 oz. Hope Foods spicy avocado hummus

2 c. dry Ancient Grains gluten free pasta or whatever your favorite pasta is

1 large bunch kale

 your favorite vegan super food patties

Directions:

Cook pasta as according to package. Chop the kale, and sautee with evoo, s+p, fresh garlic.  I broil the super food vegan patties we like on 350 until browned and lightly crispy on the outside! When the pasta is cooked and drained, add in the hummus and kale. Top with the vegan patty.

That’s all! This dinner is easy, fast, and crazy nutritious! I love that we can use Hope Foods Hummus for so many great things. It’s such a delicious, creamy, vegan pasta sauce. The spicy avocado flavor is just a little spicy, and full of flavor. I love that I don’t even have to add any more spices to it! Hope Foods caries a large variety of flavors that you can use in so many ways, and they make great sauces all on their own.

We love hummus, in fact Calum could very well live off the stuff! You can find more hummus recipes and inspiration here!

xox