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Pink Bubblegum Smoothie Bowl: Fight Sugar Cravings & Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

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Be Sweet To Your Sweet Tooth

When you’re craving something sweet, that’s your body saying feed me sugar! We don’t have to feel guilty about that, we just have to feed it the right kind of sugar! Fruits in their natural, whole food state, or chock full of fiber, which helps to slow the effects of sugar in the bloodstream, and they’re also loaded with other nutrients that our bodies thrive off of! This sweet treat will hit the spot, without any refined sugar, dairy, or anything else inflammatory that traditional ice cream and desserts contain!

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Pleasing to the palate & a surprise for the eyes

The Original Juicy Fruit

This Bubblegum Bowl has two distinct features—it’s flavor and its color! Jack fruit is said to be where the classic Juicy Fruit bubblegum flavor originated from. Fact or fiction, this tropical fruit totally tastes like a mouthful of my chewy childhood favorite! Jack fruit is ripe with nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, and what makes it unique amongst the fruits is its higher than normal protein content, with 3g per cup! Fun fact: some vegetarians and vegans use jack fruit as a meat substitute, due to its texture, which is similar to that of shredded meat—think: pulled jack fruit sandwiches (it’s a real thing)!

Clean Fuel

The hubs and I have been making this 6-ingredient smoothie combo on repeat as of late, and it makes for the perfect pre-workout, post-workout, breakfast, or dessert—it’s amazing anytime of day! We always add a scoop of our long-time favorite, SunWarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend protein powder, because it helps to keep us fueled!

Be sure to use discount code EatMoveRest for 20% off on the SunWarrior website! >>>

EatMoveRest.com | Pink Bubblegum Smoothie Bowl | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Pink Bubblegum Smoothie Bowl | by Erin Stanczyk
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Think Pink

Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is known for its vibrant pink hue, and can transform any smoothie or dish from blah to beautiful. This fruit has a mild flavor and a texture similar to that of kiwi, due to its tiny, edible, crunchy black seeds inside. Thanks to its antioxidant flavonoids, dragon fruit has been linked to better brain health and a reduced risk for heart disease!

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Pink Bubblegum Smoothie Bowl

This vibrant frozen treat is a delight to the eyes and pleasing to the palate, with its pop of flavor, reminiscent of that of Juicy Fruit bubblegum, thanks to our star ingredient, jack fruit! This tropical fruit is actually said to be the origin of the flavor of our favorite childhood bubblegum, and it’s a lot better for you! This blend will have you thinking pink and feeling fine!

raw vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free

time: 5min // serves: 2 // cal: 800

ingredients:

  • 4 ripe, freckled frozen bananas

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

  • 7 frozen jack fruit pods (can sub 1 cup frozen mango)

  • 1 frozen Pitaya Plus (dragon fruit) pack (can sub 1 small chunk of raw beet or pitaya, or beet powder)

  • 1 scoop SunWarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend (use discount code EatMoveRest for 20% off!)

  • Splash of water (or liquid of choice)

method:

  1. Place all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth!

  2. Top with fruit, nuts, and/or seeds of choice and enjoy with a friend or all to yourself!

note:

  • Before blending, you may want to allow your frozen ingredients to thaw for 5-10 minutes or add extra liquid, depending on the quality/speed of your blender.

  • Try this blend with less liquid for a bowl full of “nice cream,” or more liquid for a smoothie on-the-go!

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Treat Yourself

Don’t forget to treat yourself in other ways besides just what’s on your plate! Make it a goal for the next 30 days, to treat yourself in some way, small or large, everyday! I’m thinking…an at home spa bath one night, a 5-minute morning meditation one day, and maybe a dressy date night…you get the idea! Make a list and start checking it off—ready, set, GO!

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Erin

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Homemade Banana Bread | Gluten-free + Vegan

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Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Bananas For Bananas

We love bananas! In fact, the hubs and I buy them by the case—40lbs and about 100 bananas total! We like to let them get all ripe, sweet, speckled, and freckled, peel them, and freeze them by the dozens to throw into plant-powered smoothies year-round! That being said, sometimes they do sit out on the countertop a little too long—it’s rare, but it does happen!

When your bananas surpass the leopard-spotted phase to the all-black stage, there’s only one option left…and it’s a tasty one: BANANA BREAD!

I don’t bake often, but whenever I do, I wonder why not! It’s so rewarding, especially when you can find a way to use whole, fresh, and clean ingredients, and even manage to steer clear of gluten! This recipe is hubby-approved, and I know you’re gonna love it, especially as the temperature drops, and indoor activities like getting messy in the kitchen become more appealing!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Only 9 Ingredients!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Homemade Upgrades

  • Whole Grain Flour: Blending your own whole oat flour is an upgrade from refined, white flour. On top of that, oats are gluten-free—yet another upgrade from conventional flour.

  • Flax “Egg”: Ground flax seed makes for a heart-healthy upgrade from eggs. Flax contains more omega-3 fatty acids, and zero cholesterol!

  • Almond Butter: Almond butter is a creamy, delicious, and nutritious upgrade that takes the place of using butter or oils.

  • Coconut Sugar: This sweetener is far less processed and refined than regular, white granulated sugar, and has an amazing scent!

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: A touted “cure-all” that takes the place of baking soda and interacts with baking powder to give baked goods that “lift” as they bake! How many times did I just say bake?!

  • Vanilla Flavoring: Vanilla extract contains alcohol, and this upgraded ingredient does not!

  • Pink Himalayan Salt: This pretty, pink, ancient salt contains a plethora of trace minerals that refined table salt does not!

Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

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Homemade Banana Bread

Banana bread is a childhood favorite that everybody knows and loves, and this version is sure to love you back! This delicious and nutritious baked goodness is not only gluten-free, it’s also oil-free, and vegan! A piece of this perfectly moist loaf topped with a dash of cinnamon is sure to please anyone as a mid-day snack or a little slice of Heaven after dinnertime!

gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, banana-riffic!

prep: 15min // bake time: 45-60min

ingredients:

method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

  2. In a small bowl, combine ground flax seed and water, stir, and set aside.

  3. In a blender or food processor, blend rolled oats into a fine flour.

  4. Add oat flour to medium bowl, along with other dry ingredients: coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

  5. In a separate bowl, peel and mash ripe bananas until an even, runny texture is achieved. Add other wet ingredients: almond butter, apple cider vinegar, vanilla flavoring, and flax “egg” to bowl. Mix well.

  6. Slowly mix dry ingredients in with wet ingredients. Stir well until all clumps are dissolved, and an even consistency is achieved.

  7. Pour batter into a parchment paper-lined or greased bread loaf pan, and smooth top. (Note: I used two mini loaf pans, about 6x3in each).

  8. Bake at 350ºF for about 45 minutes (or closer to 60 min if using one regular-size loaf pan). Check often. When top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out cleanly with minimal crumbs, your loaf is ready!

  9. Allow to cool on the stovetop for about 10 minutes in the pan. Remove from pan, slice, and enjoy! Feel free to top with vegan butter, nut butter, sliced bananas, cinnamon, etc!

notes:

  • Stores best wrapped in saran or a container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  • Feel free to experiment with using another nut or seed butter in place of almond butter.

  • You may also use brown sugar or cane sugar in place of coconut sugar, but coconut is your best bet, as it is the least refined.

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Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan
Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest | Homemade Banana Bread: Gluten-free + Vegan

Any Way You Slice It

Lately I’ve really been feeling like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. If you’re feeling the same, remember to live in the present, rather than future-tripping, and to give yourself time to decompress each and every day.

A few things that have helped me to slice up my day and keep things well-balanced, as of late:

  1. Establish a self-care morning routine: read, write, pray, meditate, and listen to something encouraging and inspiring!

  2. Get your sweat on and get outside, even if it means bundling up and braving the elements.

  3. Put your feet up and do something mindless—peruse Pinterest or watch a good movie.

  4. Spend time with loved ones—laugh, cry, and give lots of hugs!

  5. Create a weekly mantra for yourself—write it down, read it aloud, and believe it!

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.
— Henry Ford

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Erin

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