A lot of you may not know this, but I am an avid yogi. I practice daily and happen to be friends with one of the coolest, most badass yoginis I know.
Say hello to LadyDork. No that’s not her real name, and yes she’s amazing! She’s also an inspiration and has great energy.
Funny story actually, we befriended one another on social media, (namely Facebook), which we didn’t find weird since we had a few mutual friends and a similar sense of humor and vibe about us. Come to think of it, she is actually my second friend via Social media and I am not shy about saying that in the least. I actually think it’s pretty cool! I mean hey, look at Match.com… Just saying.
But I digress, well last weekend, LadyDork (her real name is Sanaa, which means”gift from God” in Arabic), and I held a Yoga and Smoothie workshop in Jersey City and it was awesome! We are both heavily involved in the Instagram yoga community and decided to host an event together. Marrying our knowledge of yoga and food. Naturally we decided to have snacks that are good for both pre and post yoga workout. Fun, fun, fun!
The workshop went off without a hitch and we got our zen on with ten other fabulous ladies and snacked afterward, on some delicious nonnoms by yours truly. Did I mention that all the food was not only gluten free (duh) but vegan friendly too? Yes, it certainly was. See even thoughI am a huge carnivore (I mean HUGE), I consume a large amount of fruits and veggies (as you know form reading this blog) and sometimes, I like to have meatless meals. Every once in a while though, I even take it a step further and have a vegan friendly snack or meal too. Why not? I can be versatile!
Listen, I’m not into tofurkey and veganaisse (?), or anything like that (sorry Jenn). I am actually against almost all (highly) processed foods. I mean do you know what they have to do to tofu to get it to taste like bacon??? I’m sure that CANNOT be good for you. But I won’t bash my vegan friends (because I do have a few… literally three, so that constitutes a few right?). Right. Moving on.
Oh yes, vegan snacks. I am a fan of eating cleaner than normal every once an a while (natural whole foods) and just giving my body a break by having a smoothie, snack or salad that is animal by product free. That means no cheese, butter, yogurt or honey. YES: even honey! It’s made from bees silly, and REAL vegans (not me) do not consume even that.
So I decided to make some yummy post-yoga nom noms for the lovely women that came out to participate in our workshop to keep in line with the healthy, wellness and zen theme of the day. Namely white sweet potato and cannelloni bean hummus, a tropical flavored smoothie and a chai spiced banana protein smoothie. All very delicious, nutritious and clean.
We enjoyed a bit of light, nutritious fare that was packed with protein, yet still “clean” and vegan friendly. The energy was positive, the vibe was great and a good time was had by all. Namaste!
Tropic Thunder Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/4 cup diced mango or papaya
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- splash of passion fruit juice (optional)
- few cubes ice
Chai Spiced Banana Blast
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp cashew butter (or peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
- 2 pitted medjool dates
- pinch each of ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, clove
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
For each recipe, place all ingredients, (except ice), in blender and blend until smooth. When mixture is creamy and liquefied, then add ice and blend until all cubes are crushed. Pour and enjoy!