Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pecan Protein Granola

Granola is one of those “health foods” that’s usually really not all that healthy. Laden with unhealthy carbs and low-quality refined oil, the kind you find at the grocery store is probably better suited for the junk food aisle than your gym bag. So how do you satisfy a craving for the crunchy, convenient snack in a way that won’t backfire on your belt size? You clean it up!

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pecan Protein Granola // Naturally Lindsey

This version uses the addition of a clean, vegan plant-based protein powder to balance out the carbs, while spices intensify the flavor with minimal sugar. However, If you prefer your granola a little more sweet you can try adding in more honey. It’s also really easy to customize this recipe by swapping out different nuts and spices.

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Soy-free

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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chocolate Protein Pudding

I normally try to eat a fair amount of protein, following the 30/40/30 macro ratio of fat, carbs, and protein, respectively, though sometimes I find it hard to stomach that much protein without feeling sick. However this week I started CrossFit and boy am I craving it! I’ve felt really weak when I don’t eat enough and it’s definitely been protein that’s kept me going. Tonight after dinner I wanted something sweet for dessert, but still needed to meet my protein allotment for the day. This deliciousness was the outcome:

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Yum! You can use the plant-based protein powder of your choice, but if you use one that’s chocolate flavored you may want to use half the amount of raw cacao powder or just nix it all together. I used Pure Matters Vanilla Pea Protein, which I was going to link to but apparently the company went out of business at the beginning of this past May. How sad!

This recipe is
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Nut free*
• Soy-free*
• Vegan*

*Depending on your choice of ingredients

Gluten-free Dairy-free Chocolate Protein Pudding
serves 1

• 1/2 – 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
• 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
• 3 tablespoons coconut, almond, hemp, or other non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
• 1 tablespoon non-dairy plain or vanilla yogurt (you can also use regular yogurt if you can tolerate it!)
• 1/2 tablespoon raw local honey or agave nectar
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well. Add your choice of toppings. I used unsweetened shredded coconut and fresh organic blueberries!

What’s your favorite plant-based protein powder? Let me know in the comments below!

A Berry Green Smoothie Recipe & Raw Green Organics RawJuvenate 14-day Detox Review

For the past week I’ve been doing Raw Green Organics RawJuvenate Complete Organic Detox 14-day starter after finding the deal through Living Social! The detox kit includes their Vegan Protein Powder and Organic Super Greens Drink Mix as well as vegan probiotic, fiber supplement, and aloe supplement (a natural laxative) to be taken daily. I have quite a few digestive issues so finding a protein powder that’s low carb with a relatively high protein-to-calorie ratio that ALSO doesn’t upset my stomach (no dairy/whey/soy protein or sugar alcohols) is a task in itself, but I figured it was worth a shot, especially considering all the lovely tummy-helping supplements it included.

All you have to do is take the supplements daily and replace one solid meal with one liquid meal daily using the Organic Super Greens + Vegan Protein Powder – and since smoothies are in regular rotation in my morning routine, this felt a little more every-day and a little less “detox” which is always a plus. Don’t get me wrong, detoxes are great, but often times they leave you and your body with much to be desired – definitely not the case here!

I’ve made quite a few different smoothie recipes throughout this detox, but this one really stuck out because of it’s gorgeous deep aubergine color. In addition to the RawJuvenate Vegan Protein Powder and Organic Super Greens Drink Mix, it contains antioxidant-packed berries and plenty of potassium thanks to the addition of banana and coconut water.

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Berry Green Smoothie

• 6 oz coconut water (I like Zico or C20)
• 2 oz orange juice
• 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries, or 1/4 cup each frozen strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, and blueberries
• 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
• 3 scoops Raw Green Organics Vegan Protein Powder
• 1 scoop Raw Green Organics Super Greens Drink Mix
• 3-5 ice cubes

And now onto my review! Let’s start with the Vegan Protein Powder. One word: awesome. Not only does it not upset my stomach at all (a first!) but it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, high in Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, and certified organic and vegan, made with all-natural North American yellow peas, sacha inchi protein, organic hemp protein and flaxseed. The taste is very mild and not overwhelmingly “earthy” as many plant-based proteins are. And with 88 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, <3 carbs, and 18 grams of protein per serving, it fit my requirements and then some!

The Organic Super Greens Mix is tasty, high in phyto-nutrients that can help prevent disease and keep your body work properly. It contains alfalfa leaf extract, barley grass juice powder, wheat grass fiber, spirulina powder, spinach powder, and ginko leaf powder – all organic, and all wonderfully beneficial ingredients that you would probably not want to consume whole! The taste is a little green and slightly sweet thanks to natural berry flavor and Stevia Reb-A.

Now for the supplements. The vegan probiotic was great. Let me tell you it is not easy to find a probiotic that doesn’t contain dairy in some way, shape or form! The fiber supplement made a noticeable difference for me, keeping things moving, if you know what I mean. The aloe supplement however is very strong. It says you can take up to 3 a day, but for me 1 every other day is more than plenty.

Overall I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to start their mornings out in a clean, healthy way while really resetting your digestive system. I truly feel great, from the inside out!