My Favorite Green Smoothie

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I love homemade smoothies in the morning … They are a quick and easy way to start the day with some quality nutrition, and I can make them really fast! My usual go-to recipe has always been a protein powder based smoothie, but recently I decided that I wanted to try one that was all about getting greens along with the protein.

After doing some research, I discovered that you can easily pack a smoothie full of fresh spinach! I know what you may be thinking … A smoothie full of 2 cups of spinach can’t taste great — And I initially thought the same thing. But I played around with the recipe, and by adding some pineapple, banana and coconut water, I am telling you, it is almost impossible to even taste the spinach!

Did you know that two cups of spinach has 1.72g of protein? To make my smoothie even more nutritious and protein rich, I decided to add hemp hearts which are also chalked full of essential fatty acids.

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys, because it seriously tastes SO good and is amazing for you. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

What else do you guys add to your smoothies? Comment below and let me know because I am always looking to keep my recipes interesting.  

Xx
Tamera

green power smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups of fresh baby spinach

½ cup of fresh or frozen pineapple cut into cubes

1 tbsp of hemp hearts

½ a banana

1 cup of coconut water

5-6 ice cubes

Directions: In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth and enjoy immediately!

Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Dipped Spoons + Edible Flowers

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chocolate dipped spoons

I am sucker for any holiday! I will seriously celebrate them all … and Valentine’s Day is no exception! I think it’s fun to get into the spirit of any holiday, and to see my children get excited makes it all the more special.

This year I wanted to try something a little different, and come up with a Valentine’s Day sweet treat that wasn’t too sweet, or packed with artificial ingredients. That is definitely one thing about traditional Valentine’s Day treats that I am not crazy about — Everything is pink or red, and that usually means lots of artificial food coloring and additives. So, after doing some searching on Pinterest, I came across several ideas for chocolate dipped spoons and fell in love with the idea — Especially because I knew I could use vegan chocolate to make them.

I have to say this may be one the easiest and cutest treats I have ever made! There are a lot of variations out there of how to make these … Many people drizzle them with white chocolate, or top them with sprinkles. I decided to try using edible flowers on top of mine (to keep them organic), and they turned out amazing!

These are so adorable, and would make for a perfect dinner party dessert. Added bonus … they are portion controlled, so if you can resist and eat just one, then you know you aren’t going overboard with dessert!

I hope you love these as much as I do! Let me know if you make them for your Valentine’s day!

Xx
Tamera

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Chocolate Dipped Spoons + Edible Flowers  | Serves:  | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes Makes 5 large spoons

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chocolate chips of your choice (I use Enjoy Life Vegan Chocolate Chips)
  • Edible Flowers (I found mine at Whole Foods)

Supplies:

  • Plastic sandwich bag (make sure it is BPA free because you are going to be placing melted chocolate in it)
  • 5 metal spoons
  • Spatula
  • Wax paper
  • Microwave safe bowl

Instructions:

  • Line a plate with wax paper, and place your spoons on top.
  • Pour chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments (stirring in between) until your chocolate is melted.
  • Once chocolate is melted, pour it into your BPA free plastic bag, and cut off a small tip from one of the corners of the bag. Make the cut about ¼ of an inch in diameter.
  • Pipe the melted chocolate on the top of the spoons, distributing it as evenly as possible. When you’re done, smooth the chocolate with your spatula and wipe any excess chocolate from the side of the spoon that may have spilled over.
  • Add 1 or 2 edible flowers to the top of the chocolate covered spoon.
  • Let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until the chocolate is hard.

Enjoy!

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chocolate spoons recipe

How I Learned to Listen to My Body

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The past year I have been dealing with a pretty frustrating injury. No matter what I did, my back never seemed to get better. After countless doctors’ visits, and trying different courses of treatment, I found myself half way down a very long road, with what felt like no end in sight. I know I’m not alone, and I’m sure many of you can relate to the total frustration of going from being very healthy and physically fit, to suddenly unable to live your life the way you are used to (I couldn’t even pick up my daughter).

I’m happy to report that today, I am finally starting to feel like I am on the mend, and have found the right treatment plan for me. As frustrating as this journey has been, there are a few blessings that have come out of it (as there always are). First off, I overhauled my diet quite a bit to eliminate any inflammation causing foods (I wrote about that last week), and that made a big difference for my overall health and energy. Second, and what I want to talk about today with you guys, is that I also learned how to really listen to my body.

It sounds simple enough, and we get told to do it all the time — Every time I take a workout class, or read something about meditation or mindfulness, I hear statements like ‘listen to your body, it knows what it needs’. I’ll be honest with you guys, I thought I understood what that meant … Things like knowing when you’re tired, or hungry or need to exercise — And while those needs are real too, I have learned that listening to your body goes much deeper than that.

Despite working with different doctors and physical therapists, my back wasn’t improving, and my pain was increasing. I began to get really discouraged and frustrated. Anyone who has experienced prolonged pain will attest to the fact that after a while, you get to the end of your rope! Living with pain day in and day out, all while trying to keep up with your responsibilities, becomes very tiring both physically and mentally.

It was at this point of exhaustion and frustration that I decided I had enough. Something wasn’t right, and I didn’t understand why I wasn’t getting better. I made the conscious decision that I was going to get to the bottom of this injury, and figure out what the heck was going on — The only problem was that I had no idea what the heck was going on.

I decided to start by getting really clear on how the injury was affecting me, and noticing everything about my body, and specifically, my pain …. I mean, like take notes on how do I feel at all times of the day, kind of noticing. As someone who doesn’t like to complain, I have to say this was a lot harder than it sounds. What really jumped out at me though during this process was that I had a gut instinct all along about what was and wasn’t working for my body.

Always trust your gut. Sometimes, therapists may tell you things you should be doing, that you instinctively know you just shouldn’t. I worked with a couple different therapists, and knew something still wasn’t right. So, I went and saw a back specialist, Dr. Watkins.  He seriously is the best!  My husband referred me to him through a really good friend of his who had suffered back pain for years as well. Dr. Watkins pointed me in the right direction.  I knew when he looked at me and said, ‘we are going to figure this out’, that he would, and he did!! I did all the tests I needed to get in order to get all the information we needed. Make sure you always keep trying to figure things out if something doesn’t seem right! You have to listen to your own body, and trust your own instincts.

In actuality, it turned out to be my SI joint all along, not my back. The back pain was just referred pain. I can honestly say I was so happy when we found out the culprit. A lot of women who have babies can develop this injury. My two c sections, and lack of core and SI strength, enabled this pain. So, turns out that all I needed was trunk stabilization. So simple right?!

Now that I know what I have to do, the rest of the journey begins. My exercises are what gets me through the day, and what are helping me to heal in the process — But they are no walk in the park. It takes a while to build strength when your abs had been cut open twice. Doctors don’t really tell you that after you have a c section. However, there is a direct correlation between c sections and back-pain. I now have the most amazing physical therapist … It took me awhile to find her! Her name is Grace. But what I love most about her is that she is very optimistic, genuinely cares for patients, and simply knows what she is doing with post-partum mommies.

I’m grateful for my journey, and even for this setback, now that I look back at it. It taught me to always trust my gut, listen to my body, and eat healthier. I’m finally starting to look and feel like myself again. I had to get two cortisone shots in my SI joint, and I gained 10 pounds from the steroids — Not fun. However, I’ve already lost 9 of those. I’m hoping that by sharing my journey, I am able to help someone else on theirs.

Know that in your trials you aren’t in it alone, and that one day, it will become your testimony.

Have you guys ever had to take an injury or health matter into your own hands? I would love to know your tips for taking control of your health!  

Xx
Tamera

 

My Healthy Recipe Roundup

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This past year was a great one for me, but it did have a few challenges — The biggest one being a persistent back injury that I was having a really hard time with. This injury really brought my exercise routine to a screeching halt. All of a sudden, I wasn’t able to do Pilates like I used to, and running was out of the question.

As soon as exercise couldn’t be a part of my daily life, I had to make some lifestyle changes and become much more mindful about my diet, and what food I was putting into my body. Not just for my weight, but because I needed to be as healthy as possible if I wanted my back to heal.

The silver lining is that I have discovered so many amazing and nutritious recipes, and now I eat so much healthier than I did before. I have cut out a lot of unnecessary sugar and fat, and have to say that I feel better than ever … Food truly is medicine! It is incredible how much you can influence your body’s health and overall wellbeing by eating nutrient rich anti-inflammatory foods. I have learned first-hand the value in giving your body the tools necessary to fight inflammation through diet.

Today I wanted to share with you guys a roundup of my favorite healthy recipes that I made in the last year on tameramowry.com. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Did you guys try any of my recipes this year? Let me know if you have, and how you liked them!

Xx
Tamera

kale salad

Summer Kale Salad — This salad is so good, and definitely not just meant for summer time. I make it all the time, and if you add some chicken on top, you have a whole meal.

energy ball bites

Three Easy To Make Energy Ball Bites — Still one of my go-to snacks, these energy balls are a personal favorite of mine because they totally cure a sweet tooth. They also freeze really well, so you can make a big batch, and save them.

protein smoothie

My Morning Protein Smoothie Recipe — This smoothie is a lifesaver for when you are on-the-go. It’s full of nutrition, and very quick to make.

quinoa burrito bowl

Quinoa Burrito Bowl — This burrito bowl recipe is a great dinner recipe for my whole family because my husband can eat it in a soft-shell taco and add cheese, and I eat mine in a bowl over lettuce.

avocado crudite platter

Avocado Crudités Platter — This crudités platter is a regular snack for me, whether I am entertaining or not! It’s tastier (and healthier) than a regular veggie platter with dip.

grilled chicken skewers

Grilled Chicken And Vegetable Skewers — Another weeknight dinner staple for me, these skewers go great with a side salad and ensure that I get a big serving of vegetables. If I want to add a carb to this meal, I go for roasted sweet potatoes.

tuna stufed avocados

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados — Probably my favorite lunch ever, I love to make these tuna salad stuffed avocados. You can always change up the tuna salad recipe to keep them from getting boring.

peanut butter apples

Smart Snacks: Peanut Butter + Toppings Apples — This snack is so quick to make and is another one that totally cures any cravings for something sweet (although I usually leave the chocolate chips off for myself). The kids love it too!

zucchini noodle pasta

Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce — Probably one of my favorite recipes I discovered this year, I absolutely love zucchini noodle pasta. This recipe is made with an avocado sauce that is very healthy and beyond delicious.

chia pudding

Almond + Banana Chia Seed Pudding — Last but certainly not least is this chia seed pudding. It may not look like much, but it is so nutritious and tastes incredible. The almonds on top add great texture to this snack.

Almond + Banana Chia Seed Pudding

almond banana chia seed pudding

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The holidays are over, and that means that it is time to go back to work and school, and life is about to return to being as busy as ever. Which also means that I am usually running out the door and in a hurry, and in need of a quick and healthy meal.

I recently heard about chia seed pudding and initially I thought it sounded kind of unappetizing … First of all, pudding isn’t really my thing. Second, the only time I eat chia seeds is if I am throwing them in a protein smoothie. But after doing some Pinterest research, I discovered that there are a lot of chia pudding recipes out there, and so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try it. I’m so glad I did! Chia seed pudding is so easy to make, and is seriously delicious and nutrient packed — I’m now hooked!

I made my pudding with almonds and bananas, but once you have made the pudding base, you can get creative about what else you add to it. Berries, chocolate, coconut, peanut butter … The options are endless.

This pudding makes for an incredible on-the-go meal, and you can make a bunch of it at once and store it in the fridge. I hope you guys enjoy trying this recipe as much as I did!

Have you ever tried chia seed pudding? Let me know what you add to your pudding, I would love some more ideas to keep this recipe interesting!    

Xx
Tamera

chia seed pudding recipe

Almond + Banana Chia Seed Pudding | Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

3 ripe medium-sized bananas, set one aside and slice for toppings

1 ½ cups almond milk (or you can use whatever milk you prefer)

4 tablespoons chia seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup of almonds

¼ cup of almond butter

Directions:

In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the chia seeds and additional sliced banana for topping. Remove from the food processor move to a mixing bowl. Next, mix in the chia seeds. Divide the mixture evenly into jars of your choosing (I used mini mason jars). Place a lid on the jars and store in the fridge overnight (or at least for 4 hours). Once the pudding has hardened, serve with sliced bananas and almonds on top.

Enjoy!

New Year’s Eve Infused Champagne Cocktails

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Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, and I’m sure that many of you guys are like me and busy planning your celebration. I love to host a get-together to ring in the new year, and am always trying to think of ways that I can add some special touches to the food and drinks that I serve.

So, this year I decided to get a little creative with my champagne, and infuse my brut to create a glass of bubbles that has a little extra something for my guests. I tested these out at a Christmas party, and they were a total win!

What is great about these champagne infusions is that they aren’t complicated cocktails, or overpowering in flavor — They don’t ruin the classic taste of the champagne, or add sugar to the drink. They are also easy to do, and don’t require a lot of time spent at the bar.

infused champagne

Here are the three champagne variations I created:

PEAR + SAGE INFUSED CHAMPAGNE: To create this, simply add 1 oz of fresh pear juice to a glass of cold champagne, and then add in a sprig of fresh sage and serve.

POMEGRANATE INFUSED CHAMPAGNE: Place a tablespoon of fresh pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a flute. Add in 1 oz. of POM Pomegranate juice, and top off with cold champagne and serve.

ROSEMARY + ST. GERMAIN CHAMPAGNE: Place 1 oz. of St Germain liqueur to a flute, and add in a fresh sprig of rosemary. Top off with cold champagne and serve.

Do you guys ever infuse cocktails? Let me know if you have any other creative ways to serve champagne. Cheers!   

Xx
Tamera