Trendy, Healthy + Cheap AF

Food Trends these days are changing by the post, Instagram has created a platform for healthy food trends to run rampant… and well, I love it. It is exciting that people are opening up to trying new foods, methods of cooking and changing their perspective on health.

Even though this new world of information is inspiring - lets be real - we can’t all afford to buy into $6 matcha, $10 juices and $25 salads on the daily, even if it is packed with the rarest spirulina. I know accepting reality is tough, but staying on trend can really break the bank. So let’s break it down, I am going to debunk some of the trendiest foods and make them cheap AF. This way we can get healthy, keep money in our pockets and always stay on trend ;).

From blended concoctions to fermented goods I am going to show you how to make it easy, healthy + cheap.

Here is what to expect: Delicious, hassle-free(ish) + healthy recipes complete with a priced out grocery list. Sure, I have my own list of trends I’m ready to debunk, but what fun is that? I want to hear what you trends you’re over paying full price for - shoot me a comment, email or slide into my DM’s - your choice, I’m ready for ya.

First up: A Trendy, Healthy + Cheap AF Blended Edition

Time to demystify two juice trends who’s benefits live up to the hype but not always the price - Celery Juice and Ginger Shots.

Celery Juice

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There is no surprise this made my list, everyone is drinking celery juice… everyone. It took my a while to get on board because honestly, celery isn’t the most appetizing vegetable. And it is 90% water, so other than getting a hydrating boost how could celery really change my body?! But I tried it and I loved it - whether it is all in our heads or celery juice is the new kale the facts are facts: It is delicious, easy and frankly drinking it in the morning helps me rehydrate and feel cleansed throughout the day.

Celery juice is said to pack a punch containing vitamin C, folate, magnesium, calcium + electrolytes. It is not only a great way to flush your system in the morning but electrolytes and vitamin C make it a great remedy when you feel a cold coming on or refueling after a workout … watch out Gaterade!

Although a juicer is a great method for turning this goodness into liquid, us on a budget (and probably without kitchen space) need to find another way to reap the benefits. Luckily celery is pliable enough that by cutting through the cell walls it will release its juice. Time to pull out the blenders, whether its a Vitamix or Magic Bullet it is all the same when it comes to celery juice.

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What you need:

Instructions:

  1. Rough chop the celery into smaller pieces, place in the blender with a 1/4 cup water.

  2. Turn on the blender and let it liquify the celery.

  3. Strain the mixture and pour into a glass to enjoy!

Seriously that is it. 1 ingredient and 3 simple steps you will be on your way to a healthier, trendier you in no time.

Let’s see what you are saving!

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Pressed Juicery is now serving Celery Juice for $4/ 15oz bottle, while Jus by Julie is serving up celery blends for $8/ 16 oz bottle. While I LOVE these brands lets keep them for the splurge days.

Our homemade celery juice costs us : $1.89/ 16oz

  • 1 bunch Organic Celery $1.89

Well you know what that means… we just saved $2.11 for 5 minutes of effort and a whole lotta goodness.

TIP: Make it your own by adding lemon and ginger for added flavor and benefits without breaking the bank. The juice will last up to 4 days in the fridge, so make a large batch and keep it for the week!

Ginger Shots

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The health benefits of ginger have been around the block, but the hype hasn’t gone away. Ginger is a powerhouse root that not only adds an amazing fresh and spicy flavor to dishes but is a true rockstar for the gut, immune system and inflammation.

Ginger contains Gingerol, the bioactive compound in the root that is responsible for much of its medicinal benefits. Gingerol can help fight infections by preventing and reducing harmful bacteria in the body. The powerful antioxidants found in ginger can prevent and reduce cancer-causing free radicals, while combating the common cold. And for the gut, ginger can be used to help ignite your metabolism, improving digestion and irregularity. I know you don’t need more convincing but just in case — ginger’s anti-inflammatory compounds have been found to help prevent brain degenerating diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

To break it down we all need to be including ginger into our weekly (if not daily) routine. But being such a hot ingredient products can get pricey. So let’s give it a shot the cheap AF way.

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What you need:

  • Blender

  • Mesh Strainer or Nut milk bag

  • 3” of Ginger

  • Pinch of Cinnamon

  • Pinch of Cayenne

  • 1/4 tsp Honey

  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp of Water

Instructions:

  1. Rough chop ginger. Place in a blender with apple cider vinegar, water, cinnamon, honey and cayenne.

  2. Turn on the blender and blend until everything breaks down and liquifies.

  3. Strain the mixture and pour into a glass and shoot it back!

Now for the savings

Pressed Juicery coming in hot for $4 for 2 oz of juice… and this is a good price. At boutique shops ginger shots can go up to $6 a pop.

Our homemade shot costs: $1.50

  • Ginger ($0.26/oz) $0.80

  • Honey ($0.46/oz) $0.10

  • Cinnamon / Cayenne ($1.50/ oz) $0.10

  • Apple Cider Vinegar ($4.50/ 16 oz) $0.50

Thats a savings of more than $2.50 without missing out on the goods.

Hope these tips help you incorporate healthy trends into your routine. Let me know what foods you want me to turn into Trendy, Healthy and Cheap AF necessities!

Pip Your Bowl

Rise and shine, this smoothie bowl is sure to get any morning poppin' . 

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Not only is this bowl easy on the eyes, its high in antioxidants, probiotics, anti-inflammatory agents and protein. This bowl gets its vibrant color from Maqui Berry a nutrient dense berry found in Chile. Similar to acai, maqui berries are high in antioxidants, anti-bacterial and anti- carcinogen properties, aiding in cell function and detoxification. Maqui berry has also been found to lower and maintain blood sugar levels, especially for those with diabetes. 

Now smoothie bowl toppings are equally important as the smoothie itself... right? I decided to elevate ordinary granola with this Coffee Dusted Popcorn' Granola. This granola uses Pipcorn's Sea Salt mini popcorn kernels to achieve the perfect balance of sweet and salty granola to pair with this tropical bowl. Pipcorn uses natural heirloom corn kernels to pop their mini popcorn, which is perfect for snacking on its own and added to recipes to pop it up a notch. 

Ok I'll put a spoon in it, time for you to check out the recipes below for yourself! 


Coffee Dusted Popcorn Granola

Yield 6 cups

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  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups Pipcorn, Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 tsp reishi powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 10 dates, pureed 
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp almond butter, melted (or nut butter or your choice)
  • 3 tsp instant coffee
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine oats, popcorn, nuts, reishi, coffee and chia. Stir to combine and set aside 
  3. In a food processor, pulse dates with a 1 tsp water to blend in to a paste. If larger chunks remain that is ok. 
  4. Add the melted coconut oil, dates, nut butter and maple syrup to the dry mix. Stir until all ingredients are evenly coated. 
  5. Evenly spread mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly toasted and crunchy.
  6. Set aside to cool.

 

Maqui Berry Smoothie Bowl

Yield 4 cups

  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp Maqui Powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder of your choice ( I used Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides) 

Directions

  1. In food processor, or blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth. 

To assemble:

Pour smoothie mixture into a bowl, top with fresh cut fruit and Coffee Dusted Popcorn Granola. Enjoy!

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The Fresh Challenge : Hemp

For this month's Fresh Challenge sit back, grab a spot on the couch and pack a bowl... of HEMP seeds! 

Hemp is a all around plant- based power house of nutrients that can be added to smoothies, salads, baked goods and well... just about anything! 

Protein Hit - Hemp hearts contain 10 grams of protein per 3 tablespoon serving. The protein found in hemp is a complete protein and easily digestible! 

Fiber Fire - Add more fire to your belly. These little seeds are full of fiber to aid your gut health and digestion. The standard diet is lacking in this nutrient as we chips in snacks instead of fruits and vegetables, but hemp can help swing the pendulum in a better direction. 

Omega-3 Good-Good - Protect your heart and improve your brain function with a daily dose of Omega- 3 fatty acids. Adding omega- 3's to your day helps reduce inflammation, reduce your risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels. 

The best part about this challenge? Hemp is easy to find anywhere these days from raw hemp hearts to milks you can take the challenge out of this Fresh Challenge. Just in case you need more direction when the munchies kick in, here are a few of my blazin picks. 

 

 

 

The Fresh Challenge : Spirulina

Keep away from the wrath of the leprechauns and go green this month with spirulina. Spirulina is a powerful blue-green algae that will boost your daily nutrient intake, detoxify skin, improve energy and aid digestive health. With 2000% more beta carotene than carrots, 4000% more iron than spinach and 280% more antioxidant strength than berries, spirulina is the ultimate addition to your diet. This super- algae is an easy addition to smoothies, desserts, snacks or even salad dressings. 

 

Protein Boost

Spirulina is a nutrient dense algae composed of 60% protein, B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese. However, what sets spirulina apart from other plant based proteins is that it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids our bodies require to digest and utilize for optimal cellular function. In fact, 1 tbsp of spirulina powder contains 4g of protein with only 20 calories and 2g of carbohydrates. 

Anti- aging

This algae is more than just a protein powerhouse, it has also been found to have substantial anti-aging properties due to its high percentage of beta carotene, antioxidants and phycocyanin. Phycocyanin is the active ingredient in spirulina that is responsible for its bright blue- green color. Phycocyanin is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant that fights free radicals in the body while reducing the production of inflammatory molecules. Move over carrots… beta carotene levels in spirulina are 10 times more concentrated than those found in carrots, making spirulina a one-stop-shop for anti-aging from the inside out. 

Gut Health

There are countless detoxifiers and digestive aids hitting the market these days but few target the micro biome of your gut to remove toxins quickly and effectively. Well, spirulina does just that, the blue-green algae stimulates the growth and function of beneficial flora while suppressing bad bacteria in your digestive tract. This promotes proper digestion and the removal of toxins and heavy metals in your bloods stream. The stimulation of beneficial gut flora also improves digestive conditions such as constipation, candida and leaky gut syndrome. 

Energy

Lastly, spirulina’s antioxidant, protein and vitamin rich properties make it a compact energy booster. Some studies have shown that regular consumption of spirulina may improve endurance and reduce muscle fatigue among athletes. 

How to use

Raw spirulina can be found in tablet or powder form by companies such as go raw and Sunfood.  Due to the algae's strong earthy flavor is best when paired with sweets fruits such as bananas, mango, pineapple, dates or berries in smoothies or juices. If dessert is what your craving, add a spoonful of spirulina powder to raw chocolate brownies, truffles or chia pudding for a depth of flavor and boost of nutrition. Don’t have a sweet tooth, no worries. Spoon some into your oatmeal in the morning with a sprinkle of sea salt and handful of nuts, toss it with your popcorn or add it to salad dressings. 

For the purest out there, you can dissolve a tablet or spoonful of powder into a glass of water and drink it straight! But keep a glad of water handy because the dark blue-green color will temporarily stain those pearly whites if not washed down. 

Spirulina is gaining popularity among the health food scene and can be found a various prepared snacks and drinks. Check out Go Raw Sweet Spirulina Bar, GT's Multi-Green Kombucha, Roobar's Spirulina + Chia Protein Bar or Vosges Matcha + Spirulina Dark Chocolate