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So if you’ve been following me for a while, you know how obsessed I am with any and everything spicy. My thing with spicy is that it’s a fat burner and also helps you to feel full faster. When I consume a spicy food or beverage I can literally feel the fat falling off my body. Dramatic much? Probably! But that’s just how my experience and adoration for the spicy goodies!

Anyways, I wanted to share with y’all my everyday spicy green smoothie because it’s pretty delish and everyone I make it for absolutely loves it!

I think that a green smoothie should be apart of everyone’s daily diet because it’s how a good chunk of people get in a large percentage of their daily veggie serving. And with that follows a load of benefits like increased energy, improved digestion (your body will literally clean out!), improves heart health, enhanced nutrient absorption (your body reaps the nutritional benefits faster than with . eating a meal), clears skin (yes, glow) and so much more.

So yeah, if you’re not already getting your daily green smoothie in everyday, then you should seriously consider doing it!

 

When it comes to green smoothies or just smoothies in general, I always aim to put in more veggies than fruit. But don’t worry, if your ratios are right, it won’t taste like your drinking a salad. If you stick with me, I can show you how to make your veggie loaded smoothies taste like a yummy treat! The importance of loading up on veggies and being lighter on the fruits is that it controls the sugar intake so that you can really benefit from the veggies.

Okay, now that I’ve given you a bit of an educational backing on the importance of green smoothies, let’s get to the good, good!

So without further ado, here’s my recipe on my infamous everyday spicy green smoothie! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

My Infamous Everyday Spicy Green Smoothie
  • 1 cup Power Greens (Spinach, Kale and Pitaya (frozen)
  • 1/4 Jalapeno (keep seeds for heat)
  • 1/2 Banana (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup Pineapples (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Pressed Apple Juice
  • 1/4 cup Water
  1. Place the power greens, jalapenos, banana, pineapples, apple juice and water in a blend and blend on high.
  2. Transfer the smoothie mixture to a bowl. 
  3. Enjoy!

xo,

Monique Love

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Hey y’all! I wanted to share with you guys a nice treat that I’ve been indulging in lately. As usual, you know I can’t keep secrets from y’all. The dragonfruit smoothie bowl that I am sharing today is simply delicious and I am so happy to let y’all in on the goods.

I’m on my last day of a 14 day 75% raw cleanse and the raw meals have basically been smoothies because smoothies are life and are super easy to make. And this dragonfruit smoothie bowl has been a saving grace for when I’m craving sweets.

Dragonfruit, also know as pitaya, is a tropical superfood  that is ideal for a cleanse because they are high in fiber and aid in digestion. Fiber helps to maintain a healthy body weight by aiding in flushing your body of waste. So whenever I hear fiber, I am always in!

Because of this cleanse I have lost 10 pounds, my skin is thriving and my mood has increase thoroughly. It’s a win on all fronts!!!

Not only does this smoothie have amazing health benefits, it also delivers on taste as well. My goal is to always eat good, l

Anyways here’s the deets on this yummy, tropical dragonfruit smoothie bowl!

Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 Packet Pitaya (frozen)
  • 1 Navel Orange
  • 1/2 Banana (frozen)
  • 6-8 cubes Mango (frozen)
  • 3-4 cubes Pineapple (frozen)
Toppings
  • 1/2 Banana (sliced)
  • 1 Kiwi (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Granola
  • 6 Blackberries
  1. Place the pitaya, orange, 1/2 banana, mango and pineapple in a processor and blend. (I recommend a processor over a blender because the processor will allow a thicker consistency which is ideal for smoothie bowls)

  2. Transfer the smoothie mixture to a bowl. 

  3. Add toppings. 

  4. Enjoy!

xo,

Monique Love

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Why am I always late to the party? And no, I am not talking fabulously, fashionably late either. The kind of late I am referring to is the tragic “missed out on a good thing” late.

I can not believe that it took me 29 years to arrive to the celebration of brussels sprouts. My poor taste buds have missed out on an explosive treat for way too long. *sorry that I’ve let you down buds.* Don’t feel too bad for my taste buds though because this year I’ve been making up for lost time. My sister and I have been on a brussels sprouts binge since and this agave balsamic brussels sprouts with mushroom bacon bites recipe is a fam fave.

I was inspired to create this recipe after seeing a brussels sprouts with bacon dish at a restaurant here in LA. It looked SO good and I was equally upset that I couldn’t try it that I rushed home to make it my own version.

After all these years, I still crave meat and the smell of bacon excites my taste buds. Is that weird? I believe I’ve succeeded as a vegetarian because I fill the void meat left with some great meat substitutes. Fried cauliflower is a great substitute for fried chicken. I use mushrooms as a bacon or steak substitute. So good y’all. And it curbs any craving!

I am so excited to share this agave balsamic brussels sprouts with mushroom bacon bites recipe with y’all today. However, don’t make this dish on an empty stomach because if so, you may end up like me and eat all of the mushroom bacon bites before the dish is done. haha

Like all of my recipes, this one is super easy to make and most of the ingredients you probably already have at home. Continue reading to get the deets on my agave balsamic brussels sprouts with mushroom bacon bites!

Agave Balsamic Brussels Sprouts With Mushroom Bacon Bites

  • 1 lb Brussel Sprouts (cut in half)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Agave Syrup
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Mushroom Bacon Bites
  • 1/2 cup Organic White Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 tsp Grapeseed Oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Mushroom Bacon Bites
  1. Pour in grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium heat.

  2. After oil is hot, add mushrooms to the skillet and allow to brown and get crispy. About 5 mins. 

  3. Once browned, take out mushrooms from the cast iron skillet and set aside. Leave the fire on for the brussel sprouts

Brussels Sprouts
  1. Add the brussels sprouts to the skillet and saute for about 7 mins or until they start to brown. Stir frequently.

  2. While the brussels are cooking. Combine the balsamic vinegar, agave and garlic in a separate bowl and stir. 

  3. Once brussels have softened (you should be able to put a fork through it) and browned, Stir in the agave balsamic vinegar into the skillet. Allow to cook for about 5 for mins. Stir frequently.

  4. Turn of fire. Stir in the mushroom bacon bites. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Enjoy!

xo,

Monique Love

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Eating the perfect meal after a workout is just as important as the workout itself. The type of nutrients you put into your body right after the work can determine the effects of the workout. So no, you shouldn’t stuff your face with donuts straight off the Stair Master even though it’s calling your name. I mean, screaming your name. You worked out really hard and we should reward ourselves with foods that will promote the goals we’re trying to achieve, right? So if your gym goals are to pack on pounds or remain the same, enjoy those donuts.

If you are like me and trying to be swimsuit ready this summer, let’s get these gains! Protein is our post workout best friend. It’s best to consume protein within 30 mins after your workout has finished.

My post workout protein of choice is a protein smoothie because liquids have a faster absorption rate than solid foods and plus it’s delicious. Remember it’s most effective when you consume your post workout meal within 30 mins of your workout. So time is of the essence and the fast absorption helps.

Now if you’re starting to get me as a person, you know I am a bit extra. I can’t simply chug a protein powder and water mix. Like, where is the fun in that? Eating is as much of an experience for me as it is a medicine for my body. So with that being said, I am sharing one of my current favorite post workout smoothies! Bananas, cacao, peanut butter what more can a girl ask for! I mean, it is literally chunky in all the right places!

A post workout protein smoothie like this will give you some extra motivation in the gym because you know you have a sweet filling dessert waiting for you at the end.

Chocolate Banana Post Workout Protein Smoothie

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 3 strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup spinach (fresh)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vega Protein Powder- Viva Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  1. Combine all ingredients except cacao nibs in a blender and mix.

  2. Once blended, fold in cacao nibs.

  3. Enjoy!

Get your life and taste-buds with this Chunky Monkey Post Workout Protein Smoothie.

xo,

Monique Love

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Boy, do I have a treat for you today! I have sacrificed pounds, btw so worth it, and spoiled my taste-buds to get the right measurements and ingredients to make this dish perfect for you.

Today I am serving Spicy Fried Cauliflower Wings that is breaded to perfection. The one thing I miss about fried chicken is the batter. The crunch and seasoning is what made fried chicken a good dish for me. And now I believe I’ve created that good crunchiness with these cauliflower wings! Well, I know it is because I had my meat eating friends try this dish and they loved it! My philosophy is that, if a meat eater likes a faux meat dish, then it has to be good.

Y’all I promise you, it’s delicious and filling. My favorite side dishes to pair this fried cauliflower are fries -of course or even my spicy watermelon avocado salad. I’m really excited for you to try this yummy dish. Let me know what you think!

Spicy Fried Cauliflower Wings

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 pint grapeseed or avocado oil (You can also use canola oil but I don't recommend because it is not a healthy oil)
Dry Batter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Wet batter
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seeds and 2 tbsp of water)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  1. Cut the cauliflower head into florets and set aside in a bowl. 

  2. Pour canola oil in a deep frying pan. Preheat over medium fire and allow oil to get to 350 degrees.

  3. Prepare the flax egg. Combine the water and ground flax seeds. Mix well and set aside for 2-3 minutes to thicken.

  4. In a medium sized bowl combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.

  5. In a different medium sized bowl, combine the wet ingredients and the flax egg. Whisk.

  6. Working with one floret at a time, dip floret into the wet batter. Then toss floret into the dry batter, shake off excess. Repeat by placing the floret into the wet batter and then the dry batter. Place on a plate in a single layer. 

  7. Place the florets in a single layer into the oil and cook on each side for 3 minutes or until the batter is golden brown. 

  8. Drain cauliflower in a paper towel. Let cool down for 5 mins before serving. 

  9. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. If you make it, please let me know your thoughts in the comments. Would love to hear them!

xo,

Monique Love

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If you are anything like me, you’ve probably waited until the last moment to prepare for the summer. BTW the last possible moment is NOW! I started my new work out regime 14 days ago. But it’s better late than never right?! This is my last summer in my 20’s and I plan to look good with a cinched waist and flat abs.

This summer I plan to vacay all over the California coast. So y’all know I need to be beach ready.  I have this new found love for California.

For years I have been trying to leave LA because I have always felt that there was better for me outside of this big city. However, God has put it on my heart that He needs me in Los Angeles. He needs me to be a directing light in a city that has major influence stemmed from TV, film and music. Maybe I will share more about the revelation about Los Angeles that God has placed on my heart soon.

Other than all of the amazing adventures I will be going on, summer marks watermelon season! Watermelon is literally my favorite fruit. Alongside mangoes of course. This week I bought my first watermelon of the season and I basically died.

So in honor of the snatched body I will be frolicking around beaches this summer, I decided to share with you my favorite summer salad. This spicy watermelon avocado salad, has watermelon and cucumber which each make up over 80% of water! Any produce that has a high water percentage is good for flushing the body of toxins and unnecessary water weight. And the jalapeno’s contain capsaicin which boosts your metabolism aka a fat blaster!

Y’all this is the type of salad that is so good you won’t want to share it and won’t feel guilty for keeping it to yourself. #foodgoals. So if you’re with me and want to eat guilt free this summer, you need to join me in indulging in this yumminess of a salad.

Spicy Watermelon Avocado Salad

What you need:

1/2 of a Watermelon (small)

1 Cucumber (cubed)

1 Avocado (cubed)

4 Jalapeño seeds (add more if you like heat)

Cilantro (to taste)

1/2 of a Lime (juiced)

Combine the watermelon, cucumber, avocado and purple onion. Pour in lime juice and toss the salad.

That’s all folks! Get a fork and enjoy!

Let me know what you think if you try it!

xo,

Monique Love

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This post is going to be as quick as it is to make this deliciously In-N-Out inspired vegan burger. I am from Los Angeles, home of some of the best burger joints. That may be a bit biased, but I rep hard for my city! Fatburger and In-N-Out we’re my faves before I gave up meat. However, In-N-Out came out on top. Come on, you know that their secret sauce is everything! ” Can I have a number 1, with extra sauce please.” So yummy!

To be quite honest, I’ve missed scarfing down a good burger these past 6 years. Because although a homemade black bean and sweet potato is amazing, its not the same as a classic burger. I have always been pretty skeptical about faux meat. 1. I stay away from soy at all costs. And 2. Why not just eat the real thing? I am not an anti-meat activist of a vegan. God gave us dominion over animals with a purpose being for food. If I didn’t feel chest pains every time I ate meat, I’d be eating a burger right now!

A good friend of mine recommended Beyond Meat’s Beast Burger to me 3 years ago. I gave it a try despite my skepticism because I trust her judgement. And girl, can I tell you.  The beast burger is so good, soy free and meaty in the most vegan way. It is the only pre-made vegan burger that I eat. Well, ate because I have now graduated to their Beyond Burger! The Beyond Burger is so good that it has meat eaters indulging in this burger by choice!

Oh! I love how the Beyond Burger is sold in the meat section at your local grocer. AND when you cook the burger, it “bleeds”. You don’t even need to use any oil to cook it because it secretes it’s own oils just like meat. Talk about a burger experience! I am not going to lie, when I saw the bleeding effect, I sort of freaked out and double checked the packaging. Had to make sure that I didn’t mistakenly pick up real meat. To learn about the health benefits of the beyond burger, go to their website.

Last month, I grilled the beyond burgers at a BBQ with some secret sauce to pay homage to In-N-Out. Y’all, they were a hit! They we’re flying off the plate as quickly as the ribs. Okay, maybe not as quickly as the ribs but people were eating them! They were using my In-N-Out inspired secret sauce for other food too! I was really happy that they were loving it but at the same time, I was hoping they’d slow down. Hey, I wanted seconds and potentially thirds. Haha.

When I saw the reaction of my family and friends, I knew I had to share this with my blog family. It’s not everyday when people are opting for a plant based burger over a meat burger when they’re both readily available.

This burger isn’t made from scratch but that’s what makes it 10 times better. Sometimes a girl is just hungry and wants to eat a good meal without all the legwork. You can make this In-N-Out inspired vegan burger in less than 10 minutes and carry on with the rest of your day!

In-N-Out Inspired Vegan Burger

What you need

Beyond Burger (Grilled on each side for 3-4 minutes)

Lettuce

Tomato

Red Onion (Raw or grilled)

Whole wheat burger buns

Special Sauce

2 tbsp, Vegenaise mayo

2 tbsp, ketchup

2 tbsp, sweet relish

Mix all of ingredients until the sauce color is even

Layer all of the ingredients and voila, you’re done.

Told you it was super easy to make! Enjoy!

xo,

Monique Love

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I am very vocal about my choice and commitment to taking care of my body by what I put into my body. BUT one would never know that my biggest struggle is consuming enough water daily. Hydration is one of the most important keys to wellness. Being hydrated helps you to loose weight, promotes healthy and radiant skin, improves memory function, supports cardiovascular heath and so much more. Did you know that we are supposed to drink about 2 liters of water a day?! Meeting that goal everyday is challenging and I fall short often.

Lately I have been pushing myself to drink the 2 liter minimum and what I have found helpful in meeting that goal is getting my water from water dense fruits and veggies. My Minty Watermelon and Cucumber smoothie is perfect for anyone trying to up their water intake. Oh, and it’s delicious, light and everything nice. Pair this smoothie with a nice salad or drink alone as a mid-day snack. Either way, if you love watermelon, make this smoothie and once you take a sip you’ll probably be hooked like I am!

Minty Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie

Ingredients

1 Half- Small Watermelon (cubed)

1- Persian Cucumber (peeled)

5- Mint Leaves

1 Half- Lime (juiced)

1/2 Cup- Water

Directions

1. Add all items to a blender and blend for 30 seconds

2. Enjoy!

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