Tata Harper Giveaway + interview // Natural Beauty Series

I’m uber excited to be able to share this amazing interview I had with Tata, the founder of one of the most beautiful natural skincare lines I’ve come across, Tata Harper. Two weeks ago, Tata Harper and I began an instagram giveaway for all you lovely instagram followers, but I also wanted to extend that amazing giveawy to you beautiful people as well (of course!). Giveaways are my way of simply saying… you rock. You’re all so incredibly amazing and supportive to visit this incredible space I’ve created for our community, read the stories I share and try my recipes. There’s nothing more I love and appreciate!

Tata Harper Giveaway + interview // Natural Beauty Series | nutritionstripped.com

I not only wanted to share these amazing skincare products with you all, but I want to share an interview I had with Tata, the founder. Let me preface this interview…I may have a slight crush on Tata (in an admiration sort of way), she’s a self-made business woman delivering great quality nourishing skincare products from her own farm in Vermont- all three of these things are booming with the philosophy of Nutrition Stripped. Read more detail about Tata Harper here.

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Double Layer Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote

Whenever I think of custard, I think of really heavy, dairy-laden, high fat desserts found in Italian restaurants; although most of that is true, today I’m here to shine a new light on the word custard by sharing an incredibly healthy vegan spin on this classic custard dessert. Double Layer Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote is not only is a great vegan alternative to traditional custards, it’s perfect for the warmer months of the year utilizing fresh product in season such as strawberries and refreshing lemons.

Double Layer Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote // nutritionstripped.com

I adore using fresh fruits and citrus in spring and summer recipes because it brings  a certain light, airy, and refreshing feel to the meal. Especially with desserts, sometimes it’s nice to have something a little on the lighter side with flavor and digestibility (I mean hey, we all need to look great in our shorts and dresses this summer right?). This Double Layer Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote gives you the best of both worlds, light on digestion, refreshing and bright flavors of spring, but with a feel of decadence from the silky custard.

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Guide to Plant-based Protein Supplements

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive about smoothie recipes or my smoothie bowls is about superfoods or protein powders I use. I’ve had this huge review in mind to personally taste test as many vegan/plant-based protein powders I could get my hands on, and today this post is the result of it. This Guide to Plant-based Protein Supplements, is not a review of whole food sources of protein (check back at my Q&A post for some of those sources), but a review on protein supplements.

Guide to Plant-based Protein Supplements // nutritionstripped.com

Obviously, you all have been with me long enough to know that whole foods is top priority and numbero uno in my book when it comes to getting the most of your nutrition, but there is certainly a time and place where protein supplementation can be beneficial to ones diet. For example those who may benefit from using protein powders may include athletes or very active individuals, those transitioning into vegetarian/vegan diets, raw food dieters, if you’re on the go and need a quick snack/meal, on a specific fat loss program like many of my clients, or just want to curb a sweet tooth and bump the protein content in your favorite smoothies with some awesome flavors.

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Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars

Being athletic and living an active lifestyle, I’m always on the lookout for unique and plant-based friendly products catered towards protein density- I haven’t found too many on the market that I enjoy consuming on a daily basis just yet… so I created my own! Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars have become one of my favorite go-to snacks or desserts when I’m on the go or simply want something high in protein, filling, and it satisfies my sweet tooth at the same time (win win). These protein bars are not like your standard protein bars that you find in most grocery stores, they contain only whole food ingredients that you and I both can find in our pantry!

Chewy Superfood Hemp Protein Bars // nutritionstripped.com

There’s something about the main ingredients in this bar chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit that’s such a lovely combination between sweet, crunchy, chewy, and creamy. Superfoods = super nutrition from the nutrient dense plant-based proteins found in this bar. One of the superfoods I use are cherries, which happen to be one of my favorite fruits because of their anti-inflammatory power and culinary use in both sweet and savory dishes. Several other ingredients in this bar serve as binding ingredients to make this recipe super simple to make…and an added bonus, no cooking! These are all raw with no fuss of baking.

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Plant-based Protein Q&A, part I

Sources of plant-based protein is one of the most common areas many of my vegan/vegetarian clients ask about; whether it’s consuming enough or what types. Today, I’m here to tackle some of the most common questions asked related to protein in a plant-based diet. I also want to leave this an open ended blog post for you all to ask your own “Q’s” that you want to hear my “A” to! Here’s part 1 of my Q&A series, with more to come.

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What is a plant-based lifestyle? A plant-based lifestyle can encompass a wide variety of diets and foods eaten, but have one thing in common amongst all of these diets. The foundation of the diet/lifestyle is rooted in whole, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and other foods than come from plants. Being plant-based doesn’t confine you to titles of vegan, vegetarian, raw, etc.; they can be a template from which you build your own diet from!

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