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Recipe Redux: Ranch Seasoning Mix

21 Nov

recipe redux

It’s time for a Recipe Redux post (: This month’s theme, “Adding Merriment to Mixes,” made me very excited!!  I first wanted to make some form of jarred baked good (like chocolate chip cookie mix), but then I stumbled upon a recipe I just needed to try: ranch dressing!!  I plan to bring the powdered form to my family’s house for the holidays to make a quick and delicious veggie dip!!


Powdered Ranch Dressing

Yields about 1/3 cup

2 tablespoons dried parsley

1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons granulated onion

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt


Stir all ingredients together.  Store in an airtight container up to three months.


Ranch Dressing:

1/3 cup unsweetened original almond milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup Vegenaise

1 tablespoon ranch seasoning


Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid or bowl/cup.  Shake or stir vigorously until well combined.  Keep refrigerated until using; use within 3-4 days.


Ranch Dip:

1 container dairy free sour cream

1 tablespoon ranch seasoning


Stir ingredients together in a small bowl (or the sour cream container for easy transport) and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.  Keep refrigerated until serving; use within 3-4 days.


Garden of Life Raw Protein: Marley Coffee

20 Oct

Though I don’t tend to drink coffee very much these days (maybe once a month) I was very excited to try the new powder from Garden of Life Raw: Protein with Marley Coffee.

What is Marley Coffee?

Marley Coffee, led by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan, is a “sustainably grown, ethically farmed and artisan-roasted coffee company.”  Marley Coffee “strives to support communities and the environment through organic, sustainable and ethical practices.”  That sounds good to me :D

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To see my full review on Garden of Life Protein click here

(pretty much just me explaining how much I love love love Garden of Life :D)

But to summarize:

  • Vegan (dairy and lactose free)
  • Certified USDA organic
  • Gluten free, soy free, with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, fillers, or preservatives
  • Non-GMO verified
  • Excellent source of protein (17 grams) from 13 raw & organic sprouts = 3.8 grams of branched chain amino acids to help build and repair muscle
  • Contains Vitamin Code vitamins A, D, E, and K (no B12 Marley Coffee blend)
  • Live probiotics and enzymes to aid in digestion
  • Only 90 calories per 23 grams serving



This recipe was originally posted by me on

Banana Split Sundae Smoothie

Serves 1

1 cup unsweetened original almond milk

2 teaspoons agave

1 medium frozen banana

1/3 cup frozen strawberries (about 5 medium)

1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein with Marley Coffee

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla


Blend all together in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy.  Pour into a glass or mug and enjoy post or pre workout (:


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Garden of Life Raw Protein Energy

18 Oct

I love Garden of Life!!  In addition to the amazing real people behind the company, the products they provide the world with are filled with amazing USDA organic and non-GMO certified ingredients.

A little about the product: Garden of Life Raw Protein is vegan, certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, lactose free, soy free, no fillers, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, no preservatives, no pea protein.  The protein contains 17 grams protein per serving from a combination of organic raw sprouts to build and repair muscle, 105 milligrams “energy blend” (yerba mate + baobab fruit) for instant and sustainable energy, raw probiotic (lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis) and enzyme (protease, bromelain, acid protease, and papain) blend, and vitamins A, D, E, K and B12.

And a little about the “energy blend” in the new Garden of Life  Whole Foods Market exclusive protein: Raw Protein Energy with Guayaki Brand Yerba Mate: yerba mate is made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American holly tree; the leaves of the tree contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and antioxidants.  [source]

The best part?  All this for only 90 calories!  Which makes this protein perfect for weight loss.


Here’s a list of the benefits according to the garden of Life Raw Protein label:

  • Promotes instant and sustained energy*
  • Helps build and repair muscle*
  • Good for pre and post workout
  • Promotes protein synthesis*
  • Contains 3.8 grams of branched chain amino acids
  • Increases protein content of meals and snacks
  • Easily digested*
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • Good for those with sensitivities to milk and other proteins
  • Highest quality alternative to soy, whey, and milk protein

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


This recipe has been submitted to Healthy Vegan Friday’s

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

Serves 1

1 medium frozen banana

1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein Energy with Guayaki Brand Yerba Mate

3/4 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla extract

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons dark chocolate peanut butter (Peanut Butter Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams)

1 cup unsweetened original almond milk


Blend all in a high powered blender, pour into a glass of mug, and enjoy! (:

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Disclaimer:  I have received Garden of Life Raw Protein Energy with Guayaki Brand Yerba Mate for free.  Regardless, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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