Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao Bucks

Happy, happy Monday folks! It’s a great day to have a great day. And you know what starts a day off on the right note…. a BOMB smoothie bowl! Danielle’s sorcerous foodie skills are on full display with this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao Bucks. Just try to say no to this. JUST TRY.

 

 

 

Physically, I’m drooling while writing this blog post. Mentally, I am cozying up next to this smoothie bowl on some tropical island without a care in the world.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao Bucks

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao Bucks

Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Happy 21st of September! What better way to celebrate this iconic day than with a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao Bucks for breakfast. I mean chocolate and strawberries?! YUM. Now Alexa, play September by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen steamed Japanese sweet potato
  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup frozen steamed zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 date
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 scoops Sprout Living Chocolate Maca
  • Strawberries (for topping)
  • Cacao Lil Bucks

Instructions

    1. Blend smoothie until thick!
    2. Top with strawberries and Cacao Lil Bucks!

Notes

Makes 1 serving.

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Matcha Mint Avocado Bowl with Matcha Bucks

There was a time in my life when I had never even heard of matcha…. what a sad time that was. Matcha is so versatile and with its abundance of health benefits you’d be crazy not have it! Danielle’s Matcha Mint Avocado Bowl is beyond delicious and will soothe your body from the inside out.

 

 

 

Honestly once I saw the words avocado and matcha in the same recipe, I immediately fell in love. I mean literally how could you deny yourself this dream health bowl? Let us what you think!

Matcha Mint Avocado Bowl with Matcha Bucks

Matcha Mint Avocado Bowl with Matcha Bucks

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Avocado and matcha..... matcha and avocado..... need I say more?! Good luck scrolling past this recipe! Your body will thank you for this one later!

Ingredients

  • Handful of spinach
  • 2-3 Tbsp coconut cream
  • 3 Tbsp matcha latte mix
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 cup frozen mint leaves
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup frozen steamed zucchini coins
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1 cup liquid (water or nut milk)
  • Optional: extra boosts (I used 1/2 tsp Essential Medicina adrenal support and 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp E3Live AFA)
  • Matcha Lil Bucks

Instructions

    1. Blend
    2. Pour
    3. Top with all the matcha Lil Bucks

Notes

Makes 1 serving.

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Danielle's Sriracha Bowls

September has arrived and fall weather is just around the corner. As the leaves change color and the weather becomes cooler, warm food is a MUST. Danielle’s new Sriracha Bowl is sure to keep your insides warm, and your taste buds even HOTTER for this recipe.

 

 

 

I mean sriracha and lil bucks? who knew how versatile buckwheat could be?! Danielle proves how buckwheat can be used for any meal of the day, and adding a little crunch makes everything better.

Lil Bucks Sriracha Bowl

Lil Bucks Sriracha Bowl

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

The versatility of buckwheat never fails to amaze me. I mean I seriously cannot think of a mealtime where buckwheat could not be used. Thank you Danielle for sharing this delicious vegetarian sriracha bowl, the perfect meal for a cool fall day.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped tempeh
  • 1 Tbsp Wildbrine probiotic sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp original bucks
  • Oyster mushrooms
  • sesame oil
  • coconut aminos
  • spinach
  • Bok Choy
  • Brown rice noodles
  • Green onion
  • Black sesame seeds
  • More sriracha for topping

Instructions

    1. Marinate your tempeh and buckies in sriracha for 15-30 minutes.
    2. Steam bok choy until soft. Once soft, add a handful of spinach and lightly steam for the base of bowl.
    3. Sautéed oyster mushrooms in sesame oil and coconut aminos.
    4. Boil water and add brown rice noodles.
    5. Chop up green onions
    6. Make your bowl!! Top with sesame seeds and more sriracha

Notes

Makes 1 serving.

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Danielle's Crunchy Yogurt Bars

Name a better combo than Lil Bucks and yogurt…. Seriously! It’s a match made in heaven. And Danielle has taken this up a notch by making crunch yogurt bars. This super simple recipe is a quick and delicious way to start your day or a perfect mid afternoon energy boost.

 

 

 

Blackberries, blueberries, almond butter, yogurt and some O.G bucks and man you have yourself the best excuse for a snack break! Honestly once I saw that there was almond butter in the mix I. was. sold.

2:00pm could not come faster!

Crunchy Yogurt Bars

Crunchy Yogurt Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

Proper snacking is essential when WFH and let me tell you, Danielle's Crunchy Yogurt Bars do not disappoint. Blackberries, blueberries, yogurt, almond butter and O.G bucks.... yeah I'm drooling.

Ingredients

  • • 2 containers (~10 oz) of plain plant based yogurt
  • • 1/2 cup blueberries⁣
  • • handful of blackberries⁣
  • • 1/2 cup original Lil Bucks
  • • almond butter⁣

Instructions

    1. Line a baking dish with parchment paper.⁣
    2. Spread yogurt out to desired thickness (you may or may not use entire dish)⁣
    3. Add the fruit, press down gently.⁣
    4. Add lil bucks and top with almond butter drizzle.⁣
    5. Freeze overnight. Cut and enjoy! Store in freezer!⁣

Notes

Makes 10 pieces.

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Tropical Greens with Clusterbucks

Danielle of @cacaoforcoconuts is back at it again you guys! This time she’s sharing a delicious smoothie that’ll make you LOVE eating your fruits and veggies! I mean pineapple, papaya, mango, kale, AND vanilla protein? SAY. NO. MORE.

 

 

 

Once you have all of your lovely ingredients, you’re going to blend them all together. And then enjoy as your body rejoices over the taste and all the vitamins it’s taking in! Thank you Danielle for this lovely recipe!

Tropical Greens with Clusterbucks

Tropical Greens with Clusterbucks

Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Your body is going to be thanking you for weeks for all the vitamins in this tropical greens smoothie made with clusterbucks! Not only is it filling and nutritious, but it tastes incredible too! I mean c'mon anything with papaya and mango has to be delicious right?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1/2 cup papaya
  • 1/2 cup fresh cucumber
  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • Handful of kale
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/2 tsp BrainOn
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein

Instructions

    Blend it all up and top with cluster bucks for the perfect crunch!

Notes

Makes 1 serving.

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The Beet: Editors' Favorite Plant-Based Products of the Week

We are so honored that The Beet editor Lucy Danziger listed us as one of her favorite plant-based products of the week! Check out why she loves Lil Bucks and some of her other favorite products in her article in The Beet. You won’t want to miss it!

“Meet your new favorite healthy snack and diet aid. They are truly addictive and I’ve learned to hide them from the rest of the household since everyone seeks these out when they want a guilt-free nibble.”

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Reader's Digest: The 25 Best Road Trip Snacks

Thank you to Reader’s Digest for placing us as one of the 25 Best Road Trip Snacks! Fuel your adventures with sustainable and nutritious energy that’ll keep you going all day long. Now get out and go exploring!

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Introducing Lil Bucks Reusable Produce Bags!!

Just when you thought your farmers market vibes couldn't get any higher, we bring you: ⁠

🥑🍎🍌REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS 🍋🍍🍓⁠

YUP. Get your fruits and veggies in style with your very own Lil Bucks Reusable Produce Bag!!!⁠ 

♻️ DID YOU KNOW......⁠

Humans produce over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for one time usage!! And 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans EVERY YEAR. 8 MILLION.⁠

There's no denying this wasteful way of life is polluting our beautiful planet. As a brand with a sustainable mission, we gotta make waves to stop this disposable lifestyle.⁠

Here are some tips to reduce your own plastic consumption:⁠

1) Use reusable bags⁠ (hi)⁠
2) Say adios to plastic cling wrap!⁠
3) Bring your own cup⁠ (We love aussie @keepcup )⁠
4) Learn how to recycle (and maybe compost)⁠ Start at how2recycle.info⁠

Remember no action is too small! 💚💙💚


“LOW GLYCEMIC” ~ WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?

As a consumer it can be incredibly tricky keeping up with all the nuances in the health industry! People are constantly throwing products and foods in your face screaming “THIS IS IT! THIS NEW DIET WILL END POVERTY, PROMOTE WORLD PEACE AND MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL!” Wow, amazing!  Who knew drinking matcha tea could do that?!

 

Worry not, my friends. We at Lil Bucks are promoting benefits you can get from buckwheat. While the buckwheat benefits truly align with wellness trends, we want to share why you should even care about these health benefits. We promise we’re not just promoting wellness buzzwords for the sake of it! 

 

One of the great benefits of buckwheat is that it’s low glycemic, meaning it’s great for your digestion and blood sugar levels. That’s why buckwheat is often considered such a heart-healthy food!

 

Below we share how the glycemic index works and how to interpret it, so you can understand how this works with your body and why you should be stoked that buckwheat is low glycemic!

 

THE GLYCEMIC INDEX, DEMYSTIFIED 

 

Many products boast being “low glycemic”, which sounds nice, but if you understand the glycemic index, it’ll sound a lot nicer. 😉

 

The glycemic index is a measurement system founded by Dr. David Jenkins in the early ‘80s. It ranks carb-containing foods by their effect on your blood sugar levels. Lower GI diets have been linked to healthier body mass indexes, lower cholesterol levels, and a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. 

 

The glycemic index of a food is influenced by several factors like:

 

  1. The type of sugar it contains
  2. The overall structure of the starch
  3. How your meal was cooked and prepared
  4. The level of ripeness of the particular food. 

 

SUGAR SUGAR…  

 

Sugar often has a bad rep in the health world, and we’re the first to complain about the overuse of processed sugar EVEN in organic health products. Even the healthiest organic granola contains 6-8 grams of added sugar per serving. 

 

But to give a blanket statement that all sugar is evil is not accurate. You don’t want to eliminate all the sugar in your diet, because your body does need some sugar to perform some of its vital duties! Try to consumer more natural sugar (from fruits, veggies, etc.), which is often naturally paired with fiber, protein and/or other vital nutrients, to help you digest more slowly. Added sugars (sugar extracted from its original source and added to foods in cooking/processing) can go straight to the blood stream cause faster blood sugar spikes, so you want to limit these (look out for ingredients ending in “ose” on packaging!). 

 

STARCHES & HOW PREPARING YOUR FOOD HAS AN EFFECT ON THE GLYCEMIC INDEX

 

Now let’s look at starches! Two molecules make up starches: amylose and amylopectin. Amylose takes longer to digest, and therefore foods with a higher amylose content will have a lower glycemic index. 

 

The more refined and processed the carb is, the higher the glycemic index. This is because processing methods disrupt the amylose and amylopectin molecules. The longer the food is cooked, the faster the sugars will be digested, which then raises the glycemic index. Foods like white bread and white rice, which are more processed for example, are easily digested and cause a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels. This can be extremely harmful for diabetics, and also contribute to heart diseases and obesity. 

 

With fruit, the riper the fruit, the higher the glycemic index. Unripe fruits contain complex carbs that break down sugar as the fruit ripens. 

 

READING THE GLYCEMIC SCALE 

 

Okay, so now you’re thinking how in the heck do I read the glycemic scale?! DO NOT FRET! It’s easier than you think! When reading the scale, you need to focus on the glycemic load of a food.

 

The glycemic load of a food is the GI of a food multiplied by the amount of carbs in a food- specifically the amount of grams- in a single serving. So if you decide to eat a low GI food but a large quantity of it, you could actually have the same effect as if you ate a high GI food! So portion control is extremely important as well! 

 

For example white bread has a GI of 75. Grain bread on the other hand has a GI of 53. You can swap white bread for grain bread to lessen the post meal blood sugar rise! 

 

FOODS THAT ARE LOW-GLYCEMIC!

 

Foods with a lower glycemic index are preferred because they are slowly digested and cause a smaller and slower rise in blood sugar levels (this is especially important for women and hormonal health!). 

 

Buckwheat, depending on how it’s prepared, scores low to medium on the glycemic index and should not cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels. We serve all our buckwheat raw, sprouted and dehydrated, putting these seeds on the lower end of the GI scale. They leave you full for longer and you don’t get any crazy blood sugar spikes after eating sprouted buckwheat. Other foods that possess a lower GI are fruits and vegetables, chickpeas, and lentils! 

 

POWER COMBO: pair Lil Bucks with an additional protein or healthy fat like an avocado on fermented sourdough! This will slow digestion and help keep you movin’ and groovin’ for longer!

 

We hope this was helpful for you in choosing the foods that fuel your life. Being a conscientious consumer is so important! Your diet extends far beyond what you may think. It can impact your energy levels, mood, weight, etc. Give your body the best, so it can perform at its best!

 

 

 

Sources: 

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/buckwheat#nutrients 

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/added-sugar-natural-sugar-guide

 

https://drsue.ca/2010/10/benefits-to-barley-and-buckwheat-low/

 


Coconut Almond Energy Bites

@atastyteaspoon is back at it again you guys making healthy and energizing treats taste like an almond joy! How in the world does Anneka do it? These vegan and dairy-free treats pack the perfect chocolatey crunch to satisfy that 2pm work sweet tooth.

 

 

 

Once you’ve mixed all of your ingredients together, it’s time for the fun part of rolling them into cute lil balls! To really make it taste like an almond joy, roll your dough in shredded coconut.

Check that out! All you need is 8 simple ingredients and the restraint not to eat the dough before you’re finished and you have the best afternoon pick me up in the world! 2:00pm has never looked better 😉

Coconut Almond Energy Bites

Coconut Almond Energy Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These healthier 8-ingredient Coconut Almond Energy Bites are new and waiting for you to enjoy—tasting exactly like an almond joy, vegan and dairy-free of course. The sprouted buckwheat gives the perfect crunch to the chocolatey bite. I've recently had a batch of these in my fridge at all times to act as the perfect snack and satisfy my sweet tooth!!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup flaxmeal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp original @lovelilbucks
  • handful of chocolate chips

Instructions

    1. Combine the almond butter, flax meal, cocoa powder until mixed thoroughly.

    2. Stir in the remaining ingredients until a slightly sticky dough forms.

    3. Roll into tbsp sized balls and roll in shredded coconut (optional).

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