Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chocolate Cherry PB&J Green Smoothie!


This morning I made a new smoothie combination and I can honestly say it's one of new favorites! I wasn't planning on posting this as a recipe, as it was a very spur of the moment concoction, but It was so amazing I couldn't not share it with you guys! It's sweet, tart, thick and full of nutrients to keep you energized for breakfast or a as a post workout shake! I know chocolate, cherry, a peanut butter & jelly, and some greens sounds like a lot going on...But trust me when I say it's like a dance party in your mouth! Haha let's get blendin'!

Chocolate Cherry PB&J Green Smoothie
(makes 1 serving)
  • 1  banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbs. organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk (adjust to how thick you like your smoothies)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use a vegan protein- Perfect Fit)
  • 1 big handful of spinach
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend blend blend!!!!!! Enjoy!
*See bottom of post for nutrition facts

XoXo,
Stephanie

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Nutrition Facts
Calories: 370
Fat: 7 (based on 1/2 Tbs. peanut butter)
Carbs: 56
Protein: 21
Fiber: 9
Sugar: 30 
Added Benefits: (Based on Recommended Daily Values)
Vitamin A: 95 % 
Vitamin C: 96 %
Calcium: 22 %
Iron: 33%



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vegan Gluten Free Brownies!


Hey guys! Today I present you vegan AND gluten free brownies! Last night I was really craving chocolate, and I had to try out a new concoction... Trust me- these are the best vegan brownies I've ever made. I've tried black bean brownies multiple times, only to be left trying to convince myself I'm enjoying a real brownie. I love the "oh so popular" raw date+walnut+cacao brownies- but they are still pretty high in sugar and fat. And most paleo or gluten free brownies always have eggs, which is fine, but sometimes a girl doesn't want to waste all her eggs! When you mix ground flaxseed seed with water it becomes thick and sticky and works as an egg replacer!  Haha so these brownies were born! These are gluten free thanks to coconut flour! Coconut flour is just made from finely ground coconut. It can usually be very tricky to bake with, if you don't have the right proportions, and can be quite drying- but these brownies are very moist and have an amazing texture! Each brownie is around 100 calories, low in fat, and less than 5 grams of sugar per serving! Wanna know how to make these guiltless chocolatey treats! Let's get started!

Vegan Gluten Free Brownies
(makes 12 brownies)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened or raw cocao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. honey or maple syrup (add more if you want them sweeter- I just wanted them low sugar today)
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid stevia (you can omit if you used more honey)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 5 flax "eggs" (5 eggs = 5 Tbs. ground flaxseed mixed with 15 Tbs. water)
  • Dark chocolate chips or raw cacao nibs, optional (I used Enjoy Life Foods vegan chocolate chips and just sprinkled 1 Tbs. on top)
  1. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.
  2. First, create your flax eggs. In a bowl mix your flaxseed with water. Let it absorb the water and thicken up while you mix your other ingredients.
  3. Mix dry ingredients (coconut flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt) in a large bowl. Whisk well.
  4. Add in your coconut oil, honey, and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Now, your flax "eggs" should be ready, add them in and mix.
  6. Slowly add in your almond milk. You may need to adjust the amount, depending on how dry or runny your batter is. You want it to be thick (but not too thick!)
  7. Pour your batter into a small baking pan greased with coconut oil.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean.
  9. Let cool. Store at room temp. for a few days or in the fridge for a couple of weeks!
These are great enjoyed with a glass of almond milk or even a little spread of peanut butter! ;)

Nutrition facts: (per 1 brownie) 
Calories: 107
Fat: 8 g
Carbs: 10 g
Fiber: 4 g 
Sugar: 4 g
Protein: 3 g




Hope you enjoy!
XoXo,
Stephanie

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Prom 2014 Makeup!


Started off with a manicure and pedicure! I went with a classic French Manicure with a rine-stoned accent nail and a pinky-coral, Pansy by Essie, on my toes to match my dress!


Prom was so much fun, I went with two of my best friends, Kathryn and Grace, so it was a super fun girly weekend! I did both of theirs' makeup, so I'll show you exactly what I used! :)

Kathryn, before:






On Katherine, I did a soft bronzy eye, that I amped up with some false lashes. I also added some sparkle to compliment her tiara! ;) On her cheeks, I did a little bit of bronzing and did bright peachy pink cheek and light peachy pink lip with a shimmery gold gloss! 
1. I started off by applying Nars Pro Prime Eye Primer to make sure her eyeshadow lasts all night through prom and to make sure it appears vibrant. 
2. I always like to start with a matte nude blending, like Urban Decay's Naked, to blend through the crease and brow bone.
3. Next, I applied a light gold champagne shadow, Mac All That Glitters, all over her lid.
4. I applied Mac Woodwinked, a deep metallic bronze,on the outer half of her lid to add some depth. I also used a pencil brush to run it along her lower lash line. The strong gold really made her green eyes pop!
5. I deepened up the eyes by applying Mac Espresso Eyeshadow  in a "V" shape on the outer corner and slightly into the crease. I used a small smudge brush to also put some lightly on the lower lash line (mainly on the outer corner).
6. For eyeliner- I used Rimmel's ScandalEyes eyeliner in Brown (which has a beautiful bronze shimmer in it) all alond her upper lash line to stick to the warm color family. I didn't want to use black because I thought it would look too harsh with her coloring and the look I was going for. I smudged it out and went over it with the Espresso color to created a soft diffused liner. I also applied the brown liner in her waterline, to create a "smokier" effect in a soft way.
7. I highlighted the inner corners of her eyes with the Loreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte to add some brightness to her eyes! This is one of my all time favorite shadows for this!
8. Next I applied mascara, and some Ardell individual false lashes. They add drama to the look, but look super natural!
9. I lightly filled in her brows with Anastasia Brow Powder.
10. For foundation I used Makeup Forever HD foundation (It photographs really well) and applied it with a damp Beauty Blender. I applied Kat Von D concealer, and set everything with Makeup Forever HD Translucent Setting Powder.
11. I added a little bit of Nars Laguna Bronzer to warm up her complexion.
12. I applied a generous amount of Illamasqua Tremble  blush on the apples of her cheeks.
13. I highlighted her cheekbones with Mac's Mineralize SkinFinish in Soft and Gentle.
14. For lips I used Loreal's Julliane's Nude (limited edition) and Rimmel's Stay Glossy lipgloss in Non-Stop Glamour.
15. And lastly, I set her makeup with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray!






Grace doesn't usually wear much makeup, she keeps it simple with a little brown liner and mascara- so I really wanted to surprise her with a really glamorous look! I decided to go with a soft borne smokey eye (the warm colors would contrast/compliment her turquoise dress) with some soft but strong black liner on the top. She usually doesn't wear a full face of foundation, so I had fun perfecting her already beautiful skin. I kept the cheeks glowy with a shimmery peach blush, and finished with a beautiful peach lip!
1. 1. I started off by applying Nars Pro Prime Eye Primer to make sure her eyeshadow lasts all night through prom and to make sure it appears vibrant. 
2. Again, I always like to start with a matte nude blending, like Urban Decay's Naked, to blend through the crease and brow bone.
3. I applied Mac Woodwinked all over lid, packing it on with a flat brush for a concentrated affect.
4. I added some depth by applying Mac's Bronze on the outer half of the lid. I also applied it all along  the lower lash line.
5. I deepened up the eyes by applying Mac Espresso Eyeshadow in a "V" shape on the outer corner and slightly into the crease. I used a small smudge brush to also put some lightly on the lower lash line (mainly on the outer corner).
6. For eyeliner- I used Rimmel's ScandalEyes eyeliner in Black on the top. I drew a pretty thick line than lightly blended it out with a smudge brush. I also used the same liner in Brown (which has a beautiful bronze shimmer in it) and applied it to her waterline, to create a "smokier" effect in a soft way. 
7. I highlighted the inner corners of her eyes with the Loreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte to add some brightness to her eyes! 
8. Next I applied two coats of mascara!
9. I lightly filled in her brows with Anastasia Brow Powder.
10. For foundation I used Makeup Forever HD foundation (It photographs really well) and applied it with a damp Beauty Blender. I applied Kat Von D concealer, and set everything with Makeup Forever HD Translucent Setting Powder.
11. I added a little bit of Nars Laguna Bronzer to warm up her complexion. And also contoured her cheek bones by applying a matte bronzer, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, to the hollows of her cheekbones, around the chin, and temples.
12. I applied Milani's Luminoso Baked Blush on her cheeks, for a soft peachy glow.
13. I highlighted her cheekbones with Mac's Mineralize SkinFinish in Soft and Gentle.
14. For lips I used Revlon's Colorburst Lipstick in Peach. (which I believe is discontinued, but Mac's Ravishing is very similar!)
15. And lastly, I set her makeup with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray!




On myself, I wanted to also do a soft bronzey eye look but do a brighter lip and cheek that matched the color of my dress!

1. I started off by applying Nars Pro Prime eyeshadow primer.
2. First, I applied Shimmering Buff, from the Tarte BamBeautiful Quad, all over my lid.
3. Using the Urban Decay Original Naked Palette- I applied Naked through the crease/brow bone as a transition color.
4. Next I applied Buck in the crease to define my eyes.
5. I applied Smog, a shimmery bronze, and the outer half of my eye, and also on the lower lash line.
6. Back to the Tarte BamBeautiful palette- applied the dark matte brown in the outer corners. I applied it pretty heavily because I wanted the look to stay light on the lid, but still have some darkness and depth to it. I also applied it on the outer part of the lower lash line.
7. I applied Rimmel's ScandalEyes liner in Black very close to my upper lash line, and smudged it out.
8. Next I applied mascara, and added some Ardell Individual False Lashes.
9. I highlighted my inner corners with Loreal Iced Latte.
10. For foundation, I applied the same thing I used on Grace and Kathryn. :)
11. I filled in my eyebrows with Anastasia Brow Powder and enhanced the arch/shape more with Maybelline's Define-a-Brow pencil. (I like a stronger brow!)
12. I added a tiny bit of Nars Laguna Bronzer just around the outside of my face to warm up my complexion.
13. I used Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful (a bright matte coral) high on the back of my cheeks and applied Illamasqua's Tremble on the apples.
14. I highlighted my cheekbones with Mac Soft and Gentle.
15. For lips I used Chatter Box Lipstick by Mac. It was the perfect bright pink with a coral undertone to match my dress!
16. Lastly, I finished by setting my makeup with Urban Decay All Nighter!




Next morning breakfast! :)


And some super sleepy yoga ;)


Hope you guys enjoyed! Follow me on Instagram for more pictures @beautyandbananas!
XoXo, Stephanie

Monday, March 31, 2014

Super Greens Pesto


My favorite easy pesto recipe with a sneaky way to get in some extra greens!

Super Greens Pesto
(makes about 1 generous cup)
  • 1-2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cups dark leafy greens of choice (such as kale, spinach, arugula)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts (I like to use 1/4 cup of each)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 Tbs. nutritional yeast (optional- adds a nutritional boost and a cheesy flavor without any dairy)
Blend all ingredients in a food processor and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Vegan & Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies!


This cookie recipe if one of my go to's! It's paleo and vegan... that means no grains, gluten, eggs or dairy in these little guys! But.... they don't taste like it! ;) They are a true treat! They are so simple and easy to make with just a few wholesome ingredients! And since there are no eggs in this  recipe, you totally eat the raw cookie dough without any guilt! 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda or powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup  coconut oil , melted
  • 1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar (maple syrup or honey work too!)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips* (I use Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips to keep it vegan, but if your not concerned, any dark chocolate is fine!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  5. If the batter is to dry, just add a few tablespoons of almond milk till it's the right consistency.
  6. Use a small cookie dough scoop or form into 1/2 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Lightly press with fingers or a fork to flatten, they do not expand as much as regular flour.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Enjoy!
Watch the video here!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Raw Vegan Fudge Brownies


These brownies are so fudgey, you'd never guess they are fully raw, 100% vegan! There so easy to make, there the perfect healthy treat! 

Raw Vegan Fudge Brownies
  • 2 cups dates (or raisins will work okay too)
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds (or any nut)
  • 3-4 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder (I use Perfect Fit)
  • 1/2 cup oats (sub shredded coconut to make it grain free)
  • handful of dairy free dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
  • a little water to consistency
  1. First start by chopping the dates in a food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients in processor.
  3. It should be a sticky, thick enough batter that you can pick up and form into a shape with your hands. If it's not blending, add a few tablespoons of water at a time.
  4. Press into a brownie pan (or form into balls) and place in the fridge to firm up, or the freezer to be faster.
  5. Enjoy! Store on the counter top for a few days, the fridge up to a week, and you can totally freeze the rest for later!
XoXo, 
Stephanie


Naked 3 Palette Tutorial: Soft Smokey Eye


Products Used:

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Nars Pro Prime Eyeshadow Primer
Jordana Made to Last Liquid Pencil Liner in Purple
Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
Mac Azaelia in the Afternoon Blush
Mac Creme Cup Lipstick
Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Lovechild
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation
Kat Von D Tatto Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Benefit Hello Flawless Powder

Hope you enjoyed!
XoXo, Stephanie
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