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Vegan Macro Friendly Granola: Plant Based Personal Trainer

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With our online clients, we recommend eating mostly high volume foods. What are high volume foods, you ask? Well, high volume foods have relatively low calories and macronutrients for their weight. Therefore, you can eat a lot of these foods for fewer calories and macros, and this will help provide energy and contribute to feeling satiated. Leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and berries are great examples of high volume foods.

But, we get it, sometimes, you want a ‘treat’ or ‘something different,’ and you are committed to your nutrition plan at the same time. You’re just not up for staring down another salad or big bowl of kale. So what do you do? How do you satisfy the urge for something different without going completely off your plan?

After much research and tinkering, we have your answer! Meet our newest recipe: Vegan macro-friendly granola. We’re also calling it Conscious Muscle Granola. What so special about it? Well, in addition to being tasty, this granola is perfectly formulated to fit within Conscious Muscle clients’ macros. For those of you following Conscious Muscle Macro+Menu plans, one serving of this granola will satisfy your Meal 3 requirements. Not following a meal plan? Click here to learn more.

Now, keep in mind, this is a low volume recipe. This granola contains ingredients that have more calories in a smaller amount of volume. As a result, have this as an occasional treat or when you desire a different taste. This granola should not be your go-to when you’re feeling very hungry. Go high volume for those times!

Vegan Macro Friendly Granola (i.e., Conscious Muscle Granola)


  • 66 grams cooked lentils (weighed after cooking)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1.5 tsp coconut sugar
  • 26 grams Vega Sport vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅕ tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 grams seedless raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place cooked lentils in a medium-sized bowl. They should be moist so the dry ingredients stick to them but not very wet.
  3. Add the oil and stir to evenly coat.
  4. Add the sugar, protein powder, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir well.
  5. Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread to a thin, single-layer of the mixture.
  6. (Optional step) Lightly spray with oil such a pan-release spray.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, stir and re-spread mixture to single layer.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, add the raisins, stir, and re-spread mixture to single layer.
  11. Bake for 3-5 minutes. (If lentils become very brown, use less time)
  12. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Use within 2 days.

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Calories: 301

Protein: 25 grams

Carbohydrates: 30 grams

Fat: 11 grams

NOTE: For oil-free, replace oil with 22 grams of hemp seeds, and subtract 6 grams of protein powder. This will change the consistency to more of a ‘cereal’ than a granola and will change the macros very slightly.

The inspiration for this recipe came from Vegan Richa and this cookbook. All her recipes are wonderfully delicious, and she is a lentil ninja. Thank you Richa!


Vegan Strawberry Cheezecake Smoothie: Vegan Macro Coach

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Finally! It’s finally strawberry season here in the United States. Team Conscious Muscle members know we are big fans of berries. They pack a huge macronutrient and micronutrient punch providing lots of nature-made vitamins and fiber for relatively few calories. Strawberries contain high amounts of folic acid, flavonoids, iron, and Vitamin C.¹ On top of that, they taste so incredibly delicious. While we love all berries, strawberries have a special place in our hearts. Many of us grew up loving strawberries so they have a nostalgic tendency to bring out the kid in us. Additionally, strawberries are incredibly versatile. We love them on salads, in smoothies, and all by themselves. Yum!

With the abundance of fresh strawberries in local stores, we could not resist the urge to create a delicious smoothie recipe celebrating this delicious aggregate fruit. Yes, it’s true! Strawberries aren’t botanically berries but often are lumped in with other ‘official’ berries. Mind-blowing, right? We added some plant-based cream cheese to make a dessert-like, macro-friendly, rockin’ vegan shake!

Vegan Strawberry Cheezecake Smoothie

41 grams Vega Sport berry-flavored Performance Protein

8 ounces cashew milk – We used this one

14 grams plant-based cream cheese – We used this one

400 grams strawberries – We used fresh organic; frozen organic work too

1 tsp organic lemon juice

Optional: 2-3 drops liquid stevia extract

Directions: Put all ingredients in a regular or high-speed blender container. Blend on high or on smoothie preset until well-blended. Add 3-4 ice cubes  for a thicker consistency.


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Calories: 336

Protein: 34 grams

Carbohydrates: 38 grams

Fat: 8.9 grams


Team Conscious Muscle Macro and Coaching clients may use this recipe as their ‘Meal 1’ macros, making this a perfect breakfast shake! Not a Team Conscious Muscle client, click here to sign up or learn how we can help you.

Please note: Strawberries and most berries are on the dirty dozen list of the most ‘sprayed’ produce. For that reason, we strongly recommend purchasing organic berries.


  1. Fuhrman (2005). Disease-proof your child. New York, St. Martin’s Griffin.

Conscious Muscle Donation Recipient: Rancho Relaxo

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Followers of Team Conscious Muscle know we donate 10% of proceeds from all products ( apparel and supplements) to animal rescues and sanctuaries. Since day one, our mission included giving back to others who help animals and who work to stop animal cruelty. We also strive to weave gratitude and abundance into our work at Conscious Muscle, and it is an amazing experience to share our success with awesome organizations with similar missions. Yes, Coach Jordan is continuing his efforts to expand his current animal sanctuary. But, on top of that, we believe it is important to give back and help the collective community of animal activists out there.

As a result, we are starting a regular feature on the Conscious Muscle blog to highlight the organizations that have received a Conscious Muscle donation. We’ve been watching these organizations do such wonderful things and realized we want others to know about them too. Our first highlighted recipient is Rancho Relaxo. We’ve been involved with Caitlin her organization for a few years, and wow, do they work hard and do incredible work for animals. After you read this feature, head over to social media and give them a like and a follow!


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Name of sanctuary / rescue: Rancho Relaxo

Location: Southern New Jersey


Date of origination: September 2015

Why was your sanctuary founded? It was truly an accident. A beautiful accident. But our sole mission at this point is to give every animal a voice.

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Number and types of animals: Multiple. And it changes every day. We rescue horses, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, … you name it.

Favorite story about one of your animals: Britney Spears is a mini horse! She came from a severe abuse and neglect case in PA. She was a big score of 1/10 – which is close to death. She was 23 years old when we rescued her and she surprisingly made a miraculous recovery.

What have you done with the Conscious Muscle donations? We have been able to do SO much. We have paid off thousands of dollars in emergency vet bills!!!

What is one simple way our vegan audience can do more to help animals? Get involved! Volunteer at a farm sanctuary. REPOST SANCTUARY PICTURES AND VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Donate!!!

Where can people find you on social media?


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Thank you Caitlin and all the volunteer and donors at Rancho Relaxo. We are proud to support you and have enjoyed watching you grow and save increasingly more animals. Keep up the great work!

And, thank you, supporters of Conscious Muscle. Because of your support, we are able to help others committed to a cruelty-free lifestyle. Together we are changing the world!