Smoothies for Summer

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Four glass of four different types of summer smoothies. Photography by Gabrielle Touchette

Perfect for your summer refreshment repertoire; 4 easy, delicious and cool summer smoothie recipes! This post contains paid and/or affiliate links. Read full disclosure here. Get out your blender because it’s going to get a good workout this summer! A local magazine, Sequoia, that explores “life, faith, and beauty in the everyday” asked me to create smoothie recipes for their summer edition and I had the privilege of spending a fun afternoon making all four of them with the team, including the talented photographer, Gabrielle Touchette, who took all the photos in this post. My aim was to use both … Read More

Vegetable Smoothies: make ahead freezer packs!

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Make mornings easier & healthier with these grab ‘n blend vegetable smoothie packs in 4 delicious flavours: Chocolate Beet, Vanilla Green, PB Banana, and Blueberry! Just add your choice of milk! Mornings are hectic! People always tell me they want to eat healthier breakfasts, but don’t have the time to prep food in the morning. Breakfast ends up being a quick slice of toast before running out the door. This is a lost opportunity for fruits and veggies! Nearly 90% of Americans are NOT meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie intake!  What are vegetable smoothie freezer packs and how … Read More

Blueberry Brain Food Smoothie

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blueberry brain food smoothie

Filled with blueberries, walnuts, and spinach, this blueberry brain food smoothie is the tastiest way to keep your brain healthy and active for years to come!  my new favourite smoothie I used to make new smoothies all the time. I have a bunch on my site and they’re all delicious! chocolate pb smoothie carrot cake smoothie pumpkin spice almond smoothie peaches n cream smoothie tropical green smoothie summertime smoothies Then I discovered THE WORLD’S BEST GREEN SMOOTHIE! And I must confess… for about a year I had no desire to create any new recipes. All I wanted was this green … Read More

The World’s Best Green Smoothie

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world's best Green Smoothie

A creamy blend of pear, almond butter, kale, and vanilla. It’s gluten-free and can be altered to be vegan as well! Truly the world’s best tasting smoothie! Is this the wrong time of year to post a smoothie recipe? It’s not summer, so people aren’t hankering for a cold drink. It’s not January, so people aren’t looking for weight loss recipes. I might be out of my mind to post this recipe right now, but I just love this smoothie so much I need to talk about it! I first discovered this smoothie ingredient combo when I saw a post … Read More

Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

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Tropical Green Smoothie

“I want to eat healthy. I really do! But….. I just don’t like kale.” This quote was passed on to me through a colleague of mine, a registered dietitian. A client came to see her for learning about eating healthy. This person genuinely thought that healthy eating HAD to include eating kale! While kale is certainly a nutritious food, it’s not the be all and end all of healthy eating. You really can eat a healthy, varied diet without consuming kale. That’s what I did for years. I was completely fine with my kale-less existence. I had tried kale chips and thought … Read More

anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie

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Anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie

Recipe creation is a lot like song writing. Just like songs, some recipes begin with a simple thought that shows up one day. This thought or song is mulled over and refined several times. A grocery list is developed to buy the necessary ingredients. The song or recipe is tested, adjusted, and re-tested again and again, to perfection. Or maybe the recipe starts with leftover ingredients in the fridge. Like a songwriter who has been hired to write about a specific topic, the artist is given very specific material from which to create something beautiful. These are often some of my favourite … Read More

vanilla chai latte smoothie (a vegan and gluten free recipe)

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It’s starting to warm up and really feel like Spring. That means it’s time to ditch the hot drinks and bring out the cold ones! Smoothies, that is. Or Vietnamese Iced Coffee (healthified slightly!). Or  Copycat Orange Julius (healthified a lot!). Consider this a good Spring transition drink. You’ve been enjoying your Winter Chai lattes and still have some concentrate left in the fridge. But you’re ready to move on and embrace the Spring. This smoothie is an edible way to bridge the seasons. This smoothie is silky smooth, earthy, spicy, and creamy. Not to mention… amazing, fantastic, and deee-licious! (in the words of … Read More