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fruity green smoothie

As most Nutritionists can tell you, the consumption of green smoothies is one of the best things you can do for your health. Why? Well we all need to eat vegetables and most of us should be eating more than we do. Drinking green smoothies is a way to increase your veggie intake in an easy and pleasant way.

Green smoothies are a good source of vitamins and minerals as well as fibre (remember, smoothies keep fibre intack whereas juicing extracts the fibre.) There are tons of different greens that can be added to your smoothies….spinach, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, collards, sprouts, broccoli, beet greens and more! It’s a good idea to rotate the kind greens you use as some contain higher amounts of alkaloids which can cause symptoms such as stomach aches in some people.

If the idea of a green smoothie seems unappealing or scary, start with a higher quantity of fruit and smaller amount of greens. The below smoothie is great for beginners!

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Fruity Green Smoothie

1 cup dairy-free milk (almond, rice, hemp, coconut)
1 cup coconut water or maple sap
1 cup frozen mango
1 banana
1/2 cup pineapple
2 handfuls baby kale
1 scoop Sunwarrior Protein Powder in Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except protein powder in a blender and blend on high. Add in protein powder and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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pumpkin pie smoothie

I’m excited to announce my upcoming Fall ReBoot Detox launching on September 25th! Have you ever wanted to detox but don’t know where to start? Join me at 8:30pm on Thursday, September 26th for a FREE webinar on the how and why of detoxing. Register HERE.

Included in my Fall ReBoot Detox ebook is my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. With Fall just around the corner, a pumpkin pie smoothie seems like the perfect transition food between the warm summer days and crisp, Autumn nights. I used canned organic pumpkin for this because it’s fast and easy, about half of the can is enough.

pumpkin pie smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

2 cups coconut, rice, hemp or almond milk
1 cup pumpkin puree (home-made or canned)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
Ice (optional)

Put all ingredients into a blender until smooth. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

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chocolate-covered cherry smoothie

Today is the last day of our Pre-Detox for the Sensational YOU Summer Detox program and tomorrow we start the official detox.

For me the most challenging part of a detox is the beginning and eliminating certain foods. Having a sweet tooth, it can be difficult to have to give up chocolate, maple syrup and other sweet treats that I love. But I do it knowing that food isn’t what controls me and it’s good to take a break to rest and repair the body.

Why I love the Sensational YOU Summer Detox is that it is a whole food program, meaning you don’t live on water and juice for 11-days but incorporate healthy and nourishing whole foods. And while chocolate and sweets may not be included on the list, there are plenty of delicious recipes this program offers including the Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie.

As you know, I love LOVE chocolate. Add cherries to that and I think you have a perfect combination. In the below recipe I’ve substituted dates for stevia as I like the taste and nutritional properties more.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie

1 cup coconut milk beverage, hemp milk or rice milk
1/2 avocado
1 cup frozen cherries
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1-2 Medjool dates
2-3 ice cubes (optional)
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Place all ingredients in blender in order listed and blend until smooth.

 

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vega french vanilla

When the kind people of Vega offered to send me samples of their new Vega One Nutritional Shake in French Vanilla, I couldn’t say no. After all, I love all of the products in the Vega Sport line. There was just one tiny problem…I was never ever a fan of Vega’s Vanilla Chai protein powder and I wasn’t sure how much different French Vanilla could be.

Vega One Nutritional Shake French Vanilla

But friends, I will tell you that Vega did not disappoint and they changed this girl into French Vanilla fan!  Firstly I will say there is a noticeable taste difference between French Vanilla and Vanilla Chai; French Vanilla has more of a rich, creamy vanilla taste whereas Vanilla Chai has a distinct spicy flavour.

Like all Vega products, the Vega One Nutritional Shake is of the highest quality, made with a plant-based protein formulation from pea protein, SaviSeed, hemp, brown rice and more. The shake powder also contains digestive enzymes, probiotic blend, greens and a full nutritional profile with 15g of protein and 6g of fibre per scoop. This my friends is the next generation of protein powders. It has my protein-powder picky seal of approval.

Note…this protein powder tastes amazing in my date-almond smoothie!

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