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His & Hers Green Smoothies

Love is a lot like a green smoothie. You bring all your raw ingredients to the table and hope that by somehow uniting it all together in a big blended mess you can create something amazing! Since the weather’s been warming up a little, Cam and I took a trip to my family’s cabin last weekend to dust and air the place out a bit. It was a nice little escape from the city life. We’re in the process of moving (more details on that HUGE adventure soon) and so with most of our belongings in boxes or stashed away, we took full advantage of the opportunity to stretch out and enjoy the open space and sunshine.

His & Hers Green Smoothies

My boyfriend’s blender is unique in that it has the option for one big 2L jug or two removable and portable mini mugs. It’s a Hamilton Beach model and while I can’t say I have much experience with their other kitchen tools, this blender seriously packs a pulverizing punch! It has two power settings and a pulse option to reduce oxidization while you’re blending.

His Smoothie:

Since my man enjoys a bit of a kick to his healthy meals, I like to add a bit of ginger into his smoothies and juices. You can increase the amount of ginger you throw in if you really want to sweat and detox. Ginger is great for clearing up the sinuses and eliminating mucous. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can also aid with joint pain.
  • 2 cups of chopped pineapple
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 inch nub of ginger
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon 

Hers:

I’m a tropical soul at heart and I absolutely love mangos! My first time throwing a mango into my blender with some kale and it was love at first slurp! Mangoes are a great way to sweeten up a smoothie and add some Vitamin C, Vitamin A & skin cleansing power to your morning routine. The lemon also aids in elimination and flushing those unwanted toxins from your body.
  • 2 cups of chopped mango
  • 2 handfuls of kale
  • 1 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 small orange, peeled
  • 1 cup of chopped romaine lettuce
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

Preparation

In my experience, the best way to prepare for the routine of morning smoothies is to clean, peel and chop your staple fruits ahead of time and pop them in the freezer. This saves you dishes and clean up time in the morning and makes it easy to keep all your favourites on hand. You don’t have to worry about having over-ripe or un-ripe fruit either because they’re always ready to go! I like to keep at least a few bags of frozen pineapple, mango, bananas and LOTS of berries in my freezer. You can also buy or store your own chopped frozen greens, like kale, spinach or herbs etc.

Get ‘Er Done

It’s always a good idea to put your leafy greens at the bottom of your blender to ensure they get pulverised first and foremost. In fact, if you have an older or weaker blender it might be best to blend up your greens and liquid base first. Sometimes the low-powered blenders have a hard time with greens and occasionally you might end up with small chunks of kale in your teeth. That’s okay. It happens to the best of us. ;) When in doubt about what ratios to add or how much of this or that, just follow the 60/40 rule: use 60% fruit and 40% greens to ensure a sweet and juicy green drink.

Play around with a few flavour combinations and see which ones really tantalize your taste-buds! For more info about making delicious & nutritious green smoothies check out the following links:




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Why I Post ‘Smoothie Selfies’

About a year ago I decided to join Instagram to see what all the buzz was about. I wanted to try to find and connect with other raw foodies, vegans and healthy peeps. At that point, none of my ‘real life’ friends cared much about nutrition or ethics in the way that I was exploring and so I was really searching for some like-minded folks who were passionate about the same things as me: I was looking for some cruelty-free conversation to fuel my creative fire. It turns out that taking lots of smoothie and juice pics was enough to draw out a few fellow fruit-fiends and veggie-lovers. So I started posting ‘smoothie selfies’ and the recipe combos to my favourite juice blends and before long I was developing great friendships with people all across the globe, who like me just wanted to chit chat and learn more about health!

Many of my friends and family members don’t really understand the ins and outs of social media, and while I definitely don’t claim to be any kind of expert on the subject, I thought I should give some sort of explanation for my curious camera habits and why I take time out of my daily life to like, comment and post about something so simple as food. 

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1. It helps spread the message. As a health activist, my biggest goal is to help people become more aware of the impact their food choices can make not only on their bodies and minds but on our world and environment as a whole. When you think about the amount of natural resources (not to mention suffering) required to sustain the Standard American Diet, compared to a plant-based diet it’s a no-brainer! A single picture on a social media feed might not directly cause any drastic change, but it can spark inspiration in someone to make small, little changes to their day-to-day life that, when you think about it, seriously add up!

2. Meal Inspiration! There is such a lively community of healthy foodies out there - if you’re ever in need of a meal ideas or searching for a plant-based alternatives to your junk-food favourites, browse through the popular hashtags to see what other people are coming up with! And what better way to show off your latest and greatest green-juice recipe than broadcasting to the world your creation? You can help inspire others to try something new and the seasoned foodies are more than willing to give feedback or suggestions for improvement.

3. Discover and review restaurants, clothing & products. Whenever I visit a vegan-friendly spot or find a cruelty-free product, I let my followers know. It’s a great way to connect with local vegan foodies and see where the best flavours in town are. If you’re visiting a new or unfamiliar city, you can ask around and get a feel for what restaurants to try out and what places to avoid. Many vegan-friendly companies are getting hooked on Instagram too - you can find and follow your favourites - more often than not they’ll offer exclusive sales, deals or discounts to their loyal followers! Some of my personal favourites to check out are Dr Bronners, Lush Cosmetics, Blood Tight Apparel & Simply Straws.

So, yes - it may be kinda silly to post a picture of my blended breakfast in a jar while grinning like a mad fool next to it, and some people may think I’m nuts - but I’m going to tell you a little secret: I don’t really care. I’m passionate about living foods and I’ve seen first-hand the amazing benefits that can come from getting a little goofy about greens! This is who I am. I’m not a photographer and I’m not a model. I’m just a girl who loves clean, wholesome food and sharing it with the world! 

Let’s be foodie friends! If you’re someone who’s also interested in health and fitness - let’s connect! Feel free to add me on instagram or search for other people posting smoothie selfies like the fabulous ladies featured above (Kristina, Loni, Rawvana, Nina & Betty) - I guarantee you’ll find lots of delicious and nutritious recipes to try out AND you’ll meet some awesome folks along the way! 

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Raw Rainbow Salad-Bowl

I’m a big lover of lunch-time! I feel like a hobbit some days because I don’t just eat once in the middle of the day. Usually I have 2 or 3 small meals between 11am and 2pm. I might have a few servings of fruit and then a salad and a smoothie, or a raw pasta, or something a little bit different like below: a cute & colorful display of power-packed phytonutrients! 

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Ingredients: 

  • purple cabbage leaves*
  • zucchini, spiralized or thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 cups of mixed garden greens; spinach, arugula, chard, kale etc.
  • handful of sprouts
  • red & orange bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • handful of fresh basil 

*as many as you can eat: one person could gobble down 2 or 3 quite easily

The Sauce:

  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes

Toss the ingredients into a food processor (or blender) until it’s as chunky or smooth as you like. For a bit of extra flavor you can cover and let sit in your fridge for about an hour or so to marinate.

The Smoothie: 

This is one of my juice & banana combos that’s really creamy as far as green smoothies go (I posted it on Instagram a few weeks ago)! Some people take a while to warm up to the bitterness of certain greens like kale, and this can be a great way to introduce them to it and chug it back without even realizing! 

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Throw the following into your juicer:

  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 apple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 oranges

Blend with 3-5 bananas & a few handfuls of fresh basil, and that’s it! Enjoy it as its own meal or with the Rainbow Salad Bowl featured above!  Use your lunch time as an opportunity to feed your body and love each and every one of your cells with healthy, clean & natural goodness for a healthy, clean & natural body & mind! ;) <3 

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The ‘Angry Banana’ Smoothie

I went to the Western Fair Farmer’s Market yesterday with a friend to stock up on a few weekly essentials. We had a great time; bought some delicious juices and checked out the new organics. I was also pleasantly surprised to find some organic rainbow carrots and purple kale among the stalls and as soon as I got home I felt inspired to create some sort of violet, magical concoction with my dark, leafy friends!

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make a juice or a smoothie, so I got creative and went for a little bit of both! I juiced the kale, with some beets, a carrot, apple and an orange, then blended up some bananas with sprouts, kiwi, lemon juice, blueberries and a few leaves of basil. Mixed ‘em together and this vibrant super-drink was created! 

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Ingredients: 

Chop up the following and run through your juicer. Alternatively, if you don’t have a juicer at home you can use a blender and strain it through a cheesecloth after. Be warned: this juice will be very deep in color and stains easily - if you’ve juiced beets before you know what I’m talking about - just be a lil extra cautious about where you wipe your hands. This should yield ~500mL of fresh juice depending on the size of your produce.

  • 2 beets
  • 1 bunch of purple kale
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange

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Next, mix the following ingredients in your blender (keeping the greens on the bottom to eliminate any big leafy chunks) and slowly add the juice to the mix to even out the consistency. 

  • sprouts (here I used pea tenders)
  • 4 bananas
  • handful of basil leaves
  • 1 kiwi, with skin
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • juice from 1 lemon

Pour it into a big glass and enjoy! The recipe takes a bit of extra work but it’s surprisingly smooth & rich! Has a nice, light Earthy flavor & I really am pleased with it! And it definitely packs a nutritional punch! ;) Let me know if you give it a whirl and what you think! What’s your favorite way to use purple kale?

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Orange/Mango & Basil Smoothie

The one thing I love about smoothies and juices is that there are literally infinite combinations of fruits and veggies that taste soo amazing! I mean sure, some veggie concoctions might result in something that slightly resembles a green mud but the flavor and nutrient levels are through the roof! ;) Luckily, fruit smoothies usually tend to look great as well as taste phenomenal! 

This morning I watched a couple of Kristina's youtube videos for ideas and after watching her 'Amazing Orange Spinach Basil Smoothie' recipe vid, I was inspired to make a variation of my own. Check it out! 

Ingredients: 

  • 6 oranges, juiced 
  • 3 mangoes in chunks
  • 1 cucumber, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 handful of fresh basil, thai basil
  • sprig of mint & parsley

Toss it all in a blender and you’ve got a refreshingly sweet meal! I loved how the herbs added a little more pazzaz and charm to the fruit blend! And adding cucumber was just right to give the mangoes a bit of a more creamy, earthy texture. 

I threw a few extra herbs in my jar before pouring this bad boy in! Definitely a new fav combo you guys! Try it out or similar combinations and let me know what you think! :)  

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Purple Drank! Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, kale, coconut water &amp; lemon juice! :) just what I needed after a killer yoga class!

Purple Drank! Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, kale, coconut water & lemon juice! :) just what I needed after a killer yoga class!

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Workout fuel of the day: bananas, fresh orange &amp; strawberry juice, spinach, blueberries &amp; raspberries! Today I’m doing 20 minutes of cycling, 100 squats a day of course &amp; 40 minutes of yoga at home. I’m a work in progress &amp; loving it! ;)

Workout fuel of the day: bananas, fresh orange & strawberry juice, spinach, blueberries & raspberries! Today I’m doing 20 minutes of cycling, 100 squats a day of course & 40 minutes of yoga at home. I’m a work in progress & loving it! ;)

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Enjoying a decadent, energy-boostin&#8217; banana smoothie: 5 bananas, maca powder, cinnamon &amp; coconut water. Starbucks got nothin&#8217; on this bad boy! #fruit #rawfood #rawvegan #hclf #natural #801010 #nutrition #healthy #energy #maca #cinnamon #smoothie #bananas #bananagirls #fruitarian

Enjoying a decadent, energy-boostin’ banana smoothie: 5 bananas, maca powder, cinnamon & coconut water. Starbucks got nothin’ on this bad boy! #fruit #rawfood #rawvegan #hclf #natural #801010 #nutrition #healthy #energy #maca #cinnamon #smoothie #bananas #bananagirls #fruitarian

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