Spring Detox Smoothie (gluten free, vegan, raw)

Detox Smoothie (1 of 2)This recipe marks a pretty monumental achievement. I have a new favourite smoothie.  This might sound fairly humdrum to those of you living outside of my head (which I guess would be all of you, with the exception of Conor, on occasion), but I can assure you, a new smoothie entering my breakfast rotation is not a frequent occurrence. I alternate between a couple favourites during the week and enjoy my Chocolate Almond Java Shake on the weekends when I know I have the time to hit the gym extra hard and need a little boost, but that’s about as adventurous as I get on a busy morning. But this smoothie… it’s like a cool burst of spring air. Not only is it completely satisfying, it’s absolutely invigorating. Designed to help aid digestion using a few key ingredients, I can guarantee this will wake you up at least as well as coffee and stimulate your digestive system to start producing all those gut-friendly enzymes in the process. If I could sum up the taste in one word, it would be vibrant. Between the tartness of the lemon, the kick of the ginger, and the freshness of the parsley, it really tastes like a happy garden in a glass. Scroll down for a full breakdown of the health benefits of this smoothie! Let’s show our tummies some love, shall we? Continue reading

Peppermint Pattie Smoothie (gluten free, vegan)

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Happy day-before St. Patrick’s Day!

Whoever first thought to combine chocolate and mint deserves some kind of lifetime achievement award, at least in my books. It’s one of my all-time favourite sweet pairings, so much so that I was rarely found without a box of Junior Mints in my purse during my high school years. These days, I eschew those high-fructose corn syrup droplets of yum in favour of more natural alternatives. I have found some pretty fantastic organic dark chocolate + mint bars over the last few years that satisfy the craving and taste infinitely better, but today I wanted to give a nod to the Irish side of my heritage and celebrate the holiday in a healthful way.

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Very Berry Green Smoothie (gluten free, vegan)

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I don’t think I need to say very much about this smoothie recipe. It’s nutritious, delicious, fast, and easy. If I don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast in the morning, or have to be up and out of the house faster than my stomach takes to wake up, I turn to this. I sometimes use vanilla protein powder, but I know there’s a demand for filling and protein-dense smoothies that don’t rely on supplements of any kind, so I am here to help fill that void! With a generous serving of greens and just enough fruit to eliminate the need for added sweeteners, this smoothie is pretty great. Continue reading

Chocolate Almond Java Shake (gluten free, vegan)

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This is literally going to knock your socks off! I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination – mid-morning, however, I’m all about (no matter how hard people laugh when I tell them so) – but I am 100% a morning gym person. I absolutely hate working out in the evening, especially after I’ve worked all day.  I have less energy, I’m probably still digesting lunch, and I just want to be at home in my jammies. I’ll still do it, since I never skip a workout unless I’m basically at death’s door, but I won’t be happy about it. All of which brings us to this magic in a glass. Tell me I have to wake up at 6am for work and I’m all sighs and groans, but tell me I have time to go to the gym before work/class/life if I wake up at 6? Score! However, a reward for waking up that early of your own accord is nice, no? Continue reading

Power Green Smoothie (aka your new favourite breakfast!) (gluten free, raw, vegan)

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I love breakfast, don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who “just can’t eat” in the morning. In fact, I’m one of those, “can’t wait to go to sleep so I can wake up and have breakfast” kinds of people (is that weird?). BUT, I don’t like rushing in the morning. Upon rising I always have a glass or two of lemon water to get my digestive fires geared up – they need all the help they can get, believe me – and then I like to relax over a latte a short while later. This morning ritual is not conducive to getting up and going to work in a reasonable amount of time, however. I’ve tried getting up a little earlier and scarfing down a full breakfast before I leave for work or school, since I’ll be starving halfway through the morning if I eat nothing, but that always leaves me feeling bloated. In an ideal world, I would have breakfast an hour or so after my coffee (and thus a couple of hours after rising). Maybe not ideal for some, but it works for me, and digestion is a personal beast. Continue reading