Blueberry Lavender Lemon Smoothie

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When I started this blog about 6 months ago, it was new and I was excited to post all of my favourite smoothie recipes right away. Then I wanted to get working on recipe testing & development. My plans were that I would develop a new ‘clean eating’ smoothie recipe every week. Sadly, I slowly started to lose that motivation. Then we all got sick over Christmas, went on vacation for two weeks and I didn’t post anything for a month!

I’ve since come to realize that if I put restrictions on this, then I won’t be inspired, and I won’t be motivated to post at all.

After I had Taylor, smoothies really inspired me to eat clean. I loved getting a healthy dose of fruits & vegetables each day from my special concoction and my body craved it. Since I was nursing Taylor about 6 times a day, I needed all the extra vitamins and nutrients I could find.

However, I have come to the conclusion that it’s not about quantity in posts, it’s about me being inspired about something happening in my life that drives me to want to come up with a new recipe.

I recently read this quote:

When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it’s welcome.

– Kristin Armstrong

What I’ve come to realize about myself is that I find so much inspiration in each season, especially in what I eat and what I put in my smoothies.

I took Taylor for a little walk up and down our street this weekend. We stopped and talked to neighbours and everyone was surprised to see her walking. While Taylor visited each neighbor, I picked lavender from different plants in the neighbourhood and right then I new I had to make a lavender smoothie.

Blueberry Lavender Lemon Smoothie
 
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • zest from one lemon
  • ½ teaspoon lavender (this flavour is very strong so please adjust to your liking)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

 

Baby Brain Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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Like most parents, what I feed my children is extremely important to me, especially my baby. When Taylor turned one, I started to feed her smoothies. She mostly just drank a little bit from my smoothies when I made them. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to make a baby smoothie especially for her. This baby smoothie recipe has 2 tablespoons of Baby Brain Organics, which are specially blended seeds designed for healthy brain and body development in our littles. I fed this smoothie to both of my girls and Lauren loved the purple colour too.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Baby Brain Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¼ cup scotish oats
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup water (as needed for desired consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons Baby Brain Organics
Instructions
  1. my daughter doesn't have any allergies so I was comfortable feeding her these ingredients. Check with your doctor if you have any questions.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2

 

Triple Berry Burst

Triple_Berry_Burst | www.smoothieburst.comI made this smoothie last week and my three year old gobbled it right up. I shouldn’t be overly surprised because pink is her favourite colour, so I could pretty much give her anything pink and she would love it. Either way, it gave me so much joy to see her so content snacking on her healthy smoothie.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Triple Berry Burst
 
This smoothie serves 2. It makes 4 cups total.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Soak the chia seeds and goji berries in water for approx. 15 minutes before blending.

 

 

High Fiber Breakfast Smoothie

High Fiber Breakfast Smoothie | www.smoothieburst.comOatmeal is a serious breakfast staple in our house. When I was pregnant with Taylor, I ate it every single morning. Yes, for nine months straight! I now realize there wasn’t much balance happening here, but there is no sense arguing with a pregnant person.

For a super quick and easy breakfast we now sometimes eat instant oatmeal. This is what I ate when I was pregnant. I buy a natural, unsweetened version. It’s important to read the label on instant oatmeal as most of them are packed with sugar and don’t end up being that healthy for you in the end.

I like to add rolled oats into my breakfast smoothies. They are wheat free and 100% whole grain. Many athletes consume rolled oats in their diet. They find that the high content of complex carbohydrates and water-soluble fiber encourages slow digestion and stabilizes blood-glucose levels.

One tip to making a great breakfast smoothie is to ensure there is a combination of fiber, protein and healthy fats. These three items together help you stay full longer.

In this Breakfast Smoothie, I’ve combined raspberries, chia seeds, and rolled oats, which are three high fiber foods. There is 30 grams of fiber in this smoothie. Hence the name.

It was truly delicious. I hope you enjoy!

High Fiber Breakfast Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unpasteurized honey
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup ice
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 679 Fat: 14.9g Saturated fat: 1.3g Carbohydrates: 126g Sugar: 85.6g Sodium: 370mg Fiber: 29.3g Protein: 13.3g

 

Pomegranate Glow Smoothie

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Combining pomegranate, blueberries and cocoa means that this smoothie is packed with anti oxidants. Anti oxidants help prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue.  If you want skin that glows, you need to ingest your fair share of anti oxidants.

It’s pomegranate season and I’ve been wanting to incorporate them into my smoothies since the first day I saw them in the grocery store this season. However, because the seeds are so tough, the best way to incorporate them into your smoothie is through their juice, unless you like some grit in your smoothie. I wish I had a heavy duty juicer, the time and patience to make my own pomegranate juice, but that just isn’t happening anytime soon. So I bought the next best thing – all natural, no sugar added, 100% pomegranate juice. I’m not normally a fan of juices because of their high sugar content, but because of the high levels of anti oxidants found in pomegranate juice I thought the benefits outweighed the cons in this situation.

Happy pomegranate season!

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Pomegranate Cocoa Glow Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ frozen banana
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 172 Fat: 10.2g Saturated fat: 2.2g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 22g Sugar: 11g Fiber: 6.3g Protein: 2.0g Cholesterol: 0mg