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

 

Chocolate Mint Smoothie

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CACOA. Pronounced Ca-Cow. Heard of it? Cacoa is the purest form of chocolate you can consume.

Cacoa is raw and much less processed than cocoa. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. Cacao beans contain more antioxidants than blueberries, acai berries, or red wine. It’s also a mood-enhancer!

I layered this smoothie with chocolate and mint smoothie flavours. The smoothie looks much more appetizing when its layered. When the two flavours are mixed together it’s a brownish colour and not the most appetizing looking. However, it tastes the same either way, so if you’re strapped for time, just throw all of the ingredients in the blender and blend away.

Here are the ingredients for the mint smoothie: water, frozen spinach, mint leaves, avocado and peppermint extract.

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Here are the ingredients for the chocolate smoothie: cacao, unsweetened almond milk, frozen banana and organic pure maple syrup.Chocolate_Smoothie_Ingredients

Chocolate Mint Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Smoothie:
  • • 1 - 1½ cup unsweetened organic almond milk (depends how thick you like it)
  • • 1½ frozen banana
  • • 1 tablespoon cacoa
  • • 1 tablespoon organic pure maple syrup
  • • 1 handful ice
  • Mint Smoothie:
  • • 1 avocado
  • • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • • 4-6 mint leaves
  • • ⅛ tsp peppermint extract
  • • handful ice cubes
  • • ½ cup to 1 cup water (depends on how thick you like it)
Instructions
  1. For a layered smoothie:
  2. Throw all of the green smoothie ingredients into the blender with a handful of ice. Blend together and pour ½ of the smoothie in your cup and place in the freezer. Pout the other half in the fridge.
  3. Clean the blender and make the chocolate smoothie. Add a handful of ice into the ingredients. Once blended, pour onto of the first glen layer and then pour a final layer of the green smoothie onto.
  4. You will have 1 cup of chocolate smoothie remaining and some mint smoothie is making in a large mason jar like the one pictured.
  5. If you don't have the time to make a layered smoothie, pour all of the ingredients into the blender together with ice and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 695 Fat: 43g Carbohydrates: 79.9g Sodium: 204mg Protein: 10.1g

 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

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I used to love going to Starbucks this time of year for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I also feel confident saying that Pumpkin Pie is probably one of my top three favourite deserts. So the fact that it’s Fall and pumpkin season makes me really happy.

I came across this warm and savory Pumpkin Quinoa dish on the lovely irealfoods blog. We made it for dinner last night and paired it with salmon and it was delish.

We only used ¼ of a large can of pumpkin puree, so I was excited to make my Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie today. I love packing my smoothies with extra protein so I added a tablespoon of almond butter to my recipe, which worked really well with the ingredients. I enjoyed it while both kids were napping this afternoon. I felt a little guilty that I didn’t save any to share with my daughter Lauren, but you snooze you lose!

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One cup of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep you from getting sick by supporting a strong immune system. I’m always getting sick this time of year, especially now that I’m sleep training my baby and majorly sleep deprived! You can ready more about the health benefits of pumpkins here.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup unsweetened original almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 ½ teaspoons real maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg and all spice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (this is optional, but I thought the flavor softened out a bit of the bitterness from the pumpkin puree)
Instructions
  1. One cup of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep you from getting sick by supporting a strong immune system. I’m always getting sick this time of year, especially now that I’m sleep training my baby and majorly sleep deprived!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 125 Sugar: 5 Protein: 50