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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

I’ve been pretty obsessed with Body Energy Club’s Peanut Butter Dream smoothie lately. I usually make my own, but if i’m in a rush or out of ingredients, it’s right on my way to school and is so, so delicious. Once I read their ingredients, recreating this smoothie was pretty damn easy.

Hozier- Movement (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond milk
1 frozen ripe banana
1 large handful spinach (I like to steam mine then freeze it for maximal nutrient absorption)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 heaping tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
2 tbsp peanut butter
4-5 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

Watermelon Margaritas
 
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Once again, I’m posting summer drink recipes in September. Even if it’s too cold out for a patio, these will taste just as good inside. The key here is the fresh watermelon juice- once you have that, you can’t really mess it up. I mean, watermelon juice plus limes and tequila can never be wrong.

I Can’t Go On Without You- Kaleo

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice, strained
2 oz fresh lime juice
1.5 oz tequila
1/2 oz simple syrup
Coarse salt, to coat the rim

INSTRUCTIONS

Add watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila and simple syrup to a martini shaker. Add ice, and shake until well combined. Rim glasses with salt, then add fresh ice. Pour juice mixture over ice.

 
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Watermelon Juice
 
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Vancouver has had the best weather this summer, sunny and hot. While that means my apartment is way too hot to sleep in, it also means perfect weather for beaching. When i'm going to be in the heat all day, I love bringing cold drinks to keep me hydrated. My go-to this summer has been watermelon juice, which I honestly cannot describe- it's too delicious for words. All I can say is, make it! It's too good. 

Summertime Magic- Childish Gambino

INGREDIENTS

1/2 small (personal) watermelon, refrigerated
1 lime, skin peeled off
ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Scoop the insides of the watermelon into a blender. Add the peeled lime,  and about a half a cup of ice. Blend until smooth. Add more ice, if desired. 
I like my watermelon juice thick, so I drink it as is. If you prefer a thinner juice, pour the contents of the blender through a strainer, then serve. 

 
Green Tea Lemonade
 
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it's been hot and sunny in Vancouver- and you know what that means, beach weather! (Or will be, once I'm not in class every day). When it's hot out, I need something cool in the afternoon.... and sometimes I want something a little lighter than iced lattes. The shaken green tea lemonade at Starbucks has always been one of my favorites in the summer so this year I decided to try and replicate it. The result? A light, thirst-quenching drink that's perfect for bringing to the beach or for an afternoon pick-me-up. Three ingredients (four if you count water), it's just too easy. I like to make the tea the night before and let it cool overnight, then add the lemon and honey in the morning so I don't have to wait. 

Supercut- Lorde (El-P Remix)

INGREDIENTS

2 green tea bags (I like to use Yogi Tea Green Kombucha)
2 lemons
2-3 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
boiling water
ice

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large teapot, pour 2-3 cups of boiling water over teabags. Let steep for 5-10 minutes, then remove teabags and let cool. Once cool, add juice of 2 lemons and honey, to taste. Stir or shake well to combine, then store in the fridge until chilled. Serve over ice. 

 
Green Juice
 
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Green juice is everywhere these days! It's so tasty and also makes you feel like the healthiest person in the world. I particularly like juices when I'm sick, overindulged on sweets or am a liiiiitle hungover. I also like making my own juices because buying little green juices can pretty expensive. 

I use the term "juice" loosely as I do not own a juicer, and use my Vitamix to blend everything together. I actually like this method more because it keep all the fibre in, which decreases the blood sugar spike in response to the juice, and benefits digestion. 

Pools- Glass Animals

INGREDIENTS

1 green apple
1 apple of the red/pink variety
2 large stalks of celery
1/4 large cucumber
2 large handfuls spinach
1 lemon, peeled
1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1-2 cups water
ice, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until well combined. Add ice to taste. Store in the fridge, drink in 1-2 days and shake before drinking.

 

 
Mulled Wine
 
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I made mulled wine for the first time about two weeks ago, for my class Christmas party. It was my first time making it and I was a little unsure about how good it was going to be. I was seriously mind blown- but I mean, can you go wrong with wine, spices and sugar?  I've made it four times since then, because my friends and I can't get enough. It comes together really quickly, so it's an easy thing to make while entertaining- and impress all your friends. Don't be shy to use the cheapest bottle of wine on the shelf, we even made it with boxed wine and it was just as good. As well, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a bigger batch. 

Sia- Snowman

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup apple juice
1 navel orange, thinly sliced into rounds
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
5 whole cloves
1/4 cup fireball
1-3 tbsp honey or sugar of choice, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Add apple juice, spices and orange to a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle boil for 10 minutes. Add wine and fireball, simmer for ~10 more minutes. Add honey or sugar to taste. Serve warm.

 
Frosé

Frosé: the ultimate summer drink. Unfortunately most restaurant versions have strawberries in them (which I'm allergic to), so I had to recreate it using raspberries! I also removed the granulated sugar. This is so, so easy and is perfect for the patio. You can drink the slush by itself or top it off with prosecco, either way, it's a crowd pleaser. 

Imagine Dragons- It's Time

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle rosé
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
¼ cup honey
1 lemon, juiced
Prosecco (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a baking pan and put into the freezer. Freeze for 4-6 hours, until solid. Scoop into a glass to serve. Top with prosecco, if desired.

 

Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie
I started this post on June 16th, and here we are, almost two months later. It's been a whirlwind of finals, labs, studying, and a board exam, but I'm finally ready to get back to recipe development (i.e. making and eating delicious things).   This smoothie was my breakfast almost every day this spring. It whips up in minutes and tastes like a summer treat, and keeps me full all morning. I suggest using Genuine Health Vegan Fermented Protein as I have tried and tested lots of vegetarian protein powders, and this is my favorite. However, feel free to use whichever vanilla protein you prefer.    Louis The Child ft. K.Flay- It's Strange

I started this post on June 16th, and here we are, almost two months later. It's been a whirlwind of finals, labs, studying, and a board exam, but I'm finally ready to get back to recipe development (i.e. making and eating delicious things). 

This smoothie was my breakfast almost every day this spring. It whips up in minutes and tastes like a summer treat, and keeps me full all morning. I suggest using Genuine Health Vegan Fermented Protein as I have tried and tested lots of vegetarian protein powders, and this is my favorite. However, feel free to use whichever vanilla protein you prefer. 

Louis The Child ft. K.Flay- It's Strange

INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 ripe banana
2 cups spinach (optional) 
1 scoop vanilla protein powder ( I love Genuine Health Vegan Fermented Protein) 

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until smooth. If too thin, add a few ice cubes. 

Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

Happy New Year! I always like to start January with a simple cleanse. The holidays are indulgent, filled with gingerbread cake, wine, chocolate... So it feels great to reset my body and start the new year with a clean slate. There's tons of different cleanses out there ranging from extreme (juice cleanses, fasting) to easier, less intense cleanses. Cleanses can be fantastic for resetting, but also can be harmful to metabolism if done for too long, or too restrictive. Naturopathic doctors are trained in nutrition and can design a cleanse suitable for you and your body. 

As for my January cleanse, I keep it easy: smoothies in the morning, lots of whole foods and proteins, no dairy or gluten, and limited sugar and alcohol. My go-to smoothie is this vanilla matcha: it tastes like a treat even though it's packed with nutrients! Matcha, along with being a powerful antioxidant, is caffeinated so I get an extra energy boost. Of course, it doesn't need to be part of a cleanse, it's a great breakfast on the go or a tasty snack. 

Childish Gambino- Redbone

INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond milk
½ frozen banana
2 cups spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I really like Genuine Health)
1 tsp matcha powder
4-5 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. If you don't have protein powder, add an extra half banana, a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, and honey to taste. 

Disclaimer: Information can be empowering, but we all have unique health profiles and needs. Health-related information contained in this post is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor. The advice is intended to offer only a general basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider.  Always consult your licensed Naturopathic Physician.

Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Merry Christmas! 

I hope your holiday was amazing. Mine definitely was, which is why I'm posting this smoothie- to help with a bit of detox/ rejuvenation after the indulgences of Christmas.

You might not think a gluten free, dairy free Christmas meal is indulgent- but it is, especially with my mom's GF stuffing. It's legendary!

Typically, cleansing and detox starts in the new year, which is great. However, this time in between Christmas and New Years is a perfect time for a nutritional boost. If you have enough greens this week, maybe your New Years hangover won't show up! (Just kidding. Greens are great but they aren't magicians;) )

This smoothie may be green, but it definitely doesn't taste it! I refuse to drink gunky green concoctions just because they are good for me, so this one is both delicious and nutritious! Adding spinach increases iron, vegetable consumption and phytochemical intake for the day. Banana, as we all know, is high in potassium but is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond milk, or milk of your choice
1 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla
1 cup or 2 big handfuls spinach or kale, or both
ice cubes
 Protein options: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, or 1 tbsp almond butter, or 1 tbsp chia seeds, or 1 tbsp hemp seeds

*note: use whatever protein you like or have on hand. If using protein powder, I find it usually makes the smoothie too sweet, so use half a banana instead of a full and throw some extra greens in there to cut the sweetness!
 

 INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients except ice cubes to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend until you've reached your desired thickness. Drink and feel great!