BLUEBERRY GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE

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I’ve found myself to be in a bit of a smoothie rut lately. There are endless combinations to try and somehow I keep getting stuck making the same banana-berry-kale-smoothie. However, this time around, my cupboard is stocked with new green powders; chlorella, spirulina, and matcha, and I’m excited as ever to use them. I think I got a little carried away as I had the need to use all 3 in one smoothie, naturally.

All green powders mentioned above are what I would consider “superfoods”. Between them, you’ve got plenty of B-vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, iron, and chlorophyll {the green pigment present in all green plants, known to improve immunity, alkalinity, and inflammation}. Once I knew I wanted to incorporate the powders into a smoothie, I also included loads of blueberries and some avocado, an ingredient I wouldn’t usually think to add. It made the smoothie rich and creamy, similar to the texture of an ice-cream shake, uh yum.

Have you tried using chlorella, spirulina, or matcha in your recipes? If so, what’s your favourite way to eat them?

The Ingredients {Yield: 1 smoothie Total Time: 5 minutes}

  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • handful blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon chlorella or spirulina powder {optional}

The Directions

1. Blend all ingredients together in blender until desired consistency

2. If you find the smoothie to be chalky, simply add more milk or water

PS. I do not recommend using paper straws. Although they’re super cute and more eco-friendly than regular ol’ plastic ones, they are quite unrealistic as they turn into papier-mâché-like mush within minutes.

GREEN JUICE PREP + CHIA HEALTH BENEFITS

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We all know by now that chia is a powerful, nutrient-rich seed that boasts many benefits. I wanted to reiterate how amazing and versatile this little seed is. Thanks to its very mild flavour, not only can you add it to any and every dish, you can make them into a meal of their own! See my recipe for chia pudding here.

5 Reasons Why You’ll Want To Incorporate Chia {nature’s superfood} To Your Diet:

1. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues

2. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon

3. It boasts 20% protein; it is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids

4. It is high in antioxidants {4x higher ORAC value than blueberries}

5. It contains three times more iron than spinach

TROPICAL BREAKFAST BOWL

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This breaky bowl isn’t in tune with the current season’s fruits and veggies; it is Fall, after all! Earlier this year I was in Costa Rica, having breakfast at my favourite beach, Manuel Antonio. Being on vacation often means indulging, especially when it comes to food. To balance these indulgences, I opted for light and delicious breakfasts to start the day off on the right foot. This recipe is just in time to bid adieu to summer.

The Ingredients {Yield: 1 serving Total Time: 5 minutes}

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • tropical fruit of your choice {I used: watermelon, mango, pineapple, starfruit, strawberries}
  • handful granola
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • dash cinnamon

The Directions

1. Place Greek yogurt in an individual size bowl

2. Chop fruit into small pieces and top with granola

3. Drizzle honey and sprinkle cinnamon

4. Add any seeds or nuts {hemp, chia, flax, cashews, almonds etc.} for extra protein and nutrients. Pura vida!

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