So following my rabbit dream post, and on the heels of two friends asking me about smoothies, I decided to gather all my smoothiejune posts, tidy them up, and add some new content — information as well as new recipes. I wrote for most of Sunday, some of Monday and wrapped it up last night — about 12,000 words total. I also spent time Monday designing the cover. I still have to manage all the Continue Reading →

Protein Powder Power-up

When I started adding smoothies to my diet, the goal was twofold: to get more fruit & vegetables into my diet and to keep me full just as long as a big “traditional” breakfast of eggs, meat & toast. The key to keeping me full seems to be protein and ground chia seeds were working well for that, but I decided to try a few protein powders to see if they would do the trick Continue Reading →

Smoothie June Roundup

Over the month of June I tried 21 smoothies. Of those, about half were good enough to be considered “keepers” and a few more could use some tweaking and the rest shall never grace my kitchen again. Pictured in the blender are the ingredients for Harper’s Favourite — one I would do again but not in my top five. I learned more than a few things along the way but the basic rule, as far Continue Reading →

Smoothie: Coffee-Banana

With the amount of coffee I drink, it was inevitable for me to seek out a coffee smoothie, so I am rounding out my month of smoothies with this one, inspired by the Coffee Smoothie from Best Health.  Their version included berries but I wasn’t keen on a coffee-berry blend this morning so I put in a second banana. I also skipped the cinnamon (not a fan of that in my coffee) and doubled the Continue Reading →

Smoothie: Chocolate-Raspberry

Today’s smoothie is inspired by the very simple recipe at 52 Kitchen Adventures. Naturally, I made changes, but they were subtle today. Her recipe had only four ingredients plus one optional. I added the optional banana, plus snuck in some chia seeds. I also added more cocoa and more milk than suggested so that it would be noticeably chocolatey and more than 14 oz. My chocolate-raspberry smoothie: 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk) 1 Continue Reading →

Smoothie: Harper’s Favorite

Before you think I’ve gone rogue and started looking to King Harper for smoothie tips, today’s recipe comes from Harper’s Happenings. Harper’s Favorite includes spinach, blueberries, “mixed fruit” (strawberries, papaya, mango, pineapple), and other standard stuff. I didn’t have a bag of mixed fruit so I just upped the blueberries and threw in some mango and raspberries. Even though the original post was honest that the colour would be and icky brown, I was determined Continue Reading →

Smoothie: Peach-Raspberry

While trying to fill this week’s selections out, I just plain ran out so this one is all my own creation. The combo of peach and raspberry is a common one because of the sweet/tart contrast; I didn’t just pull that out of thin air. I wanted to try a banana-free smoothie this morning, too. I did do a tentative search for a recipe to match but eventually just gave up and decided to wing it. Continue Reading →

Smoothie: Pineapple-Mango

For this last week of Smoothie-June I am trying to use up some of the ingredients I bought but would not normally have in the house otherwise. Top of the list was the frozen mango chunks; mango is not my favourite fruit. I found inspiration at Simply Scratch with a pineapple-mango smoothie recipe. At this point though, I’m mostly using recipes for the general idea rather than following them to the letter which means that Continue Reading →

Smoothie: Banana-Pineapple-Green

I was overdue for another green smoothie and once again, I’m taking a cue from Good Mood Food with her Banana-Pineapple-Green smoothie. It looked super simple, and I like that, but I knew I was going to need to change it up a little bit. I never balance out a smoothie with ice water (bah) and I need some fibre in there. I was hesitant to put in two bananas, but I gave it a Continue Reading →

Smoothie: Straight A

When I was looking through the freezer, I found a peach I’d stashed in there. I figured I needed a recipe that could use it and I tracked down this “Straight A Smoothie” from Good Mood Food. It looked great, mostly simple ingredients, but in the end, I changed a lot of it, so my variation is listed below. To begin with, I read “1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice” — we went over Continue Reading →