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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Sweet Potato Smoothie




It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

Did you make too many sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and now you don't know what to do with the leftovers? Well, if you haven't put seasoning on them yet, follow this recipe and you get a spicy fall smoothie you can take on the go, or make into a smoothie bowl with some granola and dried fruit!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

I hid some protein powder in here for an extra boost on my way to Barre, and you could probably add in some chia seeds, and hemp hearts.

This smoothie is pretty dense and filling, so make some for a smoothie one day, and then add it to granola and fruits the next day. Saves time and is super tasty.

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Cranberry & Apple Smoothie

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

It's the beginning of cranberry season!
I tend to stow them away in the freezer for dishes that require them and for smoothie making purposes, either with other berries, or straight up like this one. The sweeter the apple the less tart the smoothie, but I love tart things. You can also play with adding a bit more maple syrup, or a splash of lemon juice. It all depends how you like it. That's what taste tests are for!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

You could probably hide some more goodness in this easily. Protein powder, hemp seeds... I want to add blue majik next time and see what colour it produces!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Blue Majik Smoothie Bowl

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

That was a nice little weekend of sunshine, but it looks like we're back to grey, so I decided to make a nice bright smoothie with some Blue Majik and dream of blue skies again!

If you're unfamiliar, Blue Majik is an extract of a blue-green algae Arthrospira platensis, and is full of nutrients - here's some more info on it! You can buy it online or in specialty stores like Body Energy Club.

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

Smoothie bowls are great because you can get a hit of fruit in the smoothie blend itself and in the toppings. Feel free to experiment with what you put in it based on what's in season, what you have frozen, and what your body needs!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Broccoli Smoothie

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Stay with me here...

I was having a discussion about the benefits of broccoli with someone that hates the taste of it, and began thinking: there's gotta be a way to put it in a smoothie and mask the taste.

 

It took a few tries, but I got to a point where it didn't taste like dirt! The thing is, if you're USED to green smoothies (kale, spinach etc) it's much easier to start with. If not, you will probably have to add more of the fruit (esp banana)!

 

NOTE: This recipe isn't an exact science! Test it, and add more of what you need to get it to a drinkable place for YOU!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

There are so many things you can throw into a smoothie to add some good stuff into your diet (case in point: broccoli!), add some protein powder, or hemp hearts... I even put in WithinUS TruMarine Collagen to help my hair and nails, esp in the winter!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Birthday Smoothie


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

It's my birthday and I'll put sprinkles on my smoothie if I want to!

No, actually, it's my birthday today and this is pretty tasty!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

You can add vanilla protein powder to the smoothie for some more goodness, but it will likely turn the smoothie green (I tried it, it did). But if you don't care about colour and just want a healthy vanilla smoothie, go for it! (You could use a scoop of flavourless too.)

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - "Orange Julius" Smoothie


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I was making myself a green smoothie the other day, and ended up having a craving for an "Orange Julius". I can't tell you the last time I actually had one, but I do know that it is mostly sugar and could not be good for you, so here's my improvised version

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Throw all the usual good stuff in here...chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc. It's a thick smoothie, so anything that is not drastic in flavour won't change the taste!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Beet, Strawberry, Orange, Apple & Kale Smoothie


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

It's shoulder season between late spring harvest and early summer, and that means a whole bunch of variety at the farmers market. I picked a beet smoothie (don't forget the gloves) with some summer fruit (you can get at the grocery store if it's not available near you yet, or frozen from last summer!). 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

All the fruit and veg in this smoothie is great, but if you want an extra kick, throw some chia seeds or hemp seeds in, or some protein powder in there too. The blender will break it right up and combine easily.

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Kiwi, Lime & Avocado Smoothie Bowl


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

New Year, New You continues and I hope you're all still on track with healthy eating plans! I checked out the #barreGOALS board the last time I was in the studio to see what everyone was hoping for and decided to make some recipes based on the 2017 goals. First up was "Eat Greens Everyday!".

Well today's smoothie bowl is DEFINITELY green and you get both fruit and veg out of it, plus whatever healthy toppings you want to add. I made the recipe and was getting full halfway through eating it, so it's enough for two almost. 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

There's nothing unhealthy about this recipe, but there can always be more good stuff added. Throw some coconut oil in there if you're feeling it, or blend some chia seeds right into the smoothie. Don't like kiwi? Try mango or more banana, or go with avocado slices if you're not feeling all the fruit. Just keep the greens as the base and you're golden

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Persimmon Smoothie


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

What even IS a persimmon? This is what I asked myself, as I was placing the two different kinds into my basket (they were on sale and I'm adventurous for this blog okay?).

Turns out, yes, they are a fruit, and there are two main kinds (pictured below). One, the smaller of the two, you can eat like a peach, pealed, or bite right in. The other one (bigger in size) needs to sit and ripen or else it apparently tastes way too astringent. This second kind is the one that I used for the smoothie, after I let them sit on the window sill for several days until they were very squishy. (Here are some tips.)

I decided to go with a smoothie, because blending felt the safest route for a fruit I've never had before.

I looked at at few recipes and decided on some other ingredients, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Somewhere between a pumpkin smoothie and an orange julius.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

There are always so many things you can add into smoothies that blend in without being detected. Hemp seeds, coconut oil, protein mix. The world is your oyster, just keep it balanced and nutritious!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegan Shamrock Shake


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

It's almost St. Patrick's Day! I was debating what to make this week, knowing it would have to be green, and then realized I should do a take on that yearly treat that everyone always lusts for: The McDonald's Shamrock Shake. I didn't just want to make a green smoothie and call it a day, so I tried to make get the taste and mouth feel as close and I could, and honestly, I was super happy with the result.

Feel free to garnish with a frozen cherry/berry if you've got one, or like I did, with a mint sprig.
But honestly, you're going to be too busy drinking this to think about garnish.


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
This shake is pretty straight forward, and has a lot of great stuff in it from spinach to banana, but like most other blended drinks feel free to add your own twist! Hemp seeds? Sure! Protein powder? Go for it! Coconut oil? Why not? Toss the items YOU need in there, but not too much that it overwhelms the other ingredients.

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