Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

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We all need a boost of energy getting back to work and into our regular routines after the holiday break. I know we are all still thinking “oh for one more day of staying home and not coming into work” 🙂 Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but the break is over and we got to go on. So, give yourself a boost with the help of some vitamin C by making this easy three ingredient smoothie.

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Ingredients:
2 organic peeled oranges
1 cup almond milk
1 peeled organic banana

Directions:
Place all ingredients in and blender and blend until smooth and creamy!

Now drink up!

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Potato + Leek Soup

Baby it’s cold outside!
Super duper cold!!!!
While on my commute home, I instantly thought of a homemade soup. I instantly knew this would warm me right up. I wanted to make something that would be quick and easy, so then I could spend more time near the fire with a tea and/or hot chocolate the remainder of the evening.

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As such, I created a Potato + Leek soup.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 Yukon gold potatoes (washed and peeled)
3 leeks (sliced)
1 small onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 cups of vegetable broth
Freshly ground pepper
Pinch of Sea salt
Parsley (optional)
Cayenne pepper (optional)

Method:
In a large pot, add olive oil, leeks, onions and garlic and let simmer for 7 minutes, then add potatoes and mix. Immediately thereafter add the vegetable broth and season with sea salt and pepper. Let simmer for 12 minutes.
Then transfer soup into a Vitamix blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Laddle into bowls and garnish with parsley and cayenne pepper.

Enjoy!

Verde Smoothie

We should all be trying to pack more vitamins into our body in order to strengthen our immune system. It is important all year round, but most importantly in the winter months. Perfect way to accomplish that is my drinking lots of smoothies and juices. Preparing a smoothie or juice is also a great way to ensure that we are consuming our recommended servings of greens per day!

This Verde Smoothie will be sure to give you just that. The ingredients all contain essential vitamins, they are as follows:

Parsley– is the world’s most popular herb. Nutritional and many healing properties. Excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, and a good source of iron and folate.

Spinach– excellent source of other antioxidant nutrients — including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and manganese — also it’s a very good source of the antioxidant zinc and a good source of the antioxidant selenium

Mint– mint has a refreshing taste and helps freshen breath. Mint leaves also have many uses and are able to overcome some health problems such as: digestive issue, headaches, oral health and relieves muscle pain

Celery– antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese

Apple– good source of fiber, including the soluble fiber pectin, and it’s also a good source of vitamin C

Spirulina– is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredible high in protein and nutrients, high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system, Omega 3-,6 and 9s

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Ok, now how to create this vibrant green drink is by placing the following in your vitamix blender.

Ingredients:
-1/2 a cup of water
-1 granny smith chopped and cored apple
-2 stalks of chopped celery
-1/2 a cup of coarsely chopped parsley
-15 mint leaves
-1 cup of spinach
-1 teaspoon of spirulina
-5 ice cubes

Directions:
Place all of the above-noted ingredients in the order listed above. Blend on high. Once all blended you can pour the smoothie directly into a glass and enjoy. If you don’t like the foamy texture run the smoothie through a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer and enjoy the juice!

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Immune Boosting Juice

Brrrrrrr….So today was a bit cold in Toronto – right? Some places within Ontario got quite a bit of snow.
What’s unfortunate about the colder months is the colds and flus come out. I was feeling a bit low in energy when I got back from work, and so I decided to make a juice crammed packed with vitamins to help boost my immune system.

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Ingredients:
-cup of water
-juice of one lemon
-2 carrots peeled and chopped
-1 apple cored and chopped
-2 cloves of garlic
-piece of ginger peeled
-8 leafs of kale

Directions:
-place all of the above-noted ingredients in your vitamix blender, in the order noted above.
-Mix on high.
-drink it!!

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Homemade Almond Milk

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Whenever possible I like to make my own almond milk. It can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and tastes so much better. My recipe involves a Vitamix blender. But no worries if you don’t have one….you can use your own blender just be sure to soak the almonds and dates, separately, overnight in a bowl of water.

Enjoy almond milk on its own, in your coffee or pour it over your cereal.

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Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of raw almonds
3 dates
A dash or two of cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix blender.

Turn machine on and slowly increase speed from Variable 1 to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 3 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.

Note: Once desired consistency is achieved, you can strain the almond milk through a cheese cloth or flirtation bag.

 

Pea and Chives Soup

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Whenever my family and I have soup, my mother always reminds me how much I loved eating soup growing up. To this day, it’s my favourite comfort food. What I really enjoy about soup is that it’s hard to mess it up, and it doesn’t have to be overly complicated to create. This recipe takes no more than 30 minutes to make. And it doesn’t require a massive shopping list.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp of olive oil
3 chopped leeks
2 cups of fresh peas (or frozen)
3 cups of vegetable broth
1/4 cup of chives (plus extra for garnishing)
1 tsp of nutmeg
Sea salt and pepper to taste
pea shoots (optional)

Instructions:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil and leeks. Let leeks soften for about 4 minutes. Then add the peas. Let peas soften for 1 minute. Then add all of the broth to the pot. Let simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes or until peas have soft. Add 1/4 of the chopped chives and add in nutmeg. Stir and let simmer for 2 minutes. Then transfer the soup into a Vitamix blender or food processor and blend until a smooth purée.

When ready to serve, ladle the soup into individual bowls and garnish with chopped chives and pea shoots.

And you’re done!

Bon appétit!