My Great Smoothie Adventure

Hello friends! Recently I had the great good fortune to receive a huge box of goodies from RealFood… a local store here in Alabang that opened a little over a year ago and specialises in healthy, locally-sourced, “real food” products.  This store is such a wonderful addition to our grocery options here.  Prior to their opening, we could get a) expensive imported products, or b) regular grocery store items. RealFood is committed to providing healthy products from local vendors at fair prices, and they do an amazing job.  They carry everything from sustainably-produced protein powders to chia seeds, cacao nibs, every coconut product imaginable, healthy snacks, locally-made energy balls, tempeh, vegetarian products, gluten-free products, free-range, organic meats, and much more. …

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My New Favourite Green Smoothie

Hello friends! This beautiful green smoothie will refresh & replenish you, no matter how blistering it is outside. It’s getting hot, hot HOT here in Manila, although I see from my weather app that it’s still blessedly cool in some parts of the world.  It’s not like we really have Spring here.  It pretty much goes straight from “warm but tolerable” to “super hot” in a matter of days.  None of this “April showers” business… we save the rainstorms for July.  And call them typhoons.

But I digress.  In heat like this, I find myself  needing to have something cold & refreshing after our “even my shins are sweating” bootcamp workouts.  …

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Raspberry Papaya Smoothie

Hello friends! This raspberry papaya smoothie is one of the many recipes I’ve enjoyed during my contest prep that meets all my diet specs while still being decadent enough to qualify as a “treat.”

Even before I started training for my fitness competition (now only 11 days away!!!), I was never an Oreo & Pop-Tart kind of girl.  So I didn’t really have to change my diet that much when I started “the program,” mostly added protein and decreased simple sugars and alcohol.  But now, this close to showtime, I’m very careful that all my foods contribute something positive to my daily intake, and just look what this beauty provides:…

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Raspberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Hello friends! This raspberry protein smoothie bowl will fill you up with sweet summer berries and the staying power of protein, no matter where you live.

When I arrived in the US on June 13, I vowed to eat berries of some sort every day of my 6 week home leave.  And so far I’ve held true to that promise.  It’s just so eeeaasy here!!! …

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Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

This blueberry protein smoothie bowl has had to wait 5 days and as many writing attempts before finally coming to you… but life is sometimes messy like that… very much like this smoothie bowl!  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still good… the smoothie bowl, I mean… and life too!

These past 2 weeks have been a bit rough at my house, …

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Strawberry Papaya Smoothie

Strawberry Papaya Smoothie

One of the beautiful things about writing an international blog is being able to post this refreshing Strawberry Papaya Smoothie in the dead of January, and no one will bat an eye.  Because it’s not winter everywhere!

Bex with papaya

While North American bloggers are wrapped in fleece blankets, posting warming lentil soups, hearty potato stews, & filling lasagnas, here I am…

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Mango Banana Smoothie

Mango Banana Smoothie

As much as I’m looking forward to home leave at this point in the season, I admit I do get a bit misty when I think of going all summer without Philippine mangoes.  My whole family loves them, and I think we eat our way through at least 15 or 20 per week… not kidding!  We devour them fresh, I bake them into muffins & cakes, and whatever is left at the end of the week, we freeze for smoothies, and nothing ever seems to go to waste….

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How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk

If you’ve always been curious as to how to make homemade almond milk, but have felt too nervous to try, take heart, it’s much easier than you think!  In fact, once you get the hang of it, you can accomplish this feat in less than 10 minutes of active time.  Pretty fair investment considering HOW. MUCH. BETTER. it is than store-bought almond milk.

Around here, all we can get is UHT boxed almond milk, for which we pay dearly.  Not only does it taste cooked, but every brand has some type of thickening gum in it.  No thanks!…

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Green Smoothie Bowl

Green Smoothie Bowl

The hotter it gets here, the more refreshing a green smoothie bowl tastes, especially after a workout!  But I promise you, it’s fantastic even if you don’t work up a sweat beforehand.

Green Smoothie Bowl

I realize I’m late to the smoothie bowl train… what’s new?  But in my opinion, this train is parked at the station, and smoothie bowls will never go out of style, at least not for me.  First of all, a smoothie is just a drink… but a smoothie bowl… well now, that’s an EAT. …

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Strawberry Beetroot Smoothie

Strawberry Beetroot Smoothie

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know I’m currently obsessed with beets.  If it’s possible to be in love with a vegetable, I would send these sweet things a love note every day.  First of all, they are the most gorgeous things ever… but you wouldn’t know it unless you got a little closer.  I mean, on the outside beets are nothing appealing: kind of brownish, rough and bumpy, and all dusty from being in the ground.

Beetroot

But get a little closer, get to know one a little, get on the inside… and look!  Isn’t that the most beautiful thing?  Don’t judge a beet by its cover, folks!…

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