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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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Happy New Year, everyone!!

It’s January, and that means it’s obviously time to detox, right??  What’s the latest in cucumber water/detox soup/dandelion juice, anyway?  I’m not sure… because I don’t detox.  Why?  Two reasons:

One: my basic food philosophy is to nourish yourself “well” all the time.  By that I mean eating enough calories, not skipping meals, not punishing yourself by either under-eating or over-eating… eating mostly plant-based foods- healthy, yummy, delicious foods that truly satisfy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

By doing this, your body will be filled with health-preserving nutrients and will do a great job of self-regulating, therefore you’ll never feel the need to “detox.”  Eating this way also allows you to indulge once in awhile without going overboard or feeling totally out of control.  Like over the holidays.

Two: our bodies have built-in detox systems already: our liver and kidneys.  Unless we’re seriously abusing drugs or alcohol, these organs do a fabulous job of filtering out all of the not-so-good substances we ingest (consciously or unconsciously) on a daily basis.  And flooding our bodies with healthy foods provides our detox organs with all the necessary nutrients (proteins, anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, etc.) to function optimally.  Most “detox” programs provide far too few calories and too few nutrients to support our vital detox organs.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

So I say, “LET’S EAT!!” (…healthfully!)

It’s a much nicer way to do January, right?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Sara & I discovered awhile back that blending frozen bananas, cocoa powder, & almond milk makes a thick, creamy shake that obliterates the need for a chocolate milkshake.  Score!  I’ve since amped it up by adding peanut butter and hemp seeds.  These additions add protein, fiber, and healthy fats, making this smoothie an ideal post-workout snack or quick breakfast.  It’s also a fantastic dessert or afternoon snack, especially for kids.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Feel free to add a scoop of vegetarian protein powder, use soy milk instead of almond milk (or substitute part coconut milk, yum!), use chia seeds instead of hemp seeds, sprinkle cacao nibs on top…you know I love it when you personalise your recipes.  Speaking of personalising, I used homemade almond milk, and I found it was sweet enough without the stevia drops.

The bottom line is, please nourish yourself well in January… and February… and next December… and every day of this beautiful year.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Here’s to a fabulous 2016!!  Filled with chocolate peanut butter banana smoothies and more…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: About 12 fluid oz (360 ml)

Serving Size: 12 fl oz (360 ml)

Calories (per serving): 300

Fat: 14

Carbs: 33

Protein: 10

Fiber: 5

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 c. vanilla almond milk (I used homemade)
  • 1 T. natural peanut butter
  • 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 T. hemp seeds
  • a few drops of liquid stevia, optional (I didn't need it)
  • 2-3 cubes ice

Method

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth. Makes one smoothie.
http://www.thexpatdietitian.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-smoothie/

Dragonfruit Mojitos

Dragonfruit mojito

I’m not usually a mixed-drink kind of girl.

Now, my Pa’s gin & tonic is another story altogether, and one probably deserving of its own post.

But before I digress, let me just say I find most mixed drinks to be just too much…

Too much pre-fab mixer…

Too much sugar…

Way too many calories…

And just too much trouble if I’m making them at home. However…

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My Favourite Green Smoothie

Happy Saturday, folks!

I realize I’ve gone on and on about “my favourite green smoothie” without ever telling you either why I drink it, or how to make it.  And that’s just wrong!!

Spinach & pineapple smoothie

I jumped on the green smoothie train about a year ago, late as usual… But I like to think I’ve made up in green smoothie frequency what I’ve lacked in longevity.

Don't forget the fresh mint, it adds a bright pop of flavour!

Don’t forget the fresh mint, it adds a bright pop of flavour!

This particular smoothie is distinctly non-hearty, so if you are looking for a full-on breakfast replacement, this is not your ticket.  Nope, this baby is light, frosty, high in carb and low in fat and protein, and will empty from your stomach in no time flat.  Perfect for a pre-workout breakfast or snack!  …

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