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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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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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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