Green with Envy Smoothie

Can anyone tell I am obsessed with smoothies of the green variation? I can’t get enough of them. Is it just me, or is there something super satisfying about drinking something that is such a bright green colour? You just know it’s good for you and filled with all sorts of nutrients that will keep you going throughout the day.

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While I was living in NYC I was careful where I spent my money. I was there for almost 6 months, and I have to say I never once paid for a smoothie. I had my own blender so I thought it was a waste to spend 10$ for someone else to whip up something so simple, but when I was there a few weekends ago (without my own blender) I was craving one and bit the bullet. I went to the Green Bean Cafe near where I was staying and bought the Green with Envy smoothie packed with kale, banana, spinach, dates and pineapple. Wow! I shouldn’t have waited that long, it was amazing and so close to where I was living, although it’s probably best that I had no idea it existed because I would have been broke. The smoothie was just sweet enough and creamy and so, so tasty. When I got back to Montreal I decided I needed to replicate it right away.

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The best part of this smoothie in my humble opinion, is the dates. They add just the right amount of sweetness that balances the kale really well. I love kale, but if you aren’t fond of its raw flavour but love it’s nutritious value than this smoothie is perfect for you.
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Here’s my version of the Green with Envy Smoothie Adapted from The Green Bean Cafe NYC

{Serves 2}

What you need:

3 dates pits removed
1.5 cups rice milk, almond milk or soy milk
1 banana (I use frozen)
handful of pineapple (I use frozen)
handful of kale washed and de-ribbed.
2 Tbsp Chia seeds

What you need to do:

1. Add the milk in first then the kale, pineapple, banana and dates.
2. blend until nice and smooth (making sure there are no chunks of dates left behind)
3. Add the Chia seeds and blend quickly to incorporate (I do this so they don’t all stick to the sides)
4. Pour and enjoy!

Raspberry Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

I think this will have to be my last pancake post for a while, I may be overdoing it with pancakes on this little blog, but I needed to post this one. I’ll be really honest with you all…I have not been good to my body lately. My sugar consumption is through the roof, I can’t even start to explain how much I have been craving it lately. I haven’t done yoga in a couple of weeks, and I have been eating carbs by the truck load and let me tell you, I am feeling it. You know when you feel sluggish and drained? I have made a promise to myself to get back on track asap. Meaning warm lemon water in the morning, healthy breakfasts and balanced meals with lots of whole foods and less carbs. I also need to start doing yoga again at least 3 times a week. Maybe writing this on the blog will help me keep my promise… maybe? I just find winter makes me want to eat all sorts of comfort foods that aren’t necessarily good for me, and sit around in my comfy clothes reading and watching tv. I am seriously dying for spring, it’s always these last 2 months of winter that really get to me.

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Pancakes are not typically a healthy breakfast, but as much as I believe in treating my body right, I also believe balance is the key to everything and I don’t think missing out on foods that make you happy is the way to go. All in moderation, and if you are consuming more of the good stuff then the not so good stuff, you’re on the right track.
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These pancakes are a good start in the right direction since they are made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, natural sugar, rice milk and fresh fruits. Served with a healthy smoothie on the side, and you have a healthy weekend breakfast that doesn’t really feel that healthy!
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What I love about pancakes is you can really play around with them, you can substitute the flours and sugars and you could make them with any fruit really. I chose raspberries because they have a great balance of sweet and tart which I love. Served with pure maple syrup, which I often use to sweeten most of my baked goods, adds the right amount of sweetness to complete this breakfast. Try these out next weekend for a great, healthier alternative to your favourite pancake recipe.
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Raspberry Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

What you will need: 

Raspberry Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

1 cup rice milk (or any kind of milk you like)

2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 cup oats blended in a food processor

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 egg

1 tsp coconut oil

pinch of salt

1 tblsp maple syrup + more for serving

Fresh or frozen raspberries

Strawberry Banana Smoothie 

(Serves 2)

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 whole banana (frozen is preferable)

2.5 – 3 cups of rice milk (or any milk of your choice)

1 tbsp or more to taste pure maple syrup

1/4 cup rolled oats *optional*

What you need to do: 

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1. In a food processor blend the rolled oats until they resemble a flour like consistency. Sift together the flour, blended oats, baking powder.

2. To the dry ingredients add the egg, coconut oil, salt, maple syrup and the rice milk. Blend with a whisk until smooth.

3. On Medium low heat, add a little coconut oil. Ladle in the batter to the size you want and add a few raspberries to each pancake (I like to cover the raspberries with a little extra batter so they don’t burn on the pan when flipped). Let the pancakes cook until you see bubbles forming in the middle and the sides look dry. Flip and let cook a couple more minutes.

4. Serve with extra raspberries and pure maple syrup!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1. In a blender add in the rice milk first then the fruits and maple syrup and blend until smooth.

2. Seve and enjoy!

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

I am not one to write down my smoothie recipes, because most of the time I wing it depending on what I have in my freezer, fridge and pantry. The one thing I never let myself run out of is frozen bananas. It’s the perfect way to save those bananas that you buy that go brown before you can enjoy them. I peel them up, cut them in half and keep them in freezer bags ready to use for baking and… smoothies! I wrote this one down because it was just so delicious, and I ended up drinking it for breakfast for 4 days straight. It’s packed with delicious things, and uses the bananas and dates for a natural sweetness.

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Photo: Jessica Pevzner

 

Ingredients
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup of loosely chopped kale
3 Ice cubes
1 cup of nut milk or rice milk or any kind of milk you love
1/2 frozen banana
2 pitted dates
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1/4 cup of rolled oats

Directions:
Always put the liquid in first and then add the rest of your ingredients. Pulse slowly to break up the chunks and then blend until smooth and enjoy!

What is your favourite smoothie recipe?