Banana Chai Smoothie

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Banana Chai Smoothies - a new twist on the classic breakfast smoothie. Now, I don’t know about you but I really love a green smoothie - it just makes me feel healthy and like I’m starting the day with something really good. But, sometimes it’s worth switching it up, and this smoothie is the perfect say to do just that!

So, are you a morning smoothie person or a big hot breakfast person? I never ever use to eat breakfast, and when I say never - I mean for probably 10 years I didn’t have anything in the morning besides coffee, I just wasn’t hungry. But, about 6 months ago I started eating in the morning and now I’m starving if I haven’t had anything by 10 am. I’m not sure exactly what happened but something did and now I get what those breakfast eaters were talking about all these years!

Now I don’t know about you but sometimes mornings are so busy it’s hard to find time to have something healthy and that is where smoothies come in. They are the perfect way to pack your morning full of nutrients and they can be made in under 10 minutes. I love this Chai flavoured smoothie because it’s also so seasonal and feels like fall. It’s spicy, sweet and super filling since it’s full of protein-packed hemp hearts and almond butter. Sweetened with a little bit of honey you can also feel good that you’re not starting your day with a sugar-filled beverage.

So, do you love to eat breakfast or does coffee meet all of your morning cravings?

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prep time 5 minutes

blend time 3 minutes

total time 8 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas

2 tbsp almond butter

2 cups almond milk

2 tbsp honey

4 tbsp hemp hearts

1 tsp ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp allspice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a high powered blender then blend for 2 -3 minutes or until smooth.

Divide between 2 glasses and serve immediately.

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Pink Power Smoothie

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We all know that there is only one thing that gets a smoothie this pink right - beets! Now, love them or hate them, they are might pretty.

Growing up beets were a staple in our house, though they were mainly used in borsch - which I hated. So needless to say it wasn’t one of those ingredients that I was drawn to when I first started doing my own grocery shopping, that is until I had roasted beets. They are so sweet yet full of earthy flavour, I was instantly hooked.

Now speaking of borsch - have you guys tried it? I am disappointed in myself to admit that I haven't had it since I was a kid, soooo, perhaps the time has come and that needs to be my next beet adventure. I mean it does have everything in it that I love, so in theory, it should be the perfect meal for me.

But getting back to this show-stopping smoothie. I mean can you imagine giving this to your significant-other first thing in the morning? It sure beats the classic unfortunate green colour that so many smoothies end up being. But the one thing you need to know with this smoothie - it tastes like beets. So if you are expecting a smoothie that just looks like beets and doesn’t taste like them, this one isn’t for you. I also highly recommend prepping your beets in advance so your not waiting 30 minutes before you can blend up your smoothie.

So if you are looking for a way to make your morning's more beautiful blend this up - because how can you not smile when you drinking something that looks like this!

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prep time 10 minutes

cook time 30 minutes

total time 40 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

1 large beet

1 frozen banana

1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple

splash of vanilla

1 tbsp honey

1/2 cup coconut milk

Ice - optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Cut and peel your beet then wrap in tinfoil. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

In a high powdered blender place frozen banana, pineapple, vanilla, honey coconut milk and cooled beet. Blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until smooth (ice can be added in at this step as well if desired).

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Orange Dream Smoothie

One of the best parts of January is the amazing selections of oranges! When it’s cold and dreary outside this is a great way to brighten up your day!

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Ok so I don’t know about you but I love oranges this time of year. When it’s so cold outside having that sweet and tart orange just is one of the best ways to brighten up your day.

Now with this recipe, I went with a tangelo, mostly because I love them so much, but you could use any type of orange that you love. Maybe a blood orange, imagine how pretty that would be!

This is also my take on that old favourite the Orange Julius, but with fresh oranges and greek yoghurt, this is one that you can enjoy for breakfast without any guilt.

So run to your closest grocery store and stock up on all the oranges, you won’t be disappointed.

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prep time 10 minutes

blend time 5 minutes

total time 15 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

3 tangelos (or navel orange)

1 cup vanilla greek yogurt

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cups ice

Instructions

In a blender place peeled tangelos, greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. Blend until tangelos are fully pureed. Add in ice and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

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