The Gateway

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I’ve been banging on for years about magical liquified veggies and I’m not about to stop, green smoothies are truly the gateway to better health.

24 Hours published my favourite recipe last week. It goes by many names, Sweet Lemon, the Gateway and Elle Elle’s Go-To. It’s the simplest of them all yet incredibly nourishing and hydrating.

We’ve served this smoothie to people ranging in age from 9 months to 70 years. All of them sucked it back and cried when it was gone… well not everyone cried but they all wanted more.

The Gateway Smoothie 

2 cups filtered water
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 large handful organic spinach, or more
1 organic apple, quartered
1 organic pear, quartered
1/2 lemon, squeezed
Optional – 4 ice cubes

Add ingredients to an upright blender, blend until smooth.

For more smoothie rants and recipes click here.

The Gateway

Little Green Pill

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If there was a pill that helped us feel and look great, curbed our cravings, tidied our digestive tracks all the while nourishing our bodies and upping our health game we’d probably all take it… non?

I’ve been drinking my daily dose of greens for 5 years. By blending your own smoothie regularly you’re setting the intention for good health. Consciously purchasing the organic spinach and kale, discovering your favourite apple, squeezing your lemons, washing the produce and blending it. Considering all the goodness you’re eating before you drink it. There is power in that. You’re seeing it, thinking it, handling it, consuming it. So many touch points for positive intention.

Drinking a thoughtfully made green drink seems to feel inherently good, it’s hard to ignore.

Check out the Goods smoothie archives

Little Green Pill

Drink It ALL Down

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Green smoothies and full blend juices are where it’s at. We drink our blended vegetables and fruits in their entirety daily – edible skins, seeds, fibre and all… nothing extracted.

The vast majority of us could use more roughage, fibre does the dirty work.

Fibre acts like a broom and sweeps through your digestive track, getting in all the nooks and kicking the grime, dust and ancient crud out the backdoor. This clears the way so your body can absorb the concentration of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from the blended plants. And if you’re lucky, all that fibre might even smooth things over between you and your poo.

Juice extraction has its pros, it can be a great way to get an extra dose of vitamins, people suffering from a myriad of digestive issues may do better sans fibre (read cold-pressed) and for healing, supervised juicing can be powerful medicine.

Challenge yourself to down a big, fibre full, green smoothie daily for a week. Maybe you’ll pickup a new goods habit you love… you might even feel amazing.

Loads of clean-vegan, green drink recipes here.

Drink It ALL Down

Smoothie Mama

Lisa & Linda Labute

This is me and my Mum Linda, she’s the smoothie Queen of Windsor. Linda has been blending her greens for two years now and never missed a day. This babe makes smoothies for her neighbours, coworkers and recently even had her Smoothies 101 notes published on MagnaWellness.ca and I couldn’t be more proud.

If you need a smoothie refresher, or have been feeling like you want to clean it up a bit my Mum’s article is a great place to start. Check it out here and if you’re an old blending pro and want some new inspiration we’ve tried lots of smoothie combos and these are some of our faves.

So easy, so good! Enjoy.

Smoothie Mama

Purple with a Purpose

Cat & Smoothie

Oh shit, I’m obsessed. This is what’s in my morning smoothie today.

2 cups filtered water
1 banana
1/2 cup of soaked raw sunflower seeds (soak ’em for 1 hour prior)
1 massive handful of mixed greens
3/4 cup of frozen wild blueberries

It’s blowing my ever-loving mind right now.

Ok, now I’m awake. Right. Let’s get to it.

 

Purple with a Purpose

The Cottager

Naked Green Woman

Yip yip Canada Day is here! If you’re off to the cottage or hanging with the fam, planning around all the food needs can seem like a total pain, but it’s not impossible.

You know we’re all about what you DO eat and less about what you DON’T eat. Food is personal, don’t we know it, but all of us feel better when eating fresh veggies and fruits on the regular. So enjoy your weekend with friends, indulge if you choose, just eat/drink your greens too.

Make a couple of big jars of smoothies before you leave, they’ll keep for 3 to 4 days refrigerated and ensure you’re keeping your system moving and nourished.

Cottage Buddy 

3-4 bunches of bok choy
2 organic carrots
1″ peeled ginger
1 lemon, juiced
1 red delicious organic apple
1 bosc organic pear
1 tbsp hemp oil
1 tray ice cubes 
2 cups filtered water

Blend all ingredients except ice until smooth, add ice and blend again quickly. Now have fun and enjoy the sun.

Oh and The Weekender is another great travel smoothie recipe.

The Cottager

Lychee Love

Lychees

Have you seen these little weirdos at the market… they’re lychees, they’re tropical and they’re delicious. Red when first picked, they turn brown after being chilled but that doesn’t affect the fruit inside.

Lychee contains vitamin C, 72mg per 100g compared to the 53mg in oranges. So roughly 9 lychees is the daily requirement of vitamin C.

Use your hands or a small knife to peel back the hard skin and then peel the aromatic fruit inside away from the seed. A perfect snack on the beach or at the cottage. Eat them as is or add them to smoothies, salads and desserts.

Cool Lychee Smoothie
Makes 2Ls

1 leaf of organic kale
1/2 head organic leaf lettuce
9 lychees, peeled and pitted
4 mint leaves
1/3 organic cucumber
1-1/2 organic apple
2 cups filtered water
1 tray of ice

Blend all ingredients except ice until smooth. Add ice, blend again then share with a friend.

Lychee Love