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Getting Back Into Smoothies – Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook

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Last year around this time many of us were gearing up for the 30 Day Smoothie Challenge. Spring is a great time to start incorporating smoothies into your diet, and the best time to do a cleanse.  Whether you never have been a smoothie drinker, or you have just fallen off the bandwagon, what are you waiting for!?

Getting your blender out may be just what you need to help do a little internal spring cleaning. It’s time to get outside and get active again. I am very excited that spring is finally here in Montreal, as I am sure others living here and there are too. This has been a particularly long winter.

My friend Leanne Vogel, who you may remember from her 5 Gluten-Free and Vegan Smoothies guest post during the 30 day smoothie challenge last year. She has just released her new Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook. This may be just what you need to get on track. Leanne can seriously help you improve your health.

The Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook has over 55 dairy-free, vegan & gluten-free juice & smoothie recipes, 7-, 9- and 11- day cleanse programs plus all the tools you need to cleanse with success.

Tell me that doesn’t sound awesome? For those of you who are familiar with Leanne’s blog, Healthful Pursuit, you know that everything she does is awesome. Her recipes are mouth watering and her pictures always stunning!

Some of you may know her because of all the incredible dessert recipes she comes up with. I have tried a few (made by Leanne), and let me tell you, they are to die for. Her Dessert Freedom Cookbook is a must for anyone who loves dessert. She makes healthy desserts without sacrificing any of the delicious tastes we love, and sometimes crave!

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The Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook is for people that are ready to stop letting cravings rule their lives. On the surface, it’s about juices, smoothies and cleansing. But really, it’s about activating your most radiant self.

This book will show you how to:

  • Effortlessly use juices & smoothies to boost your health
  • Listen to your body and know when you’re legitimately satisfied
  • Move into, through, and out of a cleanse safely, and with shining results

The recipe below is one of the delicious green smoothie recipes from the book. I have tried a few recipes already, and they are awesome!

By purchasing the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook you are helping support all the free content that is found on Healthful Pursuit and Health is Happiness. So thank you for your support, it is much appreciated!

C-Punch Smoothie Recipe from Vibrant Life Cleanse Cookbook
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 1-2
 
A simple and delicious green smoothie recipe from Leanne Vogel's Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • ½ fresh mango
  • 1 cup packed spinach
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

 

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Kale Peach Mango Smoothie

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Peach Mango Kale Green Smoothie

If you forced me to tell you what my 2 favourite fruits were, I would have to answer peaches and mangos. I love eating them on their own, but I also love a peach or mango smoothie. Or, in this case, combining the two, throwing in some greens and bam! You have yourself a sweet green smoothie.

Peach season is upon us! That time of year here in Montreal where Ontario peaches are everywhere, at markets and grocery stores. Makes me so happy to see them back. What is sad is how quickly they disappear and remind me that summer is coming closer to an end. A bittersweet feeling since fall is one of my favourite seasons.

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The Ultimate Emerald Green Smoothie Recipe (Guest post)

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Today’s post is a guest post by Hazel, one of the members of our wonderful 30 Day Smoothie Challenge community. Throughout the challenge, Hazel was a huge part and contributor to the Smoothie Support group on Facebook. She posted incredible green smoothie recipe after green smoothie recipe with photos on a regular basis. I am very happy to have her sharing her experience with us. On top of that, she is also sharing one of her delicious recipes!

It has been 2 months since the smoothie challenge. I hope you guys have continued on with the healthy habits you developed during the 30 days. Please let me know how you are doing in the comments below!

What was the best part of the 30 Day Smoothie Challenge for you? What was your favourite recipe?

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Inspiration Motivation…I LOVE food, photography and Facebook! The 30 day smoothie challenge motivated me daily to create new smoothies, give ‘em a fun name, snap a pic, and best of all, post to the FB smoothie support group—with daily feedback and recipes! Continue reading

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Pineapple Blueberry Parsley Green Smoothie

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As some of you know, I spent yesterday afternoon doing a smoothie demo at lululemon athletica Ste-Catherine here in Montreal.   I just wanted to say a big Thank You! to everyone who came out yesterday. You guys made it a huge success and in the process, I got to meet with some great people.  Thank you to everyone who tried the smoothies and asked questions, I loved your enthusiasm!

I hope that the smoothies I made yesterday inspired some people to start making some healthy smoothies on their own, or to try new ingredients in their smoothies.  People loved the green smoothie that I made which was awesome.  The Lemon-Ginger Zing was a hit! You can find the recipe on the back of my new business card! Check it out! Continue reading

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Fennel Top, Strawberry, & Orange Green Smoothie

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It’s not everyday you see fennel this beautiful. Fennel with big beautiful greenery still attached. Fennel the way it should be. At supermarkets the fennel greens have always been removed,( the same as when you buy beets or carrots). What a shame! So where do you find fennel with its greenery still intact ? Why, I never thought you would ask! You are more likely to find some at an organic food store or farmers market.

While most people have never consumed fennel leaves and would never think of it, in many cultures, fennel leaves are quite commonly used in cooking.  Probably not so much in green smoothies but they are used to add anise flavour to cooked dishes such as pasta and fish as well as chopped raw into salads etc. The good news is they also taste great in green smoothies. Continue reading

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Arugula Parsley Flax Green Smoothie

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I have decided to give my system a little break this week, a cleanse of sorts. I am not changing my diet drastically from my normal day to day routine but am simply being more a little more disciplined and conscious of what I eat.  This means cutting certain things out all together for 7 days.

The main things I am cutting out completely are alcohol and caffeine.  Both alcohol and caffeine are quite demanding on our systems.  I don’t drink coffee, but I have found myself drinking black tea more often then I want to be recently.  I also have been wanting to do a week without alcohol for a while now, something I find is hard to do unless you really commit to it.  Which is what I am doing by sharing it with everybody here.  I really think that it will be a nice break for my system and am expecting it to boost my productivity and energy levels. Continue reading

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Mint, Parsley, Arugula & Fruit Green Smoothie

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Since the new year I have been making a conscious effort to experiment more with my smoothies. This goes for my green smoothies as well as my non green smoothies. I have been doing my best to keep track of them all. Working on tweaking the recipes and making them the best they can be, sharing my favourites here on Health is Happiness. What does this mean? It means I will be sharing quite a few smoothie recipes here on the blog in the weeks and months to come. I will be sure to keep posting delicious non-smoothie recipes as well. Hopefully I can inspire a few more people to give heathy smoothies a try. Quite a few people have been telling me recently that they tried making a green smoothie for the first time and loved it. This makes me very happy.

I am enjoying experimenting with all these new smoothies, finding out what I like and what I don’t. The reason I committed myself to doing this is that I was into the routine of making the same smoothies most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smoothies I was making and am not going to stop making them. My go to greens are still kale, swiss chard, and spinach, as well as collard greens, when I can find them. The fruit I use most are strawberries and bananas. I am going to try and switch it up and mix different greens with different fruit.

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Greens Detox; Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe

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The beginning of a new year is a great time for a greens detox. A great way to do this is by drinking cleansing green smoothies. Many of us ate more over the holidays than we usually do. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and shared some great food with family and friends.

It is nice to give our systems a break since overeating can be hard on our body. Overeating slows down our system, which means slower elimination and natural detoxification. A greens detox with cleansing green smoothies is a great way to help our bodies with its natural detoxification process and give it the break it needs. Time to rejuvenate for the new year. Many of us have New Year’s resolutions to change the way we eat, and to work at having better health and weight loss goals. An easy as well as beneficial way to help you achieve your goals, is incorporating cleansing green smoothies into your diet.

Not to worry. I am not saying that you have to go on some crazy cleanse and replace all solid food with smoothies. I am just encouraging you to drink a (green) smoothie a day. Green smoothies are easy to digest, making it easier to absorb the nutrients they contain. And boy do they ever contain a lot.

This cleansing green smoothie recipe contains several ingredients to help your body recover and rejuvenate itself for the new year ahead.

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Papaya Mint Lime Arugula Green Smoothie

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Papaya isn’t something that I have eaten much of in my life. The last time I bought papaya, it wasn’t good, which I think turned me off. What made me decide to give it a try again? About 2 weeks ago I tried a smoothie at the Yoga studio with papaya in it, and it was delicious.

The next time I was at the market, I picked up a papaya, and decided to give it another chance. I made sure to let it ripen completely, which I think might have been the problem the last time I tried papaya. Not quite ripe. Yuck.

Once the papaya was ripe, I cut it open and removed the interesting looking seeds inside and scooped out all the flesh. Pretty good actually, and even better in a green smoothie.

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Arugula, Orange, Strawberry, Apple Green Smoothie

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If you are anything like me, you always have apples around in the kitchen at this time of year.  If you don’t you should ,because it’s apple season.  Apple are great for making green smoothies.  We all know apples are great fruits to bring with us as snacks, but why not try something different.  There are so many different uses for apples in the kitchen.  One of my favourites from childhood to this day is apple crisp.  If you missed it, check out my recent vegan cranberry apple pecan crisp recipe.

This is one recipe for an apple green smoothie, but I encourage you to experiment with different combinations of other fruits and greens.  I don’t peel the apples when blending them because I use a Vitamix, but if you don’t have a high powered blender,  I would recommend peeling the apples before blending them. Continue reading

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