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Mango Peach Coconut Water Smoothie

peach mango coconut smoothie

I know what you are thinking? “Is this smoothie as delicious as it looks and sounds?” Well, the answer is yes. It’s lip smacking good. It’s a mango peach coconut water smoothie. Of course it’s amazing!

With only 3 ingredients, it is very simple. Sometimes we get carried away when making smoothies, throwing everything and the kitchen sink into the blender, hoping to get as much into our smoothie as possible. If you do this, you know exactly what I am talking about. It isn’t always the best approach.

When you have exerted a lot of energy, and sweat a ton, the first thing your body needs is to replenish its glucose stores, and electrolytes. What better way to do this than with a delicious fruit and coconut water smoothie! Try drinking a smoothie like this one as soon as possible after your next workout, then follow up with a well balanced meal about 45 minutes to an hour later. Continue reading


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Kale Peach Mango Smoothie

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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5 Gluten Free & Vegan Smoothies


Allow me to introduce Leanne Vogel. If you don’t already know Leanne and her blog you are in for a treat! She has the best healthy dessert recipes and tons more.

Leanne Vogel is a holistic nutritionist and the girl behind the healthy living site, Healthful Pursuit. Whether you’re sensitive to dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, grains, or sugar, or are just interested in eating healthy, Leanne’s fun and simple healthy recipes; of which she has more than 600 posted on her site, are a great resource for everyone.

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to be here. Kieran is such a rad guy. When he asked me if I wanted to stop by to share something with you, I jumped at the chance to be part of this good thing he’s got happenin’ here on Health Is Happiness!

I’m quite the smoothie fanatic. I’ve had 1 smoothie daily for the past 6 years and there’s no sign in that changing any time soon. I’ve developed loads of different recipes, tricks, tips and strategies along the way. After all, if you’re making 1 smoothie a day for 6 years, you have to constantly spice things up to keep it fun!

Here are a bunch of tricks and tips that I’ve learned along the way… Continue reading

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Crudessence Smoothie Recipe

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I am excited to say that today’s post is brought to you by Montreal’s own Crudessence.

Crudessence is a Montreal based restaurant committed to bringing people into deeper reflection and inspiring daily acts of self-respect and responsibility.  This is why our culinary approach is vegan, organic, predominantly raw, gluten-free, hand-made and favouring local and fair-trade suppliers.  Serving living, nourishing foods while helping each individual discover a deeper potential brings infinite meaning to our slogan, serving life.

As life gets busier, too often the first sacrifice made is the very thing that keeps us going throughout the day: fuel (commonly known as food). We opt for quick fixes like takeout, processed foods, snack food or nutritionally incomplete snacks to fill in the gaps between meals. Sometimes these options will even replace our meals! There has to be a better way, right? Right!

Instead of advising that you take time to prepare each of your meals, let us suggest the healthiest quick fix that you can possibly fit into your life: smoothies. Smoothies have limitless potential! Fruit smoothies, green smoothies, chocolate-banana smoothies, breakfast smoothies, midday snack smoothies, dessert smoothies, superfood smoothies, pre-workout smoothies, post-workout smoothies, meal replacing smoothies… this list goes on! Packed with fresh and delicious nutrients, smoothies make you the artist and your blender the blank canvas.

During your 30-day challenge, try making one of our favourites, the Doux-vert. If you’re having trouble convincing your child (or spouse) to eat their greens, this smoothie just may be the solution. Spinach lovers and haters alike will reunite around the metaphorical water cooler and rave about this Crudessence classic!

Stop by one of our restaurants this spring and let us make you your favourite smoothie!


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Spiced Tropical Fruit Superfood Smoothie

Stop what you are doing. Right now. Go make this smoothie. Seriously. I love the flavour of the cardamom with the mango, and orange. Not to mention the creaminess that the hemp seeds bring.

Are you wondering what maca is? I didn’t know about it either until about two years ago when I read the Thrive by Brendan Brazier. That was the book that really got me into whole food plant based eating. I discovered a whole bunch of delicious foods thanks to Brendan.

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Arugula, Orange, Strawberry, Apple Green Smoothie

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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What is a smoothie?

What is a smoothie?  There are endless different ingredients that can come together to make delicious and nutritious smoothies.

In this first instalment of my “what is a smoothie” series I show you how to make a creamy mango cashew maca smoothie.

I made this smoothie because I wanted a smoothie where I could really taste the mango. I love mango and sometimes their amazing tastes gets lots in my green smoothies.

If you like mangos you will love this smoothie. Let me know what you think.

Creamy Mango Cashew Maca Smoothie

1/4 cup cashews
1 mango
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 teaspoon maca

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Heavenly Raw Chocolate & Mint Smoothie

If you love chocolate you are going to love this smoothie. I just tried this for the first time and wow. What a treat. A healthy treat at that. It is by no means a low fat or sugar free treat. However it contains healthy fats and natural sugars. So treat yourself and nourish your body at the same time.

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How Do You Make A Green Smoothie?

How do you make a green smoothie?

Stop pretending you don’t want to make green smoothies at home.  It’s ok to be weirded out by it at first. It’s nomal. I was too. Greens? In a blender? No way.

YES!!! Greens in a blender! And it tastes damn good too. Trust me. I’m a picky eater and I love green smoothies.

For all of you who have never tried to make a green smoothie at home this is for you.

If you have ever thought to yourself “I would like to try to make a green smoothie but am not sure what to do”, now is the time,  Go and get yourself some frozen strawberries, a banana, some spinach and some water and throw it in the blender. Boom. Green smoothie. That easy.

Don’t put it off any longer.

Just do it. Throw the goodness in the blender and turn it on. It’s easy, tastes good and is really good for you.

Stop pretending you don’t want to make green smoothies at home.  It’s ok to be weirded out by it at first. It’s nomal. I was too.

Get ready to discover the world of green smoothies.

Spinach Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

1 banana

5 strawberries (frozen or fresh if in season)

1 bunch of spinach, ends of stalks removed

1 or 1 1/2 cups of water

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Amount of water used will depend on your preference for a thicker or thinner consistency of smoothie.



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Blueberry Mango Collard Green Smoothie

Although it’s -17 degrees outside and feels like -27 with windshield factor I still crave delicious green smoothies.  Taste so good and are so good for you.

I know most of you are probably skipping out on your daily dose of green power so I thought I would put up an easy and delicious recipe for you guys to try.  For all of you asking me for green smoothie recipes here you go. Now you have no excuse but to try one.

If you are wondering why you should be eating raw collard greens:

” This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium and Manganese.

Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2410/2#ixzz1jYaIB2NC



1 ataulfo mango, peeled and pitted

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 banana

3 big collard leaves, stems removed (unless using vita-mix)

1 1/4 cup water  (add a bit more if you want a bit thinner consistency)

Yields 3 cups


Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until consistency is smooth. Blending time will depend on how powerful your blender is.

Guaranteed to brighten your day up!

Holy Smoothie

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