Everyone I talk to asks me “How is your smoothie challenge going?” – and I always answer “GREAT!”, although there were days that I wasn’t quite looking forward to washing my blender again. I’ve definitely been feeling a lot better, I think I’ve lost a couple of pounds, and my skin is doing that annoying ‘detox’ thing where every bad thing I’ve eaten in the past 6 months decides to become a pimple. Right on my forehead.
Skin problems aside, I’ve started becoming more adventurous with my smoothies! I discovered a new book, Green Smoothies: The Weight Loss & Detox Secret, which has helped me find new recipes. I’ve been adding in different varieties of fruits and vegetables, adding sweeteners like honey or maple syrup, and I tried out a new Vega One Nutrition Shake – Vanilla Chai! It was absolutely delicious and added some well-needed spice to my smoothie!
Green Smoothies: The Weight Loss & Detox Secret, contains 50 recipes for a healthy diet. It’s easy to read, and gives a ton of information on the nutritional value of smoothies, how it can help your health, discusses seasonal green smoothies, and tasty tips for changing your regular recipe up!
My favourite recipes so far have been:
- Beet & Broccoli Smoothie
- Sweet Potato Smoothie
- Almond & Strawberry Smoothie
- Chocolate Spinach Smoothie
- Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
The Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie has perfectly warm flavours of fall – the spiciness of the cinnamon and ginger, with the comforting pumpkin is so, so good in a smoothie! I would have never have thought to put pumpkin in a smoothie before this! Try it out and let me know how you like it! And check out the book, Green Smoothies, for more ridiculously easy and delicious smoothie recipes!
ps. Wondering how long your fruit lasts?
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (or 1 cup pumpkin, cubed)
- 2 ripe pears, peeled and cored
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup plain yogurt (or almond milk/liquid of choice)
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Optional: 1 scoop Vega One Shake - Vanilla Chai
- Optional: ½ teaspoon crushed pecans to garnish
- Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
- Pour smoothie into a glass and garnish with pecans and a sprinkle of cinnamon!