Gluten-free Waffels and Super Green Smoothie


Gluten-free waffles!

For many, the holidays have come to end. It is time to slip back into your work shoes and regular routine. This can be a relief but also can be sad to have to get back to grind. I often miss my family and friends throughout the year. I am always excited to see them before the business of school and work take up all of my time.

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I personally, have spent lots of time with family and am ready to get back to my routine! However, my holiday break is not complete until my family and I celebrate the Epiphany, this is when the Wise Men came to behold Jesus and brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and mer. La Befana, comes to all of the little girls and boys on the night of January 5th and brings them sweets and presents hoping that one of the gifts will be received by baby Jesus. This tradition is a bit like an Italian Santa Clause, except a women who travels on her broom!

As I have mentioned in other posts, I love traditions such as this one. I have a great appreciation that my family keeps this festivity alive. So, in celebration of the Epiphany I am posting a double recipe that is holiday themed. I hope that everyone found someone to spend time with through this time of year and that you all have a wonderful New Year that is full of exciting opportunities and goals!

East glutenfree waffles and green smoothie

Now on to the food! I made a delicious green smoothie and paired it with gluten-free waffles covered in strawberry jelly, cinnamon and more strawberries! Strawberries are not in season right now and can be quite expensive. So, I suggest using any fresh or frozen fruit that is available in you area this time of year.


Gluten-free Waffles

The smoothie is simple and delicious. It makes two serving, but honestly, I usually drink the whole thing myself! The chia seeds add an extra boost of protein, omega-3s, fibre, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. They also aid in stabilizing blood sugar, and they reduce your appetite keeping you full longer. Therefore, chia seeds=awesomeness.

These waffles were made from a pancake mix I found on The Minimalist Baker website. This couple has a fantastic website and I really like many of their gluten-free flour blends. I made the flour slightly thicker for the waffle iron than I would have for a pancake mix. I also added some all spice, vanilla and orange peel to give it a seasonal kick, feel free to omit these flavours and your own favourites!

Gluten-free Waffles

*Side note*: As you have might noticed, I have not been posting many recipes these last few months. My blog is going through a big change that will make it cleaner and more focused. I will be talking all about this in my next post. I am so excited to introduce it to you all and continue sharing my passion for clean and healthy food!

Ingredients

Gluten-Free Waffles

  • 1 cup of gluten-free pancake mix, or Bob’s Red Mill’s Pancake Mix
  • 2/3 cup of almond or soy milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg or flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax and 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp of all spice

Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

Waffles

Makes 6

  1. Turn on your waffle iron and allow it to preheat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk with lemon and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. If you are using a flax egg combine water a flax meal and let stand.
  3. Add the egg, zest, all spice and vanilla, whisk until well combined.
  4. Add flour and continue to whisk until batter is slightly thicker than a pancake batter.
  5. Grease waffle iron if needed and pour mix into the iron. My waffle iron makes two waffles at a time so I poured in a third of the batter.
  6. Place finished waffles on a cooling rack until ready to serve.
  7. Serve with your favourite fruit, maple syrup and fruit jelly!

Green Smoothie

Serves 1-2

Simply blend everything together and enjoy!

 

Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie
I have been meaning to post this smoothie recipe for ages! This is a simple recipe for those who are trying to get on the smoothie bandwagon but not sure where to start… or what a good combination is! Nothing worse then throwing a bunch of stuff in a blender and forcing your self to drink it… we have all been there. I find this combo is also great for kids who might not be adventurous enough to drink green smoothies.

I personally drink a smoothie practically everyday. I find that my body prefers that over solid food first thing in the morning. Now, I enjoy all sorts of veggie concoctions. I don’t necessarily need a sweet smoothie anymore. My taste buds have adapted. However, when I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis I started simple.

Banana Berry Smoothie

I will be posting more smoothies on my blog to give you an idea of the diversity of combinations you can have and  I encourage you to be adventurous and give them a go! They are such a tremendous way to get in veggies, fruit and water in to your diet.
Who knows, maybe you will not need your daily cup of Joe to wake yourself up in the morning. You would be surprised the healing and energizing powers that fruits and vegetables have on the body.
So, try this recipe out and see if you are ready to add more simple raw breakfasts into your daily regime!
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Banana Berry Smoothie 
Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen Bananas**
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 11/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
Directions
BLEND :)
**Note: Instead of freezing the whole banana with the peel; try chopping the banana into small rounds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the banana slices on the baking sheet. Pop it in the freezer to freeze overnight. I do a whole bunch at once and then store in a ziplock freezer bag for when I need it!

 

One-Pot Poached Pear Porridge

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I know I have not been posting lately. Alright, its been over a month! I can’t believe how quickly time flies! So much has changed for the good this past summer. I am finally picking up where I left off and carrying on.

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One thing that always calms and comforts me is baking and cooking. Doing it for myself and sharing it with the people I love is almost as peaceful as meditation.

If my food tastes awful, we laugh about it. If it is delicious we eat in silence because we are too busy trying not to leave a crumb behind. Regardless, it is always known that it was made with love.

This is something I whipped up for breakfast the other day and shared with my little sister. I find oatmeal is great for this time of year. It is warm, hearty and keeps me going all day long. Perfect for a long day at school…

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This September I started school again! Which is a really big deal for me. Last time I tried my hand at university I was expelled. I was miserable there, I was dealing with many physical and phycological set backs that I felt I had no control over. It seemed to be I was getting in my own way. But what was worse, was the feeling that I was getting in other peoples way. And for those who have experienced this you know that it is a horrible feeling.

I promised myself I would never go to school again. That I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t smart enough and people would realize this and not bother teaching me. Well, this July I made the decision to prove myself wrong and get back on the saddle. I am updating my math and sciences now but who knows what next year will bring! I no longer feel in the way of anyone including myself.

In fact, the only thing I feel currently is full. You know why? Because this porridge is awesome! What more do you need in life than a big bowl of love with a dash of self-confidence?

One-Pot Pear Porridge 

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Poached Pear:

2 bartlett pear, cubed (you can substitute with apple)

1/4 cup apple juice

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/8 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

Porridge:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup almond milk (or sub for more water)

1 cup gluten-free oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

Optional Toppings:

goji berries, nut butter of choice, shredded coconut, pepitas, cacao nibs

Directions

  1. On medium heat, take a small sauce pan and put in apple juice, maple syrup, and water. Allow to begin to simmer.
  2. Once ready, add pear. You can peel the skin from the pear if you prefer it this way. Then stir in the spices. Leave on medium-low heat string occasionally. After about 7 minutes you should have a syrup and poached pear. Pour this into a bowl and allow to sit while you make the porridge.
  3. Using the same pot add water and almond milk. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium and add oats.
  4. Once liquid has been mostly absorbed, about 4-5 minutes, remove from heat. Stir in nut butter and mashed banana.
  5. Divide it into portions and top with pear and the syrup.
  6. Lastly, add all your favourite toppings. I also added extra cinnamon.

 

 

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Summer Rice Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad

One final summer recipe. Summer is almost behind us now. I have been making this fabulous rice salad all summer. It is so tasty and sweet. Of course you can make this recipe with whatever vegetables are in season, however, this is by far my favourite combo.
Summer Rice Salad

This, in many regards, has been a long summer for me. I learned about about myself and the person that I want to become. There are so many things I thought I wanted to change about myself. I thought I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough or capable enough. It took me this entire summer to realize the people who love and appreciate the most where right in front of me all along!
We all have days or doubt and disappear, that is an inevitable fact of life. But, it is so comforting to know that I have wonderful friends and family that support me and help me rise to every challenge I may face in my life. And you know what the best way to face every challenge? With a belly full of nourishing, plant-based, wholesome food! So, enjoy this recipe and share it with family and friends. Food is love so share a little with the special people in your life!

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing

Serves: 2 as a main or 4 as a side

Ingredients:

Salad:
1 cup of brown rice, uncooked
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup kale, chopped
Dressing:
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt and papper
2 tbsp rice vinegar
5 tbsp olive oil
Instructions:
  1. Cook brown rice as instructed on the package.
  2. To make dressing: whisk honey, mustard and vinegar together until smooth. Then add oil. If you add it sooner it will separate. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Once rice has cooled, add the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and toss until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately. It will keep for up to two days in the fridge.

My New Root Cookbook Review and Matcha Green-ola Bars

I am officially in love with this cookbook. I had read reviews of Sarah Britton’s book, My New Roots, before and was intrigued. So, I went to a local bookstore and scanned through her recipes. First of all, the pictures are beautiful and bright. Then I realized she breaks her recipes into seasons as opposed to “breakfast”, “dinner”, “dessert”, etc, which I think is a really cool idea. The book is hardcover so it’s a little more durable in my kitchen… things can get pretty messy!

My New Root's Granola Bars

Once I started making her recipes it didn’t take me long to realize this lady loves food! The taste combinations are incredible. She doesn’t stick to making “safe” choices. Instead, she really chooses to think outside the box.

Her cookbook is not vegan or gluten-free, it is vegetarian and healthy. At the top of each page it indicates if the recipe requires setting or soaking, if it’s gluten-free and if it’s vegan. I still find I can make most recipes, although sometimes I need to make small substitutions.

Sarah Britton's Matcha Bars

I decided to take a peak at her website since I love the book so much. I made her Matcha Green Granola Bars which ended up being my favourite thing I’ve made of hers yet! They are so tasty! I call them “Green-ola Bars” because I think it’s hilarious!

I wouldn’t change a thing. The recipe is perfect the way it is. I used quinoa puffs, dried cranberries, figs and dates. And I used a bit of sunflower butter because I ran out of tahini!

Overall, I give this cookbook a huge thumbs up! I think Sarah is incredibly talented and really inspirational! Making the world a better place one delicious recipe at a time!

My New Roots Granola Bars

Amazing Green Hummus

Amazing Green Hummus

I hate reading… well, I actually love reading. Once I start, I can’t stop. I usually don’t like beginning a book because I know once I get into a good story I will not stop until I read the entire book… or series. My favourite kind of novel is good fiction with some sort of dystopia. A novel where someone is stickin’ it to “The Man”!

Reading also makes me want to write a book. I don’t know where I would start, but I think it would be fun. I went to university for acting about 3 years ago and got kicked out. (That’s another story for another day.) However, right before they gave me the boot, one of my instructors told me I should try writing. That way I could still tell a story but no one would have to see me. (She was a real gem.)

I haven’t thought about that conversation in ages. I didn’t even want to pick up a pen for a long time after. I felt that if I wrote anything I would be proving her right. So, I can’t be a performer and a writer? That’s just silly! Who says I can only do one thing? Well she does… but what does she know!

I think part of starting this blog was to see if I could form coherent thoughts in some sort of structure that someone would want to read. Or, you know, I could read them back to myself. I mean, I am no Lois Lowry or C. S. Lewis, but hey, who knows, one day people might be interested in what I have to say!

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Well, now that I’ve rambled about something that has nothing to do with food, let’s get back to this delicious recipe! I use hummus in all kinds of ways. It’s not just for dipping veggies in. I put it in my rice dishes, I use it in pasta salads and stir-frys, buddha bowls… the possibilities are endless. This hummus has a wonderful taste and once you let it sit in the fridge overnight the flavours really pop!

You gotta love parsley to fully appreciate this recipe. I mean, wow! The parsley really hits you, especially when it is freshly made. I really like that, but we are all different, so if you think you would prefer less or no parsley at all, that’s fine. It will still taste amazing and will be bright green!

Amazing Green Hummus
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I find that it is best eaten the day after it is made. It allows time for all the flavours to blend. Make it the night before for a great snack!
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Amazing Green Hummus
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I find that it is best eaten the day after it is made. It allows time for all the flavours to blend. Make it the night before for a great snack!
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Recipe Notes
  1. In your food processor, put in lemon juice, tahini, onion and garlic. Blend on high until well combined.
  2. Then add everything else except the chickpeas. Process the ingredients making sure the mixture is smooth.
  3. Lastly, add the chickpeas and process one more time. Add a tablespoon of water or oil until you have reached you desired consistency. I like mine really smooth.
  4. Store in an airtight container. It is best served the next day when the spices have had a chance to really show their flavour.
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Gluten-Free Artisan Teff Loaf

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Life can be frustrating sometimes. Lately I’ve found things have not been going my way. Even though I feel like I’m working so hard, it’s as if I’m running in circles, forever finding myself back where I started. My goals are unclear and I don’t know where the next page in my story is leading.

I’m someone who likes certainty. I don’t mind obstacles, as long as I have a clear goal I’m striving to achieve. However, life is not always so black and white, is it? It’s full of these peaks and valleys that make up the whole colourful picture, but the picture seems to come in a box like a puzzle.

It can be so frustrating. I just want to take out all this energy. But how?..

gluten-free breadHow about by kneading some dough? I have Celiac Disease, so I very rarely find a bread recipe that is either not too sticky or not too dry to knead. I never get to put all my energy into making a beautiful loaf of bread. Until now!

Gluten-free Teff LoafThis lead me to search the internet for a bread that I could knead. It is such a great stress reliever! (If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re going to have to.)

I stumbled across this lovely recipe. I didn’t have all the ingredients, but with some reworking I was able to make tasty, hearty, delicious gluten-free/vegan bread. And oh mama, is it ever satisfying! I tried it first toasted and topped off with bruschetta, but it would also make great sandwich bread. Absolute heaven.

IMG_1298_FotorMy mom came over and watched me make this bread and taught me how to knead properly. She said it brought back memories of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, where she watched her mother bake bread.

I think a big part of my passion comes from seeing how much fulfillment cooking has brought my mother. I asked her why they always cut an X in the top of the bread, and she said her mother would tell her it was a cross. It was a way to bless the bread and be thankful for what you have. I thought that was incredibly beautiful.

Now on to the bread!

 

Gluten-Free Artisan Teff Loaf
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Adapted from the wonderful blogger Alta Mantsch. Check out the original recipe at: http://www.tastyeatsathome.com/2013/05/honey-teff-bread/
Servings
1 loaf
Servings
1 loaf
Gluten-Free Artisan Teff Loaf
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Adapted from the wonderful blogger Alta Mantsch. Check out the original recipe at: http://www.tastyeatsathome.com/2013/05/honey-teff-bread/
Servings
1 loaf
Servings
1 loaf
Ingredients
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Wet
Servings: loaf
Recipe Notes
  1. In a medium bowl, mix warm water, yeast and molasses. Whisk together and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all flours and salt together making sure they are well combined. *Only use 1/2 cup of white rice flour. The other 1/4 cup is used later while kneading the dough.
  3. If you do not have pre-ground chia seeds, put chia seeds in a blender and grind into a flour-like consistency.
  4. Pour chia seeds, psyllium husks and oil into the yeast mixture. Whisk until thick.
  5. Pour liquid into the flour mixture. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, begin to combine mixture. Once thick, start to fold the dough by hand. Dust a clean countertop with part of the the remaining white rice flour and knead. Now add herbs and sesame seeds. Continue to knead dough, adding more rice flour as needed until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Put the dough back into large bowl and cover with a damp towel for at least 30 minutes. For best results, allow to stand for an hour and a half. I allowed mine to stand overnight to see if results vary and there was almost no difference.
  7. Set oven to 400ºF. Preheat a castiron pan or pizza stone in the oven.
  8. Take dough and cut slits in the top. Sprinkle sesame seeds, course salt and/or olive oil. Carefully remove the stone or pan from heat and sprinkle a bit of flour on it. Place dough in the centre of stone.
  9. Allow to bake for 40-45 minutes. (Mine took 43 minutes.)
  10. Let cool on cooling rack for at least 10 minutes. You made amazing gluten-free bread! Worth every minute of effort!
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One Bowl Granola Cookies (gluten-free, nut-free and vegan)

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I am currently going though a transitional period in my life. My work and living situation have changed and I feel overwhelmed by it all. I had been doing so well with not having many dissociative spells, but lately my symptoms have resurfaced and it’s discouraging.

Granola CookieThese past two years I have been going from doctor to doctor. Now, for the first time in over a year, I find myself without a doctor to confide in. It has always been a struggle to find a doctor who will treat me due to my strange symptoms.

I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and sometimes the symptoms can be scary. The last couple of days I have experienced memory loss, fainting spells and disappearing spans of time that only seem like minutes, but are actually hours. I wish I could say that there’s a magic formula that makes my symptoms go away, but unfortunately, it is never that easy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps, but finding things I get a lot of enjoyment out of helps as well.

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This is why lately I have been cooking and baking up a storm, trying to discover fun, new, allergy-friendly, plant-based recipes! This was one of my successes. I love soft cookies! There’s something about a pot of my favourite tea and a plate of warm cookies that always makes me feel better. That was the inspiration for these lovely, moist creations.

This is such a versatile cookie recipe and I use it as a base for all my favourites. Use any combination of dried fruit and seeds you like! I had to add a little chocolate.. I couldn’t resist.

One Bowl Granola Cookies
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These are my new favourite cookies! Make them and try to share a couple! **A quick note on oat flour, just place rolled oats in your food processor or blender and grind into flour.**
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
One Bowl Granola Cookies
Print Recipe
These are my new favourite cookies! Make them and try to share a couple! **A quick note on oat flour, just place rolled oats in your food processor or blender and grind into flour.**
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Recipe Notes

1. Preheat the oven to 350 Fº.

2. In a medium-large bowl, make the flax egg by whisking 3 tbsp of water and flax meal together. Set aside for five minutes.

3. Once flax meal has an egg-like consistency, whisk in the coconut oil, sunflower butter and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the oat flour, baking powder and baking soda one by one to avoid lumps. (There's nothing worse than taking a bite of a cookie and tasting baking soda!) Get your whole arm into it! The consistency should be quite thick.

4. Add your seeds, berries and chocolate chips. Fold them in using a spatula. Try not to add any milk. If you find your mixture is dry, add a teaspoon of coconut oil or sunflower butter. Using milk will give you a crunchy and flat cookie.

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll your cookie dough into balls. This recipe should make 12-14 balls. Don't make them too big or they won’t bake.

6. Bake for 12-14 minutes and then remove from the oven. They will still be very soft. Don’t touch them, just allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes. This is just enough time to make yourself a pot of tea! Enjoy!

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Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Holy cow! Well, actually no cow just bananas. I am eating this as I write a post about it. It’s just so good! My new favourite ice cream.

My favourite ice cream as a kid was mint chocolate chip… well, that, and pistachio gelato. (spoiler alert for another recipe) Funny thing is I didn’t like chocolate. I use to eat the ice cream and spit out the chocolate chips! I found it incredibly amusing. I thought that is what baseball players or hockey players were spitting out during their games… not that I am really into sports but it made me feel cool.
Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

I can promise you that I am not spitting out these delicious cacao nibs. They add the perfect amount of crunch to this creamy ‘ice cream’.

And it is so incredibly healthy! Only 5 ingredients! Yup, AND no artificial dyes to make it green. The green colour comes from my trusty little friend spirulina powder. It is an algae that is an incredibly potent source of nutrients including: protein, antioxidants and B-vitamins. Look it up it is really interesting stuff!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream!

serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen banana
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  •  Preferred non-dairy milk, as needed

Directions

  1. Blend everything, excluding the cacao nibs, in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Be patient, if you are not working with a really good quality blender it can take a little longer. Add as little milk as possible for a thicker consistency.
  2. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle cacao nibs on top!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Orange and Pineapple Smoothie

Pinapple and Orange Smoothie! Soooo good!

This is one of the biggest pineapples I have ever bought. I was sceptical when buying it. I thought maybe the smaller ones would be juicier, but it was so delicious!

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Making fruit into a bowl is so much fun! It’s a great idea for a centrepiece at a party, or something healthy to bring to a potluck. To make your pineapple into a bowl: trace where you want the hole to be with a sharp knife and cut diagonally downward. Scooping out a watermelon works as a great bowl too!

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Orange and Pineapple Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 large navel orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 cup carrot juice/coconut water/water

Directions

Blend.

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