Power Smoothie

(That tastes more like a chocolate-berry dessert.)

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After a week of vacation during which Cow’s Ice Cream made up a fifth food group in my daily diet (hey, it is voted Canada’s best ice cream!), I was happy to get back on track with a run this morning followed by this Power Smoothie fuel. And honestly, even though it wasn’t wrapped in a freshly baked waffle cone, or named something staring with ‘Moo’, it didn’t taste that far off from Cow’s Ice Cream.

The best part is that it’s loaded with super foods, but you wouldn’t even know.

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Ingredients for 1 Smoothie:

– A handful of baby spinach

– 1 small frozen banana, broken into chunks

– 1/2 cup frozen berry blend (I used blueberries, blackberries and cherries)

– 1/4 cup Greek yogurt

– 1 tbsp chia seeds, pre-soaked in water*

– 2 tsp cocoa powder (when combined with the natural sweetness of the fruit, will give a rich, chocolatey flavour!)

– Coconut water, to cover all ingredients

Directions:

1) Combine all ingredients in a blender/Magic Bullet/Nutribullet and blend until smooth.

2) Drink up!

*Soaking chia seeds in water causes them to become softer and gelatinous due to their rich supply of insoluble fibre. You can store soaked chia seeds in a Mason jar in the fridge, adding 4tbsp of water for every 1tbsp of chia seeds. Then, simply add 1tbsp of this seed mixture to your smoothies.

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Overnight Oatmeal

It’s been over two months since Christmas and I’m still spiralizing my heart out. I have lots more recipes and photos that need to make their way onto this blog… Oh, and ‘spiralize’ still has not yet become a real word in the English language. *sigh*

Anyway, all that to say, although I’m still hooked on veggie noodles, I’ve recently developed an obsession for another cooking “theme”.

Mason Jar Meals!

Because, seriously, there’s just something about that little old fashioned glass jar that makes my soul happy. And stuffing it with food, well, that just amplifies the happiness.

:)

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I adapted this recipe from a post I found on Pinterest and it works like magic. You can have healthy, delicious, dessert-like breakfasts for the week in 10 minutes–max.

Per jar/serving:

– 1/4 cup oats

– 1/4 cup yogurt (I used 0% plain greek yogurt)

– 1/3 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk, but regular milk or almond milk will work just fine too)

– 1 tablespoon chia seeds (I put those little super seeds in everything I can)

– 1 teaspoon maple syrup

– a couple generous scoops of fresh or frozen fruit to top (I used frozen mixed berries and frozen cherries)

1) Place all ingredients except fruit in each jar.

2) Add lid and shake until combined.

3) Remove lid and add fruit to top of jar.

4) Replace lid and refrigerate overnight.