Cinnamon Toast Smoothie – Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook

Training for my first 10K race since getting pregnant with my second child has been a reminder of how much clean eating plays such a large role in my life. I have 8 more days until race day and I am feeling better each day. Slowly I am improving with my time and stamina. I’m not competing against anyone else but myself in this race so it will be an accomplishment to finish. Did I mention that I have been training with baby A in the the jogging stroller? I’m hoping that the extra 30lbs being taken away on race day will aid me – although I may miss the little one, who often “cheers” me on while we are out running. At least, that’s what I think she is doing while she loudly vocalize while running the track. ;)

Cinnamon Taost Smoothie Vibrant Life Cookbook

I had two major concerns when starting this process; one was not to injure myself and the other was that I would decrease my milk supply while nursing baby A. So what am I doing to maintain energy for this run and assure I can still feed my baby? I am now eating more calories (I know it sounds crazy, but I need 2000 calories for breastfeeding alone), drinking a ton of water and fueling myself with smoothies and juices from the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook to achieve my goal.

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Leanne Vogel from Healthful Pursuit launched her new book Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook a few weeks ago and I could not have got my hands on it at a better time! If you don’t know Leanne, she is a holistic nutritionist for real people, the real deal. I’ve followed Leanne’s blog for the last two and a half years and fell in love with her passion of creating empowering cookbooks and resources that show just how simple it is to fall in love with life, food allergies and all.

Seeing as I am training for this run and still breastfeeding baby A, I am not doing a full cleanse program at this time. My body requires too many calories and an all liquid diet is not the way to go. However, I have been using the recipes of juices and smoothies to enhance my daily nutrition and aid me in feeling energized throughout this process. I’ve had her ‘Cinnamon Toast Smoothie’ (recipe below) in combination with a post run snack. I also find that starting my day with the ‘C Punch’ green smoothie is a great way to reduce sugar cravings that come along with training.

If you have ever thought about doing a cleanse program you will like this book because it is a comprehensive guide to a cleanse. A lot of cleanse programs out there are down right scary and can be dangerous to your health. I remember this past Christmas one of my brothers told me about a cleanse he had done on his own (which I did not agree with) and I remember screaming at him “Go to Leanne’s site and do one of her cleanses!!! At least you will be giving your body nutrients instead of starving it!!!!”. His naturopath was also not impressed. I have said it in the past, do not be afraid to reach out to your health care team when you are trying to improve your health. That’s what they are there for!

This book has it all laid out for you with beautiful pictures for every recipe (which always draws me to a cookbook), full shopping lists depending on what cleanse program you choose (7, 9 or 11 day programs), and how even to choose the right equipment just to name a few. Leanne also takes you through the process of preparing your body before a cleanse and slowly bringing your body back down from the cleanse and when to ‘Abort!’ the cleanse.

Here is a sneak peak:

Inside-The-Book

In other words 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

Check out this sample cleanse from the book to get an even better idea:

Sample Cleanse

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. All right here, waiting for you. Grab a glass and get ready to take better care of yourself, honor what your body actually wants, and discover what healthy really feels like.

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Cinnamon Toast Smoothie
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Option: add two cups of spinach or kale to up the nutrient content.
Author:
Serves: 1/500ml
Ingredients
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 10 raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the jug of your high powered blender in the order they are listed.
  2. Blend on high for 1 minute, or until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.
  4. To store:: pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. Alternatively, pour into a plastic container and freeze for up to 1 month.

 

Classic (but not so classic) Lemon Loaf

I hope the title of this post hasn’t thrown you all for a loop! It’s classic, but not so classic. Like I said on Facebook, this week’s post would be a lemon loaf based off of a recipe I found in my Grandmother’s hand written cookbook. This cookbook has generations of women’s hand writing in it. Women who have cook for years for their families – caregiver being their primary job. As I go through the book, I think about how the roles of the women in this book changed throughout the generations. My Great Grandmother’s role in life and to her family would have been significantly different from my own mother’s role or even to the role I play to my family.

Classic (but not so classic) Lemon Loaf

I really like being a working mother, a working woman, it is something I take pride in. I truly enjoy being able to contribute to our family in that way. Plus, I might go crazy if I was full time caregiver – this week has been March break at my son’s school and I am slowly going crazy 1,2,3,4,5,6, switch crazy am I going slowly 6,5,4,3,2,1…(any Sharon, Lois and Bram fans out there?). For all the mom’s out there that stay at home with the kids full time – you are amazing! I wish I had the patience.

Classic (but not so classic) Lemon Loaf

Anyways, my point is that this lemon loaf originally was made for afternoon tea with the ladies or perhaps a bridge game where the women would have a break from the everyday hustle of the family to gossip about the neighbours. I’m totally making that up by the way…I have no idea what would be talked about but I have a feeling it was close to that. Does anyone in my generation play bridge? I never learned how to but I did learn how to play crib. You don’t hear about people gathering for bridge games anymore. You certainly don’t hear about Candy Crush gatherings either. Can you imagine “Hey girls, lets gather at my house Sunday afternoon with our smart phones to play Candy Crush and eat lemon loaf. xo Suzanne”. We would all stare at our phones for two hours, barely make conversation while eating sweet treats and sipping red wine – I mean tea…

Grandma's Lemon Loaf Recipe

Wow, am I ever chatty today. OK, let’s get to this “classic” lemon loaf recipe, shall we? As we can see from exhibit A (A = above) my Grandmother used to make this loaf often. This page is well used from the cookbook. *Heart* Although I think back and I’ve never tasted this recipe EVER so she obviously only made it pre-grandchildren.  Can’t remember a baked good made by my Grandma for us grandchildren. I asked my Mom though and she said she used to make this quite often for bridge games with the ladies.

So, what have I done differently? Changed the flour, changed the fat, changed the sugar, changed the garnish…pretty much making this not a so classic of a lemon loaf anymore – hence the title.  My version of this loaf is gluten-free, paleo, packed full of fiber, refined sugar-free but still bursting with lemon flavour.

Tip, tricks and notes about this recipe:

1. Be aware when making this loaf that coconut flour soaks up liquid like crazy, so I would suggested eating this with good cup of tea or a large glass of water. Coconut flour has an incredible amount of dietary fiber in it making it a great option for diabetics (2 tablespoons has 9 grams of carbs and 6 grams of fiber as an example). It is also high in iron.

2. Allow the loaf to cool completely before taking it out of the pan and eating it. This will allow it to crumble less. After cooled, store in fridge. But be warned, this is a crumbly cake.

3. Try to use organic lemon if possible as you will be using the rind in this recipe. If not, make sure you wash the outside of the lemon before using it. A simple vinegar and water solution will do just fine and make sure you rinse.

Classic (but not so classic) Lemon Loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, liquified (but not hot)
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup non dairy milk (cow's milk OK if that's all you have)
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • FOR TOPPING 1 tbsp melted honey mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice sprinkled with 1 tbsp chopped pistachios (almonds could work also)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut oil, coconut sugar, apple sauce and milk together.
  3. Add lemon rind, baking powder and salt. Whisk together until blended. Add coconut flour and mix with a spatula (will soak up all liquid fast). Once mixed, place into loaf pan and with wet hands mold the dough into the pan.
  4. Bake for 55mins to 1 hour. Remove from oven and top with honey, lemon & pistachio topping.
  5. Let cool on baking rack completely before cutting with sharp knife. Store covered in fridge for 3-5 days.