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.


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:


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
• 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.


Cinnamon Toast Smoothie
Prep time
Total time
Option: add two cups of spinach or kale to up the nutrient content.
Serves: 1/500ml
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 10 raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 ice cubes
  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.


Quinoa, Blueberry & Buckwheat Waffles – Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free

Quinoa Blueberry & Buckwheat Waffles

‘Never say never’ and ‘don’t be so quick to judge’ are two things I have quickly learned as a parent. You never know what the situation is with a parent and child is and why they use certain parenting methods. Or as I like to call them, my methods of manipulation (which mostly revolve around the use of chocolate and potty training…). But all joking aside, there are some parents who are desperate to get their kids to eat anything whether it is the most nutrient dense food for them or not.  What do I mean my nutrient dense? This term means you are choosing foods that have the most bang for it’s buck – a balance of fiber, protein, carbohydrates & macronutrients. In other words, you are looking at foods for their nutrient content and getting the most out of that.

Quinoa Blueberry & Buckwheat Waffles

So, how do we do that without feeling like we are getting nothing but lentils, hemp seeds and spinach? Especially when all we want to do on a Sunday morning is eat waffles and bacon? Well, instead of buying the pre-made waffles from the store made with processed enriched white flour, which will simply add calories to your Sunday brunch instead of good nutrients, why not try making these Quinoa Blueberry & Buckwheat Waffles?! Full of protein, essential amino acids, fiber and magnesium – all things our bodies need more of, this is a small change that your kids will eat and you can feel good about. My inspiration for these waffles came from the breakfast cookies that Leanne has been cooking up over a Healthful Pursuit like these Gingerbread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies.

Quinoa Blueberry & Buckwheat Waffles

A few notes, hints and tips on this recipe:

1. Buckwheat is not a wheat and is gluten-free. It is the fruit of a plant that is related to rhubarb. This is my first time cooking with this and I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I chose a light buckwheat flour as sometimes the taste of buckwheat can be overwhelming – it’s very nutty. I also thought it would be more pleasant to a child’s taste buds. Not only is it high in protein, it is full of magnesium, which aids in the absorption of vitamins and nutrients. It also helps with muscle cramping (Epsom bath anyone?) so great for women at that certain time of the month.

2. Do not substitute another gluten-free flour for this recipe and expect it to turn out. I tried several and they did not cook through out. Think mushy waffles instead of crispy, light flaky ones. If you are not gluten-free but want to try this and don’t have buckwheat on hand, whole wheat flour should work, although I have not tried it.

3. Save time and cook your quinoa the night before. If you’ve forgotten to, cook it and cool it down quickly in the freezer for a few minutes.

4. This is sweetened with applesauce instead of using any sugar. You are welcome!

5. Make a double batch and freeze one batch putting parchment paper between each waffle for easy separation. This makes a quick breakfast for the kids through the week and you simply need to toast in toaster.

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Quinoa, Blueberry & Buckwheat Waffles - Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil, or other liquid vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour (I used light, which is slightly less nutty tasting)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (optional)
  1. Preheat your waffle iron to low heat according to the manual's instructions.
  2. In a high powered blender, place eggs, milk, apple sauce, pure vanilla & coconut oil and blend until well mixed.
  3. Add quinoa to the blender and blend until quinoa is no longer visible. On my blender the setting is 'liquify' and only takes 60 seconds. Yours may be different.
  4. Add buckwheat, baking powder and sea salt and blend until well mixed. Batter should be nice and thick now.
  5. Pour batter into heated waffle iron adding 5-6 blueberries to each waffle before closing the lid. For best results, cook slow and low for about 5 - 8 mins until the waffles are golden. Carefully remove waffles from iron and serve immediately with you favourite fruit and maple syrup on top. Repeat the cooking portion until batter is gone. Makes approx 12 large waffles.
  6. Freeze any unused waffles by layering parchment paper between each waffle and sealing in tight bag. Toast to reheat when desired.