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.


Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Protein Smoothie

Ever since we got back from our holidays we have tried to get on track with our eating (as I am sure many of you are). I still have not mastered the art of eating exactly the way we eat at home while we are travelling. Anyone have some tips for me? This time around, we were staying at my brother & sister-in-law’s place so we had full access to the kitchen. We were able to pick up groceries a couple times and make my delicious kale salad (recipe to come) – which was a huge hit with the extended family and I think we ended up making 6 times…so good guys, really…recipe will be coming this month.

Still, when we returned home, we all felt a little lagged down. We did consume more wheat in the week then we have in a long, long time. Not only that, but we ate things that had processed sugar (like pie and ice cream). Sometimes, you just want to have pie with your entire family – OK !?! My body, however, told me otherwise. Feeling sluggish, struggling with brain fog (although, that might have been the jet leg) and a return of my eczema, I knew it was from the few things I had cut out of my diet due to sensitivities – came back to haunt me from a week of wanting to eat with my family while home for the holidays. My husband on the other hand was complaining of similar symptoms but the main one that was effecting him was exhaustion. Uh…oh…first sign of a possible flare up…not good. So it was back to making smoothies, green juices, puree soups – all things that are packed full of nutrition but easy for the body to digest.

This recipe comes from the Thrive Forward series. I chose to use the Vega One Vanilla nutritional shake but you can certainly use another plant-based protein source like hemp hearts, pea protein, or flax seeds. This shake turned out nice and creamy – almost like a milk shake. I thought about it later and I could have use the Vega One Chai powder with the same result (eliminating the additional spices I used to make this one and adding pure vanilla to balance the flavours). I am happy to report, that after two weeks of drinking more shakes, home-made green juices, soups and even avocado pudding (recipe to come), energy is returning for us and symptoms are disappearing. Funny how that works ;)

Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Protein Smoothie
Inspired by the Thrive Forward series.
  • ½ cup of fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled & chopped (can use purée if that's what you have on hand)
  • 1 whole apple, peeled & cored
  • 1 cup almond milk (you can use any no-dairy milk)
  • ⅓ cup protein powder (I used Vega One Vanilla)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour in glass and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy amazing energy!