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:

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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
 
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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.

 

Kale & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Vinegarette

So the votes are in on Facebook and apparently you all wanted a kale salad recipe this week instead of a lemon loaf recipe. I’m actually a little shocked, although the votes were close, to see you go for the salad. I know that for myself I am always trying to find new ways to get my daily dose of kale.  I’m guessing you feel the same?

Kale & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Vinegarette This stuff is packed full of nutrition (especially for women); full of fiber, high in iron, anti-inflammatory (with 10% of your omega 3s for the day) and low in calories. Here are a few ways for you to add this dark leafy green to your repertoire:

1. Breakfast: lightly sauté kale in oil, sprinkle with salt and top with poached eggs. Easy. Or: this Kale Smoothie.

2. Snack: these Kale Chips.

3. Lunch or Dinner: Kale Salad with Dijon Lemon Dressing – one of the most popular recipes on this blog. If you haven’t made it yet, do so!

Kale & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Vinegarette

This salad is one more way to add kale to your weekly meals. The vinegarette – super easy (thanks Kristan!) and works well on this salad, or paired with arugula or even as a marinade for meat. Make sure to drink plenty of water through the day in order to get the fiber working for you as fiber can’t break down without it. Kale is a hearty leaf and this will keep for about 2 – 3 days in the fridge with the dressing on it with little to no wilting. I really enjoyed this salad with a chicken breasts & a side of avocado! Mmmmm, yum, I’m salivating just thinking of it!

Now it’s your turn to share – what is your favourite way of getting kale (or any dark leafy green for that matter) into your daily routine?

Kale & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Vinegarette
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato, cleaned & cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • sprinkle pepper
  • 1 bunch kale, washed, remove stem, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • 1 or 2 tbsp unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 or 2 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice from half a lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cube cleaned sweet potatoes and lightly coat in olive oil, salt and pepper and place on baking sheet. Roast in oven until soft (about 25mins).
  3. While sweet potatoes are roasting, in a large salad bowl massage 2 tbsp high quality oil into kale until the kale softens up. Sprinkle with ¼ tsp sea salt (or more to taste) and massage again until salt is well blended. Set aside.
  4. Make dressing (easy!) in a small bowl by whisking together balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and lemon juice until combined.
  5. Once sweet potatoes are cooked, you can either let them cool completely or serve them warm on top of the kale. Both are delicious! Sprinkle pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dressing on top of salad, toss and serve immediately. Left overs can be stored in fridge for 2-3 days.

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