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I tried to get a nice artsy picture of my smoothie set against my pathetic little garden, but Ben got mad that I kept shoving him away from his cat grass… silly Benny! But at least he’s good-looking, so I put him in the shot. Look at him, all fixed on his cat grass. You would never ruin a shot, Ben. I love you.

Thanks for being so patient with me, my fellow garlic lovers, while I worked through some of my work stresses. I wish I could say it’s over but it’s just beginning; work is busier than ever and I too am just a busy, busy girl. I don’t think I will ever be less busy (I’m turning 27 in just 30 days, so I think I will only ever get more busy from here on out) but I think I will eventually get better at dealing with stress.

For me, one of the key moments in my journey to “real” adulthood (or, as the Internet is fond of saying, “adulting” — yeah, every time I hear that word I pray for a swift and salty death) was when I realized that things didn’t just “get easier” because I repeated them over and over again. Learning to deal with things (like stress, time management, etc.) means actually altering my behaviour, kicking myself in the ass a little bit. Not everything is supposed to feel super easy or natural, so you really do have to force yourself to change key habits sometimes.

Hey, kind of like when I became a vegan!

One thing that’s really kicked my routine into high gear was moving more of my tasks to the night-before and not day-of — from prepping things for lunch, making smoothies beforehand or just setting aside my clothes for tomorrow. I would personally love to videotape my day (oh my god, did I just say “videotape?!” AM I NOT A MILLENNIAL?!) and send it to all my elementary school teachers who wrote me off as “disorganized.” Who’s laughing now?

Preparing smoothies in the morning always kind of slows me down, so making them ahead of time — usually in batches of two — has been my go-to lately. As a result, because I take my time more when making smoothies at night and leave more room for experimentation.

I pretty much have a smoothie for breakfast every single day, and I haven’t gotten sick of it! I do change things up fairly often but with these three in my regular rotation, they tend to make me happiest.

Proteiny Greeny smoothie

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There are many green smoothie recipes out there, but I tend to think of most as falling into one of two categories: one is sweeter, more comforting, creamy, goes well with notes of cinnamon. The other is a more fresh, almost tropical smoothie. This one is the former! I rarely eat two bananas in one smoothie (my fructose malabsorbtion means I really shouldn’t have that many bananas), but I will have something like this on a day when I know I’m going to be active all day — biking, taking walks, working out, going climbing, etc.

  • Prep time: <5 minutes
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  • Yield: One smoothie
  • Allergen info: Gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients

  • Two frozen bananas
  • 250 ml (1 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • Two large leaves of dino kale (or 1.5 cups of chopped kale — or hey, go for spinach, I’m not the boss of you)
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) nut butter of your choice
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) raw maca powder (or spirulina)
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) rolled oats*
  • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) vanilla extract
  • Toppings (optional): Blueberries, goji berries, any berries really, chia seeds, more peanut butter, hemp hearts… I don’t know, I feel weird suggesting toppings, you can make up your own damn mind.

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients on high speed, serve in a bowl, glass or mason jar (plate not recommended) or drink from the blender if no one is looking.
  2. *Oats can sometimes be tricky to break down in a blender. If you don’t have the most powerful blender, I’d recommend soaking them overnight in your cup of milk. Or, you could also add the milk and oats to the blender first, run them through once, let sit while you prep the rest of your ingredients and then run again. This is what I do, and I have a Vitamix!

“I Can’t Believe It’s Refreshing!” green smoothie

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This is one of the other kind of green smoothie — the kind that has a certain tartness to it, feels kinda juicy, dare I say it… fun? Yes, fun, we’ll go with that. Anyway, I got really pretentious and put fresh turmeric in it. You can omit it and add more ginger if you like, if you can’t find turmeric. I love the roots so much. They look like little larvae! Uh. Anyway. This recipe makes two smoothies, so share with any stupid frigging friends you might have (or just make yourself smoothies for two days)!

  • Prep time: <5 minutes
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  • Yield: Two very large smoothies or three small smoothies.
  • Allergen info: Gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free

Ingredients

  • Two frozen bananas
  • 250 ml (1 cup) mango juice (or orange-mango, which I used!)
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 250 ml fresh or frozen mango (pineapple or peaches would also be nice)
  • Two handfuls (about 2 cups) spinach or kale
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) fresh packed cilantro
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) avocado flesh
  • One 1″ piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • One 1″ piece fresh turmeric root, peeled

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients on high speed, enjoy in a tall glass and feel like a million bucks (this smoothie is rather liquidy so I don’t recommend you have it bowl-style).

Velvety chocolate smoothie

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Awww, I took this back when I had a little baby garden with tiny little tomato sprouts! I know you must be wondering, “Did the tomatoes really grow into that beautiful tomato plant in the picture with your cat?” No. Hell no. Those tomato plants did not work out at all. But anyway.

  • Prep time: <5 minutes
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  • Yield: Two bowls
  • Allergen info: Gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients

  • Two frozen bananas
  • One 400 ml can light coconut milk (do not chill!)
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) packed avocado flesh
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) nut butter of your choice
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) cocoa powder
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • Small drizzle of maple syrup, optional
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • Scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder, optional
  • Optional toppings: Jam, cacao nibs, granola… see my previous note re: toppings

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients on high speed, serve into bowls and enjoy (cat friend optional)! This is a super thick smoothie so it’s more spoon-than-straw, I think.