Happy Halloween! Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Halloween!

How more fitting to celebrate this super fun day then to make recipes full of pumpkins!

I absolutely LOVE pumpkins! From pie, to smoothies, to pancakes and even lattes…..I’ve been whipping up pumpkin recipes like no tomorrow!

I think I may have to stock pile cans of organic pumpkin puree just so I can continue to make delicious recipes this season!

This smoothie recipe have become a staple in my morning routine. Delicious, easy to make and nourishing!

Pumpkin is incredibly rich in beta carotene – a super nutrient that converts to vitamin A. This incredible vitamin helps boost your immune system, is heart protective and is essential for eye health.

In just 1 cup of pureed pumpkin (organic of course!), you get a whooping 7 grams of fibre and 3 grams of protein. Plus, its really low cal (if you’re into that whole calorie counting thing….me…not so much!). This makes it a perfect addition to your morning smoothies! Protein + fibre = a happy and full tummy!

I’ve added some extra key ingredients to my pumpkin smoothie, such as additional protein for the extra fullness factor, immune support and beautiful lean muscle building benefits. Can’t go wrong with a little extra protein! 🙂

Some extra fruit and blood sugar balancing cinnamon gave this smoothie the perfect sweetness!


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Also, take a look at the pumpkins we carved this year! Every year my boyfriend and I get together with his sisters and we have a pumpkin carving contest! I won this year! Yay! I carved BANE (villain from Batman) and it was a winner! Thought he would make the perfect Halloween Villain!

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Happy Carving!

Health & Abundance,

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Pineapple, Kale and Avocado Smoothie + My Favorite Vegetarian Times Recipes for Meatless Monday

What an incredible weekend I had! I volunteered at the I CAN DO IT Conference in Toronto and was truly inspired and motivated by amazing spiritual teachers like Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson, Carolyn Myss….and the list goes on! I will definitely be sharing what I learned and what inspired me at a later time and blog, but for now, I’ve got to get to some meatless Monday recipes to feed your hungry bellies! On that note, you’ll have to forgive me as my weekend was so packed that I did not have an opportunity to make any original meatless recipes to share….SO….I’m sharing with you today a quick green smoothie recipe that gets me charged up in the morning (yes….this one is an original recipe!) plus a few links to some of my favorite meatless recipes from vegetarian times. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!

Pineapple Kale Avocado Smoothie

This smoothie is super refreshing! Don’t be turned off by the vibrant green hue. The bitterness of the kale is balanced by the sweetness of pineapple, and it all blends together beautifully with creamy avocado! Minerals, vitamins, fats, antioxidants, enzymes- what more could you ask for!?! Drink up!

2 cups fresh chopped pineapple
2-3 large kale leaves, de-stemmed
half an avocado
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 cups water
3-4 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.

Now for some delicious Vegetarian Times recipes that I’m sure you’ll love!

This recipe is loaded with veggies! Feel free to swap out the white rice for brown basmati.

This guacamole recipe has a sweet twist with fresh oranges! It works perfect with homemade tortilla chips or as a healthful side dish.

A delicious sweet treat! If you want to take it up a notch like I did and make the ingredients in this recipe extra healthy, I suggest you use Bob Red Mills gluten free all purpose flour, replace the cocoa powder with raw cacao powder, MOST DEFINITELY replace the margarine with coconut oil or organic butter, try organic cane sugar or coconut sugar in place of regular sugar and you’ll have a healthier cookie full of better quality ingredients.  http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/chocolate-espresso-oatmeal-cookies/

Enjoy the recipes!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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