Pineapple, Raspberry and Mint Summer Smoothie

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With warm weather approaching, this refreshing smoothie will hydrate and cool you down on the hottest of days! Packed with loads of fiber  and vitamins, this one will keep you full and make your skin glow. Feel free to add protein powder, avocado or nut butter to up your protein and healthy fat intake. Now, go make this and enjoy the warm weather!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

•1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup fresh raspberries (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (fresh makes a world of a difference!)
•½ cup chopped cucumber
•1 tsp chia seeds
•7-8 mint leaves
•1 cup of ice

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth!
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Squash and Carrot Soup with Spicy Cilantro Corn and Pumpkin Seeds

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Todays post will be a short one as I have had a super busy week and am quite exhausted! Lots of teaching, tutoring, cooking and catering and I have barely any steam left. But, I don’t want to leave you with no post this week so this one mostly be recipe.

One of the best parts about the cooler weather is cozy sweaters and comforting food (although we are getting one hell of an indian summer here in Montreal). I love making hot soups that both fill and heat you up. I love most soups, but squash and carrot soups are two of my favourite. I had both options in my pantry so I figured why not combine the two? I have started ordering produce from any amazing farm here in Montreal called Lufa Farms.  The produce is beautiful and always in season. It has actually helped inspire me to use ingredients I don’t normally buy and combine ingredients I hadn’t thought of before.

For this soup, I spiced it up with fresh ginger, turmeric, cumin chilli flakes, garlic and creamy coconut milk. I love different textures in my food so I topped my soup with fresh corn sautéed with cumin and fresh cilantro and some toasted pumpkin seeds. This soup is a meal in itself as it gives you loads of vitamins, good carbs, protein and healthy fats. Have a great weekend! Bon appetit!
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Soup Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
• 2 leeks (chopped)
• 1 sweet onion (chopped)
• 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
• 1 tbsp turmeric
• 1 inch knob of fresh ginger
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 tbsp cumin
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• 1 tbsp paprika
• 1 acorn or butternut squash (chopped)
• 1 lb carrots
• 1 quart vegetable or chicken stock (preferably homemade or low sodium organic)
• 1 can coconut cream

Topping Ingredients:

• 3-5 ears of corn (kernels cut off the knob)
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1.5 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
• 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
• a few drops stevia (optional)
• 1/2 tsp chopped fresh garlic or garlic powder
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add leeks and onions, sautée until tender and translucent. Add your garlic, ginger and spices. Cook for 1 minute.
2. Add your squash and carrots. Allow to cook in the spices for 5 minutes. Add your stock and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat and cook with the cover on for about 25-30 minutes. You want the squash and carrots to be super tender and easily pierced with a fork.
3. Add your coconut cream and taste. Adjust any seasonings and then carefully transfer the soup into your blender with a ladle. (Make sure to hold the top of the blender with a dishtowel to save yourself from being burned!) Puree until reached desired consistency.
4. For the topping: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan on high heat. Add your corn, cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, stevia and chilli flakes. Allow to sit on one side for about 5 minutes to add colour to the corn. Sautee until golden brown. Turn off the heat and add freshly chopped cilantro.
5. To serve the soup: ladle one scoop of soup into a bowl. Sprinkle about one tbsp of the corn and 1 tbsp of toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!
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Glowing Goddess Juice

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People comment a lot on my skin. What soap do you use? What routine do you follow? Do you put on cream morning and night? Are you wearing makeup? When it comes to skin, I do believe that genetics play a big part. If your mothers mothers mother has passed on that acne from generation to generation, fear not! My belief is that beautiful glowing skin comes from the inside out. What you put inside your body truly affects the way it looks on the outside. Think about that long night of drinking and late night binging on french fries, pizza etc.. Do you wake up looking your best? I think not…The best way to get your skin glowing after a rough night or even throughout a stressful, exhausting work-week is to nourish your skin with the most vitamins, antioxidants and minerals you can get. And I don’t mean topically. Drink, eat and sleep your way to the most vibrant, glowing and healthy skin you have ever seen! Plus, you’ll also help nourish your brain, bones and blood. Win-win!

If you’re not ready to cut out the junk, fresh pressed fruit and veggie juices are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They are hydrating, full of anti aging properties and incredibly detoxifying. If you are really having a bad skin week and are feeling desperate for results, cutting out wheat and dairy for a week or two will most likely help you achieve some results. If all else fails sip on this green juice not only for your skin but to re-energize your entire body. It is my go-to drink when I am sick, feeling unenergized or simply need a health boost after a night of one too many vodkas.

Rich in vitamin A and C, kale, parsley, cucumber and carrots help moisturize and rebuild skin tissues. Many people make parsley tea or even apply it directly to their skin to help relieve chapped skin and insect bites. Rich in antioxidants, lemon juice and ginger help remove toxins and increase circulation. What’s best is that this juice is incredibly refreshing and delicious. Add a few ice cubes and get drinking!

If your looking to do even more, you can make an easy moisturizing green mask of mashed avocado and 1tbsp apple cider vinegar and spread onto your face and body. Leave on for a few minutes then wash off. Your skin will feel fresh and incredibly soft! Some people even use apple cider vinegar as a toner! For improved complexion, I love mixing fresh cucumber and lemon juice and applying it as a facial mask. Dark pigmentations and dull skin will look refreshed and glowing.
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Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

• 1 bunch kale
• 1 bunch parsley
• 5 stalks celery
• 3-4 carrots
• 1 large cucumber
• 2 lemons
• 1-2 inch chunk of ginger
• 2 pears
• 1 green apple

Directions:

1. Directions will vary based on your juicer. I have to remove the peel on my lemons and ginger and remove the cores of the apple and pear. Some juicers you can leave it all! If you are using a blender, look out for some ingredients like kale and celery because they won’t blend as well as other fruits and veggies.
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