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Real Recipe: Avocado Lime Zinger Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Avocado Lime Zinger 7This pretty green smoothie is ideal for anyone who loves a tart treat. The avocado makes it nice and creamy and the mint keeps it refreshing and light. I’ve included 2 limes for extra pucker, but if you find that too sharp, cut back on the lime.

Nutritionally, avocados are great in smoothies because they add a ton of fibre and healthy fats great for flushing the system and making your skin glow. They also pack more potassium than bananas to help regulate your sodium levels, which is great for nervous system and heart health. The mint, limes and kiwis in this green smoothie have fantastic levels of antioxidants and are super-high in vitamin C to name a few health benefits. The kiwi helps balance out the tangy lime flavour.

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Real Recipe: Berry Beety Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Berry Beety 7On top of being one of the most gorgeous colours of burgundy you’ll ever see, this simple, spicy and sweet smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse!

All those rich, dark colours mean a ton of antioxidants and vitamins like A and C. Plus, beets and ginger are known to be some of the most potent detoxifying foods you can eat (or drink)!

Berry Beety 1Grating the raw beets will make them easier to blend. Just make sure to protect your cutting board or counter top with a piece of parchment paper (and if you’re worried about staining your hands, wear gloves). Grate a few extra beets and save them in the fridge to add to your salads through the week! I threw a few beet greens into this smoothie to further increase its nutrient value. Ah yeah, I did!

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Real Recipe: Watermelon Mint Slushy

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Watermelon Mint Slushy 1Oh how I love watermelon. Sweet, juicy and the epitome of summertime fun. Just the smell of slicing watermelon brings me back to happy childhood memories.

We all know how great it is to enjoy watermelon slices all on their own, but I can’t seem to stop myself from popping everything into the blender. This is no different!

This super-simple puree consists of only 4 nutritious ingredients: watermelon, lime, mint and coconut water; so hydrating and so refreshing! The trick is to freeze the melon before throwing it in the blender because that’s what gives it the cool, slushy texture. You’re going to love it!

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Real Recipe: Great Grapefruit Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Great-Grapefruit-4-1600pxThere’s nothing quite like slicing into a perfectly ripe grapefruit! So juicy and vibrantly pink and …the smell! I swear, just the smell of fresh grapefruit puts me in a good mood. (There’s actually a lot of studies indicating that the smell of citrus has many positive effects on your health. So go ahead and inhale deeply when you’re making this refreshing, delicious smoothie!)

This is a straightforward fruit smoothie. I usually add veggies to my smoothies, but sometimes it’s nice to just change it up a bit. It’s a sweet treat to include on occasion. Plus, since you’re using the whole fruit and not just the juice, you’re getting a lot of fibre. That, coupled with the addition of healthy fats like coconut oil & milk plus hemp seeds, will all help slow the digestion of sugars. Cinnamon is a great blood sugar stabilizer as well! Continue reading

Real Recipe: Glazed Fig Bruschetta

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Also known as “Bruschetta di ficchi” in Italian.

TheHealthyButcher_RealFood_FigbruschettaI LOVE figs. I eat them fresh, sliced in salads, topped on desserts. I don’t need excuses to enjoy them, but if I want to share their luscious sweetness with someone who still doesn’t appreciate their plump goodness, roasting figs – and piling them high on creamy goat’s cheese on a crispy bruschetta – is the way I go.

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Real Recipe: Green Sweetie Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Green Sweetie 5If you’re not used to drinking your greens, this smoothie is a great entry point. It’s super simple to make and deliciously creamy and sweet. I promise, it’ll turn you into a green-drinking bad ass in no time.

We all know we need to get our greens in. Leafy greens with the darkest, most intense colours contain the highest levels of nutrients. Think of it as getting a lot of bang for your buck or a lot of love from your leaves. It can be difficult to incorporate greens into a busy morning routine, but this is where smoothies save the day! Just throw a heaping handful into your blender and you’re good to go. Continue reading

Real Recipe: Blueberry Banana Oat Float Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Blueberry Banana Oat arialBlueberries are at the top of the list of antioxidant-rich foods. They’re also high in fibre and vitamin C as well as loads of other amazing nutrients. Good thing they taste so freakin’ amazing, right?

I always have a few bags of organic frozen berries on hand for quick and easy smoothies. You can use fresh or frozen depending on what’s in season and what’s convenient for you. Frozen berries will make your smoothie cold and help thicken it up.

Blueberry Banana Oat Swiss ChardOats are another great fibre-rich thickening ingredient and are one of the best foods to help lower cholesterol and keep you feeling full. Throw in a little flax and you’ve got a huge serving of fibre in one tall glass of delicious. In fact, the more oats and flax you add, the thicker the smoothie will get over time which also lends itself to a nice smoothie bowl.

I usually add some greens into my smoothies. You can use any you like, but variety is key to make sure you’re getting a wide array of nutrients from all the different plant families. Swiss Chard is a great green; milder than kale, loaded with vitamin K (an important bone building nutrient) as well as a good amount of iron and adds more antioxidant power to this smoothie.

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Real Recipe: Peachy Green Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Peachy Green Smoothie 8Peaches are one of my favourite fruits to eat in the summer months. Their delicate, sweet and tangy taste make for a refreshingly bright-tasting smoothie. Because they’ve got a milder taste to, say, berries, I’ve paired them with romaine in this Peachy Green smoothie because this leafy green won’t overpower the subtle flavours going on here.

Peaches can be almost as finicky as avocados when it comes to ripening and then decaying soon after. So, it’s best to get fresh peaches and eat them within a few days of purchase. (Tip: make sure to choose peaches with taut, fuzzy skin that give in slightly when pressed. To ripen peaches, place them in a paper bag or near a windowsill with plenty of sunshine.) Alternately, you can use frozen peaches.

The tropical vibes come from the addition of coconut and mango. When buying your coconut flakes/shreds make sure to look for organic, unsweetened. Coconut is a great source of good fats (yes, we need saturated fats in our diet!). Along with the EFAs in the hemp and chia, the healthy fats in coconut provides nourishment for your skin, nervous system and brain as well as tasting delish!

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Real Recipe: Hey Now Cacao Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

P1090970Who says you can’t have your chocolate and drink it too? In addition to raw cacao, this smoothie is super dense in other detoxifying whole foods. I’ll just highlight a few:

  1. I always have a bag of raw cacao powder in my freezer. It’s made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao as well as leaves the antioxidants and other nutrients in tact. This tasty ingredient has a long list of health benefits and is high in minerals, like magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.
  2. P1090961Because this smoothie contains LOTS of dark fruits and veggies like spinach, blueberries, raspberries and carrots, it’s loaded with powerful antioxidants like vitamins A and C, which fight free radical damage. The addition of Brazil nuts also provides you with your daily dose of selenium to support metabolism. I made sure to include other healthy fats like flax and hemp, which also nourish the skin.
  3. Using spirulina in your smoothies is a great way to incorporate this super food into your diet. It’s also a potent antioxidant and is packed with concentrated levels of vitamins and minerals. It has a pretty strong flavor, though, so I recommend starting off slowly and working your way up as you develop a taste for it.
  4. Speaking of taste, dates are a great way to sweeten your smoothies. They contain naturally occurring sugars accompanied by a list of other nutrients, which slow absorption and won’t cause a blood sugar spike.

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Real Recipe: Kim’s Sunrise Smoothie

Original Recipe by Kim D’Eon for KimDeon.com

Kim D'EonAbout Kim D’Eon
An award-winning Canadian TV personality and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Kim has reported for and hosted many popular network shows like: Entertainment Tonight Canada, Food Network’s Family Cook Off, and CBC’s Street Cents, and Marketplace. Kim now merges her journalistic foundation with her passion for real food and holistic health to inspire others to eat healthy and live life to the fullest.

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Sunrise smoothie 2 shot 45 angleWith all the focus on greens, sometimes we forget the power of orange! Orange-hued fruits and veggies are loaded with beta-carotene, which the body can convert to the powerful antioxidant vitamin A to support our immune system, which also benefits our cardiovascular health and helps to fight cancer. Vitamin A also maintains the health of our eyes and reduces our risk of developing cataracts. With all these brightly coloured fruits and veggies you’re also getting a huge dose of vitamin C!

I like to add coconut oil to this recipe because beta-carotene is fat-soluble vitamin and also because coconut oil tastes amazing. Don’t worry; the healthy fats in coconut oil (MCTs) actually get used by our bodies to fuel energy pathways. Continue reading