Happy Sunday. I had a fabulous brunch today with my friends Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes, and Amber Stott of Awake At The Whisk, and founder of California Food Literacy. We enjoyed a zesty citrus and pear fruit salad with local fruit, delicious buckwheat pancakes, freshly squeezed local orange juice, and my sweet kale shake. YUMMO! Good fresh food, and even better company. I LOVE what these ladies are doing to help children learn about healthy eating. Please check out their initiative and support them by donating, and following them on facebook and twitter.
Another friend of mine who is committed to spreading the healthy living message is Brendan Brazier, Canadian Pro Ironman, formulator of VEGA, and creator of Zon Fitness, Thrive Foods Direct, and Thrive Juice Bars. I have learnt so much about plant based nutrition from reading his THRIVE series: THRIVE, THE THRIVE DIET, THRIVE FITNESS, and THRIVE FOODS.
This vegan ginger pear smoothie is inspired from a delicious recipe I made out of his THRIVE FOODS cookbook. There are SO many incredible vegan recipes in this book, and the pear ginger smoothie is a winner. I decided to take this basic combination and make it my own using the raw sunflower seed milk I posted yesterday as the base. Add in some chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds, and you have a superfood fix that will make any body sing! Just note, that because of the chia seeds, this smoothie will thicken into a pudding if left to sit in the fridge. I LOVE it this way as well.
Brendan is all about creating nutritionally dense recipes that contain macro and micro nutrients. He is just a wealth of information. Brendan is sharing his knowledge in his new THRIVE FORWARD video series. You can sign up for this FANTASTIC 38-episode interactive web series for FREE.
Based on the foundations of his THRIVE book series, Brendan leads you through a series of customizable lessons, recipes and fun challenges designed to help you build a foundation of knowledge for long term healthy living. Video topics include: Clean Eating, Sleep, Mood, Stress, Optimal Weight, Energy, Immune Function, Anti-Aging, Sex Drive, Digestion, and Sustainability.
Every video comes with a call to action, small changes to implement and improve your overall health- one step at a time. For example: the video on "How to Start Eating Clean" has this "Call to Action": Invent and drink a creative whole food, plant-based smoothie daily and snap a picture of your favourite blend and share the recipe. You also receive downloadable/sharable content: info graphics, charts, recipes and shopping lists, and fun social sharing options to inspire others. I am LOVING it.
So, check it out, and don't forget to enter the Vega giveaway this month.