Savory Sun-Dried Tomato Smoothie

A while ago, I talked about savory gazpacho-style green smoothies in the spicy tomato gazpacho grab post. Thank you for all of your emails, tweets, and facebook comments about these smoothies. Many of you commented on the garlic, ginger, and onion, and how you found it a bit too pungent first thing in the morning. My friend Katy recently discovered she has an intolerance to garlic. I secretly wept on her behalf, As devastating as I found this piece of news, (you'll be pleased to know…

Sweet Kiwi Green Smoothie

I love kiwi fruit. Growing up in Australia, we had an abundance of it. My mum was always cutting one in half and handing my sister and I a spoon, and we'd scoop out the creamy (but slightly fuzzy) flesh for a quick healthy snack. Originally from China, these fuzzy little balls of wonder were called "gooseberries", then later "sunny peaches” after they were brought to New Zealand by Chinese missionaries in the early 20th century. They were then discovered by a savvy American, who…

Vegan Piña Colada Smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

I am so excited to share this piña colada smoothie. The reason why I am so proud of this little triumph is that the secret ingredient is one of the most bitter wild edible greens on the planet - dandelion greens. Most people who brave including dandelion greens into their greens rotation are usually repelled after the first attempt because of the overwhelming bitterness, that typically requires a lot of sweet fruit to balance out. While, I do not recommend drinking this pina colada…

Nifty Nectarine Smoothie

The simple things in life are the best. That sums up how I feel about this nectarine smoothie. This simple recipe is light, refreshing, and has a delightful sweet flavor and incredible creamy texture because of the ripe fresh nectarines. Nectarines come second only to mangoes for me in their solo ability to cream up a smoothie. Because of their natural velvety texture, nectarines are brilliant additions to smoothies. and you don't need to add bananas, avocado or raw nuts. Their…

Spicy Tomato Gazpacho Smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

I get so many emails from "green smoothie newbies" (as they refer to themselves) asking how to transition from fruit-based green smoothies to savory green smoothies. My answer is always the same: "Make vegetable green smoothies that taste like delicious gazpachos." I've found that this is the easiest way to transition into more alkaline green smoothies that contain less natural sugar. Sweet smoothies are delicious, and there is no doubt that mixing fruit with leafy greens is the most…

Vegan Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie

Ooooo....I am so excited to share this smoothie with you. It tastes just like a melted lemon cheesecake. I need to warn you, this one is hard to quit making. This has a tangy lemon taste on the front end, then a touch of sweetness and creaminess from the cashews and banana in the middle, and then a zesty lemon twist on the back end. I've fallen in love with the Sprout Living lucuma protein powder, so I've included that as an optional booster. That addition makes it even creamier. For…

Vegan Peach Pie Smoothie

To those of you in the U.S., Happy 4th of July! I'm celebrating with a piece of peach pie. Or, more accurately, a pie in a glass. Those of you who have been following me for a while are aware of my penchant for pie-in-a-glass smoothies. My apple pie, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, blueberry pie, and lemon cheesecake smoothies are s'blended. I love pie-in-a-glass smoothies because they satisfy a craving for a piece of pie without the need to bake. They're also…

Natural Scouring Cream

NaturalThis is the last natural homemade eco green cleaning recipe for a while before we move onto some more raw vegan smoothies! I wanted to end with these natural homemade scouring cream recipes that can be made in seconds with simple kitchen ingredients like borax, baking soda, liquid castile soap, vinegar, water, and essential oils. I use one of these three simple mixtures every week to clean my kitchen and bathroom surfaces when I need a bit of gentle abrasion. Rather than use a…

Natural Mold and Mildew Cleaner

Another short post today, as I am still enjoying my vacation with my family in Australia. Being with my family is pure bliss! But I wanted to share this quick easy homemade natural eco green tea tree mold and mildew spray that my mum has been using for decades! My mum has always cleaned the bathroom with vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and tea tree oil. She will often get a soft cloth and wipe the basins out with pure tea tree oil before guests arrive to naturally disinfect and clean…

Homemade Wood Furniture Polish

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well. Only short posts this week as I am enjoying a vacation in Australia with my family! I had intended to have everything written in advance before I got on the plane. But, alas, as usual, I left everything to the last minute and things did not work out in such an organized fashion. So, I am bashing this post out as Alexandra sets up the "Dora Tea Set" my cousin gave her for her 3rd birthday, before I am expected to arrive in the "fairy garden" for our…

Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

If you are like me, you will agree that cleaning the toilet is the most dreaded task in the house. There is nothing glamorous about it. But, it has to be done. There are a lot of toxic toilet cleaners on the market that I can't with all good conscience flush down into our waterways. Fortunately, there are some wonderful natural toilet cleaners at the health food store and grocery store. However, these cleaners can be extremely expensive, and are not quite as natural as I would like. I…

Natural Glass and Window Cleaner

I have tried all kinds of eco-friendly glass and window cleaners, both commercial products and natural recipes, and in my opinion, nothing works better than plain old vinegar and water! I almost didn’t post this tip because it is so easy and doesn’t really qualify as a “recipe”. But after speaking with some “green skeptic” friends this week who were not convinced that you could make effective natural cleaners that rivaled their toxic commercial counterparts, I thought it was worth…

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