Minty Beet Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, paleo)

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People seem to like their green smoothies, amirite? You feel all virtuous, sipping on something full of chlorophyll, pretty much like you’re eating a salad for breakfast…except better, because it’s basically a juice, and people go on juice cleanses all the time, so they must be good for you. 

And while I am all about a good green smoothie several times a week (though mine usually have some protein in the form of peanut butter and are fortified with chia seeds and a banana), sometimes, a girl needs a change. Change in the form of…a pink smoothie.

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Berry Bars (paleo, vegan)

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Every Saturday, I have coffee with two friends of mine and my little buddy, their one-year-old son. While he cruises around the coffee shop and tries very hard to steal my keys, my sunglasses, my phone and often my coffee mug (usually with coffee still in it), I get to giggle at his antics and enjoy the shop’s one Paleo offering — a delicious breakfast bar with a raspberry filling, a nutty-sweet crust, a crumbly topping and a delicious chocolate drizzle.

This week, it occurred to me that I could copy this bar and now would be the perfect time to do it, especially as it’s berry season. I believe the original bar that I fell in love with was constructed with some sort of raspberry jam (which may or may not actually be Paleo), a date and almond crust, coconut in there somewhere, and either cocoa powder with coconut oil drizzle or some sort of almost-paleo chocolate drizzle.

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Ginger Beet Smoothie (paleo, vegan, gluten-free)

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Sometimes, I’ll eat something and feel like my entire body just rises up and says, “YES, YES, THIS IS WHAT WE NEEDED. MORE OF THIS, PLEASE.” It happens for me with Oh She Glows’ Pad Thai, even with a steak sometimes if I have been feeling particularly anemic.

It never happens with milkshakes, sadly, because I think it’s a special feeling you get only when what your body needs and what you can give it are exactly aligned. My body, as much as I want it to, never needs ice cream.

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Good Morning Smoothie (paleo, gluten-free, vegan)

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I didn’t realize smoothies were controversial until Food52 posted one of their “Put A Filter On It” challenges — take an Instagram shot of whatever smoothie or juice you’re enjoying as spring approaches.

After the standard “So excited about this!” comments, there were a number of very grumpy people who started complaining about the high glycemic index of many juices, how smoothies are just calorie bombs and how people with diabetes couldn’t participate in the challenge.

While I am not unsympathetic, smoothies and juices are not always as evil as they’re being made out to be. Continue reading