Category Archives: Beverages

My Morning Zen Juice

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I’ve been attempting to quit coffee for a while now & I have to be honest: it’s really hard since I often work 12 to 18 hours a day (I’m a film & video editor). I’ll have a more in-depth article about why I’m quitting coffee & tips on how to do it if you’re in the same boat in the next month, but for now I wanted to share one of my new favorite replacements: a lovely little morning zen juice with only 110- 115 calories. (Note: I drink this juice in addition to eating breakfast, this is not a meal replacement).

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Electrolyte Fruit Smoothie

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I have been feeling dehydrated lately, so on a break from work I stopped by home really quick and made this delicious fruit smoothie packed with electrolytes. All four ingredients in this smoothie contain potassium + the coconut water is filled with sodium, magnesium & phosphorus too.

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Blood Orange + Cucumber + Ginger Juice

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Blood oranges & cucumbers are both in season and oh-so-delicious. The blood oranges can be a bit tart, so I added the cucumber to cut down on the tartness in the juice. I also added a little fresh ginger to give it an extra zing (plus ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory). All three ingredients are very cleansing for your body.

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Strawberry-Banana Slushie

It’s a beautiful November day here in Southern California so I whipped up this slushie to energize me for cooking all day (and cool down, it’s hot out today!) It’s super easy to make- only 3 ingredients! But it was really delicious so I figured I’d post it 😉 Strawberries are going out of season but I bought some 3-packs at the farmer’s market recently, de-stemmed and froze them for smoothies.

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Sweet Green Smoothie


(Recipe updated Oct 8, 2014: I made this again this morning but swapped the fruit for apples (in season) and frozen pineapple- it was even better!)

This makes a very large, delicious green smoothie (I split it with my boyfriend in two 32-ounce mason jars).

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Vega Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake


This was super delicious and it reminded me of one of those Wendy’s frosty shakes I used to drink when I was a kid- only this version is way healthier, plant-based and protein-packed. I know I said this on my last Vega post but I do not have any affiliation with them- I’ve just been trying their powders lately and loving some of the recipes I’ve been making, thus sharing them with you!

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Make Your Own Bottled Tea

I used to drink bottled tea like it was no one’s business (peach-oolong was my jam). And then I realized how much money I was spending on water (a free resource), tea leaves and a bottle. It also bums me out everytime I see aisles of pre-bottled tea, and then walk past a trash can filled with empty bottles. Those landfills aren’t going to empty themselves…

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Vega Berry Protein Smoothie


I’ve been drinking more protein smoothies in the morning and thus trying various brands of soy-free plant-based protein powders. So far I have tried Plant Fusion’s Vanilla Bean (good but a little too chalky/stevia-flavored), MediClear Plus (once recommended by my naturopath- super healthy but absolutely no flavor and hard to drink at first but I got used to it), Vega One French Vanilla (similar flavor to Plant Fusion’s but with more vitamins and minerals- I liked it) and now Vega’s protein smoothie in Bodacious Berry– which may be my personal favorite so far.

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