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Breakfast Friday: Soul Warming Smoothie

It’s breakfast month over at Earthbound Farm, which as you can guess, I am ridiculously excited for.

Breakfast is my very favorite.

And while I’m not usually one to make claims like “soul warming” when talking about a recipe I’ve made, I can’t help it with this smoothie. It’s going to be your new best friend this fall + winter.

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I have always been a smoothie lover, but I find them so hard to eat when it’s cold outside, even when the heat is on. They chill me right to the bone. But I think I’ve come up with a solution for that!

First, I prefer to make extra-thick smoothies eaten in a bowl with a spoon. This helps me to eat them a bit slower and avoid brain freeze. I also think it makes me feel more like I’m eating rather than just drinking. And the smoothie in a bowl method allows for loading up on toppings!

Second, I’ve used a few warming spices and zesty baby greens to send a heat wave through your body. It only takes a few seconds before this cold smoothie warms you right up!

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Today’s post is sponsored by Earthbound Farm. Product opinions are always my own. If I didn’t love it, you wouldn’t hear about it.Thank you for supporting the occasional sponsored post that helps fund all the deliciousness + behind the scenes action you see here. 

I added full-fat coconut milk for extra richness and satiation. Frozen blueberries and bananas were used to add light sweetness and fruit flavor to help balance the spiciness. And by the way, Earthbound Farm’s frozen blueberries are top notch. They’re always plump + sweet and not clumped together in a freezer-burned mess. The same goes for their other frozen fruit, and bonus, it’s all organic. Partnership or not, EBF is my frozen fruit of choice.

Medjool dates were added for a bit more natural sweetness and to further thicken the smoothie.

Turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, and fresh ginger were used for flavor, heat, and their nutritional benefits.

And last but not least, the baby greens add a healthy dose of daily vitamins like iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

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Here’s a little more food for thought about the ingredients.

Turmeric // Most notably, turmeric is known for it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties. This actually comes from the ingredient curcumin, one of the ingredients that make up turmeric. To get the maximum benefit from curcumin supplements seem to be the way to go, but adding more of the spice to your diet surely won’t hurt. There have also been studies done on the power of turmeric to help with Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancer.

Ginger // Ginger is also known for helping fight inflammation in the body but is probably most known for it’s anti-nausea powers. You may even want to try taking ginger to help with muscle soreness, migraines, diabetes, and more.

Cinnamon // While studies are inconclusive, cinnamon has been thought to lower blood sugar levels and also help lower inflammation in the body. It’s also has anti-microbial properties.

Cayenne // I had no idea how beneficial this super-spicy ingredient is. Cayenne has been shown to be helpful for digestion problems, certain heart conditions, toothaches, cold + flu relief, nerve pain, arthritis, migraines, and more.

Blueberries // These little gems are packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, antioxidants and more. There are even studies that have shown organic berries to have higher levels of antioxidants in comparison to conventionally grown, along with being more beneficial to the land + environment.

Kale Italia blend // Leafy greens help keep the body in good running order and they’re also loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and help to keep you hydrated with their high water content. The benefits are truly infinite.

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Put all of these ingredients together in a smoothie and you’re going to feel like a million bucks.

Whole foods are pretty freaking amazing.

However, I’m not a doctor. I’m a food blogger. Please consult your doc with any questions you may have!

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Print this!

Soul Warming Smoothie gluten-free, vegan // yields 2 servings

  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 small/medium frozen bananas
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 10+ minutes
  • 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 cups Kale Italia, or other baby green blend
  • additional milk as needed, canned coconut or almond

Place all ingredients in your blender in the order listed above. Turn on and use the plunger [if you have one] to keep things moving. Blend until fully smooth. Add more milk if necessary but keep the consistency as thick as possible.

Portion into two bowls and top with granola, nuts, or other desired toppings. Or, store in a sealed bottle in the fridge for 2-3 days. Note: The smoothie will turn from purple to green after sitting in the fridge.

Tips: For a less spicy bite [but it’s more warming than spicy], use spinach instead of the kale/arugula mix and omit the cayenne pepper. Soaking the dates helps them to combine better when blended. Soaking in hot water for 10-20 minutes will help. You can also chop them up a bit. Turmeric stains very easily - fyi!

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I can finally not freeze my butt off slurping smoothies in the winter. #winning



Easy Homemade Deodorant

Let’s talk about armpits.

And homemade, tree-hugging deodorant.

I promise not to say the word armpit ever again on this blog.

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If you’ve been a reader for a reallyyyy long time [thank you!!!!], you may remember when I used to post about natural skincare and home cleaning recipes I made at home. These aren’t just things I make and post and never actually use. I use these recipes on a daily basis and couldn’t live without them.

One of those items is this easy homemade deodorant. I’ve been using it for FIVE solid years now, and I absolutely love it. It’s easy to make, there are just a handful of natural ingredients, and it works. If it didn’t work I wouldn’t use it.

I’ve posted about this deodorant a few times before but each time the recipe differs slightly. This recipe is for more sensitive skin with the addition of shea butter and more vitamin E oil.

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It’s lightly scented with clove which I find perfect for fall and winter. I mean, I know you want to smell like cookies and Christmas! Who wouldn’t? In the spring and summer I prefer lavender.

The reason I choose to use these essential oils is because they have natural properties that help fight bacteria causing odors and sweat. Crazy, right? It’s true! I’ve always despised the overly fragrant commercial deodorant scents but the unscented kinds were even worse. I also found [even when using antiperspirant deodorant] that they didn’t completely work and kind of caused their own funky odor that stayed in my clothing. I’ve never had any staining or lasting odor in clothing throughout the 5 years I’ve been making and using this homemade deodorant. It even holds up to 30 mile road bike rides in the summer!

The starch and baking soda help absorb sweat and the shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil help to moisturize your skin. With a batch this size I typically only make it 2-3 times per year. It lasts for a long time!

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Print this!

Easy Homemade Deodorant gluten-free + vegan – But please don’t eat it.

Place a small pan over medium-low heat with about 1/2-inch of water. Set a clean and dry jar into the water and add the coconut oil and shea butter. Allow them to melt together, stirring occasionally.

Turn off the heat, carefully dry off the bottom of the jar, then place on a heat-safe surface. Stir in the vitamin E oil, arrowroot starch, and baking soda with a fork until smooth. Add in 10 drops of clove oil then smell the mixture. Add more drops for a stronger scent if desired.

Leave the lid off until fully cooled and let set on the counter or in the fridge. Seal with a lid and keep in your bathroom. Use your fingers to spread a pea-sized amount under each arm and rub in for a few seconds.


Things to note:

-This mixture will start to soften around 75° F. The higher melting point of shea butter keeps this a bit more solid than when using only coconut oil.

-To simplify this recipe you can use 6 tablespoons coconut oil, arrowroot starch, and baking soda. The oil and shea butter are to help moisturize and the essential oil is for a light fragrance but also helps battle odor and keep bacteria away with its natural anti-microbial properties.

-The vitamin E oil I use has 40,000IU. The IU number refers to the strength. You can also break open and use vitamin E capsules.

-My previous mix used equal amounts of baking soda and arrowroot starch but this combination is a bit gentler on the skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin [or develop a rash] you may want to try using only arrowroot starch.

-I’ve never experienced any stains whatsoever on my clothing or that funky deodorant smell that never washes out.

-Your arms may go through a little detox period when you’re getting used to your new, chemical-free deodorant. Give the deodorant at least 2-3 weeks to decide what you think.

-If you profusely sweat throughout the day or during workouts you may want to reapply a few times throughout the day. 90% of the time I only apply once daily.

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I know this isn’t the normal topic of conversation, but I also know you enjoy seeing more than just food around here. At least I hope so. Please come back Friday for more food.


p.s. The winner of the Fair Trade USA giveaway is Lacey, who said:

“I have recently committed to buying fair trade coffee every week. I finally decided the extra few dollars a week is worth it, and so important to support communities throughout our world. I like fair trade because with all the labels and marketing it is hard to know which products really support what they claim to (organic, natural, "cage-free", etc.) and fair trade certification takes the guess work out of it. Also, I love coffee and chocolate which are so easy to find fair trade!”

Thanks to everyone who entered! Lacey, I will be emailing you shortly!