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Vegan Raspberry Morning Smoothie

When I first found out I was pregnant, I dreamed of having a little girl. I daydreamed of pretty linen rompers and bows on her head in all colors of the bohemian rainbow. I imagined being able to teach her how to be strong and capable in such a chaotic world…how to be brave and speak her truth despite all the hands that would try to cover her mouth.

I found out I was having twin boys around my 5th month of pregnancy and it was quite the shock for me. I hadn’t quite prepared myself for boys….

Little by little, I realized that this was a blessing in the purest form. I am the mother to not only one little boy, but to two. Two little boys who will turn into men.

I have the ability to raise my sons in light and love.

 

As parents, we have the weight of our children’s world on our shoulders. Our children learn to love, how to respect, how to treat others with kindness, how to use their words, and so much (SO MUCH) more from us. We have the ability to change the World (their World)….one mindful act at a time.

Martin and I sat down at the beginning of the year and had a long talk about how we want to raise our sons (If you have yet to have this talk, it is never too late). How we want them to equate power and strength with compassion and honor vs cruelty and destruction. How we want them to understand that the differences they hold with other beings are to be looked at with empathy and understanding instead of judgment or shame. How we can keep their hearts and minds open while the World constantly tells them to “toughen up”, “be a man”, or “stop crying like a little girl.”

I cannot change the World that my sons live in, but I can love them with every fiber of my soul.

I cannot stop people from hurting them, but I can teach them how to understand their emotions and use their words. I cannot shape them into who I wish for them to be, but I can respond mindfully and respectfully to who they are – right here and right now.

I am honored to have had them choose me to light their way.

Nothing like stealing some raspberries off of Mommy’s epic morning smoothie! 
 
There are days where I am just not in the mood to cook breakfast even if it is only 5 minutes of work. I just want to fill up on beautiful and delicious fruits until my heart and belly are content.
 

Turn a “regular smoothie” into an “epic smoothie”

A regular smoothie will never fill me up the way a cooked breakfast will, but there is a trick to turn a “regular smoothie” into an “epic smoothie”. 
 
It’s all about the add-ins. When I know that the smoothie is my main source of energy for the morning, I load that beauty up with pretty much all the goodies that I can think of.
 
Here are a few examples that you can use:
almond butter (about 1 tbsp)
hemp seeds/chia seeds/flax meal (anywhere between 1 tsp to 1 tbsp)
Spirulina
Moringa
ginger
various lovely greens like cucumbers, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, etc.
 

This smoothie here is fairly simple and beyond delicious:

✔️1 cup calcium fortified plant milk
✔️1/2 cup to 1 cup water depending on your preference
✔️1 ripe banana
✔️1 handful pineapple
✔️1 handful + frozen raspberries
✔️1 tsp each chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax meal
✔️1 heaping tbsp almond butter
 
Every Sunday I decide on which smoothie our family will be enjoying for the week and create 7 smoothie bags filled with the fruits and veggies that will be blended. For this week I simply had 1 banana, 1 handful of pineapple and 1 handful of raspberries in each bag.
 
You can easily throw in a handful of greens as well but we were really feeling some bright colours this week due to the gloomy weather we have been having. 💓
 
Once the morning arrives, simply toss the frozen fruits/veggies into the blender with your plant milk and add-ins and blend! This saves a ton of time and avoids extra dishes.
 
Enjoy Mamas!

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