Double Chocolate Smoothie with Salted Pepitas

Double Chocolate Smoothie with Salted Pepitas – chocolately sweet and salty, this nutrient packed, protein dense smoothie is great as a snack, workout recovery, or superfood meal.


Double Chocolate Smoothie with Salted Pepitas @spabettieSmoothie Saturday !

This post contains my astonishment that it is almost February, and a secret about my preferred dinner time. That and my Time Passing Astonishment? I am an old.

Happy weekend, and welcome to another Smoothie Saturday!

Last summer I was contacted by the folks at Ka’Chava, a superfood shake they call Tribal Superfood – The Whole Body Meal. I told them the same thing I always tell brands who want to send me product to review – that I will only share products I actually like and would use. I asked for a quantity that I could use for a month or more, to see if this would fulfill my expectations of a protein powder, meal replacement, second breakfast recovery, or snack.

They sent me tubs of both flavors, and I used it exclusively until it was gone.

I bought more.

I had Ka’Chava with me while traveling, it makes a great hotel breakfast. I often make a half serving in the afternoon, if I know we will be having dinner later than my preferred time of Early Bird Senior Discount Dinner In The Afternoon.

Ka’Chava boasts a long list of benefits: digestive health, sustained energy, mental focus, hunger control, lean muscle, and did I say sustained energy? The ingredient list is also impressive, with more than 60 nutrient-rich plants and super-foods, including chia, maca, amaranth, camu camu, and sacha inchi.

Ka’Chava is vegan, and free of gluten, dairy, soy, artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives.

Ka'Chava Nutrition

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Bright and Vibrant — 12 Nutrient Packed Juice and Smoothies

Bright and Vibrant - 12 Nourishing Smoothie Recipes

Smoothie Saturday !

Smoothie Saturday is back!

I am back from business trip / vacation, and all I want are All The Vegetables. I just spent a week in San Francisco, and while I ate some awesome freshness, I also spent several days walking the Fancy Food Show, sampling, eating, sampling, drinking!

I also made some new friends.

In the days since I have been back home, I have made some glorious salads. Some veggie stuffed wraps. And a smoothie or a juice every morning.

My slideshow for January is just that – twelve nutrient packed smoothie and juice recipes.

Flu Fighting Red Grape Cooler

Flu Fighting Red Grape Cooler


Candy Bar Smoothie

Candy Bar Smoothie


Piña Colada Breakfast Smoothie

Piña Colada Breakfast Smoothie



Click through the  Smoothie Slideshow here:

Check out Bright and Vibrant – Nutrient Packed Juice and Smoothies

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or click here to see the whole collection.





Pomegranate Slam It !

Pomegranate Slam It Smoothie

On the heels of her wildly successful book The Blender Girl, my friend Tess has just released The Blender Girl Smoothies – an easy, healthy smoothie recipes app! There are 70 bright and beautiful smoothie recipes with a new recipe released each week – for 100 total recipes when complete. This app is extremely comprehensive, with boosters for each recipe (my favorite part!), blender tips, and full color photos to go with each recipe.

Features of the smoothie app:

An interactive function that allows you to consider what you “Feel, Need, and Crave” to find your perfect blend: 

Find Your Perfect Blend

Visual cues that indicate specific benefits and attributes of each recipes (e.g. detox, weight management, alkaline, anti-inflammatory, protein rich, immunity boost, energizing, unsweetened, contains nuts).

A stunning glossary:

Smoothie Glossary

Dietary restriction filters and metric/imperial conversions.

A self-populating shopping list to assist you in shopping for the smoothie recipes you select:

Smoothie Shopping List

When I chose the Pomegranate Slam It smoothie to share with you, Tess told me this was her favorite after the Pineapple Salsa Smoothie. Yep. That sounds simply amazing, and it will be the next one I try…

When I made this one, I added the cayenne pepper and chard leaves boosters. If you like a kick of spice, the cayenne is definitely a recommendation – we loved it!

Pomegranate Avocado Smoothie

pomegranate slam it

With a complex, mind-blowing flavor that explodes like a firecracker (don’t omit the cayenne), this is a heart-healthy delight. Pomegranate lowers blood pressure, keeps arteries supple, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, and helps manage cholesterol. Its phenolic antioxidants (also in strawberries) combat oxidative stress, making this an anti-aging tonic.

YIELD: two servings 

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan


1 1/2 cups (360ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 orange, peeled, seeded, and quartered
1/4 cup (35g) chopped red bell pepper
1/8 cup (3g) loosely packed arugula
1/2 small avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup (160g) frozen strawberries
1 cup (125g) ice cubes


Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.


1 tablespoon pomegranate powder
1/2 cup (15g) loosely packed chard leaves
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pomegranate Cayenne Smoothie



check out both Tess Master’s book The Blender Girl, and her app The Blender Girl Smoothies for vibrant plant based recipes!

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.


App photos by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.






Papaya Turmeric Mocktail

Papaya Turmeric Mocktail – a flavorful and nutrient packed morning SHOT to begin your day! Bright and Vibrant, this is definitely a tasty wake up call. CHEERS!


Papaya Turmeric Mocktail

Last weekend was a whirlwind for me, a straight up whirlwind.

I promise to share more details of the wedding and all the events …

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candy bar smoothie

candy bar smoothie


It’s my third cookbook review of Mofo, and again, I am giving away a copy to a lucky reader!

I am also sharing with you a recipe from the book – for one of the best smoothies I have ever had. Really, Jason keeps asking for it, I keep making it. I mean, a candy bar smoothie?

Yes, it really tastes like a candy bar. Adding the protein is what we generally do, and …

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spiced maple kabocha smoothie

spiced kabocha smoothie


This weekend I wanted to be in at least three places at once. IFBC was happening in Seattle, Feast was feeding Portland extremely well, and one of my favorite weekends in Portland was here – Portland Veg Fest.

Veg Fest won.

and that means I won.

I was able to represent Attune this weekend, and spend it with one of my favorite people, JL. We always have such fun, and keep finding things we have in common. I’ve known JL for a few years now, and I just feel such joy when I see her.

Veg Fest was fantastic as always. I met Dr McDougall, I was lucky enough to …

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Raspberry Chia Cream Smoothie

Raspberry Chia Cream Smoothie – a brightly flavored, satisfying and hydrating cream smoothie to power you through your day – use your favorite fresh fruit of the season!

Raspberry Chia Cream Smoothie

some random thoughts in my head lately:

The “you catch more bees with honey…” sentiment really is true – I have had to assert myself several times lately, and I find the successful result is quick when I am calm yet persistent. And always nice.

The days I work at home, no errands to run, no reason to be out at all? GREAT hair day. When I have an important in person meeting, it looks like I just walked in from a tornado-cane.

What is probably the dirtiest, germ-iest place in a hospital? The dispenser you push for antibacterial gel.

I was looking at a list of art pieces hanging in the Hawaii house and Dad’s house here. One piece is called …

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