You have to be hardy to live through a Canadian winter!  Raw veggies and salad just don’t seem to cut it when our temps dip to minus double digits.  So what’s the best way to stay on track and keep your body healthy and energized during this cold month?

Nutrient dense foods with vibrant color will help to revive your body and brighten your mood.

Smoothies are a great way to get in a lot of good with little time and preparation.  A quick and satisfying breakfast option, smoothies can also replace a meal anytime of day.  I always keep sliced frozen bananas and Cooking Greens frozen Kale and Spinach in the freezer for a quickie.  Protein options can be the traditional powders (I like Sun Warrior raw vegan protein powder made from brown rice) or try Hemp Hearts that pack 10 grams of protein in just 3 Tablespoons.

Try these yummy versions:  Around 250 calories each with 10 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, 12 grams of fat (primarily Omega3)

The Green Banana:

Blend until smooth:

  • 4-6 oz vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)-start with 4 oz and add more if you like it less thick
  • 1 pitted date (soak in a little hot water first to soften)
  • 2 Tablespoons Hemp Hearts
  • ½ medium banana fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • ¾ cup Kale or spinach
  • 3 ice cubes




Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie with chocolate chips

Blend until smooth:

  • 6oz almond milk or coconut water
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax or Chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cocoa nibs
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate plant Protein powder (Sun warrior or Vega are nice) or 2 Tablespoons Hemp Hearts
  • 2-3 ice cubes