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Perfectly Imperfect Summer Smoothie Bowl

Hey Loves! Y’all know that I mostly talk about important healing topics like empowerment, positivity, self-love, body positivity, living a life you love and using your voice. Can’t shut me up about it and that hasn’t changed!

Occasionally I get to share some delicious healthy recipes with you, too.

If you followed me through The Cocoon: Empowered Transformation (my healthy living program for people in bigger bodies) then you already know that I am a big fan of SMOOTHIES. Mmm! So easy and a yummy way to get more fresh fruits and veggies into your awesome bod!  Well, this morning I made a delicious smoothie bowl using some of the goodies from my Imperfect Produce box.

If you aren’t familiar with Imperfect Produce, they are a wonderful organization that is working to fight food waste in America by directly shipping “imperfect” produce- fruits and veggies that have been deemed too ugly, too small, or too much (surplus) for traditional grocery stores to accept- straight to your home with minimal packaging (another environmental win!). PLUS, they donate loads of healthy food to hungry people living in all kinds of shelters.I absolutely love them!


I made this super simple, bright and delicious smoothie bowl for breakfast today and I just have to share it with you. I hope it will inspire you to add some fresh fruits and veggies to your awesome bod and if you can, try Imperfect Produce too! They are not available everywhere, but we can help them to expand and get good, perfectly imperfect foods to our hungry neighbors. Click here to use my affiliate code and if you sign up before the end of August, you can get $20 bucks off.  Win/Win.


Here’s my Imperfectly Perfect Summer Smoothie Bowl:

  • Squeeze the juice from 1 orange into your blender
  • Add 1 white nectarine, cut up into chunks (leave the peel on but remove the pit!)
  • Add a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt
  • Optional: toss in a handful of your favorite leafy greens- spinach, kale, or lettuce, OR try slices of avocado!
  • Blend until smooth, pour into a pretty bowl, and top with a drop of yogurt and some granola, hemp seeds, or chopped nuts.
  • Take a picture and share on Instagram before diving in, or just stir it up and enjoy!


That Was Delicious, But Now My Gut Hates Me

kale apple crunch salad

Hello Loves! After a wonderful long weekend in New Orleans eating ALL the delicious things (and more than a few adult beverages) my body is BEGGING me for a detox & reset. As you might know, I am about halfway through my 30 Day Challenge and it is going great!  However, I had planned my trip before planning my Challenge, so I knew that I would release myself from the restrictions over my 4 days in NOLA.


My mouth LOVED it.  My gut, eh, not so much. And my brain could use a fog lift as well.  And my joints, ouch, my aching joints.


I’m starting back on my Challenge today, and cannot wait to get some fresh, whole foods back in my body for clean fuel. Here’s a few of my favorite Rad Recipes that I will be taking full advantage of: Reset Smoothie, Strawberry Detox Smoothie, Kale-Apple Crunch Salad, and Karen’s Salad with Shrimp & Avocado.  I’ll be eating very Paleo dinners too.

I hope that if you are looking for a diet detox that is actually whole, healthy food and not some crappy powder, you will enjoy these.  Add them in to your routine instead of fast food and enjoy some better-for-you meals that taste great!


Rad Recipes: Dairy-Free Smoothie (Tastes Like a 50/50 Bar!)

Cantaloupe Almond Milk Dairy Free Smoothie

I wanted to create a sweet, creamy smoothie that was dairy-free but still tastes great & has an indulgent mouth-feel.

BOOM! The Cantaloupe & Almond Milk Smoothie is just the thing.  It has a smooth texture and is sweet with a flavor reminiscent of a 50/50 bar without being overbearing.  It’s also a super-healthy fruit that’s loaded with potassium and B vitamins including B1, B3, B6, and folate, plus Vitamin K, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, and fiber.   Calorie wise, a medium-sized melon only contains about 186 calories!

Here’s my super-simple recipe:

  • 1/2 ripe cantaloupe melon, seeds removed (you can eat them, but I don’t like them in my smoothie)
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic black chia seeds (optional)
  • Blend until smooth and Enjoy!
Cantaloupe Almond Milk Dairy Free Smoothie
Cantaloupe Almond Milk Dairy Free Smoothie w/ Black Chia Seeds


Rad Recipes: Strawberry & Chia “Detox” Smoothie

Now, I put the word “detox” in quotes because our bodies already naturally know how to get the crap out of our systems- that’s what livers, kidneys, and sweat glands DO. The word detox has become dangerously synonymous with diet culture, so I have become a lot more careful with it’s usage. Also: F*CK DIET CULTURE.

After indulging several meals that mainly consisted of deliciously deep-fried everything, my body is begging me for a “detox” which actually just means that I am craving something lighter and easier on my digestive system. I still want actual food with wholesome ingredients that I can pronounce, not a damn diet pill or a laxative-loaded diet meal-replacement shake. GIVE ME REAL FOOD.

Enter my Strawberry & Chia “Detox” Smoothie:  With just 170 calories, high protein from the almond milk and sweetened naturally with juicy strawberries, plus the added power-packed boost of antioxidant-rich chia seeds make this a easy and tasty breakfast option.

Ridiculously Easy Recipe:

Strawberry Detox Smoothie
Strawberry & Chia “Detox” Smoothie

Rad Recipes: Kiwi-Kale-Pineapple Smoothie 

My obsession with pineapple and smoothies took a gloriously green turn this morning with this beauty! It tastes like what a heavenly tropical paradise should feel like (minus the humidity & sand). Sweet and a teensy bit tart, Exotic & refreshing!

Here’s what I used:

2 slices fresh pineapple

2 fresh kiwi fruits, scooped

1 leaf fresh green kale, stripped

About a cup of fresh orange/pineapple juice blend (you can use cold coconut water if you want to cut back the sugar from juice)

Blend & Enjoy!

Rad Recipes: The Good for Your Belly Smoothie 

This almost tastes like dessert for breakfast! Bursting with fresh fruit and using a probiotic juice blend as the base, my tastebuds are happy and the flora in my gut get a healthy high-five too.

1 ripe banana, peeled

1 ripe kiwi, scooped

1 cup probiotic juice blend, such as Suja Organic Essentials Probiotic Fruit Juice

Blend and enjoy!

Approximately 275 calories

Rad Recipes: Apple-Cinnamon Ugly Smoothie

The beauty is on the inside for my Apple-Cinnamon Ugly Smoothie! The cinnamon & apple combine to create a dessert-like flavor. This healthy & delicious meal to go is ready in 5 minutes (or less!) and tastes sweet & fresh.

1/2 apple of your choice, chopped into small cubes

1 leaf Kale, stripped from stem and torn in pieces

1 small Cutie tangerine or sweet orange, peeled and sections separated

1/2-1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 cup cold coconut water

Dash of cinnamon

Blend and Enjoy!


Rad Recipes: Fresh Green Powerhouse Smoothie 

Loaded with fresh leafy greens & herbs to deliver vitamins & minerals in an antioxidant-rich smoothie. Frozen unsweetened strawberries, fresh green grapes and a fresh clementine add a touch of natural sweetness + citrusy zing. Super low calorie plus high fiber.  Approx. 80 calories

Stupidly simple.

  • Handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 fresh kale leaves, stems removed
  • Sprig of fresh parsley
  • 1 fresh clementine, peeled
  • 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • Small handful of white grapes
  • 1 cup cold water

Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour into your favorite tall glass and enjoy!

Rad Recipes: Bright Eyed Breakfast “Ugly Smoothie”

I want to eat healthier, but I don’t want to spend a bunch of time in the morning fixing something.

So, smoothies!

This one is so ugly it hurts- but dang, does it taste good. Citrusy and not too sweet. Super easy, under 200 calories, and so dang good for the body. Win!

  • Handful of fresh raw spinach
  • 1 leaf of fresh raw kale, stem removed
  • Cup of frozen, unsweetened blueberries
  • 1-2 mandarins (“cuties”)
  • Cup of water
  • Optional: tsp-tbsp flax seeds

Dump it all in the blender, pour in your favorite glass and enjoy!

I know I said it was ugly- but the flecks of color are kind of pretty! Like a granite countertop. 🙂