RECIPE // The Mothers Day Smoothie Edit

My beautiful mum is the proud owner of a Nutribullet (YES! They actually work. and YES! They make the smoothest of smoothies, time and time again. Oh, how I want one.)

After our last delicious adventure back at home making ‘Noosa Coolers’, she’s been asking me for a few simple yet tasty recipes that she can whizz up quickly, without too much hassle. I’m with her – who has time to get fussy with smoothies?!

So here it is — a carefully curated selection of special smoothies from some of our favourite friends on the interweb, just for mum. Oh, and for you too! Enjoy xx

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Bangin’ Breakfast Smoothie
{by the gorgeous Hannah Buttigieg of @food_intelligence}
[serves one]

INGREDIENTS:
– 1 cup of spinach or kale
– 1 medium banana
– 2/3 small mango
– 1 cup water
– 10 macadamia nuts (or almonds if you prefer. Macadamia nuts give it a creamier flavour)
– 2 teaspoons chia seeds
– 2 teaspoons good quality raw honey

METHOD:
Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Why this smoothie is good for you:

*Leafy greens are high in iron, calcium, vitamins A & C and have anti-inflammatory properties;

*Banana is a good source of carbohydrates, aid digestion, potassium and aid in the production of serotonin (the feel good chemical naturally produced by the brain);

*Mangos are full of vitamin A & C, beta-carotene and potassium;

*Nuts are full of monounsaturated (healthy) fats and protein;

*Chia seeds are a complete protein, full of vitamin C, iron, calcium and potassium. They also act as a thickening agent in smoothies as they absorb liquid;

*Honey is a good anti-inflammatory to aid recovery after training and boosts the immune system.

** Check out more of Hannah’s gorgeous pics, recipes + more over on Instagram: @food_intelligence **

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Berry Kiss Smoothie
{by the lovely Kat Harding of @yogakiss}
[serves one]

INGREDIENTS:
~ 1/2 cup almond milk
~ 1 banana
~ 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
~ 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
~ 1 teaspoon Arbonne fibre (or LSA, or similar fibre supplement)
~ 1 tablespoon Arbonne vanilla protein (or similar high-quality protein powder)

METHOD:
Blend together, add some ice if you want it extra cold and enjoy!

Why this smoothie is good for you:

*Bananas are high in fibre, a great source of vitamin C, and full of happy-making potassium, magnesium and tryptophan.

*Berries are good for your heart and high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight chronic disease and cancer.

*Almond milk can help with weight management, often containing half the calories of full-cream milk. It also contains 25 per cent of your daily vitamin D requirements, reducing your risk for arthritis and osteoporosis and improving your immune function.

*Arbonne fibre supplements and vanilla protein powder are vegan, gluten-free and in recyclable packaging.

** you can download Kat’s e-book “Get Active, Nourish and Be Grateful”, a collaboration with Nicole De Valter, via her website at www.kathardingyoga.com or visit her instagram: @yogakiss for yoga, SUP and more!! **

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Abby’s Perfect Skin Smoothie
{by our resident nutritionist, Abby McLennan! @_thegoodegg_}
[serves 1]

INGREDIENTS:
– 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
– 1 banana
– 3-4 fresh dates
– 1/2 small avocado
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– pinch of salt
– 3 cups of water

METHOD:
Combine all together and blend, blend, blend!

Why this smoothie is good for you:

* Great dose of monounsaturated fat, zinc, fibre, potassium and antioxidants – guaranteed to give you beautifully plump, luminous, happy skin by supporting your cells!

* Just the lovely delicious lift my beautiful mum (and your beautiful mum!) needs xx

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NB: This post is really just a (thinly veiled) special little shout-out to my mum in the lead-up to Mothers’ Day this weekend. You’re the most beautiful person, and I’m so lucky to have you in my life! LOVE YOU, MUM ❤

…and a Happy Mothers Day to all the mamas out there!

V xx

RECIPE // The Noosa Cooler

>> MUM AND I SHARED the most beautiful afternoon at Little Cove today, as the clouds drifted away and the late autumn heat sizzled gently.

I have a treasured memory of one glorious autumn day at this very cove, many years ago when “yellow” was number one on the radio and my love was all yellow, too. My yellow love and I ventured down through the Noosa National Park, and as we drank in the vivid blues and greens of the surrounding landscape, the pop of pretty blue butterflies suddenly engulfed the skies above. We were entranced, and we followed them to Little Cove, where they continued their flitting journey out to sea.

Today was the first day in fifteen years that I’ve experienced anything like that day, and I feel so unbelieveably blessed to have seen this mass migration once more. Mum and I floated on the gentle turquoise green tide, staring up as the butterflies softly trailed through the air above. The water was brisk but warmed to the skin quickly, and the waves were gentle enough to merit a lazy afternoon of bobbing about, watching the surfers, the lovers and the wanderers. We waded into shore, and mum turned to me and gave me a big hug. “This has healed me like nothing else could,” she said.

After such a beautiful, warm day, we felt that only a cool beverage would do. So we dropped by the Doonan fruit shop, picked up a few supplies, and went home to whip these up. Guaranteed to take the edge off a thirst made of saltwater + sweet memories!

THE NOOSA COOLER (serves 2)

– 1/4 medium pineapple, diced
– 1/4 cucumber, quartered
– 2 kiwis, peeled and cubed
– 1/4 lime, with rind
– 250ml coconut water
– handful of mint
– 3-4 ice cubes

Directions: In truly laidback Noosa style — chop, blend + enjoy! Simple. Xx