I Grew My First Pumpkin, Now Get Ready For A Raw Pumpkin Pie And The Best Damn Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie… Period

pumpkin recipes bonzai aphrodite 01 I Grew My First Pumpkin, Now Get Ready For A Raw Pumpkin Pie And The Best Damn Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie... Period

The pumpkin pictured below, Is that not the purtiest, most perfect pumpkin you’ve ever laid your eyes on?! Now I’m not normally one to brag, but I growed that big beauty up there and man, I am proud! It’s my first successful squash, my garden’s inaugural gourd. The primary pumpkin! And apparently when I get excited, I alliterate!

I was so enamored of this precious pumpkin. I knew I had to do it justice, to create something really special. Lucky for me, a pumpkin goes a long way! I spent the whole weekend carving, chopping, blending, juicing, and otherwise altering the darling orb into all manner of delightful delicacies. But first things first, the prep work:

The heavy melon was washed and halved, the innards removed. The seeds were cleaned and set aside for roasty toasty. From there, it’s a blank canvas . . .

pumpkin recipes bonzai aphrodite 02 I Grew My First Pumpkin, Now Get Ready For A Raw Pumpkin Pie And The Best Damn Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie... Period
Photographer: Sayward Rebhal

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Smoothie Bowl by GreenChef Marni Wasserman

smoothie bowl marni wasserman 01 Smoothie Bowl by GreenChef Marni WassermanPhotographer Marni Wasserman

I love to eat my smoothies with a spoon. I make them thick enough to pour into bowl so that I can top them with granola. To me this is heaven, the best way to have a bowl of granola and a smoothie all in one.

You may think that there is no real trick to making a smoothie that tastes like pudding. Well I beg to differ. To make a REALLY smooth and consistent smoothie, it takes some practice or just knowing what to pair together. You have to use the right ingredients in perfect amounts – to get that creamy consistency, texture and flavour. You can use more or less frozen fruit to make it thicker or less thick. Oh and of course you need a good blender, that can make or break the deal alone!

I have definitely made and had bad smoothies in the past. There is nothing worse than a watered down smoothie or one that just doesn’t have that mouth feel that you crave even when you’ve finished your smoothie. That’s what happens to me, I always want more even when it’s all gone. I truly can’t get enough of smoothies! They give me energy, fill me up and make me so happy! I get excited every time I make a new one, honest! Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

And Now For Some Sweetness | Running Raw Tim Makes Green Smoothy

0 And Now For Some Sweetness | Running Raw Tim Makes Green Smoothy

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: While traveling to British Columbia, Tim not only uncovers some really amazing places to run, but also happens across the tastiest green smoothie recipe to date. It’s love at first chug.

Tim also addresses the debate over juices vs. smoothies… and smoothies come out on top.

Mango Colada Smoothie

mango colada smoothie 01 Mango Colada Smoothie

This is one of my favorite flavor combinations. It reminds me of when I lived in Hawaii and had all the local fresh wild mangos, pineapples and coconuts I wanted. It has a very subtle yet tropical and refreshingly fragrant taste and smell. It will make you want to layer on suntan oil and lay out on a beach all day. Well at least it does for me. It’s not often that I get to buy fresh organic pineapple. It is fairly expensive and I try to buy mostly local foods from my local farmer’s market. I do miss the beautiful tropics though and these treats bring me right back. Please choose organic whenever possible.

Serves 1

For the Smoothie:

1 1/2 Cups Young Coconut Water

1/2 Cup Fresh Young Coconut Meat

2 TB Coconut Oil/Butter, Virgin

1 1/2 Cups Fresh Pineapple (Chopped)

1 TB Lime Juice

1/4 Cup Agave Syrup

2 Cups Frozen Mango

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Ice Cubes

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