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Orange Crush Smoothie

August 1, 2016

Hey friends!

Hope you are all having a nice summer (or winter, if you are on the other side of the world from me)!

It’s been a bit quieter over here lately and I wanted to touch in. I started this little blog of mine a while back as a way to inspire and educate people around the importance of eating real food. Sadly, I lost my way as the pressure of keeping the blog updated grew to be too much. While things may appear sparkly on the surface, there are times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel or just work on someone else’s dream. The good news is – I’m back!

I adore you readers and the community we have created here. You have no idea how much joy I find in being part of your health journey. When you pour your heart out about your daily struggle with digestive issues, weight loss or body image – I totally feel your pain. You then have gone on to tell me your life has transformed after making a few small changes that were mentioned in the blog. It is in these moments when I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I was meant to do.

Wherever you are on your journey, I’m here for you.

I’m working determinedly behind the scenes to be here for you in a much bigger way… details to follow later this week!

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you this refreshing smoothie.

Orange Crush Smoothie

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Raw

Serves 1


  • 2 oranges, peel and pith removed
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil


  1. Toss oranges, almond milk, vanilla bean and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Place coconut oil in last and blend for additional 10 seconds. *Note – coconut oil may clump depending on temperature of ingredients. Don’t desire clumps? Omit ice, make sure ingredients are at room temperature and use coconut oil that is melted.
  3. Pour into large glass and enjoy.


Photo credit: My sister, Jenny Norris

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

March 5, 2014

When I moved to New York, a friend of mine gave me this advice: get ready, because things are going to speed up in a New York minute! There’s just something about New York City that gets people moving. And FAST. It seems I’ve constantly been on the go – between work, yoga classes, social engagements, writing for the blog, training for upcoming races and all the many other things there are to experience in this city.

What gives me the energy to do it all? My green smoothies! For this smoothie, I’ve added matcha powder. Matcha is straight, stoneground tea leaves, which provides you with green teas powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can. In fact, one glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. Matcha is also rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brains functioning.

This is a great option pre or post-workout. Even if you aren’t facing a grueling workout, this Matcha Green Tea Smoothie or my other Green Smoothie can help you through the everyday marathon.


Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Serves 2


  • 1 cup frozen mango, pineapple or peaches
  • 1 banana
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
  • 1 large handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 tsp matcha powder


  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend at a high speed until creamy and smooth.
  2. Pour into a a glass and enjoy.



Green Smoothie

February 16, 2013

I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. They are so tasty and filling – makes for the perfect thing to eat post morning workout! If you have been cooking a lot of vegan or raw food you’re probably familiar with avocado in desserts.. but have you tried it in a smoothie? Banana, creamy avocado, greens, spicy ginger and tart, yet sweet pineapple makes this drink a tall glass of deliciousness. The Green Smoothie of course makes an amazing breakfast, but it can be enjoyed as a snack or light lunch as well. You can also add kale, chard or other dark leafy green of your choice.

I love sharing new recipes that can are easy to make part of a healthy weekly menu. Fruity green smoothies are easy to rely on for simple and delicious breakfasts and snacks and they provide so much flexibility – you can add or subtract whatever additional ingredients you’re in the mood for.

Green Smoothie

Vegan, Raw & Gluten-free

Serves 1


  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • a handful spinach
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • 2-inch slice pineapple
  • 1 cup ice cold water


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until smooth .

(*Photo Credit: my sister, Jenny Norris –

My Three Day Juice Cleanse

June 21, 2012

I completed my 3 day juice cleanse! A few days of juice was just what my system needed to re-charge. I’m not going to say it was easy, but it was definitely worthwhile.

Cleansing is one of the most powerful things we can do to bring our bodies (and our minds) back into alignment. After all, balance is one of the most important things in our lives, right? Even though I eat a plant-based diet of whole foods, I am still exposed to environmental toxins, occasional stress, and if I can’t get my greens organic, I’m sure there have been pesticides in my salads too. I also have a pretty major sweet tooth, so I felt my body could do with a little clean up.

This is a good time of year to do a juice fast because fruits and veggies are coming into season, weather is warming up so our bodies can take more raw foods and as the seasons make their transition outside, it feels so right to make one inside.

First you might ask, why would anyone want to do a juice cleanse for goodness sake?  The answer is – to jump start your health journey! This is especially good if you are not well or you have low energy. Drinking fresh juice will give your body incredible easily absorbed nutrition that its craving. This is quite a gentle cleanse compared to many others. I chose to include smoothies in addition to fresh juices in mine because this is what felt right for me. I didn’t experience many hunger pangs and instead I felt this wonderful overall feeling of comfort knowing that I was feeding my body the best thing on this planet. Its very empowering to say the least.

There are so many reasons why juicing is beneficial. Fresh juice gives you energy and vitality that you will notice right away since it is so easily assimilated by your body and bloodstream, you can feel the boost within 10-15 minutes. Without the added burden of digestion, which takes quite a lot of time and energy, the body is now free to work on other things like detoxing the liver and kidneys. The liver is involved with detoxifying harmful substances (like environmental toxins, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, drugs, etc) before they can enter the bloodstream and harm the body. Periodic cleansing of the liver through juicing can be important in maintaining good health.

I like to include plenty of vegetables in my juices. All vegetables are alkalizing. The benefits of maintaining alkalinity in the body are crucial. Here are just a few benefits of maintaining an alkaline environment in our tissues: improved focus and mental clarity, stronger immune system, better digestion, healthier hair, skin and nails, and more energy!

Tasty fresh juice recipes need not be complicated. I have found with experimenting that the simple flavors of fresh veggies can be highlighted or buried. I rather enjoy tasting the individual veggies I put in and combining them in various ways. I certainly encourage you to do your own experimenting as it’s fun and exciting to find interesting combinations that become favorites.

The recipes below are a few of the ones that I enjoy using for this juice cleanse or just as a snack when I am craving some serious nourishment. I usually go for 6-7 juices in total everyday when I’m cleansing, so I pick and choose from the following “menu” depending on the time of day.


Green Lemonade

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 med size apples
  • 1 bunch kale
  • a few large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 lemon

Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy!



juice-cleanse-heartbeet-juiceHeart Beet 

  • 1 beetroot
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • thin slice of ginger
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Place all ingredients in juicer and drink immediately.


Carrot & Lemon

  • 4-5 carrots
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Place in juicer and drink immediately.

juice-cleanse-orange-dream-juiceOrange Dream

  • 2 carrots
  • 3-4 oranges, peeled
  • 2-3 pears
  • 1 medium sweet potato

Place everything in the juicer and juice away.




 Cucumber Fennel

  •        1 cucumber
  •        a piece of fennel
  •        1 lemon, peeled
  •        1 stalk celery
  •        few stems of bok choy.

Place in juicer and drink immediately.


Green Ginger Ale

  • 1 cucumber
  • few stems of each mint & parsely
  • 2 leaves of kale
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Place in juicer and drink immediately.


juice-cleanse-berry-smoothieBerry Superfood Smoothie

(I used raspberries, blueberries and strawberries)

  • 1 banana
  • handful of fresh baby spinach

Place everything in blender and blend until smooth.


Day 1: I was pretty excited to get started. I started off my day with a warm cup of water with a slice of lemon. I consumed six juices and one smoothie throughout the day. I must admit, I was really full from all the liquid so I wasn’t feeling hungry. I was feeling a little worn down so I went to bed early.

Day 2: Woke up first thing in the morning to grab a warm cup of water and lemon. When I was writing in the afternoon I felt very clear-headed and seemed to get more done than usual. Juice is definitely a productivity booster! I felt restored and rejuvenated. As the day wore on I was feeling a bit achy as if some detox symptoms were kicking in – stuffy nose and a slight headache.

Day 3: I woke up feeling great! Any sort of ill feeling I had the night prior had disappeared. The thought of chewing some real food was sneaking into my mind today so I ended up consuming two smoothies throughout the day in addition to juice and plenty of water. I’ve noticed I feel lighter and my skin is looking more hydrated and clear.

After the cleanse: The cleanse has given me a deeper connection with my mind/body. It has helped me realize and identify my emotional ties to food. I’m never physically hungry, I just feel like eating because I am bored, cold, procrastinating, stressed, etc. I’ve learned to be in the moment when I’m eating and appreciate it. I was delighted that I no longer had any sugar cravings. I was  real excited to eat food again. I broke my fast by consuming a huge salad of greens, sprouts and assorted veggies.

Important bits to know:

  • Be prepared. It’s always good to be a little prepared for any sort of program, but as you’ll be living on nothing but the finest juices and smoothies for 3 days, good preparation is of paramount importance. Purchase organic produce if your budget permits.
  • Get mentally prepared. Making sure you have all the fruit and veg you’ll need for the program in advance is important, but even more so is the right frame of mind before you start.
  • Sleep. Rest is as important as clean air, exercise, good nutrition and an attitude of gratitude, so allow yourself to do it over the next few days.
  • Pamper yourself. If you are going to do a detox then really go for it. Maybe schedule a massage, attend a few yoga classes, relax in a hot tub… heaven!
  • Detox. If your body is pretty toxic, you may experience detox symptoms in the form of headaches, lethargy, and nausea. You can give the process a little nudge by eliminating toxins with things like dry skin brushing.
  • Ease out of cleanse. When you come out of a gentle cleanse such as this one, I recommend easing out of it slowly. Gradually start adding foods back in to the diet.
  • Take care. Continue eating a balanced, whole foods diet, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. As we treat our bodies with the physical and emotional respect they deserve, our need to detoxify becomes less and less and the better we will feel everyday.

Interested in getting started with juicing? Here you can find a post I did recently called Quick Guide to Juicing.

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line with any questions or comments you have as I love to help and inspire :)

(Photo Credit: my sister, Jenny Norris –


PLEASE NOTE: Juice cleansing is a pretty major undertaking and you should consult with a qualified health practitioner prior to commencing any sort of fast. Do not use this post as your sole reference. The content on this site is for information purposes only and not written with intentions to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatments.