Beet & Berry Detox Smoothie


beet berry smoothie


This Beet & Berry Detox Smoothie is another recipe that turned me from a beet hater into a beet lover. My Beet, Grapefruit + Fig Salad is another delish option! I posted about this on Instagram + had a lot of you interested in the ratios! I’ve made this too beet-y in the past + barely got it down the hatch!


Since completing Zesty Ginger’s Spring Liver Detox program, I’ve been loving hard on beets though. They really are a superfood. Anything that has the potential to stain your hands, your countertops and your clothes, has got to be a nutritional powerhouse. Ahem, turmeric, you orange bastard.


Powerfully purple, this smoothie does a good job of covering up the earth-y taste of beets. It’s also incredibly budget-friendly! I get a bag of 3 organic beets for $1.99 at Earth Fare and that’s enough for 6 smoothies. Buy organic mixed berries in bulk (the large 2 pound bags) for extra savings.


Really the only splurge here is the Wild Foods Wild Vanilla Powder that I’ve been basically snorting. That ish is goooood. You can find it featured in my Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream posted last week.


Here are some quick facts about beets to convince you of their super powers!



First and foremost, they may increase sex hormone production due to their boron content. If you’re feeling a little flat, try some beets (or slip them into your partner’s smoothie!)


They are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, potassium + magnesium, and can calm inflammatory responses. If you’re pregnant and looking for a real food source of folate – beets are your answer!


Beets support Phase 2 detox pathways helping to flush toxins out of your body and may have anti-cancer effects according to preliminary studies. Overall, if you’re fighting inflammation, including beets in your diet may help restore some balance.



If that doesn’t change your mind – maybe this Beet Berry Smoothie will! Add collagen for bonus points!




7 reviews

Beet + Berry Detox Smoothie

Prep Time 00:05 Serves 1



  • 2 cups packed baby spinach (or leafy green of choice)
  • 1 cup organic frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup peeled and chopped beets
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon organic cranberry concentrate (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Wild Foods Wild Vanilla Powder
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 60 seconds or until very smooth. Serve immediately.


Recipe Notes

 You may add 1 to 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to make this a protein smoothie. 








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Pineapple andGrapefruit Digestive Tonic (AIP & Vegan)

pineapple grapefruit tonic

This simple morning Pineapple and Grapefruit Digestive Tonic is magic. It takes care of morning bloat and digestive complaints while providing your body with a big dose of vitamin C.

Pineapple & Grapefruit Digestive Tonic


This grapefruit and pineapple digestive tonic will make everything better. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but whenever I’m having digestive complaints like bloating, constipation or an upset stomach, this takes care of it!


My body has been absolutely craving the bright citrus-y flavors of grapefruit and pineapple, and I know why. It needs their digestive enzymes and acidity to help break down my food when my digestion is a bit sluggish.


How Grapefruit and Pineapple Help Digestion

  1. They contain fiber which we know is vital for gut health. Our good microbes flourish with a fiber-rich diet!
  2. Pineapple contains bromelain which is an enzyme that can be help break down foods. This is especially important if you have low stomach acid.
  3. Grapefruit can increase the acidity in your stomach leading to improved digestion and breaking down of food. Many of us are low in hydrochloric acid. If you’ve noticed fullness, belching and bloating after you eat, you may be low in this powerful “digestive juice” secreted in your stomach.


Even if you don’t need the boost from this Pineapple and Grapefruit Digestive Tonic, you’ll benefit from the high vitamin C, fiber, water and minerals.


What You Need for This Digestive Tonic

  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup filtered water or coconut water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


It’s most health-supporting to use organic product in this recipe, if you can find it. Organic pineapple is a bit harder to find, so if you need to use conventional frozen pineapple, that is fine. You can add on flavor components like fresh mint or basil, lime juice or even a mandarin.


How To Make This Easy Pineapple and Grapefruit Digestive Tonic:

1. Simply peel the grapefruit and slice into chunks.

2. Blend with the remaining ingredients until smooth. Strain and pour into a glass. Consume immediately.



Looking for some other healthy beverages to try? 

Cherry Ginger Lime Smoothie

Orange Cream Healing Smoothie

Strawberry Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie


Pineapple & Grapefruit Digestive Tonic



6 reviews

Pineapple & Grapefruit Digestive Tonic

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1


  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup filtered water (or coconut water)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Peel and remove the pith of the grapefruit. Chop into segments.
  2. Blend the grapefruit segments and remaining ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and frothy. Pour and enjoy!


Recipe Notes

You may add Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to this beverage for a hit of gut-healing collagen.



Grapefruit Pineapple Digestive Tonic

The Benefits of Collagen Peptides for Women

collagen for women
When I found out I was pregnant during a vacation in Hawaii in September 2015, we drove to an island health food store to find the best prenatal we could that day! That was the first step in my daily supplementation I took to help ensure my health and the health of my baby.
When we got home from our vacation, I did loads of research on the most important supplements to take for supporting the immune system of a pregnant woman diagnosed with autoimmune disease. I didn’t want to overload my body with store-bought supplements, especially since the diet I eat focuses heavily on some of the most health-promoting foods like wild seafood and organic leafy green vegetables. I did want to support my immune system and cells with research-supported, pregnancy-safe products though.
I had been taking gelatin for a couple years, mixed into hot teas and made into gummies, but during my first trimester, I wanted nothing to do with either! And animal protein was rarely eaten during that time because of severe morning sickness and nausea! Of course I realized that protein is one of the most important nutrients to intake as a pregnant woman, so I ordered several canisters of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Collagen smoothies were a huge staple of my pregnancy diet and still happen once a day as a new mom.

Is there anything more convenient than a nutrient-packed smoothie

when you’re juggling a hungry baby, housework, and

going through your first home buying process!?

After a few weeks of taking at least 2 scoops a day via smoothies, soups, and sprinkled on frozen fruit coated with coconut milk (guilty pleasure that you have to try!), I noticed obvious improvements in my gut health, skin, hair, and joints.

Here are some of the benefits I have personally experienced from Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

(2 scoops/day for the last 18 months)

  • Improved skin integrity: I haven’t seen a single blemish and that’s through the hormonal rollercoaster that is pregnancy and post-partum! I also noticed during pregnancy that crows feet are now a thing for me. Where the heck did these come from at 28 years old? So I’ve been ensuring my collagen intake is at least 2-3 scoops a day and seen a progressive decrease in their appearance when I smile. Hormones be crazy.


  • Stronger nails: My nails have always been short and brittle since I was a child. I can now grow medium-length, strong nails that don’t break. Unless I’m crazy stressed, then I start biting them again like a 6-year-old. Urgh. But at least they’re harder to bite through now? (ew ha!)


  • Better Joint Recovery Post-Workout: I workout fairly intensely, it’s one of my favorite hobbies, and I have only had one very minor injury in the last year when I rolled my ankle walking Grace in her stroller (slipped on a rock going downhill). I recovered within 24 hours from that sprain. I used to sprain my ankle and knee frequently and always had terribly sore IT bands and glute muscles which is no longer the case! And my sprains used to take much longer to heal from too, at least 2 weeks. After this sprain, I came home and put a turmeric poultice on the sprain, iced and elevated it as usual and over the next 24 hours had 6 scoops of collagen. Coincidence on the rapid healing time? I don’t know, but I’m definitely going to load up on the collagen for any future injuries!


  • Gut Health: Most importantly, my gut health has improved drastically. I have been plagued with constipation since I was a small child, often going weeks without a bowel movement. I am so regular now (hey, let’s talk about it!) especially if I start my morning with a collagen smoothie. I never have gas, sharp pains, or intestinal cramping anymore, which is something I thought I had to live with the rest of my life before healing my gut with AIP and proper supplementation. Part of this drastic decrease in symptoms is from removing food intolerances and including gut-healing foods like bone broth (which has similar amino acids as collagen and gelatin supplements), but I have also noticed that when I hit a plateau and then added collagen into my daily routine, my constipation and digestion improved noticeably.


Now, just like you can’t out-run a bad diet, you can’t out-collagen one either! Please be sure to always eat the most nutrient dense foods that fit into your dietary template. For me, that looks like at least 8 cups of leafy greens a day, wild seafood 7 to 9 times a week, pastured chicken livers, organic fruit, and pastured/grass-fed chicken, beef, and lamb in smaller quantities.
I do have special treats like Power Balls which are made with collagen peptides as well a couple times a week! In fact, this morning for breakfast I had a pack of Power Balls with my green collagen beauty smoothie (avocado, kale, spinach, collagen, frozen organic blueberries and Himalayan pink salt).

So why do women especially need to supplement with collagen peptides?

We are more prone to hormonal aging (seen by the loss of collagen elasticity in our skin and hair) due to the highs and lows of estrogen and progesterone throughout the month starting in our teen years or earlier and lasting until menopause at which we see a tremendous drop overall in sex hormone levels (and skin and hair health of our younger years!)We also tend to see a decrease in elasticity in our ligaments and age-related overuse injuries to our joints from decades of activity, daily weight-bearing and poor posture. Collagen supplementation can help restore joint health and ligament elasticity, but a healthy diet high in vegetables, fruits, and quality protein as well as mindfulness about posturing, are also incredibly important for long-term joint health.
Collagen Peptides are small-chain proteins produced by breaking down gelatin from pastured cattle into their more easily digestible peptide chains (peptides are the building blocks of proteins)Collagen Peptides mix into both cold and hot beverages while gelatin can only be mixed into hot beverages and liquids. This allows for more varied use of Collagen Peptides in cooking and baking applications. They are especially suited for smoothies and will not turn your smoothie into a tacky mess like gelatin does.Collagen Peptides do not lose any nutritional value when heated, so they can be added to baked goods to increase the protein content without affecting the outcome (like in my Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies).Collagen Peptides do not gel, so they cannot be used as a gelatin “egg” or made into gummies. You will want to purchase Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin for those purposes.
This quote is directly from Vital Proteins FAQs page and I wanted to share with you their commitment to quality, animal welfare, and sustainability:”Vital Proteins produces its gelatin and collagen peptides in Brazil. The cattle industry in Brazil is based on perennial tropical grass pasture systems. We have taken great care to ensure that the pasture size for each animal is one animal per 2.67 acres. These standards are in alignment with the Global Animal Partnership 5-step animal welfare rating standards. Our collagen is produced exclusively in Brazil. The collagen is primarily derived from Nelore breed bovine hides. The cattle industry in Brazil is still based on grass systems, where the cattle are pasture raised. This constitutes an important advantage for Brazilian cattle.
Since the cattle were pasture-raised and grass fed, this eliminates the risk of rBGH in their feed. Brazil also has a law (Decree No 57 824 Article 4(4)) which prohibits the addition of hormones to feed. The hormone rBGH is typically injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk. The Nelore breed is not a dairy producing cow and is strictly used as a beef breed. Based on these factors, the collagen is derived from bovine hide without the use of hormones like rBGH.”
The main difference is their kitchen application: Collagen Peptides can be used in both hot and cold applications without gelling which makes it a perfect addition for both smoothies or hot beverages like herbal tea or even coffee. Gelatin is dissolved in hot water to activate its gelling properties for baking applications such as “gelatin eggs”, puddings, or gelatin gummies. You CAN add gelatin to smoothies, but they will get a little gummy, so I prefer collagen for this reason.Their amino acid profile is quite similar, so there’s no nutritional benefit to one over the other.They both have virtually no taste although some people claim collagen tastes more neutral than gelatin.Gelatin has more of a tendency to clump up, so it is important to whisk it very well into hot liquid. Collagen has the tendency to froth in a blender, which makes for delightful “frappuccino” beverages, if desired!


This post contains affiliate links from Vital Proteins & Power Balls 

The Ultimate 100+ AIP Breakfast Recipe Round-Up

aip breakfasts


Out of all three meals we eat, breakfast while following the autoimmune protocol seems to stump many! I rarely make something special for breakfast unless my husband requests waffles or pancakes, but I’ve been doing this Paleo thing for almost 4 years now.


Dinner leftovers are frequently breakfast or a big smoothie full of veggies, fruits, fats, and my favorite breakfast companion Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I add 1 to 2 scoops to any smoothie recipe or even in bowls of broth-based soup for extra nutrients on mornings I don’t have time to do anything but a simple soup puree. In this round-up, I’ve included 30 of the most delicious AIP-compliant smoothie recipes so you don’t reach smoothie boredom. Adding “supplements” like collagen, turmeric, coconut oil/MCT oil, or matcha powder turn your smoothie into a beautifying morning treatment.


Now if you’re the type that likes to make one big skillet each week so you can grab and reheat a small portion every morning, you will love the hash & skillet section! My new Five Spice Beef Skillet is included below and has some really flavorful and lovely North African flavors. And my Crispy Salmon Hash from The Healing Kitchen is one of the tastiest, nutritious, omega-3 packed breakfasts you can have on the AIP!


We all have those special Sunday mornings that call for a traditional breakfast/brunch treat – especially if we’re feeding our family AIP foods as well! That’s why I’ve included a lengthy section of waffles, pancakes, and baked goods from the greater AIP blogger community (which is where most of these recipes will direct you to!) My Flourless Waffles are pretty magical and I’ve been told they make great pancakes too!I don’t often share my breakfasts on social media because they’re usually a mish-mash of leftover soup and salad from the day before. I love starting my day with a broth and veggie-heavy soup because it sets a perfect foundation for a day of nutritionally-minded food choices. The breakfast soup collection below contains easy to digest soups, mostly purees, that you can make Sunday night to feed you every morning before work.







If this list isn’t enough and you want a whole e-book of 100% AIP Breakfasts including “coffees and lattes”, biscuits & gravy, over a dozen other hashes, and my ebook-exclusive recipe for Silver Dollar Carob Pancakes!



Hashes & Skillets
Sage Plantain & Butternut Hash by Don’t Eat the Spatula

Moroccan-Inspired Breakfast Skillet by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Kedgeree by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Breakfast Risotto with Greens by Angie Alt for Autoimmune Paleo

Chicken Breakfast Skillet by Joy Filled Nourishment

Sweet Potato, Apple & Pancetta Hash by Gutsy by Nature

Turmeric Pork Skillet by Sweet Treats

Oh Mama, Umami Kale by Grazed & Enthused

Nightshade-Free Buffalo Chicken Skillet by Grazed & Enthused

Five Spice Beef Skillet with Fennel & Currants by Grazed & Enthused

Greens n’ Dines Hidden Hash by Grazed & Enthused

Potato-Free Breakfast Potatoes by Meatified

Crispy Salmon Hash by Alaena Haber (me!) from The Healing Kitchen

Epic Bar AIP Paleo Breakfast Hash by Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Sweet n’ Savory Hash by Beyond the Bite

Chicken Hash Brown Patties by Alaena Haber from The Healing Kitchen

Celeriac-Parsnip Hash Browns by Eat Heal Thrive

Chicken Breakfast Skillet by Joy-Filled Nourishment

Bison, Kabocha & Cabbage Skillet by Don’t Eat the Spatula



Pancakes, Waffles & Muffins
Allergy Friendly Waffles by Don’t Eat the Spatula

No-Egg Waffles by Don’t Eat the Spatula

Banana Muffins by Eat Heal Thrive

Banana Bread by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Maple Sugar Waffles by Marissa Franklin for He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Oven-Baked Pumpkin Spice Pancakes by Gutsy by Nature featured in 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts

Plantain Bacon Pancake by Castaway Kitchen

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Banana Bread Cookies by Beyond the Bite

Carob Bread with Date Caramel by Heart Beet Kitchen

Sweet Plantain Waffles by Hold the Grain

Baked Breakfast Casserole with Apples & Raisins by Provincial Paleo

Grain-free Banana Mug Bread by Provincial Paleo

Bacon Herb Biscuits by Grazed & Enthused

Cinnamon Plantain Fritters by Grazed & Enthused

Rustic Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Grazed & Enthused

Flourless Lemon Poppy Waffles (omit poppy seeds) by Grazed & Enthused

Bacon Maple Cinnamon Pancakes by Comfort Bites

AIP Pancakes by Comfort Bites



Breakfast Soups
Creamy Mushroom Soup with Bacon & Fried Sage by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Roasted Chicken & Vegetable Soup by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Spring Breakfast Chicken Soup by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Fennel & Spinach Soup by Healing Family Eats

Lamb Stew with Butternut, Apples & Ginger by Healing Family Eats

Beef and Plantain Curry by Provincial Paleo

Triple Seafood Chowder by Grazed & Enthused

Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Bisque by Grazed & Enthused

Nightshade-Free “Potato” & Leek Soup by Grazed & Enthused

3-Step Root Vegetable & Leek Soup by Grazed & Enthused

Mushroom & Fennel Soup by Comfort Bites

Sweet Potato & Broccoli Soup by Meatified

Creamy Leek & Salmon Soup by Meatified

Creamy Leek Soup (omit ghee) by Stupid Easy Paleo

Comforting Creamy Broccoli Soup (omit ghee) by Stupid Easy Paleo

Cream of Mushroom Soup by Primal Palate



Porridge & N’Oatmeal

Warm Porridge with Berries & Lemon by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Chai Spice & Pear N’Oatmeal by Eat Heal Thrive

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cereal by Eat Heal Thrive

Apple Cinnamon N’Orridge by Eat Heal Thrive

Cinnamon Coconut Crisp Cereal by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Cauli-Porridge with Rosemary Plum Compote by Healing Family Eats

Sweet Cinnamon Tigernut Granola by Beyond the Bite

Instant Oatmeal by Grazed & Enthused


Sausages & Bites
Fennel-Herbes de Provence Sausage by Eat Heal Thrive

Blueberry Bacon Breakfast Burgers by Adventures in Partaking

No-Fuss Sweet Potato & Apple Sausages by The Unskilled Cavewoman

Homemade “Bangers” (omit nutmeg) by The Paleo Mom

Lox & “Everything” Sweet Potatoes by Grazed & Enthused

Bacon-Wrapped Cinnamon Apples by Grazed & Enthused

Cranberry Fig Collagen Protein Bars by Grazed & Enthused

Breakfast Tostones with Fried Garlic Guacamole by Grazed & Enthused

Prosciutto Meatloaf Muffins with Fig Jam by Grazed & Enthused

AIP Breakfast Stack by Comfort Bites

Chicken & Bacon Bites with Green Onion and Sage by Meatified

Breakfast Sausage by Gutsy by Nature

Beef Breakfast Sausage by The Paleo Mom

American Style Breakfast Sausage by The Paleo Mom



Smoothies & Beverages
Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl by Grazed & Enthused for Autoimmune Paleo

Green Detox Smoothie by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Collagen Berry Green Smoothie by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Creamy Coconut Milk by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tea by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Carrot Cake Shake by Eat Heal Thrive

“Chocolate” Protein Smoothie by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Creamy Carob Banana Smoothie by Joy Filled Nourishment

Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie by Joy Filled Nourishment

Raspberry Sunrise Breakfast Shake (replace almond milk with coconut milk) by PaleOMG

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte by Sweet Treats

Spiced Apple Kombucha by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Blueberry Kale Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Maple Pumpkin Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Raspberry Turmeric Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Turmeric Papaya and Orange Smoothie by Biohackers Recipes

Strawberry Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie by Grazed & Enthused

Orange Cream Healing Smoothie by Grazed & Enthused

Matcha Smoothie Bowl by Comfort Bites

Apple Pie Smoothie (use coconut milk) by PaleOMG

Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Coconut Papaya Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Blood Orange Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie (use coconut milk) by Minimalist Baker

Coconut Clementine Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Cherry Limeade Smoothie (use coconut milk) by Minimalist Baker

Super Thick Coconut Yogurt by Oh She Glows

Island Blast Green Smoothie by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cool Paleo Melon Mint Smoothie by Stupid Easy Paleo


Offal in the Morning

Pork and Chicken Liver Terrine with Spiced Apple Compote by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Bacon Beef Liver Pate by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Beef & Offal Burgers by Castaway Kitchen

Loaded Toast with Pate by Castaway Kitchen

Easy Pan-Fried Chicken Hearts by Comfort BitesSuperfood Sausages by Primal Palate

Cherry Ginger Lime Smoothie (Paleo/AIP)

cherry ginger lime smoothie



Since my husband and I are both home with the baby these days, we often split meals to keep things quick and easy. I’ve actually been cooking MORE since her birth (barring the first few weeks where I don’t even recall eating) to keep us thriving on less than stellar sleep.


Mid-morning we like to split a collagen smoothie to keep us satisfied until 1 or 2 pm lunch. I play with a lot of different fruit and flavor combinations but one I always come back to is cherry-lime. It’s so refreshing and is such a beautiful color, it can’t help but lift your mood!


Organic cherries also have amazing health benefits including inflammation reduction, antioxidant protection, and cancer prevention. Ginger is one of my favorite potent AIP flavors, and I often blend it into fruit-based beverages like Watermelon-Lime-Ginger Agua Frescas (a similar recipe is in The Healing Kitchen and I just add a piece of ginger to it!)


I’m going to experiment with a cherry-ginger fermented beverage soon (it’s on my drinkable to-do). Anyways, my husband is a very stubborn man and he “likes what he likes”. Namely peanut butter and banana smoothies. A palate of a 5-year-old I have said in the past. He is getting more adventurous now, but he is still very picky on his fruit! Well, he gave this delicious smoothie glowing reviews, so I knew I had to share it with you guys.


I’ve made it with coconut and almond milk in the past. They are both delicious but the coconut milk will of course add a more tropical flavor while the almond milk is much more neutral. A way around this for AIP is using coconut water instead of coconut milk! It will be slightly thinner so you can use less if you’d like, and you’ll be getting extra electrolytes making this a great sweaty summer beverage!


As always, this smoothie features my #1 supplement choice Vital Proteins. It is the only supplement I have ever stuck to, remember to take daily, and notice benefit from besides magnesium and vitamin D. It is pretty wonderful, and I’m known to order 60 ounces of the stuff at a time because it makes me feel high on collagen when the package arrives (it’s called the Amazon Prime High). Good stuff, guys!



Cherry Ginger Lime Smoothie
serves 1 to 2 | ready in 5 minutes
2 cups frozen organic cherries
1 ¼ cup almond milk or coconut milk (coconut for AIP)*
Juice of 1 lime
1 ½ to 2 teaspoons grated ginger root (depending on “spicy” preference)
pinch sea salt
*Coconut water may also be used but will result in a thinner smoothie.
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Taste and add more lime juice or ginger depending on your preference. If adding more ginger, proceed in 1/4 teaspoon increments since it is a strong flavor.

Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl (Paleo, AIP)

pina colada smoothie bowl - paleo


I’m a little obsessed about vacations. I’ve been known to book them without talking to the person I plan on accompanying me. I booked our Hawaii vacation, for my birthday, on my birthday, after going for a swim last summer and coming up with that master plan in 15 minutes or less. Jumped on the computer, decided which island, which airbnb, and presto. Hawaii 3 weeks later! I also did that with our babymoon to Laguna Beach this year. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I say “My money. My decision.”


I LOVE TRAVELING! Especially to places with beaches. We are aiming to be one of those cool couples who travels with their singular child, Ergo in tow, whipping out the breast in public for a quick snack, child whose first word is “leaf”. We’ll see what happens. I’m not banking on it. Our first real vacation after baby will probably be sans-baby for my husband’s 40th birthday in fall 2017. I want to take him to PNW for a week. I can barely leave my dog for 4 hours let alone a week, so I’m sure leaving my baby for that long will be a cruel form of self-torture at that point, but I do think it’s EXTREMELY important to keep the husband-wife relationship strong once you start a family. It’s so beneficial for the child to see parents who spend time together to keep the love alive. 


pina colada smoothie


None of this has anything to do with pina coladas. It did at first (vacations), then I got sidetracked as usual (ADD). Anyways, this is a must-make recipe for summer! Light, refreshing, quick, easy, hello!? Spend your time outside this summer with family & friends – not in the kitchen, PLEASE! You wouldn’t believe how much happier, healthier, and balanced you will feel with that change.


I have found the most healing & happiness while following the AIP by doing the above, not focusing excessively on the food. Once you have the food down pat and know what you can and cannot eat and get used to planning in advance, please return to enjoying your life as much as possible! And if that means making a quick breakfast or lunch smoothie before hitting the beach, pool, or lake, and then forgetting food exists for the next 5 hours, so be it! That’s how live should be lived!


Get the recipe for Pina Colada Smoothie Bowls!

Orange Cream Healing Smoothie (Paleo, AIP)

orange cream smoothie paleo



The question I get asked the most about the autoimmune protocol is, “What do I eat for breakfast!?” Inevitably, my answer is always bacon and leftovers from dinner. There’s a fifty percent chance the questioner will frown at me with that answer. Some of us just don’t like leftovers in the morning. My husband is included in this curious subsect of the population who must eat traditional breakfast food before 11am. Even if he skips breakfast and we go out for lunch, he will STILL order breakfast. It bugs me to death when it’s 1 pm, and he’s asking if there are still breakfast tacos on the menu. Eat your dang lunch and move on with your day, man!


Nothing like a harmless marriage rant to start off a blog post. Now bacon, breakfast sausage, and hashes are all allowed on the autoimmune protocol, but sometimes our tongues don’t want to taste the savory first thing in the morning. For me, if my morning starts early enough and I have to be somewhere by 9 am, I really am less likely to go for a big savory breakfast. If I exercise in the morning (yeah, right) on the other hand, then I will include animal protein on my morning plate. But the majority of my mornings, especially during pregnancy, are for the palatable, quick, easy, and nourishing. 


I start my morning with a large glass of room temperature water and a small mug of warm lemon water to get hydrated right away. Then I make my husband his sausage & eggs and protein smoothie (pea protein – ew) and brew a French press. Some days I have a cup, others I don’t. I just go by my mood. So far I’ve had 3 beverages then. After I clean up his breakfast, I make my own smoothie. It invariably contains banana, a dark leafy green, avocado, cucumber, and some berries with collagen. But there have been MANY mornings I craving orange juice to no end during my pregnancy! I am not going to taint a delicious orange smoothie with greens just for the sake of it. So no greens here! Eat some later!


This smoothie does contain a hefty scoop of collagen protein which you can always add more of if you want to brave the risk of having your smoothie taste like animal. VITAL PROTEINS is the best pasture-raised, grass fed collagen protein on the market that I have found. I switched over from Great Lakes last year and have never looked back. A large canister lasts me f-o-r-e-v-e-r and I even got my MIL on the collagen train. She said she noticed a difference in joint pain after just one container and ordered a second immediately!


So what are the benefits of being on the Collagen Train? Frequent inclusion of collagen in the diet has positive effects on metabolism, bone growth, joint health, gut repair, and digestion!


To up the benefits of this smoothie, I wanted to include a good dose of citrus! Citrus is, in my opinion, not given enough credit in the healthsphere. It is not only high in vitamin C but also in folate and thiamin, as well as rich in flavonoids which are antioxidants that can neutralize the bad effects of oxidation in the body. Banana and coconut give this smoothie a creamy texture while providing additional nutrients, so eat up folks! Fruit can and always will be considered a health food in my book, and it certainly has its place in a healing anti-inflammatory diet!


Remember those Orange Julius smoothies? These are SO much better!


5 reviews

Healing Orange Cream Smoothie

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1


  • 1 medium banana, refrigerated whole or chopped and frozen
  • 1 medium Navel orange, peel and pith removed with a knife
  • 2 small Cuties, Halos, mandarins, clementines, or tangerines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder for AIP
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Garnish optional: orange zest, shredded coconut, crushed unsweetened banana chips


Blend all ingredients together in a Vitamix until smooth. Top with garnishes!