365-Day Challenge

Strawberry Apple Beet Smoothie

Hi family, friends and fellow bloggers!

I’m excided to relaunch Ellie Bleu with new recipes, interviews, and book reviews.

Over the years I’ve flirted with plant-based nutrition. To be honest, I found it hard to fully commit. There’s a lot of prep-work involved if you want to stay clear from processed foods. Then I watched The Game Changers and saw how a plant-based diet helps elite athletes, veterans, and first responders. I started wondering if it would also aid those dealing with anxiety and PTSD. It was then when I decided to blog about my journey.

With my doctor’s thumbs-up, a few supplements, and extensive research, I’m ready to commit to my 365-day challenge. Yep. One year without dairy, meat, fish…turkey…sausage stuffing…Okay, I know its a little crazy to start this during the holiday season. I’ll need some suggestions on what to serve for family gatherings.

I got out my juicer and blender today and made a Strawberry Apple Beet Smoothie. This would be a fun one to make with little ones. Continue reading

Good Morning Smoothie

Goodmorning Smoothie

It’s one of those rainy spring mornings again. To wake up, I made an antioxidant-packed smoothie bursting with fresh citrus and ginger. If you’re fighting a cold, I read that you could also add a small amount of cayenne pepper to the smoothie. I’m not sure if I’m that daring in the am. 🙂 If you give the cayenne a try, let me know. Continue reading

Pink Power Shake


After a busy weekend, I can’t think of a better way to kick off this Monday with my favorite power shake. It tastes like a strawberry milkshake and has around 17 grams of plant-based protein. I also used pure vanilla powder for the first time. If you haven’t tried it in your smoothies, I highly recommend it. Continue reading

Pumpkin Power Smoothie


I feel like it’s that time of year when schedules overlap, flu season has arrived, the holidays are near…the list could go on forever.

I know it’s easy to fall into the cycle of not taking care of ourselves during stressful times. Breakfast is a perfect way to take a few minutes to relax, read something uplifting, and eat a meal that makes you feel good. For me, I’ve been reading Maya Angelou’s Letter to My Daughter while I sip on my favorite pumpkin smoothie. I find myself waking up early just to start the day.

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Blackberry Acai Smoothie


Acai Blackberry SmoothieHow to add chia seeds to a smoothie

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with chia seeds. The little seeds are known for their omega-3 fatty acids along with increasing your daily iron, fiber, calcium, and magnesium. I’ve read that adding chia seeds to smoothies is an easy way to get a daily serving. The trick is to soak the seeds in water before blending them into the drink.

If you have any chia seed recipes let me know. I loved trying them in my blackberry acai smoothie. Continue reading

Leafy Greens Smoothie

Green SmoothieSummer Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions never made sense to me. Whether it’s getting back into the routine of school, planning a new fiscal budget for work, or juggling a new schedule, there’s a lot on your plate. Not to mention its cold, and the weather is less than ideal for a new workout routine. I read somewhere that half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and only eight or ten percent follow through with them. Admittedly, I’m with the majority.

Summer, however, seems to work wonders with setting and fulfilling goals. It’s sunny out, and people are a little more relaxed at the office. On the trails I see children smiling as they run or bike with their parents. And the farmers’ markets are full of fresh produce to try.

Yesterday, I asked myself what I wanted to achieve by the end of August. In Greece, I ate more spinach than I thought was humanly possible. When I lived in Belgium, I would walk miles each day to work and the university. For some reason, I let these healthy habits fade over the years.

So this summer, I’m challenging myself to reach at least 15,000 steps a day on my Fitbit and adding two cups of dark leafy greens to my daily diet. To kick off my summer resolution, I made a delicious green smoothie. Continue reading

Beet & Berry Smoothie

Beet Berry SmoothieMaking beet smoothies naturally sweeter

Smoothies are my morning staple. I’ll even gulp them down in January when it’s snowing. Thankfully, it’s now officially summer!

I’m one of those picky beet eaters. In Europe, beet roots were plentiful. However, I couldn’t commit to the earthy taste of this super veggie. Then I remembered that my grandmother would cook the beets. The process breaks down the sugar and makes the beets sweeter. Now I love making “Beet Cubes” to add to my smoothies.

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