Three Berry Smoothie

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Yum! Start your day off right with a healthy, fruit smoothie! I made this smoothie this morning for the first time, and loved it. It’s easy to make & perfect for those summer mornings.

Ingredients + Directions:

1 small banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 strawberries chopped
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
4 small ice cubes
1 teaspoon hemp seeds (optional)

Place banana, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, yogurt, honey, hemp seeds and ice cubes into a blender. Blend until smooth.
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Raspberry & Coconut Smoothie

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Today we are sharing a simple, fresh and healthy recipe for a Raspberry & Coconut Smoothie! During the summer I’m always craving a fresh fruit smoothie, and this is one of my favorites.

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Add blueberries to the raspberry layer for an extra fruity punch!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (plus extra if you want to sprinkle some on top of the drink afterwards)
greek yogurt
coconut water (frozen into 6 ice cubes)
fresh raspberries
1/2 frozen banana (peel before freezing)
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (optional)
honey (optional: to add some sweetness)

Directions:

1. We are going to make the coconut layer first – Place 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 6 coconut water cubes and 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (optional) into blender and blend. Pour mix into glass and rinse blender.

2. Now for the raspberry layer – blend 1 cup of fresh raspberries, the 1/2 frozen banana and 1/4 cup cup greek yogurt. If you prefer sweet drinks, add 1 teaspoon of honey before blending. Pour mix into glass & decorate the top with coconut flakes!

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Enjoy!
Natasha xo

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint cookies are a staple during the holidays in our house.
Most thumbprint cookie recipes use the same ingredients – they’re usually shortbread type cookies, with slight variations. These Raspberry Thumbprint cookies are very similar in taste to shortbread cookies. They’re soft, with a tender crumb and the raspberry jam adds a nice sweet holiday flavour.

One of our favorite go-to thumbprint cookie recipes is very similar to this one but the cookies are rolled in pecans, and topped with a hershey kiss candy. (We’ll be posting that recipe soon!)

These Raspberry Thumbprints are the perfect Christmas cookie – they are easy to bake, & the jam adds a nice festive touch to the cookies. Feel free to use whichever preserves/jam you have on hand. Blackberry, peach etc.

Happy Holiday Baking!

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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
{note: this recipe requires chilling the dough for 1 hour.}

Ingredients:
(yield: approx. 37-40 cookies)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
raspberry jam

Directions:

1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter & sugar until light and fluffy.
Add in the vanilla extract, salt and egg yolks and beat until blended.
Add the flour and mix until it forms a stiff dough.

2. Divide dough in half. Roll dough into 2 even sized logs, and wrap each log tightly in wax paper or saran wrap.
Chill dough logs in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (Dough can be refrigerated overnight).
Remove dough from fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Unwrap, and slice dough into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. (Each log should make about 20 cookies.) Using your hands, roll the pieces into balls and and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Using your thumb, make a small indentation in the center of the cookies and fill each hollow with approx. 1/4 tsp of jam each.

4. Bake for approx. 18 minutes, rotating the pans once halfway. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the pans for about 5 minutes, than transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Natasha xo