Tropical Smoothie Recipe

 

This tropical smoothie is a tasty, refreshing summer drink. It requires only 4 ingredients. It’s quick, easy and healthy. This delicious smoothie also has a dairy free option.

Smoothies are one of my favorite things to have for breakfast. They’re fast, tasty, easy and with endless flavor combinations so they never get boring. You can put almost anything in a smoothie, if you find some good modifications to this recipe, let me know in the comments.

Ingredients

  1. 1 whole coconut (or coconut water)
  2. 2 bananas (peeled)
  3. one whole pineapple, remove skin and core, flesh cut into pieces (alternatively, canned pineapple pieces in juice)
  4. 500ml cream (not thickened) or coconut cream to make it dairy free
tropical smoothie recipe

delicious tropical smoothie recipe with pineapple and coconut

Method

  1. Pierce one of the ‘eyes’ of the coconut with a knife and pour the coconut water into a blender
  2. Peel and add banana
  3. Add the pineapple and cream
  4. blend
  5. If it’s too thick you can add water, more coconut water or pineapple juice
  6. Serve in a tall glass immediately.

Let me know how it turned out for you in the comments!

Prefer a drink that will give you superpowers? Check out my memory boosting tea here

Pacifier Use – risks, benefits and tips.

You will find here everything you need to know about the pros and cons of pacifier use for your baby.

This was something I really thought long and hard about while I was pregnant with my first. For many it is a controversial topic. Should you let your baby use a pacifier or just let them suck their thumb or fingers? Does it really matter in the long run?

These are all the arguments for and against pacifier use…

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What is Greenwashing?

Have you ever been fooled by Greenwashing? Have you ever even heard of greenwashing before?

Since becoming really interested in the health effects of certain substances used in food and body products, I’ve become more and more aware of the deceptive labeling many companies utilize to fool consumers.  The move toward protecting our bodies and the environment is being hijacked by corporations to make a quick buck.

Meanwhile, they undermine the movement with unsustainable practices, whilst taking money from those who want to protect the planet. They use many tricks including confusing terminology like “biodegradable” and words that have strong meaning for consumers like “natural” “good” “pure” to hide the nasty ingredients in fine-print on the back.

With these labeling tricks they inflate the price of still-toxic products to make more money for themselves.  Here’s a guide to understanding and identifying greenwashing, and all the reasons such products should be avoided.

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Site Updates November 2018

New content added to our freebies page! To gain access, become a subscriber. Use the form in the sidebar, or sign up here.

I hope you’re all enjoying the content going up.

If there’s any articles you’d like to see, or if you have some suggestions for freebies, please let me know.

Hope you’re all doing well!

 

How to be more environmentally conscious (without spending money)

For some people, living an eco friendly lifestyle may seem daunting or out of reach, and many would think of it in economic terms. Organic costs more, natural fibers cost more, installing solar has a big upfront cost/im renting and can’t make modifications, etc. My belief is that any change toward a more conscious lifestyle is better than none, and small things can still make a difference.

Here’s some ways you can be more environmentally conscious which are free, low cost or can save you money on things you already purchase.

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If I could repack my hospital bag

Reflecting on the birth of my son, I realized I could have been better prepared and saved myself a lot of discomfort. Some things I didn’t even think of, other’s were due to circumstances I hadn’t planned for but probably should have (a slightly extended stay and tearing).

So, here is an opportunity for you to learn from my mistakes. Continue reading

Hair Growth Oil Treatment

This is a homemade treatment to grow back thinning or slow-growing hair. I lived with thin hair most of my life and thought that was just a bad draw from the genetic lottery, but I was wrong. I did manage to get thick, healthy hair, with dietary changes and this treatment, so I’m sharing it with you all here. Continue reading

Best Pumpkin Soup

This pumpkin soup became a fast favorite for our family. Ever since we bought our immersion blender we’ve been making a lot of soup.

I used to buy canned soups until my husband mentioned how bizarre it was for a tomato soup to be sweet. Then I actually looked at the ingredients on the can, and sure enough… sugar, yep. In tomato soup. Why, just why? There were also lots of other undesirable ingredients so I vowed never to buy canned soups again.

I’m actually so glad that I did because this homemade pumpkin soup is probably the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten. Not even kidding, here’s how to make it…

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Intercultural Relationships Part 2: Navigating the language barrier

In part 1, I talked about how to navigate cultural issues. What about when this is compounded by a language barrier? Your home will probably have a dominant language, the one that both of you speak well enough to communicate in. This may be your native language, your partners, or perhaps even a third language which is a second language for both (such as the official language of the country you’re living in, and the couple have no other common language).

Most people can’t or don’t communicate effectively with people who already speak their native language, and we are unfortunately living in an era of declining social skills. When your partner is from a different language background, effective communication skills become even more important.

With the following advice I’m assuming there is enough language skill for most day-to-day communication, that you can generally understand each other, but may have occasional miscommunications or misunderstandings. These may arise from grammatical mistakes, misused or confused vocabulary, difficulty expressing complex ideas or forming complex sentences, etc. Continue reading

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