BUTTERNUT SQUASH SMOOTHIES! (VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PLANT-BASED) + CANADIAN THANKSGIVING + A HIKE THROUGH MONO CLIFFSsteemCreated with Sketch.

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One benefit to living in the middle of nowhere in the country is having hiking trails like these all around me.

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Here's a glimpse of the autumn leaves here in Canada right now.

And a short video of my hike with the fam at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park:

(This blog is gonna be short and sweet because frankly I've got a super busy day ahead. We're painting the exterior of our house... ourselves!)

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My mum @jenniferhosein and I at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Our Thanksgiving Feast

Then we went for a Canadian thanksgiving dinner at the Rustik bistro in Orangeville. I'd never been there before but they had a thanksgiving meal option that was delicious and really friendly service.

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The Meal

(Disclaimer: this is the non-vegan portion of the post, see below for vegan smoothies.)
Turkey stuffed with roasted red peppers and spinach, with a side of sweet potatoes and veggies, with cranberry sauce (of course!) and topped with gravy.

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Butternut Squash Smoothies!

Then to celebrate everything autumn I made butternut squash smoothies. My inspiration for this smoothie was that butternut squash is one of my favourite parts of this time of year so I wanted to incorporate it into well everything.

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This smoothie was creamy and "squashy", with a rich cinnamon flavour and a hint of turmeric.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butternut squash, mashed
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup organic milk (or vegan milk alternative, such as coconut milk or almond milk)
1 clementine orange
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp ground chia seeds

TOPPINGS

handful of hemp hearts
cinnamon to taste

DIRECTIONS

Take your butternut squash and cut into pieces. Then boil for 30 - 40 minutes on high. Next mash your butternut squash. Then place all ingredients in your blender gradually and blend until smooth. Next add your toppings (or any toppings of your choosing) and you're all done.

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Thanks for reading guys! And I love feedback, so feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Much Love,

Natasha


All photos and recipe are mine and original.

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And for more of my guilt-free sweet treats and other healthy recipes click the links below:

Vegan Double Chocolate Superfood Brownies
Vegan Healthy Banana Splits
Vegan Chocolate Chia Peanut Butter Cups
Vegan Poutine
Vegan Chocolate Chip Superfood Granola
Vegan Chocolate Date Truffles
Vegan Chickpea Curry
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cups
Vegan Chocolate Ginger Cookies
Vegan Pizza and Homemade Pesto
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Donuts

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Nice panoramas, and looks like super was good too! Can't say as I've ever been a fan of butternut squash—even fresh from the garden, but the smoothies look good. Looking forward to Thanksgiving here in about a month :-)

When I lived in Spain, we had a combined US and Canadian Thanksgiving sometime between the dates.

this looks very delicious dear friend @natashahall, thank you very much for sharing the recipe and step by step
I wish you a wonderful day...

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Your welcome @jlufer! Thanks for stopping by! You too :)

that turkey dish looks delish natasha! :)

Ooo That looks delicious!
Upvoted! Here is my most recent post if you are interested!


Also, Here is a recipe I came up with for Coffee wine!
https://steemit.com/winemakingwithreijya/@ladyreijya/making-coffee-wine

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Thank you! Coffee wine, that sounds very interesting! I'll check it out :)

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It will be fully completed in December. My friend already wants to buy a bottle on the basis that it is extremely unique.

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Yeah sounds very unique :)

Cool idea for a smoothie, never seen that combination before ;)

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Thanks @shieha! Glad you liked it :)

Looks great! And Canada looks amazing as well. I need to make a trip some day

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Thanks @drewley! It really is! I hope you make it out here some day :)

So many benefits to living in the middle of nowhere. Can't wait to move back to the jungle in a month. Thanks for the butternut smoothie recipe. Looks so good. Never tried butternut in smoothies. Love pumpkin smoothies though so I bet this one taste just as good or even better.

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Wow, I can't imagine what it's like living in the jungle. Sounds so interesting :) Thanks, glad you liked it!

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You should come and visit us one day ;)

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Yes I should! ;)

I'm hungry now! Whether it's gluten-free, vegan or whatelse. Holy moly that looks tasty. Your warning of the non-vegan part make me laugh.. my world! 😋 Thanks for sharing the adventure!

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Lol! I'm glad you like it :) Thanks for reading!

I'm going to have to give this smoothie a go - I'll use pumpkin though as I don't have squash right now. It looks so good! What does the tumeric add?? Colour?

You hiked in Mono Mills? That's near me, sort of. I know where Orangeville is - we almost bought a house there years ago but settled in Waterdown. We are so fortunate to have the Bruce Trail nearby and all the beauty of changing leaves. Our colours haven't bloomed as much as yours - what a difference a few miles makes huh?

Your Thanksgiving dinner at that bistro looked so yummy. We tried to find somewhere near us that served all the fixings but weren't too successful.

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What a small world! haha! That's not too far from us. Following you now :)
The turmeric adds a subtle taste of turmeric, with all the added health benefits of the spice, which is why I added it in. Let me know how it goes with pumpkin, that sounds good too!
Yes it's very interesting what a difference such a small distance makes :) Happy belated thanksgiving!

I literally bought two butternut squashes yesterday. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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Haha what a coincidence! Glad you liked it @gringalicious :)

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