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If you have ever scrolled through Instagram, we're sure you have come across one of those intricately decorated, delicious looking smoothie bowls. 

Rather than being turned off by the concept of fruit soup, the very photogenic smoothie trend took off, blossoming in the fitness and healthy eating corner of social media sites.

Now, one Dublin duo are bringing the smoothie bowl to the city, with a pop-up in healthy eating haven Cocu.

Kale + Coco are a brand new smoothie bowl innovation, ran by two entrepreneurial young women, Rebecca and Jen. 

The pair have started the brand new venture in the form of a pop-up in Cocu on Hatch Street, and their colourful creations look divine. 

The pop-up features a selection of signature bowls, which sound completely delicious. 

There is the Classic Açai, made of blended frozen banana, coconut water and organic Amazonia açai topped with fresh banana, strawberries, granola and coconut chips.

 

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We also LOVE the sound of The Khaleesi – blended frozen banana, coconut water, passion fruit and organic dragon fruit topped with banana, granola, mango and coconut chips

The bowls start at €7.50 and the pop-up will be in Cocu all summer long, we'll see you there. 

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We might have overdone it a bit over Christmas, drinking all the prosecco and all the mulled wine, but this little beauty of a smoothie will get you right back on track.

Filled with everything you need to cure a hangover, it's perfect for getting you back on track before work starts again.

Delish has an easy video to follow so you can whip this up in no time!

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OK, so we made it to the gym, we did our warm-up, ran on the treadmill, hammered out a few weights and now it's time to go home (thank god). 

Lazy girls aren't really workout girls, but it has to be done, right? And when the lazy girl has to make something to fuel themselves afterwards… it can almost be as hard as their workout (because who has the effort?!).

At this stage there are thousands of post-gym smoothies out there – and they're all very complicated. 

So, while this one isn't as fancy as the rest, it will do just the trick after a hard(ish) workout:

Almond and Banana Smoothie (serves two sweaty girls)

500ml almond milk

2 frozen bananas (if using fresh banana add some ice)

2 teaspoons almond butter

2 teaspoons Greek yoghurt

A grating of nutmeg

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

And BLITZ!

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Are you obsessed with peanut butter? We don't blame you, if you're trying to stay fit and healthy, it's probably your go-to snack.

Peanut butter is healthy while being tasty and filling – and these are just some of the reasons why we love it so much. 

It's full of the "good fats" and antioxidant vitamin E, and we just can't get enough of it! 

You may be content eating it with a spoon straight from the jar, but here are some other ways you can enjoy that peanut butter goodness.

1. On slices of fruit

Easiest and quickest way to get peanut butter into your body, other than straight from the spoon. Best fruit to enjoy peanut butter with include bananas, strawberries, kiwis and

2. In Pancakes

Peanut butter and banana pancakes are not only UNBELIEVABLY delicious, they are also extremely easy and quick to make. All you need is peanut butter, banana, baking powder and some eggs. 

3. In porridge

This is a great way to make your morning brekkie a bit more exciting. A dollop of chunky peanut butter on top of microwaved oats and the boring bowl is transformed into the stuff of dreams.

4. On toast

So easy. So good.

5. In a smoothie

Added to any smoothie, peanut butter gives an extra thick consistency and crunchiness which fills you up for longer. We promise once you try this, you will never go back. 

 

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Are you a fan of making delicious smoothies? With summer on the way, there is no better drink option. Here are some foods that you need in there a lot more than others for their health benefits and yummy taste. Try throwing a few of these into your next smoothie, your body will thank you for it. 

Grapes
By adding some grapes to your smoothie you are helping to reduce blood pressure. Say goodbye to the wine.

Flaxseed
Flaxseed is great with helping to fight inflammation and boosting your immune health. Anyone suffering with aches or pains? Blenders at the ready.

Broccoli
Broccoli helps to boost your immune system and fight disease. Just be sure not to overcook it beforehand, this can strip it of it's health benefits. 

Blueberries
Judging by their size you would not think it, but blueberries are full of fiber and vitamins. They can also prevent against chronic diseases.

Bananas
Bananas are full of potassium and lets face it, you always have bananas in your fruit bowl. 

 

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If you're not suffering from a cold or flu yourself, the person beside you in work probably is. It seems like it's the season EVERYONE is getting sick – so the time to take action is now! 

This smoothie will help ward off that cold or flu with lots of greens and the superpowers of ginger. 

This can be juiced or blended – whichever you prefer! 

What you'll need:

  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot

What you'll need to do:

Peel the ginger, lemon, orange and carrot. If blending, place all ingredients into the blender, add a little water and ice and blend until smooth. If juicing, simply put all of the fruit and veg through the juicer and if you want, add a little water to dilute.

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What better way to prepare for the summer ahead, than with this delicious but simple smoothie recipe. This health kick smoothie is not only great for cleansing your system but has many other health benefits too. Pomegranate has been proven to lower cholesterol and strawberries can also be great for your skin.

What you’ll need:

  • 120 ml pomegranate juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons raw honey
  • 200g of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of natural yogurt
  • 4 ice cubes

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Whisk the pomegranate juice and honey in a small bowl to dissolve the honey completely.
  2. Combine the strawberries, yogurt, ice cubes and pomegranate mixture in a blender.
  3. Process for 1–2 minutes, or until thick and smooth.
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The time has come again – it’s January and everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with adverts calling for us to lose weight and get healthy.

A positive message, but where were they when we were stuffing the fourth mince pie of Christmas Day into our mouths?

While a new year can make us feel invincible, small changes are actually more effective than a massive lifestyle overhaul because you’ll be more likely to maintain them.

So here is our small change proposal; dust off the blender, head to the fruit and veg section and watch your hair get shiny, your eyes clear and skin glow within two weeks of this small daily change. Yes, it is Green Smoothie time.

Below is a sample recipe, but feel free to add/take away anything you like. Remember that it’s better to include far more veg than fruit, which is full of sugar. The fruit should be there to add a little bit of flavour and some vitamin C.

You should keep some sliced banana in a lunchbox and a bag of spinach in the freezer as it is handier and makes the smoothie nice and cold.

Serves One

What you’ll need

1/2 frozen banana

Handful frozen spinach

Handful of kale

1 kiwi

1/4 Cucumber

1 Celery Stalk

Juice of One Lemon

1 tsp Flaxseed

1 tsp grated Ginger

1/2 tsp Cinnamon (optional)

1 tsp Honey (optional)

 

What you’ll need to do

Place all ingredients in a blender and cover with water (or coconut water if you prefer). Blend until smooth and drink. Place leftovers in the fridge for any hunger cravings later on.

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