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Slow Rise Saturday: Blueberry, Almond Butter, and Cardamom Smoothie

Welcome to a new feature on Holistic Allie! “Slow Rise Saturdays” will include a healthy drink recipe and a roundup of reads that I’ve found interesting throughout the week. I might even include some recipes from other vegan blogs that have caught my eye!

I’ve been enjoying Gena’s “Weekend Reading” posts on The Full Helping blog and Laura’s “Happy Hour” posts on The First Mess blog for quite some time now, and I feel inspired to start a similar feature on my own site.

One of the biggest challenges with food blogging is finding a way to weave a personal narrative–or anything unrelated to the food at hand, for that matter–into a recipe post. I’m hoping that this weekly feature will allow me to connect a little bit more with you, my readers. As much as I enjoy writing about food, I also want to build a community in this little corner of the internet. I hope that you’ll join me in taking some time to slow down, sip on a tasty drink, and savour some good reads on Saturday mornings.


– The herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) persists in wild, edible plants, according to a British Columbia study: “Herbicides containing glyphosate are used by forest companies to kill aspen and other broadleaf plants in areas that have been logged and replanted with trees of commercial value such as Douglas fir and pine, according to the Ministry of Forests.”

-Oslo University Hospital is taking “Nature is the best medicine” to the next level, opening an outdoor care centre.

-Berlin’s new transit plan might be the envy of cities everywhere: “This week, the city announced its transit masterplan for 2019 to 2023 (with a period of focus that actually extends to 2035), and a major overhaul of the city’s transit networks is in the cards. The funds allocated are generous, to say the least: Berlin is committing a remarkable €28.1 billion, or just under $32 billion, to transportation projects.”

-I’ve read some interesting coverage about the Green New Deal this week. This article stood out: Hundreds of young protesters confronted Senator Mitch McConnell for “lining your pockets while we die in floods” and demanded climate action.

-I hadn’t heard of Fairhope, Alabama, until reading this article, but it sounds like it would be worth a visit: “(It) thrives as a place for artists, intellectuals and people of outsize character.”

Blueberry, Almond Butter, and Cardamom Smoothie

A subtly spiced smoothie with banana, blueberries, and almond butter. 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Smoothie
Servings: 2 people
Author: Allison


  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 large frozen bananas, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 ice cubes


  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve. 

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