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Activated Charcoal Smoothie

A couple of weeks ago I got food poisoning. I literally have never been that sick in my life. I will spare you the details but lets just say I basically camped out on and over the toilet for 10 hours.

In the process of being sick I posted on Instagram asking anyone if they knew how to get their gut back on track after food poisoning. Countless people messaged me saying to drink or take activated charcoal. I knew somewhere in my house there was a little bottle of activated charcoal from Organika sitting waiting for me but in my sick delusion I could not locate it nor stand up for 48 hours.

Since being sick my stomach has not been the same. Everything was stripped out of my gut and I have had to repair and re-build. In this process my stomach has been crazy bloated, I have had trouble staying regular (Sorry TMI) and I feel exhausted from feeling like my body is working overtime to process food.

It was defiantly time for some activated charcoal.


Many studies show that when taken internally, activated charcoal can improve our digestive health and immune system by helping to remove metals and toxins that cause us to have allergic reactions. It also helps to flush out viruses and parasites we may have floating around in our system. Activated charcoal also helps to cleanse the pesticides from foods, everyday chemicals and pollution from the air. These types of chemicals often affect not only our body’s energy and immune system but also things like our hair, skin, and nails. People will often see an increase in energy, the ability to fight off sickness, and a reduction in bloating or gas due to the gut support activated charcoal gives to the body.

After reading up on activated charcoal I decided to try out a few recipes and remedies to help my body get back on track.

My first experiment was charcoal lemonade…I drank a little too much we will just say that;)

Some tips I learned for us charcoal virgins.

1)The cleansing benefits of charcoal are amazing but you can also over do it! So make sure you are drinking lots of water and start off with small amounts.

2)Also do not take other supplements within 3 hours of drinking the charcoal or taking charcoal. One of the amazing benefits of charcoal is that it attaches itself to toxins cleansing them out of the body, but it can also attach itself to nutrition our body needs such as supplements . SO be mindful of the times you drink or eat charcoal.

3)Prior to ingesting activated charcoal, consult a physician or health expert to determine whether it is appropriate for your condition, and to ascertain the appropriate dosage.

Troy and i both have been working on our gut health so I decided to make this as an option for this weekend’s dessert. This can be made into a smoothie with fresh bananas or ice cream by simply freezing the bananas.


Activated Charcoal Smoothie

Check out my little prep video on Instagram. Leave your comments and questions! I want to hear what your experience has been with activated charcoal.


2 bananas

2 tbsp peanut butter

2-4 tbsp (depending on how thick you want it) coconut milk

1 tsp Organika activated charcoal

Topping options:

chocolate chips

chocolate coconut flakes

coconut whip cream

Smoothie version

Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

Ice cream

Blend till smooth and place in freezer until firm (about 2 hours) then serve!

Valentines Day Grapefruit Bowls

It’s funny looking back at the days of no children, sleeping in and every romantic holiday/moment revolving around us. Troy and I have never been big on Valentines Day, but children change you and watching them learn to love people is probably one of the greatest gifts we are given as parents. The special bonds they create or the ways they include others that are left out is enough to melt any moms heart into pieces. So fast forward 10 years (almost 11 ) into marriage and we are all about Valentines Day or any other sappy holiday that reminds our children to put others before themselves.

In the process of teaching them to craft gifts for school (which I suck at) I’ve also started my own little traditions of special breakfasts, fun gifts and special treats to make them feel special. Today’s after school snack was geared to impress the boys taste buds and awe Adelaide with my use of pink flowers 😉 I originally got this recipe from Sugar and Cloth but decided to re-work it a little bit to get a tad more nutrition in it for the kids. This smoothie is packed with Vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and immune boosting minerals.

I made a huge batch and then froze the left-overs for snacks this week.This smoothie is also an excellent post workout snack! Throw it in your Swell bottle and bring one for the road.



3 Grapefruits

1 large orange

2 frozen bananas

1 cup frozen cherries

1/2 cup Prana chia seeds

Toppings: Cashew pieces, granola, coconut flakes,

dried fruit, bee pollen, flowers etc


First make the grapefruit bowls by slicing the top third off each grapefruit. Run a pairing knife around the edge,loosening the fruit. Then, use a serrated spoon/grapefruit spoon to gently remove the fruit and juice. I scooped the fruit right into the blender to make it easier and conserve as much juice as possible.

Place all remaining ingredients in blender in mix till it has a smooth but thicker consistency. If it’s too thin just add more bananas or chia seeds to thicken.

Immediately pour the smoothie in the grapefruit bowls and decorate with your favourite toppings.