Paleo Smoothies

paleo celery cucumber lime smoothie

Would you like a splash of vodka with that?

Yes, please!

I actually made this as a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, but the idea of adding alcohol to this drink definitely crossed my mind while I was savoring it! And if you’re wondering whether alcohol is Paleo or not, then you should take a look at this great video.
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Greek Yogurt Raspberry Smoothie

Greek Yogurt Raspberry Paleo Smoothie Recipe
I’ve been reading about smoothies, and it seems that the word “smoothie” (meaning a smooth talking person) first appeared in print in the US around the early 1900s. However, the fruity drink didn’t become known as smoothies until around the 1960s.

I wanted my smoothie to be a bit more filling than just some frozen fruity juice, and so I experimented with adding some Greek yogurt as well as almond milk. It was quite delicious and very filling!
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Avocado Paleo Smoothie Recipe
Why must smoothies be a breakfast/brunch recipe? I always hear of people saying they had a smoothie for breakfast, but it never made sense to me why I couldn’t also have a smoothie for lunch and dinner (and maybe a midnight snack too)! If it’s a delicious smoothie, then it should be enjoyable ANYTIME.

And this smoothie is definitely one of those “enjoy anytime” ones!
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glassThis week has been exhausting.  Blogher12 took a lot out of me last weekend (read the post here), and this weekend (starting this morning actually), it’s the Ancestral Health Symposium over in Boston!  I am sadly not going, but my better half is, so I’ll be getting updates regularly! 

There’s a lot of news that I want to share (e.g., I got engaged last week), and there are a lot of things “in the works” (including a Free App in addition to my already Free iPad e-book) as well as a bunch of recipes I want to put up, but I’m going to start with this simple Primal Toad smoothie from the Toadally Primal Smoothies book.  It’s FREE from so you can get the recipe there.

It makes a really quick and thick smoothie!  I followed the recipe exactly (excepted that I used chocolate protein powder and added in some vanilla extract instead.

Great way to start the morning!



shakeA friend had asked about a quick breakfast option that wasn’t eggs yesterday, and I had suggested shakes/smoothies.  So they were on my mind this morning when I was considering breakfast options.  They’re so quick and simple to make, and you can put ingredients into them that are tailored to the flavors you enjoy, so you can’t fail not to find a recipe you like!  In fact, Primal Toad has a great ebook with a huge number of primal smoothie recipes you can choose from!

I was short on time this morning, and so I made the super simple shake that I often make when I’m in a hurry.  All it involves is some milk (or coconut milk or almond milk), a scoop of almond butter, and some chocolate protein powder (you can try Mark Sisson’s Primal Fuel as your protein powder if you want – I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet).  And of course a blender or Vitamix.  The recipe below makes a reasonably thick shake with a strong almond butter flavor (also, it’s a 1 cup serving).almondbutterchocolateshakeinblender

Almond Butter Chocolate Shake

Yield: 1 cup

Almond Butter Chocolate Shake


  • 1 cup milk (coconut milk or almond milk)
  • 1 scoop (30g) chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup ice (optional)


  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender or Vitamix and blend well.

blueberry chocolate gelatin smoothieI’ve been quite excited about all the gelatin I recently bought.  I’ve experimented with jello already (see here for the delicious recipe), and so today, I decided it was time for a gelatin drink.  Since gelatin congeals when it’s dissolved in cold liquids, it seemed like the idea ingredient in a smoothie!

I start off with my almond coconut milk (you can also use coconut milk, almond milk, regular milk, or just water).  I poured 1 cup into my blender (or use a Vitamix for even better results).almond-coconut-milk

Then I added 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1 scoop (30g) of chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup of ice, and 2 tablespoons of gelatin powder.


After blending, it gets thick fast so enjoy immediately!  I enjoyed it so much, I made myself another one in the evening.smoothie

Blueberry Chocolate Gelatin Smoothie


Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 glass

Blueberry Chocolate Gelatin Smoothie



  1. Add 1 cup of almond coconut milk into the blender (or Vitamix) first. This prevents the dry ingredients sticking to the bottom of your blender.
  2. Then add the 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup of ice, and the 2 tablespoons of gelatin powder.
  3. Blend well.

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Hi! I'm Louise - I am "beyond gluten-free," grain-free, paleo/primal, a lawyer, an ex-physicist, a cook, a blogger, a Brit living in the US, an ex-violin player, an occasional crossfitter, a mystery book junkie, and of course, I am the Ancestral Chef :) Read my About Me Page for more!

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