Cantaloupe Green Smoothie + Vegan Le Pain Quotidien

I really want to start using more fresh fruit in my green smoothies now that summer fruits are starting to appear at the market. Yesterday, I made one using cantaloupe and spinach that was divine. I added some frozen banana and strawberries to make it thick and sweet:

Cantaloupe and spinach smoothie from Carrie on Living |

Some fresh mint made the flavors pop. The spinach turned this baby green:

Cantaloupe and spinach smoothie from Carrie on Living |

My recipe makes two servings, so here was mine:

Cantaloupe and spinach smoothie from Carrie on Living |

The recipe:

Cantaloupe Green Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 cups fresh cantaloupe (about half of a large melon, with rind and seeds removed)
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (about 5 ounces or 140 grams)
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  1. Combine water and hemp seeds in a high-speed blender. Process on high for about 10 seconds or until combined. Add cantaloupe and spinach and process again on high until combined. Add fresh mint, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, chia seeds, flax meal, and cinnamon and process one last time on high until all ingredients are combined. Serve cold.

For lunch, Alan and I traveled into Los Angeles to meet up with some friends who moved away seven years ago and we had not seen since! Like all good friends, it was as if no time had gone by.

Since I got to pick the restaurant, I chose Le Pain Quotidien which has both vegan and non-vegan options:

Le Pain Quotidien in Pasadena.

The chalkboard highlighted some of the vegan fare:

Le Pain Quotidien chalkboard.

Other vegan options were clearly marked on the menu with a little carrot:

Vegan options at Le Pain Quotidien

This was probably my fourth or fifth time eating here, and it’s one of my favorite places. I had the Organic Lentil and Avocado Salad with the dressing on the side:

Organic Lentil & Avocado Salad at Le Pain Quotidien

Unpictured were two slices of “nearly” gluten-free toast. I didn’t get a picture with my friends and their adorable 2 1/2 year old daughter, but here I am sitting on the patio. I felt grateful to have the time and opportunity to spend with Alan and our friends. By the way, how typical LA is the guy behind me on his cell phone? 🙂

Carrie at Le Pain Quotidien in Pasadena.

Dinner was a bit of a hodgepodge, I had some leftover kale salad, amaranth, steamed broccoli, chopped onion, two types of leftover sweet potatoes, and a piece of rice bread toast with peanut butter:

Carrie's dinner.

Blogging Anniversary:

Okay, so why is today special? It’s my 4-year blogging anniversary! I cannot believe it’s been four years since I wrote my first post (you can see it here, it consists of one sentence and the photo is missing because at one point I temporarily ran out of space and some photos got deleted).

For those of you who have been reading for awhile, you’ll probably remember that this blog used to be called Love Healthy Living until about January of 2011 when it became Carrie on Vegan. Oh, how things have changed!

What hasn’t changed is my passion for cooking and writing, my love for interacting with you, and my overall interest in sharing my journey for healthy, compassionate living.

I have deep gratitude to each and every one of you for reading and being a part of my life. Here’s to many, many more years of blogging, living, and loving!!!

My goal is to provide inspiration for healthy, balanced living. You can find more links on my Recipes and Resources pages.

I’d love to have you follow me on my social media accounts, too @carrieonliving: FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter

P.S. I also have a Carrie on Living Amazon affiliate store where I list all of my favorite beauty items, kitchen devices, books, and other cool stuff that supports my lifestyle. Your purchase of any item on Amazon helps support my blog so thank you in advance!


  1. Michelle R says

    Wow!! Congrats and hoooray for you and 4 years!! what an accomplishment. I so enjoy your thoughts, your photos and your knowledge too. Blessings. 🙂

  2. says

    Congrats on your anniversary! I have been reading for about 6 months now, and I love all your recipes and enjoy reading about the events you have been to. I am super jealous of all the availability of vegan foods/restaurants you have there in California. I have to hunt a little more out here in the Midwest!

  3. says

    Congrats Carrie on your anniversary!!! I recently started following you and am very inspired. I just started my own blog about a year ago and hope to be as successful as you are someday! Congratulations! You are a bright light and big inspiration to many!

  4. says

    Wow, four years! What a milestone! Keep on writing Carrie, I love your blog and am continuously inspired by your activism and positivity.


  5. Sue546 says

    Hi Carrie,
    Happy 4th anniversary! I started ETL over a year ago and can say without hesitation that your blog was THE main point of inspiration I found in keeping me commited 100% in eating this way. I enjoyed good health, weight loss, increasing energy, decreasing my meds, etc – all of the great things that come from following ETL – but I had such a learning curve in trying to figure out what to cook and eat. Your posts, photos and recipes were key in keeping me inspired so I, for one, am very glad you have kept at it for so long. Again, happy anniversary!

    • says

      Wow, thank you for the message, Sue, I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel to read your kind words. So happy you are doing well and staying inspired. Yay!

      • Laura S. says

        I agree with Sue. You made starting and continuing the ETL program so much easier. When I first started just over a year ago I know I bombarded you with tons of questions and you were always encouraging and thorough – and patient! – in answering. And your pictures and recipes have been invaluable. Your blog is my #1 go-to and I know you have blessed so many other people throughout your 4-year journey! I’m sure having a blog is quite a commitment but I hope you keep going, Carrie! You’re awesome 🙂

  6. says

    Congrats Carrie on FOUR years!! I use to be a blogger back in my craft days when I wrote “how to books” and taught classes. You’ve totally inspired me to start up my new blog to document my joy of being vegan, my love of cooking and trying to become a runner. Thank you for the inspiration and wonderful blog!!

    • says

      Thanks, Becky! You should definitely get some chia seeds, you can make all kinds of great dishes with them like chia pudding. They make a great thickener for smoothies and can also be used as an egg replacer!

  7. says

    Love the post and all the photos! So nice to get the name of a great healthy vegan friendly restaurant for when stepping outside the desert for food too. Thanks!

    Congrats on the anniversary!

    • says

      Hi back to ya, Jill! Thanks so much for reading and for the comment. The salad was really great and easily re-creatable at home. 🙂

  8. Oly Jacobsen says

    Congratulations, Carrie! What an achievement, it’s a lifestyle now, I would think! You have been and are a great inspiration for my raw vegan lifestyle, thank you so much. In about two weeks we can celebrate our one year anniversary as vegans, yeah …. it does feel a lot longer, since so many things have happened due to the changes, we have made! Lots of love for the next 4 years!

    • says

      Thank you for the kind words, Oly! I’m so glad we connected through Instagram and now here, it’s been great to interact with you and hear about your progress. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary, that is really exciting!

  9. Paula says

    I am so glad you’re here. I stop in often to check recipes and see how you are doing. Especially since the cancer. I hope you are here for many years to come.

  10. Jeanne says

    Hi Carrie!
    Congratulations on your 4th and to many more years to come! I thank you for writing your blog and being such a wonderful inspiration for me and many others. You look fabulous and there is absolutely no doubt this way of eating agrees with you! How are your studies going?


    • says

      Thank you for the nice note, Jeanne, I really appreciate the kind words. My paper is coming along nicely, but I will be so happy when this project is done! Then, I have one more class in the fall before I get my degree.

  11. Stacy L. says

    Congratulations on 4 Years of blogging, Carrie! I love reading your posts, your recipes are delicious, and I am always smiling a little more by the end of each post! It’s also so great to have a resource that I can go to for recipes that I am confident are nutrient-dense, follow Dr. Fuhrman’s guidelines, and are always delicious! Keep up the great work!

  12. D'Ann Martin says

    Congrats on your anniversary! I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your blog! Most of the plant based blogs I ship to a folder to check on the weekend when I have more time, but I always, always read yours right away! You are such an inspiration for not only healthy eating, but for overall physical and mental wellness as well! In a world that seems to be going faster and faster, I’m so encouraged that you take time to eat well, get enough rest and find time for those gorgeous hikes you take (love the hike pics btw)! You should be very proud of yourself and I hope you continue to share your story fo many years to come:)

  13. vicki says

    Yeah, I really like your blog. I always check in to see what you’re cooking (blending, chopping, massaging).

  14. Angela says

    Congrats Carrie! Your passion and genuine interest in veganism, nutrition, health and well-being shine through every post. I appreciate your sincerity and openness, and I have such deep gratitude for all the amazing work YOU are doing through your blog. I’m looking forward to continuing reading your posts and following your work. Shine on, Carrie.

  15. says

    Happy Blogiversary my dear!!!!! 4 years? That’s awesome =)
    I’m so glad you started a blog to share your inspirational journey with us.

    That smoothie sounds great! I thought the salad breakfast thing sounded interested, but not something I could do. I love cantaloupe – what a great way of incorporating it into a smoothie =)


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