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Recipe: Boosted Mango Ginger Smoothie

Recipe: Boosted Mango Ginger Smoothie

Have you ever bought a cold-pressed juice and life gets in the way before you can drink it pre-expiration date? We feel you. While cold-pressed juices are delicious, nutritious and a direct source of goodness, sometimes getting through what you've brought home can be unexpectantly impossible. And we hate throwing the juice down the drain then. It's not only throwing your money away but it's a blatant waste.

Instead, why not freeze your nearly expired juice and re-work them into new recipes! (Genius, right?) 

This week we'll be working with Boost, our most pigmented and deeply vitamin-rich beet and kale based juice. Add a pop of juicy red to your smoothie with a few of these cubes.

Boost Ginger Mango Recipe Smoothie - Belmonte Raw


Divide up one bottle of Boost in an ice cube tray. Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.


  • 1 Cup of Coconut Water
  • 1/2 Cup of fresh or frozen Mango
  • 2 Knobs of freshly peeled Ginger
  • 4 Boost Ice Cubes


Add in a blender and blend on high until the smoothie has reached your desired thickness.



Have you ever re-worked cold-pressed juice into a new recipe? Let us know!

Lady Owned East End Fitness Centres 💪

Lady Owned East End Fitness Centres 💪

Okay ladies, now let's get in formation. Having been a proud Toronto east end business for the past 6 years, we’ve recently taken note of how fitness-focused our ‘hood has become. With new gyms, yoga and fitness centres opening and dominating the fitness game in the east, we can’t help but also take notice that the majority of these studios are female owned and operated.

MOVE Fitness - Belmonte Raw

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The gym. The space where there is a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you’re a cardio junkie, all about weights, in need of some dedicated mat work or a combo of it all, the gym is fitness’s home base. If the gym is your M.O., look no further than Dwell.

Located at 276 Carlaw Ave, and owned by east ender Eleni Scoot, Dwell is a 24 hour, spaciously dynamic gym that offers everything from treadmills and spinning bikes to a full spectrum of weight machines and dead weight options to punching bags and dozens of strength accessories to get creative with. Utilize their facilities on your own or be set up with one of their 16 personal trainers. Workout at 4PM or 4AM. Dwell is really the all-around gym hero. 

The newest addition to the Carlaw strip is MOVE, a boutique fitness club exclusively for women located at 388 Carlaw Avenue, Unit 105B. Run, supported and attended by women, MOVE brings together an empowering female community with an inspirational mindset. Founder Kelly Taphouse opened the centre after having her son and feeling a lack of female, and specifically mother, centric fitness spaces. MOVE’s workout approach is an energetic class-centric system that is led by different trainers throughout the day. You can either join a class or sign up for one-on-one personal training. Oh, and the entire interior of the gym is 100% Instagram worthy. Swoon!

 Toronto Newgirls Boxing Club - Belmonte Raw

Class Oriented Studios

Sometimes you’re looking for something more specific in your workout. Something to dive deeper into. Something to grow into and advance your skill.

Leading the way with female-oriented fitness spaces on Carlaw is Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club. Savoy Howe founded the club in 1996 while at she attended the Toronto Newsboys Boxing Club for years without any other female representation in Toronto in the boxing community. Having moved several locations over the years, the club has finally settled at 388 Carlaw, Unit #108. The club offers classes, open memberships, boot camps and other fitness programs all in an exclusive female space.

It’s hard to imagine a time before Torq. The spinning studio took the east by storm when they opened last winter and we haven’t looked back since. Owner Julie Mitchell, of local Leslieville Parcel Design, is an avid cyclist and wanted to open a spinning studio where she thought there was a gap in the neighbourhood. Whether you're a first-time rider or a seasoned pro, the studio and each class is set up to embrace every level of fitness. Their bikes are state of the art machines that will monitor your ride, email you a summary after class and even summarize how you did in comparison to your previous classes. Be sure to also say hi to Hank, the studio’s official Bulldog mascot

Toronto Yoga Mamas - Belmonte Raw

Photo via Toronto Yoga Mamas

Yoga + Wellness

Yoga. Every. Damn. Day. Right? Like you, we’re big OM enthusiasts. With the number of yoga studios that have taken the city by storm, we’re terribly lucky to have two of the best centres located right in our ‘hood.

Spirit Lofts was founded in 2011 by wife and husband team Catalina Moraga and Andre Talbot and it's the yoga studio you never knew you needed. It's fully formed schedule with meditation, ashtanga and vinyasa classes, teacher training and skills courses and wellness events make Spirit Lofts the apple of our eyes.

Never fear, mama, Toronto Yoga Mamas is here for all your pregnancy and postpartum yoga needs. This powerhouse female run studio is spearheaded by Jaime Kalynuik who opened the spa-like studio after recognizing a need for a mama based yoga centre in Toronto. Toronto Yoga Mamas offer a unique blend of yoga classes for both pregnant women and mamas with babies to massage therapy, chiropractic care and a host of parenting-geared workshops that come together to create the ultimate hub for women and mamas. You can find Toronto Yoga Mamas at 1402 Queen Street East.


We're in good (and fit) company and we couldn't be prouder. Keep crushing it, ladies!

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Alternative Ways to Detox Away Those Winter Blues

Alternative Ways to Detox Away Those Winter Blues

Snow days, hot apple cider and cozy fireplaces are all things we love and cherish during the colder months. But as the days get shorter and the temperature keeps dropping, the winter blues can slowly pull you under and cover you up like a blizzard.

This past January, Toronto received just a little under 50 hours of sunlight, total. The winter blues isn't just a turn of phrase. Clinically, Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD for an ironic abbreviation) is a state of depression that seeps in during the colder, less Vitamin D rich seasons and is very much a real thing.

Cleanses aren't the only way to detox your mind and body. Sometimes it takes an alternative approach to combat those winter blues. Here are our favourite alternative ways to detox.

Spiced Almond Beet Latte

Sweet and colourful, cleansing and soothing, this recipe from Mind Body Green is a new home-go to for those especially cold winter days. With the star flavour, Beets, this latte is a natural detoxifier, immune booster and stamina supporter rich in Vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, phytonutrients and betaine. Not to mention, it’s also ultra Instagram worthy.


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus ½ cup extra for foaming
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium beet, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap beet in foil and roast for about 30 minutes, or until a fork easily pierces it (you can do this ahead of time).

In a blender add all ingredients, except the extra ½ cup almond milk, and blend until smooth.

In a small pot, heat up blended beet ingredients until boiling. Then pass through a fine-mesh strainer or sieve. Set aside.

Add remaining almond milk into a glass or cup and foam with preferred method of foaming. You can use a handheld foamer, a cappuccino machine, or even just give it a whiz in a high-powered blender. 

Pour blended beet ingredients into two glasses or mugs, top with foamed milk, and sprinkle extra ground ginger or cinnamon! Enjoy!


Reset your Chakra

Ah, the powers of yoga. We each have our own personal relationship with yoga. From ashtanga to hatha to pilates to meditation, yoga's healing and wellness benefits are a wonderful source of mental detoxification and therapy. The winter blues can put us out of sorts. Our body isn’t aligning

The winter blues can put us out of sorts. Our body isn’t aligning like it should be with our mind and spirit. Yin Yoga is a traditional form of yoga that focuses on carefully crafted poses that are held for longer periods of time to allow the body to stretch and release. Yin Yoga is an excellent form of mental and body therapy.

Chakra’s are points in our body in which our energy flows through. Working through this routine will help collect the mind and clear your energy to help get out of that cold snap.


Learn a New Skill

Trying something new, taking a workshop or signing up for a part-time course will help keep your brain curious, bright and challenged. It will also help you get out of the house. Here in Toronto there are hundreds of spots to pick up a new skill or try your hand at that thing you’ve always wanted to learn. A few we recommend: 

Here in Toronto there are hundreds of spots to pick up a new skill or try your hand at that thing you’ve always wanted to learn. A few we recommend: 

Ladies Learning Code & Camp Tech: dozens of digital workshops and courses ranging from coding to blogging to digital analysis. 

Purple Purl: A Not just a knitting supplies shop. The local Leslieville spot hosts weekly knitting workshops and meetings to help nurture and support all your knitting needs.

Playing With Fire: learn the art of glass blowing.

Bike Pirates: learn to build your own bike from scratch for those upcoming sunny days.

The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music: learn to play the banjo, ukulele, bass, cello or any other musical instrument.


When In Doubt, Travel

Belmonte Raw - Bhutan - Detox

Throughout most Belmonte Raw’s recipes you’ll find that travel and global flavours are a huge inspiration. Our owner, Carol Belmonte, has lived all over Asia and Europe and since her move back to Toronto has taken every chance she can to return for cultural and spiritual visits. 

Recently, Carol travelled to Bhutan. Surrounded by India on the southern border and China on the northern, Bhutan is a mainly Buddhists country with abundant hiking trails and spots for meditation.

Of her recent journey, Carol had to say:

“I’ve travelled a good chunk of Asia and recently I was able to visit Bhutan for the first time. It’s a bit tougher to get into, so not a lot of people go. Bhutan's entire philosophy is focused on gross national happiness. Instead of measuring the success of their country on imports and exports, they do it on how happy their people are. And because of this there is a calmness, a peaceful aura that surrounds you while you're there. Because of where Bhutan is located, they weren’t really invaded and so they were able to keep their Buddhists philosophy throughout the years pure and whole. It’s such a beautiful country."


What are your favourite ways to fight the Winter Blues? Do you prefer to get out, seize the day with new acctivities, leave and explore the world or detox in your own space at home?