All posts filed under: Smoothies

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Vegan Mango Lassi – So Delicious

Have you tried to eat an overripe mango? They are so messy, you can’t easily cut them into cubes. Your best bet is scooping out the fruit and using it in a smoothie.   I had two, large, overripe mangos sitting on my counter just begging to be made in to a Vegan Mango Lassi. A Lassi is a yogurt based beverage that has it’s roots in India and Pakistan. Traditionally, it is dairy based but I made mine with So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk and So Delicious Coconut Beverage. 

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This is not an Orange Julius

I loved hitting up the food court for an Orange Julius when I was a kid. As an adult, they are just way too sweet for me. That is saying a lot because I would mainline sugar if I could. I love that this recipe is refreshing, like fresh squeezed orange juice but it only requires one orange to make 4 small servings (2 big servings). I also love that it has a satisfying, frothy foam on top that makes it feel like a special treat rather than boring old juice.

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Red Fruit Smoothie

I woke up this morning with a hankering (yes, a hankering) for something bright, sweet, tart and refreshing. I started brainstorming fruit combinations and this is where I ended up. This red fruit smoothie is a combination of blood oranges, pomegranate, red grapes and cranberries. Cranberries, why do we forsake thee for 9 months of the year? I live in cranberry land (British Columbia), approximately 12% of North America’s cranberries are grown here. I really should eat them more often. Cranberry season has passed, but you can still buy them frozen.

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SELF Magazine Feature

Toot! Toot! That is the sound of me totting my own horn after being featured on Self magazine’s website. The feature is a round up of smoothie bowls.  Check it out here!    The recipe they featured was actually one of my first posts on this site. I’m happy to hear it still stands up to editor scrutiny.

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Midnight Espresso Smoothie – Vegan

My bananas are all green. If you ask me, green bananas do not belong in a smoothie. So, this smoothie is banana-less. This is perfect for that mid-day chocolate craving. It also has a little hit of espresso to perk you up. I put a little coconut whipped cream and chocolate chips on top to make it pretty for the photo, but you don’t need to be so fancy.

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Blackberry Crumble Smoothie

I love coming up with smoothies that are inspired by my favourite desserts. I’ve made Baked Apple Pie Smoothies , Red Velvet Smoothies  and smoothies inspired by Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is my Blackberry Crumble Smoothie and it’s really good! This is a great smoothie for people who don’t like bananas. It’s thickened with a bit of oatmeal instead.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Smoothie

I was going to make a super standard  peanut butter banana smoothie, but then I discovered some leftover chocolate chips next to the peanut butter in the pantry. Don’t ask me how chocolate chips survived in my cupboard for more than 10 minutes. I consider this a good omen of the year to come. The chocolate chips add nice textural interest and a little goes a long way. I only had about 2 tbsp of chocolate chips on hand, but that was enough to make two servings of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Smoothie. I also used a little bit of vanilla extract because vanilla tastes like baking.

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Balancing Baked Apple Pie Smoothie and a Giveaway!

Apples, not my favourite fruit. I like them as a vehicle for almond butter or chopped up on a salad. On their own, they bore me to tears. I spend my winters waiting for “better” fruit to be affordable/available. Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Alpha Health. Opinions expressed here are my own.” I know, I need to change my attitude towards apples. We grow great apples in British Columbia. I like to support the locals.

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Orange Cardamom Lassi

We just moved in to a new live/work studio and cooking has not been a priority. We’ve been eating a lot of toast…and take out. Of course, one of the first things to unpack was my Vitamix. Our new kitchen presents some challenges. The cupboards are small and awkward and counter space is limited. We are planning to buy a stainless steel workstation to use as an island as well as pantry shelf. I’ll be sure to share the before and after photos once the transformation is complete. You should see how long our IKEA shopping list is. Santa, can you hear me?