Summer has arrived! Woohoo!! Time to break out the bathing suit and sunscreen.
I’ve spent the last week sunning myself in the Okanagan – which is why there’s been such a delay in posts. As a teacher one of the perks (amidst our strike battle right now) is having the summer off which means I get to enjoy our beautiful province. It really is a beauty. We had our annual family vacation up in Osoyoos last week and went boating, tubing, and I even attempted my first wake boarding adventure. Needless to say I still need lots of practice. However it was fun trying, and the lake was beautiful to swim in. Right now I’m covered in a few bruises from boating and remnants of Canada Day tattoos.
We also have camping coming up and a trip to the island, as well as more interior trips planned for later this summer. With Adam only home one week at a time we’ve pretty much mapped out our entire summers plans. I was happy to come back from the Okanagan to find Vancouver has been amazingly hot as well. We rolled in last night and it was 28+, still felt like we were in the interior where it was going to get up to 33+ today.
One of the best summer cool-down treats to make in only a couple minutes are smoothies. They can consist of anything you like – fresh in-season berries, greens, other fruit, coconut milk/almond milk, and lots of ice cubes to chill it.
A few weeks ago Bernardin sent me some summer smoothie-must haves: Mason Drinking Jars + Sip & Straw Lids!! These are so so great. I usually drink all of my smoothies in mason jars because they’re SO big!! Which means even more smoothie for drinking.
The drinking mugs are perfect for smoothies, or even Caesars! and the Sip & Straw lids are great for smoothie with large straws – they’re dishwasher safe and BPA free too.
If you follow me on Instagram @AliciaBakeaholic you’ll see all of my smoothie creations in Mason Jars
I even received a Mason Jar bookmark for my birthday!
As you can see, I love a good mason jar.
Lucky for you, I also received my own sip & straw lids for my birthday, which means I have another set to give away!
**All you need to do to enter the contest is comment letting me know which smoothie combination is currently your favourite! or what you’d like ’sip’ with the new sip & straws **
The winner will be announced next week on July 11th =)
*** The Winner is Justine! Thanks for entering everyone! Happy Summer!! ***
Now you can take your smoothie and cool down on the go!
Minty Green Smoothie
A refreshing mint green smoothie to cool down this summer
- handful of kale or spinach
- 6 ice cubes
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 3 mint leaves
- 1/2 ripe banana
- chia seeds
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (optional)
- green powder/protein powder (optional)
- Add to high speed blender and mix until smooth. If it is too thick add more liquids.
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Happy Earth Day!
I love a good green smoothie and this is a great go-to recipe for anyone wanting to try one – without being too afraid of the ‘green monster.’
Green smoothies are loaded with leafy greens that are rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Seeing as how it’s earth day, I thought I would share a ‘green’ recipe thats good for your right from mother nature.
You can experiment with different types of greens including a mix of spinach, kale, swiss chard and even baby bok choy. I buy a pre-packed mix of all of the above greens so I can just grab a handful and go. Other times I’ll use all spinach or a mix of spinach and kale. You can also add in protein powder or other greens.
The addition of banana sweetens the smoothie naturally without taking away from the nutrition. You only need half a banana to give it that smooth, thick texture and enough sweetness. You really do not taste any of the greens, even when using kale or swiss chard. They have a very mild taste and the banana hides it even more.
So go ahead and ‘indulge’ in a beautifully green and healthy smoothie – They’re great for breakfast, a snack or even post-workout recovery smoothie when you add some protein powder (I like to use a vegan plant based protein because it has no milk ingredients)
Check out my other smoothie recipes, cool as a cucumber and summer citrus smoothie.
Earth Day Green Smoothie
A powerhouse smoothie filled with leafy greens to give you energy
- Large handful of leafy greens including Swiss Chard, Kale and Spinach
- 1/2 green tipped banana
- Hunk of cucumber with peel on
- Handful of ice cubes
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Splash of water
- In a high speed blender ( I have a KitchenAid ) add all the ingredients beginning with the ice cubes and liquids then the cucumber, greens and banana.
- Blend until frothy and smooth. If you're experiencing trouble (won't blend well) add more liquid like water or almond milk. If you need to, stop the blender completely and mix with long spoon before turning on again.
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Smoothies are one of my favourite snacks / meals. I usually have one a day, after a workout. They’re super refreshing, and when using the right ingredients, they are a huge boost of energy and nutrition.
I shared a Summer Citrus Smoothie a couple weeks ago, and thought I would share some more creations. A Green Smoothie is my go-to favourite. I usually throw in some spinach, kale, banana ice and almond milk and whirl it up in the blender. I thought I’d venture out and add a few more ingredients to my regular Green smoothie recipe.
I’ve seen lots of smoothies with cucumbers, but I never thought about adding them to mine. I wasn’t sure they would break down nicely, but the cucumber makes it cool and refreshing, and adds a great texture. I also added in a slice of avocado, which I’ve done before to make it super smooth and thick and creamy!
Smoothies are easy, refreshing, and packed with nutrients.
Cool as a Cucumber Green Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups Kale, washed, rind removed
- 1 slice of avocado
- 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
- Splash Almond Milk (or other milk alternative)
- 1 small banana
- 5 pieces frozen banana slices
- 5 ice cubes
- protein powder (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender, and puree until smooth and creamy. Serve in tall glass, with a straw.
Lainey likes to stay cool in the shade.