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Cool as a Cucumber: Green Smoothie

Cucumber Green Smoothie //

Cucumber Green Smoothie //

Cucumber Green Smoothie //

Cucumber Green Smoothie //

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.

Cucumber Green Smoothie //

Cucumber Green Smoothie //

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 cool

Lainey likes to stay cool in the shade.

Summer Citrus Smoothie



It’s officially Summer!!

And that means:

  • Sunshine
  • Beach
  • Longer Days
  • Walking/Biking/Running outside in the sun
  • Picnics
  • Rollerblading
  • BBQs
  • Patio Parties
  • Lake
  • Camping
  • Road Trips
  • Vacation (Vegas!)
  • Smoothies!!

Yea – Smoothies. I have a smoothie pretty much every single day – and it’s usually the same one. It’s a green monster of goodness. In my usual I’ll have banana, kale, spinach, ice, coconut/almond milk, protein powder, flax seed  - blend it all up and enjoy.

I’ve never really posted a smoothie recipe on here because I just throw whatever is in the fridge into the blender usually – however, I thought I’d enter a contest by one of my favourite sites – Healthy Happy Life by Kathy Patalsky - a contest to show off your ‘Smoothietude’ for her upcoming book 365 Vegan Smoothies out in July.

I thought I’d make something new, and seeing as how it’s hosted by DOLE, I definitely had to include my favourite, the banana!



I love bananas – I eat at least one a day, maybe two! I always have ripe banana’s on hand. Sometimes if the produce market I go to doesn’t have ripe enough ones, I’ll buy a bunch of green ones from them, then go to the grocery store and buy some more ripe ones too so we have them ready to go. I can honestly say we have at least 10 bananas, if not more, on the counter at all times. Usually two large bunches. Adam loves bananas too – so they go fast between the two of us. Especially when I use them to make 1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream, or Fudgey Banana Brownies, or Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache, OR Banana Oatmeal Cowboy Cookies (vegan). I always add them to my smoothies because they make them so smooth and thick – even better if you have some frozen banana slices.

Since It’s the beginning of Summer I thought I would make a citrus smoothie with banana. Anything with citrus is refreshing, and adding frozen banana makes it perfect for long hot summer days!

Citrus is also amazing for you! It’s packed with Vitamin C which helps prevent colds. And, since we’re outside all summer long soaking up Vitamin D from the sun, Citrus fruits actually help your body absorb the Vitamin D to promote strong bones, and glowing skin! And Bananas are just as amazing, they help regulate our blood sugar and help our body from becoming overly acidic. They are packed with potassium – great for having before/after a workout too!

I combined the two to make a frothy smoothie, with add-ins like flax seed and protein powder! **Recipe Below**

Summer and long sunny days make me happy – and so does this smoothie! It’s colour and ingredients are refreshing and a great pick me up on a hot summer day.






Banana Citrus Smoothie

  • 1/2 ripe Banana
  • 1/2 ripe Banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 juicy Satsuma tangerine, peeled
  • 1/2 cup Ice Cubes
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Coconut/Almond milk
  • 1 Tbs. Flax Seed
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Add it all to the blender and blend until frothy! Top with fresh blueberries and a slice of tangerine for garnish. Enjoy!

Happy yellow citrus smoothie = happy day! I’m always happy after I’ve had my smoothie =) They say the colour yellow is a ‘happy’ colour, and I agree! Just like the colour of bananas, and this smoothie :)

Grab and Go

{Green goodness}

Fall is here!! Saturday marked the first day of Autumn, and it definitely looked like it in Vancouver. It was a pretty relaxed weekend, Adam and I didn’t do a whole lot, which is sometimes nice. With school starting again I’m in full time school Monday-Friday and have a few projects I’ve been working on so I took some time to do that.

We actually went to an art show on Saturday, at one of Adam’s old teachers house. He displays his artwork in his beautiful backyard and has an open house concept, or drop in. I forgot my phone at home (my life source), so I didn’t get to snap any photos. It was gorgeous though, he has apple trees, plum trees, massive blackberry bushes and beautiful gardens where he displayed his work. It was a great day for it, a little cooler but perfect weather for the outdoor event. It happened to coincide with the first day of Fall, and it was nice to be outdoors for a while in the afternoon – we even picked some apples from his tree to bring home. Definitely a Fall activity. I told him if I was able to come back and pick more apples I’d bake him a pie, and he said he’d make dinner. Apparently one of his other talents is cooking, so Adam and I might have to take him up on the offer. Adam’s mom did buy two of the paintings as well!

Last week I shared an easy breakfast grab-and-go muffin recipe, that you can easily tailor to your own tastes. This week I thought I’d share another morning recipe idea, my Favourite Green Smoothie.

I feel like back to school means back to “quick” meals – Quick Breakfasts, and Quick Dinners. Everyone is rushing in the morning, and needs something quick to eat before running out the door. At night, everyone wants a quick dinner because we’re all getting home from work/school and don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing dinner. Smoothies are a GREAT quick breakfast, or for any meal really, because you can take almost anything you have on hand and make it into a smoothie (Berries, banana, almond butter, yogurt, fruit, juice etc). You can throw it all in the blender, whirl it around and throw it into a to-go cup to bring with you on your commute or to the office.

A smoothie is no real secret, there’s no actual recipe. Just throw in a few ingredients from the fridge, add ice and blend. But, I’ve actually seen some people who seem to mess up smoothies. Really?? haha – sorry but that’s really not possible! This is a no-fail recipe for a green smoothie. I started drinking them about a year or so ago, and got Adam liking them. Now that we’re temporarily living at his parents while our new house is being built, I’m trying to convert his mom ;)

{Lainey, just because}

My Favourite is a blend of spinach, kale, banana, avocado, ice and almond milk. I threw in a tsp or two of ground flax seed as well. I’ve never really added avocado before, But, it makes it SOOOO smooth. It’s thick, and smooth and gives it a texture like a milkshake – only HEALTHIER!!!! And who doesn’t want to be healthy (On twitter today #Christmas was trending.. I guess because its Exactly three months away today.. Let’s just get through Halloween, and Thanksgiving first people…)

Green SmoothieHere’s How You Do It

Add to blender in this order:

*Top of Blender*

Splash of Almond Milk (Or other milk-alternative) (Last)

5-6 Ice Cubes

2 tsp. Ground Flaxseed (or Protein Powder etc)

1/4 of an Avocado

Handful of Kale

2 Handfulls of Spinach

Banana (Put in First)

*Bottom Of Blender*

Blend according to your blenders instructions – I have a KitchenAid and it’s amazing for chopping through the ice.

- Pour into a tall glass, It’ll fill it right to the brim, and maybe have a splash left over. Serve with a straw (my favourite way to drink one) and ENJOY – Also great for pre or post workout fuel

Amazing Green Colour!! Green = Good for you

{Note the two dogs at my feet – Lainey (Mine) and Chubby (the Daschund, Adam’s parents dog)}

{Green Deliciousness – Nice and Frothy!!}

 {I’ve also completely fallen in love with their deck, it’s perfectly worn and distressed which makes it perfect for backgrounds!}

Do you like Smoothies?? Do you make them regularly? What’s your Favourite Combo??? Please Share!