An Ode To The Smoothie

Life has been crazy lately. Time to prepare meals or sit down and eat them has been scarce. But one thing I’ve been looking forward to day after day is my morning smoothie. It’s summer, it’s hot, and there’s lots of fresh, local produce in the fridge to work with. Smoothies have been my go to breakfast as of late. I look forward to creating a new one each morning, trying out new flavour combinations or sticking to tried and true favourites. I like to think of smoothies as the oats of summer – a blank canvas to be painted with the ingredients of the day.

Let’s check out some of the combinations I’ve enjoying as of late.

Blueberry Nectarine Spinach Smoothie


Sadly, the end colour of the smoothie doesn’t do it justice. But nectarines and blueberries are a great combination. If memory serves me correctly, this one contained:

  • 1 nectarine
  • handful of blueberries
  • handful of baby spinach
  • almond milk
  • yogurt
  • Vega Sport Performance Vanilla Protein Powder


Apricot Almond Smoothie


I bought a bunch of apricots at work when they were on sale. I didn’t really have a plan for them – they just looked so perfect, all orange with a blush of red.


But I highly recommend them as a smoothie ingredient. Perhaps in the following combination:

  • 2 apricots
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • splash of almond extract
  • almond milk
  • yogurt
  • Vega Shake & Go Smoothie in Vanilla Almondilla


Hibiscus Tea Latte

Insprired by Jill’s Hibiscus Tea Smoothie, I brewed up some hibiscus tea one night, and threw it in the fridge for use the next morning.


But instead of adding fruit and turning it into a true smoothie, I went for the latte option instead.


I also channelled some Kristie inspiration, as she often makes frozen coffees with guar and xanthan gum. I did the same with my tea latte:

  • cold, strong brewed hibiscus tea
  • almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp guar gum

It made for a pillowy morning beverage.


Matcha-nana Green Smoothie


The pictures don’t do this one justice.

With my love the matcha latte from Starbucks, it was only a matter of time before the powder found its way into a smoothie.

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • splash vanilla extract
  • handful baby spinach (can you tell I bought a giant container of spinach?)
  • 1 tbsp golden flax seed meal
  • Vega Sport Performance Vanilla Protein Powder


One thing you’ll notice about my smoothies is they rarely contain ice. Although I would love to make a more frozen, voluminous drink, my Magic Bullet is on the verge of biting the bullet. It doesn’t play well with ice. Frozen fruit is the biggest challenge I’ll give it right now. Perhaps I should invest in a proper blender?

What is your favourite smoothie combination? I’ve already got a new one in mind for tomorrow morning!


Categories: Breakfast


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One Comment on “An Ode To The Smoothie”

  1. July 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    I love a good mango-banana-vanilla hemp smoothie:)

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