Smoothie Love: Pineapple Spice Cake


I posted a while back about green smoothies & my favourite recipes. And since then I've discovered a few more that I love :) I occasionally post my smoothies on Instagram, and when Tiana from l'esthetique asked for the recipe for this one I realized I hadn't shared it and thought it was high time to do so!

This is truly one of my favourite smoothies. The best way to describe how it tastes is 'tropical Christmas' haha There's the pineapple & mango to make it tropical-y and the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger combo make it Christmas-y :)

The original recipe (from Green Smoothie Revolution) called for 1/2 a pineapple but my blender couldn't hold that much with all the other ingredients. It also called for 1 whole mango, but I use frozen mango so I just do a rough cup. I use 1 or 2 bananas depending on how many bananas are in the house & need used up. And I use a packed cup of chard - I really can't taste it in the smoothie, but you could use spinach too (spinach is really tasteless in smoothies). The amount of ginger that I use varies (the original recipe calls for a 'small piece'), but it is quite strong so I try to not put too much in.

Do you think you would ever try a smoothie like this? Let me know if you try & what you think!!

xo,
B

Smoothie Love

Hello!

If you know me in real life, you'll probably know I'm a fairly picky eater. Me + vegetables are not the best of friends. So when I discovered this trend of smoothies with veggies in them, I was sold. Because if you do it right, you can't even taste them :D A picky eater's dream hahaha

I've rounded up some of my smoothie Instagram's and some of my rough recipes if you, like me, would rather drink your veggies :)

These are all from the last few months. I don't follow a strict recipe, I just use what's in the fridge & freezer at the time. I do tend to really like spinach in smoothies because you honestly can't taste it. But if you are going to be drinking these everyday, it's good to switch up your greens. Here are my rough recipes for the pictures above (left to right, top to bottom):

1. 1 cup frozen raspberries, some spinach, frozen mango or peaches, probably a banana, warm water (helps the blender with the frozen fruit)
2. 1-2 bananas, 1-2 cups of pineapple juice, 1 yoghurt, or 1/2 to 1 cup (I've used plain vanilla, or even greek yoghurt) This one is reaally yummy :)
3. lots of spinach (1-2 cups?), frozen berries (the mixed bag), frozen blueberries, a banana, warm water
4. lots of berries, 1 banana, some greens, water

Now, if you want to get a little crazier, you can add some powders to your smoothies. I currently have a vegan protein powder and Sprouted Chia Seed Powder & Chlorella from Organic Tradtions. I bought mine from a local health store, but I've also seen a lot from this brand in Winners/Home Sense. (They also make these suuuuper delicious dark chocolate chili hazelnuts!) I really want to try Slippery Elm next. Mostly so I can weird my brother out haha, but it's also supposed to be really good for you.

For a really green, healthy smoothie, this is my rough recipe:
1-2 cups of kale (cut out the middle 'stalk' bit if you don't have a fancy blender)
1-2 cups of spinach
1-2 cups of vanilla almond milk (or water, or a bit of both)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 heaping tablespoon sprouted chia seed powder
1 teaspoon chlorella
1 lemon, peeled (& de-seeded if you don't think your blender can handle seeds)

I once tried celery, but you need a really good blender for that haha And you'd be amazed how much the lemon does! Sweetens that nasty kale right up. The vanilla protein powder also helps with the flavour a lot. I have the Harmonized Vegan Protein Powder from Progressive, but I have to be careful how much I use because I'm (very mildly) allergic to Stevia. One scoop every so often doesn't bother me, but I couldn't have it every day. Reminder to read labels ingredients before you buy even at health stores haha

So that's me & my smoothies :) I tend to have a few a week, usually for lunch because I find them to be a bit much for the mornings (especially the super green one), but I do sometimes have one for dinner. I tend to drink 750mL to 1L, just depends on how much I put in. I have a few big glasses (& mason jars) that I use for smoothies so I can pour it all into one glass at once and wash the blender out right after.

What do you think of super healthy green smoothies? Do you make them (whats your favourite recipe??) or would you try them? Or is it just not for you?

xo,
B

The Best Lemon Cookie

Good morning!

Over the weekend, I made a batch of lemon cookies. The recipe was a Martha Stewart one, so I knew there was a fairly good chance that they would be delicious. But instead of normal lemons, I used meyer lemons.

Have you ever heard of or used meyer lemons before? They smell SO wonderful and I definitely think they gave the cookies a little extra something.

Thus, I have dubbed these cookies "The Best Lemon Cookie You Will Ever Eat".


The funny thing is I actually snuck one just after I glazed them so it hadn't set yet and I was kind of disappointed. They weren't as lemony as I was expecting and they weren't as soft as I was expecting. But a few hours later when the glaze had set (I might have let them sit in puddles of icing before moving them onto a cooling rack so the accidental icing on the bottom could set haha), they were so different! So definitely make the glaze and if you cover both sides of the cookie, it makes them even better :)


Is there a cookie recipe that you deem to be 'the best ever' in it's category?

xo,
B

Blueberry Goodness

Good morning!

Last summer my mom bought me a few cookbooks, and among them was My Father's Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow. I've made a few recipes from it now, and these blueberry muffins were a winner in my books! My mom thought they were pretty good too :)

You can find the recipe here and follow along with my photos below. I used salted butter so I didn't add any extra salt. I didn't have any fresh blueberries, so I used frozen blueberries with a few raspberries thrown in because why not? haha :) ps, you totally love the milk jug, I know. Those spots have been on there since 1997 yo. I remember bringing them home from school and putting them on there haha







What's your favourite muffin recipe? Blueberry ones get me ever time!

xo,
B