Orange Creamsicle

HELLO! I’m still here & blogging! I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in awhile and i’m extra sorry for the readers that received a notice about my pancake post on International Pancake Day (Yes, it is a real day). WordPress did something funny to me and only posted half of the message and then the other half was deleted. So don’t worry pancake lovers, I will post that recipe soon enough. 

February has got away from me… seriously, is it really March 1st next week?! Where has this month gone! School has been keep me busy from dusk until dawn; I’ve been writing midterms and term papers. I’m actually starting to feel a bit rundown but that may be from my crazy sleep schedule right now. This past week has been awful with 3-4 hours max a night of sleep; one night I was only able to get 45 minutes. Seriously, the life of a student will do that to you! Aside from school, any free time I have I have been working ALOT! Too much actually! I miss having balance! Balance is so important, you don’t realize that until you have no balance in your life! I truly believe that the only reason I am still functioning right now and not sick or zonked right out is from the diet I follow. Diet is so important! I have been eating and drinking foods that will keep me going & my brain sharp. As well as, provide me with as much energy as possible! 

Please stay tuned, I promise that after next week (midterms are finished) that I will have balance back in my life and have many exciting things to blog about that I was suppose to have out in February. I have really missed the blogging world over the past couple of weeks, so as I take a quick study break at 12:00am this Saturday evening I want to share with you the smoothie recipe that I have been making EVERY morning! No joke… Karim is addicted to this smoothie!! We have been buying oranges, bananas & dates in bulk! But seriously, who doesn’t love an orange creamsicle? This smoothie will remind you of your childhood summer days!

* I never measure anything out when I make smoothies but I seem to follow a somewhat similar pattern each time when making this but I feel that this is a hard smoothie to mess up! 

Orange Creamsicle

1-2 frozen bananas 

2 navel oranges (or oranges of choice)

2 dates (don’t forget to remove the pit)

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (You may have to adjust depending on your blender)

1/2 tsp-1 tsp orange zest (I love the orange zest for the delicious added orange flavour)

1/2 tsp- 1 tsp vanilla (I’ve been using raw ground vanilla bean from Giddy Yoyo’s super food line. WOW… this is my new favourite product! It smells & tastes absolutely amazing!! 

Optional:

1-2 cups spinach (will not alter the taste, just the colour). I add spinach to mine for the benefit of the greens.

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Directions:

Place ingredients in blender & blend until creamy!

I always add a few ice cubes in and then blend again! 

Feel free to top with chia or flax seeds!

Now enjoy this delicious and healthy Orange Creamsicle!

Orange Creamsicle (vegan & gluten free)

Orange Creamsicle (vegan & gluten free)

Enjoy this healthy & vegan version of the original orange creamsicle!

If anyone else is writing midterms & term papers! Stay motivated, find balance, eat healthy, drink lots of water & sleep! Your body will thank you for it! AND good luck! 

Cheers,

Paige xo. 

 

Avocado Smoothies

Have you tried an avocado smoothie before? Don’t judge just yet… I’m not completely crazy! You at least have to try these healthy, creamy and delicious smoothie recipes!

First- avocado’s are oh so creamy! They blend so well in smoothies. Especially helpful if you are not a banana lover or want to cut back on your fruit/natural sugar intake. Replace bananas with avocados for the same creamy texture!

Second- you can’t even taste the avocado! (I’m being serious) The taste of the avocado is masked from the almond milk & fruit!

Third- avocados are HEALTHY! Health benefits of avocados: provides a dose of healthy fats, a high fiber content & is a vitamin and mineral powerhouse… to name just a few benefits of avocados!

Fourth- they belong to the fruit family & not the veggie family 🙂

Avocado & Granny Smith Apple Smoothie

1 granny smith apple

1-2 cups leafy greens of choice (I used a mixture of kale & spinach)

1/2 an avocado

1/2 cup  Unsweetened Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend (I know it’s a mouthful)

ImageHave you tried the new Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend? Thoughts? I really enjoyed it in my smoothies! Let me know what you think!

1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Handful of ice cubes.

Optional: Feel free to add your Superfood of choice to the smoothie- maca, flax seeds, chia seeds, spirulina, chlorella… etc.

Avocado Granny Smith Apple Smoothie

Avocado Granny Smith Apple Smoothie

Look at how creamy that baby is? Yum!! I love a creamy smoothie! I need a spoon & straw for this one! Especially when it is a full meal!

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

1 cup of blueberries or mixed berries

1-2 cups spinach

1/2 an avocado

3/4 cup coconut flavoured almond milk

Handful of ice.

Place all ingredients in blender & blend until creamy! Serve & enjoy!

*If the avocado smoothies are not sweet enough for you feel free to add a few drops of stevia or sweetener of choice.

*I find it best to blend all fruit, veggies and liquid and then add in the ice and blend again at the end.

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

Avocado Helpful Hint:

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Have you tried using avocado in a smoothie before? Let me know if you have any smoothie recipes using avocado!

Happy Weekend!

Paige xo.