Mango Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

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Good morning my fellow readers! 🙂 Time to rise and shine if you haven’t already. I’m excited to share a new recipe with you. This one is literally the easiest thing to make!  

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This mango and orange flavoured smoothie is nice and light on your stomach first thing in the morning. It is also very easy to take on the go if you have to rush to work. You can always make a couple for the week, so that you don’t have to spend any time making them in the morning. Just pop them in the refrigerator, or in the freezer if you want them to keep longer (in which case you will have to take it out of the freezer the night before, so that it can thaw overnight).

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I found that this smoothie was sweet enough without adding any honey to it. This might be the case because I used minute-maid orange juice in this recipe. An even better option would be to use freshly squeezed orange juice, in which case it might need some sweetening, depending on how sweet the oranges are.   

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This drink is packed with healthy nutrients! It contains a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, many vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and proteins. Mangoes, oranges, and chia seeds all have immense health benefits (click on them to read some informational articles on these foods). Fruits are generally high in sugars as well though, so keep this in mind before you decide to drink 10 of these in a day! 😉 Also, keep in mind to always drink lots of water, as chia seeds are high in fiber (we don’t want to cause any blockage now, do we? Haha!). 

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Please share some of your favorite smoothie recipes below! I would love to hear from you! Enjoy your weekend!! xo- Erika

Mango Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cubed frozen mangoes
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice
  3. 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  7. honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except chia seeds) in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass, and stir in the chia seeds. Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve.
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Basil-Splashed Strawberry Mocktail

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Perhaps if I post enough summery recipes, the cold front will go away. Oh Winnipeg, you are full of surprises. Not a dull moment with you! Shifting between shorts-weather, to umbrella/rainboots-weather, to  toque/mittens-weather within a few days, takes a spontaneous spirit, that’s for sure. But we love you. Who says you can only drink a refreshing cold drink on a hot day anyway? So here it is: The Basil-Splashed Strawberry Mocktail! You will only need a few ingredients: grenadine, some fresh and ripe strawberries, the juice of two key limes, two basil leaves, club soda, and a little bit of sugar.

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This is the perfect weekend-drink for kicking up your legs and soaking in some Vitamin D, while reading a book, listening to your favourite music, having a good heart-to-heart conversation with that awesome friend of yours, or simply taking some time to just be. The latter seems to be an increasingly difficult thing to do, as we are becoming so used to continuously being stimulated by all our electronic devices. So take some time to breathe in that fresh air, and allow yourself to become aware of the beautiful creation around you. Feel the breeze on your face, here the birds singing their song, feel the sun kissing your skin (or in my case, the cold air biting your face!).

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I’ll share a quick hack here that I make use of ALL the time! If your blender has a removable jar base, chances are that it fits perfectly onto a normal sized canning jar! You simply fill the canning jar with whatever ingredients you want to blend, put on the seal ring, the blade, and the jar base, pop it upside-down, and blend it. How cool is that, right!? It basically works just as well as a magic bullet. I always use this method for making smoothies, because the canning jar doubles as your drinking glass, and  therefore you have fewer dishes! It’s a win-win situation!   

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I made this drink a few times trying to get it right, and learned the second time that the drink actually looks a lot prettier if you add the ingredients in a specific order (not pictured). It creates a beautiful layered effect if you begin with the grenadine, then the strawberry puree, followed by the club soda. This allows the rich color of the grenadine to stay at the bottom, with a lighter and creamier red on top. But if you don’t care about the presentation, and just want to drink it already, by all means ignore my words. You want to mix everything before drinking anyways, as the grenadine is what sweetens the drink!  

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And if you’re like me, you will most likely make a mess during the whole process. But that’s okay, as long as you’re making the drinks with love!

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Wishing everyone a great start to the week! Hoping you experience something that puts a smile on your face! 🙂

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Basil Splashed Strawberry Mocktail
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 8 strawberries
  2. Juice of 2 key limes
  3. 2 basil leaves
  4. 1 sprinkle of salt
  5. 3 ice cubes
  6. 2 tbsp. grenadine (1 per glass)
  7. 2/4 cup chilled club soda (1/4 cup per glass)
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend the first four ingredients until a smooth puree forms.
  2. Add the ice cubes and blend once more until smooth.
  3. Add some sugar to a saucer. Rim two cocktail glasses by taking one of the squeezed limes and running it around the lip of each glass, then dipping them in the sugar.
  4. Divide all ingredients between the glasses in the following order: grenadine, strawberry puree (pouring it through a fine mesh sieve to avoid seeds), and finishing off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with limes or strawberries and serve promptly.
Notes
  1. Stir before drinking.
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Mango Tango Smoothie

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You guys it’s the weekend! And it’s almost mother’s day! Time to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives, who have shaped us and inspire us every day, whether they are a mother or not.

I think it’s important to be aware of how emotional this day is for many, who have either grown up without a mother, lost their mother, or women who have not been able to conceive. So, I say let’s just celebrate all women who have played an important role in our lives! But definitely, if you do have a mother, make sure you spoil her a little, and let her know how special she is to you. Hear that mom? 😉

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The last few days have been a little gloomy. I love rainy days and the refreshing smell, but in the end I’m a sunshine girl through and through. So today I bring you a not so gloomy smoothie: say hello to the mango tango! I would love to spoil my mom with this smoothie on her special day, if only she lived a little closer (sigh).

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I really enjoy eating out for many reasons. The obvious reason is that I love eating good food, while enjoying good company, but I also get really inspired when I eat out. I have fun trying to recreate meals, without having access to the recipes. 

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My husband and I love going to Winnipeg’s Stella’s. Some of my favorite things on the menu are their breakfast sandwich, chicken curry, and I’m obsessed with their mango express smoothie. Oh and their hash browns are to die for! Honestly though, I haven’t explored their whole menu, simply because I often go back to the meals that I already know I’ll enjoy.

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So here’s my version of the Mango Express. Does it taste the same? No. Does it taste really good? Yes! It’s so smooth and creamy, plus it has no sugar added. It also features a surprise ingredient. Yes, you guessed it! It’s Basil!

Happy weekend everyone!

Mango Tango Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is creamy and bursting with flavor! A good balance between a green and a fruity smoothie.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 handfuls of spinach
  2. 2 large basil leaves
  3. 3 tbsp. milk
  4. 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1 ripe mango, pealed and diced
  7. 1/2 ripe banana
  8. 5 large strawberries
  9. 6 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add the spinach, basil leaves, milk, plain yogurt, and the vanilla to a blender, and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and continue blending on the highest setting until creamy.
  3. Serve immediately, or store in a glass jar, and refrigerate or freeze. If freezing the smoothie, leave some space at the top.
Notes
  1. Tip: The fruits need to be ripe for a sweeter smoothie.
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