Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Sadly…very sadly… the summer is over. But one way I like to keep those summer vibes glowing all year long is through my morning fruit smoothie. Those who know me, know I don’t do mornings, so my morning smoothies are never complicated because I frankly don’t have time. I use maybe 3-4 ingredients, and I always include a ton of fruit – typically frozen.

My base is typically juice, or non-dairy milk – really whatever is in my fridge so sometimes it’s water. Here I’ve used Silk unsweetened original almond milk. It’s a great dairy alternative, with no added sugar and non-gmo project verified.

I have only ever used Vega powders in my smoothies, been using them in some form for at lest 8 years.  Their ingredients are simple and clean with no dairy, sugar or soy, and non-gmo project verified. Vega One French Vanilla is a staple in my kitchen and is what I chose to use here.

For the creamsicle flavouring, I chose to use a whole naval orange. Clementines would work well if in season, or even orange juice. The recipe I used called for strawberries. I always have multiple bags of frozen strawberries in my freezer for my morning smoothies. The recipe calls for one cup, but I felt that was to many, it really over powered the orange, so I would use less next time. I also used half a banana to thicken it up. I didn’t use ice, but you certainly could to also make it thicker.



  • 2 small clementine or 1 navel orange
  • 1 cup Silk® Unsweetened Almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana (or 1 ripe banana plus 1/2 cup ice)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup Vanilla Vega® Essentials
  • or your favorite vanilla Vega protein powder)


  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Chantal Denis, Chef at Vega HQ.


This smoothie was delicious. The orange certainly added more texture, I used a standard blender vs a fancy high speed one, but it only added to the punch of ornage flavour. I think next time I might use a chocolate protein and definitely less strawberries. This was my first time using almond milk in a smoothie, and to be honest I couldn’t taste much of the flavour over all the fruit, so I think that’s a good thing – no weird taste and all the nutrients.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

This post has been sponsored by Vega and Silk as part of their Build a Better Smoothie campaign. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wild About It: My Float Bag

Once most have my triathlon training squad had raced I found myself needing to get workouts in while everyone else was on their post race recovery. I decided to motivate myself by heading down to open water swim Tuesday mornings at Cherry Beach.

The first morning I went, I arrived at the beach and was alone. It was very weird to not have my squad with me, but also super weird to not have any life guards as well. I knew this wasn’t safe. Moments into me putting on my suit a man arrived out of the change rooms, we greeted, and he wrapped this floating thing around his waist – this floating thing was exactly what I needed. Staying in the swim zone got in a 30 minute swim. While heading towards the shore a boat drove into the pedestrian swimming area. This was weird and I wasn’t totally sure I had been seen. I left the beach and went straight to MEC to by a bright personal flotation belt, a My Float Bag.


I ended up having to purchase the My Float online from MEC, but within 2 days it arrived and was even better then I anticipated. Not only was it a great safety device, it also was a giant dry bag with roll top closure that’s the perfect size for keys, phone, even clothes or shoes! Now I didn’t need to worry about leaving my wallet and car keys on the beach, I could keep them with me during my swim.


The My Float contains adjustable straps which works as a shoulder strap on land or as a belt in the water. I used it while alternating from swimming on my front and back and the strap was never tangled or in the way while I kicked.

img_39261I’ve now used my My Float three times and speak so highly of it, suggesting all open water swimmers invest in one.

Not only does it let you carry your stuff, it keeps you bright and insight from boats as well as offering an additional safety as a flotation device (but remember it’s not designed as a PFD or lifesaving device).

The My Float is available online for $69 and in store through a variety of source, I used MEC as it was convenient and shipped very quickly.

Race Recap: Famous Canadian Beer Run

On Sunday September 18th I had the pleasure of being part of the Brew Crew at the first official Famous Canadian Beer Run.

img_4302Hundreds of beer and running enthusiasts ran around Ontario Place for a 5K run-meets-craft beer and food festival. This was the first race of its kind in Toronto, pairing participants’ passion for running and love of a post-run cold one.

Being part of the “Brew Crew” didn’t require me to “pace” or anything serious – it was in fact the opposite or “serious”, my goal was to dress up and help runners have a blast and well at a themed run like this it was very easy to do.

img_4346This run route was awesome. The route ventured around and through Ontario Place, where we checked out the scenic lake and city skyline views while touring the east and west islands. We definitely went to places in Ontario I had never been, and some I haven’t seen for many years. In addition, we were also treated to a preview of the art installations which were set up as part of the in/future art experience taking place simultaneously.

Post-run participants kicked back, danced, and waited in line at the Craft Beer and Food Festival. As part of the race entry we were given free beer tickets for samples of the finest craft brews from Ontario brewers, as well as  gourmet food from the city’s top food trucks. These were also available for purchase (cash only). Live entertainment also took place at the Heritage Square post-race party.

The $50 run entry was a great value which included

  • Entry into post-run Craft Beer & Food Festival
  • 4 beer/beverage chips (good for two 8 oz. beers, or four 4 oz. beer samples)
  • Commemorative beer stein
  • Run t-shirt
  • Customized race bib
  • Race kit filled with samples


The run did have a few logistical problems resulting from lack of volunteers and being a first time experience. The lines everywhere were very long. Registration had to be checked when entering Ontario Place as there were two types of tickets – the run – the festival – so they had to confirm everyone had paid. Once you were in the park we lined up again and this time it was to get our race kits. Had the bib numbers been emailed prior, or even a link to check them ourselves online, we would’ve saved time. More volunteers could’ve helped more things along here as well. As a result of these two lines the start of the race was delayed and all subsequent waves were pushed back. The wave starts were pretty relaxed and even with these lines people were in great spirits.

Now the other problem…the 5km run route was only 4.3km long. Obviously not great, but this was a run, not a race, and it wasn’t timed at all, BUT integrity is important and I think this is a big mistake, but one that can easily be fixed for next year.


The run was promoted really well, had a great route, and a wonderful atmosphere and energy. Even with these two hiccups, the runners had great attitudes and very few people were getting upset. I’m sure if the run happens again they will be on top of these two mishaps and so I would highly suggest anyone who likes beer gets in on this event. Bring your friends, dress up, and have an awesome afternoon.