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.

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

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

Recipe adapted from Chantal Denis, Chef at Vega HQ.

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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: Vega Watermelon & Strawberry Smoothie

Wild About it Wednesday(1)Last weekend we bought a watermelon and sliced it all up to store in ready to eat containers throughout the week (they lasted 3 days). As the watermelon was room temperature we added some to the freezer for a cool snack later on – and we forgot it was there. So now with a bowl of frozen watermelon smoothies were at the top of the breakfast list, and thanks to quick tweet from Vega I had just the recipe I needed.

The smoothie is sweet and fruity. I used the nutritional shake I had, although I bet the suggested Vanilla would’ve made this treat even sweeter.

Note this recipe makes 2 servings. View the original recipe here.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 cup coconut water
  • 1 serving Coconut Almond Vega One™ Nutritional Shake
  • 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Enjoy!

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Celebrating the Holidays with a Vega Nog Shake

photo 3(8)With just a couple ingredients Vega’s Vega Nog shake is a fun seasonal way to start your day or celebrate a great workout.

I’ve been eyeing this recipe since the start of the holiday season so was glad this morning to give my new Oster Versa a spin before my own workout.

The shake was great. I typically avoid Vanilla Chai protein powder, because I didn’t think I liked the flavour, although had never tried it, but in this shake it was great. While it didn’t taste exactly like Egg Nog, it was a delicious vegan substitute and the cinnamon and nutmeg certainly played into the seasonal flavour and smell.

So, here’s the scoop:

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1 ripe banana (frozen)
1 serving Vega One Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg + 1 pinch for garnish

photo 5(5)Directions: These are simple. Add it all in your blender, mix, and enjoy.

photo 2(8)It makes two glasses so share it with someone this holiday season.photo 4(7)