Smoothies & Waterfalls

Vancouver is in the middle of a lovely September heat wave, which means more smoothies on the menu and more hikes on the agenda.

Last Sunday a friend and I decided to spend the day walking along a trail in the woods that leads to a gorgeous waterfall called Norvan Falls. The day started with a powerful smoothie for breakfast. It was a simple recipe but one that packed a lot of anti-oxidant, superfood punch to keep me nourished and hydrated along the long, 14k trail ahead.

purple power smoothie

Purple Power Smoothie

  • handful of mixed dark greens
  • one cup of blueberries
  • one banana
  • one sprinkle of chia (or any other superfood)
  • two cups of pomegranate juice

I started the hike by climbing an old growth tree trunk to practice a little yoga and stretch my muscles for the trek ahead.

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What could be better than doing Tree Pose with the trees?
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The very last #shesgotlegs yoga pose, Camel. I haven’t been able to do all of the poses properly (the more pretzel type poses not at all) and I’m nowhere near being able to put my legs behind my head. But it’s been a fun and humbling month as I try, and often fall out of, the various poses and also a great motivator to practice yoga every day. My dog is thinking “What the heck is mom up to now?”

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The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir

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It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. – Robert Lewis Stevenson

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Norvan Falls, BC


5 thoughts on “Smoothies & Waterfalls

    • Thanks Wendy! The forest we hiked through had been clear cut at one point so most of the trees were smaller. Occasionally we would see the odd old growth stumps and they are magnificent. I can only imagine how breathtaking that forest would have been if the original trees had been cut responsibly or left alone.

  1. hello laurel its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow we ar having a heet wayv heer too it is suppozed to be neerly a hunnerd degreez at the koast tomorrow!!! i am not a fan of water in jeneral but with those tempratchers standing under a waterfal mite not be a bad ideea!!! ha ha ok bye

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