Smoothies & Azaleas

To continue on from my last, blossom filled blog post, I’m currently a little obsessed with azaleas.

The obsession started when I moved to Vancouver. Azaleas just don’t grow back in Ontario the way we they do on the west coast so I had never been up close to their exuberant, colour saturated beauty before. One of my favourite things in the spring is finding a “wall” of azaleas in my neighbourhood.

Looking at these lush flowers reminds me of the famous Robin Williams quote: “Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!”

And in keeping with the pink, flowery theme, here is a yummy pink smoothie to enjoy under the azaleas:

Berry Smoothie

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend together and pour.

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Spring flowers and chia pudding 

Vancouver is blooming and I just can’t get enough of all of the beautiful blossoms and their scents.

My current favourite activity is leashing up my dog, hitting the beach and breathing in the floral wonderland around me. Nature’s aromatherapy has opened up shop in my neighbourhood. The light pink cherry blossoms that were lining our streets have loosened from their stems this week and glided down to cover the ground in sweet little pink petals. Luckily fushia Azaleas have taken their place, as well as a plethora of other blooms.

And what to snack on during a walk through the flower lined streets? Banana chia pudding. This treat is raw, healthy and chock full of omega 3’s.

Banana Chia Pudding

  • One cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • one banana
  • sprinkle of raw cacao
  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1 T flax seeds

Blend all ingredients together and pour into mason jars for a snack on the run!

“Always look up; there are treats beyond your wildest dreams waiting!" ~ Pawsh Magazine

“Always look up; there are treats beyond your wildest dreams waiting!” ~ Pawsh Magazine