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August 07, 2018

How-To Smoothie Sustainably

You most likely already know that smoothies are a great way to get the valuable nutrients that we need when we are on-the-go. There are so many smoothie recipes out there these days, it's hard NOT to get your daily dose of fruits & veggies. But do you know how-to smoothie sustainably? 

Tips on how-to smoothie sustainably:

1. Use fruits and vegetables that are in season. Out of season produce has a long way to go, which means there are a lot of carbon emissions being released to get these foods to your local store.

2. Pick the "ugly" produce. Everyone chooses the "nicer" looking fruits and vegetables, while the less attractive ones are still in perfect eating condition. Use the "ugly" produce for your smoothies and save them from meeting the landfill!

3. Prep & freeze smoothie packs. Not only is this a tip for sustainability, this is a TIME-SAVER. Shop for your fruits and vegetables at your local farmer's market - you'll be helping support local farms, saving money and also ensuring you are getting fresh & organic produce. Stock up on your favourite smoothie produce and freeze them! Add all your smoothie ingredients (minus the milk alternative) to a freezer bag and toss it in the freezer. In the morning just empty the contents of your freezer bag into the blender, add your milk alternative and voilà! Smoothie without the prep! 

Extra tip from our founder: Laïla always blends up two days worth of smoothies and freezes the one she is not using that day in a mason jar. Before going to bed, she moves the mason jar from the freezer to the fridge so it can defrost over night. The result is two days worth of smoothies with only one loud Vitamix noise!

Here are some of our favourite smoothie recipes.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 small to medium avocado, peeled
1 cup fresh spinach (or 1/2 cup frozen spinach)
1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon raw hemp seeds
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
1 cup unsweetened nut milk, plus more if needed to thin

* top with frozen or fresh berries and granola, for serving


INGREDIENTS:
2 cup frozen berry
1/2 cup frozen mango
2 cup fresh almond milk
3 ice cubes
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
5 tbsp chia seeds
    *top with mango, berries, shaved almond, sunflower seeds, chia seeds


    INGREDIENTS
    1 ripe mango, sliced
    1 ripe banana
    1 tbsp coconut flakes
    1 cup almond milk
    1 tsp honey or agave
    4 ice cubes
      * top with coconut flakes and goji berries

      Enjoy!

      - Kristen, ethical fashion enthusiast & eCommerce Specialist at Harly Jae


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