A Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Smoothie

Coconut vanilla lime smoothie

Whenever I want to reset and recharge my mind and body, I start the day with a smoothie. It’s the perfect way to get a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, and they are just so damn delicious. I’m smitten!

Considering that smoothies can get out of hand quite easily, I try to abide by a few basic rules to guide me and prevent my smoothie from becoming a sugar-laden drink. These include the basic ingredients I always have in my kitchen, the right amount of liquid-to-solids ratio for the perfect smoothie and smoothie bowl, the most beneficial superfoods to add in, and of course, a few delicious recipes to get you started.

The magic formula

For me, the right combination usually includes a mix of the following: Liquid + banana + leafy greens + fruit + superfood. When it’s time to incorporate all of these, these are the general quantities I stick to: 1/2 to 1 cup liquid + 1/2 banana +1 handful leafy greens + 1 to 1 1/2 cups fruit + 1/2 to / tablespoon superfood.

You can adjust the quantities to your taste and preferences, but these measurements are a pretty good place to start. If you want a thicker smoothie, add more banana. Looking for something a little more liquidy, add more liquid (duh!).

The ingredients

Now that you know the magic formula, let’s move on to ingredients. There are a million ways you can create a smoothie just by switching the liquid, greens and fruits. So be adventurous and don’t be afraid to try something new!

Liquids: My liquid of choice is usually unsweetened vanilla almond milk or unsweeteened almond/coconut milk, but feel free to use any milk of your choice, coconut water or even Greek yogurt if you want a thicker consistency.

Leafy greens: Spinach and kale are the usual go-to options here, but don’t be shy to experiment with other greens. Arugula, bok choy, dandelion greens, romain, swiss chard and wheatgrass are all delicious and nutrient-dense options.

Fruit: While I use frozen and fresh bananas interchangeably in my smoothies, I like to keep other fruits stashed in my freezer just for my smoothies. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, peaches, cherries, whatever you like. Money-saving tip: Buy ripe fruit in bulk when it’s really cheap and freeze them for later.

Superfoods: My favourites include raw honey, chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, maca powder, superfood greens, cacao powder, acai powder and flax seed. Aside from the cacao and acai powder, you probably won’t even be able to detect the taste of these. They’re just here to give you an extra dose of superpowers.

Toppings: Here’s where you can really go wild and make your smoothie a thing of beauty. I like to top my smoothies with a selection of coconut chips, bee pollen, goji berries, cacao nibs, a spoonful of almond butter, granola and fresh fruit. Whatever makes it pretty!


Now that you know the basics, I thought I would share a few of my favourite recipes to get you started.

Vanilla Coconut Lime Smoothie

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp raw honey
1/2 frozen banana
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Start by adding the almond milk and the spinach in a blender and give it a whirl. I found that the best way to get the least amount of spinach bits is to blend them together before adding all the ingredients. It makes for a much smoother smoothie.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

3. Serve immediately topped with a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut.


Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl 
(adapted from Because I’m Addicted)

1 cup baby spinach, chopped
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1 tbsp honey

1. Start by blending the spinach, chia seeds and almond milk to get a smooth base.
2. Add the banana, berries and honey, then give it another whirl.
3. Add toppings of your choice and enjoy!


What is your favourite smoothie recipe? Share the link in the comments below!


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26 Things You Should Do For Yourself Every Year

26 Things You Should Do For Yourself Every Year - Chic on the Street

2015 was a year of change and realizations. It’s the year that I learned who I am, what my limits are and what it truly means to be happy. Through it all, I decided to let go of what I thought I should be doing in order to focus on what I really want to do, including the little things that bring us so much happiness but that we end up forgetting in order to focus on work and deadlines and meetings and… you get the point.

I came across a post on Thought Catalog that outlined 26 things that we should do for ourselves once a year and loved the ideas presented. Here, I share a few of my favourites. If you like what you see, head over here to view the complete list.

Buy yourself a good pair of shoes.really good pair of shoes. A could walk around the city for 8 hours and feel okay pair of shoes. A matches everything you own real leather well fitted did the song and dance of shopping around and trying on and evaluating style and fit and durability pair of shoes. The initial money you put toward them will actually amount to a lot less than you’d waste replacing the crappy pairs you buy in the interim (and a few extra dollars are worth sacrificing for general daily discomfort).

Take yourself out to dinner. Eating alone is, by contrast, often very calming (if you can get past the cultural notion that you should always eat with somebody, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t!) But eat dinner by yourself, at a restaurant, at least once. You’ll see what I mean.

Take somebody on a date. A real date. A I made reservations here’s the dress code I will pick you up at 7 everything else is a surprise date. A plan for two weeks and get your hair cut and bring flowers and wine date. Everybody deserves to have that, and everybody should know how much time and effort and care it takes to execute. It makes you appreciate it when others do it for you that much more.

Write down a list of things you’re proud of. Things you’re really, sincerely proud of. Things you never thought you could accomplish and have. The kind of gratitude that comes with appreciating what you’ve done for yourself is unmatched. Let yourself keep surprising yourself. Make your own case for why you should trust yourself – then listen. And keep going.

Do something surprising and unbelievably kind for someone who will not expect it. Send flowers to a random friend, Paypal someone $100 for a massage, buy someone you love a really nice, special dinner. Something that is so generous you couldn’t possibly do it regularly, but that would make somebody else’s year complete, to know that somebody cared enough about them to do something at that level.

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Fresh Florals For Your Workout

Fit to a T activewear by Ted Baker London

I love a good sweat sesh! But beyond the amazing high that comes with finishing a challenging workout, nothing motivates me more than beautiful workout clothes. ‘Cause if you look great, you’re going to do great, am I right?

Fit to a T activewear by Ted Baker London

So when I heard that Ted Baker was coming out with a collection of activewear, I was all over it! Known for his pretty prints and quirky details, Ted Baker has been a favourite of mine for some time. His new collection, Fit to a T, is no disappointment. The collection includes 10 pieces adorned with a mix of flirty florals and sporty graphics so pretty, you’ll want to find a workout just to show off your outfit.

Fit to a T activewear by Ted Baker London

The Fit to a T Collection by Ted Baker London is available at all Ted Baker London stores and online.

Which are you favourite pieces from the collection?


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Currently Obsessed | Winter Scarves

Winter scarf style 1

Winter sucks in so many ways. So for us fashion girls living where massive snow and cold is part of the deal, we have to find ways to make it a little less sucky and a little more bearable. One of the most versatile ways to update your winter wardrobe in with a chunky scarf. It can be worn in a million different ways and let’s face it, you probably have a few in your closet that you’re not using to their full potential. In the spirit of wanting to make winter a little more fashionable, take a look at some of the sartorial inspiration that’s helping me bring new life to my usual winter style. Style note: It,s really difficult to find inspiration online when most people live in places snow isn’t a factor. Just pretend the white stuff is there. :)

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Winter scarf style 2


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Soft Winter Hands | My Go-To Products (and Tips!)

Soft winter hands | Products and tips

Winter is harsh – the cold, the wind, the ice… it all takes a toll on your mood, your body and your sense of style (does anyone ever really look chic in a parka?). But perhaps one of the most annoying things about winter is the way is sucks the life out of your skin and especially your hands. Compulsive hand washing fuelled by the fear of getting sick combined with the dry air turns my soft hands into rough, chapped mutants that no amount of polish can make beautiful. Luckily, I’ve discovered a few products throughout the year that have helped my hands stay hydrated (and much less scary looking) all winter. #suckitwinter


L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub ($25 for 100 ml) – If your hands are already dry and rough, this should be your first step. The formula is made with organic sugar and a mix of shea, sweet almond and grapeseed  oils to exfoliate skin and leave them feeling super soft in just one minute. Seriously, you’ll want to rub your face with your hands, this will make them feel that good!

Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment ($36 for 75 ml) – You’ll usually find this hand cream in my handbag on any given day. It’s a thick cream made with botanicals and vitamins (like all Dermalogica products) that hydrates hands but also nourishes nails to prevent splitting and peeling. Plus it’s not greasy so it’s perfect for on the go.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream ($27 for 70 ml) – I keep this one next to my bed to slather on before going to sleep. The vanilla apricot scent is heavenly and the creamy argan oil/shea butter formula just makes my hands look beautiful. This is definitely one of my favourite products from the line.

Bioderma Altoderm Main + Ongles ($9.95 for 50 ml) – My latest discovery in the hand cream department, this treatment envelops your hands like a glove to regenerate damaged skin and soothe dry hands. If you have issue with severely dry hands, irritation and cracking, this is the product for you. The texture is super creamy which give your skin that instant relief that feels so good.


Now that you know which products to use, take a look at what else you can do to be treat your hands.

Use warm water – We wash our hands about a millions times a day. And if you’re using hot water each time, you’re stripping your skin of the essential oils that keep your skin supple. Switch to tepid water to be a little gentler to your hands.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – Only by using a moisturizer will you prevent water from evaporating from your skin. Make a moisturizer part of your regular routine and make sure to reapply after each time you wash your hands. I like to keep a moisturizer next to the sink so I don’t forget.

Put a glove on it – If you’re planning on spending lots of time outdoors, wear gloves. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it really does make a difference (and I’ve noticed people freezing their little paws off!). The less exposed your hands are to harsh winter air, the less Old Man Winter can do his damage.

What are some of your favourite hand creams? Leave them in the comments below so I can give them a try!


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