Every morning for breakfast while in Calgary, I made my favourite hot oatmeal for Diane and I. It was so chilly and rainy during our stay, the only thing on my mind was something hot. I had no desire for anything cold like vegan overnight oats or Green Monsters (except for the amazing peanut butter oatmeal smoothie my sister made me!)
On the bright side, at least it didn’t snow this June…
You know how I said the first meal I was going to have once home was hot oatmeal?
Yea, that wasn’t happening. Once back in Ontario, the heat and humidity hit us like a brick when we stepped off the plane. Hot oatmeal won’t be happening for a loooong time.
Even our tire melted while we were gone!
That tire looked about as good as I felt at that moment. Deflated and tired!
Luckily, my handy man was able to put on the spare and get us home from the airport. I’m still amazed that those tiny spare tires even work…I don’t even think it touched the ground!
The only thing we could think of once home was something cold to drink. Unfortunately, the fridge was looking pretty bare, so I gathered whatever I could find.
- a couple old limes
- frozen raspberries
- coconut oil
- 1 frost-bitten frozen banana
I’ll take it! It turned out tropical and refreshing with a zesty kick of lime. I’ve made it a couple times since I’ve been home now. I’m glad to finally have a use for my freezer-burned raspberries that have been in the freezer since who knows when.
PS- You know your limes are old when they look like lemons. It’s a miracle we’re still alive.
Tropical Raspberry Lime Zinger
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
- 1 large frozen banana (peel and freeze before making)
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp agave, or to taste (or other liquid sweetener)
- ice, if necessary
- Add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste. You may need more or less agave depending on how tart your berries are. Add ice if desired. Slurp.
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Happy Canada Day long weekend to my Canadian friends!
Here are some festive strawberry recipes if you are looking for some.
- Strawberry Shortcake Stacked Pancakes
- Raw Triple Berry Crisp
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Scratch
- 60-Second Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
- Summer fever Granita
Cheers to hot summer days, long evening walks, cottage weekends, smoothies, ice cold beer, farmers markets, and everything in between.
I just peeled some bananas and stuck them in the freezer this morning! Going to have to pick up some raspberries at the store now :)
I made a similar drink yesterday with cherries instead of raspberries – and also threw some cucumber in there! Delish, and perfect for summer!!!
I love your idea of adding a cucumber…don’t know why I never think to do that!
Oh that looks amazing! I’m definitely making this to start of my weekend:)
Looks gorgeous! Love the combo of limes and raspberries – I am so jealous of the heatwave Ontario is enjoying/enduring! Nothing but rain and grey here in Vancouver. At least we’ve got plenty to do inside ;) Thanks Angela!
You guys sound like you are due for a great summer then! Hope it warms up soon.
We do too! At this rate it should last well into October (fingers crossed the weather gods are fair). For now? Lots of smoothies to cheer us up! It gets us half way there :)
I love these scavenge-the-fridge dishes. I’ve used some seriously questionable stuff before… my rule is as long as it isn’t moldy, it’s ok to eat. :)
Happy Canada Day!!!
Thats generally my rule too. Also, if it smells fine, it’s good to go!
I’m with you girls. I pay no attention to when something’s supposed to expire, but do the smell/sliminiess test. My favourite saying of my grandfather’s is: “best before, but not bad after!” :)
Sorry for the flat. That stinks!
This looks awesome. I bought a lime randomly at the store and it’s getting toward the end of it’s cycle. You may have just saved it from the trash! :)
Fortunate that you had your handy man to change the spare. I’ve always wondered what I’d do if I was alone & stranded with a flat–I wouldn’t know the first thing to do (other than to call for help!). And those spare tires, they are kind of joke, ridiculously small, but they work, don’t they.
Jealous of your heat. It’s been mild here in Washington & I’d love to spend my days with my kids in the swimming pool, but I don’t feel justified when it’s cloudy or below 80.
I know what you mean. I’ve watched him enough that I know the steps, but I def. need practice before I’d feel comfortable changing it myself.
Hope the sun comes out for you this weekend!
What terrible luck to come back from vacation to a flat tire! I hope your raspberry lime drink was able to rejuvenate you. It certainly does look refreshing!
OMG so funny about the limes – I have 2 sitting in my kitchen that look the same as yours!!! Sorry about the tire situation – doesn’t make it very easy to get to the grocery store to refill the fridge does it!? ;) Glad Eric came to the rescue as usual. Is there anything he DOESN’T know how to fix?? Have a fantastic long weekend Ange! :)
Angela, the drinks and strawberries look delightful! It’s been 100+ here in WI the last few days so maybe I’ll have to pick up some ingredients for those at the grocery store today.
Out of curiosity, are a majority of your readers from Canada or the US? Is there a way to tell by like tracking IP addresses?
Also, didn’t have raspberries, but made this with blueberries and strawberries. Didn’t have the coconut oil and only thing I forgot was the water… so it was a very concentrated flavor. Still super yummy!
I wonder if this would work with lemons and frozen blueberries…It’s in 100s today so I think I’ll give it a try tonight :)
It’s awesome with blueberries!
This looks so amazing and refreshing. I wish I had a glass now, it’s so hot and humid here in Buffalo. BTW is it totally bad that whenever I see your photos of these refreshing fruity drinks, I want to add tequila or rum to them? ;)
Yum, that looks so refreshing! It’s so hot here and I am craving cold drinks! Enjoy your weekend, Angela!
This looks so refreshing and delicious! Thanks for the great summer recipe!
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I added lemon to my smoothie for the first time a few weeks ago! So good. Love the addition of citrus.
Happy long weekend!
Ooh this does look refreshing, even if the weather here in Vancouver is more like what you experienced in Calgary…sigh. We are promised some sunshine for the long weekend, which I am hoping for as my birthday is also Canada Day! Thanks for the recipe links too!
looks so refreshing & it’s perfect for the sweltering weather we’re having. may have these on my patio tonight (i know…such a wild friday night…hehe)!
Hi Angela! I just wanted to share a little tip I discovered recently. I know you have a Vitamix (jealous!) but for your readers who don’t — most blender blades/bottom screw-on things will screw onto a wide-mouth mason jar — like a Magic Bullet, but with glass and without a million pieces. So for green monsters now, before I go to bed I pack everything into a wide-mouth mason jar besides the soy milk and frozen fruits (so spinach, peanut butter, flax seed, chia seeds, carrots, etc), screw the blender bottom on as a lid, and stick it in the fridge. I’m guessing you could go ahead and add the soy milk if you wanted the chia seeds to puff up, but I wanted to avoid sogginess. Then in the morning, I only have to add soy milk and bananas and maybe ice, and then stick it right into the blender base. Viola! I can even drink it straight from the jar! It’s so much more convenient, especially as I’m always running late in the mornings. I blend it on the lowest setting, though, just to be careful because there isn’t as much free space in the mason jar as a regular blender jar.
Wow, I’ve never heard of doing that before! What size mason jar do you use and what brand of blender? You are one creative smoothie maker!!
I found it somewhere on Pinterest, but here is a link explaining:
Hope this helps!
thanks will check it out!
This sounds so refreshing and something about the name Zinger…makes me just want to try it!
Might make an “adult” version of this tonight. Gin? Vodka maybe?
This looks sooo delicious! Thanks for sharing :)
If I were not at work, I might jump up and do a happy dance — this just looks so…HAPPY! I’m happier still that I have a bazillion raspberries I just picked last week & flash-froze, so I can definitely get this into my belly tomorrow morning after an early run (hopefully before the 90F + humid weather we’re having this afternoon comes back!). Hooray!!
I like that suggestion of the cucumber, especially because I have seriously 6 cucumbers from my CSA this week…!
What gorgeous ingredients and colour,,,definately making!! Your strawberries loook super gorgeous too….made your blueberry jam with the chia seed AND I love it,,,so good :)
Enjoy your long weekend.
This looks so refreshing, Angela…and easy. Can’t wait to try it! :)
ooo refreshing! I was in the mood to bake today, and then I saw it was going to be in the nineties. no thanks!
Mmm perfect for summer! Love this!
This looks great Angela! And the perfect treat for hot summer days. It has been so hot in Ontario lately that anything with ice and fruit sounds very appealing!
Do you have any recipe plans for sweet cherries in the works? They are in season right now and I would love to hear some of your ideas! Also, any recommendations of smoothie recipes with sweet cherries? Thanks :D
I just bought a bag of cherries on sale last night! Perfect timing for your question :) I will put my thinking cap on.
Sounds delish! Happy Canada Day long weekend to you as well! Can’t wait to rock my red pants and watch some fireworks!
1. If I had seen my tire like that after I long flight I would’ve killed someone. You are so much stronger than me.
2. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who lets her citrus fruit get a little too ripe ;)
Just finishing up the workweek and this post makes me wish I were lying by the pool with one of these babies in hand! But I have two lovely days to do just that! TGIF. :)
enjoy your weekend!
that looks so refreshing! and what a color! yum! sorry about your tire!
Yum, I love raspberries and definitely need something to kick this humidity!
That drink looks sooo refreshing! Anything with lime instantly makes something summery and picnic-y! Great recipe :)
What a refreshing recipe Angela. :-) Sorry to hear about the flat. That happened to the husband and I last weekend. We were trying to go somewhere one hour away and it took us four, as long as you can find the humor in these things right!? ;) have a great weekend
I love the colour of the smoothie!
Smoothies are the best way to use up old fruit and veg and you have created something delicious because of it :)
Thanks for sharing x
This looks absolutely delicious! I crave smoothies like crazy in the summertime and often get stuck making the same old ones. Can’t wait to give this one a try, I can just imagine sipping it while relaxing outside.
i just got a flat tire the other day. d’oh!
Ange, I just want to let you know that you really are an inspiration. I love reading your posts about your journey to healthy living. Your recipes are amazing, I’m currently soaking some overnight oats, and freezing some bananas for tomorrow. I just really enjoy seeing your posts, and I’m really looking forwaard to your recipe book!
I was wondering if you had plans for any future posts with Recipe Link Love? It was a great introduction to other blogs and recipes that I wouldn’t have tried if not for this blog.
Thanks again for all your hard work!
Those strawberries are so well dressed ;) Love the colour of the smoothie!
Those look beautiful and delicious!
That drink looks delicious! Don’t you just love rummaging around, finding random items, throwing them together, and making something fantastic? I can’t wait to try!
The Tropical Raspberry Lime Zinger looks ah-mazing! It’s been in the 90’s all week this week and I can not wait to make this! I have all the ingredients here except for coconut oil– I hope that doesn’t make too big of a difference. Thanks for the recipe!
Looks like just what we need with this hot and humid weather lately!
Just found out about your blog a few weeks ago and I am in love! I started by making the green monster and it helped me feel a lot better after a horrible cold. By the way you have a gift for design because your site looks awsome :)
Thank you Natalie, so glad you are enjoying the blog!
I’m new to your blog. A friend recommended you when I was looking for smoothie recipes that were easy, fast and won’t produce a lot of wasted product. As I read through some of your blogs, I’m curious why I need to use a frozen banana over a fresh banana?
Thank you in advance.
Hi Brie, The frozen banana gives smoothies a very creamy, “ice-cream” like texture
Thank you for the clarification.
I don’t like bananas and I’m allergic to mangoes. What should I do to get creamy smoothies. BTW this looks incredible