On what was one of our hotter Vancouver summer days recently, I was walking down by the beach with a friend when we spotted an ice cream truck. Actually, said ice cream truck was heard playing “It’s a Small World” before we spotted it, but nevertheless, it led to a conversation about favourite childhood frozen treats.
As a kid, I remember our basement freezer – conveniently just steps from my bedroom door – being regularly stocked with everything from simple Popsicles (which apparently aren’t so simple any more) and Jolly Rancher freezies (sour green apple ones were the BEST) to ice cream sandwiches, candy cane ice cream at Christmas time and big pails of neapolitan ice cream. Was I the only kid that called it Napoleon ice cream?
Then there was the whole sorbet and sherbet category. Did you know that there’s a difference? According to TheKitchn.com, sorbet it simply fruit and sugar, whereas sherbet is fruit, sugar, and a creamy ingredient like milk, cream, egg whites or gelatin. Occasionally we’d go to Baskin Robbins as kids and my choice was almost always rainbow sherbet, but when it came to at-home desserts, I distinctly remember enjoying lots of Lucerne orange sherbet.
We didn’t make a stop at the ice cream truck during our walk along the beach, but thanks to our conversation, for the rest of the day I had orange sherbet on my mind. Because I didn’t have the patience to wait for anything to freeze, I decided to re-create it – still super orange-y and refreshing, but in smoothie form.
I was looking for maximum orange flavour in this recipe, with a nice balance of tartness, sweetness, and a little touch of creamy. Rather than using dairy to create that creaminess like you’d find in a true sherbet, I used vanilla protein powder which totally did the trick.
For tartness, I used orange zest, frozen oranges and Sibu Seven Omega 7 Pure, a liquid supplement consisting of 100% pureed sea buckthorn berries. (You can read more about why I love these little superfoods here). Sibu Seven is very tart on its own, but worked perfectly in this smoothie. If you need a simple substitute for the 3 tbsp in this recipe, I’d recommend 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice and 1 tbsp fresh orange juice.
Orange Sherbet Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Ingredients (1 serving)
- Add all ingredients except the ice and chia seeds to your blender jug and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour in the chia seeds and ice. Let them sit for about 2 minutes, allowing the chia seeds to soak up some of the liquid and thicken the smoothie’s consistency.
- Blend once more until the ice is completely crushed.
- Pour and serve!
Speaking of smoothies, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was working on a project with a self-imposed due date of August 31st and it’s ready to be revealed! May I present to you…
The 30 Day Eat Spin Run Repeat Smoothie Challenge is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and I hope you’ll join me for it! Starting September 1st, I’m going to be making a goal of having a smoothie per day for the entire month. I don’t know about you, but for me, September always feels like a time to re-focus and get back into a routine. If you’ve let nutrition slide a bit over the summer (and let’s be real, we all do!), this is a perfect way to get back on track, nourish your bod with tons of nutrient-dense whole foods, and have fun at the same time.
In this 53-page e-book, you’ll find…
- 30 smoothie recipes, all of which are vegan and gluten-free (+ some very pretty pictures!)
- A 30-day progress tracker so you can take check each day off and record the recipes you’ve tried
- A mini-guide to adding greens to your smoothies
- My essentials and favourite ingredients
- Pro tips for making perfect smoothies
Throughout the challenge I’ll be Instagramming some of my smoothie creations and I’d love for you to do the same too! Tag me, @eatspinrunrpt and #ESRRsmoothiechallenge so I can see what you’re making, and so that we can hold each other accountable. Of course, you don’t have to start this in September along with me – this challenge can be done at any time of year.
If you’re not down with 30 days, that’s fine too. You can also just use this e-book as a source of smoothie making inspiration. The 30 recipes should keep you going for a while!
So tell me…
- What was your favourite frozen dessert as a kid?
- Are you up for the 30 day smoothie challenge? Let me know below, or tweet it!