Episode 1: How To Make Ombré Layered Smoothies #vblog

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Hello, my beautiful friends!! Drom roll, please... Ok, guys, I'm uber excited for this post. Why? 'cause it's my very first, ever, vblog! After loads of messages on Instagram about getting a how-to video on this, I finally mustered up the courage to get in front of the camera and show you exactly how, the tips and tricks to nailing this every time. A big thanks to the Portland weather and loads of Heart Roaster's cups of coffee, because, without these two, this video probably would have been sitting on my to-do list! (Shockingly, I'm really shy!)

 

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Why am I sharing this? Because to be real with you... I'm pretty damn annoyed that a lot of bloggers out there don't offer to share their process. Many leave you guessing the ingredients used, measurements and even the very critical steps of nailing it down. What the tuck, that's super lame, 'cause sharing is caring. (Word.) I've got nothing to hide or lose here. The ethos of my blog is to be well, eat well through the sharing of recipes and to inspire you. So there for, I'm sharing my process in hopes to inspire you! And, if you can fine tune this even more, that's even better!

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Tips & Tricks
Coconut Cream Fat

Where the tuck do get this from? Simple! Place a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to use, open the coconut milk can upside down, and drain excess coconut water. You can use this for cooking for a smoothie or smoothie bowl. It's a bit thicker than your normal coconut water. The stuff at the bottom us the coconut cream fat. Spoon out the coconut cream into a high-speed blender for your layered smoothie!

Freeze each layer

A very critical step is to freeze each layer for 10 minutes. This is important. By doing this you are creating a thin layer that will protect the bottom layer from being blended by the layer you are adding. If you skip this step, then your smoothie layers will bleed and blend together creating a hot a mess!

Ombre Effect

To create the ombre effect, start with the darkest layer first. Without cleaning out the blender, add in your ingredients for the second layer, and so on for the third layer. Basically, you're diluting the dark color as you create your different layers.

  • More Black: Black Sesame Seeds will also create a black/grey tone base. Coconut
  • More White: Coconut cream will add more white balance
  • Deep Green: Spirulina will add more deep greens
  • Blue: Blue Green Algae will create a beautiful, bright blue hue
  • Pink/Red: Beets will create more of a deeper red/fusicia color which can be diluted down to a pale pink

RECIPE

Recipe makes 2 servings

What You'll Need...

2 cups frozen greens 1/2 (50g) avocado, cubed & frozen 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds 1/4 cups pecans 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups unsweetened cashew milk 3 tablespoons coconut cream fat 1 teaspoon spirulina 1 tablespoon stevia

Toppings... coconut shavings, to taste crushed pecans, to taste bee pollen, to taste

high-speed blender 8oz 2 cups

Layer 1:

add the following to a high-speed blender.... 2 cups frozen greens 1/2 (50g) avocado, cubed & frozen 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds 1/4 cups pecans 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 3/4 cups unsweetened cashew milk 2 tablespoons coconut cream fat 1 teaspoon spirulina 1 tablespoon stevia

when blended, pour into 2 cups about 2 inches. place in freezer for 10 minutes for the top to harden a bit before adding the second layer

Layer 2:

without washing out the remaining liquid, add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and blend. Pour about an 1- 1.5 inches on top of the first layer and return to freezer for 10 more minutes.

Layer 3:

without washing out the remaining liquid, add... 1/4 cups cashew milk 1 tablespoon coconut cream fat Pour about an 1 inches on top of the first layer and return to freezer for 5 more minutes.

Layer 4:

Add your toppings! I used these... coconut shavings, to taste crushed pecans, to taste bee pollen, to taste


MY FILMING EQUIPMENT

Camera - Canon 80D http://amzn.to/2dSrUuT Lens - Canon 50mm f1.2 - best for close-ups & people http://amzn.to/2e4JDyK Alternative to f1.2, and a great starter lens - 50mm f1.8 http://amzn.to/2e9rSSF Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT - great for overhead shots - http://amzn.to/2e1um0l Olympus Pen E-PL7 - http://amzn.to/2dgbD3K Lens - 14-42mm f/3- http://amzn.to/2dXnkuk Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom Tripod - http://amzn.to/2dXnqCj


 

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