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    On June 21st, it will officially be National Smoothie Day. To celebrate the occasion, we have created a special recipe inspired by our home province of Quebec. Besides being recognized as the birthplace of poutine; maple syrup has an undeniably deep connection to its culinary history.

    Going to the Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack) at the end of a long winter is a tradition among Quebecquers. This is our way of saying goodbye to the snow and welcoming the spring season. During this time, locals and tourists sit side-by-side at long communal tables and eat hearty helpings of baked beans, fried pork, smoked ham, meat pies, mashed potatoes, and pancakes. For dessert, hot maple syrup is poured over fresh snow then rolled up to create a sweet treat.

    In celebration of National Smoothie Day, we decided to create a recipe with our @vitamixca using maple syrup as our main ingredient. The smoothie is called the Douce Brise (Gentle Breeze) and it’s a refreshingly sweet and savoury concoction.

    If you’ve bought too many fruits and vegetables and don’t have the time to eat all them before they go bad – turning them into smoothies is an ingenious way to eliminate unnecessary waste. Freezing them is another option. Moreover, by making smoothies at home, you help eliminate plastic waste that would come from purchasing one elsewhere.

    Should you plan to celebrate National Smoothie Day by making some for your friends, you’ll need a blender that can serve large groups. The Vitamix Ascent Series A3500 is equipped with a large, 64-ounce low-profile container making it perfect for the job. Other important details include five pre-programmed settings that are geared specifically for smoothies, hot soups, dips & spreads, frozen Desserts, and self-cleaning.

    For me, the self-cleaning mode is the most helpful feature. Simply, fill the container with warm water and dish soap then use the smooth touch interface to activate.

    Learn more about the Vitamix Ascent Series here.


    The Douce Brise

    1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
    1 Cup of Frozen Watermelon
    1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
    1 Tablespoon of Rose Water
    1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup
    Mint Leaves


    Words: Marcus Troy
    Photography: Jon Carlo Tapia & Larry London


    This is a sponsored post by Vitamix