Do It Yourself: Banana Mango Smoothie


Hello Everyone! I am back with a quick and easy DIY smoothie recipe. I really like to have smoothies either in the morning or after a little workout. This is just one of the ones that I make myself. On an unrelated side note - I am extremely excited for the warmer weather to come, as I have multiple DIY's planned but need the outside to be warmer to complete them, and unfortunately in Canada, it is still snowing.

Now back to the recipe! For this you will need:

• 1 small Banana
• 1 cup chopped Mango (I used frozen mango - pre-cut)
• 1 cup of Greek Yogurt (or milk)
• 1 tbsp Honey

Now I have a lot of digestion issues so smoothies are a really good go to for me for necessary nutrients and fibre. Mangos are known for having amazing health benefits, including a good source of dietary fibre, 50% of your vitamin A intake and have immune boosting capabilities. Bananas are also beneficial as they increase your energy, are rich in soluble fibre which is one of the best fibres to focus on when aiding in digestion and they also help normalize your blood sugar. Now I chose Greek Yogurt in my smoothie because it's a great source of probiotics. Probiotics are a bacteria that helps balance the good and the bad bacteria found in the colon. If you prefer not to use yogurt however, milk works just fine. Finally honey is a nice a natural way to add sugar to your smoothie. So now that we went through the benefits of all the ingredients, lets get start.

1. Chop up your banana into small pieces.

2. If you are using fresh mango, dice your mango. I used frozen mango and let it thaw so it wasn't completely frozen. You will need a cup of this.

3. Combine your banana and mango together in your blender and blend together.

4. Once blended, add in one cup of greek yogurt (or milk) and 1 tbsp of honey.

5. Blend together until completely smooth.

6. Pour and serve.

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Thank you so much for reading and watching. I will see you in the next DIY!

Do It Yourself: Raspberry Fudge Brownie


Hello Everyone! Sorry it's been a little while but life got a little crazy. I will try to post as often as I can, I definitely plan on doing a lot more food posts in the near future, and hopefully warmer weather will come and I can do some more furniture DIY's. Anyway, in today's DIY I am going to show you how to make a Raspberry Fudge Brownie. This brownie is super dense and decadent so a little goes a long way in terms of serving size. I decided to make this decadent dessert since my boyfriend and I wanted something sweet to go with a Merlot wine, naturally a good pairing for a Merlot is dark chocolate and berries, so why not combine the two? Let's get started.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups of flour (pre sifted)
• 10 oz of dark chocolate (I used 78%)
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup of sugar
• 3.5 oz of raspberry jam
• ½ cup of cocoa powder
• ½ cup of butter
• 6 ox of raspberries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. The nice thing about this is once you've prepared your batter, your oven is ready.

2. Make a double boiler. If you aren't sure about what this is, it's simply about 1-2 inches of water boiling in a pot, with a bowl or cup floating above it. Make sure that it's not touching the water. We used this method for our candle wax as well.

3. Add your chocolate and your butter to your bowl and begin to mix slowly. Be sure to mix carefully and constantly, chocolate is extremely easy to burn. Do this until your mixture is smooth.

4. Add in your sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, raspberries and jam, making sure to stir in each ingredient one at a time.

5. Slowly add your flour and mix until mixture is all saturated.


6. Pour your mixture into an 8-inch pan (grease it with butter lightly before).

7. Smooth out your mixture with a spatula to make sure its roughly even.

8. Place mixture in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes. A toothpick should come out relatively clean once its finished.

9. Let sit for about 10 minutes and serve!

We topped ours with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and fresh raspberries which made it super decadent and to die for.

If you'd like to see the video on how this was made click here:




I hope you enjoy, and I will be back soon with more DIY's!