It’s not a secret that I used to spend (waste) a great deal of time on Pinterest. While I still moderately enjoy pinning and repinning from a board to another my latest recipes and, above all, the “creations” of other food bloggers, my new “silly” pastime is sliding a finger across the tablet surface to scroll through the photos of Instagram, a “place” that is becoming a source of inspiration, information, and beauty. I’m not ashamed to say that one of the last things I do before going to sleep is checking Instagram (because there’s always someone who, posting a funny selfie to wish everybody a goodnight, makes me smile).
I follow vegans and meat eaters, chefs, photographers, foodies, wise girls wisely healing from eating disorders, fashion bloggers, wannabe writers and food bloggers. In short, anyone who has something to say, with originality and personality (I only exclude fitness fanatics because their perseverance is an annoying reminder of my laziness).
Instagram as a source of inspiration. Why not? If it wasn’t for the “gram” I would ignore the existence of the baobab powder that ended up in today’s recipe, a refreshing smoothie I had for breakfast this morning.
Not long ago I discovered the profile of a food blogger based in London who loves natural, plant based food and, I found out, the 100% natural products of a company called Aduna. I was super curious to taste what she claimed to be a superfruit powder, an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium and thiamin. A superfood that has also almost 50% fibre.
I quickly contacted Aduna and in a matter of a few days I got a few sachets of baobab and moringa powder to test. In the past I had to decline requests of reviewing products that did not fit with my blog’s interests; this time it was me to reach out to a company whose mission, combining together business and fairtrade, is highly laudable (every year, ten percent of Aduna profits go into a foundation that supports small-scale African producers and the communities they belong to).
So here is my Pina-colada Baobab Smoothie, containing the African fruit boasting the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit in the world (five times the antioxidants of fresh acai berries and twice that of goji!!!). No honey nor agave added, this smoothie is naturally sweeten, refreshing and tasty. I used some frozen yogurt for a silky consistency and one banana for more density. Yum!
p.s. This is going to be my last post from London for a while. As anticipated here, I’m taking some time off from the Western World. It’s not a goodbye to the blogosphere (maybe a Goodbye to London). It’s my intention to open my little virtual home to you quite regularly, hopefully once a week (I’d miss you otherwise :)). If you want to follow my travel adventures and explorations more “closely”, make sure to check my Instagram profile! I’ll share there pictures, sensations and experiences of what is going to be the trip of my life.
Pinacolada Baobab Smoothie
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 Tbsp creamed coconut
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 Tbsp frozen yogurt
- 2 tsp Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder
- Pineapple wedges for garnish
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and, if desired, honey. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.