Strawberry and Orange Green Smoothie

This is one of those brown smoothies they don’t look that stunning or spectacular but it does punch a amount of flavour and vitamin c. You might notice the distinct lack of ice in any of my smoothies and that’s ‘cause I don’t really like a super frozen smoothie. So by all means use ice for part of the water if you like them slushier.
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Green smoothies are an easy way to get more veg and fruit into you without having to cook or think too much about it. I always add the sweetener as the last step, sometimes you need it sometimes you don’t. I do highly recommend the cinnamon variation, that was so good. I’ve been on a cinnamon kick in smoothies and protein shakes for a while now.
Strawberry and Orange Green Smoothie
2 cups orange slice or 2 oranges, peeled and cut up
2 handfuls kale or spinach
1 cup strawberries, whole
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)
blitz away until smooth

Theme and variations
2 cups of the smoothie
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend.

2 cups of the smoothie
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Blend.

Cucumber and Apple Smoothie

This blend makes a pleasantly cucumbery smoothy and sometimes its nice to have a smoothie where the veg shines instead of the fruit. The apple gives it a nice hint of sweetness and body, while the cucumber still shines through. You could use green tea for the base if you want I found a sachet of roobios lurking in my cupboard and decided to use it up. My cukes were in the freezer, if they start to go bad on you cut them into chunks and freeze them. They work great in smoothies since you are blitzing them up.
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Cucumber and Apple Smoothie
2 cups cukes, cut up
1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped
large lemon slice, peeled
2 cups roobios

Put cukes, lemon slice, and apple in blender with your roobios.  Blend it all up. Take about 2 minutes for my blender.

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Monthly Groove: Recipes

The wether has been crappy here and as a result I have been in the kitchen more often. Because who wants to go out in over a foot of snow in bitter cold weather. Not me. A few weeks ago I said I wasn’t trying new recipes and well I didn’t do that I kept on trying new recipes. I’d had a string of disappointments that was offset by the amazing success of a new coffee cake recipe.
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Which leads us to this month groove and no its not coffee cake. Its recipes!. Old favorites, new favorites, food that just sounds good and you want to try it out. Having a stash of recipes that you can rely on to feed you and/or your family and friends makes cooking easy. Remember good doesn’t have to be complicated some of the simplest recipes are the best.

Here’s some of my favorites that I’ve highlight on this blog.

Berry, Cherry, and Kale Green Smoothie

Basic Marinara Sauce (big batch)

Roasted Tomatoes

Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Chicken, Avocado, Spinach, and Mushroom Sandwiches

Multi-Grain Bread

Nostalgia: 2013 and my Highlights

It feels like this year just started and now it is over. This year was up and down for me, there were some great things that happened and couple not so great things. Mostly it was great things.

One of the not so great things was making the decision to stay where I am at, this is really more neutral than bad. I live where others go on vacation and in a beautiful house. I am not lacking and am very blessed in may ways and the realization that a move to Santa Fe would impact the parents in a negative way, made me change my mind. Santa Fe isn’t going anywhere and I hope to live there sometime in my life.

This was the year that my baby kitten Tamson grew old and died. He was around 17 or 18 years old and had lived a good life. I’d had him since he was a kitten and Tamson was my first adult pet. I loved him dearly and miss him still. He kept me company through the good, the bad, and the wondrous.
 photo fb83d5fe.jpgThe great things that happened were finishing up with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and getting my health coaching certificate. That was exciting and scary all at the same time. Launching a small business is big and I’m looking forward to taking it to the next level in 2014.

One of my green smoothies was featured by IIN on their smoothies and juices of summer. This was insanely exciting and I didn’t shut up about it for months. I think I told everyone and than told them again. Berry, Cherry and Kale Green Smoothie

Blogging! I kept consistent with this blog this year. This was a big goal for me and an important one. The move to WordPress has been great too, love it so much more than than I did blogger. I’ve settled into a nice three day routine that suits me well and plan to keep this up through next year as well.

A Few months after Tamson died I started stalking cats at the Stafford Animal Shelter. It was window shopping for a long time and in November I decided it was time and than I was notified that I was on call for federal jury duty for the month, in another town. So that put cat adoption on hold until December and I ended up with the sweetest cat Wilhelmina.

I am ready to move on to the next year and see what it has for me.

How was your year in review?

Glow For It Green Tea Smoothie

This post has changed three times now and is a little late, sometimes that is how life goes.  I made this smoothie the other week and  loved it.  It is bright green and very cheery looking. Green tea works well with kiwi and packs an antioxidant booster into your liquid.  I made my green tea while making breakfast so it would have time to steep and cool.  Don’t be afraid to make it strong it will not overpower the smoothie.

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Glow For It Green Smoothie

2 cups green tea

2 cups kale (I eyeball it)

2 cups kiwi, peeled and cut up

1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Put it all in the blender and blitz for two minutes.

Note on the blending time.  2 minutes seems to be what my Cuisinart blender needs. So if your smoothie still has leaf bits in it blend longer and if you have a super duper blender you can go shorter.