Chocolate-y Acai Green Snack Smoothie

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I know I haven’t posted much in the way of original content for quite some time. I’m sorry about that! I’ve been pretty busy on pretty much every level of my life. That’s just kind of the way it’s been.

While I am planning a few longer posts to catch up, I had a bit of time today (Yay for Labor Day!) and thought I’d share a fun little smoothie recipe the kiddo and I have been slurping down recently.

It’s totally healthy and especially yummy if you drink it on the floor like the kiddo. Enjoy!

Chocolate-y Acai Green Snack Smoothie

1 banana

1 packet unsweetened acai juice (semi-thawed)

1 handful spinach

1 tablespoon hemp seed

2 tablespoons raw cacao or cocoa powder

1 cup water

Vanilla

Pumpkin pie spice to taste

Blend!

"I’m Farming and I Grow It"

If you haven’t seen this video, you’re totally missing out.

Even though these are K-State kids (I’m a Jayhawk) and they are working on a conventional farm, I absolutely love the message about how it takes people to produce food.

Plus, there’s just something so goofy and cute about it. Watch it. I dare you not to smile. DARE YOU.

An ode to "A Game of Thrones": Fire and Blood Juice

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So, today, I’m in a bit of mourning. During my morning cardio, I finished “A Dance with Dragons” the fifth (and most recent) book of “A Game of Thrones” series.

I absolutely love these books and now I’ll be waiting for some time before I get a crack at another one (author George R.R. Martin took six years between his last two books and he’s got a pretty busy schedule these days with a little TV show you may have heard of).

I’ve got some other great books taking up my shelf — I’m loving “Speaks the Nightbird,” which I started alternating with “A Dance with Dragons” to drag it out — but still, saying goodbye to Westeros for awhile leaves a huge hole.

So, I decided to fill that hole with juice.

Juice that happens to encompass the final book’s theme of “fire and blood.” I planned on juicing a beet with other tasty veggies and a bit of jalapeño. At the last second, though, the little man decided he wanted some (as you can see above), so I left out the pepper. But that jalapeño does add a great kick if you’re not sharing your juice with a 3-year-old.

Either way, it comes out a really pretty red color that, well, admittedly looks a bit like blood.

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Espeically when your 3-year-old is messy and spills some on the floor 🙂

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Fire and Blood Juice

1 head celery

4 small leaves kale (dinosaur or curly or a mix)

3 medium carrots, peeled

1 large beet, peeled

1 large lemon, peeled

1 handful cilantro

1 small piece seeded jalapeño (optional)

Run all through a juicer. Devour with a good book!

 

Emerald Isle Green Smoothie for St. Patty’s

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I’m in a pretty good mood this St. Patrick’s Day. Last night, KU won, Mizzou and Duke lost and this morning is full of birds chirping and 60-degree temperatures.

Lovely, lovely madness, indeed.

Mad, and green. All across the Web, my blogging friends are posting green recipes for this especially green day. So, I thought I’d join that bit of madness.

Naturally, I want to share a green smoothie recipe. Because, for me, that’s the easiest way to be green. This one has a summery feel to it, just like this T-shirt-worthy holiday.

Enjoy!

Emerald Isle Green Smoothie

1 mango, chopped

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

2 handfuls baby spinach

Handful raspberries

1 scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior

1 tablespoon Vitamineral Green, spirulina or chorella

1 to 1.5 cups water

Blend all. Serves 1 to 2.

 

Yummy: Sweet pre-game film from the final KU-Mizzou game

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This has exactly nothing to do with food, but I love my Jayhawks, and we had a super big win on Saturday. I had kale salad right before the win, by the way, so there’s the food component:)

Make sure to watch the film all the way through the end. There are two videos, one before the players are announced and one after that’s even cooler. Yes, that doesn’t seem possible after watching the first video, but it’s true.

Rock Chalk!