Smoothie Sundays: Tropical Spinach Smoothie

Tropical Spinach Smoothie

So, by far the best perk about being engaged (okay, besides the whole marrying the love of your life thing) is that part where you get to put everything on your dream home wishlist into a public forum, and actually receive all (or most!) of those things with no damage done to you, your person, or your wallet!

That’s right, folks, I’m talking about the best thing ever: the wedding registry!

I am having so much fun adding things to our registries (yeah… we have three, whoops). Our collection of random home and kitchen items is currently an amalgamation from 3 different apartments, some things coming from previous tenants I never even met. Out will go all the cheap plastic plates, metal wire hangers, NY Rangers plastic cups, and random mismatch spoons.

Although, it’s a little daunting because we don’t even know where we’re going to move to after we get married just yet, what our styles will be like in 5 years, or how much space we’ll eventually have. Right now I’m having people send their gifts to my parents’ house because we have no more room for fun things in our tiny, tiny kitchen:

My tiny kitchen

(This is it: yup, that’s all the counter space we have. Count ’em, TWO drawers, both about 8 inches wide. Oh yes, those are the George Foreman, the rice cooker, the dutch oven, and the roasting pan hanging out on top of our cabinets because they literally do not fit anywhere else. And some random fake ivy… I should probably throw that out… LOVE APARTMENT LIVING!)

But I digress. Registries! So fun!!!

At least one thing I won’t have to register for is a blender… got that taken care of! I am real excited to share this smoothie with you guys today- it’s one of my new favorites, and it’s helping me get in the mood for the spring-like weather that’s just around the corner.

Tropical Spinach Smoothie

Blend up some delicious tropical fruits and spinach with some carrot juice, and you have a real breakfast time fiesta on your hands:

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Smoothie Sundays: Tropical Spinach Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen peaches OR ½ cup frozen mangoes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (optional)

Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Drink up!

Before you all go, for all you married, engaged, or really any ladies and gents out there, can you help me out with a few things?

  1. Did you make a wedding website? Necessary, not?
  2. Did you register for china? Again, necessary, or not? (I’m kinda leaning towards not…)
  3. What is your favorite thing you registered for and received?
  4. What is your favorite thing you didn’t register for and received?
  5. What’s one thing you wish you had registered for?

Thanks in advance! Have a great week, friends!

Happy Blending 🙂
mally

Smoothie Sunday: Kale ‘n Berries Smoothie

Kale 'n Berries Smoothie

Happy Sunday! It’s sad, but today is officially Christmas decoration take-down day in our house. Going away is the tree, the stockings, and all the ornaments for another year. We are IN 2013 now people… and I couldn’t be happier!

I am one of those suckers for New Year’s resolutions, as you may have picked up from my last post. But one that I am really excited to committing to is eating healthier this year. You see, that wedding dress isn’t just going to fit itself, so I am starting early and going to the gym a lot more (4 times in 6 days, what what?), and watching what I eat much more carefully.

That may mean cutting back for some people, or adding more of a certain type of food for others, but for me a big part of it is including more healthy components into my every day diet.

Enter this smoothie. Sure, it looks like an normal, run of the mill berry smoothie, and sure, it tastes like it too. But there’s a secret ninja of nutrients sneaked in there- a nice big leaf of kale!

Kale 'n Berries Smoothie

Yup, it’s true, and you can’t even taste it to be honest- but I sure feel better about getting my greens in without any sacrifice in flavor!

So it’s Sunday, and since I haven’t done one these in a while- here’s your Sunday Smoothie for today!

Smoothie Sunday: Kale ‘n Berries Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup berries (frozen or fresh)
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 1 -2 large leaves lacinato kale, stem removed, torn into pieces
  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seed powder (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes (if you aren’t using frozen fruits)

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Kale 'n Berries Smoothie

Here’s a tip for anyone who is as addicted to smoothies as I am out there: I recently started peeling my ripe bananas, cutting them into rounds, and then freezing those rounds in freezer bags for easy use in my smoothies- kind of like banana ice cubes. This is probably extremely obvious to anyone with a whit of common sense- but lil old me here has been freezing the whole banana and then trying to thaw and rub off the peel under warm water like a dum dum for longer than I’d care to admit. Live and learn folks… live and learn.

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

Smoothie Sundays: Banana Nutella Smoothie

Banana Nutella Smoothie

So it’s official, I am obsessed with my new blender. One week in and I’ve made a smoothie pretty much every day, and am constantly adding to my newly-renamed “Now That I Have a Blender!” pinboard. I love experimenting with all the different possibilities, thinking about new flavors and add-ins, and overall sipping on delicious, cold and wholesome drinks!

These past few months we’ve seen a lot of chocolate and banana themed recipes on Total Noms- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, and Banana Ice Cream, and of course most recently, Turtle Pancakes. I can’t help it. I’m on a kick. And this smoothie is just tooooooo good.

This is also my first time ever using/trying Greek yogurt. I know, what kind of foodie am I to not have tried this latest trendy ingredient? I’m not much of a yogurt person to begin with, but I used non-fat plain Greek yogurt here and it really did add a nice creaminess, plus a good boost of protein for a perfect morning treat.

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Banana Nutella Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup cooked oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp nutella
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1 cup ice (can omit if using frozen bananas)

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Adapted from Chiquita Banana’s recipe page.

I am really starting to love these smoothies because YOU control what goes in them. These ingredients are all loaded with nutritional value (OK, maybe not the nutella… haha) but you can’t really beat a SUPER quick and easy recipe with delicious ingredients like this!

Banana Nutella Smoothie

Doesn’t this almost look like chocolate milk?! YUM!

I am currently in Austin right now for the Austin City Limits festival, but will be back this week. I am happy as a clam here though- besides the music, there is so much great food here at the festival! Austin is such a foodie heaven! Anyone who’s been, got any good recommendations?

Happy Eating 🙂
mally