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Fiesta Friday | Triple Berry Green Smoothie

Happy Fiesta Friday, ya’ll! Can’t wait to see what everyone is bringing this week! ๐Ÿ™‚ Since my last smoothie post, I have continued to drink some variation of green smoothies almost every day for lunch. I am so proud! But I eat tons of unhealthy foods to make up for it, so don’t start thinking that I’m all healthy and virtuous that way. I love me a good dessert, as you can probably tell by all my dessert recipes. This smoothie tastes like blended fruits and vegetables. I know many people are afraid of veggies in their drinks and add different ingredients to mask the green leafy flavors, but I don’t mind the taste. For me it’s part of the cleansing process. I don’t need anything extra sugary or creamy with my green smoothie because it rather defeats the purpose for me. This is probably because I have enough sweet and creamy in my diet as it is, so I shy away from any extra. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Triple Berry Green Smoothie Ingredients: 2 large kale leaves, …

Hot Cocoa with Toasted Marshmallows

There’s nothing like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold, winter day. Especially if said cocoa is topped with toasted marshmallows! I love toasted marshmallows. I make a mean toasted marshmallow milkshake, too. As a kid, I once burned my leg with a toasted marshmallow. I used to set them on fire, blow them out, and peel off the scorched outer layer to get to the gooey inner layer. Oh, how I miss having a real fireplace. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a very decadent version of hot cocoa. It’s thick and chocolatey, without being overly sweet. It’s important to use good quality chocolate for this recipe–it’ll make all the difference in the world. Please don’t use Hershey’s. I will most likely judge you if you do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Adapted from David Lebovitz Hot Cocoa with Toasted Marshmallows Ingredients: 4 cups milk (I used organic whole milk but non-fat or 2% will work just fine) 4 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped (I used 62% cacao) 4 oz milk chocolate chips 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons sugar (more …

Green Holiday Detox Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I feel pretty bloated around the holidays. Although I love, love, love indulging in all the tasty delights, I know my body needs a break in between all the feasting. To keep in the holiday spirit, I decided to include cranberries in this green smoothie. Cranberries have a ton of health benefits and outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable when it comes to antioxidants. Only blueberries beat out the almighty cranberry. I figure if I drink enough of this smoothie it’ll cancel out all the fat and calories I consume between November and December. Yes, I think so. Someone once told me if you believe it, then it’s true. But I think this someone was trying to explain why my failing students are surprised when they see their grades. Hah! Green Holiday Detox Smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup kale leaves 1/2 cup cranberries 1/2 cup frozen strawberries that you forgot you had in the freezer 1/2 cup apple juice (or any other flavor you have on hand) 1 cup water …

Green Power Smoothie

My friend and fellow teaching colleague, Paul, recently bought a NutriBullet. I once saw the infomercial and was interested, but forgot all about it until he started talking about how much he loves his. Well, given that Paul is a former fitness trainer and the current PE teacher at my school, I put a lot of stock in his judgment when it comes to nutrition related topics. So off I went to buy my own little personal smoothie maker. At first I was wary of all this talk of kale and spinach that Paul was telling me to put in my smoothie. I’ve tried green smoothie recipes before and they all ended up making me gag. However, this new ratio of leafy greens to fruit was a much better balance for me. Plus no bananas. Somewhere along the way I realized I can’t drink blended bananas. I can eat whole bananas just fine, but the texture of blended ones throw me off. I’ve been drinking these smoothies at school for lunch and have been on …

Pineapple Coconut Smoothies

I enjoy food. I enthusiastically enjoy food. My colleague, Paul, likes to say he’s surprised I don’t weigh a few hundred pounds given how much I love and talk about food. During our breaks at work, we often talk about food. We talk about food as we eat it, usually about which foods we are going to eat for our next meal. One of the foods which I am an extra enthusiastic about is the creamy, yet refreshing coconut. On my trips to Vietnam, my grandmother always buys me fresh young coconuts from the market. The sellers lop off the tops and I get to slurp the perfectly sweet juice while scraping the tender meat from the shell by the spoonful. YUM. This past summer I decided to incorporate more fruit and vegetables in my diet. I tried several different smoothie recipes, some of which made me gag and then cry about all the money I wasted on pricey, organic greens. *sniffle* I soon realized that most of the recipes I tried had too many …