Vegan Breakfast: A protein bar to kick start your day

This is literally the best breakfast bar I’ve ever made!

I’ve been making them weekly since my friend Leesa brought a batch to QuiltCon {her version involved dried cranberries & were probably healthier, but I believe in eating dark chocolate by 9am everyday so mine are slightly more dessert-ish 😉 }.

While I’m not entirely vegan, I don’t eat a lot of dairy and I struggle with high protein breakfast options (or breakfast options with much protein at all…). I also start my day at the gym so preparing my breakfast at home isn’t conducive to my morning routine.

Thus, these high protein energy bars [that just-so-happen to be vegan] are amazing!

Warning: This post is going to be short and sweet. I’ve always dreamed of posting really beautiful recipe photos documenting the entire process and all ingredients, but let’s face it – I’m impatient and you need this recipe more than you need pretty photos. 

I used the No Meat Athlete’s Ultimate Vegan Energy Bar formula to construct these. I love the options – if you don’t have something I’ve used, try replacing it with one of the other options. BUT if you have all of my ingredients, use those! I’ve tried a few different combinations and the one I’ve landed on below is pure bliss. 

Best Ever High-Protein Vegan Energy Bars Recipe

Makes 12.

Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350 because the prep work doesn’t take too long.

FIRST

Wet Ingredients (combine these in your food processor)

  • 1 can Great Northern Beans (or white beans) – rinse & drain the beans using a sieve
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 mashed banana (you want it to be a few days old so the peel is starting to speckle/turn just-a-bit brown so it’ll be sweeter 😉 )
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (I’ve had the most success with Trader Joe’s peanut butter which contains the bare basics – peanuts & salt. You can also make your own PB with some peanuts & a Magic Bullet/food processor)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

SECOND

Dry Ingredients (compile these separately and add to the food processor after the wet ingredients are smooth-ish-ly blended)

  • 1.5 cups Oats
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter flavored Protein Powder (I use this kind)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I have been using Pink Himalayan Salt because it’s what I had closest. Sea salt is recommended, but I’m sure you’d survive with table salt)

THIRD

Once the wet ingredients are smooth and you’ve added the dry ingredients to your food processor, add 1 cup dark chocolate chips and pulse a few times. Go easy! You do not want to chop your dark chocolate chips, you just want to attempt to evenly-ish distribute them. {If you’re not lazy like me, you could stir them in by hand…but that mix gets sticky and my arms aren’t exactly muscular so I pass on that}

FOURTH

Line a 13×9″ glass pan with parchment paper.

Dump mixture onto the parchment paper in the glass pan.

Flex your arm muscles and spread it as best you can in the pan (have I mentioned it’s really sticky?)

FIFTH

Bake at 350 degrees for about 17 minutes.

SIXTH 

Let it cool then cut into 12 bars.

Store in the fridge.

To make your life easy, go ahead and put the bars into individual zip-lock bags so you can quickly grab-n-go.

I try to keep it healthy as often as I can (and I do like yoga..), but this chihuahua sums up my true feelings…

Enjoy the recipe, y’all!

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What I’m Lovin’ in March

As you read this, the Hubs and I are road-trippin’ to Boston to see his sister! We had contemplated flying and then remembered how much we love road trips {with lives that sometimes make us feel like ships passing in the night, being trapped in a car together felt like the perfect adventure!}.

I promise to bring back lots of pictures for the blog, but in the meantime you can follow our adventures on Instagram.

And so, here’s the short list of what I’ve been lovin’ in March!

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1. Vegan Buffalo Wings

Proof that my husband loves me: he made this recipe for vegan buffalo wings totally from scratch!

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They were AMAZING. He found the Edgy Veg’s recipe for Vegan Buffalo Wings after a quick google and followed it to a T (although he used flax and water for the egg replacer).

It was the first time I’d had homemade seitan (we usually just buy it from the store #LazyCook) and I tell ya – there was a huge difference in taste!

I haven’t had buffalo wings since long before I gave up meat (about 4.5 years ago). I used to love boneless buffalo wings until they started giving me serious heartburn and I had to abandon them.

The recipe had just the right amount of heat [no heartburn!]. They were also perfectly crispy and chewy. Just delicious!

I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen during production, but he said the recipe was pretty easy and he’d be willing to make them again (YAY!).

2. Flying Geese and Paper Piecing

flying geese

I’m totally hooked on paper piecing!

I got a bag of teeny-tiny Liberty of London scraps from Mad for Fabric a while back. I followed these instructions and shrunk the pattern to 33%. The square pictured above is 6.5″ x 6.5″ with the border (about 5 inches without). I think I’m going to turn it into a zip pouch!

3. Fuller House on Netflix

fuller house

If you grew up watching Full House, you definitely want to check out Fuller House on Netflix! We’re addicted and have totally binged on Season 1 already.

4. Inside the Hem on YouTube

I have been following Sew Charleston for a while (I love her style!) so when she announced she and her gal pals were launching a sewing YouTube channel, I was pretty excited to check it out! I immediately subscribed and have been loving the videos.

It’s tough to pick a favorite, but I’m in a comfy-sewing-mood so I really loved Abbey’s Favorite Sweatshirts video:

After the video {and asking Abbey’s advice}, I ordered the Lola dress pattern from Victory Patterns. I think this may be the pattern I use for the Liberty of London French Terry I splurged on when the Hubs and I were in England last Christmas (yes, it’s been gathering dust for an embarrassing amount of time…).

You can browse all episodes from the channel – called Inside the Hemhere!

5. My cute new bags from Trish Stitched!

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I’ve been following Trish Stitched for a while and love her blog. She’s super talented and she often sews patterns I’ve had my eye on so it’s nice to see how they look on a real person (it’s just icing on the cake that she’s also petite so I can follow her alterations!).

Last month her blog celebrated its first anniversary and she hosted a giveaway. Lucky me – I won!

love the adorable bags she sent me! The top bag is the perfect size to hold a checkbook or store a fancy pen collection [stuff it with colored pencils and pair it with a hip adult coloring book and you’ve got yourself the perfect birthday gift for your gal pal].

The bottom pouch is a great size for essential-oils-on-the-go!

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The pouch easily fits 2-3 bottles or rollers. It also makes for a cute gift card holder or a fun place to store cards from all your favorite fabric shops.

Check out all of Trish’s beautiful handmade bags in her shop on Etsy and don’t forget to check out her blog!

6. Nerding out with organization videos on YouTube

Did you know there are videos on YouTube dedicated to home organization?! I know this puts me in a super nerd category, but to my defense: this video was sent to me by a friend {who shares a very nerdy desire for everything to be organized, labeled and tucked out of sight}.

One of my other favorites: Cheap Storage Ideas full of Dollar Tree finds. {Budget-friendly storage solutions?! #smitten}

I’ve basically fallen head-over-heels for Alejandra’s YouTube Channel and now I want to buy all the plastic containers in sight [label-maker is now on my Christmas wish list…]

7. Mindless Saving with Acorns

The Hubs and I recently opened an Acorns account after hearing about it from Afford Anything {love her blog..and her new podcast!}. As someone who is very, very far from being an expert investor, I appreciate how simple Acorns is. We linked up our bank accounts so that they send over change from purchases by rounding up to the next dollar and sending the excess to Acorns. You can also set up automatic (whole dollar if you wish 😉 ) deposits. Then Acorns does its magic to invest your money then – poof! – you have a savings account that’s growing while you spend zero time thinking about it {#MindlessSaving}.

If you are interested, you can use our referral link to sign up and receive $5! #winning {FYI: I also get $5 which is stellar, but just to be clear: the statements above are 100% mine. Acorns has no idea who I am other than a name in their list of users. You are in no way obligated to use my link if you sign up for Acorns. I just wanted to share my experience with you, my lovely reader!}

Also – when you sign up, you get weekly emails with savings tips [and they’re not those “UGH…yeah right!” kind of tips]. A recent email closed with the quote below which I felt was so appropriate given the fact that we are en route to gather some fabulous experiences in Boston as we speak…

acorns quote

And on that note, I bid you farewell! I hope your March was fabulous and you are off having experiences with people you love! ❤

Sending you sprinkles of joy and warm hugs til next time,

Jordan

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Best Blueberry Oatmeal Ever – recipe

When we were little, my sister and I would always fight over the blueberry instant oatmeal packets. We’d end up with loads of Quaker variety packs full of banana, peach and strawberry (which we refused to eat until we reached desperation). You couldn’t beat the blueberry.

I was enjoying brunch at Whole Foods one day (have you visited their buffet for breakfast? You should.) when inspiration hit. They have some of the most delicious oatmeal on their hot bar with assorted toppings. While I still love Whole Foods hot bar (and twist the Hubs’ arm regularly to eat there because of all the vegetarian options), it can be a bit expensive so finding an alternative to my new addiction was essential.

The following week, I ran across dried blueberries at Trader Joe’s. I had noticed these before, but had skipped over them because 1) they were expensive and 2) what was I going to do with dried fruit? DIY trail mix is not my thing. {And as a Public Health grad, I know that fruit in its raw form is always better than dried. I try to practice what I preach…sometimes}

With the homemade oatmeal recipe in my mind, I splurged on the dried blueberries and some sliced almonds.

For good measure, here's a picture of what you're looking for a TJ's. You can likely find these anywhere though :)

For good measure, here’s a picture of what you’re looking for a TJ’s. though you can likely find these anywhere 🙂

This recipe is incredibly simple. I’m not even sure I can call it a true recipe because I’m not coming up with anything that isn’t completely obvious, but I felt strongly inclined to share this discovery with you in case it saves any of my fellow blueberry-oatmeal-enthusiasts the heartbreak of wasting all those other fruit packets (but if you’re in a rut with all those extra packets: take them to your coworkers as a breakfast donation – they’ll love you forever…or at least until the packets run out).

In addition to the toppings, you’ll need: your milk of choice, brown sugar and oats.

oatmeal milk

I used unsweetened, unflavored soy milk, Quaker quick cooking oats and some random brown sugar I found in my cabinet that didn’t appear to be expired.

Why is the milk soy you ask? Well…After my Mom (yes, my meat-and-potatoes obsessed mother) suggested I watch the Forks Over Knives documentary on Netflix (when she pet sits for me, she always has a documentary recommendation when I return :)), I have been sticking to soy milk rather than cows milk {if you’re also obsessed with trying to live forever, watch the documentary for tips and I bet you’ll join me}. I have made zero progress with cutting out cheese [or butter…] so replacing the milk seems like a good enough start 😉

While you’re at Trader Joe’s picking up blueberries and sliced almonds (because obviously no one else sells these items), pick up a little carton of their soy creamer and try it in your coffee – it tastes like your coffee just morphed into a latte! Delish.

Ok – back to the oatmeal…

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Just a reminder that the hard work you’re about to put forth will be worth it!

Here’s the basic recipe:

Ingredients

  • Milk of choice, 1/2 cup
  • Water, 1/2 cup
  • Oats, 1/2 cup
  • Dark brown sugar, 1 tsp
  • Dried blueberries, 1 Tbsp (you could substitute cranberries, but the blueberries really elevate this dish…yes, I’m calling it a “dish” because this is my blog and I’ll be fancy when I want to)
  • Sliced almonds, 1 Tbsp (you could substitute chopped walnuts or some other preferred raw nuts)

Directions

The recipe below is based on 1 serving. Multiply as you wish.

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of water to a boil.
  2. Stir in 1/2 cup of the quick cooking oats. If you are using a different kind of oat, please adjust and follow the instructions on your package. 
  3. Cook over medium (stirring a few times) for 1 minute or according to your oats package.
  4. Remove the saucepan from heat when the oatmeal reaches your desired consistency or after the appropriate cooking time has passed.
  5. Mix in 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar and transfer the oatmeal to your serving bowl.
  6. Top with 1 tablespoon each of dried blueberries and sliced almonds.
  7. Pat yourself on the back because you just made an elegant dish of oatmeal. Go forward and enjoy this delicious treat you made with your own 2 hands!
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YUMMM.

Enjoy! 🙂

What I’m Lovin’ in September

We’re on the verge of my favorite season: FALL!

While the list of things I love about fall is way too long for this post, here are a few of my top picks this month.

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1. Soup weather is almost here!

I recently discovered a super delicious Kale & Quinoa Minestrone recipe that I’m completely smitten with. I knew I could pick most of the veggies up at the market since they were mostly in season and I actually had a lot of the other ingredients on hand. So as soon as the weather had a hint of fall (meaning: upper 70s 😉 ), I dusted off my stock pot and gave it a shot!

soup

My version of the Kale & Quinoa Minestrone

There are a few tweaks I’d like to make to the recipe so keep an eye out for my version on the blog soon! 🙂

2. Half marathon training.

This summer I felt a little like this guy…

unicorn

But now that the weather is finally cutting me some slack, I’m starting to remember why I love running so much: all the time alone with my thoughts, soaking up the fresh air and wandering through my sweet city.

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Last weekend I knocked out a 9-miler so it looks like I’m going to be able to run the Governor’s Cup half marathon (rather than the 8k – which by the way is a great course!). Fingers crossed that all goes well and I’ll be able to also run the newest half marathon in Columbia (well, Lexington) in December: Run Hard Lexington. That means – I will have run FOUR half marathons in 2014! 🙂

3. Quilting!

As if you didn’t know I was yet again going to bore you with my quilt progress! 😉

I’m happy to report that I’m almost done with my very first quilt – all that’s left are a few more rows of stitching and then on to binding. Stay tuned for the full recap when I’m done!

sewing

4. Adding personalized applique detail to all my sewn gifts.

You can bet that if I’m invited to celebrate anything, I’m bringing a handmade gift. My sewing addiction has led to my inability to buy gifts from big box stores (well, mostly. I’ll admit that on occasion I’ll throw the recipient a bone and buy off their registry).

In the bottom corner of my quilt, I added my favorite scrap applique:

a heart.

a heart.

In my heart of hearts, I imagine my quilt being passed down to my future grandkids who will of course love and treasure it and think I’m just THE coolest thing since sliced bread (obviously), so naturally a heart felt like the right addition.

While hearts are my favorite applique, I was recently invited to a baby shower for a childhood friend who married a Royals baseball player. I have heard that minky is all the rage with kiddos so I figured I’d give it a try.

baseball

I’m not gonna lie: working with minky is kind of like knit – it’s a love-hate material.

On the bright side, minky baby quilts are pretty easy to make. There are tons of tutorials out there, but basically you just lay a square/rectangle of cotton fabric on top of the same size minky with the right sides facing and stitch all the way around leaving a small opening on one edge so that you can flip the blanket. Then top stitch all around and – voila! – you’re all set for the baby shower.

I’d love to tell you there’s some great / highly sophisticated method that I use to make my applique shapes, but realistically this is what I do:

– cut the shape out from my fabric of choice

– iron light weight interfacing to the back (optional – it just makes it a bit sturdier / less likely to move around too much when you’re stitching)

– set my machine to the zig zag stitch, tighten up the width so there is little space between the stitches, test on a scrap until I reach the desired look then slowly stitch all the way around the shape.

5. My new mug

mug

You’re probably thinking: that mug doesn’t look very new and what’s the heck is so special about it?

Well, friends: I found it for a dollar at the Salvation Army and just had to have it.

Here’ why: as soon as I saw it, memories of my Gammy’s frail hands holding her cup of steaming hot black coffee sitting at her kitchen table watching the humming birds come and go from her feeder in the window in between smoke breaks on her patio. I miss her tea parties, I miss the nicotine kisses she smothered us with, I miss finding tiny tubes of lipsticks everywhere, I miss her telling stories about the hummingbirds she’d named after the Muppet Babies. I miss everything about her.

I’m kind of sucker for pretty coffee mugs and nostalgia so naturally I love this mug. The fancy shape of the mug + the vintage floral pattern make me feel all warm and fuzzy (the warm coffee helps with that too 😉 ).

6. My new car

car

This is me and my new set of wheels. I named her Betty White.

I know, I know. I’ve been very quiet on this one. 🙂

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Kia, but I’m happy to report that I understand why there are so many Souls on the road: they are very affordable and super fun to drive!

My Dad has a Kia Soul and he loves it. When I told him that the Hubs and I were considering trading in our 100k+-mileage money-pits (the Hubs got an Optima), he said “you know, they make the Soul in a manual transmission.”

I always told myself (and my Dad…) that when I was fortunate enough to actually pick out my car (rather than having to buy the one they hide around back), I was going back to a manual transmission. [My first – and second – car was a stick shift]

I was a little nervous during the test drive because it had been a few years, but I tell you: it really is like riding a bike.

And so – if you see me & Betty White tooling around town, be sure to give us a wave!

 

What are some of your favorite things about September? I’d love to hear what’s on your list! 🙂

 

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What I’m lovin’ in June

Whatever happened to things slowing down when the weather gets warm? The only thing slowing down is my energy being zapped by this blanket of humidity that’s taken over Columbia!

June went by in such a flash my list of June-lovin’ wasn’t ready until July – I do hope you’ll forgive me!

june

 

1. Planning my imaginary vacation through airbnb’s Instagram feed.

There’s a such thing as #TreeHouseTuesday which led to me starting a “wish list” of all the treehouses I want to visit.

Like this one in Vermont:

treehouse

this one also makes me long for snow… 🙂

2. Vintage clothes.

This one should be pretty obvious by now, but as a short gal stuck between junior & adult styles who dislikes both, vintage clothing has saved my work wardrobe from looking very confused.

In addition, I love the way vintage clothes are constructed – sturdy, comfortable (and oh-so-soft!) and timeless.

I just got this fabulous shirt from Saint & Rambler Vintage a few weeks ago at the market:

S&R shirt

A few months ago after I made my first dress ever (the #OutAndAboutDress by Sew Caroline – you can see my picture here on Instagram), I found a tutorial for adding tulip sleeves which I added to my “make this!” list. Unfortunately, I haven’t made an Out & About Dress with Tulip Sleeves (yet!), but when I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it!

Aren’t the tulip sleeves just the best thing ever?!

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3. Succulents.

They’re everywhere right now! I see them all over Etsy in listing photos and on all the hip design people’s Instagrams.

Well I’m neither hip nor much of a plant enthusiast (after the time my cat knocked over my only indoor plant I vowed to never have an indoor plant so long as Mr. Norton is still alive & kickin’…literally). However, I saw this baby hens & chicks succulent at IKEA for $3 and fell in love:

theodore

I named him Theodore and took him to my office before Mr. Norton realized he had been in the house.

I’m happy to report that a month later, Theodore is still very much alive which is a significant improvement from the fate of Dutchess Jamie Lynn the orchid. Apparently hens & chicks are hard to kill (thank goodness!).

4. Garden fresh tomatoes!

The garden we planted at my grandparents is flourishing so of course, my appreciation for fresh produce goes beyond May. 🙂

There’s really nothing more tasty than a sun-ripened tomato sandwich on fresh baked bread (try Heather’s Artisan Bakery at the Soda City market!) slathered in Duke’s mayonnaise and sprinkled with a little sea salt & fresh ground pepper. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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Also lovin’ the fact that my sister is successfully growing lots of cherry tomatoes – and she doesn’t even like tomatoes! Thus, I have been getting little deliveries of tomatoes for the past few weeks 🙂

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5. Light & fresh summer recipes from Cooking With A Wallflower.

Recently, she posted a recipe for a Cheesy Tomato Basil Quesadilla that I tried with a spin (I’ll post my spin on the recipe soon!) using the tomatoes from my sister’s backyard garden. It was heavenly!!

I hope you loved June as much as I did and Happy Independence Day!!

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Tasty Tuesday: Trader Joe’s Harvest Summer Salad

Not too long ago, Columbia got our very first Trader Joe‘s and I’ve been smitten ever since! As a very indecisive gal, I really appreciate the simplicity of grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s – there are just enough choices so that you have one, but not enough to keep you stumped for 20 minutes deciding between brands of cheese.

Another thing I love about TJ’s: they always have samples! These samples are more than just slivers of something pulled from a box. They’re usually unique combinations of TJ-original items that bring out the kind of flavor that sends you in search of the ingredients to replicate.

Well, that happened to me and I had to share the recipe with you!

This “salad” is great for packing in your lunchbox because it does okay at room temperature for a few hours (or you can get fancy and use a freezy pack, but as I’ve admitted in previous posts: this cook is lazy…and I usually run out of room in my lunch box for those!).

Plus: it only require 3 ingredients! It’s so simple it’s hardly worth listing, but I’ll share the recipe nonetheless!

Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Summer Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend
The blend includes Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans & red quinoa.

The blend includes Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans & red quinoa.

The blend includes Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans & red quinoa.

In case you’re a visual person (like me!), here’s what the bag looks like so you can find it easy at TJs!

  • Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix
The veggie mix includes broccoli, carrots, green & red cabbage, jicama, green bell pepper, radish and celery.

The veggie mix includes broccoli, carrots, green & red cabbage, jicama, green bell pepper, radish and celery.

  • 1/2 bottle of Trader Joe’s Tuscan Italian Dressing with Balsamic Vinegar

dressing

 

Directions:

  1. Cook half the bag of the Harvest Grains Blend with water according to the package.
  2. Once the grains are cooked, combine with the vegetable mix in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle half the bottle of dressing over the grain and vegetable mix. Combine the ingredients until the dressing is evenly spread throughout the mixture.
  4. Taste and add more dressing as needed.

You can store the leftovers in the fridge for a few days and eat cold or at room temperature.

TJ couscous salad

I used Trader Joe’s ingredients because it was convenient (and after all, it is their recipe!), but you could adapt this recipe by using a different grain blend (or entirely Israeli couscous), chopping your own vegetables or using a similar chopped mix and a blend of Italian and Balsamic Vinegar dressing.

Enjoy!

Tasty Tuesday: Morning Smoothie

In case you didn’t know: I am a huge fan of smoothies! They’re so easy to prepare and it’s the most conveniently delicious way to pack extra fruits and veggies into your day.

In the past, I would make a big batch of smoothies in my very messy, very clunky, very-much-nearly-dead smoothie maker (aka: blender) on Sundays. I’d transfer (very messily) the smoothies into mason jars and freeze them. Every morning, I’d pop one in a koozie, throw it in my lunch box (they double as a freezy pack), give it a good shake around noon and voila! Fresh smoothie at work.

I won’t take full credit for the brilliance of that tip – I heard it on NPR one day as a recommendation for parents to make for their children to pack in their lunchbox (meant for children obviously means meant for Jordan).

Recently, my sister offered to give me her Magic Bullet which I jumped on! I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it made single servings and as you read previously I’m really into saving myself effort by making food in big batches when possible 🙂 Well…I’m obsessed with it!

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Here’s my little bullet in action!

The biggest success out of all of this is that nearly every day I come home to find that the Hubs made himself a smoothie at lunch (which is a huge accomplishment because when I met him, he didn’t eat ANY fruit. Seriously. And he barely does now. Unless it’s in a smoothie).

I have been wanting to share a smoothie recipe with you all, but I have to admit: I rarely stick to the same combination and I rarely (..never) measure anything I throw into my smoothies. So, bear with me on this and let your imagination run wild!

Morning Smoothie Recipe (or my guide to your creative smoothie path)

Gather your ingredients:

  • Milk (I use skim, but use what you want! Soy milk is also great! You could probably try to substitute water if you wanted)
  • Frozen fruit: bananas, blueberries, strawberries – if you don’t have frozen fruit, add some ice cubes
  • Fresh spinach
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey (somewhat optional)
  • Ground flax (optional)

Line the bottom of the blender (or cup) with a handful of fresh spinach leaves. This will keep the fruit from clumping under your blender blades making for a more consistently smooth smoothie!

Next, layer in the frozen fruit until the cup is about 3/4 full. If you are using a traditional blender, just throw in about 2 handfuls of fruit.

Toss in a scoop (about a tablespoon) of peanut butter and drizzle of honey (if your sweet tooth isn’t so strong, feel free to omit the honey and save some calories. You can always add it at the end after you taste test).

Add another handful of spinach (to keep the peanut butter from sticking to the blade when you flip it over if you are using a Bullet-like-contraption).

You should have a vibrant, beautiful layer of fresh fruits and spinach in your blender/Magic Bullet cup, like this:

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You will want to add milk until it reaches the bottom of the top layer of spinach.

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Screw your lid on tight and blend until smooth. After a few seconds, remove the cup or lift the lid of the blender to check the consistency (taste test time! Add more honey if needed).

If the smoothie is too thick, just add a little milk and blend some more. If the smoothie is too thin, add a little more frozen fruit and spinach. Repeat until you reach your desired consistency.

Cheers! Enjoy!