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breakfast smoothie

Okay, so recently I bought KALE. I had no idea what to do with it, but everyone had been talking about how amazing it is, I bought it. Here’s one thing I’ve done with it so far:

Breakfast Smoothie:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup blueberries (I used frozen, but fresh is always my first option)
  • 4 heaping spoons of plain Greek Yogurt (I use 0% Fage)
  • 4-5 leaves of KALE (not a lot, because it is a bitter veggie, and you don’t want it to overpower the smoothie and make the whole thing taste bitter)
  • 1/4 cup of any juice (or liquid) that you like (orange juice is always a good option, or coconut water is a great added boost of nutrition)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder (optional)

We have a blessing of a Vitamix at my house, but with any other blender, blend until completely smooth. I had to go back and reblend longer than I usually do with my smoothies because of the kale. You want to make sure its really smooth, or you’ll be chewing pieces of raw kale, and that’s not the yummiest thing ever.

Enjoy!

talk about a green smoothie. disregard the background being my car!

talk about a green smoothie. disregard the background being my car!

*ps, word on the orange juice: Texas oranges are in season right now, and have GREAT juice. Go for natural orange juice, squeezed fresh, instead of store-bought. WAY tastier

natural eating

So, if you remember reading my post about my new year thoughts, I talked about how I was going to make a list of everything that I wanted to accomplish in my life, do, travel to, etc. One of those lists consisted of lifestyle changes.

The biggest “lifestyle change” that I want to really dive into, is living as natural and an organic way of life possible. I kind of started this a while ago, but really, thinking back, I didn’t put as much effort as I probably should have. But, that’s what the new year is for! Remember, I am making incredible moments here (or, at least trying my very hardest to!).

Back to the point of living naturally and organically. I really want to eat better. I was talking to a friend, and I told him that instead of completely nixing out every single bad food I enjoy eating from my life, I can make a list of all the “unhealthy” foods, and limit myself to them. If I get a craving, I get a craving. I mean, if you know me, you know that I can’t live without Taco Bell. So, why torture myself with not eating TB? The longer I go without these foods I love so much, the quicker I’m gonna snap and go scarf down as much of the unwanted foods as I can. Remember, distance makes the heart grow fonder. And, not eating yummy unhealthy foods makes you want to eat astronomical quantities of it.

So, why cut them out all together? I made a list. My hope is that I’ll slowly wean myself off, and my cravings will be cut down all together. Is this a definite solution? I can’t tell you for sure. But, I’m gonna try. It’s about the effort.

I really love to eat. People think that just because I’m a vegetarian, I’m really picky with my food. But in reality, I am a HUGE foodie. I love eating and trying new things. I love cooking and baking (ask my roommates from college. I was definitely the mom amongst our friends). My problem is, is that a lot of times when I eat meals, I eat things that don’t fill me up, or they only fill me up for an hour or a little longer. Does this happen to any of you? Okay, so this happens mainly during breakfast time. I even started a habit of kind of having breakfast and lunch together, or just one or the other. Bad habit. I know.

I’ve begun experimenting with different food options, that are healthy, vegetarian, and more filling. And one of the new things I want to do with my blog is share my recipes with you guys! So, here’s my first one.

This is spin off of a bagel sandwich. I love bagels. But I get so full immediately after eating them from all the excess bread. So, when I found that they now make “bagel thins”, I got really pumped. Bought them, tried them, got hungry 30 minutes later. What the heck.

Here’s what I did to make the bagel thins fill me up longer, and get in my extra nutrients for the day.

-1 whole wheat bagel thin (here’s what they look like)
-Cream cheese (I prefer veggie cream cheese, but can’t find it in Memphis, so regular low fat Philadelphia cream cheese works just fine)
-1 slice of provolone cheese
-Vine tomato slices
-Handful of spinach

Toast the bagel with the cream cheese and provolone cheese until the cheese is a little melted. Then just top with the spinach and tomatoes, and you’re good to go!

Of course, you can add any toppings you love. But, make them healthy, filling, and delicious to you!

So there you have it! I hope you guys like this new addition to my blog. If you think it’s a dumb idea, please let me know! Happy day 5!