I know yesterday was all about that big, bright green and colorful salad, but honestly after the weekend I had in Cleveland, and the amount of traveling I did in such a short amount of time, really green and colorful plant-based foods are just what I need right now.
I have a feeling I am not the only one feeling this way. I would love to hear about all of your crazy fun, exhausting long weekends. Any fun recipes… or variations of any on the blog? Send pics!
Plus, I am headed back down to Denver to the airport again on Thursday, so trying to stay energized and healthy is my goal for this week. I wish I was headed back to Cleveland to continue hanging with my family, but I am actually headed to Wisconsin for some work. Clearly today I am feeling slightly left out from all the fun back in Cleveland…
My trip just wasn’t long enough.
But speaking of my trip, remember how I told you I went shopping all day on Friday (which was maybe the best thing ever). I haven’t done that in like years and I had the best shopping partner…she made me buy everything I liked…which was actually good since I needed a little nudging, not to mention a major update on my wardrobe (which mostly consists of shirts like this, cast offs from my little brother Red). Unfortunately, shopping seems to be all I want to do now. I mean, work? Yeah, that’s a little boring at moment. Summer and work = not a good combo. <–truth.
I really do not know how I ever got away from clothes shopping, but now that I’ve gotten a little taste of it again, I am semi obsessed. Still, I usually have a hard time pulling the trigger and actually buying anything. That’s when I move onto dishes and kitchen things, which I feel I can buy since I justify them in my head that everyone likes to see new pretty things. Ok, and they kind of excite me just as much a clothes since I get really, really bored with using the same dishes/props over and over again in photos. Bottom line, I like new things.
New and pretty things, they make me happy.
But not my wallet.
Oh, and all this extra shopping is currently taking place at like 11:30pm while I am all snuggled up in bed. It’s like my reward at the end of the day. But umm, my sleep is greatly suffering.
I could see this potentially being very problematic on so many levels. YIKES.
So I should probably start telling you all about this raspberry smash super green summer smoothie, huh?
It’s kind of fun, right? I love the colors and the fact that I packed a whole two cups of spinach in there without even be able to notice it. SCORE!
Along with the spinach I added kiwi, banana, a peach or nectarine, milk of your choice (I used almond and goat’s milk) and a little bit of smashed up raspberries for color and added sweetness.
Oh, and some mint for a fresh snap of flavor and passionfruit (if you can find them) because I just love passionfruit, they are so different and fun! Ok, and they just happened to have some at Whole Foods so I just HAD to go for them!
And then yay, that’s kind of it. Just whirl them all together in a blender, pour, drink, sip.
Life = Good.
SIDENOTE: Tomorrow I might just ramble on about how much I love my family and how lucky I feel to be a part of such a big one. I realized this while flying solo this weekend (which I really HATE doing) and it just made me happy. Good family = happy life. Now that’s the truth.
Raspberry Smash Super Green Summer Smoothie.
- 2 kiwi peeled + chopped
- 1 ripe peach or nectarine chopped
- 1 small very ripe banana, preferably frozen
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1-2 cups spinach
- 1 small handful mint
- 1 cup milk (coconut almond or whatever milk you prefer)
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 1 passionfruit flesh removed (optional)
In a blender, combine the kiwi, peach, banana, lemon juice, spinach, mint and milk, Blend until completely smooth and creamy. If a thinner consistency is desired, add more milk to your liking.
In a small bowl mash together the raspberries and maple syrup until the raspberries are completely broken down and sauce like. Stir in the passionfruit. Divide the mixture between one or two glasses.
Pour in the green smoothie. Use a spoon or straw to swirl the raspberry mixture up the sides of the glass a bit. Drink!