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Guys! I went to the beach this weekend! This is big news. I can go all summer without going to the beach. It usually isn’t for me. The sand gets everywhere, the sun burns my pale skin, Discovery Channel did a whole special on Great Whites at the Cape and now I’m paranoid I’m going to get my legged nawed off… clearly, I have some issues.

But I went down on Friday to see my friend, Julie, who rented a place on the beach for the week. It was right on the beach and the weather wasn’t too hot and sunny and it was so peaceful to get up in the morning and sip iced chai tea on the beach. I could have stayed there for a whole week!

Isn’t Emily so cute in the corner with her little curls? I just want to cuddle her forever.

Anyway, besides sinking my toes in the sand, I’ve been making smoothies like they are going out of style. This is my new favorite.

Carrot Cake Smoothie
from Rabbitfoodformybunnyteeth.com

Serves 1

1 cup chopped carrots
1 frozen banana
6oz cup vegan yogurt (I tried Vanilla Coconut milk yogurt and Pina Colada coconut milk yogurt. Both were delicious)
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used non-sweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This can be made the night before but the chia seeds will make it thicken up. Just throw it in the blender in the morning with a little more milk and you’re all set. It will be a lot faster than cutting everything and measuring it out in the morning.

I’m still loving Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth and her food pyramid. Her smoothies are delicious and super filling, perfect for a summer breakfast!

I’m spending the rest of my days off doing laundry. I want to go back to the beach house!

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I think I’m in denial that summer is here. It’s pretty easy to do since it hasn’t gotten above 70 here in Boston for a few weeks and I spend most of my time in a freezing cold office building.

Also, my apartment has no AC and I get burnt when I just look at the sun. Going to the beach usually results in sunburn lines that you can see well into January and February…no matter how much sunscreen I put on. So most of the time I just like to pretend summer doesn’t exist.

I realized earlier in the week, though, that I must have been in denial about summer for the past two years because I seriously have no summer clothes. I have 1 pair of jeans I turned into shorts, 1 sun dress and a pair of studded gladiator sandals that I’m not even sure are still in style. Anyone? Am I safe to wear those? Or will the fashion police come and arrest me?

One thing I have fully embraced regarding the warmer weather though is smoothies. I love smoothies in the summer! They are light, fruity and cold and are seriously, the perfect start to my work day.

This one will give you the satisfacation of eating a baked good BUT is way better for you. Which is awesome when you need to fit into your summer shorts and tank tops…which clearly I don’t have to worry about cause I’ll be wearing my sundress/jeacut-off jeans/outdated sandals look all summer. Chic, I know!

Ingredients
slightly modifued from Healthfulpursuits.com

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/4 cup for blending
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 tbsp uncontaminated regular oats
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp raw walnuts or pecans
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: coconut, raisins, walnuts, or chocolate chips
  1. Night before: combine all ingredients [but the frozen banana and 1/4 cup almond milk] in a glass or plastic container. Stir to combine and place in fridge.
  2. Morning: pour contents of container into blender, add banana and additional almond milk, blend until smooth.

Makes 2 cups

So far, in my brief look online for summer clothes, I’ve put 3 pairs of shoes on my shopping list, one of which is a pair of black flip flops with studs on them to replace my gladiators. Whew! I thought for a second I would have to function in the summer without a proper pair of studded sandals!

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I feel like starting the week off with a smoothie is sort of starting the week off on a wimper. I feel like I should start with something amazing and gripping like cupcakes! Or cake! Or a cocktail!

Instead, you get a smoothy.

*Whomp, whomp*

But here’s the thing- it’s almost summer time in New England. I know some of you may actually already feel like it’s summer, but New England is really holding out. It’s cool and rainy here and I’m actually thinking that Bean, Kale and Potato soup is looking pretty good.

Even though, it may not feel like summer yet, I’m already planning two beach trips- to the Cape and to North Carolina- and both will require me to suck up my dislike and wear summer clothes *dun, dun, duuun*

(I’m already counting down the days until boots weather)

Until then though, I have to tighten up on the healthy eating. No more cinnamon pancakes for dinner! (even though they are soooo good…)

So here’s a breakfast smoothy I started the week with:

Oatmeal Smoothie
fromMartha Stewart 

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (though any berry would work)
  • 1/2 cup plain coconut-milk yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 cup coconut water

Place ice and raspberries in the bottom of blender, and other ingredients on to. Blend until completely smooth.

The recipe says this made 2-4 servings but those would be really small breakfast servings if you divided it into 4! I split it in half, put half in the fridge for the next morning and froze the second half in ice cube trays. I just blended the cubes together the morning of or the night before. Either works!

Alright, hopefully my food choices pick up this week and somehow manage to be fun and healthy.

PS. Do you like my ghetto smoothie cup?? Someone threw my fancy-schmancy travel mug out at work so I’ve been in smoothie to-go cup limbo. I need a new one STAT!

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Ugh, I know, I know! Valentine’s day is next week. I know because every. single. frickin’. store has Valentine’s Day displays. It’s maddening! But I’ll buy in and share some valentines recipes with you…

So chances are, next week you are going to be either:

a. having a romantic evening with your significant other that may or may not involve a large meal and/or skimpy outfits

or b. having a romantic evening by yourself that may or may not involve a large box of dark (hopefully vegan!) chocolates,  your over sized pajamas, and The Notebook.

Either way though, whether your shoveling chocolate into your mouth alone or pasta into your mouth in the company of another, you should quite possibly go easy with the calories this weekend. It will make you fell less guilty when you have to slip into your lingerie/ move on from the chocolates to the icecream, depending on your situation.

This smoothie would be perfect for breakfast or a meal replacement. It’s packed with fruit and contains yogurt and flax seed to help fill you up. As a bonus, it’s a fun pink color, naturally, so you don’t have to resort to food coloring.

“Be Mine” Fruit Smoothie
inspired by Edible Perspective

  • one 6 oz container fo So Delicious Coconut Yogurt, vanilla flavored (or your fav. non-dairy yogurt)
  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 1 blood orange
  • handful of strawberries, frozen (I used about 8)
  • 1/2 banana, frozen*
  • 1TBSP flaxseed
  • 3-4 icecubes

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until completely combined.

* I only added 1/2 the banana because with all the Green Monstahs I’ve had, I was kind of banana-ed out. But feel free to add a whole if you like the taste. It will thicken the smoothie up a bit.

This smoothie is a temporary replacement for the Green Monstah smoothie I’ve been consuming almost non-stop lately. I’m actually getting really sick of it. Thursday morning I could only drink about half before I just couldn’t stand the idea of taking one more sip. Clearly, it was time for a change! It doesn’t have quite the same nutritional punch as the Green Monstah but it’s refreshing enough to start your day off with!

Here’s hoping you spend your Valentine’s with someone other than your Teddy Bear and Noah Ryan Gosling.

 

uhhhhh…on second thought…

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Happy 2012, everyone! I hope you had a safe and happy New Years. I kept things chill. I had dinner with a friend and then we dragged our butts to The Common. We attempted to watch the fireworks but had a meh view. But it was a good evening. I knew I didn’t want to start 2012 with a hang over- I wanted to be productive and start the year on a positive note- so we kept the drinks to a minimum. It was a perfect mix of celebratory and low key.

Now that the new year is here, I’m sure we are all sick of seeing chocolates and sweets everywhere. I know that I am! My body started to revolt against all the junk food the week before Christmas. I just couldn’t take it anymore! Everywhere I went there was sugary confections and big bowls of comfort food. I need something green and healthy, which is why this Green Monster Smoothie (or Green Monstah Smoothie, as we Bostonians call it!) is perfect for your post-holiday, new years-resolution diets.

Green Monstah Smoothies

from Oh She Glows

1 cup  almond milk
1 TBSP ground flax seed
1 TBSP nut butter (I used peanut butter)
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 banana, frozen
3-4 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender in that order and blend until smooth. Consume and feel awesome!

I’m not even exaggerating when I say that this smoothly will make you feel great and full of energy. The week of Christmas, when I was working at my retail job after a full 8+ hours at my regular job, I had about 15 minutes to myself from when I arrived home to when I had to leave for my second job. I would make this and drink it in the car. It gave me so much energy that it was actually a problem one night when I was working behind the cash register and didn’t have any customers. I was dancing around my co-worker, John, because I couldn’t stand still. He kept giving me weird looks.  “It’s this awesome Green Monstah smoothie I made!!!” I said . “Did it have crack in it”, he asked. In fact, it does not! But it will help you shed that sluggish, junk food haze and help give you energy for all those New Years Resolutions. Yeah!

Speaking of resolutions, here are mine. I decided to put them on the back of my door so I can check in and see how I’m doing every once in a while.

Do you like number 5? That one comes courtesy of my friend, Haley. We have a $10 bet riding on that one so I definitely have to keep it! lol!

I’m pumped for 2012. I think its going to be great! What are some of your resolutions? You know, besides eat more vegan meals 😉

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