A few weeks ago when I was carpooling with Alex, his sister graciously offered me a homemade smoothie to-go before we headed off to work for the day. I accepted and watched her get to blendin’. I’m always interested in new smoothie recipes, and let me tell you, her’s is great! Here are the ingredients.
- handful of spinach leaves
- handful of red seedless grapes
- 1/2 medium sized banana
- 1/2-3/4 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 4-5 baby carrots
- 3/4-1 cup of almond milk
- few cubes of ice
I’ve always been on the “spinach in my smoothie” train, but I never thought to throw carrots in! I took a big gulp of the smoothie and couldn’t believe how sweet it was. The grapes, banana and carrots, mixed with the vanilla protein powder really made for a milkshake-esque drink. I chugged it down before work and felt totally satisfied until lunchtime. I started recreating this drink last week and had one every single day. Yum! The only bummer is that my Magic Bullet takes a little longer to crunch up ice. Maybe I’ll have to consider registering for a Ninja! I hear such good things about them.
Anyway, today I decided to mix it up and do strawberries instead of grapes and carrots. It wasn’t as sweet, but definitely delicious and filling. If you aren’t on the smoothie train, I highly recommend you give them a try. It’s the perfect breakfast for summer, because it really helps cool you down.
In other news, Alex and I are preparing to move into our first house together very soon. Yay!!! Alex is tackling the hard part — the paperwork — while I’m handling the home maintenance stuff, like picking out furniture, switching over utilities, etc. I’m also in charge of moving the cats, so maybe our jobs are equally challenging in this process…
Yesterday I went over to Ashley Furniture at the University Town Center and started browsing for a new couch. I’m particularly torn between a sectional and just getting a couch and loveseat set. Here’s what I found I liked the most.
There was a section I didn’t snap a photo of, but it looked a lot like the fabric in the last photo above. I like all of these sets for different reasons. The main reason I like them all is the fabric. My cats have claws and no matter how much I try to deter them, they always manage to leave picks in my furniture. These fabrics are sturdy and would show less imperfections from my little furry roommates. Another reason I like them is because they are all darker colors. Light furniture, while beautiful, gives me anxiety that I just can’t handle. I’ll stick to grays and dark browns, thanks.
So the decision must be made! Hopefully we’ll get this sorted out so I can start thinking about accent colors!
My Healthy Tip of the Day: Toss in veggies with your smoothie to get some of your daily serving knocked out first thing in the morning. Carrots are nice for adding sweetness and spinach is great, because you can’t even taste it.