Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

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Hello everyone!

I haven’t done a smoothie post lately.  I’ve pretty busy with a school project. So, I wanted share my smoothie for today.  I used fruit and veggies.

Fruits:  Kiwis, Blackberries, Strawberries, Cranberries, and Bananas.

Veggies:  Kale and Collard Greens.

I added 1/2 tsp of flaxseeds

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Vegetarian Update…Transitioning and Taking My Time

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I wanted to update those of you have been following my vegetarian journey.  I made a post almost two months ago about returning back to eating vegetarian for various reason.  Primarily for the discipline and the health benefits.  I would definitely have to say that transitioning seemed easier the last time around because I took my time eliminating meat out of my diet and I also ate more gluten and dairy last time.

This time around I have been doing a lot more research about what is beneficial for my specific health needs.  I also suffered from severe acne when I finally removed meat out of my diet last time.  This actually freaked me out because it was pretty awful.  I found out that going vegan and vegetarian can cause serious acne issues.  So, I am taking my time in my transition into this lifestyle.  So, that my body can adjust to the changes.

Is the meat gone? No, almost.  I transitioned last time for about two to three months eliminating meat.  I am almost at the two month mark.   I don’t buy or prepare meat in my home ever since the last time I went vegetarian.  I cook and prepare only vegetarian friendly meals.  I may have some fish and lean meat if I go out to eat on occasions.  I have found only a few take-out and dine-in dishes that are vegetarian and gluten-free friendly where I live.  It has been trial and error.  But all in all, I am making great progress.

I haven’t noticed any significant weight loss or anything like that.  I have to say that I don’t feel as bloated.  I feel better and my cholesterol and blood pressure are excellent.  I am shooting to be totally meat-free by May 1.  My initial plan was to stop cold turkey, but I am pacing myself and not pressuring myself to become vegetarian.  I’m allowing myself to adapt to it so that it becomes my way of living.  I have a goal and it’s becoming a reality.

Taking My Time,

Brandi

Smoothie and Snack

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Hey everyone!

I have been pretty swamped in my research course. This means late nights, a lot research, and a lot of hours in front of the computer. The past two weeks have been challenging. So, I have to make sure I’m fueling my body. I have been guilty of skipping breakfast or lunch because of my schedule. I’m doing a lot better with that.

Here’s a tasty, nutritious smoothie I made with a cantaloupe, blueberries, kale, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. I made sure that my fruit were frozen. I used apple juice for blending.

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I also eat a lot of apples because they are easy to prepare and are good for on the go. Here’s how remixed my apples. I sliced them and sprinkled a little sea salt and cinnamon. I also added organic peanut butter. It’s a great mix of sweet, salty, and crunchy with some spice. It’s super delicious and filling.

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A little Bit of Everything Smoothie

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Hey everyone!

So, I was going through what I had in my refrigerator to make a smoothie.  I used cranberries, carrots, kale, bananas, blackberries, and oatmeal.  I also used some grape juice as well.  I have a recipe book that suggested using oatmeal in smoothies.  The smoothie actually tasted pretty good, but consistency was like apple sauce.  I’m not sure why, but maybe next time I can blend it longer.

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Exploring Kale

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Hey everyone!  I have been doing a lot more cooking and experimenting with veggies.  I have recently added kale to my menu.  I wanted to share what I came up with in my exploration of kale.

My first adventure with kale was cooking it with other greens like collards, mustards, and turnips.  I am a fan of collard and mustard green.  It is a southern dish that is usually cooked with pork (or turkey).  Last spring, I search the internet for a vegetarian friendly version of cooking greens that still had the southern flavor. I found a recipe that I actually liked.  After that, I took that recipe and changed it up a little made it my own.  I took the butter element out and now it’s vegan friendly.  By the way greens are gluten-free.

Last week cooked some greens using the following ingredients:

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Not pictured is my olive oil and fresh onions.

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The green were really delicious and tender.

My next endeavor was kale chips. I heard nothing but great reviews on how tasty kale chips are and I heard that they were easy to make.   I made some this past Sunday using olive oil and salt.  I have to say that they were okay.  Not nasty or super delicious.  I am a fan of potato chips, so I am kinda comparing.  The chips are super thin and crispy.  I let my parents try the chips out and they loved.  I may try them again using other spices and seasoning.

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On yesterday, I made a kale, strawberry, and banana smoothie. I added 1/2 teaspoon of flax-seed and some apple juice to help the frozen fruit blend well.  I didn’t add my raw sugar.

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I have to say that the smoothie was really good!   I have tried spinach and other veggies before but I like how kale blended with the fruit I had.  I will be trying kale out with other veggies and fruits in my smoothies.

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I just wanted to share my kale experience.  If anyone has any tips or ideas please share!

 xo Brandi