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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Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

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Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I have done a post about smoothies.  I recently did a hug smoothie using a large blender.  I was able to make about 4-5 smoothies out of that batch.  I froze them until I got ready to drink them.

Here’s what I used:  kale, cantaloupe,  pine apples, and blue berries, and 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseeds.  I froze all of fruit before blending.  I used apple juice to blend everything.  This smoothie had a lighter taste because I didn’t add bananas to them.  I could really taste the cantaloupe and pineapples.   It was very tasty.  I had this smoothie right before bed and when I had to stay up late doing school work for added energy and extra nourishment.

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DIY Hair & Beauty: Avocado Conditioner

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Good morning everyone!

It seems like I haven’t done a post in a while.  I love conditioning my hair.  It’s vital in keeping my hair strong and healthy.  I wanted to share a simple natural conditioner I used on my hair using an avocado, a ripe banana, and extra virgin olive oil.  According to beautyandtips.com, avocado has a lot of health and beauty benefits.  It helps with dandruff, dry scalp, frizz control, and other hair and scalp issues.  Bananas have very similar benefits for hair and scalp issues as avocado.  Bananas help with split-ends, moisture retention, and protecting hair elasticity (blackhair101.com).

Here are my ingredients:

I bought a soft avocado and I let a banana get ripe.  It’s easier to mix if both are soft.

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I didn’t measure the extra virgin olive oil.  I added quite a bit to help mix the avocado and banana.

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Here’s The final mix.

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I had the conditioner on my hair for about an hour.  I sat under my bonnet dryer for about 15 minutes for a deeper conditioning.

My hair felt soft and it was fairly easy to detangle my hair.  My curls and coils were springy and defined which is something I look for when caring for my hair.

Here’s my hair.  There are pieces of avocado and banana in my hair.

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Next time, I’ll use a blender or mixer instead of a whisk and masher.  I hope this was helpful!

I’ll be chatting with you soon;-)

Brandi

Vegetarian and Gluten-free Pasta Dish

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Hello everyone! I have not posted any food post lately.  I wanted share a very delicious vegetarian pasta dish I made last week.  Here’s what I used:

Gluten-free rotini pasta, mushrooms, alfredo sause, 3 garlic cloves, and half a bell pepper sliced into thin pieces.   I used cajun and creole spices.

wpid-1427440251701.jpgI cooked the pasta, drained it, and put in in a casserole pan.  I added the sliced mushrooms, alfredo sauce, the bell pepper slices, and minced garlic.  I added the spices last.  I mixed everything and added some soy milk to make the dish creamier.

I baked for about 30 minutes at 300 degrees.  I made sure that the bell peppers were tender.

Here’s the finally product.

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Smoothies with Cranberries

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Hi everyone!

Smoothies are a go-to healthy option for meals, snacks, and desserts.  I started using fresh cranberries in my smoothies two Christmases ago.  We get cranberries around the holidays, so this time around, I stocked up on them.  Cranberries can last a year frozen.  So, I have been enjoying them since Thanksgiving.  Cranberries,  like other berries, have great health benefits (respiratory health, urinary tract health, antioxidants).  Here are the ingredients of one of my smoothies (100% apple juice not pictured.)

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