Grab and Go

September 24, 2012

{Green goodness}

Fall is here!! Saturday marked the first day of Autumn, and it definitely looked like it in Vancouver. It was a pretty relaxed weekend, Adam and I didn’t do a whole lot, which is sometimes nice. With school starting again I’m in full time school Monday-Friday and have a few projects I’ve been working on so I took some time to do that.

We actually went to an art show on Saturday, at one of Adam’s old teachers house. He displays his artwork in his beautiful backyard and has an open house concept, or drop in. I forgot my phone at home (my life source), so I didn’t get to snap any photos. It was gorgeous though, he has apple trees, plum trees, massive blackberry bushes and beautiful gardens where he displayed his work. It was a great day for it, a little cooler but perfect weather for the outdoor event. It happened to coincide with the first day of Fall, and it was nice to be outdoors for a while in the afternoon – we even picked some apples from his tree to bring home. Definitely a Fall activity. I told him if I was able to come back and pick more apples I’d bake him a pie, and he said he’d make dinner. Apparently one of his other talents is cooking, so Adam and I might have to take him up on the offer. Adam’s mom did buy two of the paintings as well!

Last week I shared an easy breakfast grab-and-go muffin recipe, that you can easily tailor to your own tastes. This week I thought I’d share another morning recipe idea, my Favourite Green Smoothie.

I feel like back to school means back to “quick” meals – Quick Breakfasts, and Quick Dinners. Everyone is rushing in the morning, and needs something quick to eat before running out the door. At night, everyone wants a quick dinner because we’re all getting home from work/school and don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing dinner. Smoothies are a GREAT quick breakfast, or for any meal really, because you can take almost anything you have on hand and make it into a smoothie (Berries, banana, almond butter, yogurt, fruit, juice etc). You can throw it all in the blender, whirl it around and throw it into a to-go cup to bring with you on your commute or to the office.

A smoothie is no real secret, there’s no actual recipe. Just throw in a few ingredients from the fridge, add ice and blend. But, I’ve actually seen some people who seem to mess up smoothies. Really?? haha – sorry but that’s really not possible! This is a no-fail recipe for a green smoothie. I started drinking them about a year or so ago, and got Adam liking them. Now that we’re temporarily living at his parents while our new house is being built, I’m trying to convert his mom 😉

{Lainey, just because}

My Favourite is a blend of spinach, kale, banana, avocado, ice and almond milk. I threw in a tsp or two of ground flax seed as well. I’ve never really added avocado before, But, it makes it SOOOO smooth. It’s thick, and smooth and gives it a texture like a milkshake – only HEALTHIER!!!! And who doesn’t want to be healthy (On twitter today #Christmas was trending.. I guess because its Exactly three months away today.. Let’s just get through Halloween, and Thanksgiving first people…)

Green SmoothieHere’s How You Do It

Add to blender in this order:

*Top of Blender*

Splash of Almond Milk (Or other milk-alternative) (Last)

5-6 Ice Cubes

2 tsp. Ground Flaxseed (or Protein Powder etc)

1/4 of an Avocado

Handful of Kale

2 Handfulls of Spinach

Banana (Put in First)

*Bottom Of Blender*

Blend according to your blenders instructions – I have a KitchenAid and it’s amazing for chopping through the ice.

– Pour into a tall glass, It’ll fill it right to the brim, and maybe have a splash left over. Serve with a straw (my favourite way to drink one) and ENJOY – Also great for pre or post workout fuel

Amazing Green Colour!! Green = Good for you

{Note the two dogs at my feet – Lainey (Mine) and Chubby (the Daschund, Adam’s parents dog)}

{Green Deliciousness – Nice and Frothy!!}

 {I’ve also completely fallen in love with their deck, it’s perfectly worn and distressed which makes it perfect for backgrounds!}

Do you like Smoothies?? Do you make them regularly? What’s your Favourite Combo??? Please Share!

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