A Fresh Green Smoothie

With this cold weather, I just want to stay indoors by the fire and eat carbs all day. Cold weather doesn't exactly scream salads, am I right?

To get more of the green stuff in my diet and to keep my little ones busy, I'm forcing myself to get back on the green smoothie train. My go to recipes for green smoothies can be found here.

Unfortunately, I'm not really clear on whether or not almond milk is safe for baby, so I'm avoiding it to be on the safe side. Lately, we've been making smoothies for the entire family (baby included) and this is our new go to:
Green Smoothie Recipe without Milk
Do you have any veggie rich recipes that you crave during the cold months? I'd love to add some tasty veggies to my stack of go-to recipes.

Stay warm y'all! And drink all your veggies :)

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Clean Eating | Pizza + Smoothies

Y'all, I have to make a little confession. After last week's clean eating post, I took the weekend to get back on track and was doing pretty well. I say was because I threw everything out the window on Monday night. 

I was all set to cook a healthy meal and then the hubby ask if I wanted to order pizza. Well, you don't have to ask me twice. Pizza was up there as one of my top five foods (along with ice cream, of course). You'll notice I said was again. You see, after a prideful moment of only eating 2 slices for dinner as opposed to my normal half a pizza, Tuesday morning happened. 

All of the junk that I had been eating for the last month + that darn pizza made me feel awful. I woke up on Tuesday with a puffy face, more tired than usual, and pants that felt tight - haven't had that feeling for a few months. Plus, I noticed that my 4 month old's skin was breaking out a little (whatever I'm eating, she will eventually consume through milk). 

I know that all of this wasn't just the pizza, but my body was telling me that all of the salt in that pizza and that greasy cheese was not welcome anymore. I spent most of yesterday drinking large quantities of water and oddly craving green smoothies. I ended up making a green smoothie for breakfast and another one for dinner. 
A basic green smoothie recipe
I've always been a pizza kind of girl, but things have drastically changed over the past few months. . .  and I'm not hating it. 

I promised a smoothie recipe, so here it is. This is the base for most (if not all) of my green breakfast anytime smoothies. 
Basic Green Smoothie: 1-2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk or water
1-2 big handfuls of spinach (frozen or fresh)
1 frozen banana
1 cup of almond milk (or water)

Directions: Blend until smooth and drink up!

Simply by adding a spoonful of peanut butter, you get one of my favorite morning treats. 
Peanut Butter Green Smoothie: 1-2 handfuls of spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk or water, 1 spoonful of peanut butter
To the basic recipe, you can add all sorts of fun things (berries / kale / soaked chia seeds / coconut oil) to make a completely different smoothie. 

Just use the basic smoothie recipe as a guide and add whatever flavor combinations that you think would work. I usually put half spinach / half kale in my smoothies, but spinach will give beginners a smooth and creamy texture to start. Kale makes the smoothie a bit gritty unless you have a super fancy blender, which I do not. 

I really do crave these smoothies now and they are so easy to make. Also, you can buy spinach in bulk and pop the entire bag in the freezer for smoothies. I easily go through an entire (frozen) bag for smoothies, when I use to toss half of it after letting it go bad in the fridge before I discovered smoothies. Veggies for breakfast. . . definitely not a bad thing. 

Do you have a super delicious + healthy smoothie recipe you'd like to share with me? I'm always looking for a better variety for the hubs - I could stick to the PB smoothies everyday and never tire of it, but I'm a little odd like that. 

Fall Update in Photos

We made a last minute trip to Raleigh for the Bugfest in September.  You heard that right.  It was a festival to celebrate BUGS.
 Local restaurants in Raleigh made gourmet pizza, asian slaw, and even ice cream... all with worms or grasshoppers mixed in somehow.  I did not partake in the tasting of these creations.  I cannot say the same for Ellington.
 She ate every last chocolate covered grasshopper on the plate. YUCK!  It may have had something to do with the fact that the grasshoppers were covered in chocolate or maybe she is already an adventurous eater. :)
By far, her favorite activity was watching the musicians preform.  This little lady loves music!
 After the festival, we went back to Corey's house (my little sister's boyfriend) to hangout and eat dinner.  Of course, Ellington was just thrilled that Aunt CC's dog was there to play with her.  Ellington even had some fun with a stick on mustache that she found inside.  After this picture was taken, she spent several minutes trying to make the poor dogs wear the mustache.  Unfortunately, I did not capture this on camera.
 She had even more fun playing inside a big box tent.  At different point during the afternoon the box was a hiding spot, a tent, a reading nook, a house, a slide, and even a trampoline.  She's got quite the imagination.
 In October, we went to a new Korean restaurant to celebrate our Birmingham condo being SOLD!  Ellington got very messy eating her Korean spaghetti (I'm not sure what it is actually called in Korean).
 Also in October, we went to the Duck Festival.  We went last year and Ellington loved all of the animals they had on display.  This year, she was not the least bit impressed by any of the animals.
 She spent most of her time at the coloring wall.  It was really hard to get her to leave this wall.
Before she left, she tried to clean up all of the crayons by putting every single one away.  She wasn't satisfied with the crayons dumped into the big box, so she tried to put them each back in the smaller crayon boxes.  Why isn't she this particular with her toys at home?

Fall has had a great start!