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Can't think of the last time I had the real thing
I love Instagram!! I pretty much post something up everything, whether it be food, or clothes, or whatever. BUT I love it most for all the food and recipe ideas I find there. For example, I found a recipe for a carrot cake protein shake from @priskaraveo that's perfect as a post-workout treat in a cup. I don't really eat much actual carrot cake----too much sugar in the cream cheese frosting...arg.

I only tweaked the recipe a little. For example, had to go and buy carrot juice because I don't own a juicer. However, I hear that if you steam the hell out of a carrot that it'll be soft enough to blend...if you want to go that route...I was too lazy, haha. I also used fresh ginger because I think you get more of that kick that ginger gives, as well as the inherent detoxing properties.


 
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After dumping a ziploc of fruits into a blender cup
Thanks to one page of a book I was skimming in Barnes & Nobles just before the new year, I ended up with a new year's resolution of sorts without even realizing it. I don't go to the gym everyday, and I don't want to go everyday (I'm a lazy butt), but when I do go, I like to work out my whole body if I can. The book suggested that for people like me who do whole body workouts, I should be going to the gym three times a week (Monday, Thursday, & Saturday)~~~~so I'm trying it out to see what it does for me.

What that really means is that my sleep-loving self has been getting up pretty early three days a week and going to the gym. Being as lazy as I am, making breakfast early in the morning is hard for me. One of the easiest things to make in the morning is a smoothie, especially if you take a couple minutes to prep the ingredients the night before. Just measure out the fruits or veggies you're going to use into a ziploc bag (see my picture below with the recipe; you can spot a ziploc with fruits); keep it in the fridge or freezer, and just dump it into the blender with any liquid ingredients the next morning! The hardest part is really just trying to figure out what goes into the smoothie.


 
I already wrote about some of the health benefits of avocados and posted a recipe for dark chocolate avocado pudding (see my previous post), but I couldn't help myself from making something else and posting about it immediately. I found a recipe on Food52 months ago for an avocado lassi, and I finally got to try it out today!

A lassi is a yogurt based drink from India, and it can be either savory or sweet flavored. I've only ever really seen two or so flavors of lassi when I eat at Indian restaurants, the most common being the most well-known mango lassi, though I've also tried a rose water lassi which had a much subtler taste. Since my first lassi, I've loved the way they tasted! I've even tried my hand at making my own mango lassi during the last mango season, but that can come another day. The traditional version of a lassi, however, is apparently more savory and is made with roasted cumin and spices as opposed to the more well-known sweet and fruity types.

I don't know where an avocado lassi falls on the savory vs. sweet scale, but I do know that it tastes good! So go ahead and make some for yourself!

 
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There are LOTS of people these days touting the advantages of "green smoothies" and how healthful they are. I'm not really a smoothie kind of girl, normally because I don't find them to be quite filling enough. However, that doesn't stop me from making one every once in a while, and since I have spinach on the brain and a huge bag in the fridge, I decided to throw one of these little smoothies together.

For those of you who aren't sold on the idea of green smoothies, or more specifically, the idea of spinach in a smoothie, there are actually a lot of positive aspects to spinach that you should consider! I even did a bunch of the research for you! Hopefully, it's enough to convince some of those non-believers out there that spinach is at least worth a try.