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Looks Aren’t Everything

Sometimes, food doesn’t look pretty. And sometimes, it tastes better than it looks. We all know how we react better to pretty food, but this is an icky looking smoothie that tastes absolutely delicious!

It seems to me that a lot of people have an aversion to green colored foods when they aren’t supposed to be green. Spinach, peppers, green beans – that’s okay. But put in front of them a green smoothie and they get a little creeped out. Well, if you’re one of these people, I dare you to try this smoothie. Especially if you like bananas & strawberries – it covers up any green taste you might find!

Sneaky Kale Smoothie

1+1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries (doesn’t need to be packed full)
3 kale leaves
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup almond milk (or soy or rice)
1/4 cup COLD water

In your blender, place bananas, then half of strawberries, kale, and remaining strawberries on top. Squeeze lemon in, then add milk and put on lid. Blend at high speed – mixture will start getting sludgy so it’s not really mixing well, at this point, slowly pour in water through hole in lid (if you have that option – if not, just stop blending and take off lid to add water). Allow to blend for about 30 seconds after you think it’s done, just to make sure that it’s mixed up really well & the kale is chopped. You’ll want to taste the smoothie periodically and make any adjustments where you need – paying close attention to the liquid! Some folks like their smoothies thicker than others.

Enjoy in the morning for a jumpstart – fruit, fiber, vitamins, and greens!

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So Easy Strawberry Sorbet

It’s been over 100 degrees the past week or so in Austin. Before that, I don’t think there has been a day since we’ve been here that it’s been under 98 degrees. Frozen treats to the rescue! Here’s my first favorite (in a string of many, I am sure): So Easy Strawberry Sorbet.

What you need:

‎1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 pints strawberries
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 – 3 tbsp vanilla extract

1. Bring sugar + water to boil over high heat, stirring constantly. When it starts boiling, turn to low, and let cook 5 minutes (stirring occasionally). Remove from heat, cover for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, wash strawberries, dry, then cut into quarters. Put in blender (or food processor) & process with 1/4 cup of sugar/water mix. Process until you can hardly see the seeds anymore.3. Mix everything else together in a container that can be frozen.4. Let that mixture freeze overnight. In the morning, I let the sorbet sit out for about 5 – 10 minutes, then used a spoon to mash it and mix it up. Return to freezer. Eat after a couple hours!

(I suggest letting it sit out for a few minutes to soften up just a touch before eating. This recipe should make around 6 – 8 servings.)

This one goes delicious with Banana Soft Serve that my friend Lilly turned me onto from choosingraw.com.  Bananas + strawberries!?! How could it get any better?

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