recipes to rave about

Banana Sushi

Bananas+ Peanut Butter: favorite food right there. Which is saying something, considering the vast array of foods that I love!
I came across the idea for this “breakfast sushi” online (actually I think it was proposed as a fun way to get kids excited about healthy foods…lol!) so I can’t take credit, but it was too cute, had to recreate. Plus, I love an excuse to eat this banana/ peanut butter/ raisin combination… Why not make it look pretty while I’m at it?;)

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Goodness in a glass

Usually I wake up pretty ready to go (probably because I can’t wait to get up and make me some new tasty oatmeal variation!). Actually, a lot of times I wake up surprisingly alert, especially given the lack of sleep I’ve been getting on this no- school, working- late summer schedule.
This morning however, was not one of these mornings. It was one if those push- the- snooze- button- roll- over- “just a few more minutes” kinda mornings. But, I had to make sure the little bro got off to school so I hopped outta bed and decided to start the day off with a fresh Orange Julius.

My basic orange Julius recipe:
>banana, broken into chunks
>large scoop of frozen orange juice concentrate
>handful of ice cubes
>1/2t pure vanilla extract
>water (amount varies; depends on how runny you like your smoothies)

So simple, and never fails! {My favorite is adding about 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries to this as well..too bad we were out of those this morning!}

I realized I had a huge bag of fresh kale just chillen in the fridge, so I decided to go green and added a heaping handful to my Orange Julius. It turned out delicious; to quote my 7th grade brother, “that’s actually really good!”, and he’s not necessarily the spinach- in- a- glass type. 🙂

So tell me, what are some of the craziest concoctions you’ve created with your blender? Obviously this one’s nothing extreme, but still, I’m sure to plenty of people think it’s weird to drink something so.. Green!🌱

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{oops my glass isn’t too full in the pics.. Hey, I guess that’s good though, proof it was good! Anyways you can still see that beautiful green color! Gotta love!}

Midnight kale salad

Not much of a recipe per say, but if you need ideas for upping your kale intake, try it out by all means.
I recommend making this for lunches/ sides to- go, because when the kale soaks up the dressing it gives it a nice texture (basically saturates the leaves with flavor), whereas if you were using say, spinach, a pile of soggy leaves after a long shift just doesn’t sound appealing.
{I called it midnight kale salad because of the midnight grapes I used, but I’m sure it would make a great midnight snack as well. Lulz}

*1-2 cups fresh kale, loosely chopped
*1/3 cup midnight grapes, sliced in half
*handful pecans, sliced in half
*5 prunes, loosely chopped
*1T lemon juice (preference may vary of course)
*1/2 maple- agave syrup

{when I say “loosely chopped”, I basically mean bite- size pieces; doesn’t need to be finely chopped}

Feel free to mix lemon juice and agave separately before adding as the salad’s dressing.
Or you can do what I did (and recommend); toss the lemon juice with the kale, add fruit and nuts, toss again, then drizzle maple-agave on top!

Nothing astounding, but it’s a great way to choke those greens down;)
Turned out better than I expected, and as mentioned earlier, it’s the perfect lunch (or side) for those rushing-out- the door, on- the- go days! Somehow those days seem to come around a lot..;)

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