Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with Blind Spot “Fit and Nutty”

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with Blind Spot “Fit and Nutty”

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I was originally going to save this recipe for July, and then I learned a few very important facts:

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Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

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The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats.  I fell in love instantly.  It was like my mouth had found an old friend.

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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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I just found this post that has been sitting in my drafts bin for two years.  No joke, TWO YEARS!

…can a blog post grow old???

What was my life even like two years ago?  Spring of 2015 was my first semester as an RA.  I was working weird hours at a daycare (6:50-7:50 am, 2:30-6:00 pm).  I had never been to Texas.  I didn’t like tomatoes.

I think that it is about time that I share this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 large handful spinach

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Drink and enjoy!

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WIAW #1

WIAW #1

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Every Wednesday, bloggers across the web come together to showcase their recent eats.  This link-up, started by Jenn of Peas and Crayons, is called What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) and is co-hosted by Laura (sprint2thetable), Arman (thebigmansworld) and Meghan (cleaneatsfastfeets).

Since I started blogging, I have enjoyed perusing through pictures of random meals, but I have never participated in WIAW.  One recent sleepless night, an idea occurred to me.

Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

I have decided to join the What I Ate Wednesday link-up in a unique fashion.  Every Wednesday (or at least some Wednesdays) I will post some snapshots of food I have enjoyed that week along with thoughts from Scripture that I have been reading–my physical and spiritual food.

I am doing this for several reasons based off of the purpose of WIAW found on the Peas and Crayons website.

  • WIAW is not about comparison or judgment. What I eat physically is not as important as what we eat spiritually.
  • WIAW is about celebrating food and individuality. First Timothy 4:4 says, “Everything God made is good, and nothing should be refused if it is accepted with thanks.”  This means that every food is good.  Every life is good.  Let’s celebrate our differences!
  • WIAW is about inspiring yourself and others. Currently, I am not very consistent with my Scripture reading, but daily journaling for this blog will hold me accountable.  I pray that my feeble thoughts about God’s Word will bring encouragement to my readers.

Without further delay, here is my first installment of WIAW.  For week one, I am posting a picture of every breakfast with what God taught me through His Word that day.

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

  • Physical Food: Banana Protein Smoothie with Granola

  • Spiritual Food: Ephesians 1

In verses 16-18, Paul prays that God will give wisdom to the Ephesians.  This verse reminds me that there are people in my life who pray for me.  It gives me hope because James 1 says that God will give wisdom to those who ask.  God knows that I need wisdom without having to ask, but He likes to hear from His children.  If I am praying for wisdom, and others are praying that I will have wisdom, God will honor our prayers.

Thursday, September 15

  • Physical food:  Cheesecake Protein Pudding with Banana and Peanut Butter (and an un-pictured glass of milk)

  • Spiritual food:  Ephesians 1 (again)

This morning I read Ephesians 1 in a different version, and the first verse struck me.  Paul says, “I am an apostle because that is what God wanted.”  Being an apostle is not necessarily what Paul wanted or what the world wanted for Paul.  I hope that when I come to the end of my life, I can say, “I was a ______________ because that is what God wanted.”

Friday, September 16

  • Physical food: yogurt with peanut butter and granola, citrus tea smoothie


(This picture shows some of the components of the smoothie before they were blended.  I also added cinnamon, vanilla, and protein powder.)

  • Spiritual food: Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2 has been one of my favorite passages for a few years, but I read it in a different translation today and saw it in a new light.  Today I truly realized my past: it’s deprivation, sinfulness, and hopelessness. But when I got to verse 4, I marveled at God’s mercy.  Because of my sin, I deserve to spend eternity in Hell, separated from God.

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Because of God’s mercy, I have a new life.  He has “raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with him in the heavens.”  What grace!!

Saturday, September 17

  • Physical food: Overnight Tea-Steeped OIAJ with Apple Slices

  • Spiritual food: Ephesians 2 (again…and I will probably read it again tomorrow!  It is so rich!)

Yesterday I mentioned that God’s mercy is great;  He has saved us from so much.  Today, verse 7 caught my attention.  It says that God will show us the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness in the coming ages.  Right now, we already see insurmountable grace, but in the future, we will see His grace and kindness more fully.  That is astonishing!

Sunday, September 18

  • Physical food: Overnight oats with raspberry applesauce, Super Squirrely nut butter (honestly the best nut butter out there), and granola

  • Spiritual food: Ephesians 2 (I promise that I will move on to chapter 3 tomorrow!)

We were aliens!  Strangers!  And yet Christ loved us enough to die for us.  That is such a humbling thought.  It is hard for me to be polite to those who minorly annoy me.  Yet, Christ died for me when I rejected him.

Also, you should check out Emily’s post from Sunday.  It was great!

Monday, September 19

  • Physical food: Oatmeal with Strawberry Yogurt and Granola

My cafeteria food pictures are always ugly.

  • Spiritual food:  Ephesians 3

Dwell on verses 18-19

“I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love–how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is.  Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love…”

Tuesday, September 20

  • Physical food: Oatmeal with Raisins and a Banana Protein Shake

Cafeteria pictures are seriously the worst…

  • Spiritual food: Ephesians 4:1-2 (I intended to read the whole chapter, but the first two verses were pretty convicting, so I meditated on those.)

“…Live up to the life to which God called you.  Always be humble, gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love.”

This morning, I am not feeling humble, gentle or patient.  In fact, I told someone that my “people meter” was full before 8:15.  But why did I feel so annoyed and impatient?  Because I was too focused on my own goals.  How could this morning have been different if I tried to help other people accomplish their daily goals instead of being so preoccupied with my own?

Questions for the comments below:

What have you eaten spiritually this week?

Do you ever stop your Bible study early to dwell on a single verse?

 

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Chunky Monkey Green Smoothie

Chunky Monkey Green Smoothie

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Growing up, I learned a lot of random life facts at my neighbor’s house.  Before I met them, I did not know that hot dogs came in different meat options (they were Jewish, so it was important to have chicken or beef hot dogs).  They first introduced me to Mario, shrines, and degus.  They are also how I heard of Chunky Monkey ice cream (we are a devout Breyer’s family. I didn’t  even know who Ben and Jerry were until late elementary).

So now it is time for me to teach you a few random facts.

Fact 1: I don’t think I have ever had Chunky Monkey ice cream (I remember seeing it in the neighbor’s freezer, but I don’t think I ever ate any of it).

Fact 2: This smoothie really good.  Even monkeys think so.

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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup chocolate milk of choice (I use cow milk, but this could be made with almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, cashew milk, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup white milk of choice (I used 2%)
  • handful of spinach (optional)
  • 1 tbs chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Drink and enjoy!

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Cucumber Melon Smoothie

Cucumber Melon Smoothie

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Happy green smoothie St. Patrick’s Day!

What is your favorite scent? You know what I mean. You walk into Bath and Body Works and make a beeline for ____________________.

When I was younger, cucumber melon foaming soap was one of my favorites.  Thankfully, this smoothie tastes like cucumber melon, but not soap. 😀

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup cubed frozen watermelon
  • 1/2 cup (or one small) cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large handful spinach (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth

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Basic Banana Smoothie

Basic Banana Smoothie

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There are some recipes that simply cannot be outdone, and you simply should not mess with perfection.  Nobody will ever beat the 1-1-1 macaroni recipe that has been handed through our family (1 lb. elbow noodles, 1lb. cheese, 1 quart milk).  I have never had strawberry cake that tastes quite as good as the moist dessert my mom bakes.  Above all, nothing compares to my homemade oatmeal cookies (and, sorry, but I am not revealing my secret ingredient).

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In high school, this basic banana smoothie became my favorite post-soccer-practice snack.  It met all the necessary requirements:

  1. It is easy to make
  2. It fit the coach-prescribed “soccer diet”
  3. It tied me over until I could eat Mom’s amazing supper

I have tried a variety of alterations over the years, but the base stays the same: one banana, one cup of milk.  Add whatever you want, but don’t mess with perfection.

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Basic Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup ice (if banana is not frozen)
  • Additional options (you can add as many as you choose!):
    • peanut butter
    • jelly
    • chocolate syrup
    • frozen berries
    • cinnamon
    • yogurt
    • coconut
    • caramel sauce
    • honey, agave, or maple syrup

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Drink and enjoy!

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Have a great weekend!

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