September 26, 2014

A New Season's Flavors: Raw Cranberry Peach smoothie

My lawn is covered in leaves, smothering the evil weed called grass. But in the produce department I work at we are still receiving plums, peaches and other late summer fare from California and Oregon alike. This is perhaps my favorite time of year because for just a few weeks you have the luxurious opportunity to blend fall and summer flavors at their peak of freshness.

Perhaps my favorite of these combinations? Sweet summer peach and tart, juicy fall cranberries.

This smoothie is a great, elegant way to elevate any entertaining or enjoy it as a healthy energy boost with breakfast (there's not enough protein or fat in this to be consumed as a meal in and of itself unfortunately).

Stick it in popsicle molds, if you've got kids and theres your daily dose of hidden spinach, unprocessed so it retains all nutritional value.

You Will Need:

3/4 cup 100% cranberry juice, raw (use water and 1/4 cup fresh cranberries if you prefer)
1 cup spinach
1 banana, peeled
1 medium to large peach, sliced and pitted, skin on
1/4 cup whole raw pecans
1 tsp raw honey
6 icecubes

Put all ingredients in a blender on high. Blend until it reaches your preferred consistency.

Enjoy :)

September 1, 2014

Getting organized

I spent most of this morning before work crying and freaking out because my to-do list was too big and I was all burned out. And as a result I made myself more stressed and my list did not get smaller or more manageable. This is a daily routine.

I'm a big fan of the "Edit your commitments" series on zen habits. I believe in minimalism. But I'm still finding myself overwhelmed with projects and tasks and work. I can't find time for myself or my family in this chaos.

I've talked about getting organized a lot before. And I've given up a lot.

I'm here to give it another shot. Small steps.

The first step? Work lunch. I spend 3 hours a week combined packing my lunches, sometimes 6. I don't want to buy food (too expensive and unhealthy). So I'm going to pack a weeks worth in one day. The goal: in under 2 hours. Hopefully even one. These lunches are going to be vegan, healthy, and filling. Each one will have a salad, a sweet and an entrée.

Wish me luck.

What have you done to organize your life?