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Green Monster!

17 Mar

Green Smoothie

Just because Spring Break has come and gone, there’s no reason to give up on our diets, workout routines, or healthy habits. And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day today, what better way to get healthy than with a green smoothie. If you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, your body will probably appreciate the extra vitamins and antioxidants.

I’m a huge fan of smoothies because they’re quick, easy, and a great source of energy. Personally, I used frozen fruits because you can keep them in the freezer for a while and you don’t need to add ice. But thanks to Pinterest, I learned that if you add fresh baby spinach, you instantly add extra vitamins to your smoothie. I was quite skeptical about the taste and the green color when I first saw a picture, but my friend Lysette tried it and became a HUGE advocate for green smoothies.

Not Sure About the Spinach?

As do most pinners, Lysette promised that the spinach would not change the taste of your smoothie.  There are several smoothie recipes on Pinterest that use spinach as an added ingredient so there’s no restriction to the flavor of your green smoothie. I found a specific pin for a “Green Monster,” which mentions all the benefits Spinach adds to your smoothie.

I just made my everyday fruit smoothie with Orange Juice for extra vitamin C, added the spinach leaves, and BOOM… my very own pinperfect green monster! I added berries to this specific smoothie so the color is darker than other green smoothies. Your friends might look at you weird when they see you sipping on your green monster (mine sure did), but your taste buds won’t know the difference and your body will thank you.

Green smoothie unblended Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

16 Mar

It’s that time of year again! When you pull out every green item you own, pretend to be Irish and have a good ‘ole time. What started out simply a religious holiday has turned into a celebration known for fun treats and beer! This year I’m hoping to celebrate St. Patty’s with fun Irish drinks that won’t take up too much time or money. Don’t worry, thanks to Pinterest, I found some great treats for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Kid-friendly Irish Car Bomb

Kid Irish Car Bomb Not all people are fans of Irish Car Bombs, but whether or not you like the adult version, you might be a fan of this kid-friendly version. All it takes is root beer and some vanilla ice cream (basically, a root beer float). Personally, I’m not a fan of root beer but my friends are and they loved it.

Guinness Float

Guinness FloatWhile the kids are enjoying their non-alcoholic Irish, the adults can sip on some Guinness floats. It’s basically the same concept, but instead of using root beer you use that famous Irish beer. Just pour yourself a glass of Guinness, add some ice cream, and you can drizzle with chocolate syrup and whip cream. This recipe has homemade versions of the syrup and cream, but ready-made is fine too. I also just used regular Guinness beer instead of Guinness Stout.

Green Soda

Green SodaBut of course the kids are going to want to join in on the fun of having green drinks, and not all adults enjoy beer, so how about green Sprite? Just add some green food coloring. I had some ginger ale in my refrigerator so decided to use that instead, but you get the idea.

Green Beer

Perhaps the simplest way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day is by making your very own green beer! All you need is beer and a few drops of green food coloring and you’re good to go.  I found that if you pour a little bit of beer, add the food coloring, and then pour the rest of the beer, you won’t need to mix or stir anything and the food dye won’t stick to the bottom.

Green Beer Mixing green beer

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, these drinks are sure to make your St. Patrick’s Day a pinperfect celebration. Cheers!

Green Eggs & Ham

13 Mar
green eggs and ham cover

Courtesy of Google Images

I think at some point or another, we’ve all read the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham, or at least have had someone read it to us. I remember my little brother used to be OBSESSED with this book. He especially liked it after his teacher brought in green eggs and ham for the whole class to eat for breakfast, and after that he went through a phase where he would only eat his eggs if they were green.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, I was trying to look for some fun activities or treats on Pinterest that would help us get in the holiday spirit, and I was so thrilled to come across a pin that featured green eggs and ham. It brought me back to the days not only of when my brother was younger, but when I was a kid as well.

Green eggs & ham rawMaking green eggs and ham really is as simple as just adding a few drops of food coloring to your scrambled eggs. The recipe in this pin uses six eggs so it recommends 3 drops of food coloring, but if you’re cooking fewer eggs then a drop or two will do. The milk in the eggs helps make your eggs nice and fluffy (a trick I learned a long time ago). I also liked that the ham was scrambled right into the eggs instead of being served on the side.

Making green eggs and ham is a fun and easy treat to make with your kids, or to just bring out your inner child one morning. If you are going to make them for your kids though, I would recommend reading the book with them the night before and then surprising them with this pinperfect breakfast! And in the spirit of St. Patty’s day this week, we can all use a little green eggs and ham.

green eggs & ham cooked