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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

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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!