It’s FRIDAY!

Remember when Friday used to mean:

Ahh good times. I could not be happier it’s the weekend. I say that every week, but every week it’s true.

Kinda like when I run, my body turns off around mile 3, when I work my brain turns off around Thursday. So the fact that there are Friday posts on this blog is really quite remarkable to it’s blogger. (And yes, I’m congratulating myself for a 5-day work week, around here we celebrate mediocrity with gusto)

So today on Foodstuff Friday, I’m featuring a smoothie concocted by amateur smoothie makers- me and Eric! While I do feature smoothies all the time on this blog, they are usually created by somebody else, namely my mom or Bevan. And while I’m very good at following smoothie recipes, Eric and I decided it was time to make one up ourselves.

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First we went to the grocery store to get the stuff. And, you know how when you embark on a task with the goal of making it the best thing ever it suddenly makes you forget how to do everything related to that task?? Like when you want to write the best post ever and suddenly you forget how to string words together into sentences? Well, Eric and I walked into the produce section of Whole Foods like we had never picked out fruit before.

“What should we get?” We kept asking each other quietly as we strolled slowly and wide eyed around the citrus fruits.

Mangoes? Mangoes! We both narrowed our eyes on the mango display and darted over. The only problem was, there were so many different kinds. We normally get the pre-cut mangoes for the ease and accessibility factors but when we saw that something called CHAMPAGNE MANGOES were on sale and sounded fancy we were intrigued. So we got both.

Then we got some kale- once again we stood staring at the kales trying to think of what the best one might be. I actually don’t remember which one we got. And then we also picked up some pineapple, berries and plain greek yogurt. In list form that looks like:

  • Mangos
  • Champagne Mangos
  • Kale
  • Pineapple
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Plain Greek Yogurt

So then we got home, put the stuff away and went for a hike around the pond, which if you forget what that looks like, I’ll remind you:

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And after the hike, we were so thirsty/hungry we were so excited to make the smoothie. We plopped all the ingredients into the blender,  added some ice and a little bit of water and voila!

smoothie

Brown! (thus the name: ‘Downtown Mr Brown Smoothie’)

It doesn’t look pretty but mark my words it was sensational. We didn’t blend it into oblivion because I personally love a really thick smoothie  (and yes I like to chew my beverages- I like my orange juice in the form of pulp with a splash of juice) so this was really really good. Eric and I credit the 2 types of mangoes  for making it so delicious.

And there you have it. I hope you all have absolutely fantastic weekends. The weather is getting gorgeous in Boston so I’m very excited to get outside.

What are you up to this weekend?

What’s your favorite smoothie ingredient?

What’s your favorite summer cooler-downer: ice cream, froyo, sorbet, sherbert, smoothies or other? (I have to say in the summer, its a very close race between froyo and sorbet)

It’s Foodstuff Friday!

Hey there food fans, it’s almost the weekend! Finally! What a week. With everything going on in Boston, this week has felt 2 years long and I’m very much looking forward to the weekend.

On today’s edition of Foodstuff Friday, please welcome back to the blog, the Smoothie Aficionado herself- Bevan!

Bevan!

Bevan!

I realize that this category is called Foodstuff Friday and not Smoothie Friday, but I’ve been obsessed with these smoothies lately, and I think they’re just a really nice way to end the week. They’re great after a workout, or for breakfast, or a light dinner, or a snack, I could go on and on.

It’s like, smoothie magic. Smagic? Yes I’m going with smagic.

Today’s smoothie is perfectly sweet and indulgent and loaded with superfoods so you won’t feel guilty afterwards. I mean really it’s an all around win/win.  If you’re feeling down, this smoothie can pick you right back up. And if you’re already feeling up, well, it can keep you up. It’s – dare I say it – the perfect food.

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(Like the perfect cheer… but edible.)

Anyhoozle, today’s super satisfying smoothie concoction is called the Everything But the Kitchen Sink Smoothie because this thing is packed with yummy stuff.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
  • 1/2 handful frozen mango
  • 1 frozen banana
  • handful of frozen strawberries
  • coconut flakes
  • 1 scoop almond butter
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup vanilla hemp milk
  • 2 tbsps maca powder
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen

Blend all that stuff together and bam! Smagic!

smagic

Questions-

Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend?

Generally speaking, do you plan out your weekends or do you just see where the wind takes you?

 

Its Foodstuff Friday!

Because we all deserve a little indulgence at the end of the week.

Happy Good Friday, Easter and Passover, all! In honor of the end of lent- or more specifically, in celebration of me being allowed to eat candy again- we are making a jelly bean inspired Easter cocktail called the Flower Power Martini.

(Recipe: http://onemartiniatatime.com/3-easter-cocktails-with-jelly-bean-vodka/)

(Recipe: http://onemartiniatatime.com/3-easter-cocktails-with-jelly-bean-vodka/)

Ingredients:

2 ounces orange jelly bean vodka
1 ounce fresh squeezed blood orange juice
3/4 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Slice of blood orange or a few jelly beans on a skewer for garnish

Procedure:

Now, I love the site One Martini at a Time because they get creative with their cocktail ingredients. Although it does require some planning ahead, it’s easy and worth it. To make jelly bean infused vodka, simply sort out specific flavored jelly beans into mason jars, add vodka, cover, and keep in fridge for 2 or 3 days. (http://onemartiniatatime.com/jelly-bean-vodka/)

You can obviously just substitute regular citrus flavored vodka if you’d prefer, but I highly recommend making your own if you have the time.

Once you’ve made your vodka selection, combine ingredients in shaker and add ice. Shake shake shake. Et voila. Serve in chilled martini glass with skewered jelly bean garnish.

Happy Easter/ Passover!

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It’s Foodstuff Friday!

Because we all deserve a little indulgence at the end of the week.

 

Today’s recipe is my all time favorite cocktail, The Aqueduct:

aqueduct

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz white Curacao or triple sec
  • 0.5 oz apricot-flavored brandy
  • garnish: orange or lime twist

Procedure:

Simply combine ingredients in shaker and add ice. Shake shake shake.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass, add twist and enjoy.

Its divine.