apple mocha smoothie!

{credit goes to two peas and their pod blog}

{credit goes to two peas and their pod blog}

I know, probably sounds weird, but it’s really good. Trust me. 🙂

I’ve been making green smoothies almost every day now. I have a hard time eating large amounts of veggies (a.k.a, eating them at all), so smoothies are the best way for me to get my greens and vitamins in. And I’m really picky. If I can taste even a hint of veggies, I freak out. So if I post a smoothie recipe on here, it’s good 🙂 Kid-and-picky-girl-friendly.

I’ve also been feeling a lot better in general when I drink them every day. I have more energy and my digestion is smoother. Can’t beat that!

– 5 almonds

– 1 red apple

– 1/2 cup almond milk

– 1/2 to 3/4 cup coffee

– 1 1/2 cups spinach

– 1 tbsp chia seeds

freezing peaches for smoothies :)

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{photo by thetumblrgym.com}

Remember this recipe, the smoothie with the peaches & the spinach? Yuppers, this is what we usually do. It’s easier and faster in the mornings to just throw in spinach and frozen peaches, instead of having to take the time to cut them up. It works beautifully!

And anyways, when life gives you peaches, what else are ya going to do with them? 😉

We found a nice, simple way to do this from Better Homes & Gardens. Steps & Pictures 1-6 belong to BH & G. The seventh step is changed to how we normally do it.

How to Freeze Peaches

Step 1: Slit the skin on each peach

Use a sharp knife to make a shallow X on the bottom of each peach.
(This step allows for expansion when the peaches get blanched in Step 2.)
 

Step 2: Blanch the peaches

 
  • Bring a large pot of water to boiling.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  • Working in batches, carefully lower 3 or 4 peaches into the boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 3: Quickly cool peaches

Using a slotted spoon, transfer peaches from boiling water to the bowl of ice water.

Step 4: Peel peaches

When the peaches are cool enough to handle, use a knife or your fingers to peel the skin from each peach.

They should be super easy to peel though. You should barely have to use a knife.

Step 5: Remove peach pits

  • Using a sharp knife, cut each peeled peach in half around the pit.
  • Gently twist each half to expose the pit.
  • Using the knife, pry the pit out of the peach.

Step 6: Slice peaches

Cut each peach half into slices.

Step 7: Prepare peaches for freezing

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{photo via mollymakesdo.blogspot.com}

Arrange peach slices evenly on baking sheets, and make sure they’re not touching each other (unless you want a big ice-ball of peaches).

Freeze them overnight, put them in plastic baggies, and voila! 😀

peach-green smoothie!

{credit to simplyvintagegirl.com}

{credit to simplyvintagegirl.com}

C’mon, don’t look at me through your computer screen like that. It’s good. I promise.

Honestly, I’ve never been a smoothie person … let alone a green smoothie person. Just the color can throw you off, yes? This is a great way to kick-start my morning. I have a really, really hard time eating greens, so drinking them in smoothies is the ticket for me.

You can’t even taste the greens. All you taste is peach!

 

green smoothie:

for a 12-16 oz glass

– 1 cup spinach

– 1 peach*

– a lil almond or coconut milk

– ice cubes

– chia seeds (opt.)

–> Just blend together well, and there you go!

* An easier way is to use frozen peaches, and then ditch the ice cubes! 🙂

pssst, i won’t tell anyone you ate the whole batch.

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{i made this on ipiccy.com.}

{insert michael buble’s “you make me feel so young”}

These are perfect for a long day hiking, or sports, or before/after an intense workout. It has a nice combo of protein + carbs. (Similar to Clif bars, but better for you.)

I will also mention that these are both GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE.

servings: (mine yielded a little over) 30

ingredients

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup craisins
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla

directions

  • Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  • Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!
  • Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.