First & foremost, I am loving my family (as always!). We just had our annual family gathering last week in Cape Cod with all of my Dad’s side. It’s so great to have a weekend to be all together, to spend time with our Gram and Grampy, eating lots of good food, playing games, being outside in the sun & just being silly together.
Speaking of family – every Friday, because I get out of work early for summer hours, I like to go visit my Dad at his office. I’m starting to bring him green juices as a treat. I’m adding extra apple in for his newbie taste-buds.
I found these cute little guys at Whole Foods. Did you know micro-greens are WAY more nutrient dense then it’s full grown counterpart? I love the spicy, peppery taste arugula can add to a salad and these are the perfect topper.
Another drink I’m loving is this Concord Grape – Acai Drink made with raw apple cider vinegar. Tastes like grape juice with a little extra tang! Instead of spending the money on these bottle, I think I’m going to start making my own by adding a touch of vinegar to big bottles of grape juice.
I specifically planted Borage this year in my front yard to attract bees and I can’t believe how much they love them. 🙂 Borage is a beautiful edible plant with bright blue star shaped flowers. I bought my seeds on Amazon.
Speaking of bee’s, I picked up a new bottle of local bee pollen from my farmer’s market. I didn’t realize how old my bottle was at home until I ate this. Wow, such a difference in taste. I talked to the bee man and learned that bee pollen stays fresh for 3-4 months, longer if stored in fridge or freezer. He says it doesn’t necessarily go bad, it just loses it’s potency, just as a vitamin would. I am so in love with the power of bee pollen!
Here is a smoothie recipe I made today to celebrate Peach season!!! I love adding peaches to smoothies, so I have been stocking up lately. This weekend I plan on buying a huge bundle and freezing slices to carry me into the Fall.
Peach & Coconut Cream Smoothie
(this makes 2 servings, cut in half if you’d like)
1 can of coconut milk
1 frozen banana
1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Sunwarrior brand)
pinch of real vanilla powder or a splash of vanilla extract
juice from 1 small lemon or lime
1 tablespoon raw honey
*optional: tsp chia seeds
Blend & sprinkle with coconut shreds and/or bee pollen or diced up peaches!!
(My favorite seat in the house – a Brookstone Massage Chair. Definitely a well spent purchase)
….and this was my bi-weekly farm share I received yesterday. Over abundance of veggies flowing through my kitchen! I’m loving it because it motivates me to eat lots of good stuff. Fill your kitchen with nothing but healthy options, and you’re bound to become healthier!