Strawberries and Snow!

One of the really fun parts of having a blog is getting to share some of my favorite things with you, especially recipes.  It’s been so joyful to get texts and emails and Facebook posts of you guys juicing (or juicing with your kids!) or meditating or getting a massage, and knowing that we are making it more of a priority in our everyday lives to slowwww down and think about taking care of ourselves.  Though we may hear the call to act on self-care in different ways, it is so important not to ignore the messages that our bodies (not to mention our brains!) are sending us.

The latest thing that I tried and wanted to share with you was during our snow-day on Monday here in Boston—another foot of snow dumped on us, holy cow! You would think that I would have wanted something warm and cozy like hot chocolate with marshmallows, but once I saw this new smoothie recipe on Pinterest, even if frozen, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it until I tried it.

A good one for Valentine’s Day, perhaps?  I lovveee strawberries dipped in chocolate, but this takes it to a whole new level in a smoothie.  If you’re going to go for something sweet, why not throw in something like chia seeds that are good for you (it has a ton of fiber and Omega 3’s) and yet you hardly know are there?

Check out the recipe for this frozen strawberry chocolate chia smoothie here: http://www.hummusapien.com/strawberry-chocolate-chia-smoothie/.  I will be tooling around on www.hummusapien.com for other cool-looking recipes as well.

Here is mine!

Frozen strawberry smoothie

I’m thinking that there are tons of ways to play around with this as well, depending upon what you’re hoping to get out of it.  You could put other frozen fruit in it too like bananas, oranges, or pineapple.  You could throw in hemp seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, or even dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips if the cocao powder still isn’t chocolaty enough for you!  And while you’re at it, why not try almond, cashew, or peanut butter?  (That’s a thing, isn’t it?  Strawberries and nut-butters?).

Still craving something warm and cozy?  Head on over to the Kitchn’s website (www.kitchn.com) and check out their tips on delicious ways to enjoy your hot chocolate with just a dash more good health (coconut milk whipped cream?!  I gotta try me some of that!).  http://www.thekitchn.com/healthify-your-hot-chocolate-5-delicious-ideas-182918.

Stay warm and classy (I mean toasty) Boston!

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