Happy Monday!

I hope everyone’s weekend was fantastic!  I actually felt like I had a weekend.  The anatomy final ended at 10:45 and I had the rest of the day to do whatever.  Phil and I did some grocery shopping, had a nice lunch, went to a barbecue on a beautiful rooftop patio with 360 views of Brooklyn.  Yesterday, we cleaned the apartment!  Yay!  It’s so nice to be clutter free.  I feel like I can breathe fully again.  Although, that might be part of the fact that I don’t have an anatomy final looming over me.

It’s funny, this morning I almost didn’t know what to do with myself.  I woke up at 6 with the anticipation to begin studying and happily realized that I don’t have to.  I slept for another hour, got up and practiced vinyasa for about 30 minutes.  Awesomeness! :-)

Now, it’s Monday, and Monday is my Strala Blog post day!  Here’s a peek of what I wrote over there:

Story has it that Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich consisted of peanut butter, banana, and bacon.  I love PBB sandwiches, but I don’t understand the bacon.   His unique taste buds are the inspiration for a smoothie I made the other day, but I swapped the bacon for kale.  I know The King might say “Don’t Be Cruel” to the switch, but if he heard how I was introduced to kale he might come around….

To read the rest click on this link.

I hope you enjoy the Strala Blog post on a green, Elvis-inspired smoothie and I hope you all have a lovely day.  (Just as I wrote that there was lightening and a huge clap of thunder! :-))


Green Almond Chill Smoothie

Hi everyone!  This has been such a great week of writing and support from all of you.  I am so excited to see the overwhelming amount of support and appreciation for my writing.  It’s great that there is such a huge community of supporters in the health and wellness movement.  It makes me hopeful that one day diet related diseases will be reversed.

Today’s post was inspired by Angela Liddon at Oh She Glows and her Green Monster Movement.  She developed the Green Monster Movement to compile all of her recipes and her readers recipes for green smoothies that she calls “Green Monsters”, with the hope to inspire others to try them.  They’re nutrient packed and provide tons of energy so naturally, I had to try it.

This morning, following the basis of the “Virgin Green Monster” recipe, I decided to try my own version.  The original recipe calls for spinach.  Of course, after all that grocery shopping earlier this week, I realized I totally forgot to buy spinach!  Go figure.  But I did buy kale.  Also, upon opening my freezer, I realized I didn’t have ice.  What the???  I still haven’t figured out how that was possible.  So here are the ingredients I used and in turn created my own “green monster”:

  • About 4 leaves of kale (I packed it up to the 1/2 cup line on the blender)
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 bag of frozen peaches

I put in the kale, banana and almond milk first and blended it on high for a minute.  Then I added the peaches and used the ice crush option for about 15 seconds.


I poured this beautiful green-colored smoothie into a (pilsner) glass (if you haven’t noticed, I use this glass a lot because I think juices and smoothies look nice in the pilsner shape :-)) and enjoyed!  It was super yummy, light and fresh tasting.  The taste reminded me of a summer morning.  Sounds kind of weird, but yeah, it’s true.  It was a great way to start the day!

Try it out sometime and let me know what you think.  I hope you all have a great day and happy Friday!! :-)