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How Do You Like Them Apples?

Bountiful Baskets Day!
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Can you say YUM! Here is a picture of my latest haul from my co-op. 

Breakdown: 12 bananas, 2 pomegranates, 7 bell peppers, 4 limes, ginger root, 1 cucumber, 1 butter lettuce, 6 tomatoes, biggest yam I have ever seen, 1 onion, 1 cantaloupe, 2 apples, 4 beets w/ greens, carrots about 3-4lbs, strawberries, bunch of Kale, bunch of Parsley, bunch of Celery, romaine lettuce, 1 pineapple, and 3 oranges (hiding behind the romaine) all for $25!

Then I swung by my local market and picked up some interesting finds: sunflower sprouts and sorrel. (oh and local corn on the cob!)
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Then I finally found some farm fresh eggs! (not that they never had them, I just never thought to look there) I really love how unique each egg is. They all have unique colors and sizes, not just all brown or white large eggs. Something about that is really creepy to me now!
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Also snagged a slice lemon strawberry banana bread from a local vegan co-op and some homemade pumpkin chocolate chip bread from another baker! Not to mention all the great people I met and free knowledge I acquired.

Local makes me happy!
-Ellie

P.S.
I picked up some wool dryer balls from a local crafter, I am excited to use them and will review them ASAP!

All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for any of these local reviews. I encourage you to find local markets in your community! Featured image courtesy of antpkr | freedigitalphotos.net

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Eat Drink The Rainbow!

Juicing is what seems to be on everyone’s minds these day! Don’t get me wrong, I do love to juice and love how I feel after drinking that ultra vitamin packed drink. What I don’t love is the clean up! Blah! I am a very, “I need a breakfast made in 5 minutes so I can run out the door and still possibly be late!” kind of person lately. Which makes me feel super blah and flaky, but hey nutrition takes time and dedication! 

So after I went juice crazy for about a week, I decided, “Hey, I don’t really mind ingesting fiber. I don’t really want to detox through a juice feast right now, so why not try smoothies?!” So I pulled out my $20 blender (I am in desperate need of an upgrade, seriously!) and got to work. 

Sometimes my smoothies aren’t really the greatest sugar-wise. But at this point any fruits and veggies into my esophagus is healthier than the past, so I take what I can get! But lately I have been trying to get myself to eat the rainbow. Now this is pretty easy with fruits, but I am slowly trying to make more of my “rainbow” veggies. So far I have spinach….yeah I need to put more effort into this!

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So I threw in a banana, some blueberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and spinach, all fresh and not frozen. (I really need to work on measuring my ingredients!) I grabbed my coconut water out of the fridge and poured it in. Blend. Lets just say the “rainbow” turns out pretty muddy looking when blended, haha. 

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I take a sip, and instantly I think, “Man, this tastes really sour, in an off kind of way not in a bitter fruit kind of way.” Lately I have been trying to be really good about cleaning up right after I cook/bake so I turn around to rise out my blender (much easier to clean than a juicer) and the mason jar where my coconut water was. Lo and behold I look into the mason jar and see some nice white fuzzy mold growing on the bottom. ::Gagh:: 

Can you believe that I seriously considered drinking my smoothie anyways because I didn’t want to waste all my fruit? I’m gross I know. But don’t worry, I poured it out and started over! This time, afraid to use my unopened coconut water, I opted for using some unsweetened almond milk! 

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Unfortunately, I now had to use frozen fruit (that I had bought and then froze myself). Remember how I mentioned that I needed a blender upgrade? This is exactly why! My blender has such trouble with anything frozen. I have to stop, stir/unclog, blend: like every 5-10 seconds! It is ridiculous. 

Anyways, my new smoothie had a frozen banana (chopped up), frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, plain stonyfield yogurt, granola (i bought in bulk at Sprouts), spinach, and unsweetened almond milk. OH MY GOODNESS!! That was like the best parfait tasting smoothie ever! (the only one I have ever made, so I am slightly bias.) Who hasn’t been eating a parfait and thought, “Man, I wish I could drink this instead of make the effort to eat it?” Haha. Not to mention it turned out a little prettier than the last one!

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So there you have it! My way to convince myself its okay to drink a “milkshake” for breakfast ::wink::

-Ellie