3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes

3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean

For the last couple of months, I have been consuming smoothies like there’s no tomorrow.  I’ve been eating healthier in general, and being much more mindful of finding ways to enjoy whole, nutritious meals everyday.  But it is the smoothie that is the reigning queen of my healthy food regimen.  Robbie calls them ‘liquid salads,’ which, to a degree, is a somewhat accurate description.  But smoothies can be so much more than just the standard ‘one part greens, one part fruit, one part liquid’ cocktail.  I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of ingredient combinations, and have discovered ways to make all types of smoothies, from refreshing to more savory to dessert-inspired.  The three recipes I’m sharing today – each of which is a completely different style and flavor than the next – are my favorites so far.  

3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean

A few things before you make the best smoothies of your life:

1. If one of these recipes sounds especially good to you and you want to make it right-this-very-second but don’t have all of the ingredients, just improvise.  That’s how I ended up coming up with each of these – by throwing together things I already had.

2. I use a Nutribullet, but any type of blender with a powerful enough motor to blend greens will work.  No fancy machine is required to make these happen. 

3. You’ll notice that quantities of most of the ingredients aren’t exact.  Since fruit can be sweeter or more tart depending on its ripeness, etc., I suggest playing around and tasting as you go. 

4. Each of these will yield two 6-8 ounce smoothies, or a big ol’ 12-16 ouncer if you’re in the mood for more.

5. Because different blenders work differently, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions in terms of how to ‘layer’ your ingredients.  For the Nutribullet, where you turn the cup over to blend, I add greens first, then fruit, then seeds, then liquid.  In a regular old blender, I add frozen ingredients first, then fresh ingredients, the liquid, then seeds.  As for how long to blend, I recommend 30 second to several minutes, depending on the consistency you’re going for.  My rule of thumb is to taste as you go.

And now, the recipes.

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1-2 handfuls of organic kale
  • 2 handfuls of organic spinach
  • 1/4 cup of frozen organic pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic mangoes
  • A few chunks of avocado
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water (or plain water)

This smoothie is slightly sweet, but focuses more on greens than fruit. Depending on how much pineapple you add (less pineapple = less sweet), it’s also somewhat savory and makes for a good meal.  Instead of blending until liquified, I only blend for 30-60 seconds in order to keep it the consistency of a frozen slushie or soft sorbet.  The avocado makes this one creamy, so feel free to add more if you’re in the mood for an especially velvety treat. I finish by topping with organic granola (my favorites are Pumpkin Flax and Coconut Chia by Nature’s Valley, although homemade is best!), and I eat it with a spoon.

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1 handful of organic kale
  • 1 handful of organic spinach
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of frozen organic pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic mangoes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water (or plain water)
  • Pure maple syrup to taste

I call this one the ‘Kitchen Sink’ because the first time I made it, I blended pretty much every ingredient I had on hand that could possibly go into a smoothie and still taste good.  And it worked. This is a sweet, refreshing treat that’s packed with protein.  If you’re vegan, just omit the Greek yogurt.  I like to add a little pure maple syrup to cut down on the tartness of the fruits.  Just blend everything together for a couple of minutes until liquified. 

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1 small handful of organic spinach
  • 2 organic bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 2-3 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • Raw honey to taste
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon to taste

If you’re craving a milkshake but want a healthier option, this smoothie will do the trick and then some. I make this one for dessert (and sometimes for breakfast too).  If you don’t have almond butter, peanut butter works just fine.  And if you’re vegan, just replace the yogurt with more banana, and use pure maple syrup in place of the honey. Robbie loves this one after he gets back from a long run.  It’s filling and satisfies your sweet tooth without being overly sugary.  Sometimes, if I’m feeling a little crazy, I like to add a tiny splash of pure vanilla extract to this one (watch out!).  It’s also good with a few pieces of frozen mango thrown in, if you happen to have some on hand. I usually blend this one for a couple of minutes, until the consistency is similar to a milkshake.

If you make any of these, let me know what you think!  And if you have any favorites of your own, please share them in the comments.  Thanks to my recent smoothie obsession, I am down with trying out pretty much any combination of ingredients.

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A Feast For Crows

I am a horrible horticulturist. Dogs I got. Cats I can do. Plants? Fuggitaboutit.

Nonetheless, hope springs eternal, and every year an unfortunate crop of plants are sent to their doom as they peer out in horror from the back of my car on their way to purgatory from the relative safety of the nursery.

This year, I decided I would bring the kids into the fold and have them start a few seedlings. Maybe they have better juju than I, I reasoned. Perhaps they inherited their father’s talent for keeping plants alive instead of my less impressive genetic spread.

And they threw themselves into it the way only kids can, with gusto and passion. They planted the seeds as directed. They watered them religiously.

And then this morning, just as the first couple of eager sprouts were optimistically poking their tiny little sprout heads out of the soil, disaster.

Brody found the crime scene first.

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I’m so sorry ma’am, the killer was in and out before there was anything we could do. What’s that? No, there were no survivors.

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You may want to avert your eyes. It’s pretty bad out on the grass. Yes, they got the squash seedlings too. The whole crew, just like that.

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Ma’am, I can say with certainty this was not the work of rabbits or coyotes. These were lifted right off the window ledge by a crow. I tried to tell you this morning when you were making coffee, remember?

Please accept my condolences. Oh, wait, you’re that vet, right? What were you doing with plants in the first place? Haven’t you learned by now? *sigh*

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Nice Tick photos

Some cool Tick images:

Tick in Rubbing Alcohol
Tick

Image by Thirteen Of Clubs
Found a tick on Oscar, got it before it was all swollen and rolly poly. Ticks are amazing but disgusting disgusting creatures.

_Deer Tick Live Concert @ Botanique Bruxelles-6067
Tick

Image by Kmeron
Photo by @Kmeron

You can have a look at our friend "le-hibOO" to see 35mn of showcase shot in Paris 2 days earlier, totally worth spending this time in here trust me :)

See also the 1st time i saw and discovered them a year ago in the exact same venue :)

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My male pit who is 9 years old gets a rash on his …

My male pit who is 9 years old gets a rash on his belly and the insides of his thighs. It happens after he goes in the sun. The vet gave us some spray and some meds and it cleared up but it comes back. Its not too bad but it makes me nervous.
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Obesity, Arthritis, Sore Joints, and Medical Problems

Just the other morning I  saw that sugar was in the news, listed as a toxin. The report followed that there was legislation proposed to regulate the amount of sugar in foods. With all the other regulations and laws we have to worry about, why do we have to pick on sugar

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Licem u lice u Napulju CEO FILM – DOMACI FILM

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April Golden Poodle awards

The April Golden Poodle award goes to all the fire fighters, deputy sheriffs, animal control officer, volunteer search and rescuers, and veterinary clinic in New Jersey for rescuing a dirty shaggy little stray dog who had gotten stuck on a cliff and turning her into a charming Poodle who loves everyone. What a wonderful world that has such people in it. The Lizard Brain award is shared by a woman in New Jersey who brought…
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Class of 2014: 5 steps to loving your first job

We’re about one month away from colleges and universities turning new grads loose on the world, a day of joy and, if I recall correctly, complete, abject fear. 2014 is a rough year to graduate vet school. In my day (cue Dana Carvey Grumpy old man voice), back in the middle of the dotcom boom and a perceived ‘veterinary shortage’, the world was at our fingertips, a lush green forest ripe for the plucking.

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Now new grads are being forced upon a Dune-like landscape filled with such ominous portents as 3x higher suicide rate than the general population, decreased consumer trust, massive student debt, not enough jobs, colleagues who look suspiciously at your abdomen for signs of possible uterine occupation before deciding whether or not to hire you. Here you are, fresh faced grads. Can we get a sad trombone?

barren landscape of hawaiis big island in the volcanoes national park

image by photoeverywhere – stockarch.com

Well that’s kind of bleak, isn’t it. Kind of like the veterinary profession itself, these are two snapshots of the same place- in this case, Hawaii- presenting two extremes of what is possible. Most of your time is spent existing somewhere in between. The key to success here is to remember that neither is the land in which you will likely live; do not fear that barren and bleak is forever, and accept those moments of plenty as a gift rather than a life expectation.

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You are Bilbo Baggins. You are about to go on an amazing adventure, like it or not, and there will be trolls and spiders as well as angry humans and lots of long recitations of poetry. You will also find good things and good people along the way, and treasure at the end which will probably look nothing like what you envisioned it to be. I asked myself what 5 things I wish someone had said to me when I was spit out of Davis with a new labcoat and no clue, and this is what I came up with:

1. Don’t stress too much about finding the perfect first job.

It’s a starter job, like a starter car and your first apartment. If you get lucky and it’s the job of your dreams and you can see yourself staying there forever, great. If it’s a horrible job with a screaming boss and techs who walk around looking like they could kill you with mind bullets, take heart in the fact that you are still learning: learning what not to do. And you’ll have better party stories (trust me).

2. Accept that you are going to make some mistakes.

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One of the smartest people I know quit the profession one year in because she couldn’t handle not being perfect. I get it, we’re perfectionists who like to map out every destination on Google maps complete with images of every turn. However, we live and function in an imperfect world, where it often feels like you’re driving in heavy fog with a linen blindfold and two people who are supposed to be navigating arguing in the backseat. You may drive off the road here and there. That is what being a new grad is like. Hopefully you will have a decent team to help you navigate, but if not- see point 1.

3. Be OK with the fact that a few  people are going to hate your guts.

James Herriot ruined us all for this line of work, didn’t he? He taught us that even the grumpiest clients will eventually come around, and he taught clients that the barter system is still alive and well in this field. Neither are true. Some people are going to be nasty and mean and do their best to try and make you cry, quit, or vomit. Stop wasting your energy on trying to make them happy and focus instead on the many wonderful people you are going to come across, who will outnumber the horrible ones.

4. The Golden Rules never, ever go out of style.

Say please and thank you more than you think you need to, even to the grumpy people. Especially to the grumpy people. Don’t complain about work or clients at work. One, walls are thin and clients are often sitting in there with nothing to do. Two, it encourages everyone to go down that toxic drain and eventually the topic is going to be YOU. Third, the person you’re complaining about will most likely have what you said in confidence repeated to them verbatim. Expect it. Awk-ward. Be kind, even when your mind is screaming like Animal. P.S. This goes double for the internet. Repeat after me: There Is No Internet Anonymity. Again, trust your old Auntie V on this one.

5. Be selfish.

You’ve worked a really long time to get where you are, and now the expectations are going to get even more intense. When I say, “make time for yourself,” it’s not a feel-good sort of Oprahish platitude, it’s me grabbing you by the shoulders and saying “I beg of you to find a hobby and insist on indulging in it because you will go insane if you don’t.”

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Conquering a mountain doesn’t have to be quite this literal a metaphor, but seriously- sometimes you just need to leave your life, your job, your little kids, your diabetic poodle behind for a couple days and go above the clouds. It works and it’s OKAY.

Whatever it is you give, it will never be enough for some people. Draw your own lines, make your own limits, and do not let others do it for you. We are in a profession that takes a lot of emotional energy out of you, and this time is vital to recharge. Travel, if you can. Remove yourself from that place where you feel like the world can’t go on without you to put out every fire because, honestly, it totally can. Human first, vet second.

“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”  -Gandalf

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Nice Mite photos

Some cool Mite images:

Oct 24 Tiny Mite NW Panthers vs SE Steelers
Mite

Image by YMCA of Western North Carolina
October 24, 2010 Tiny Mite Northwest Panthers vs. Southeast Steelers – North Buncombe Stadium

Katydid with mite
Mite

Image by Luísa Mota

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Charlie The Beagle Helps Change Baby’s Diaper | Video

Charlie the Beagle helps his mother change the baby’s diaper! What an awesome job he does! High five Charlie :)

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