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Fabulous Friday: Silence (and a Smoothie)

I had a Fabulous Friday post all ready before I went on my retreat. But after the retreat, a post on playdoh just didn’t seem fitting.

Because what has really made my life fabulous this week has been silence surrounded by a landscape that is prancing toward fall. I loved wandering among the silently welcoming sisters of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey who honor and respect the nature that surrounds them and the fruits it produces.

In honor of simplicity and fall, I thought I would share another way to prepare the abundance of squash that seems to explode into our kitchen this time of year. Last week, I discovered a delicious, simple, healthy smoothie that celebrates fall. And the girls actually begged me to make it again!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (adapted from this recipe by Whole Foods Market)

Serves 2 adults or three little stinkers

  • 1 cup of some sort of squash puree (I used leftover spaghetti squash with much of the liquid squeezed out)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of some sort of milk
  • 2 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 ice cubes (we skipped this)
  • Chopped pecans to sprinkle on top (optional – we also mixed our pecans with gluten-free graham crackers and ground flax seeds to add a pie crust-like flavor and texture)

Throw ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix. Go sit outside on a beautiful fall morning. Enjoy in silence. šŸ

 

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Morning Shake!

So, when Kristin first came up with the Fabulous Friday idea, she mentioned the idea of sharing recipes that we love IMG_2461and use often in our respective lives. I found myself automatically laughing at the suggestion, as this would consist of me telling you how to cook rice, microwave a potato, or make a sack lunch of a sandwich, pea pods, and greek yogurt with frozen blueberries. I believeĀ that I am cursed in theĀ domestic area of cooking because ALL of the men in my family are amazing cooks. My dad (and mom), uncle, brother, and brother-in-law are extremely creative and impressive cooks. Sorry, Future Husband, looks like you’ll need to have that cooking thing down. Don’t worry, I bake a mean cookie!

However, I have recently found my way to a delicious, healthy, and filling breakfast option, which I’ve started including as part of my everyday routine. It keeps me full till lunch and helps me get fruits and veggies every day. It’s also AMAZING after a hard workout.

1 cup, packed, baby spinach

1 scoop of protein powder of choice

1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt

1/2-3/4 of a frozen banana

5 or 6 whole frozen strawberries

3/4 cup of frozen blueberries

1/2 cup of water

Blend well with whatever blender you have on hand. I recently got a NutriBullet and it is AMAZING! Enjoy!