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Tropical Greenery (written 1-6-12)

Saturday, January 07, 2012

[This is the last of my formerly written entries...from now on, all entries will be "real time" :-) ]

There's been no snow down here in the valley yet this season and much less than normal in the mountains. And temps the past few weeks have been in the 40s and even low 50s. It's crazy. And problematic...because if we don't get some good snow at least in the mountains soon (I don't care if we get it at the house, since I really don't mind not shoveling or snow blowing ;-), we're looking at drought conditions this spring/summer for sure. Not fun.

But I'm thinking this warmer weather has also been helping me do my daily smoothie even though it's technically wintertime...if it were cold and snowing and blowing like it should be these days, I don't know if I would so easily be drinking my smoothies so regularly (or at all)! But is upcoming drought a price to pay for being able to down my green smoothie every day? Hmm.

So, I went with a slightly tropical-tasting green smoothie today. Maybe in honor of the weather, which once again is unseasonably warm.

Today's 3 cups include reg. handful spinach (all my greens are always frozen, unless I note that they're fresh), small chard leaf, coconut milk (~1 C), carrot juice (good splash), Bolthouse Farms' Green Goodness (good splash), coconut water (~1/4 C, to thin it out), ~1/5 frozen mango, 2 large frozen strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 fresh kiwi. (To make a much stronger tropical flavor, I'd add fresh coconut meat, more mango, and maybe some guava, passionfruit, or pineapple. But that feels much too summery for me right now, even if the weather's warmer than usual.)

Some of the other snowmen on my kitchen window wanted to get into the act, so today's smoothie photo is taken with them :-)

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