Spinach & Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

I’ve always loved smoothies and more recently, have jumped on the oh-so-popular smoothie bowl trend. When Wayfair reached out and asked if I would share a smoothie recipe, alongside 16 other bloggers, I jumped on the opportunity! I was excited to share one of my favorites, plus to discover other smoothie recipes from some fabulous ladies.

I decided to create a smoothie bowl for this little challenge because I really like 1.) the contrast in textures between the creamy smoothie and crunchy toppings and 2.) they feel fancy and pretty. And since I typically work from home and wear not-so-fancy clothes all day, I like spicing up the day with something sort of fancy(ish).

The main / only “tool” you need to make an epic smoothie is a blender. I am a HUGE fan of my Vitamix, but this one is more affordable and v highly rated and I’m intrigued/kind of want to get a hand/immersion blender as well.

I’m a classic strawberry and banana smoothie kind of girl, but right now I’m on a pineapple kick and also wanted to incorporate some greens. Spinach is a really easy and tasty green to add to smoothies, especially if you’re new to the green smoothie train.

Spinach + Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl recipe below!

Smoothie Bowl Ingredients:
A handful spinach
2 stalks celery, cut in half
3 spears pineapple (from Trader Joes, but you could also get adventurous and cut your own pineapple. I would recommend a half cup or so!)
1 date, pit removed
2 tablespoons nonfat Greek Yogurt
Splash of unsweetened almond milk
Fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)

Optional Substitutions:
If you’re looking for dairy-free option, swap Greek yogurt for half of an avocado to get that creamy texture. I would have added it if I had one, with or without the yogurt! || If the sweetness from the pineapple and the date isn’t enough, add some honey. Or opt for more sweetness from your toppings! || Protein powders are also a good option, as well as chia seeds (either blended directly with smoothie ingredients or used as a topping).

Toppings (the fun part!):
Pomegranate seeds
Bare Snacks Organic Toasted Coconut Chips
Purely Elizabeth granola (my absolute fave – vegan, gluten-free and SO GOOD)

Directions:
For a high speed blender like the Vitamix, I add the fruit and harder items like celery first, layer on the spinach, and top with the liquid.For regular blenders, often the recommendation is to add liquid first (to the bottom). Pinterest is a great resource for smoothie recipes and tips for using your type of blender or device.

Blend for about 2 minutes and pour/spoon into a bowl. Top the sh!t outta the smoothie with colorful, healthy and yummy stuff. I prefer a few crunchy toppings to contrast with the creaminess texture of the smoothie. Also contrasting colors between the toppings and the smoothie, like I did with the pom seeds, always makes for a pretty photo. 😉

Annnnd Jack clearly wanted to try the smoothie too! Here’s some smoothie recipes from other amazing bloggers. Thank you Wayfair for sponsoring this post!

1. Simple Green Smoothie by Bright Green Door
2. Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie by Create and Babble
3. Layered Smoothie by Dans Le Lakehouse
4. Orange Carrot Smoothie by Divine Lifestyle
5. Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie by Embracing Homemaking
6. Peach Cobbler Smoothie by Endlessly Inspired
7. Tropical Green Smoothie by Harlem Lovebirds
8. Spinach and Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl by Lucky Andi
9. Simple Strawberry Smoothie by Only By Grace
10. Orange Carrot Ginger Whole Food Smoothie by Pretty Polished Perfect
11. Tropical Spinach Smoothie by Red Shutters
12. Chamomile, Blueberry, and Peach Smoothie by Vicki O’Dell
13. Pineapple Spinach Smoothie by The Honeycomb Home
14. Dreamy Lavender Smoothie by The Mom of the Year
15. Green Detox Smoothie by This Girl’s Life
16. Winter Citrus Smoothie by Two Places At Once
17. Chocolate Pea Protein Smoothie by We Know Stuff

Meet Jack!

Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

hi friends! say hello to our new puppy, jack! we’ve been wanting to rescue/adopt a dog for a few months now and it finally happened over the weekend. recently, we’ve been pretty much stalking rescue websites all over the bay area, applying/reaching out and not having too much luck. we ended up braving the rain and attending an adoption event on sunday afternoon that rocket dog rescue was hosting and met this sweet guy!

he had been in a loving foster home one week before the event, but before that, rocket dog rescue volunteers picked him up in the bakersfield area. apparently one of the volunteers saw a sign somewhere (like a grocery store or community bulletin board) that read “lost dog, will trade for iPhone” (😞😣). the amazing volunteers reached out to the guy and rescuing the dog from there. we aren’t sure where little jack was before that, but we’re v happy he’s here with us! i’m so amazed by the work that rocket dog rescue does to save and re-home these pups. their team/volunteers have been super responsive and helpful even these last few days answering questions about shots, crate training, etc. their adoption fee/donation also includes the cost of the dog’s neuter/spay appointment and all up-to-date shots. thank you rocket dog rescue! fun fact: he was previously named squirrel, which is mostly funny because i’m absolutely terrified of squirrels. we decided that jack was better suited for him instead!

he’s been super energetic and playful and at the same time, cuddly and sweet. we know he’s a terrier mix, and our guess is something closer to a border terrier mix based on his coloring and markings and personality traits he’s exhibited so far. we’re still working on crate and potty training (🙏🏻) but so far it’s been a pretty good transition welcoming jack into our home and making sure he feels comfortable. once he has all of his shots, we’ll be bringing him on a bunch of adventures! until then, SF friends, you guys should come meet him at our apartment. 😊 and we’re already planning jack’s big trip(s) to ohio when he’s a little older to meet his puppy cousin scout and our other family dog, rugby.

now…time to buy a puppy raincoat!

2016 recap

Posted on: Saturday, December 31, 2016

as i view my blog as my own little corner of the internet and a place to document life happenings, i wanted to share a little 2016 recap. there have been a lot of ups and downs this year, but i’m committed to looking back on 2016 with gratitude and looking forward into 2017 with optimism.

2016 was filled with countless flower shop runs, trips to wine country, and brunch dates. i read a lot of books, started doing hot yoga regularly, taught myself to braid my hair (woo hoo, finally!) and discovered a lot of new-to-me spots here in SF and in places we visit frequently, like Nashville. i went on 20 (!!) different trips / roundtrip flights. i started to really feel comfortable with myself – to trust myself more, to love myself more, to appreciate myself and my body more. we really started making our apartment feel like a home (and added A LOT of plants to our little nest) and we went on a lot of weekend roadtrips. we celebrated birthdays and accomplishments and regular, everyday life just because. here’s a month-by-month recap. happy new year, friends!

january: started the year in mexico for new years and my birthday // trip to columbus to see my fam + puppy scout and took eric to athens for the first time! // work trip to DC with kate, including a west wing tour at the white house (so cool)

february: quick trip to nashville // work trip to miami // welcomed baby ruby to the family! // started contracting at Facebook doing social for Messenger // vance joy concert

march: SXSW in austin // weekend trip to mendocino // kristen (my sister-in-law) visited in SF

april: celebrated E’s birthday // quit my job // trip to chicago for girls weekend and to meet baby ruby! // spontaneous add-on trip to ohio // launched lucky collective (!!)

may: my parents and hope visited and we spent the weekend in carmel and big sur // first time going to alcatraz // palm springs with E to visit cat and monte!

june: went white water rafting with E’s parents // trip to columbus (my good friend from high school barr was in town from australia!) and got to celebrate father’s day with dad // trip to nashville

july: TAHOE with besties for July 4

august: trip nashville and my entire fam joined us! // threw big event for bare snacks at ampersand //

september: trip to europe – london, south of france, provence and paris // celebrated our one year anniversary ❤️ // ran the OU alum 5K with aimee

october: trip to nashville with kerry // visited the new SFMOMA // trip to vancouver to visit courtney // impromptu trip to carmel and big sur – became wine club members at a great spot in carmel valley! // our home tour was featured in the everygirl!

november: spent a week at the most amazing airbnb along the coast with E’s parents // celebrated thanksgiving with E’s extended family in sacramento //

december: went to a warriors game // quick work trip to LA // threw a holiday party at our house! // trip to nashville // trip to ohio for Christmas

MORE: 2015 recap // 2014 recap // 2013 recap

travel adventures: PARIS!!!

Posted on: Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Hi! The last stop on our trip to Europe a few months ago was to Paris. I have the most magical memories of being in Paris from my first visit with friends in 2012. It was my first international trip and I was totally entranced by the city (as most people tend to be). I was SO excited to be there with E and celebrate our anniversary there!

We stayed at a small but exquisite Airbnb right in the center of Le Marais neighborhood. We could easily walk to tons of cafes, shops and river Seine, which was perfect. We received tons of recommendations from friends on where to go and eat (thanks, all!) and most days, we woke up and got ready, picked a neighborhood to explore. We wandered all over, ate a ton of good food (cheese! bread!) and wine, and soaked up all the romantic, cute vibes everywhere.

A breakdown of some of our favorite spots are below and here’s a few highlights: reading and drinking rosé in the park (Le Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc de la Villette in the 19th), biking alllll over almost every day (thank you, Velib passes), afternoon picnics almost every day, watching the sunset every night at river Seine.

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Breakfast/Pastries/Coffee: Boot Cafe and Ob-La-Di (3rd), Du Pain et des Idées (10th) for incredible pastries,

Drinks: Hoppy Corner (2nd) for craft beers, Barapapa (a beer garden right on the river in the 12th), Vingt Vins d’Art (4th)

Cafes/Restaurants/Places to eat:  Hôtel Amour (near Montmarte) for delicious food and most incredible patio, L’As du Fallafel (right next to our Airbnb in Le Marais; we went twice) for THE yummiest falafel wraps ever, L’Improbable in Le Marais for snacks, Season (3rd) for healthy food, Les Pinces (4th) for seafood, Jaja (4th) for a romantic dinner, Café de Flore (6th) for amazing people watching, Les Deux Magots (6th) for people watching and delicious cheese plates, Le Fumoir (near the Louvre).

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Cute streets: Rue Cler is a great street with cafes and shops – perfect for picnic supply shopping to bring to the park near Eiffel. We also had rosé at Le Petit Cler one day. Rue Crémieux – an amazing small street lined with candy-colored rainbow houses. I was OBSESSED!

Tourist-y iconic places: Notre Dame, Palace du Palais Royal, Eiffel Tower, Montmarte, The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries Gardens. We actually went *all out touristy* and paid for tickets to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. As expected, it was busy and a little overwhelming, but it was SO cool to see that view of Paris and beyond and check that off the list. ✔️

Other: shopping on a rainy day at Galeries Lafayette, wandering around Shakespeare & Company book store (5th), random shopping spots in Le Marais.

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If you are heading to Paris anytime soon, let me know! I would love to share more details and give recommendations — I have a HUGE list compiled from knowledgeable friends. xo

Previous Europe blog posts: Provence region, South of France, London.

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