banana matcha smoothie

Banana Matcha Smoothie

I’m having a little love affair with Matcha tea at the moment! It takes some getting used to but I definitely think it’s worth the effort (check out this article by Sleep Warrior for the down-low on the magic of Matcha). In an exchange on Facebook, Rabiah shared a smoothie recipe with me that I just had to try… and once I did, I just had to share as it’s so yummy.

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blog awards & things you (wish you) didn’t know about me

I must admit I’m new to this viral blogging award business. As a child, I could never understand chain letters (the ones that used to come on the back of real-life postcards with written words if you remember?) but having received two nominations in as many weeks I wanted to get my head around the same concept online and thank my lovely nominators for thinking of me, and provide a shout-out to some of my favorite bloggers as per the rules of the game.

I’m covering two in one go, hope that’s ok?!

Bouquet of Three

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spinach vegetable pilaf

Spinach Vegetable Pilaf

Yum! I just made a delicious omnivore-approved, vegan, gluten-free spinach and vegetable pilaf for dinner – took a little longer than expected but totally worth the wait, and you can easily put it on to cook and leave it mostly unattended. To be honest, I haven’t cooked much at all lately so was inspired by a dish my cousin made when she visited last year, a few months after I broke my ankle and also hadn’t cooked for a while… brought back wonderful memories of family time.

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green goo protein smoothie

Green Goo Smoothie

I just got back from a morning run – yay! It really is a great way to start the day… who would have thought?! Anyways, a little while back, I bought Brendan Brazier’s Vega Sport Chocolate Protein (like I actually was going to become some kind of iron woman that required extra protein, but that’s a whole other story). I tried it for the first time yesterday in a smoothie concoction I didn’t really enjoy much at all. Then this morning I stumbled across a strange gooey concoction that is actually quite yummy, if not a wee bit scary-looking…!

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blueberry-cardamom chia seed pudding

Blueberry-Cardamom Chia Pots

I first fell in love with the blueberry-cardamom combination when I found Sweetly Raw’s recipe for Blueberry Cardamom Cake a few years back. Then, two weeks ago I had a punnet of blueberries in the fridge and thought the combination would be yummy as a chia seed pudding but round one of experimentation didn’t go so well, cardamom is a tricky beast.

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make it pink smoothie

Wholefood Simply - Make it Pink

I wish I could come up with great new smoothies every day, but typically they’re just a variation on a theme – bananas, berries, leafy greens, seeds (chia or flax)… you get the picture. This is why I love the internet – I can tap into people that are far more ingenious than myself! This ‘Make it Pink’ smoothie from Wholefood Simply is my new go-to smoothie and it’s so much more exciting than anything I could come up with, and totally delish!

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berry chia smoothie

Berry Chia Smoothie

I have so many things I want to blog about this week… running, cycling… new shoes, squatty potties… but I’m swamped with school work and exercise so struggling for time. I’m actually multi-tasking right now and listening to a negotiation video case study for school as I type this but I want to share this recipe because I really enjoyed it this morning!

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she wants to move ♫

Today is a good day to start

Entirely by accident, it seems I have a theme song. Today was my first solo run since I joined a running club two weeks ago… it’s a dreary, rainy Saturday morning, I had two sneaky gin & tonics with the girls last night, and at 6:30am my body wakes up and says “let’s go for a run”.

This is not normal for me. I’m not a wake-up-and-go-for-a-run kinda girl; or at least I haven’t been, even when I try to be.

So I went for a run and came home feeling great. Then, as I was stretching, “She Wants to Move” by N.E.R.D started playing on my iPod. I don’t think my ass is a spaceship but the refrain captures my intention so I’m going with it – I do want to move, and I want others to move. Hence my foray into exercise blogging. Read More

peachy rise & shine smoothie

Rise & Shine Peachy

Honestly, I can’t remember what day of the 30 day Wholefood Simply smoothie challenge we’re on but I’m loving it! A lot of ‘firsts’ for me: last week I smoothied vegetables that weren’t leafy greens (beet and celery) in one of my new favorite recipes ‘Make it Pink‘; today I made a smoothie with spirulina that I actually liked and I added ginger to a smoothie for the first time too. How very exciting?!

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Boston Strong

Boston Marathon 2013

April 15, 2013. Boston Marathon. And for the first time in four years I’m actually in Back Bay on the day, working in an office building with the view of the marathon you see above… it cuts off on the left just before the finish line. I took this photo about an hour before the bombs exploded. A colleague and I then went for a walk outside among the runners wrapped in heatsheets, glowing from the  exhaustion, the accomplishment.  We decided against braving the crowd to get the finish line and go back inside… the rest, as they say, is sadly (too recent) history.

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