This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Deceptively Healthy Smoothie

March, 11, 2014

From cooking with Jencen, I’ve been inspired to get creative and search out fun recipes. Everyone always says, “Get your beauty rest.” But how about eating your beauty foods? They are the ones that leave your body strong and healthy. This spinach-based smoothie is scientifically proven to increase bone health and decrease the risk of high blood pressure—but it doesn’t have a vegetable vibe at all. That’s because these veggies are cloaked in a minty taste and a texture that tricks you into thinking you’re indulging in ice cream. Sneaky but delicious!

Healthy Smoothie

The green color screams, “It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day,” making it perfect for an Irish-lovin’ get-together.

Shopping List for Two: 1) two cups frozen spinach, 2) two cups frozen bananas, 3) three tbs. cacao nibs, 4) two tbs. packed, fresh mint leaves, 5) ¼ cup raw cashews 6) two cups original-variety rice milk, 6) ½ cup coconut water, 7) one tsp. vanilla extract, 8) ¼ tsp. chlorella powder, and 9) two small packets of organic sweetener. I chose Stevia.

A taste-intensifying tip is to avoid over-blending. This slushy treat is best when you can see the cacao chunks.


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