My Favorite Green Smoothie & Links!

I am obsessed with my Blendtec. I use it daily to make a smoothie for breakfast and have also used it to make soups, salad dressings and sauces. I definitely hope to discover even more blender recipes. The Blendtec is very similar to the Vitamix. I figured I would share my favorite smoothie recipe with all of you.

4 Ounces Cocounut Water
4 Ounces Orange Juice
1 Banana
2 handfuls of greens (spinach, kale etc)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
3/4 cup of frozen mango
Enough Ice to Keep it Cold

Load all the ingredients in the blender in the order they are listed

Load all the ingredients in the blender in the order they are listed

I typically blend all the ingredients together and then blend in the ice afterwards. This smoothie is refreshing and keeps me full until my midmorning snack. It definitely makes a pretty giant smoothie but since I am having it as a meal, I am okay with it. With summer here, a nice cold and refreshing smoothie is perfect after a run or morning workout!

All blended together, time to add some ice to keep it nice and chilly!

All blended together, time to add some ice to keep it nice and chilly!

Delicious green smoothie to start the day!

Delicious green smoothie to start the day!

1. Why She Won’t Lean In – love this — follow your dreams even if it means you won’t own an empire. Be successful on your own terms.
2. You are Significant without a Significant Other – Grownups should have good knives
3. LOVE this story about the community at a CrossFit Gym
4. Another CrossFit Story — CrossFit Women – The Truth
5. Another post from Robyn’s blog over at The Real Life RD – this is actually a guest post about How to Stop Comparing Your Food Choices. Order what you want and don’t let your friend’s judge your food choices and vice versa! Something all ladies can work on!
6. Article about Cryotherapy use with some local Dallas Athletes

Do you drink smoothies? If so please share your favorite combo!
Any links or articles you would like to share?

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Beer Dinner and Links!

Memorial Day weekend was great here in Dallas! My husband and I had a great weekend of pretty much doing nothing. We did go and see “Neighbors” which was HILARIOUS. We did not stop laughing the entire time.

Last night, Jim and I attended a Beer Dinner at a bar/restaurant in Dallas — The Libertine. A beer dinner consists of numerous courses paired with different types of beer. Luckily for Jim, this was a beer and whiskey dinner! There were a total of 5 courses served, each course paired with a different beer and/or whiskey. Unfortunately, I’m new to blogging and totally forgot to take a picture of most of the courses. I would HIGHLY recommend this type of dinner to anyone that loves beer and food. The Libertine also has a brewery come in and talk about their beer and why it was paired with each course. The featured brand of beer at this dinner was Wasatch from Utah — I was really surprised how much I enjoyed the IPA.

Jim and I at the Beer Dinner at the Libertine - good food and drinks!

Jim and I at the Beer Dinner at the Libertine – good food and drinks!


Our dinner consisted of five courses, the first course was two meats paired with two whiskeys, the second course was a lemon soup paired with a lemon infused IPA (this was probably my favorite course and favorite pairing of the evening), the third course was an oyster and a clam paired with a black ale and probably the most exciting thing of the evening to nearly everyone in the restaurant — the whiskey with this gigantic ice cube.
Look how giant and perfect this ice cube is! Apparently this is a huge deal to whiskey drinkers!

Look how giant and perfect this ice cube is! Apparently this is a huge deal to whiskey drinkers!


Jim is so pumped about this whiskey and ice cube :-)

Jim is so pumped about this whiskey and ice cube 🙂


Finally, the fourth course was this GIANT lamb shank paired with a Russian Imperial Stout and the fifth course was french toast and a croissant paired with a bourbon/whiskey blend. Both those courses were also delicious, unfortunately I ate my dessert before I thought about taking a picture — oops. Our only complained about the fourth course was that it definitely needed some sort of carb with it!
Giant lamb shank! The sauce paired really well with the beer.

Giant lamb shank! The sauce paired really well with the beer.

Finally — here are some links I’ve loved lately!

1. I love the way Robyn writes about food and eating — this is a great blog post regarding calorie counting and hunger.
2. All of the teammates Ragnar Cape Cod Recaps — check them out! Everyone has a unique perspective/view of the weekend. It was especially fun for me to read Van 1 recaps since I wasn’t there!
Ali KellyDriver ShaunMelissaDanielleJessCarolynCaptain Stacey
3. Combining Strength Training with Running
4. History of the Marathon
5. A great blog post by one of my Cross Fit coaches about the myth of “Cross Fit being Dangerous.”

Have you read any great articles lately you want to share?
Have you ever been to a beer dinner before?
Is this giant perfect ice cube exciting to you — are you a whiskey drinker?