Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Strawberry Banana Smoothie – Lew Watts & Cassandra Fear

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I can’t believe it’s Wednesday again! The week is flying by. I have two new books to share today and one of my favorite smoothies of all time. This smoothie is what I call the “converter.” If you’re looking to get someone into drinking smoothies, maybe even yourself, this is the go to recipe- as long as you like strawberries!

Before we get to the smoothie recipe, I want to let you guys know how easy it is to freeze your fresh organic bananas and strawberries for smoothies. It really makes the BEST smoothie to freeze these two fruits ahead of time. Here’s what you can do…

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Get a cookie sheet out and layer it with a piece of parchment paper.

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Peel the bananas and lay them out so they aren’t touching each other.

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Put them in the freezer quickly and freeze for 4-6 hours or more. I like to do this overnight.

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Take them out and you’ll notice they’re completely frozen and won’t stick to each other.

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Pile them in a freezer bag and freeze immediately. As you can see, they are already starting to thaw out a tad. Do everything quickly and it will result in no browning or sticking, just perfect frozen bananas ready for use. Just take them out as needed!

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You can do strawberries the same way. Hull them and rinse. Pat dry and lay them out on the sheet, not touching. Freeze for 4-6 hours or more and take them out. Pile them into a freezer and your good to go! Frozen for whenever you need them. They won’t stick together. Here’s a picture of some strawberries that came out of my garden and went straight into the freezer.

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Continue for the recipe and books for this week!Β 

 

Here are the ingredients for the smoothie. Typically you do a 50/50 ratio on fruit along with 3/4 cup of your choice of milk. Here’s what I did which gave me roughly 3-4 servings. No ice required this time because of all the frozen fruit!

In the blender add:

1 1/2 cups of milk (I use almond)

2 frozen bananas

3 – 4 cups of frozen strawberries

A few packs of stevia

2 TB raw honey

* I like mostly strawberries for a subtle banana flavor. Nel, if you’re reading this, just omit the banana! πŸ˜‰ *

 

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Blend it all up until it’s smooth. This is a thick one, but you’ll know when you see this movement at the top that the smoothie is ready.

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Serve immediately. It’s so delicious and thick! It’s so thick, it’ll hold the straw up. Yum!

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Books This Week

This week I’m continuing with Cassandra Fears new book It Starts With L. I just finished Above The Flames and will be posting my review on that one soon. Please check back for my Q&A with this author! I’m hoping to have this posted for you guys by tomorrow. As usual, click the covers if you’d like to add on Goodreads!

 

It Starts With L by Cassandra Fear

 

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Blurb: High school is tough, and Arielle knows this all too well.

She’s slightly chubbier than most of the other girls and gets reminded of this every day. And the fact that she’s never had a boyfriend makes her prime meat for the bullying crowd.

But then in walks Blake, the cute new boy who sweeps her off her feet and stands up to her bullies. Instant swoon.

Now with a guy at her side, and the promise of a blooming love, Arielle realizes it’s easy to lose sight of what is important. Her best friend, Jess, is on a downward spiral toward disaster, and Arielle needs to find a way to help her.

Unfortunately, Arielle discovers not everything in life is simple. Sometimes things happen, tragedy strikes, and it leaves you with wounds that might never heal.

*So far so good. I have to admit that Arielle is more confident that I originally thought she’d be. It’s a good story so far. I love reading books like this and it reminds me of something I would’ve loved reading in high school and that’s okay. It’s one of the reasons I love YA and I still enjoy this genre! *


Marcel Malone by Lew Watts

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Blurb: Dr Vera Lewis has a difficult but intriguing patient, Marcel, whose symptoms result from multiple levels of rejectionβ€”from family, colleagues, relationships, and those journals that receive his poetry submissions. Desperate to achieve a breakthrough, Vera prescribes a very unusual treatment that begins to desensitize Marcel to rejection, albeit with unexpected side-effects. It is only when Vera brings poetry into their therapy sessions that Marcel begins to reveal his deeper problems, and is able to confront the demons of his past. As for Vera, she has her own problems…
Set mostly in Washington, DC, Marcel Malone is a story of how the love of poetry can lead to personal transformation.

* I’m starting this one later today and have no idea what to expect. I’ve seen mixed reviews on it, but I’ve had it on my list since the beginning of the year. I’m looking forward to enjoying it and I’m hoping it works out. I’ll have it done by next week for sure! *

 


Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed today’s Breakfast and a Book!

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25 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Strawberry Banana Smoothie – Lew Watts & Cassandra Fear

  1. Nel

    Hehe I will make sure to omit the bananas. I need to get me a Vitamix! My smoothies don’t come out nearly as smooth as yours do when I try. And that’s a good trick to keep fruit on hand. I need to do that as well. I so enjoy your breakfast and a book series!

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    1. Nel, thanks so much! It’s funny because I always think of you when I’m using bananas now, lol. πŸ™‚

      The Vitamix is worth every single penny. You can make soups, smoothies, sauces, and so much more. I’ve tried Blentecs and they are nice too, but no locking lid. Vitamix is the best and only one I would recommend. You can get them on eBay for quite a bit less, but won’t get a warranty. The best place to get one is Costco.

      Thanks for visiting today. ❀ I'm glad you enjoyed it! πŸ˜‰

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  2. That looks so yummy! I need to start making smoothies since 99% of the time I just forget or don’t eat breakfast unless someone makes me. What kind of blender do you use? And do you ever add protein powder or anything? I love these breakfast posts!! I want to try the rice cereal…think it could be made in a slow cooker overnight?

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    1. Hi Stephanie! I’ve been meaning to message you and haven’t forgotten your comment from the other day. I’ll message you through Goodreads if that’s okay regarding the health stuff.

      I’m the same way a lot! Breakfast can be easily skipped, but I force myself. I use a Vitamix and it’s the only one I recommend. They’re expensive, but they come with a long warranty and the most powerful high speed motor ever. Tons of recipes can be made in this blender, not just smoothies. It comes with a recipe book as well.

      I do use supplements! I did a few posts a month or so ago and explained some of the supplements I use. I think they are filed under smoothies? If you can’t find them, let me know. I use a few different powders, Maca, Moringa, and Collagen powders. I’m planning on doing a more in depth post soon regarding what I put in. Today I didn’t use anything else but what’s in the recipe. πŸ™‚

      I don’t know about the slow cooker. The Vitaclay can be programmed to start at a specific time and then it’s ready when I get up. I guess a rice cooker would always work? I haven’t tried it any other way besides just stove or in the Vitaclay. Let me know if you do that though! ❀ If you're thinking about the Vitaclay, another appliance worth EVERY penny. Thanks for visiting today! I'm so glad you liked the post. πŸ˜‰ I'll message you about the other stuff later today! ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. No rush on your reply! But I will look for it πŸ™‚

        I’ll have to look for the Vitamix. I used to make smoothies just for me in my Nutrabullet before work to drink in the car with bananas and strawberries or PB and bananas with almond milk, and I would add protein powder that I bought at Whole Foods and flax seeds. I’ve never tried the other powders you mentioned so I will go look for the post you mentioned.

        Apparently, you can cook rice in a slow cooker. I was reading different recipes on it. They recommend cooking it on low for 6-8 hours. It wouldn’t hurt to try! I’ve made soups and things in there that call for rice, and it has always turned out ok. I’ll let you know what happens, lol! I’ll have to check out the Vitaclay too. I have so many appliances, lol. I did love the post! I always love seeing what new things you have πŸ™‚
        I’ll check my Goodreads later, but I may not get back to you until tomorrow! I’m trying to get caught up on my backlog of posts on a day that I’m not feeling so terrible..or at least while I’m awake. I was at the Dr yesterday and he gave me some super heavy duty pain killers to take every 4 to 6 hrs and they only give me about 45 minutes of functioning time and then I pass out. It’s interesting, to say the least…not a lot getting done like that even though I am feeling better than I was, lol.

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        1. Cool! You’ll have to let me know how it turns out. It’s honestly so much better with cows milk. Even adding a little cream to it is delicious. I’m not supposed to have dairy and try to stay away from it, but it’s boring, haha!

          I really like to type messages on my computer, but our power has been flickering for days. So, I’m a little behind today. To have to keep starting the computer got really annoying. Luckily WordPress is awesome at saving! I’m back on my tablet for now and I’ll message you later. I hope you’re doing okay and sorry to hear about the meds! I hope you’re feeling alright atleast. Meds make me feel sick. :/ Talk soon. πŸ’—

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        2. I love cream in stuff, yummy!! I went through all the good allergy testing last yr convinced I was allergic to something like dairy or eggs but nada. Just shrimp, which I knew since it gives me anaphylactic shock. 😱🀀And that sucks since I love it πŸ˜”
          Sorry about your power flickering! Hope that stops soon! Oh I’d hate that with my pc too! Whenever you get a chance is fine!! I’ll be around 😊❀
          Thanks!! My migraine had gotten so bad that my normal meds weren’t touching it. I was on day 4 of it and finally broke down and called my neurologist yesterday. He made me come in and gave me an injection of toradol and that pretty much stopped the pain but because the pain was so intense and I have a history of daily migraines lasting yrs with no break, he gave me a prescription of toradol tablets to take over the next 5 days. Good thing is they’re keeping the headache at bay and really helping with my fibromyalgia pain! I hate meds too. Some I can’t take. This one is a NSAID, so I’m hoping it doesn’t upset my stomach since I have autoimmune gastritis. Things bother my stomach a lot. But he gave me something to coat my stomach to help the meds. A lot meds make me feel yuck! The side effects can be so much worse than what you have. I used to be on about 12 or 14 daily prescriptions but have weaned down to 5 and a bunch of natural herbs and supplements instead. I felt like death when I was on all those prescriptions…ugh!! Ok, well I’m about to fall asleep, lol!! Talk later sweetie! πŸ’—β€πŸ’—

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    2. Yeah, you sound so much like I was, but maybe worse. I’ve suffered migraines my whole life. I had one over the weekend and it threw me way off. I’ve learned to make them manageable. I really think I can help you! I don’t know what your lifestyle is like, but systemic allergy testing in my opinion is an absolute must. I had hair allergy testing done which showed no issues with dairy, but systemic found it, it was butter, which means I shouldn’t have any dairy. It’s such s long story, but I believe that I healed myself and I’m now med free for the most part. Maybe some of the things I’ve done will help you. It’s hard to know because we are all so diff! We just need to talk! I feel for you and hope your pain will subside. πŸ˜‰ Being sick is no fun. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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      1. Oh yeah, I’ve had them since I was 11. They’ve always been bad but were controllable with prescription migraine meds until 2007. Then they just went out of control. I then had chronic daily migraines for over 2 yrs until I found the amazing Dr I have now. He tested me for everything under the sun and is the one who found out I had several of the autoimmune diseases I do that were making me feel so sick and being untreated. And also contributing to my migraines. I have pernicious anemia and my vitamin B 12 level was almost nonexistent. Starting the shots helped my migraines so much. And going off birth control since the estrogen was too high in my blood and making me estrogen dominate. I had the intradermal allergy testing where they inject the allergen into your skin and wait for a reaction. I’ve also had the blood test allergy testing. I’ve never heard of hair allergy testing. What is systemic allergy testing? I’ve heard of challenge testing where you eat the food in front of the Dr to see if there is a allergic reaction. My mom did that and had an anaphylactic reaction to grain and had to have an epi pen used. But she’s allergic to almost everything. They had me do an elimination diet of cutting out things like gluten, dairy, so, peanuts, corn, eggs, fast food, processed food, sugar, citrus for 3 or 4 weeks. I felt better off of them but couldn’t tell a difference when I reintroduced them one at a time. Nothing was suspicious. Though now I think gluten is a trigger and I need to do gluten free again. It’s supposed to be a huge problem for people with autoimmune gastritis and autoimmune hashimoto’s thyroid. My head…and fibro symptoms are feeling much better, thanks!! Today anyway! My migraines are usually controlled to where I only have 2 episodes that last 3 or 4 days a mth, so I’m not sure what this one was about! Just a bad one is all or triggered by something…we’ve been having a lot of thunderstorms and the change in humidity really messes with my head at times. I’m willing to try any suggestions you have πŸ˜„β€πŸ’—

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    3. What I’ll do is explain it in the message I send. There’s so much! I totally changed my habits, so much from what I was doing. This is why I really want to put it in a book so people can see everything I went through, what helped, and then compare it and choose to try one at a time. Everyone’s diff. I’ll send you what I think is important and then you can see if you think it will help. πŸ’— Talk soon! πŸ™‚

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    4. You’re the sweetest, Stephanie. Thank you for that. I need to set time aside daily for it, but it’s hard to fit another thing in, lol! You know how family life goes πŸ˜‰ Talk soon. 😊

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      1. Oh any time!! I’m here to encourage you any time you need it! ❀I know how hard it is. It’s never easy with a family and kids and all the million other things we have to do!😊 I’m not sure how some authors do it! πŸ™„ TTYL!! No rushπŸ’žπŸ’ž

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    1. I hear you, Claire. I’m not really a huge banana fan either, but it’s actually quite light in this one. You could just take it out and in a few more strawberries. The key is to be sure they’re frozen. πŸ˜‰ Hope you try it! β™‘β™‘β™‘

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  3. OMG YUMMYYYYYY !!! I need that smoothie and I need it NOW! Banana and strawberry is my ultimate favorite smoothie as well! I also like to toss in some kale just so I can get my greens in πŸ™‚
    Smoothie and a book? You livin’ a spoiled life hun! πŸ˜‰ ❀

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