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…
Get a cookie sheet out and layer it with a piece of parchment paper.
Peel the bananas and lay them out so they aren’t touching each other.
Put them in the freezer quickly and freeze for 4-6 hours or more. I like to do this overnight.
Take them out and you’ll notice they’re completely frozen and won’t stick to each other.
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!
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.
Continue for the recipe and books for this week!
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! 😉 *
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.
Serve immediately. It’s so delicious and thick! It’s so thick, it’ll hold the straw up. Yum!
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
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
Blurb: Dr Vera Lewis has a difficult but intriguing patient, Marcel, whose symptoms result from multiple levels of rejection—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!