Face the new year with a new drink

thermosNew to smoothies? Not regular old smoothies – snooze – but Wicked Green Smoothies – these have a healthy kick and you’ll start out the day feeling healthy and righteous. If you’re a manly man and don’t want your buds seeing what you’re drinking – no worries – pour this in a Thermos and tell them it’s a protein shake <grin

New Year’s Wicked Green Smoothie
1 c. OJ
1/2 c. frozen blackberries
1/2 c. frozen raspberries
1/2 c. pineapple in its own juice
1/2 banana – frozen or fresh
handful of kale or if you’re a beginner you can use spinach or green lettuce. You won’t even taste the greens. Still worried? Simply add just a couple leaves or just one leaf for your first smoothie, then make it again and add a couple of more, working your way up to a handful and then to half a blender full when you become a Wicked Green Smoothie lovin’ machine.smoothieny

Blend. If you have a basic blender, start with the juice and one fruit, blend add fruit, blend, add veg. Using fresh fruit? You can add ice for a thicker smoothie.

using frozen fruits gives you a thicker milkshake consistency. Too thick? Add more OJ or add some water.

Tip: bananas getting too ripe? peel, break into chunks, put in Ziploc bag and freeze for smoothies

If you already have jumped on the smoothie train, you can substitute water in place of OJ, cut out 2 of the fruits and add more kale.


P.S. Let me know how you like it.


Change…it can be difficult

As 2012 comes to a close and we look forward to 2013 – what do you want to achieve this year? Lots of people don’t like change, they’d rather keep things moving along as they are. Others, (me included) like change, it keeps life interesting. As a nation we’re getting bigger, sicker and for the first time, our children won’t live longer than their parents – is this acceptable to you?fall2

Me? I have writing goals which I’ve stated on my other blog at www.cluhrs.com and I’ll be keeping myself honest by reporting my progress to you all.

As to living a more healthy, mindful life – this year:

  1. Work on cutting out processed food, especially junk. I fell off the wagon this year after a couple of blood clots in my leg – ugh! I’m cleared now so I want to get back on track.
  2. Being kind to myself – that means getting out and taking walks with friends or hitting the gym a few times a week or making time for a massage (if there’s a school near you, the rates are way cheaper than the spa).
  3. Adding more fruits and veggies and trying some new ones I’ve never eaten before.
  4. Limiting dairy and meat. Everyone is different and for me, I feel better when I do this.
  5. Last – this is a biggie for me…cue the drum roll or more preferably the scary music – cutting out soda – full octane Pepsi this year. We’ll see how this one goes especially as I’m under deadline for my second book. <grin

What do you want to achieve? State your goals and let’s all support each other and make it happen in 2013!


We’re all still here so – Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is officially the first day of winter, also known as the Winter Solstice. This is when the sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. 

Traditionally, this was the time to hope you could live through the winter. Did you have enough put away to make it through? Starvation was common during the harsh winters. On the bright side, all the beer and wine was usually ready for drinking at this time.

It rarely snows here in the Carolinas. This picture is from last year. I’m wishing for a white Christmas this year. Love making cocoa, listening to Xmas music, wearing thick socks and sweaters, turning on the gas fireplace (a real one’s even better but alas, I don’t have a real fireplace), and curling up on the sofa under a cozy quilt with a cat for company and a great book to read.

This is a great time of year to reflect on the year and plan for the next. What did you accomplish this year? What are your goals for 2013?

Happy Winter!

Ice cube trays – relic or new and useful again?

Really – does anyone still have/use ice-cube trays nowadays?ice

Many folks have refrigerators with built-in ice making capabilities whether it’s through the door or in the freezer compartment. But hold on to those ice-cube trays. Here’s why:

  1. Use them to pour that last little bit of juice (OJ, apple, V8, etc) into the trays and freeze. They add a nice slushy consistency to your smoothies.
  2. Pour vegetable stock in and use later to add to soups and stews.
  3. Lots of basil or other herbs leftover? chop, put in trays with water and freeze. Wa-lah! great to add to soups, stews and smoothies later on.
  4. Leftover cranberry relish (see an earlier post for a recipe that will have you eating it by the spoonful) – never fear! Spoon into trays and freeze to use later in smoothies (there’s a yummy cranberry smoothie recipe in an earlier post as well). Frozen gives it more of a milkshake texture

Do you still use ice-cube trays? What are your favorite uses?

P.S. They come in all kinds of fun shapes! ice2


New website/blog for my fiction writing

Yep, you heard it here first. I have a new website showcasing my upcoming fiction books – don’t Shadow Dance Website Size 72 dpi 600 x 900worry – you can still get all your Wicked Green Smoothie goodness here. However, if you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing as an Author in the fiction world, well then, here’s the link to my new site – www.cluhrs.com

My posts will show up automatically on Facebook and Twitter so if you already follow me there, you don’t have to do anything new.

Here’s to a successful new venture!

Chocolate Wicked Green Smoothie

Yep that’s right a chocolate wicked green smoothie.  This smoothie is nutritious and will satisfy your chocolate craving. You won’t even taste the greens!chocolate

1 scoop dynamic greens chocolate powder
1 c. almond milk
handful of ice
handful of spinach
1/2 banana or 1/2 c. raspberries
optional (1 tbsp. of wheat germ, flax, and/or chia seeds)
if you are a newbie – add a tablespoon of Nutella – oh my yum!

blend and enjoy!