Hey friends, I am on Airbnb! After months of procrastinating, I finally put my home up on Airbnb two weeks ago. Living alone is great, but I also love meeting new people, and what better way to welcome someone to my city than by welcoming them into my home? Airbnb has saved me from spending an extortionate amount of money on hotels when I travel, and I have only ever had good experiences. So, you know, if you’re ever in Toronto and want to stay somewhere with baked goods, a fully equipped kitchen, a balcony garden, and walk to the St. Lawrence Market every morning… you know where to find me.
Last weekend my cousin Vanessa, who I have known since before either of us could walk or talk, got married. Seeing her walk down the aisle was such a touching and beautiful experience, and the entire weekend was so filled with love. I realized, over the weekend, that weddings are not just a union of two individuals, but are also unions of family and friends from different walks of life who have all come together for the sole purpose of celebrating a lifetime of happiness for our loved ones. I had such a great weekend dancing, hanging out, and exploring Ann Arbor, Michigan, with my family that I’m still struggling to come back to reality.
With the weather getting increasingly and unbearably warm, I’ve been making and eating lots of cool foods to get me through the heat: overnight oats, smoothies, salads, and, as you can tell from my blog and Instagram, ice cream. Summer is here and all I want are foods that keep me nice and cool. My morning ritual during the fall, winter, and spring of starting the day with a cup of warm water and lemon is disappearing, and I am enjoying citrus infused water, juices, and smoothies instead.
A few weeks ago, Nuts.com approached me about sharing a recipe featuring spirulina, a nutrient-dense algae that is high in protein and chlorophyll. I have to be honest and say that I haven’t experimented with spirulina in savoury dishes as much as I would like to, but I’ve really enjoyed spirulina in smoothies and other sweet treats, such as crackers and protein balls. I know many people dislike spirulina for its bitter and sometimes even smoky flavour, but the key to using it is to start by adding just a little. I only ever add half a teaspoon of it to my smoothies, and I love the deep, emerald green colour it lends to everything I add it to. This emerald green smoothie is one of many smoothies I enjoy with spirulina, and I hope you love it too! For more information on spirulina’s health benefits, you can check out Nuts.com’s post here. Thank you Nuts.com for inviting me to join in on this fun project!
NOTE: This post was not paid for and I was not compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.
EMERALD GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWLS
Yields 2 servings.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups packed spinach
- 1 cup green grapes
- 1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/2 teaspoon spirulina
- cacao nibs, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, and chia seeds to garnish
1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend on high. Garnish with toppings of choice.
Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,