Monday, March 8, 2010

Green Weeks

Happy Monday, to you!

Starting today, I dub the next 2 weeks, Green Weeks.

Why you ask?

Well because it's almost St. Patrick's Day! And, I have no idea why, but I love St. Patrick's Day. It's just so... green... And after St. Patty's, there's April's Earth Day. So expect more Green Weeks next month.

During Green Weeks, you'll get your fill of all things green. Smoothies, juices, plants, info, anything and everything green. Have fun with it and feel free to send some suggestions for a green topic!

Green Week, Day One
Basil Banana Green Smoothie
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
  • 3-5 drops liquid Stevia, or bit of agave nectar
  • dash mount of cinnamon
  • ice
 Blend, blend, blend.
Pour into a glass.
Sprinkle with raw cacao nibs.
Then sprinkle with goji berries.
This smoothie makes 2 glass or 1 really giant glass. I shared with my boyfriend. It's good being green.

This is one of the best smoothies I have had. The boyfriend agreed, as well. Super simple and long overdue in trying basil in a smoothie, as suggested by my favorite twin bloggers. I give the smoothie two green thumbs up!

Speaking of green thumbs and Green Weeks, the boyfriend and I started our indoor garden yesterday!
Isn't it cute?
We were browsing the gardening section at Home Depot and found this little variety kit.
We start our plants indoors and replant outside when they've sprouted and the weather gets warmer.
The kit came with pellets of dried soil (seen below), a variety of seeds, tags, indoor and outdoor gardening tips, recipes, and detailed instructions. Easy.

Step One: Put each pellet into it's own compartment. Immerse with warm water to expand.
Step Two: Plant each seed(s) based on packet instruction.
Step Three: Cover (soon to be sprouted) seeds with top cover to create the green house effect.
 Step Four: Watch your babies grow. And you can bet I will be posting pictures of their process! So excited!

We have a garden every year but not with the variety we will have this year. And they will be stronger since we're starting them inside and can take care of them a little more often...
Thanks Burpee
Soon we will have Mesclun greens, oregano, cilantro, basil, sweet peppers, cucumbers, and tomotoes.
Squash, carrots, and green beans were also included in the pack but these are to be planted outdoors only.
So much fun.
Now I'm needing to get started on my composting... more on that later.

After greening our bodies and tummies, Boyfriend and I juiced our little hearts out.
Mmmmmmmm. OJ.
The beautiful pastel colors of red cabbage, spinach, fennel, lime, and ginger.
Juiced to perfection.

8 running thoughts:

Sweet and Savory said...

I saw this same kit at Walmart this weekend and almost picked it up! Now I just might! We haven't had a garden at this house yet, so I'm nervous about it...wondering if we have enough space:(

So, how long do these seedlings stay indoors and when can you plant outside???

Lori said...

Hi Sweet & Savory! The kit is awesome! I recommend it... it gives you a great foundation for starting your garden for years to come too.
For the indoor part, the kit is not big. Takes up no space really. And most of the seeds sprout at 7 to 21 days, depending on what it is. I'm not sure yet when to plant them... a couple weeks, I'm assuming. I'll check and post it as a blog.
And to plant, they suggest a 20x20 gardening area... Our garden isn't terribly big, but most of these plants can just stay in bigger pots outside.
Good luck!

Kelly Michelle said...

yum, spinach, banana, almond milk and cinnamon are all pretty much staples in my smoothies so that sounds delicious. I think I actually got to the point where I was using too much cinnamon though, they started to get a weird almost spicy taste and I finally realized I may be slightly overpouring.... ooops :)

Pure2raw twins said...

Oh yes we love basil!!

Your indoor garden looks amazing. So much better than ours.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

i love the green weeks awesome.

hope life is sunny & peaceful for you hon!

Kristen's Raw said...

LOOOVE the mound of cinnamon :) YUM!!!!

Indoor garden... way jealous!!!! Sounds awesome. :)

Lori said...

Kelly Michelle- Cinnamon is awesome stuff! Yeah, I kind of overdue it sometimes too... ;)

Twins- Thank you so much for suggesting basil in the smoothies! Oh my it's so good!

Averie- Life is sunny here! Hope you're doing well, Love!

And Kristen- Yay for Cinnamon!!

Mae said...

I love that color combo! SO fun.

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