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20 Oct

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

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~Goals Last Week

~finish kitchen paint

~get Halloween/Fall decorations out

~take load to Goodwill

 

~Goals This Week

~touch up cabinet paint

~order kitchen countertop

~clean grout on kitchen floor

~buy new window coverings

~buy new drawer pulls

 

Home Zone This Week: (15 minutes a day in said zone)

~kitchen

 

Hot Spot This Week: (5 minutes a day in said hot spot)

~pantry

 

Computer Hot Spot: (getting my digital organization on!)

~go through important emails

 

Last Week’s Pin Accomplished:

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich 

 

This Week’s Pin To Accomplish:

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How To Create A Full-proof Workflow

 

Last Week’s Most Clicked On Links:

{Attention Bloggers –these I pin to my over 96,000 followers on Pinterest, so keep linking up!  Tip: it helps if your post photos are at or about 640px wide. I can’t take the time to resize photos for all features. Thank you!}

baby anti-procrastination

Birth Story | The Scent Of Oranges

 

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The Horrible Housewife | Tackling My Linen Closet

 

Ap Tuesday feature

Storage Drawers Redo | Purple Patch DIY

 

Ap Tuesday Feature Drawer

Nightstand Organization | Magenta & Lime

 

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& Easy DIY Harvest Sign | The Turquoise Home

 

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20 Oct

Sweet Tart Smoothie

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SWEET TART SMOOTHIE

I call this a Sweet Tart Smoothie because that is exactly what I thought it tasted like!  How fun is it that a green smoothie can taste like candy?!

The sweet/tart flavor comes from  Aronia Berry.  This smoothie also contains mixed berries, a banana, chia (for those plant-based omega’s), kale (another powerhouse nutrient-filled food), and aloe vera juice.

SWEET TART SMOOTHIE BLENDER

SWEET TART SMOOTHIE ALOE VERA JUICE

Now THAT’S a healthy smoothie, AND it tastes like candy!  What more could one want?

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Have you heard of this powerhouse, superfood, full-of amazing-goodness  Aronia Berry?  Let me tell you a bit about it.

~Aronia berries have the HIGHEST antioxidant capacity among berries and other fruits evaluated to date. (as of 2012)

~they contain high levels of vitamin C which make them great immunity boosters

~the antioxidants they contain protect against many degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease and just aging in general

~they help protect the skin from harmful pollutants & the sun’s ultraviolet light. They keep our skin from aging and are part of an anti-wrinkle diet

~they have anti-viral properties and a rich history– Potawatomi Indians used them to cure colds.

~a group of Bulgarian scientists found Aronia melanocarpa to have in-vitro and antiviral activity against type A influenza virus.  It also was found to have anti-bacterial activity against Staph & EColi.

~reasearchers from the Department of Nutrition & Food Science at the University of Maryland analyzed the extracts in grapes, wild blueberries and aronia berries for their chemoprevention activity against colon cancer.  All three extracts inhibited the growth of cancer cells, but aronia berry extract was the most potent inhibitor.

~Aronia berries taste yummy

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I have read that they are so potent, that you do need to limit your consumption to a serving a day.

FROZEN ARONIA BERRIES

This works out well for me, as they are sold at our local food co-op in pretty small amounts for a pretty large penny! This package was $7.00.  It is worth it, as they are locally and organically grown & come frozen.  I’m willing to pay well for food that is THIS nutritious.

If you cannot find them fresh or frozen, you can order them dried on Amazon.  They are said to make a great tea when rehydrated.  Steer clear of Aronia Berry juice.  Most of the antioxidants are lost when juiced and bottled.

I’m excited to experiment with this little sweet tart berry.  I’ve seen Aronia Berry pie, cobblers & crisps.  I’m sure if we searched Pinterest, there would be all kinds of fun ideas.  I will share anything I try that I love with you in future posts.

Have you tasted the Aronia berry?  What do you think?

SMOOTHIE TO GO
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Sweet Tart Smoothie

1 ripe frozen banana*
1/3 cup frozen aronia berries
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1 handful baby kale
8 oz aloe Vera juice
1 tbls chia
 
Add all to a high-speed blender.  Blend until smooth.
 
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, start with the aloe vera juice & kale, blend well.  Add the rest of the ingredients & blend until as smooth as possible.  Your smoothie might have some texture to it, but it will be delicious!
*If you banana is not ripe, which makes it sweet, you may need to add either stevia or a couple of medjool dates or date paste for sweetness.

 

 

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