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Thriving Thursday #5: Smoothie Time

Good morning!! And happy THURSDAY!

#1 Yes, we are still rocking the Christmas jams. I mean how cute are those gingerbread ninjas? I totally had my fingers crossed that Hanna Andersson would come out with some adult versions of that one, but no luck.

#2 My boys know these cherries are my all time favorite. So they tend to stay towards the back of the cabinet, in my stash. Ha. So breaking these cherries out for the smoothie was a treat (haha… don’t act like y’all don’t selectively stash things in the depths of your cabinets!!). This is my attempt at a “festive” smoothie… you know, Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly.

#3 Lastly, HAPPY THRIVING THURSDAY! Whether you are a current Thriver or sitting there wondering what I am talking about, you can totally make this smoothie. I took a few shortcuts with the Thrive fruit, but you can make this with fresh fruit too. Remember Thrive is just freeze-dried foods. I use my monthly grocery box to fill in the gaps between growing seasons, feed someone that likes broccoli one day and hates it the next, and with an overall to goal reduce our waste! Do you need any help in these areas? Let me know!

Before we hop to the smoothie… watch this new video to learn more 🙂

Single Serving Cherry- Berry Smoothie 

Featuring a couple of Thrive Life groceries

What you need:

  • 1 cup almond milk (if you buy it, unsweetened, plain!)
  • 1/2 cup cherries
  • 2 or 3 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 4 cubes of ice
  • 2 tablespoons of collagen peptides (this is the brand we are currently using)
  • 1 teaspoon honey-sweetened elderberry syrup

What you do:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Enjoy!

Now a cool variation would be a chocolate-cherry smoothie 🙂 If you try that, report back!!

Also, I am really trying to work on using my camera. The phone is so easy, but it really is fun to play around with the camera. Tripp LOVES the big camera. Which is so funny. Like he insisted on holding on the cherries. Then he had Leo also hold the can of cherries… sweetness.

This is a fun way to get in elderberry for immune support too. And I think we are all wanting immune boosters in every form possible, am I right?

Y’all have a great day!!


Thriving Thursday #4: Overnight Oats

Happy Thursday!

We are having a MUCH better week. Tripp actually had a haircut this week and we went to a fun park afterwards. It was a lot of fun! We also went to Target (at a random time, so NO ONE was there… it was awesome!) because I have wanted to see the new Hearth & Hand stuff and we needed a birthday card 🙂 Tripp and I both loved the goat bookends, but decided we could wait a little longer on those. Ya know, since we are in the middle of GETTING RID of stuff. Tripp and I have been taking on small spaces (as in a drawer or cabinet) here and there for cleaning out. Fun stuff 🙂

Anyways. Thriving Thursday!

Single Serving Overnight Oats with Strawberries + Banana 

Featuring a couple of Thrive Life groceries

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup oats (I used THESE, quick cooking oats)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened, plain!)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Thrive Life strawberries
  • 1/4 cupThrive Life banana slices
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Drizzle of nut butter when you are ready to eat!

What you do:

  1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar.
  2. Shake.
  3. Stick in the refrigerater for a few hours or overnight.
  4. Enjoy!

You can also find oats through Thrive Life, but they are not certified GF, so I choose not to use those. If you are searching for certified foods withThrive Life, they have a whole section for you! I usually just select it and pick my groceries from there.

If you want your fruit a little crunchy, just add those before you eat. I like the flavors to melt in (and LOVE that I just grab it and EAT!), so I just throw it all in the jar. Perfect for on-the-go or a quiet breakfast item that doesn’t require any noise (i.e. no risk of waking up a sleeping kiddo). Because I am trying to get up earlier than Tripp (usually an already early riser) and enjoy some #wordbeforeworld and coffee.

The base of overnight oats can be found a lot of places online, but the first place I found it was on Kath Eats Real Food. So I have always followed the 1/2 trio 🙂