When you think of a smoothie, fruit and yogurt sound like good choices to put into one, but you might think twice about putting in spinach and kale. I have been reading about hiding vegetables in your smoothies for quite some time, but I never found myself to be daring enough to try it. I get the occasional migraine and I know that spinach is known to prevent headaches. I like spinach so I figured eating some of it everyday wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that I would get tired quickly of steamed or sautéed spinach everyday, so I decided to give the green smoothie a try.
One of my favorite recipe blogs is Skinnytaste and there were a few smoothie recipes on the site. After reading through all of them, I decided to make a smoothie out of spinach, plain Greek yogurt and frozen fruit, and surprisingly I really liked the taste. Aside from the green color, you could barely tell that there is spinach in the smoothie. After making the first one, I have tried kale, cucumber, avocado and celery in the smoothies along with any kind of fruit — fresh or frozen — I have around. Through Skinnytaste I learned about natural food chef Julie Morris who wrote the book Superfood Smoothies. I highly recommend the book because there are 100 smoothie recipes to try and I’ve been introduced to so many different kinds of superfoods such as berries and seeds to incorporate into my smoothies that I never would’ve added in before.
When I make my daily smoothie I either make one from Superfood Smoothies, one I’ve seen from The Wholesome Life on Instagram or one from my own head. One of my favorites that I’ve come up with is my tropical smoothie.
Tropical green smoothie recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup kale and spinach combined
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup kiwi
- 1/2 cup mango
- 1/2 cup grapefruit
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes to the blender and crush if desired.
Today was one of those perfect Sundays to spend time outside gardening. I’m attempting to grow strawberries this year, we’ll see if any actually turn into ones you can eat. A few have started to bud so that’s a good sign.
New plants are an excuse for me to break out the macro lens.
In the past few weeks I’ve been working on a complete overhaul and move of my portfolio site. The web host I was with lost a good number of my files and had no explanation for me on why they vanished so I’ve moved my portfolio over to WordPress where at least I know my files are more secure. The link remains the same, www.alysongoodman.com, but it has had a little bit of a facelift along with new editorial design work and photography added.
Cement and wood pilings are now all that remains of the Long Beach boardwalk.
The new normal in Long Beach, NY is a beach without the famous boardwalk thanks to Hurricane Sandy destroying the two and a quarter boardwalk. Construction on a new and stronger boardwalk is set to begin soon, but it will be strange when beach season kicks off on Memorial Day weekend and there won’t be a boardwalk. Not having a boardwalk is something that I’m sure people never thought they would see.
Going for a walk on the boardwalk is one of my favorite things, especially when spring hits. I’ve caught myself a few times thinking that its a great day for a walk on the boardwalk only for reality to set in a minute later. The other day the weather was too perfect to pass up a walk on the beach so I grabbed my camera, climbed the new sand mountains we have to keep the ocean from spilling into the streets and took some photos of the new beach scene we have.
There is something about the Easter Peeps that I like better than the ones that are made for other holidays. Thanks to Pintrest you can find so many ways to cook and decorate with Peeps. Below are a few of my favorite ideas.
The 85th annual Academy Awards air tomorrow. Every year I either see none or at the most one movie that is nominated before the award show airs. This year was no different, I have only seen Les Misérables which is nominated in a few categories and I thought was a great adaption of one of my all-time favorite Broadway shows. Though I will argue that I think Eddie Redmayne who plays Marius in the film was overlooked for Best Supporting Actor. His performance in my opinion was one of the best and his rendition of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables was heartbreaking. I watch the Oscars and other award shows mainly for the fashion. I love to see what dresses are being worn and pick my favorite and least favorite dressed for the night.
The Silver Linings Playbook poster created by Joshua Budich.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences teamed up with Gallery1988 in Los Angeles for original posters inspired by the nine films nominated in the Best Picture category in an exhibition called For Your Consideration. This collaboration is the first time the Academy has teamed up with a gallery for art work for the nominated films. All of the posters can be seen here on the Oscar website. The artistic posters give you a little more insight into the films than the ordinary movie posters do, like the eagle wings in the Silver Linings Playbook poster since the Philadelphia Eagles play a part in the film. Plus the colors used in the poster are the colors for the team. It’d be great to see the Academy make artistic poster for the Best Picture nominees a new tradition.
The boardwalk on a rare empty afternoon in May 2012.
The Long Beach boardwalk, a landmark in my hometown is starting to come down. Thanks to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, the two and quarter mile boardwalk that was first built in 1914 with elephants carrying the wood, was destroyed. There are parts where the wood just blew away, the wood ramps that lead to the beach are gone and the ticket booths were found blocks away in the center of town.
The boardwalk has always been my favorite place in Long Beach. Its where I would go when I needed to clear my head and a walk on it would do that, its where you have many firsts in your life and once I started getting into photography, it was one of my favorite places to shoot at any time of the day.
A new one is slated to be built and new memories will be made on it.
What is left of the boardwalk at my beach entrance.
A goodbye ceremony was held for the boardwalk, giving everyone a chance to bid adieu to our landmark.
I can honestly say I am happy that 2012 is officially over, since 2012 was a rather rough year. I thought about doing an overall year in pictures review, but I knew that the majority of it would be taken up by photos I took during the recovery of Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, NY. I decided to do a Sandy picture review. I posted a few in my life after Sandy post back in early November, but I never posted any of the boardwalk that Sandy destroyed. In Long Beach, the beach and the boardwalk is a great treasure and you don’t realize how much you miss something until it is gone.
The ocean on Sunday, October 28 the day before Sandy came.
The sand berms that were suppose to protect the lifeguard shack and the ocean from reaching the streets.
The wood structure on the sand is on the left a ticket booth and next to it the piece of wood it sat on from the boardwalk.
The whole boardwalk had varying degrees of damage, but this part is the worst, where it just split apart.
Another view from the split part of the boardwalk.
This use to be a boardwalk entrance and exit ramp.
The view from the other side. All of the sand is not suppose to be there, there is a road underneath all of it.
It didn’t matter if it was wood, metal or concrete, it all got destroyed by the ocean surging and the wind.
The sand that covered the streets had to be stored somewhere.
National guard trucks paroled the streets and members were in town for weeks giving out supplies.
The start of the clean up process.
Here’s to 2013, I really hope it is better than 2012 was.