Thursday, January 22, 2015

Smoothie Queen In The Making?

I love smoothies, but the cost of going and having someone else make it for me can get quite expensive. I always saw blending to be such a chore for some reason, but recently decided that I wanted to give it a try and see if I could incorporate smoothies into my diet. I struggle with getting fruits and vegetables into my diet partially because I try to only buy and budget for what I need for particular recipes, so getting extra ingredients for something that I may not eat because I'm not hungry usually results in a waste of money. However, I do know that I struggle with eating breakfast. I am NOT a morning person. If I am going to have something for breakfast it's either because my husband was nice enough to make it for me OR it was something I could just pick up and eat like a banana or some other fruit I can just grab. Then again, since I don't usually budget for fruit and mostly focus on lunch and dinner recipes, I end up not having anything fast for breakfast and being that I'm not a morning person anyway, I tend to slug my way through the morning until I can finally feel like eating which is typically around 11AM.

This isn't healthy for me and I know it! So I am trying to change this, one delicious smoothie at a time. I dusty off my blender that gets used on rare occasions and made a trip to the grocery store with a minimum list so that I didn't overwhelm myself with too many options. Here is how I came out!

In total with taxes I spent around $17. So far I have been able to conquer a smoothie every morning for the past two mornings and I am sure I can get another week if not a little bit more out of my stash, so as far as feeling like I would spend too much, it comes out to about $1.88 a day or perhaps a little less if I stretch out my recipes a little bit more. Currently I am enjoying about a cup of froze fruit, a cup of spinach and kale, about a half a cup of almond milk or less, a half to a whole banana, and a few pieces of ice to add a little bit of water. I have yet to try the peanut butter, but I am thinking a banana and peanut butter smoothie would taste good. 

This is what my concoction looks like! It could probably be a little smoother, but I'll need a new blender for that. It tastes surprisingly delicious considering there is spinach and kale in it! But then again, spinach and kale don't really have a strong flavor so I am not sure what I was expecting. I think I will add more next time!

I have seen some recipes that call for chia seeds, protein or other additives and I am not quite ready to take that kind of plunge, but eventually I hope to venture into adding more healthy options to my smoothies. For now, I will continue to push myself to have breakfast every morning. I have struggled with not eating breakfast since I was a kid, so I have a lot of years of habit forming to undo and redo. 
Until next time! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Well, hello. I was debating on if I wanted to start over or just continue blogging here and staying here won. However, I have changed my blog and YouTube name from bookge3k to It's Panders! My husband and I also have a joint blog for all things geeky called jPanders, which is our nicknames combined!  It has definitely been a long time since I have updated this blog and oh my how things have changed in my life! I am now married to my wonderful best friend of 8 years! We got married in September of 2014 and it was one of the happiest days of my life, if not the happiest. It was just him and I on a romantic evening, overlooking downtown in the city that we live in.

So what is this blog's focus now?

Before I was mostly doing book reviews and while I do love reading and doing book reviews, I felt limited in the content that I was able to share. I began doing YouTube videos regarding books back in 2010 and since then the YouTube or as they call it now, BookTube community, has exploded. I am so proud to see that more people are involved in a community that when I started, wasn't really a community as it was more a handful of people talking about books on the internet. So with that being said my blog and YouTube's new focus is an All About Me approach. From books, movies, anime, to crafting, planning/planners, food, or any other topic that I may be experiencing or enjoying. I am looking forward to spending more time blogging and vlogging once more. 

I have many great things planned out and I can't wait to share what I have been up to since I posted last. I do want to take a moment to thank those who have stayed subscribed to both my blog and my YouTube channel and I hope to once again bring you content you enjoy! 

I shall see you again soon!