I love the holidays and I am loving my new Laura dress by JUNIEblake, a clothing line designed and manufactured in Arizona!
This dress is perfect for holiday parties, where I plan to sip on green smoothies or vegan no-egg nog. I also plan on devouring lots of vegan sweets and savories, of course. I can’t wait!
This is my favorite time of year because it’s the one time of year that my huge family of 5 older sisters, our husbands, their 16 kids, my mom, and our extended family get together. I love my family and how we carry on our holiday traditions, so it’s something I look forward to every year. Can you imagine how busy I am this time of year? With recipe development, buying holiday gifts, and attending party after party, I barely have time to brush my hair! Luckily, green smoothies are a cinch to make–you’ll see when I share my recipe, below.
When JUNIEblake sent me the Laura dress, I was so ecstatic because I haven’t had time to shop for myself. It was such a wonderful gift–just what I needed!
I partnered up with my friends at JUNIEblake to give a special gift to one of you. If you’d also like to own this dress or any of their other modest holiday dresses or clothes, enter our giveaway to win a $30 gift card in time for the holidays! You can even give the $30 gift card to someone special as a holiday present! Here are all of the details.
This is mainly an Instagram contest, but you can also enter on Facebook and Twitter. The contest is open worldwide and ends on December 20 at 11pm PST. The winner will be chosen randomly via the #MEKGiveaway hashtag! Get posting and good luck!
More on the Laura dress. What I love about it is the fabric. The gold shimmers and shines, making it very festive. I also like the pleats in the front and back of the dress. If you happen to overeat at a party, like I will sometimes do, the pleats can hide any sign of belly bulge. Speaking of bulge, when I’m away from home, I will sometimes accidentally consume gluten, which makes me severely bloated (I can look 5 months pregnant), so the pleats can help hide a bloated belly, too! As you can see, this dress is a win all around–it’s a comfy, warm fabric, it’s stylish, and it just screams holiday party! If you prefer more color, search JUNIEblake‘s website for more styles!
Now, here is my green smoothie recipe. My husband and I have 16 ounces of it every morning for breakfast, at least 30 minutes after we enjoy our warm lemon water.
There are so many health benefits that we can reap from these green smoothies. Just to name a few– beautiful skin, less puffiness around the eyes, calcium, iron from the dark leafy greens; parsley and cilantro pulls heavy metals out of fat cells; fiber and electrolytes from the celery; and lemon is packed with vitamin C, which helps the body absorb the iron in the greens and helps support the liver, our main fat-burning organ
My green smoothies will keep you full in the morning or afternoon and will give you all the nutrients you need. Just a note, I also have another 16 ounces as an afternoon snack on some days. It is like fuel, so energizing!
This recipe is my adaptation of Kimberly Snyder’s glowing green smoothie that Peyman likes best. I hope you try it and love it as much as we do!
Time: 7 minutes
Diet: V, GF, DF, SF, SRF, NF, CF, R
Ingredients (all organic).
2 cups of filtered water
1 handful of cilantro
1 head of romaine lettuce, base cut off
2-3 big handfuls of spinach or kale
4 stalks of celery
1 gala apple
1 ripe pear
1 ripe banana (spotted)
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp of turmeric, optional
1 tsp spirulina, optional
In a blender, add 2 cups of water, cilantro, romaine and spinach. Cover and blend from medium to high just until it is completely blended. Add more spinach and water if it looks too thick. Blend from medium to high speed. Add the celery, apple (seeds removed), pear (seeds removed), banana, turmeric, spirulina and lemon juice. Blend from medium to high speed until smooth. Enjoy!
I hope you’ll try this recipe and get inspired to start your days with my green smoothies!
Photo Credit: Riva Takahashi
Share on Facebook