A Green Smoothie (that actually tastes delicious!)

A Green Smoothie (that actually tastes delicious!) {Apartment 302}

Green smoothies always scared me.  I liked the idea of drinking in so many fruits and vegetables and all their nutritional goodness but I was hesitant (spinach and broccoli juice, anyone?).  Living with roommates a couple years ago, I found myself in the presence of a juicing machine.  I was excited for this new-to-me kitchen gadget and went on a week long juicing binge, liquefying everything in sight.  One particularly ambitious day, I decided to make my very first green smoothie.  I juiced, liquefied, pulverized, smashed, squeezed and blended a couple weeks worth of produce into one thick, sludgy green refreshment.  I was so proud of myself and envisioning my smoothie as my own godsend creation about to be bequeathed unto the Internet for the benefit of mankind everywhere.  Until I took a big gulp.  And subsequently spat it out onto the window in front of me.  Not quite the green elixir of the vegetable gods I had imagined.  Not wanting to waste the $30 in produce I concentrated into a single large glass, I plugged my nose and tipped it down the gullet (by the way, plugging your nose does not prevent you from tasting unpleasant things.  We were lied to in childhood).  I vowed to never juice anything but fruit ever again.  And I was convinced that green juices could never taste good.  The mere image of a thick, green smoothie made my stomach churn and brought back memories of simultaneously gagging and gulping the green goop.  I had definitely been a little too heavy handed on the cruciferous component.  This is not that smoothie.

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Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale {Apartment 302}

Soooo I wasn’t planning on doing another crockpot soup recipe so soon, but in a dramatic turn of events, I came down with a wicked cold and sinus infection yesterday.  Awesome.  It feels like I swallowed a vat of acid and then got hit by a semi.  And the timing couldn’t be better.  I had to film a tv commercial today.  Somehow I manage to drug myself up to resemble a normal human being for a few hours (I’m sure the professional makeup helped a little too…).  But anyways, I made it through the day and had a ton of fun!  But now I’m back in bed and my cold has caught up to me.  So what a better way to nourish a sick soul than a hearty bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup loaded with kale?  Since my Mom doesn’t live here to make me soup when I’m sick and there is an absence of a Mister in my life to warm up a can of Campbell’s for me, the soup responsibility fell onto myself.  So I took the easy road and threw it all in the crockpot and let it do the work for me.  The soup is so yummy I almost wish I got sick more often!  Haha  Just kidding!  I really don’t need an excuse to enjoy a bowl of chicken noodle soup!

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