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Mini grocery stop- TIP: purchase produce in smaller portions!

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Lately I’ve been noticing that I don’t seem to be eating all of the fruit and veggies that I purchase before they go bad.

So, to switch things up (and save a bit of money since I’m on a college girl budget) last week I didn’t buy as much produce as I usually would.

My plan totally worked, I actually ran out of fruit and veggies early- and not even a single strawberry went to waste!

The downside however, is I had to make another mini-trip to the store today to stock up on what I ran out of.

I secretly love grocery shopping so I didn’t mind 🙂

Try this out guys! Save money by buying produce in smaller portions.

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How To Make a Green Smoothie! Vegetarians, this is especially for you :)

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I really need to start making more green smoothies!

I’ve got the morning fruit smoothie routine down to a science, but I’m having a hard time getting some green veggies in there. Definitely going to use this on this morning’s smoothie. Being a life-long vegetarian, I need all the green veggies I can get.

Not to mention, I just got some AWESOME green tea lemonade from a health food store by my house that I can’t WAIT to try. It’ll be a perfect addition to a green smoothie.

I’ll post the recipe that I come up with later today 🙂

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College Girl on a Budget: Summer Style :)

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Todays Purchases:

  • Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese (click to see my latest salad creation this was used in!)
  • Organic Green Tea Lemonade
  • Raw Pecan Halves
  • A mango
  • A Pear
  • Mochi (all natural chocolate ice cream)
  • Organic puppy chews for my Yorkie Locket!
  • A beautiful batch of yellow daisies
  • Aria: protein powder for women (click to see my new review)
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Can of diced and fire roasted tomatoes

Grand Total = $43.02

Being a college girl on summer vacation, I purchased some items that I wouldn’t usually go for. Since I’m out of college for the summer, I have extra time on my hands. What better way to spend it then in the kitchen discovering new meals I can eat when I go back to college in the fall!

There are going to be some kick-butt salads, smoothies and soups that come out of this trip. Come back and see what my creative mind comes up with this weekend 🙂

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Going Greek in Ralphs- Three colored grapes in one!

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Shopping around in my neighborhood store, I came across this AWESOME medially of grapes and bought 2 boxes!!

Now all I need is a hot guy in a Toga with a huge leaf fan to feed them to me while sitting in a royal throne.
Hey, a girl can dream right?

I wonder how my boyfriend Bryan would feel about wearing a toga…

I can’t wait to use these flavors in all kinds of recipes, salads and smoothies this week 🙂

Who wouldn’t like 3 colors of grapes in one? Pure genius.

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Gorgonzola Cheese, Anjou Pears, and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette dressing YUM!

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Gorgonzola garlic salad

You haven’t had a true salad until you’ve tasted this one. I know I know I know what you’re thinking; …garlic and pears??? EW!

WRONG! Think again. The savory flavors of the roasted garlic vinaigrette, go astonishingly well with the sweet Anjou pears.

This salad is quick, fresh and a delight side to any main course, or a perfect lunch all on its own 🙂

Ps oh my gosh you guys, these pictures turned out so great!! I’m getting so much better with my food photography!

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Apple Pecan Summer-Berry Salad!

This salad is perfect for any summer gathering, party or lunch!

The combination of fruit, nuts and dark leafy greens makes this salad not only delicious, but high up on a healthy scale.

It also only took me 5 minutes to put it together. Easy and delicious, my favorite combination 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Apple Pecan Dressing
  • Green Apple Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Dark Leafy Spring Lettuce
  • Spinach Leaves

I found that this salad is better shaken. When you just pour the dressing over the lettuce, it tends to clump up on various ingredients and doesn’t reach to others. Trust me, this incredible dressing is so tasty, you’ll want it to reach every piece!

Make sure not to over-dress your salad. The delicate sweetness of the Apple Pecan dressing is delicious, but it’s easy to over do it. Start small, and add as needed.

Enjoy!

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Almond Apple Strawberry Carrot Smoothies

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Since it’s Saturday today, I had a bit more time in the mornings then I usually do. I decided to get a bit more creative with my morning smoothies by mixing ingredients that I wouldn’t usually.

For a bit of added protein, I threw in a handful of almonds. They made the smoothie surprisingly smoother then usual, and the carrots blended together perfectly with the strawberries and apple slices.

This smoothie has an excellent variety of nutrition, and will make your taste buds smile for hours!

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • All-natural apple juice
  • Ice

Try it out and let me know what you think!