Meet my friend, Kelly. I found her through Instagram (you can find her too @_takingmylifeback) I sort of joke with her and tell her she is my life goals, but, kind of not joking. She is a fierce feminist warrior who is out to make this world a more magical place. She encouraged my gratitude practice (you can find my write up on that under the blog tab!) to be what it is today and I have much thanks to give to her for cheering me on through my journey to a better me. I asked Kelly to share her creamy dreamy signature blue n'icecream recipe with us so that we could whip up this healthy and beautiful concoction in our own kitchens. Scroll to the bottom of this post for more on Kelly as I wanted her to talk to you about her own story, I know many of you will relate!
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- ½ - 1 c frozen pineapple
- ⅛ - ½ tsp Blue Spirulina (more for a darker color of blue)
- 1-3 Tbs coconut butter
- 1-2 scoops plain protein powder (white if possible)
Process all of this together in your food processor or blender until creamy! Scoop into a bowl or cup or if you want a more smoothie-like consistency, add liquid of your choice and blend further.
Garnish with white chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, almond slivers, blueberries, GoRaw cookies, Larabar Cashew Cookie or anything else you love.
It really depends on how big you want it to be. I range between sizes. (I think there's a 'that's what she said' joke in here somewhere, Kelly ;P)
"Hi! I’m Kel. I am a chick who’s all about girl power, mother earth, and nurturing my mind and body inside and out. My health journey began a few years ago when I found the shining light of positivity that is FullyRawKristina and became a member of her organic food co-op in Houston, TX. She introduced me to juicing and the raw vegan lifestyle. I began dabbling in juices and smoothies while still remaining physically stagnant and filling the other 75% of my food time with pizza, oreos, nachos, and burgers. Not only did the scale continue to rise, so did my blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and inflammation markers. Stress was ruling my life. Then I remembered, I control me. I can take my life back: back from stress; back from bad eating habits; back from a couch potato stagnant lifestyle that I had led for so long. So, I sold my favorite designer bracelet and used the money to buy a bicycle, dusted off my juicer and Vitamix, and got to work. 3 years later, I’m healthier than I have ever been. The scale is lower and more importantly, all of my internal health markers are better than they were even in my 20s. Always a student of nutrition and health as a hobby, I’m constantly researching new tonics and tinctures and superfoods that are delicious and nourishing. I have learned that eating mindfully is the only true way to success for me. I know what makes my body and soul feel good and choosing those things over the ingrained “easy” choice makes me feel more alive than any fitness program, pill, or fad diet I have ever tried. And I have tried them ALL. There is no magic formula and no quick fix. Learning to love yourself and put your well being first is the true key to success. I am not vegan or even 100% vegetarian, but I eat 85-90% plant based and my body feels better for it. When I slide into old habits, I feel the difference. My skin immediately shows a difference and my energy levels dip drastically. So, I try to be mindful of how I will feel later with every food choice I make. Juice and smoothies make me feel alive.
I am also very passionate about our planet and how we treat our environment. I’m a reduce, reuse, recycle kind of soul. I support companies who believe in those principles. I believe in doing what we can to reduce our footprint on this planet and not mindlessly consume and waste and repeat.
I live each day with intention. Every moment is about a choice. I have lived my entire life with calculation and decision. My choices are mine. Good and bad. I view every choice is an opportunity to learn and grow.
Life is good. I am literally living my dream. I am healthy. I have a job that I love and a life partner who I love from the bottom of my soul who mirrors that love to me. We support one another 100% and even after 26 years, our love grows each day.
In my free time, I like to make pretty food and take food pics, spend time in nature, relax with my 3 kitties, read books that speak to my soul, travel to tropical locations, and spend time with those I love. I love scuba diving and have a fascination with sharks that dates back to 5 years old. That’s a long time ago, Y’all. I love love love juicing. It’s such a zen activity for me. I love cracking wise with my friends and watching obscenely funny TV, movies, and theater. But one of my favorite pastimes is spreading sunshine. If I can smile at a stranger and connect for even one brief moment in time getting a smile in return, my day is made. Sometimes it’s a literal smile to a stranger on the street and sometimes it’s a virtual smile in the form of a like or comment on social media. We all matter. I like to give little reminders of that.
Kaitlyn asked me to share some things about myself and I didn’t really know where to begin. These things are me, but only a small part of who I am. We are all so many things. But most of all, we are love."