• What books are you currently reading? My current fiction choice is Night by Elie Wiesel. It is a shocking and horrific tale of the author’s experience in the concentration camps. I’ve wanted to read his work for years – this book came highly recommended by a rabbi with whom I am studying. It is a short book, not an easy read, very chilling and depressing. But as a Jew and as a human being, it is important to read it.

    What else do I read? Cookbooks. Peter can’t believe that I can actually sit and READ a cookbook. But alas, I am addicted. Totally. My newest interest has been raw foods – in today’s picture, my smoothie is resting on the first raw cookbook I’ve added to my collection. It is by Gabrielle Chavez and is called The Raw Food Gourmet. It has inspired me a great deal.

    In the last few months, I’ve been reading a lot about eating raw foods. It’s a wonderful alternative for eating gluten free and frankly, for just plain old eating healthy foods.

    Now, you’re wondering what the heck is in the marguerita glass in the picture I’ve posted with today’s entry. It looks like chocolate pudding, doesn’t it?! For this mornings’ Labor Day breakfast, I made a Blackberry Smoothie. It has a surprise ingredient, just like the last fruit smoothie I blogged about. I’m determined to get all my fruits and veggies in evey day, even if I have to drink them. If you’re struggling to add fruits and veggies to your diet, this is a great way to do it. And if cutting up these fruits seems daunting, by all means, use frozen fruits.

    Can you guess the surprise ingredient? Last time, you might’ve been able to tell by the color of the smoothie. This time, the grapes and blackberries covered up the surprise ingredient and turned the entire lovely concoction a dark purple color. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a science lab – but it’s so much fun and when it comes out tasting delicious, it makes the trial and error worth it – though truthfully, I’ve only had one concoction that didn’t pass my lips more than once! I think that when you begin experimenting, you get a sense about what will and won’t work, what combinations will be good and which ones will be revolting!

    Please note that this makes four 8 oz servings. I put the leftovers in the frig to sip on during the rest of this wonderful Labor Day. Enjoy your holiday, wherever in the world you are!

    Ellen’s Blackberry Smoothie
    four 8 oz servings

    1/2 cup cubed mango
    1 cup purple grapes
    1/2 cup blackberries
    1/2 fuji cored apple (or apple of your choice)
    1 small frozen banana (can use a fresh, unfrozen one)
    2 cups spinach
    2 1/2 dried dates (medjool works great)
    2 tablespoons agave syrup
    1 tablespoon flax seeds (whole)
    2 cups ice
    1 cup cold water

    Put everything in the blender and whirrrr………delicious!
    • Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF)

      Good for you. Tricky with the spinach.

      :)

    • Ellen

      Tricky indeed! But it works! Even I’m eating my greens now!

    • Faye

      Sounds good but the spinach makes me think twice. I think I’ll try it sans the spinach. Miss ya big sis!

    • Ellen

      No, no, no!!!! You must try the spinach. Trust me. It goes against all of your instincts, but it works. I’m not kidding. Try it!

    • Karina Allrich

      I’m reading a very different book than Night (Elie Wiesel is amazing!). It’s by Jill Soloway: Tiny Women in Shiny Pants. It’s making me laugh, and feel angry all at once. But that’s a whole other topic! ;)

      xoxo

      Karina

    • Ellen

      Karina,

      Do you recommend the book you’re reading? I’m always looking for good new reads.

    • ByTheBay

      I am finishing up a book called “Bow Grip” so that I can get started on the same book you’re reading! “Night” came in the mail just today :) Great (and Jewish) minds think alike… I love throwing some steamed kale or spinach into my smoothies for some extra fiber and nutrition. It does make the color funky, though!

    • Mansi Desai

      wow, just looking at your ingredients intrigued me enough to try this one…I do make smoothies usually, but never came across one with Spinach!!

    • Lisa

      Yummy! I create a new smoothie every morning (to take my supplement cocktail)and this is right up my ally! can’t wait to try it out…

    • Jeremy

      By the way, Night is a non-fiction book. As in a true story, fiction is a made up story.

    • Mike Eberhart

      That sounds a bit too healthy for me :)

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