Recipe Roundup // 8 Beauty Smoothies for Spring

insta-28.jpgI love a good smoothie, especially when trying to boost the immune system during these months where allergies seem to rule the Ohio Valley. Its Even better when these smoothies fight off sneezes but also have beauty benefits and  great taste. There is also something nice about getting up a little earlier in the morning to actually take care of yourself and have a bit of down time, even if its to the sound of a blender in between my NPR listening sessions. Below are 8 of my favorite go -to beauty smoothies. I usually drink and make smoothies in the morning. However, sometimes  I will whip up a smoothie the night before and have a bit as a healthy midnight snack;or save it for the morning. It’s a lot easier than you think to combine fruits and veggies into your daily dietary routine. I also have found that by creating your own smoothies at home, you will find that your intake of sugar will be less compared to some packaged smoothies that are available in stores. It’s a lot easier to grab smoothies on the go but make sure to check the label for sugars and extra nonsense your body doesn’t need. So, while I am on the hunt for the best packaged smoothies, here are smoothie recipes to create that your temple will continue to thank you for.

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1.Oatmeal Smoothie // 

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2.Blueberry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie

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3. Sip This: A Green Smoothie That Doesn’t Taste Like Grass!

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4. TROPICAL GREEN ENERGY SMOOTHIE

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5.Happy Belly Smoothie

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6.Kale and Sunflower Smoothie

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7.Vegan probiotic berry smoothie

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8. STRAWBERRY BANANA YOGURT SMOOTHIE

 

 

 

 

 

Local Spotlight // 2019 Asian Food Fest

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Send all the hot noods 🍜I’m starting my morning getting excited for all things @asianfoodfest has to offer Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12, 2019 Check out 34 vendors this year!
Hours: Saturday: 12p-10p | Sunday: 12p-8p
Location: @thebankscincy The Banks | Downtown Cincinnati | On Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut Streets
Admission: FREE
http://www.asianfoodfest.org
#asianfoodfest #cincyasianfoodscene

The 9th edition of Asian Food Fest – presented by @krogerco – is heading to The Banks for a 2-­day food extravaganza, May 11-12, 2019! This year’s event will feature additional vendors and offer spectacular views of the @skystarwheel
This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including #Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. While food is at the heart of this festival, the event also features live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more. Admission to the festival is free, and vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods in the form of small plates priced from $2-$6.
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This year will feature the return of the #SecretMenu booth, featuring unique Asian recipes from home chefs and aspiring food entrepreneurs.
bloggers #eats #cincinnati #foodfest#foodtrucks #cincinnatieats #salad#eats #kruegerstavern #otr#overtherhine #downtowngirl#downtowneats #spring #ramen#noodles #ramennoodles#saladecomposée #asianfood #write#foodblogger #cincinnati#cincinnatibloggers #cincinnatiblogger#eatclean #eatfamous #eater#asianfood #asianfoodfest#asiancuisine #bloggerstyle I can only tag 20 vendors but check the full list of vendors on my blog today 🍜- VBintheCITY.com

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This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. While food is at the heart of this festival, the event also features live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more. Admission to the festival is free, and vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods in the form of small plates priced from $2-$6.

This year will feature the return of the “Secret Menu” booth, featuring unique Asian recipes from home chefs and aspiring food entrepreneurs. The Secret Menu at Asian Food Fest is a special chance for foodies to experience a home­cooked Asian meal from local amateur chefs who are excited to share their culinary creations with the public.

2019 Asian Food Fest  Vendors:
Adelinda’s Lumpia
Alaingold
Bamboo Kitchen
BobaCha
Bread House Bakery
Bridges Nepali Cuisine
China Gourmet
Chino’s Street Food
Christine’s Casual Dining
Dai Trang Bistro
Dope Noodle and Dumpling Shop
Eam Kruesah
HaolePino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine
Huit
Injoy
Kona Ice West Cincinnati
Kung Fu Tea
Pho Lang Thang/ QUAN HAPA [OTR]
Magic Breaths
Mahope
Men Can Cook by Citrus and Sago
Ono Grindz
Our Lady of Lavang Catholic VI
Pho Kimmy
Poke Hut
Puffs N’ Buns
Roll On In Sushi Burritos & Bowls- Lebanon
Siam Orchid
Stone Bowl Ramen, Sushi, Korean & Japanese Restaurant
Tea ‘n’ Bowl
Thai Express
Vannon’s Cambodian Street Food
Yat Ka Mein

Glamping Wish List // Camping Gear for Spring + Summer 2019

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Dream House Outdoor Waterproof Cotton Canvas Family Camping Bell Tent $489 

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Blanket with Waterproof backing: Outdoor Blanket/Picnic Blanket/Camping Blanket/Stadium Blanket : Water-Resistant, Machine Washable With Tote And Vegan $34.99

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Gold Armour 10-17Pcs Camping Cookware Mess Kit Backpacking Gear & Hiking Outdoors Bug Out Bag Cooking Equipment Cookset | Lightweight, Compact, Durable Pot Pan Bowls $25

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Lifestraw water filter $17.47

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Coleman Triton+ Propane Camping Stove $63.97

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WONDERLUX Solar String Lights LED Filament, 20 Clear Bulbs, LONGER 32+ Feet for Outdoor, Porch, Gazebo, Patio. Powers Itself from the Sun, No Plug Needed $29.99 

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4 pack of LED camping lantern $17.25

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11 in 1 Pocket Knife RocWon Multitool with Knife Black Stainless Steel Camping gear with Folding Saw, Wire Cutter, Pliers, Sheath Perfect for Survival $16.99

 

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Organic Bug Spray // $13.95

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Eagles Nest Outfitters ENO DoubleNest Print Portable Hammock for Two, Tie Dy $79.95

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Osprey Packs Women’s Kyte 36 Backpack $159 

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Fire Starter Squares, Natural & Eco Friendly, Water Proof, Perfect for: BBQ Grill, Gas Grill, Campfire Grill, Camping Gear, Camp Fire Cooking, Emergency. $7.95

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0 Degree Winter Sleeping Bag for Camping (350GSM) – Temp Range (5F–32F) Portable Waterproof with Compression Sack- camping sleeping bags for Big and Tall in Env Hoodie: for Backpacking Hiking 4 Season $39.99

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Camp Kitchen Utensil Organizer Travel Set – Portable BBQ Camping Cookware Utensils Travel Kit with Water Resistant Case|Cutting Board|$24.99

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Texsport Kangaroo 7 pc Camping Cookware Outdoor Cook Set with Storage Bag $39.20

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Yuni Shower Sheets $15

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YUNI Beauty Flash Bath No Rinse Body Cleansing Foam, 5 Fl Oz $17.44

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A set of Yuni’s four bestselling innovations for quick cleansing and rapid muscle recovery while camping, so you can experience the revitalizing power and unmatched convenience of YUNI. I tested these products a couple years ago and completely fell in love. $29.99

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GoGirl Female Urination Device + Germ Resistant Portable Urinals for Women, Camping, Hiking, Outdoor Activities & More with Medical Grade Silicone (Reusable) $7

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Camping dishes $27

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INNO STAGE Insulated Picnic Backpack for 4 Persons with Full Stainless Cutlery Set, Roomy Cooler Compartment, Bottle Holder and Large Waterproof Mat $62.59

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PawHut 45″ x 28″ Outdoor Waterproof Pet Pop-Up Camping Tent with Carrying Case for Cat/Dog $30

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STARUBY Collapsible Dog Bowl, 2 Pack Foldable Pet Travel Bowl, for Outdoor Camping Pet Food Water Bowl $5.39 

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GrayCell Dog Saddlebags Hound Travel Hiking Camping Backpack for Medium Large Dogs (Blue,M) $29.99

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Best Solar Powered Charger – 16000 mAh Battery – Dual USB, Waterproof, Flashlight – Portable and Compact – for Your iPhone, Android, Tablet, More. The SPC16k by BW Distributors. Off Grid Charging $39.99

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SOG Camping Hatchet – Camp Axe Survival Hatchet Outdoor Camping Axe w/Camp Hammer Hatchet Head, 3.1 Inch Hand Axe Blade and Axe Sheath (CH1001-CP) $41.89

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Cookbook of the Month // 15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food: Simple & Satisfying Vegan Recipes By Katy Beskow

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I love my winter wonderland dishes, but I am so ready for Spring eats. I try to keep a bikini body year round, but still definitely fall of track when presented with my guilty foodie pleasures. I have identified with being a vegetarian for a long time, however when writing about restaurants I started to get a bit more adventurous in my eats and have fallen off of the vegetarian and vegan wagon. The lovely thing about life is that you are the captain of your own ship, and can change the direction in your sails. I have decided to be a flexatarian, still trying all the eats when out writing about food, while still mixing in vegetarian and vegan recipes on a weekly basis. If you are curious about delicious vegan eats definitely check out 15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food: Simple & Satisfying Vegan Recipes By Katy Beskow. You will find comfort food classics like cashew chow mien, double decker spicy burgers, and more. Try 100 new vegan recipes whether youre already living the vegan lifestyle or just want to try something new.

Recipe Roundup // Spring Solstice Recipes

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Spring Pea Ravioli with Prosciutto & Pea Shoots

Hello readers, today I am featuring recipes celebrating the Spring Solstice. The Spring equinox was on March 20th and marked the first official day of Spring. It is also called the vernal equinox, and has long been celebrated as a time of renewal and rebirth.

Many cultures celebrate Spring festivals and holidays–like Passover and Easter around the equinox. As an example, Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls after the March Equinox.

Featured below are recipes perfect for any celebration. Start anew and awaken your soul by  shopping seasonly and locally for produce and more.

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Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake 

 

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Cheddar Popovers 

 

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Deviled Eggs

 

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Coconut Macaroons

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ASPARAGUS GRUYERE TART

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Ginger Sauce

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Chocolate-Matzo Layer Cake

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Roasted Lamb Chops with Curry Sauce 

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Vegan Potato Gratin 

 

 

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Maple Glazed Ham 

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Mini Pecan Scones with Country Ham & Pickled Plums

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Zucchini Mina

 

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Lavender-Earl Grey Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Prime Rib Roast

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Bacon and Leek Deep-Dish Quiche

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Tangy Potato Salad

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Flattened Chicken and Grilled Romaine with Parsley-Lemon Sauce

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Mini Carrot Cakes

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Sprigs in a Blanket 

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Pimiento Cheese Finger Sandwiches 

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Bacon Asparagus Brie Bites