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Vegan + Raw Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie

Raw Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie

I’m not sure when I began to think I wasn’t enough.
Not pretty enough, funny enough, smart enough, talented enough, desirable enough.

For me it began in junior high, right around that critical age where self-image is unformed,

tender even,

and vulnerable to hurtful remarks and comments.

Cindy Crawford's Smoothie 1

I decided that I wanted to be just like Cheryl Tiegs, the Cover Girl.
You can imagine my frustration when no matter how I styled my hair, the clothes I wore, the makeup I tried,
When I looked in the mirror, I just never looked like her.

Imagine that.

There was a long line up of movie stars after Cindy.

I cut my hair short to look like Olivia Newton John,
then grew it out again to look like Farrah Fawcett, sausage roll curls and all.

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But guess who I kept on seeing in the mirror?

Barbara Barry

The magical thing about getting older.. is that the person you see when you look in the mirror
doesn’t have to be a famous musician, actress, writer or a even a 20 or 30 year old.

It’s just you

and that’s enough.

It’s enough to be a mother of two..
an amateur writer and blogger, photographer, inexpert at cello, inflexible at yoga, and careless at housekeeping.

It’s ok to be slower in spin class than the rest, it’s the laughter at coffee afterwards that I love.

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You see, it’s about family and friends for me
and just doing the things that I do every day.. that makes me content when I look in that mirror.

And I need to say, I feel so blessed to have my health.

It’s a joy to be around people who love me and appreciate me for who I am,
who appreciate what I do to make our home beautiful, warm and welcoming.

I love the conversations I have with my kids about their lives and who they see in the mirror every day!

I’m so happy to be me

..and thank goodness I’m not Cheryl Tiegs!

And.. thank goodness you are YOU!!

Vegan + Raw Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie

Cindy Crawford's Smoothie 3

This Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie is Cindy Crawford’s.
{ Fyi, I never wanted to be her, it’s that whole blonde vs brunette, Betty or Veronica thing. }

Apparently she “continues to defy age with her stunning good looks. At 48, how does she do it? One important factor is a healthy diet!” I think there might be a teeny little botox in there somewhere 😉

Vegan + Raw Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 10 mint leaves, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • optional: vanilla
  • stevia to sweeten
  • 1 cup almond milk, plus more if too thick
  1. Put all ingredients in order in a magic bullet cup or blender. If using a blender, this recipe can be doubled. I didn't have a frozen banana (easy to do, peel, cut into chunks and pop in a ziploc into your freezer) so I added a ripe banana and a few ice cubes. Blend until everything is mixed. The cacao nibs won't be completely crushed and add a nice crunch to your smoothie.

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