Finding Culture Where I Am

If you’ve ever lived in Colorado no doubt you’ve heard of Greeley. And I’m sure the things you have heard about how badly it smells or how terrible it is.

Yet that is a disservice to the small city. It is also at a disadvantage in location; it is an hour north of Denver, 40 minutes south of Fort Collins and a short drive to Loveland. All three are much higher income areas than Greeley and thus Greeley is stuck with the piteous reputation.

Even when I had first moved here in May of 2016 I was not happy about it. Everything I had heard about Greeley was sad and dismal, and I’ll admit for awhile I believed it. It wasn’t until I moved closer to the university last year that I allowed myself the gift of opening my eyes to the reality of Greeley. No it is no New York City or Memphis, but it is not without its own culture and surprises.

Downtown Greeley is full of small shops and restaurants, and one of my favorite ways to spend a warm morning or afternoon is to walk around and find new places to frequent.

This morning I went to Cranford’s Tea Place and ate a sandwich that I really believe was as large as my head, and of course I had a cup of chai to accompany it.

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Smoothies in a Jar

Recently I’ve been reading a lot about meal prepping, and mason jar meals and I must admit; I absolutely love the idea. Then I saw a video about mason jar smoothies and was instantly sold. However I made a few tweaks to mine as I am a firm believer that if you add milk to your smoothie it is no longer a smoothie, but a milkshake. If you are interested in how I prepped and made my smoothies please continue reading.

Smoothie jar aesthetic

 

Ingredients(What I used, but you can use different things)

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Kale
  • Honey
  • Orange Juice
  • Plain Yogurt

I made a few different smoothie combos to keep things interesting. With the exception of the pineapple(which I bought canned) I bought all the fruits fresh from the grocery store. I bought pint sized mason jars, which means each smoothie has approximately 2 cups of fruits,veggies.

smoothie 4

Different Smoothie Combos:

  • Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry
  • Banana, Kale, Strawberry
  • Raspberry, Kale, Strawberry, Blueberry
  • Pineapple, Kiwi, Banana
  • Kale, Blueberry, Banana

I don’t measure out anything I put into my smoothies, but I was able to make an approximation to the amounts.

  1. 2 cups of fruit or veggies
  2. 2/3 cup of orange juice
  3. 4 TB of yogurt
  4. Honey to taste

With the orange juice I start with a smaller amount, however if your blender is having difficulties blending everything add more juice.

smoothie 1