Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

cinnamon bun smoothie


This cinnamon bun smoothie is based on three or four different recipes I had seen for a cinnamon bun smoothie online.  Apparently a lot of people have different ideas of what cinnamon buns taste like, because they were all completely different.  Anyways, this one is a new variety that, in my honest opinion, blows the other ones out of the water.  It was a few nights ago, during that quick switch to fall that occurs here in New England, that the spiced foods of fall came nibbling at our tongue.  Expect to see lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, apples, and the like now that it is that time of year.  We are working on an apple pie smoothie, which I haven't seen a version of online, so once I've got it finalized, you'll be one of the first to ever try it (because as we all know, if it's not on the internet, it didn't happen)!  So this smoothie is a great way to start your day on the weekend, and is sure as heck a lot less messy than an actual cinnamon bun, plus this is without all the bad fats.

I paired this smoothie up with John Berryman's The Dream Songs because this collection of poetry was one of the first readings I had in college, and I remember wondering why they didn't teach us this kind of stuff in high school.  And then I remembered what high school I went to, and any questions were put to rest.  Anyways, this collection of poetry follows Berryman's thought process as he identifies the dreams of life-- his hopes-- and the failures of those dreams to materialize, as imagined through the song-- the cronings, really.  Within this formerly 2-volume collection, Berryman pens profound, beautiful images and thoughts.  The collection is without a doubt his best work, and if you're interest in modernist/post-modernist & confessionalist poetry, this is a must.  When I wrote my undergrad thesis on John Ashbery and the French Avant-Garde, I kept thinking of this collection and how wonderfully Berryman could have been thrust into the same sphere as Ashbery, with his confessionalist style-- in particular, Ashbery's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror collection, in which the image of 'self' is reaffirmed through a narrative voice. 

Alas, to the smoothie:

1 frozen banana, sliced
1 cup milk, any kind
1/4 cup oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp either vanilla protein powder (your choice) or soy/almond milk powder
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
Splash of vanilla extract

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