I feel extremely accomplished when I can justify a purchase.
Like the pair of dressier-than-necessary black shorts I bought in January. What inspired me to buy shorts in the dead of winter? Well, they had all of the right answers to my typical shopping questions:
1) How much will I use this?
2) How can I get more use out of it?
3) What does it go with?
Paired with black tights during the winter, I answered my first question. Using the black belt as a headband was answer to the second question. And well, they are black, so in my mind, they go with everything. Score.
I ran through the same line of questioning during a recent
shopping spree trip to the supermarket.
After a rather sluggish couple of months, I was anxious to fill stock up on energy-boosting ingredients. While I did spend a little more than I was hoping to, these five superstars go way beyond the call of smoothie duty.
Here, some ideas for making your dollars stretchhhh:
Small, crunchy and relatively flavorless, I'd always assumed these were reserved for the homegrown chia pets. So wrong. Once mixed into a liquid (water or almond milk) these tiny seeds look like caviar and take on the consistency of tapioca. Perfect for a omega-packed breakfast with sliced strawberries or sprinkled over your salad.
Made from greens grown in high-altitude volcanic rock (I kid you not), this powder is super high in probiotics which is a cure-all for those with digestion woes. Sunwarrior mixes theirs with peppermint and stevia, so surprisingly, it doesn't taste like you're drinking lawn clippings. Sneak a little into zucchini soup, sprinkle over your yogurt, bake funkadelic green cookies or dye your St. Patty's Day cupcakes. Go crazy.
Yes, I actually put a small teaspoon of this elixir in my smoothies. What sounds weird at first is actually great for your heart, boosts energy and aids in digestion. I also keep a separate jar on hand to use as moisturizer. No, it doesn't cause breakouts. Yes, it's the best 'lotion' I've ever used.
These super-healthy ingredients really do work overtime!
Do you have any creative ways to use your top-shelf ingredients?