For my birthday this year I got:
-the best coconut cake I have ever tasted (thanks to my daughter's ridiculous skills)
-an incredible dinner/feast (daughter, again)
-three homemade cards that made me laugh, smile, cry
-a slideshow/video set to a favorite MGMT song chronicling the year
-and a VITAMIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
While I would have been good with the cards/video/cake, I am kind of thrilled about the VITAMIX.
It's a pretty serious upgrade in my high-speed blending super powers. I'm not at all saying that anyone needs one. It's just a nice luxury to have. You can certainly get by with a traditional blender, you just need to take a few extra steps and make sure things are chopped a bit more.
This is a super satisfying smoothie, great for a quick morning meal or post-workout. The addition of cinnamon is not only delicious but has a ton of reported health benefits, including stabilizing your blood sugar which is never a bad thing.
kale + coconut + cinnamon smoothie
2 c roughly chopped kale
1 c ice
24 oz coconut milk (I used so delicious vanilla)
1 T cinnamon
Blend together at high speed. Serve immediately to 3 happy people.