A Weekend Away

Last weekend, I travelled to Winnipeg for a little getaway with my Mom and Darwin. Since we live in a small town, we make it a point to pack as much into our trips as possible. I pulled together some snacks for the ride - cut up veggies with cheddar dip, oranges, grawnola bars, lots of water, green powder, and an "ultimate trail mix" - dates, macadamia nuts, pecans, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and shredded coconut. Our 5 hour journey began with a 4pm departure on Friday, and a safe arrival just in time for a 9:30pm movie - Leatherheads - I wouldn't recommend it. Saturday we were up bright and early for a day of running around. We zoomed from one side of the city to the other and shopped till we dropped. My favourite part is always the health food store, where I get to stock up on my staples...Oh, and the grocery store for my young coconuts and boxes of medjool dates. It's been a while since I've had coconuts, with the exception of Nassau, where I got to eat them fresh, but I usually prefer playing with them in the kitchen (check out the smoothie recipe below). By evening, we made a brief stop at our friend's place to get ready for a night out. We had dinner reservations at a Japanese restaurant, before making our way over to my mom's friend's retirement party for a night of socializing and dancing. It was late to bed that night, but we had a lot of fun!

The next morning, we headed over to a waterfront market that has little shops, cafe's, etc. We walked along the river (which has flooded), and had some lunch before travelling back home. Spring has really sprung over here in the Prarie's - see? no snow! There are still a few feet of ice on the lake, and snow on the ground in our neck of the woods - patience is key here while awaiting spring - oh yeah, and lots of trips South ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, I couldn't leave without giving a recipe, so here's a smoothie that I made for lunch today, with the young coconuts I bought in the city. Yay, I am so happy and grateful!!!!

Vanilla Nut Smoothie

1 cup young coconut water
1/2 cup packed young coconut pulp
1/3 cup macadamia nuts
1/2-3/4 cup ice
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lucuma powder
1/8 tsp mesquite powder
3-4 drops vanilla stevia (or agave to taste)
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Drink up with a big smile on your face!

I hope you had a great weekend too!

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3 Comments
  1. April 16, 2008 at 02:54
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    Sounds like a fantastic time Heathy! And yes I am saying it correctly now.. Hope your mid week is great!

  2. April 16, 2008 at 04:14
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    I LOVE coconut! Your smoothie sounds and looks great.

  3. April 17, 2008 at 01:25
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    Hello beautiful!<br /><br />I was wondering how your trip went so thanks for the update. ;-)<br /><br />Ohhhhhh, that smoothie looks so delish! I'm definitely making this one with some of the coconuts I still have in the freezer. Mmmmm

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